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

(based on 28 reviews)

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    (10)

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95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (7)
  • Professional quality (6)
  • Improves performance (5)
  • Long lasting (5)
  • Compact (4)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (3)

Best Uses

  • Independent films (8)
  • Professional (6)
  • In the studio (5)
  • Complex projects (4)
  • Weddings (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Film professional (9), Professional artist (4), Business owner (3), Film student (3)
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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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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

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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    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

                  Best Uses

                    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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                      5.0

                      So far so good.

                      By Daren Afshar

                      from Japan

                      About Me Film Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

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                            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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