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Tascam BP-6AA External Battery Pack for Handheld Recorders

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Product Highlights
  • Uses 6 AA Batteries
  • USB Power Output
  • 1/4"-20 Threaded Connectors
  • For DR-40, DR-100, DR-05, and DR-07mkII

The BP-6AA External Battery Pack for Handheld Recorders from Tascam is an external battery pack designed to extend the life of your Tascam handheld audio recorder. The device operates on 6 AA batteries and provides power to the recorder via the included USB power cable.

The pack attaches to the recorder's 1/4"-20 threaded tripod socket, and also offers a threaded socket of its own so you don't lose the ability to mount the recorder on a stand. A small removable attachment is included for mounting. This battery pack is compatible with the DR-40, DR-100, DR-05, and DR-07mkII recorders.

Greatly extends the life of your Tascam handheld audio recorder. For example, it increases the life of the DR-40 from 17.5 hours to over 50 hours
The device operates on 6 AA batteries and provides power to the recorder via the included USB power cable
Convenient on/off switch
The pack attaches to the recorder's 1/4"-20 threaded tripod socket, and also offers a threaded socket of its own so you don't lose the ability to mount the recorder on a stand. A small removable attachment is included for mounting
This battery pack is compatible with the DR-40, DR-100, DR-05, and DR-07mkII recorders
Battery Type 6 x AA batteries (alkaline or Ni-MH)
Output Power 5VDC (4-pin USB type A)
Operating Temperature 32-104°F (0-40°C)
Dimensions (WxHxD) Main body: 2.6 x 4.49 x 1.14" (66 x 114 x 29mm)
Attachment: 2.8 x 3.17 x 0.61" (71 x 81 x 16mm)
Weight Main body: 3.6 oz (102g) (without batteries)
Attachment: 1.27 oz (34g) (including washing and screw)
Tascam BP-6AA External Battery Pack for Handheld Recorders
  • USB to DC Power Cable
  • Mounting Attachment
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    TascamBP-6AA External Battery Pack for Handheld Recorders
     
    4.4

    (based on 16 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (5)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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      (0)

    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (12)
    • Reliable (10)
    • Easy to configure (7)
    • Durable (6)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Portable devices (4)
      • Travel (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Power user (7), Enthusiast (5)
        • Primary use:
        • Business (8), Personal (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (13)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Excellent boost for the Tascam DR-60D

      I needed more life out of my Tascam DR-60D and this battery pack does the trick. Fits quite nicely under the 60D with included bracket (though it could center better if they just...Read complete review

      I needed more life out of my Tascam DR-60D and this battery pack does the trick. Fits quite nicely under the 60D with included bracket (though it could center better if they just tweaked the build).

      Tascam rates the duration at around 10 hrs with one mic on phantom power (my setup), and though I'm not sure I'm getting that much time, the boost from having added the pack and now using Eneloop NimH batteries is terrific. Was swapping batts at around 3.5 hrs and now run most of the day. I wind up swapping if there is a break to guarantee I don't run out so I'm not testing for full life duration.

      I've been using it in such a way that my long lens is on the tripod with the 60D and the batt pack hanging under a Canon 5D MkIII behind it. Works well this way, though centering the batt pack would keep it clearer of my tripod handle. I'd be wary of stacking the Canon on the recorder and it's pack without rails, since the bottom two are a lot of plastic (and I've had a Ninja or heavier recorder on top of cam as well), but at that point, one should be stepping up to rails/rig anyhow.

      Had to dig up a mini-USB cable since the batt pack comes with a more typical DC adapter cable. Missed that in purchase, but found one and will buy a short one for easier use.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Adequate solution...though cumbersome

      I can't fault this for working because it does. I got over 7 hours of record time on my Tascam DR-60D.
      The size, mounting and USB cable are a pain in...Read complete review

      I can't fault this for working because it does. I got over 7 hours of record time on my Tascam DR-60D.
      The size, mounting and USB cable are a pain in the rear though. It just cant be mounted easily on a shoulder rig and with the USB mini connector, there's a fear it will detach in the middle of a take.
      Wish Tascam used camcorder style batteries like most other accessories.

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      4.0

      Awesome.

      By TeaCat

      from Madison, WI

      About Me Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Tascam BP-6AA External Battery Pack for Handheld Recorders:

            Just what I needed to extend the operating time of the Tascam Dr-60d MKII.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            Excellent boost for the Tascam DR-60D

            By Filmik

            from Brooklyn, NY

            About Me Power User

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Configure
            • Easy To Use
            • Long battery life
            • Reliable Performance

            Cons

            • Imperfect Alignment
            • Lacks Needed Cable

            Best Uses

            • Portable Devices
            • Travel

            Comments about Tascam BP-6AA External Battery Pack for Handheld Recorders:

            I needed more life out of my Tascam DR-60D and this battery pack does the trick. Fits quite nicely under the 60D with included bracket (though it could center better if they just tweaked the build).

