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SwitronixPB70B PowerBase 70 (Battery Pack Only)
 
4.3

(based on 10 reviews)

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    (3)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (6)
  • Easy to use (4)
  • Long lasting (4)
  • Fast charge (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Professional (4)
  • Independent films (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Film professional (5), Professional artist (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great battery!!

I got two of these to power my DSLR rig. Perfect compliment to a small setup. I attached the quickrelease plate to the 1/4 20 on the back of my rig and that...Read complete review

I got two of these to power my DSLR rig. Perfect compliment to a small setup. I attached the quickrelease plate to the 1/4 20 on the back of my rig and that left the vmount on the battery exposed on the other side. Now i can mount my audio recorder directly to the battery with a vmount quickrelease. Awesome!! Also works as a great counterbalance. Powers my 5D and Marshall monitor for 5 hours and swapping out batteries takes 5 seconds.
I opted for the Zacuto LP-E6 Dtap cable because it was longer than the powerbase 70 cable and offered more setup flexibility.
The charger for the battery is junk though; died the first day.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Does the Job!

A relatively inexpensive and effective Vmount battery.I like the P-tap option included on the battery body for powering other accessories. Though, p-tap port looks weak and. Not sure it will withstand a couple...Read complete review

A relatively inexpensive and effective Vmount battery.I like the P-tap option included on the battery body for powering other accessories. Though, p-tap port looks weak and. Not sure it will withstand a couple hundred inserts and removal.My Major gripe is the wonky 1/4-20 release plate. it's just not sturdy enough and you can tell it can only hold cams with small body. even the BMCC doesn't sit right/tight on it. Makes me contemplate getting rods and a vmount plate.Overall, solid buy but don't trust your cam to sit right or tight on it!

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5.0

Very Versatile

By Lamoureaux

from Lakewood, CO

About Me Professional Artist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Highly Compatible
  • Improves Performance

Cons

  • Pricey / Poor Value

Best Uses

  • Complex Projects
  • Independent Films
  • In The Studio

Comments about Switronix PB70B PowerBase 70 (Battery Pack Only):

I use the pack with a v-mount to my BlackMagic Production Camera and it's a must have since the internal battery lasts maybe 20 minutes and I can get hours of shooting time with a couple of these on hand. What I like most is the ability to power any camera accessories at the same time (with the v-mount sold separately) and is large and heavy enough to help use as a counterweight when I am using the shoulder rig.

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4.0

Does what it claims

By Paul

from Los Angeles

Comments about Switronix PB70B PowerBase 70 (Battery Pack Only):

Quality construction

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3.0

Does the Job!

By badex

from Lagos

About Me Professional Artist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Poor Design

Best Uses

  • Independent Films
  • In The Studio

Comments about Switronix PB70B PowerBase 70 (Battery Pack Only):

A relatively inexpensive and effective Vmount battery.I like the P-tap option included on the battery body for powering other accessories. Though, p-tap port looks weak and. Not sure it will withstand a couple hundred inserts and removal.My Major gripe is the wonky 1/4-20 release plate. it's just not sturdy enough and you can tell it can only hold cams with small body. even the BMCC doesn't sit right/tight on it. Makes me contemplate getting rods and a vmount plate.Overall, solid buy but don't trust your cam to sit right or tight on it!

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5.0

Works Great

By Dr. G

from Atlanta, Ga

About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Highly Compatible
  • Lightweight
  • Professional Quality

Cons

  • Long Charge Time

Best Uses

  • Complex Projects
  • Independent Films

Comments about Switronix PB70B PowerBase 70 (Battery Pack Only):

I use two of these to power a Black Magic Cinema camera. Typically, I'm able to get about 4-4.5 hours of life out of a single battery. With two or three of these on a single camera you can pretty much go all day. The only downside I've found with these is the length of time you have to wait for it to fully charge. It seems to take anywhere from 5-6 hours. Of course if you leave it charging over night that's not a big deal and it's much better than using DSLR batteries or the internal on the BMCC. Plus, the v-mount attachment makes adding the battery to the BMCC a cinch over something like the Anton Bauer. Overall, this is the ideal pick.

