NAB 2017 – The Next Generation of Cinema Batteries – Full Charge in 20 Minutes with HCB
This might be in my top 5 of NAB 2017.
Power management on set is a basic skill and you figure that out early on in your career, knowing how long the charge takes and how many you will need for an entire day. But what if you could charge a battery in 20 minutes? That’s unheard of. Was.
A new company called HyperChargeBattery, or HCB has a new range of cinema batteries that charge faster than anything you’ve used before.
First thing you’ll notice is the design. The 260Wh version looks exactly like a film magazine. And mounted on the back of a RED camera not only looks great but will help balance your rig out. Really cool
Of course, the charging times are the big selling point. The 130Wh will charge in about 20 minutes and the 260Wh in 35 minutes. Insane. And despite what your first instinct may be, they also last longer than traditional batteries. Claiming over 3000 charge/discharge cycles, I believe it is the highest on the market. Most others have a loss of 20% capacity after only 500 cycles. HCB’s suffer only 3% loss after over 1000 cycles.
These bad boys will be available in four sizes – 45, 85, 130, and 260Wh. The 130Wh will ship first and will retail for somewhere under $800.
- 45 / 85 / 130 / 260 Wh models
- USB 1.5Als
- D-Tap 15A
- Output Voltage: 16 VDC (minimal voltage drop over discharge)
- Operating Temperature:–30°C to 60°C (-20°F to 104°F)
- Charging Temperature:–15°C to 60°C (4°F to 113°F)
- Storage Temperature:–40°C to 60°C (–40°F to 122°F)
- Charger Compatibility: HyperFastCharger™