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

(based on 39 reviews)

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  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Professional quality (14)
  • Improves performance (13)
  • Easy to use (11)
  • Lightweight (9)
  • Highly compatible (8)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (4)
  • Poor design (3)

Best Uses

  • Independent films (16)
  • In the studio (10)
  • Complex projects (9)
  • Professional (6)
  • Home movies (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional artist (11), Business owner (9), Film professional (9), Film student (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (29)

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

 

Do Not Recommend

We bought several of these for our camera rental business. Every one of our Powerbases failed. The indicator on the side that shows how much charge remains quit working. Upon submitting them back...Read complete review

We bought several of these for our camera rental business. Every one of our Powerbases failed. The indicator on the side that shows how much charge remains quit working. Upon submitting them back to Switronix they advised us that while the battery itself is under warranty, the little printed circuit board inside that indicates battery state is NOT covered under warranty and would be over $ to repair. The battery still holds a charge and works fine, it's just guess work for any customer out on a shoot.

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5.0

Solid chunk of a battery.

By RSVP FILMS

from Southern California

About Me Business Owner, Filmmaker, Professional Artist

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Improves Performance
  • Professional Quality

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Complex Projects
    • Independent Films
    • In The Studio
    • Mounted To Camera Rig

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

    Solid piece of gear. Very sturdy and well crafted. The cable is just the right length for the Black Magic Cinema Cameras that I use. It IS a bit weighty when mounting to a rig but actually balances out the Cine lens weight nicely. The only negative I found was the charger (sold separately) was a little difficult to insert to the unit. Good price for want you are getting. I'm happy with my purchase and will be getting another. I do recommend.

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    5.0

    Bmcc problems

    By J.D

    from CA

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

    I purchased this for my Black magic cinema camera it works great easy to set up, really no instructions needed arrived in 2 days and gives about 5 hours extra of battery life.

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    5.0

    Great Power Solution

    By NAS

    from Antigua

    About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Pricey / Poor Value

    Best Uses

    • Complex Projects
    • Independent Films
    • In The Studio

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

    Well. All I can say is fortunately for Blackmagic users - this piece of power gear exists. It's the one thing that really saves the camera, with the extended shoot time it allows. I get a kazillion amount of time not being tethered to AC power to get the shots right. Good buy

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    5.0

    More Power

    By Andrew

    from Boston, MA

    About Me Professional Artist

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Professional Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Independent Films

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

      With this battery attached to my BMCC I was able to do a half day of outdoor shooting without the fear of running out of power.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great for BMCC

      By ADAM BLANT

      from North Hollywood

      Verified Buyer

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

      I Use this for my BlackMagic Cinema Camera. Works great! Not to mention I use it to power my LED brick Lights and Monitors from time to time. I will be buying more.

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      1.0

      Do Not Recommend

      By Guerilla Cameras & Gear

      from Austin, TX

      About Me Business Owner

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Improves Performance

      Cons

      • Not Fully Warranted
      • Poor Design

      Best Uses

      • Independent Films
      • In The Studio

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

      We bought several of these for our camera rental business. Every one of our Powerbases failed. The indicator on the side that shows how much charge remains quit working. Upon submitting them back to Switronix they advised us that while the battery itself is under warranty, the little printed circuit board inside that indicates battery state is NOT covered under warranty and would be over $ to repair. The battery still holds a charge and works fine, it's just guess work for any customer out on a shoot.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Worth Every Dollar

      By Joe-Snowdrift Films

      from Wisconsin

      About Me Hobbyist, Professional Artist

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Improves Performance
      • Professional Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        Bought for my BMCC and LOVE it! The BMCC has such limited ability that I had to have a constant power source, making exterior shots very difficult.

        I no longer have to worry as I used it outside with this battery for about five hours without having to worry about additional power!

        AMAZING!

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        5.0

        The best way to use a BMCC all day

        By Dave C.

        from Pittsburgh, PA

        About Me Business Owner

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Complex Projects
        • Independent Films
        • In The Studio

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

        If you own a Blackmagic, then you are well aware of the short battery life. Usually I'm at 75% after just setting my aperture and getting focus. I had my eye on this Switronix PowerBase for a while and finally bit the bullet. Wish I had done so sooner.

