Remote Audio BDSv4U Battery Distribution System

Remote Audio BDSv4U Battery Distribution System

Remote Audio BDSv4U Battery Distribution System

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  • Compact Design
  • Reverse Polarity Protection
  • Low Battery LED
  • USB and Remote Ports

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Remote Audio BDSV4U overview

  • 1Description

The BDSv4U Battery Distribution System from Remote Audio is an effective device for distributing power to field recording devices, cameras, mixers, and monitoring devices via a single source such as an Anton Bauer "Brick" or an NP-1 battery. This allows you to power multiple items from a single source, and turn them on and off with a single switch.

The BDSv4U features 1 power input, 5 switchable outputs, and 1 output that can be set for switchable or non-switchable use, for a total of 6 outputs. All connections lock securely in place and a recessed master switch and power LED indicator are located on the side. There is also a low battery LED indicator, which has a selectable warning threshold. An internal auto-resetting circuit breaker prevents overload and possible damage to connected devices. An assortment of power cables are available for complete compatibility with various batteries and field devices.

The BDSv4U also features a remote port, which allows you to connect accessories such as the RM Remote Meter, and the RS Remote Switch. A USB port is provided for powering or charging compatible devices, such as mobile phones, MP3 players, and other similar products. The USB port delivers 5V of regulated power and conforms to the USB "Dedicated Charging Port" specification.

Note: All input and output cables, and other accessory devices designed for earlier versions of the BDS are also compatible with the BDSv4U.

Ultra Compact
The compact design allows terrific portability
Single Battery Operation
The BDSv4U eliminates the time consuming operation of installing and testing multiple batteries. The unit effectively distributes power to 6 devices via a single battery, such as an NP-1
Illuminated Main Switch
The main toggle switch is illuminated with a bi-color LED for quick visual status identification
Low Battery LED
There is a bi-color low battery LED that has 3 user-selectable thresholds for 3 different battery types
Switched/Unswitched Output
One output can be set for switched or unswitched operation. Unswitched mode allows power to flow via the output regardless of the position of the master switch
Convenient Controls
External panel-accessible selectors let you make adjustments to the battery threshold or switched/unswitched connector quickly and easily
Strong Connectors
The special connectors provide excellent strength, and will now become active until a cable with the proper mating connector is plugged in. This ensures that unused and exposed outlets are not active, and helps to prevent accidental short circuits
Remote Port
The remote port allows you to connect accessories such as the RM Remote Meter and RS Remote Switch. This makes it easy to control and monitor the BDS while it's tucked away in a bag
USB Port
The USB port makes it easy to power or charge devices such as smartphones, portable recorders, and more. It provides 5V of regulated power at up to 2A (10W), conforming to the official USB "Dedicated Charging Port" standard. Some devices that do not conform to that specification may not be able to fully use the 2A capability. Higher-current devices with a proprietary circuit, such as the Apple iPad, will receive a trickle charge while awake, or a full charge while sleeping. Using the "DCP" spec allows the BDSv4U to conserve battery life for more critical functions 1
Auto-Reset Circuit Breaker
The unit features an automatic reset circuit breaker, protecting the connected devices against overload
Reverse Polarity Protection
In the event that an input is miswired, the unit will not allow reverse polarity voltage to pass to the outputs, protecting your devices
Aluminum Chassis
The lightweight and durable powder coated aluminum chassis stands up to daily field use
Steel Clip
The stainless steel clip makes it easy to attach the BDS to a bag, belt, or strap
In the Box
Remote Audio BDSv4U Battery Distribution System
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Remote Audio BDSV4U specs

    Input Power 6-20V
    Output Power 3A Max per Output
    5A Max Global (60W)
    USB 2A @ 5V Regulated (10W)
    Power Switch Red/Green Bi-Color Illumination, Recessed Toggle
    Dimensions (WxDxH) 3.98 x 1.33 x 1.17" (101 x 34 x 30mm)
    Weight 4.8 oz (136g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.35 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.1 x 2.5 x 1.6"