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5.0

Amazing product

By Beemore

from Boston

About Me Film Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast Recharge
  • Lightweight
  • Long Lasting

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Parties
    • Professional
    • Weddings

    Comments about Switronix PB70B PowerBase 70 (Battery Pack Only):

    This little beast now runs everything on my DSLR rig. And with I was able to attach the plate via a free 1/4 20 so now the battery can be mounted via the quick release. Also, I can mount more devices via the free Vmount. Perfect addition to the rig. I will probably buy a few more of these. Currently have 2 and that will last a 10 hour day easily and my charger completely charges both batteries in 40 minutes. Life is good!!!

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    4.0

    Best battery money can buy!... mostly

    By Janitor

    from West Lafayette, IN

    About Me Film Professional, Tech Professional

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    Pros

    • Fast Recharge
    • Great Counterweight
    • Lightweight
    • Long Lasting

    Cons

    • No Charger
    • Weak P-Tap

    Best Uses

    • Professional
    • Short Films
    • Weddings

    Comments about Switronix PB70B PowerBase 70 (Battery Pack Only):

    I use this with my Canon T3i + a 7" LCD Monitor that has XLR power in, I purchased a second unit with the camera adapter at first for a week long shoot, but the p-tap on the unit busted just from inserting the Switronix charger, having that happen two days before shooting was a major pain so I overnighted this one.

    The legnth of life is unbeatable, I was shooting a feature legnth film over 16 hours a day and I never had to charge this battery! A+++++++++ there.

    Now to the annoying parts, it doesn't include the charger, and the p-tap is extremely easy to snap, be very very careful!

    All in all I'd buy a 3rd if I thought for some reason I would need that much power, this is by far the best battery purchase I have ever made!

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    3.0

    Great, but has failed 2x now

    By snoop lion

    from US

    About Me Tech Savvy

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Long Lasting

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Professional

      Comments about Switronix PB70B PowerBase 70 (Battery Pack Only):

      Low weight for the output, easy to use. Powers a canon 5D MKII-III and dolly system.

      It's failed 2x on me in the past 6+ months, however, one time during a critical moment that cost me some great footage.

      Support is good about fixing it, but it's going to be tough for me to justify relying on this. Hopefully this is just a fluke, otherwise great product.

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      5.0

      Great battery!!

      By beemore

      from boston

      About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Professional

          Comments about Switronix PB70B PowerBase 70 (Battery Pack Only):

          I got two of these to power my DSLR rig. Perfect compliment to a small setup. I attached the quickrelease plate to the 1/4 20 on the back of my rig and that left the vmount on the battery exposed on the other side. Now i can mount my audio recorder directly to the battery with a vmount quickrelease. Awesome!! Also works as a great counterbalance. Powers my 5D and Marshall monitor for 5 hours and swapping out batteries takes 5 seconds.
          I opted for the Zacuto LP-E6 Dtap cable because it was longer than the powerbase 70 cable and offered more setup flexibility.
          The charger for the battery is junk though; died the first day.

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          4.0

          Excellent power source

          By Brad

          from Bellingham, WA

          About Me Film Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Long Lasting

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Switronix PB70B PowerBase 70 (Battery Pack Only):

              Runs my Torch LED light for hours. Has battery level LED's on the side. I'm docking one star because the plug is poorly implemented and somewhat difficult to connect. Not a huge problem, it's just a little finicky.

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              5.0

              Now I'm playing with power!

              By DJM

              from Southern Oregon

              About Me Film Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Charges Quickly
              • Compact
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Only one p-tap

              Best Uses

                Comments about Switronix PB70B PowerBase 70 (Battery Pack Only):

                Totally awesome. Has a lot of charge right out the box. Only one p-tap, but the cord I bought for it gives you another one, and when you get the plate for your camera it gives you two more. Great bang for buck.

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