            Tascam rates the duration at around 10 hrs with one mic on phantom power (my setup), and though I'm not sure I'm getting that much time, the boost from having added the pack and now using Eneloop NimH batteries is terrific. Was swapping batts at around 3.5 hrs and now run most of the day. I wind up swapping if there is a break to guarantee I don't run out so I'm not testing for full life duration.

            I've been using it in such a way that my long lens is on the tripod with the 60D and the batt pack hanging under a Canon 5D MkIII behind it. Works well this way, though centering the batt pack would keep it clearer of my tripod handle. I'd be wary of stacking the Canon on the recorder and it's pack without rails, since the bottom two are a lot of plastic (and I've had a Ninja or heavier recorder on top of cam as well), but at that point, one should be stepping up to rails/rig anyhow.

            Had to dig up a mini-USB cable since the batt pack comes with a more typical DC adapter cable. Missed that in purchase, but found one and will buy a short one for easier use.

            • Primary use:
            • Business
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            Great Accessory

            By Thor

            from Pittsburgh Pa

            Comments about Tascam BP-6AA External Battery Pack for Handheld Recorders:

            Though it adds more weight if mounting on a camer rig, the BP-6AA is very handy to have of doing a shoot lasting more than a couple hours.

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            4.0

            BP-6AA External Battery Pack

            By Dan

            from Ciudad de México

            About Me Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Configure
            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Portable Devices
              • Travel

              Comments about Tascam BP-6AA External Battery Pack for Handheld Recorders:

              I purchased this accessory as an additional alternative energy for my Tascam DR-100mkII, and I require to make recordings of several hours. With this product now I have the opportunity to stop worrying that the Lithium battery included with the Tascam DR-100mkII runs out. A curious fact is that this product can recharge small electronic items, such as a cell, connected by USB (of course, checking the amperage).

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Great Battery Pack for Tascam DR-60D

              By Gil

              from Costa Mesa, CA

              About Me Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Long Lasting Recording
              • Reliable Performance

              Cons

              • No Battery Meter

              Best Uses

              • Field Recordings
              • Recordings On The Move

              Comments about Tascam BP-6AA External Battery Pack for Handheld Recorders:

              I used the battery pack to provide an additional power source to my Tascam DR-60D in locations where I am unable to use the AC adaptor. It comes in very handy as I it comes with an adaptor to mount it on the tripod screw in the bottom of the recorder.
              Its easy to use, and lightweight as its made of plastic. I would like to see some sort of battery meter on it, or even a way for it to communicate with the recorder to provide a power level. I don't like that there is no way of knowing where the battery levels are at, once they run out, they recorder will just shut down. Carry extra batteries with you, or purchase the longer lasting ones like the lithium from energizer.
              Overall its a great source of power when an electrical outlet is not available.

              • Primary use:
              • Business
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              3.0

              Good power, but not a stable base.

              By Al

              from Austin, TX

              About Me Power User

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Reliable Performance

              Cons

              • Not Durable

              Best Uses

                Comments about Tascam BP-6AA External Battery Pack for Handheld Recorders:

                I wanted to be able to record several hours without fear of battery crash. It does very well for that. I often use a Canon 6D + 70/200 zoom for conferences. Putting this under the recorder is just too wobbly - so I put the recoreder and battery pack on a separate mount on the tripod. It might work ok with a lighter camera/lens combination. But it is worth the confidence of having 6 additional batteries on the recorder.

                • Primary use:
                • Business
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                3.0

                Adequate solution...though cumbersome

                By yipDog

                from Mesa, AZ

                About Me Power User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Reliable Performance

                Cons

                • Not Durable
                • Poor Design

                Best Uses

                • Studio

                Comments about Tascam BP-6AA External Battery Pack for Handheld Recorders:

                I can't fault this for working because it does. I got over 7 hours of record time on my Tascam DR-60D.
                The size, mounting and USB cable are a pain in the rear though. It just cant be mounted easily on a shoulder rig and with the USB mini connector, there's a fear it will detach in the middle of a take.
                Wish Tascam used camcorder style batteries like most other accessories.

                • Primary use:
                • Business
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Much longer run times!