    Remote Audio BDSV4U reviews

    BDSv4U Battery Distribution System is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 8.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Can't imagine not to use this Wery nice piece of gear. On one side you can ask yourself why to pay so much money for something like a BDS. But on the other side this will probably serve you forever and you can really rely on this construction. It is worth it's price.
    Date published: 2012-06-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best BDS Ever This unit is wonderful to use. Not only do you have the reliability from Remote Audio's famous BDS systems, but now I can charge or power USB devices. This has become an indispensable tool in my audio bag!
    Date published: 2011-09-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product I just purchased this to be able to charge an iphone 5, ipod touch, and ipad mini while on set. works great and doesnt cause any kind of noise to the audio system.
    Date published: 2013-02-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect setup Use it for my audio bag, works great. Power a SD302, a Tascam DR-40 via the USB output and 2 Sennheiser wireless receivers.
    Date published: 2012-02-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Making my life simpler I bought the BDS to power my SD 633 & Mix PreD combo, along with a 411 receiver. Everyone gets fed by only one NP1 battery with this system. It makes me a lot less worried about battery changing and everything. It's also very small, and will fit anywhere in your bag, simply amazing! The only reason i didn't give 5 stars was because the cable (also from remote audio) i bought to feed my Lectrosonics 411 receiver got a plug that is smaller than the input plug jack. That is very disappointing, as yesterday i relied on it to a shoot, and it would turn off and on several times during takes, which made my lav track useless for some takes. I'll have to put some tapes to fix it for every single shoot - which wont be satisfying, nor safe - or rewire the cable with a proper plug. No complains about the Hirose plug cables, though.
    Date published: 2015-07-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good BDS This is my first BDS. I went with it over the Battery Bud II as I have other Trew/Remote Audio items experience. They're a great company. It's a really well-made unit, solid build. The recessed switch / battery indicator is a great master ON/OFF switch for the entire setup. The Remote Audio specific right angle connectors are nice as they keep a lower profile within the audio bag. This box does require that you get RA brand cables and a RA NP-1 cup (if you use NP-1s that is), but that's all well-made stuff, and actually well priced compared to other Hirose connection cables. My only issue with the box is the USB connection. I invested in this unit with this addition in mind. I am smartphone dependent, for better or worse, and when out doing SFX, field recording, or am on set, I am always pushing my iPhone's power. So $40 extra for the USB was fine. I got the BDS box and after a few basic pose-up tests, I tried it with the phone connected. It worked fine but the USB 2.0 plug, a standard Apple-made USB to Lightening cord, got stuck in the BDS's USB jack. I tried as much as possible to remove it, but eventually had to send it in to Remote Audio. They removed my cable, replaced the USB jack on the BDS, saying that it was damaged in getting the cord out. They did tests with other connectors on the new USB jack, which went fine apparently. They put my Lightening cord in and it snagged a little bit-not as bad as the old jack, but they told me that maybe my Apple cord was a little out of whack. They sent me the repaired unit. I tried it with another newer Apple cord and it was locked in the jack again. I was able to pull it out though. There is one side of all Apple USBs that seems to sort of catch on this USB jack on the BDS. Apple USB chargers have square holes that are slightly deeper tapped than other USB chargers (I have compared), and the. So, I grabbed and additional Monster lightening cord, which was well-reviewed. This works OK. It does sort of lock in in a different way in this jack. The Remote Audio USB jack seems to have more pronounced contacts within it. SO, just be mindful that if you intend to put the USB outlet to any high rate of function, that the tolerances of on RA's USB seem tight. I have put all my chargers into other USB outlets/wall plugs, etc., those made Apple as well as other brands, and they do not stick in this way. You may ant to invest in a well-made non Apple cord for your phone tablet, or whatever you intend to use the USB for. Remote was amazing about fixing it. Great service on the phone, and I had the box back within a week of sending it. I really recommend the box, and if it was some random charger cable that got stuck in there, I would not mention it. But I think that Apple products should be better accommodated by the box, they're just too ubiquitous to be unusable. Not a huge deal, and I still give them five stars for this product.
    Date published: 2014-05-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Workspace saver!!! Enjoy your ENG bag much lighter with this power distribution system.!!! Great buy!!!
    Date published: 2014-10-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect! Love the USB port and the switched/unswitched port. Nothing to hate about this BDS
    Date published: 2015-07-12
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