This B&H kit consists of two Watson Pro Buddy System High-Load V-Mount Batteries and a Watson Pro Dual Position Li-Ion Battery Charger. This kit has been assembled to provide you with two high-capacity batteries that can be carried on a plane, and a two-bay charger. Each battery splits in half for airline travel and supports a 15A draw when recombined. Each battery supports 15-amp maximum load, which allows it to support cinema cameras rigged with accessories, large LED lights, or other gear that uses a V-Mount.
The reverse SMBUS communication is enabled through the V-Mount connection and enables RED ONE and DSMC cameras to display detailed battery info in the viewfinder. The charger supports charging two 6.6Ah batteries simultaneously and larger capacity batteries sequentially. Additionally, when the charger is plugged into a power supply you can use it as a camera power supply and a charger at the same time.
Watson Pro Buddy System High-Load V-Mount Battery
If your filmmaking takes you across the country, or even across the globe, the Watson Pro Buddy System High-Load V-Mount Battery provides a high-capacity, yet air-travel-friendly solution. With the flip of a switch, the 168Wh battery pack splits in half, allowing it to comply with most airline carry-on regulations. The 15-amp maximum load on this battery can support cinema cameras rigged up with accessories, large LED lights, external recorders, or other on-set essential gear that uses a V-mount. Reverse SMBUS communication is enabled through the V-mount connection. RED ONE and DSMC cameras use reverse SMBUS to communicate detailed battery information, allowing time remaining information to be displayed in the viewfinder. Use the built-in D-tap and USB port to power accessories and charge mobile devices as well. Intelligent circuitry protection is built-in to prevent overloading, overheating, and short-circuits.
Buddy System Design
Note: Both halves of each battery are serialized and are not interchangeable with other Buddy System batteries.
LED Status Indicator
Watson Pro Dual Position Li-Ion Battery Charger (V-Mount)
This Watson Pro Dual Position Li-Ion Charger supports two V-mount batteries and offers a 4-pin XLR power output, providing dual-purpose functionality in a portable, handy design. It's capable of simultaneous charging, and the XLR port offers useful versatility. An ergonomic carry handle, flip-out kickstand, rubberized feet, On/Off switch, and LED status indicators complete the design and allow for comfortable and efficient operation.
This charger is able to charge two batteries with up to 6.6Ah capacities simultaneously, delivering 2.5A to each battery. For batteries with capacities of 8.8Ah or more, it provides sequential charging at 5A, first charging one to 85%, and then switching to fully charge both.
The 4-pin XLR power output can be used to power select cameras from an AC outlet or off of connected batteries. A special feature of this charger is that when it's connected to a power outlet, it is capable of charging the batteries and providing power through the XLR output at the same time, as opposed to one or the other as is more common.
Additionally, an XLR cable is included, giving you everything you need to make full use of this charger. The charger supports 100-240 VAC power input, so it can be used worldwide with the right plug adapters (sold separately).
- Supports two V-mount lithium-ion batteries
- 4-pin XLR DC power output
- Capable of sequential and simultaneous charging, depending on capacities
- Capable of charging batteries and providing power through the XLR output at the same time
- Ergonomic carry handle
- Flip-out kickstand
- Rubberized feet
- On/Off switch
- LED status indicators
- 100-240 VAC power input
- XLR cable included
XLR Power Output
- When connected to an AC outlet, delivers power at 16.7V and 4.5A
- When not connected to an outlet and with a battery/batteries attached, delivers 15V and 4.0A
- Charges a single battery at 5A
- Delivers simultaneous charging at 2.5A per channel for batteries with up to 6.6Ah capacities
- Provides sequential charging at 5A for batteries with capacities of 8.8Ah or more
Approx. Charge Times
Single: 2.5 hours
Dual: 2.5 hours simultaneously
Single: 3.8 hours
Dual: 3.8 hours simultaneously
Single: 2.5 hours
Dual: 5.0 hours sequentially
Single: 3.2 hours
Dual: 6.5 hours sequentially
Single: 3.8 hours
Dual: 7.6 hours sequentially
Single: 4.2 hours
Dual: 8.5 hours sequentially