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Re: Eclair ACL Battery Options

I could certainly make additional battereries for the tap.  I think my 1st
chore is to repair the battery that is down, which gives me 4.  Even on my
busiest day filming, I only went through 1 1/2 "YeagerVision" battery packs.
Maybe I'll have enough with four.  If I put in plugs which are compatible
with my tap, I can use any of my batteries for either the camera, the tap or
both.   I could make a Y connector and use an adaptor cable to get in to my
tap, but I'm trying to be as sleek and streamlined as possible...just
because I can!  (I hate when connectors bang agains my camera and cables
dangle.  It happens all the time, but if I'm building the system, I'm
inclined to minimize the excess).

I think you're right though, I'll likely need more power if I'm putting the
tap to use in the real world.  I also have 4 Anton Bauer 14.4v "bricks" from
which I can run either the camera or the tap as well.   It's very unlikely
that I'll be using the tap hand held, because it replaces the eyepiece, so
using the bricks isn't a bad alternative.  Having separate power sources for
the tap and the camera is inherently a good idea anyway.

I'm not so concerned with weight, since I'll either be flying the camera
w/tap on a Steadicam (which has its own power) or on a remote head, most of
which can handle the weight of 35mm cameras, so even with extra batteries
aboard, my little ACL will be well within the range of the hardware.

Anyway, the little battery packs I've built really do the job.  They're
cheap, easy, small and have plenty of power.  I'd build 'em to sell if
anyone's interested.  I'd have to do research as to how much they really
cost, but really, it's simple enough to do on your own....

Warren Yeager, SOC
----- Original Message -----
From: "Wade Ramsey" <wramsey@bju.edu>
To: <EclairACL@topica.com>
Sent: Friday, November 16, 2001 9:32 AM
Subject: Re: Eclair ACL Battery Options

Our video tap (CEI on an SRII, not ACL) eats a lot of current.  I'd
expect it to severely reduce your running time.  Our tap consumes 680
mA.  If yours is similar, you'll be eating up half your capacity with
the tap, which you'll probably be using more than just for the exact
filming time (don't you use the tap some for setup, rehearsals, etc?)

 In fact, as compact as those packs are, why not make up a separate
one just for the tap?  Would it add that much extra weight?

Wade K. Ramsey, DP
Dept. of Cinema & Video Production
Bob Jones University
Greenville, SC 29614

>>> wy@warrenyeager.com 11/15/01 7:54:25 PM >>>
Yes, hit recycle button and Richard Karn comes out of your charger.
How DO
they do it?? (-;

They are 1400ma and it is a very reasonable, compact, reliable power
I'll let you know how long they run the camera and the videotap.
It'll be a
while until I do the modification though.

Warren Yeager, SOC
----- Original Message -----
From: "Wade Ramsey" <wramsey@bju.edu>
To: <EclairACL@topica.com>
Sent: Thursday, November 15, 2001 4:03 PM
Subject: Re: Eclair ACL Battery Options

> >...Then I hit the 'recycle' button on my
> charger.   ...<
> >...PS...remember to recycle your NiMh and NiCad batteries.  Any
> Radio Shack or
> Circuit City will take them.  Just ask at the cashier's desk, or
> for
> the Richard Karn (Al, from TV's 'Home Improvement') posters.  For
> more
> information, log on to www.rbrc.org ....
> Let me get this straight--you push the recycle button on the
> and Radio Shack comes out and picks up your old batteries? :-)
> Seriously, what  capacity are your NiMh cells--1400 mAh?  Sounds
> a very nice, compact power source!
> Wade K. Ramsey, DP
> Dept. of Cinema & Video Production
> Bob Jones University
> Greenville, SC 29614

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