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Switronix PocketBase Battery Holder with Battery and Charger Kit for Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera

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Switronix's PocketBase Battery Holder with Battery and Charger Kit for Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera allows you to power the camera up to 5 hours with two LP-E6 type batteries, while simultaneously charging the removable internal battery. By keeping the internal battery inside the camera during operation, you can hotswap the attached LP-E6 batteries within the PocketBase for continuous camera operation.

The PocketBase mounts easily under the camera with an included 1/4-20" thumbscrew which allows a seamless integration. By attaching the included grips, it allows for comfortable hold without need of a rig.

The PocketBase is an all-metal enclosure designed to last through all facets of production. The camera power cable tucks in nicely for camera mounted application, but will also extend up to 24" for rail mounting. With the ability to hotswap batteries you can continue production without interruptions.

The PocketBase also includes a 1/4-20 mounting thread, to easily mount on rails if you were to put it on a rig.

UPC: 184323001989
Compatibility Compatible with Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera
Dimensions 6 x 2.25 x 1.62" (15.24 x 5.71 x 4.11 cm)
Weight 0.95 lbs (0.43 kg)
Packaging Info
Package Weight 1.4 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.7 x 4.3 x 3.2"
Switronix PocketBase Battery Holder with Battery and Charger Kit for Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera
  • Battery Charger
  • Battery Holder
  • 4 x Grips
  • 2 x Rubber Discs
  • 1/4-20" Thumbscrew
  • 2 x Batteries
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    SwitronixPocketBase Battery Holder with Battery and Charger Kit for Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera
     
    3.8

    (based on 16 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Improves performance (8)
    • Easy to use (7)
    • Compact (5)
    • Lightweight (4)

    Cons

    • Poor design (8)

    Best Uses

    • Independent films (8)
    • Home movies (4)
    • In the studio (4)
    • Complex projects (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Business owner (6), Professional artist (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (11)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Cheap, light, ~3 Hours on a full charge

    The PocketBase is a light, affordable way to get more battery life out of your BMPCC.

    With two full batteries, we get about 2.5-3.5 hours of use at 50% screen...Read complete review

    The PocketBase is a light, affordable way to get more battery life out of your BMPCC.

    With two full batteries, we get about 2.5-3.5 hours of use at 50% screen brightness. The unit is light, but doesn't have any way to attach to a rail system so expect to spend another $50-$150 to hook it up to your rig. And you'll need another pair of batteries (~$30-$50) if you expect to hot swap.

    The metal housing is one folded sheet of metal that meets at the back of the unit. At first glance it looks a bit flimsy, but the construction is good for the price. There are off-center mounting points on the top and bottom of the unit. I would've liked more options, but the unit is light enough that the lack thereof didn't affect rig balance very much.

    The electronic components leave a lot to be desired and are the main reason I rated this product 4 stars instead of 5. The battery hookups are basically off-the-shelf wall chargers that have been attached to the housing and re-wired. The cabling is a good length (~24") but is awkwardly attached and the included velcro stickies do little to remedy the issue.

    Overall: totally worth the money, especially if you're not ready to make the leap to the (much more expensive, much heavier) V or Gold mount systems.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Could Be Better

    I got this for my BMPC. I haven't tested the total time yet. It's an OK power solution but it could be better. While the metal cage is sturdy the plasticky battery sleds,...Read complete review

    I got this for my BMPC. I haven't tested the total time yet. It's an OK power solution but it could be better. While the metal cage is sturdy the plasticky battery sleds, battery charger, and third-party batteries feel flimsy and unreliable. The method of connecting it to my BMPC, a little screw with a 5mm long handle, is inconvenient. It never feels fully connected to my camera. It feels like it will swivel loose and fall off. The power cable is longer than it needs to be so I end up shoving the excess into the cage which makes it hard to insert/remove the batteries. Perhaps this extra length is if you wish to place the power supple on the back end of a shoulder-mounted camera rig? This power supply has a lot of potential if they'd fix these issues. But at the moment it's the best option for the BMPC.

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    4.0

    Incomplete but they fixed it

    By Steve

    from Irvine ca

    Comments about Switronix PocketBase Battery Holder with Battery and Charger Kit for Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

    I received this product but it was missing the batteries and the charger. I emailed Bh and they rectified the situation quickly. Still annoying that it didn't come complete. Product works great thought. I recommend if.

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    4.0

    Great Battery Pack, Poor Design.