        This product is the optimal backup to keep your camera up and running in the field. It's also convenient for powering some battery operated LED panels, so you'll be happy you have this whether you're filming a hike through the woods or shooting a talking head outdoors.

        Make sure you pick up the power cord with it! Not sure why these are separate items, but this thing is useless without being able to plug it in for a charge.

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        5.0

        Can't film for hours without it

        By Hooligam dreamer

        from Nyc

        About Me Professional Artist

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Complex Projects
          • Independent Films

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

          Essence
          Essential

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          • No

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          4.0

          Worth buying

          By Angus McLellan

          from Guelph, ON

          About Me Business Owner, Professional Artist

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              I bought two of these units for my Cinema 2.5K setup. There are some very minor design issues, such as the length and placement of the power cable, but these are easily workable.
              Between my two units, I can easily shoot all day long (I prefer to keep the brightness on my camera display set low) without a recharge.
              I have used the PowerBase 70 attached directly to my camera, to the underside of the camera cage, on the tripod, and on a shoulder mount. All worked quite well.

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              5.0

              Best Solution For the BMPC & BMPC!

              By Faymus Media

              from New York City

              About Me Business Owner, Film Student, Hobbyist, Professional Artist, Videographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Home Movies
              • Independent Films

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

              The BMPC and BMCC cameras are great. Their battery life is not. 1-1.5 hours of shooting and they are completely dead. With this battery the life is about 4 hours plus the 1 hour of the internal battery. So safely there is 4-5 hours of life to shoot. The battery is a little heavy and bulky but not too bad.

              You can mount it with the quick release plate to the bottom of the camera and then mount any plates to the bottom of the batteries V-Plate via 1/4-20 female threads.

              This is a great battery and charger. Its a must have!!

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              5.0

              You need a battery

              By bolexbuster

              from Washington D.C.

              About Me Professional Artist

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

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

                Okay so, witht he Blackmagic Camera the internal battery dies like in an hour. THis thing doesn't so much just power the device so much as recharge the internal battery while it's onboard. Which is fine. It should give you 3-4 full recharges.

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                5.0

                Used under Blackmagic

                By Maniaco007

                from San Francisco

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

                It's convenient. Provides power to my Blackmagic Prod 4k and SmallHD screen. Right now I use it under the camera. It holds fine but the camera is not as stable as it would be straight on the tripod. You can still do steady shots, but it'd be nice to have the plate be a lot wide/longer filling the gap that currently exist off the side where the camera and battery attach.The barrel of the power input is 5mm outside and 2.1 mm inside. It provides power to the camera for about 4hrs. It takes a while to charge. Wasn't able to get an exact time yet. But maybe 4hrs.Make sure you have the AC adapter when you buy this battery as it usually doesn't come with it.

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                4.0

                Adds much needed battery life to BMCC/PC

                By Jessie

                from San Francisco

                About Me Film Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Highly Compatible
                • Improves Performance
                • Professional Quality

                Cons

                • Pricey / Poor Value

                Best Uses

                • Independent Films
                • In The Studio

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

                I use this with my BMPC 4k. I have the red rock ultra cage and it sits nicely on the top of that, keeping the weight central when I'm on the tripod. One of these days I'll get the shoulder rig for the camera and invest in the v mount plate for this battery so I can use it as a counterweight on the back.The battery lasts me a full morning shooting, then I charge it over lunch to get a bit more juice out of it. It lasts 3-4 hours depending how you shoot. I'll have to get another so I can have one charging while I'm running the other one down so I'm never running the risk of losing power during a full day's shoot.

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                3.0

                Great, but no power cord

                By Slimm

                from San Francisco

                About Me Film Student, Professional Artist

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Improves Performance

                Cons

                • Lacks Functionality

                Best Uses

                • Complex Projects
                • Independent Films
                • In The Studio

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

                Works fine, but cord to camera is not long enough if you plan to put the batter in say a utility pocket on your person. Also does not include a power cord to charge the base, which i thought was ridiculous.

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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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                (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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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