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SwitronixPowerBase 70 Battery for Canon LP-E6 Cameras (12" Cable)
 
4.5

(based on 13 reviews)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to install (10)
  • Long-lasting (9)
  • Good value (7)
  • Reliable (6)
  • Fast charge (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Primary battery (9)
  • Professional cameras (6)
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    • Was this a gift?:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good power solution

I use it with 5D Mk II and 7D Canon DSLRs when shooting video. The battery also powers my SmallHD DP6 monitor connected to the included D-Tap port. The battery lasts the better part...Read complete review

I use it with 5D Mk II and 7D Canon DSLRs when shooting video. The battery also powers my SmallHD DP6 monitor connected to the included D-Tap port. The battery lasts the better part of a day running the cameras in Live View mode (a power drain) and the monitor. Turning off Live View and/or the monitor helps conserve power while moving gear, of course.

The cameras present an error message that they cannot communicate with the battery when first turned on which you must give an "OKAY" response to before continuing. That might cause some to miss a quick shot if used for stills, but this battery is likely of more interest to DSLR video shooters. There is a known issue with the battery causing an "ERR" message on the 7D if the SmallHD monitor is in place, turned on, and connected to the HDMI port when the camera is powered up. It is quickly remedied by removing the battery connector from the battery well of the camera, and retrying with the monitor off. This can be a bit of a pain if your DSLR is locked into a complex tripod head or rails set-up and the battery well door is not accessible. Once you get used to the proper start-up procedure, it's rarely an issue. Camera power first, then monitor.

Mounted on a shoulder rig behind a DSLR, the battery weight can help counter-balance a typically front-heavy rig. The battery also has convenient 1/4-20 thread accessory mounts on front and back. I attach a quick-release plate to the battery for rapid mount/dismount from tripod or shoulder rigs.

The battery can only be charged with its own charger connected through a D-Tap style port. On my battery, this port is very tight and was a bit difficult to force the plastic connector into, as though the hard plastic plug was a hair too large. The charger plug doesn't sit very deep or lock into the battery, so care will be warranted to be sure it's fully seated. A red light comes on the charger when the battery is charging. It will not overcharge if left charging overnight. The battery takes a while to charge, so don't plan of running it down in the morning and having it ready to go after lunch, but with caution, a single battery can last all day. The battery charge indicator has always seemed relatively accurate, as much as can be expected from a 4-LED light series.

The D-Tap power connection power for accessories such as a monitor or video light is great, but mine is a little loose, so a piece of gaffer tape might be in order if you're shooting run-and-gun style. As others have stated, the plastic mount to a DSLR is a tad wobbly but only a little. It's never been a problem when locked down on tripod or jib, and if you're whirling a DSLR around enough to make it move significantly, you probably have more issues with jello-cam rolling shutter affecting your image than camera movement on the mount. If it gets bad enough that I'm concerned, I'll try shimming the mount plate in the well to see if that snugs the fit.

I would buy another in a minute, and am considering getting the cable for my Sony EX1 so I can use the battery on it as well for event coverage. It's very adaptable to power D-Tap port accessories even if not being used for a camera.

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Does NOT come with a way to charge the battery!!

If you order this item, you will not get the required charger. You will have a great, useful battery, but no way to recharge it.

I bought this battery...Read complete review

If you order this item, you will not get the required charger. You will have a great, useful battery, but no way to recharge it.

I bought this battery for a shoot I'm doing later this week, and was dismayed to discover that it doesn't come with a charger. Also, this didn't come with a manual--so I didn't realize I needed a special charger until I learned the hard way that you can't just plug this into your Canon charger.

B&H offers a complete Switronix kit that *includes* the charger, but it's a different item # in the B&H catalog. If you want a charger with your PowerBase70, use that item #, not this one.

To B&H's credit, they gave me the reduced "kit" price for the charger and even threw in overnight shipping so I wasn't screwed for my shoot. I'm sure if I had dug deep enough, I could have discovered this on my own, but I guess I just assumed that a giant external battery with special taps would come with some kind of charging mechanism.

I feel like "does not come with charger" should be listed in giant bold letters under this listing, just so no one goes through what I did. Hopefully this review will help.