                By jkarczmit

                from East Brunswick, NJ

                About Me Power User

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Configure
                • Easy To Use
                • Reliable Performance
                • Saves Money

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Longer Or Crazy-longer

                  Comments about Tascam BP-6AA External Battery Pack for Handheld Recorders:

                  OK, you can now use cheap alkalines and get more runtime than premium blue label lithium batteries. If you mount it correctly, you can still flip and visually check switches on the back. And you also get to keep your threaded mounting hole. Nice idea and comes with the short cable to run the unit properly.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great addition to my gear bag

                  By Taper_Friendly

                  from Normal, Illinois

                  About Me Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Configure
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Reliable Performance

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Portable Devices
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Tascam BP-6AA External Battery Pack for Handheld Recorders:

                    Extended the life of my DR-60D by 150% and I can hot-swap batteries and extend the life even further. Simple to use and great design, I can mount it to the top of my recorder with the included 1/4" attachment.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    4.0

                    BP-6AA External Battery

                    By Actors Film Studio

                    from Portland Oregon

                    About Me Power User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Configure
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Reliable Performance

                    Cons

                    • Bulky

                    Best Uses

                    • On Set Or Location
                    • Portable Devices

                    Comments about Tascam BP-6AA External Battery Pack for Handheld Recorders:

                    Excellent product and certainly a must have for those longer shoots. I would say though that there is no way of getting a bag or shoulder holder for the unit once attached to the Tascam DR100mrkII is not available. Portabrace makes a shoulder unit for the Tascam as a stand alone carrier but reports on that are not favorable as access to the functions is horrible. So yes buy the unit and make somethingup yourself for carrying

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    4.0

                    BP-6AA clip will not work for GT-R1

                    By meanderthal musician

                    from Asheville, NC

                    About Me Casual User

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                      • Poor Design

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Tascam BP-6AA External Battery Pack for Handheld Recorders:

                        The battery pack will work with the plug in power connectors BUT, the attachment clip is not usable for the GT-R1 unit.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Personal
                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Amazing Battery Life!

                        By Matt Benda

                        from Washington, DC

                        About Me Power User

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Configure
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Reliable Performance

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Tascam BP-6AA External Battery Pack for Handheld Recorders:

                            Bought this for my Tascam 100 and its amazing.
                            This battery pack takes 6 batteries; i'm using rechargeable Energizers.
                            With phantom power on i'm running a Senn. ME66 and a sony lav attached to the Tascam100 along with a sound devices 302 mixer with an np1 battery and i'm getting 7.5hrs on a charge.
                            Wish I knew about this battery pack a year ago!

                            • Primary use:
                            • Business
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Just what the doctor ordered!

                            By Norm

                            from Philly

                            About Me Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Configure
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Reliable Performance

                            Cons

                            • No short USBusb cord

                            Best Uses

                            • Field recording

                            Comments about Tascam BP-6AA External Battery Pack for Handheld Recorders:

                            Great to know that using pack with my DR40 I can run Phantom power to external mikes without draining all the juice from the batteries prematurely.
                            One minor gripe: it comes with a short USB to coaxial power connectors for Tascam's less expensive models but a short USB to mini USB is not included. True, you can use the USD cable that came with the recorder but it's way too long and could get in the way when in use.

                            • Primary use:
                            • Personal
                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Get one! So very worth it.

                            By NoCo Erik

                            from Northern Colorado

                            About Me Power User

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Reliable Performance

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Tascam BP-6AA External Battery Pack for Handheld Recorders:

                                The short of it, ONE AA rechargeable battery has more power in it than the built-in battery in the Tascam … and here you get six of them. Who hasn't had to swap the little battery in the Tascam half a dozen times in one day shoot? It's terrible! This unit is the answer. Get it today. The mounting rig is great and you don't lose the 1/4' socket mount.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business
                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Great product, extra features!

                                By Chris the Engineer

                                from Minneapolis, MN

                                About Me Experienced

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Amateur Recording
                                  • Events
                                  • Professional Recording

                                  Comments about Tascam BP-6AA External Battery Pack for Handheld Recorders:

                                  This product works exactly as intended. It significantly extends the runtime of my DR-40 recorder. As a side bonus, it also can be used for charging cell phones, including iPhones which can be picky about power sources.

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                                  5.0

                                  A must have for DR-100

                                  By fred

                                  from sao paulo, brazil

                                  About Me Experienced

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Powerful

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Professional Recording

                                    Comments about Tascam BP-6AA External Battery Pack for Handheld Recorders:

                                    if you use a dr-100 for field recording, you know that the lithium battery (bpl-2) does not last too long if phantom power is needed.
                                    i have 2 batteries and i run out of power every time.
                                    when this external battery came out, i bought it very fast to try it.
                                    for my surprise it works amazingly good. highly recommended.
                                    i use 6 duracell 2450 mah on it and it lasts for many, many hours using the phantom power on my dr-100.
                                    cheers

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