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SwitronixPowerBase 70 Battery for Blackmagic Cinema Camera (12" Cable)
 
4.4

(based on 24 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (6)
  • Long lasting (5)
  • Fast charge (4)
  • Professional quality (4)
  • Compact (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Professional (6)
    • Independent films (5)
    • Weddings (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Film professional (9), Business owner (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Works great so far

    works well,does what it advertises. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is because the charger is difficult to plug in. It seems like the port is slightly off...Read complete review

    works well,does what it advertises. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is because the charger is difficult to plug in. It seems like the port is slightly off center and you almost have to force the plug in to make a connection. It is probably just the 1 out of thousands that happens to. Other than that, it has a great battery life plug includes an extra port to charge accessories other than the camera at the same time!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not a fan

    Used with the BMPC4K. It adds tons of shooting time. But, I found it too large and cheap to be camera mounted. The cord, if I remember correctly, is too short for...Read complete review

    Used with the BMPC4K. It adds tons of shooting time. But, I found it too large and cheap to be camera mounted. The cord, if I remember correctly, is too short for anything but camera mounted. I returned it and went with another solution.

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    5.0

    Very impressed, great for the price

    By DBeard

    from Denver, CO

    Comments about Switronix PowerBase 70 Battery for Blackmagic Cinema Camera (12" Cable):

    Bought this to supplement a BMCC, never ran out of battery life in a 5 hour period, was powering down after every setup/take.

    For the price it is great, not sure how useful it is outside of BMCC use, but can't beat the price.

    The external battery life meter is very useful.

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    2.0

    Not a fan

    By Joshua

    from Pittsburgh

    About Me Business Owner

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Improves Performance

    Cons

    • Poor Design
    • Pricey / Poor Value

    Best Uses

    • Independent Films

    Comments about Switronix PowerBase 70 Battery for Blackmagic Cinema Camera (12" Cable):

    Used with the BMPC4K. It adds tons of shooting time. But, I found it too large and cheap to be camera mounted. The cord, if I remember correctly, is too short for anything but camera mounted. I returned it and went with another solution.

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    5.0

    Works well

    By Dank

    from NJ

    Comments about Switronix PowerBase 70 Battery for Blackmagic Cinema Camera (12" Cable):

    Nice battery. Charges quick. Plugs in easy.

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    4.0

    Great, but pricy

    By Dorian

    from Seattle

    Comments about Switronix PowerBase 70 Battery for Blackmagic Cinema Camera (12" Cable):

    This works fantastic with the BMCC. It takes a bit to charge but extends the life of the BMCC by a lot! The one thing is that it seems a pricy for what it is, but it is required (basically) for the BMCC.

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    5.0

    great for BMCC!

    By david

    from atlanta

    Comments about Switronix PowerBase 70 Battery for Blackmagic Cinema Camera (12" Cable):

    Great battery, holds charge, and gives time to use my BMCC

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    5.0

    Good battery Good price

    By DLN

    from Austin TX

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact Design
    • Easy To Use
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Complex Projects
      • Independent Films

      Comments about Switronix PowerBase 70 Battery for Blackmagic Cinema Camera (12" Cable):

      I would not mount this battery under the BMCC as it would block the fan vent and cause the camera to overheat I think. I mount the battery on the rail system I use

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      4.0

      Good Battery

      By Bart

      from New York, New York

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

      • Limited Compatibility

      Best Uses

        Comments about Switronix PowerBase 70 Battery for Blackmagic Cinema Camera (12" Cable):

        This is a great battery for the BMCC. Unfortauntely the regulator that comes with the battery is not to be used with the BMCC. It has a regulator that regulates 11-17v. The camera can get 12v - 30v. By using this battery and regulator I have fried my internal BMCC battery. I wish it was clearer somewhere that the regulator supplied with the battery wasn't to be used with the BMCC.

        However, the battery is great, it lasts a long time, it's very easy to mount. It also has a very nice function of showing how full it is by a push button on the battery itself.

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        5.0

        As Advertised

        By Gary

        from Massachusetts

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Switronix PowerBase 70 Battery for Blackmagic Cinema Camera (12" Cable):

        Essential piece of kit if you own a BMCC. The quick release and v mount are nice features as well as the LED light to let you know how much power is left. Cord could be longer, it's a tight squeeze going from the back of my rig (as counterbalance) to my BMCC.

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        4.0

        Mal necessário

        By Thomas

        from Mogi Mirim SP Brasil

        About Me Business Owner

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Improves Performance

        Cons

        • Lacks Functionality
        • Limited Compatibility
        • Pricey / Poor Value

        Best Uses

        • Independent Films

        Comments about Switronix PowerBase 70 Battery for Blackmagic Cinema Camera (12" Cable):

        Existem outras baterias externas nessa mesma faixa de preço. Não pesquisei, pois esta vinha em um combo com a BMCC. O problema é que todas as conexões externas dependem de um novo adaptador especifico. E tem alguns que custam muito caro. Como o para se usar com BM SDI to HDMI converter.

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        5.0

        The BMDC lasts forever on this battery!

        By Ben Beames

        from Santa Cruz, CA

        About Me Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Highly Compatible
        • Long Lasting

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Complex Projects
          • Independent Films

          Comments about Switronix PowerBase 70 Battery for Blackmagic Cinema Camera (12" Cable):

          This battery is a great addition to the BlackMagic Design Camera. It can even be used to charge the internal battery on the camera so that it can be used in a lighter configuration when doing steadicam or hand held shots.