I've given this product 2 stars for the fact that this item # doesn't have a charger ... but I agree with the previous reviews that the battery itself seems very strong and long-lasting, and definitely amazing value compared to the Anton/Bauer stuff.

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2.0

Does NOT come with a way to charge the battery!!

By Chris

from Austin, TX

Verified Reviewer

Pros

    Cons

    • Charger Not Included

    Best Uses

      Comments about Switronix PowerBase 70 Battery for Canon LP-E6 Cameras (12" Cable):

      If you order this item, you will not get the required charger. You will have a great, useful battery, but no way to recharge it.

      I bought this battery for a shoot I'm doing later this week, and was dismayed to discover that it doesn't come with a charger. Also, this didn't come with a manual--so I didn't realize I needed a special charger until I learned the hard way that you can't just plug this into your Canon charger.

      B&H offers a complete Switronix kit that *includes* the charger, but it's a different item # in the B&H catalog. If you want a charger with your PowerBase70, use that item #, not this one.

      To B&H's credit, they gave me the reduced "kit" price for the charger and even threw in overnight shipping so I wasn't screwed for my shoot. I'm sure if I had dug deep enough, I could have discovered this on my own, but I guess I just assumed that a giant external battery with special taps would come with some kind of charging mechanism.

      I feel like "does not come with charger" should be listed in giant bold letters under this listing, just so no one goes through what I did. Hopefully this review will help.

      I've given this product 2 stars for the fact that this item # doesn't have a charger ... but I agree with the previous reviews that the battery itself seems very strong and long-lasting, and definitely amazing value compared to the Anton/Bauer stuff.

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      4.0

      Great Value, Lots of Juice

      By Bob D

      from Tucson, AZ

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Charges Quickly
      • Easy To Install
      • Good Value
      • Long-Lasting

      Cons

      • Sloppy Qr Plate

      Best Uses

      • Canon 7d
      • Dslr Cine
      • Primary Battery

      Comments about Switronix PowerBase 70 Battery for Canon LP-E6 Cameras (12" Cable):

      I used this with my Canon 7d in cine mode. Recently shot for 8 hours, hardly put a dent in capacity (full set of bars at the end of the day...). Granted, we payed attention to the usual on and off when possible to avoid the dreaded 7D overheat icon, and no battery attached accessories.

      Love the interchangeable converter box/cables, but wish the green led actually indicated power to the camera, not just power to the converter box output; perhaps a two color led with red for converter output, and green for current draw from the camera?

      We mounted the unit on the camera base/tripod. The plastic quick release plate is a bit sloppy, instilling a bit of apprehension as to reliability.

      All in all, a good value compared to the likes of Anton Bauer and the like.

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      5.0

      Worth the money

      By Rizwan

      from Dubai, U.A.E.

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Charges Quickly
      • Long-Lasting
      • Reliable

      Cons

      • Unreliable Contacts

      Best Uses

      • Primary Battery
      • Professional Cameras

      Comments about Switronix PowerBase 70 Battery for Canon LP-E6 Cameras (12" Cable):

      Perfect buy for shooting videos on DSLR. have shot for a event of 9 hrs continuously without a break and still 2 dots on battery indicator remains, which i believe is enough to shoot 12hours in a row.. A must have for Video or long time-lapse.

      one should be a bit careful with the connector wire as it might broke off if handled roughly, its not really too long lasting..

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      5.0

      Great power for DLSR video

      By Photosbysnow

      from Malawian, NJ

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Charges Quickly
      • Easy To Install
      • Good Value
      • Long-Lasting
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Primary Battery
        • Professional Cameras

        Comments about Switronix PowerBase 70 Battery for Canon LP-E6 Cameras (12" Cable):

        I use this in my canon 7d video setup. The battery is a bit heavy to hand hold but on my video rig its amazing. It lasted for a 4 hour event and has all 4 led lights still showing. Great product and a good price.