    By Faymus Media

    from New York City

    About Me Business Owner, Film Student, Professional Artist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Extended Battery Life
    • Improves Performance

    Cons

    • Bulky
    • Lacks Functionality
    • Poor Design

    Best Uses

    • Complex Projects
    • Home Movies
    • Independent Films
    • In The Studio

    Comments about Switronix PocketBase Battery Holder with Battery and Charger Kit for Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

    This is a great battery pack in many ways, but a poor design. I do not mount it to the bottom of the camera as it would be too bulky and hard on the hands to hold the camera. The rubber inserts that come with the kit to put on the joined aluminum help but it still digs into the hands.

    I use it only because I mount my pocket camera to a light pole via a clamp and adjustable arm to get a wide angle view of the reception floor and church. I then use velcro straps to fasten this battery pack to the pole and then run the cable to the pocket camera. The cable is about 3 feet long so that is great.

    Overall it lasts about 3 hours for both Canon LP batteries versus the 30 minute battery life of the eEN-EL15 batteries.

    If you don't have a shoulder mount, cage, tripod or stand that you use and you plan to go handheld this may be the only option but its not practical for such use.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Does what it's supposed to do.

    By Thunder Dan

    from Minooka, IL

    Comments about Switronix PocketBase Battery Holder with Battery and Charger Kit for Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

    The internal battery life of the Bmpcc is horrendous. I think the longest it lasted was about 15 min when I first got it. The Switronix battery pack extends that drastically. It may not be the most elegant battery solution, but it does what it's supposes to do. I can shoot roughly 4 hours with the pack attached. If you purchase two more batteries and hot swap, you can shoot a full day easily.

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    5.0

    Great power solution

    By Mike

    from Chicago

    About Me Business Owner

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Easy To Use
    • Improves Performance

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Complex Projects
      • Independent Films

      Comments about Switronix PocketBase Battery Holder with Battery and Charger Kit for Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

      this is great addition to the BMPCC extends the battery life and is compact, doesn't get in the way.

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      • No

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      3.0

      Works, but undeniably bad design

      By Pier-Philippe Chevigny

      from Montreal, Quebec

      About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Cheap
      • Improves Performance

      Cons

      • Poor Design

      Best Uses

      • Live Recordings

      Comments about Switronix PocketBase Battery Holder with Battery and Charger Kit for Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

      The design on this thing is undeniably bad : it's difficult to use, it's hardly practical, but if you have a shoulder rig and can rig it up as far away as possible from the camera, so that it's easy to access and doesn't block the camera's ports, then I guess it gets the job done.

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      • No

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      4.0

      good

      By fitorock

      from Mexico

      About Me Business Owner

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

      • Poor Design

      Best Uses

      • Independent Films

      Comments about Switronix PocketBase Battery Holder with Battery and Charger Kit for Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

      best for Pocket cinema

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      5.0

      Perfect

      By Pablo

      from Rosario, Argentina

      About Me Professional Artist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact Design
      • Easy To Use
      • Highly Compatible
      • Improves Performance
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Complex Projects
        • In The Studio

        Comments about Switronix PocketBase Battery Holder with Battery and Charger Kit for Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

        perfect

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        3.0

        Why does it not have a battery lock?

        By Ben

        from Perth

        About Me Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Poor Design

          Best Uses

          • Independent Films

          Comments about Switronix PocketBase Battery Holder with Battery and Charger Kit for Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

          It does what it needs to...

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          3.0

          Good for battery life

          By jwelsh

          from Philadelphia

          About Me Professional Artist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Improves Performance

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • In The Studio

            Comments about Switronix PocketBase Battery Holder with Battery and Charger Kit for Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

            Could be a little bit better design-wise, but considering the short life of BMPCC, it's a necessary addition

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            Works. Could be Better.

            By GlacierDave

            from Outback Queensland, Australia

            About Me Hobbyist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Improves Performance
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Poor Design

            Best Uses

            • Casual Use
            • Home Movies

            Comments about Switronix PocketBase Battery Holder with Battery and Charger Kit for Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

            Does it deliver longer battery life? Yes. On that basis, it delivers what it promises and I'm happy.

            But it feels like it just wasn't thought out in terms of functionality. The batteries don't have any mechanism to hold them in place and I find they can pop out. The cable isn't particularly well managed (the velcro stick-on's just don't work). If the securing nut comes loose while in use you basically have to remove the batteries to get it tight again. It also wouldn't hurt if there were more mounting holes in it.

            I guess you get what you pay for and this isn't a high-cost item. But a little more thought would have delivered a more functional product without much difference in manufacture price I suspect.

            That said, I'm happy to have the added battery life on my BMPCC and will keep using this solution. So, I guess, it does what it says on the box.

