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Bescor Battery for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera


B&H now carries Bescor’s new rechargeable lithium-ion battery, which is designed to power the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. As you may know, the camera’s built-in battery cannot be removed or replaced by the user. This necessitates the use of an external power source, like Bescor’s BM-EPIC battery kit. This kit includes the BM-LiON battery and the BM-CGR charger.

Bescor states that the BM-LiON offers 3 to 4 times more run time than the camera’s internal battery, which should translate into approximately 3-4 hours. The battery comes bundled with Bescor’s BM-CGR charger. The charger accepts 110-240 volt sources, which makes it compatible with the power grid standards of all countries. Using this device, the battery can receive a full charge in 3 to 4 hours; so users should be able to rotate two batteries continuously with minimal down time.

The BM-LiON battery utilizes lithium-ion technology, which is known for having no memory effects and a relatively slow loss of charge when not in use. The BM-EPIC has a capacity of 98WH and operates at between 12 and 16.8 VDC. The battery is rated for more than 500 charge cycles.

The BM-LiON weighs just 1.32 lb and is enclosed in a canvas pouch with a “military style” clip for attaching to a belt or similar support systems. The battery is tethered to the camera via a 3’ wire with a 2.5mm barrel connector. Many run-and-gun shooters will find this to be one of the most convenient external battery designs for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera.

For more information about the Bescor BM-EPIC battery kit, please stop by the B&H SuperStore in New York, or contact our sales professionals online via Live Chat or over the phone at 1-800-606-6969. You may also be interested in Bescor’s BM-K1, a kit that includes the BM-EPIC battery and charger, two LED-70 on camera lights and a BM-SFB Square Frame mounting bracket.

BM-LiON Battery
Voltage 14.8 V nominal
Operates between 12 - 16.8 V
Amp Hours 6 Ah
Capacity 98 Wh
Operating Temperature -4 to 140°F (-20 to 60°C)
Dimensions 4 x 3 x 2.5" (10.1 x 7.6 x 6.3 cm)
Weight 1.32 lb (.6 kg)
BM-CGR Charger
Input Voltage 110-240 V
Output 16.8 V
2000 mA

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hello there

about your Bescor BM-EPIC kit

could you please send me a picture of the actual battery itself ( BM-LiON ?) included in the kit

to see only an enclosure bag doesn't help much to make a decision...

thank you

Uleg Aspar

Please email the request to and we can see about getting an image from Bescor to send to you. It is a basic lead acid battery pack.