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        4.0

        Good power solution

        By Zan Shin

        from Midwest USA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Pros

        • Easy To Install
        • Good Value
        • Long-Lasting
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Primary Battery
          • Professional Cameras

          Comments about Switronix PowerBase 70 Battery for Canon LP-E6 Cameras (12" Cable):

          I use it with 5D Mk II and 7D Canon DSLRs when shooting video. The battery also powers my SmallHD DP6 monitor connected to the included D-Tap port. The battery lasts the better part of a day running the cameras in Live View mode (a power drain) and the monitor. Turning off Live View and/or the monitor helps conserve power while moving gear, of course.

          The cameras present an error message that they cannot communicate with the battery when first turned on which you must give an "OKAY" response to before continuing. That might cause some to miss a quick shot if used for stills, but this battery is likely of more interest to DSLR video shooters. There is a known issue with the battery causing an "ERR" message on the 7D if the SmallHD monitor is in place, turned on, and connected to the HDMI port when the camera is powered up. It is quickly remedied by removing the battery connector from the battery well of the camera, and retrying with the monitor off. This can be a bit of a pain if your DSLR is locked into a complex tripod head or rails set-up and the battery well door is not accessible. Once you get used to the proper start-up procedure, it's rarely an issue. Camera power first, then monitor.

          Mounted on a shoulder rig behind a DSLR, the battery weight can help counter-balance a typically front-heavy rig. The battery also has convenient 1/4-20 thread accessory mounts on front and back. I attach a quick-release plate to the battery for rapid mount/dismount from tripod or shoulder rigs.

          The battery can only be charged with its own charger connected through a D-Tap style port. On my battery, this port is very tight and was a bit difficult to force the plastic connector into, as though the hard plastic plug was a hair too large. The charger plug doesn't sit very deep or lock into the battery, so care will be warranted to be sure it's fully seated. A red light comes on the charger when the battery is charging. It will not overcharge if left charging overnight. The battery takes a while to charge, so don't plan of running it down in the morning and having it ready to go after lunch, but with caution, a single battery can last all day. The battery charge indicator has always seemed relatively accurate, as much as can be expected from a 4-LED light series.

          The D-Tap power connection power for accessories such as a monitor or video light is great, but mine is a little loose, so a piece of gaffer tape might be in order if you're shooting run-and-gun style. As others have stated, the plastic mount to a DSLR is a tad wobbly but only a little. It's never been a problem when locked down on tripod or jib, and if you're whirling a DSLR around enough to make it move significantly, you probably have more issues with jello-cam rolling shutter affecting your image than camera movement on the mount. If it gets bad enough that I'm concerned, I'll try shimming the mount plate in the well to see if that snugs the fit.

          I would buy another in a minute, and am considering getting the cable for my Sony EX1 so I can use the battery on it as well for event coverage. It's very adaptable to power D-Tap port accessories even if not being used for a camera.

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          5.0

          Great for DSLR video shoulder rig!

          By yipDog

          from Mesa, AZ

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Install
          • Long-Lasting

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Professional Cameras

            Comments about Switronix PowerBase 70 Battery for Canon LP-E6 Cameras (12" Cable):

            Powers camera, monitor and audio recorder and acts as counterbalance on shoulder rig.

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            5.0

            A must-have for HDSLR work

            By davidmoffitt

            from Rochester, NY

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Charges Quickly
            • Easy To Install
            • Long-Lasting

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Primary Battery

              Comments about Switronix PowerBase 70 Battery for Canon LP-E6 Cameras (12" Cable):

              This thing lasts forever, charges quickly, is well built, what more can you ask for?

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              • No

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              5.0

              Shoot all day

              By Arlo Emerson

              from Seattle, WA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Charges Quickly
              • Easy To Install
              • Good Value
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Primary Battery

                Comments about Switronix PowerBase 70 Battery for Canon LP-E6 Cameras (12" Cable):

                I bought this product for my 5D shoulder rig. I have yet to shoot the battery dry in one day of shooting, but I'm currently only running the camera with plans to add a monitor. I modified the power cable, lengthening it by 12 inches so I could mount the battery on the tail of the shoulder harness. I'm not saying this is a con, per se, but it's something to note if you plan on locating your battery farther than the 6 inch cable that comes with this.