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          5.0

          Best

          By Fernando

          from Chula Vista California

          About Me Business Owner

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Professional Quality

          Cons

          • Poor Design

          Best Uses

          • In The Studio

          Comments about Switronix PowerBase 70 Battery for Blackmagic Cinema Camera (12" Cable):

          very good for my job.

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          4.0

          design seems good

          By RobertM

          from Roswell, NM

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact Design

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Switronix PowerBase 70 Battery for Blackmagic Cinema Camera (12" Cable):

              Unfortunately the Blackmagic 4K camera I ordered this for hasn't shipped yet, but from what I can gather from it, the design seems pretty and I can't find any glaring problem with it. But, I'll be sure to write a full review on it when I get the camera.

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              4.0

              Practical and Reasonable

              By MJC

              from Chicago, IL

              About Me Professional Artist

              Verified Buyer

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                Cons

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                    Comments about Switronix PowerBase 70 Battery for Blackmagic Cinema Camera (12" Cable):

                    This product seems to offer great value for the price. I have only been using it for a short time but I am very happy with it so far. One full charge has been enough to power my BMCC for over two days of occasional test shoots (I turn the camera on/off often to conserve power of course). I have the included quick release plate mounted to a cheese plate on my rig, which is very convenient for set-up and breakdown. If you do not own a conventional v-mount plate this is a relatively affordable, entry-level alternative that provides essentially the same functionality. Also, if you upgrade to a conventional v-mount system later, this battery can be used in that kind of set-up as well. I should note, I wish that the cable that tethers the battery to the camera was longer. At approximately 12" the cable length limits my rig configurations. I prefer to have the BMCC positioned toward the front half of my shoulder rig with the baseplate upside down and the camera mounted via the threads on top (unconventional I know, but stable). Although, if I do this then the cable is too short to hang the battery off the back of the shoulder rig as a counterweight.

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                    5.0

                    no worries keep filming

                    By frenchy

                    from paris,france

                    About Me Film Student

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Independent Films
                      • In The Studio

                      Comments about Switronix PowerBase 70 Battery for Blackmagic Cinema Camera (12" Cable):

                      you get what you expect...professional grade!

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      So far so good.

                      By Daren Afshar

                      from Japan

                      About Me Film Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Switronix PowerBase 70 Battery for Blackmagic Cinema Camera (12" Cable):

                            So far so good. Using this with our 2.5K BMCC in a variety of environments. Will report back if we experience anything that should be shared with the community.

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                            3.0

                            Good, but Not Great

                            By Chase

                            from Los Angeles, CA

                            About Me Film Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                              Cons

                              • Short Life

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Switronix PowerBase 70 Battery for Blackmagic Cinema Camera (12" Cable):

                                If you get it for discounted with the BMCC it's absolutely worth it, but I'm not convinced that it's worth the full price.

                                I shot a music video last weekend and it lost half the charge in only an hour or two of shooting. I was hoping it would make it a full day, but I would plan on having at least two.

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                                4.0

                                Charger not included

                                By Mark of Make Your Mark

                                from Adelphi, MD

                                About Me Tech Savvy

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Works As Advertized

                                Cons

                                • No Charger Included

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Switronix PowerBase 70 Battery for Blackmagic Cinema Camera (12" Cable):

                                  I bought this for my Blackmagic 2.6K Camera based on recommended accessories from B & H. Very basic instructions included with the product and no mention of required charger cable. Finally figured out what was needed from Swiftronix web site and ordered the charger cable. Would have helped to have known this up front. Works fine.

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                                  5.0

                                  Great Budget Battery Option

                                  By Corey

                                  from Los Angeles

                                  About Me Film Professional

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                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Fast Recharge

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Professional

                                    Comments about Switronix PowerBase 70 Battery for Blackmagic Cinema Camera (12" Cable):

                                    Love it. Charges quickly, lasts pretty well. It can drain fairly quickly while powering an SDI-HDMI converter box though.

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                                    4.0

                                    Works great so far

                                    By CCMediaService

                                    from Atlanta, GA

                                    About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Fast Recharge
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Long Lasting

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Birthdays
                                      • Home Movies
                                      • Parties
                                      • Professional
                                      • Weddings

                                      Comments about Switronix PowerBase 70 Battery for Blackmagic Cinema Camera (12" Cable):

                                      works well,does what it advertises. The only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is because the charger is difficult to plug in. It seems like the port is slightly off center and you almost have to force the plug in to make a connection. It is probably just the 1 out of thousands that happens to. Other than that, it has a great battery life plug includes an extra port to charge accessories other than the camera at the same time!

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                                      • No

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                                      5.0

                                      Makes the BMCC worth your time

                                      By Buck Budd

                                      from Colorado Springs, CO

                                      About Me Film Professional

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Long Lasting

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Documentary
                                        • Long shoots
                                        • Professional
                                        • Weddings

                                        Comments about Switronix PowerBase 70 Battery for Blackmagic Cinema Camera (12" Cable):

                                        The short 90 minute battery life of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera would be a deal breaker if it wasn't for third party solutions like this one. This is probably the most convenient (and affordable) external batteries currently available for the BMCC. It attaches right to the bottom of the camera, and you can still go handheld without needing a cage.

                                        It increases the battery life by 4x the normal amount, so you get roughly 6 hours of shooting with this attached.

                                        Worth the purchase.

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