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            • No

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            3.0

            A decent battery solution

            By Vh

            from France

            Comments about Switronix PocketBase Battery Holder with Battery and Charger Kit for Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

            Have only done a preliminary test of the battery unit, but technically it works, which is already a good start and a great alternate external battery solution for the pocket camera. The housing itself is sturdy, however finding an alternate position for placement other than the bottom of the camera, can be tricky. The battery plates are not clicked in, meaning that bumps could potentially shift the batteries out of place, especially if an alternate mounting position is used, but it's a good cheap and effective solution for the camera, which works well for a small rig, or a spacious enough rig to accommodate it elsewhere.

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            4.0

            Perfect !!!

            By Sunder

            from Pervouralsk, Sverdlovsk

            About Me Film Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design

            Cons

            • Lacks Functionality

            Best Uses

            • Home Movies

            Comments about Switronix PocketBase Battery Holder with Battery and Charger Kit for Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

            I use with product with Black Magic Pocket camera. I wait so much but in Ekaterinburg DHL Service d`not send to address place.This product is Grate !!!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            4.0

            Cheap, light, ~3 Hours on a full charge

            By matthooks

            from Chicago, IL

            About Me Professional Artist

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Cheap
            • Compact Design
            • Easy To Use
            • Good value
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Average Build Quality
            • Poor Build Quality

            Best Uses

            • Independent Films
            • Run and gun

            Comments about Switronix PocketBase Battery Holder with Battery and Charger Kit for Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

            The PocketBase is a light, affordable way to get more battery life out of your BMPCC.

            With two full batteries, we get about 2.5-3.5 hours of use at 50% screen brightness. The unit is light, but doesn't have any way to attach to a rail system so expect to spend another $50-$150 to hook it up to your rig. And you'll need another pair of batteries (~$30-$50) if you expect to hot swap.

            The metal housing is one folded sheet of metal that meets at the back of the unit. At first glance it looks a bit flimsy, but the construction is good for the price. There are off-center mounting points on the top and bottom of the unit. I would've liked more options, but the unit is light enough that the lack thereof didn't affect rig balance very much.

            The electronic components leave a lot to be desired and are the main reason I rated this product 4 stars instead of 5. The battery hookups are basically off-the-shelf wall chargers that have been attached to the housing and re-wired. The cabling is a good length (~24") but is awkwardly attached and the included velcro stickies do little to remedy the issue.

            Overall: totally worth the money, especially if you're not ready to make the leap to the (much more expensive, much heavier) V or Gold mount systems.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            3.0

            Great Idea, but...

            By Kavei

            from Philadelphia, PA

            About Me Filmmaker

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact Design
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Poor Design

            Best Uses

            • Home Movies
            • Independent Films

            Comments about Switronix PocketBase Battery Holder with Battery and Charger Kit for Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

            This is great for adding power to BMPCC, give you a fexibility of using 2 Canon batteries.

            The only thing I complain is the batteries cannot lock in the battery holder places. it kept slipping off. I have to modify a bit to keep the battery from falling out.

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            • No

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            3.0

            Could Be Better

            By Ben Jobe

            from Arcata, CA

            About Me Business Owner

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Improves Performance

            Cons

            • Poor Design

            Best Uses

            • Independent Films

            Comments about Switronix PocketBase Battery Holder with Battery and Charger Kit for Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

            I got this for my BMPC. I haven't tested the total time yet. It's an OK power solution but it could be better. While the metal cage is sturdy the plasticky battery sleds, battery charger, and third-party batteries feel flimsy and unreliable. The method of connecting it to my BMPC, a little screw with a 5mm long handle, is inconvenient. It never feels fully connected to my camera. It feels like it will swivel loose and fall off. The power cable is longer than it needs to be so I end up shoving the excess into the cage which makes it hard to insert/remove the batteries. Perhaps this extra length is if you wish to place the power supple on the back end of a shoulder-mounted camera rig? This power supply has a lot of potential if they'd fix these issues. But at the moment it's the best option for the BMPC.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            Inelegant, but useful solution

            By EdanCo

            from Philadelphia, PA

            About Me Business Owner

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Improves Performance
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Poor Design
            • Ugly

            Best Uses

            • Independent Films
            • In The Studio

            Comments about Switronix PocketBase Battery Holder with Battery and Charger Kit for Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera:

            I can't really knock the PocketBase for its design since I knew what it was going into it. Ugliness aside, it works as advertised and gives me around 5 hours of battery life. Hopefully some company will release something more elegant, but for now, it serves its purpose dutifully.

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            • No

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