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                5.0

                YOU HAVE TO BUY THIS IF YOU SHOOT VIDEO

                By Walter Pawluk Productions

                from Pasadena, CA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Install
                • Good Value
                • Holds very long charge

                Cons

                • Plastic connector plate

                Best Uses

                • Primary Battery
                • Professional Cameras
                • Shooting video

                Comments about Switronix PowerBase 70 Battery for Canon LP-E6 Cameras (12" Cable):

                sure it's kind of heavy, but my tripod isn't complaining. i shoot wedding videos and i need my camera on for most of the day, and the regular battery made for photographers is a joke.
                i'm finally entering the canon 5d world, and that world needs a lot of power.. for hours on end.
                THIS PROVIDES THAT.
                I shot an entire wedding day with one pack (i bought another one for back up but did not need it)

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                4.0

                Heavy, but lots of power

                By GC_Photo

                from Greenwich, CT

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Install
                • Long-Lasting
                • Reliable

                Cons

                • Heavy
                • Too Bulky

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Switronix PowerBase 70 Battery for Canon LP-E6 Cameras (12" Cable):

                  I use my 5dmii for wedding videos and commercial video. When shooting events you need a long lasting reliable power source because you can't stop in the middle of something to change batteries. This eliminates at least one worry for your day's work. I shot for 8 hours with a total of 37 GB's of data and only used about 30% of the battery!

                  It attaches securely to the bottom of the camera with a great little quick release plate design and doesn't cause any noticeable wobble. It is however a bit bulky since it's wider than the camera and it adds quite a bit of weight as well. Add a heavy lens like a 24-70 and it gets quite front heavy. I usually use two support methods that I switch between when shooting. I use a manfrotto monopod and a shoulder support for more freedom. I switched from the plastic stedi-stock to the opteka metal rig when I got this battery because the stedi-stock's plastic build couldn't support all the weight. However, the Opteka doesn't strap to the shoulder and I realized that all the weight was now on my bicep to hold the camera steady. This is a problem for long takes and I definitely struggled.

                  I ended up just using the monopod for the rest of the shoot. If you have a similar style or idea you'll either need a shoulder unit that straps to your back for long takes or just stay on a tripod or monopod.

                  Also, I felt that the charger should be included for the price.

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                  5.0

                  Great Power!

                  By BlueMountainMedia

                  from Franklin, NC

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Install
                  • Good Value
                  • Long-Lasting
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Primary Battery
                    • Professional Cameras
                    • Video

                    Comments about Switronix PowerBase 70 Battery for Canon LP-E6 Cameras (12" Cable):

                    This thing is pretty sweet! It came charged. I bought two. One for each camera. I don't have an accurate battery time to share with you. I'm satisfied that it is a better deal than buying several batteries, (which is what I was concidering). This does add onto the weight of your camera, but I'd rather have the extra weight and not miss a shot I need. It can mount to tripods or steady rigs. That's what I mainly use it with, and the 7D's of course. Helpful hint for you that I didn't know.. you have to work the cable wire into the groove of the battery pack and camera so the battery door of the camera CLOSES or your camera won't come on. May be a "no doy!" for some of you, but I'm new to the DSLR game.

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                    4.0

                    Pretty good BUT

                    By harik

                    from Sacramento, CA

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Install
                    • Good Value
                    • Long-Lasting

                    Cons

                    • Loose quick release plate
                    • Too Bulky

                    Best Uses

                    • Primary Battery

                    Comments about Switronix PowerBase 70 Battery for Canon LP-E6 Cameras (12" Cable):

                    It's good powerwise.. but if your planning to keep it under the battery using the quick release.. dont.. it's too loose that your camera wobbles a little... so it's another connection that becomes loose after a while.. the quick release plate is plastic...

                    i prefer something with screws.. holds tight and doesn't shake... plastic just wobbles and u dont have a stable shot.. unless your not touching the tripod at all...

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                    5.0

                    Necesary for video recording

                    By Alf

                    from Puebla, Puebla, México

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy Set Up

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Switronix PowerBase 70 Battery for Canon LP-E6 Cameras (12" Cable):

                        Mustget one when recording HD video. The Canon batteries are gone quickly. It helps to stabilize the image.

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