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Switronix Brings Hypercore Range To IBC

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Switronix will highlight the latest additions to its Hypercore battery series at IBC2016 next month. Products that will be on display at the show include the Hypercore SLIM and Hypercore Prime, as well as the VoltBridge batter monitoring platform and the Hypercine X Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) block battery unit.

The Hypercore SLIM is the first line of slim battery packs capable of handling high-draw loads, making them suitable for UAV, handheld Gimbal and all other applications demanding a low-profile battery pack. They are capable of powering RED, ARRI Mini Alexa and similar digital cameras, handling draws of up to 148Wh (10A). The battery's cells are also incased in an over-molded, rubberised housing, providing additional protection against accidental impacts that may occur when operating alongside UAVs. Recently introduced is the addition of an LED backlit Runtime LCD. The addition of a large, backlit Runtime LCD on the front of the SLIM battery pack lets users know how much battery time is left when in use and will also show remaining charge time while connected to a charger. The 85Wh battery pack is safe and legal for air travel. It is available in V-mount, 3-Stud mount and V-mount RED to communicate exact remaining battery capacity to the RED cameras LCD/VF.

The Hypercore Prime employs a two-part system providing a higher-capacity, air-travel-friendly battery solution that allows it to be legally transported without restrictions under IATA, ICAO and UN regulations. The battery separates into two 95Wh pieces for legal transportation. In usage, the parts assemble back together, creating a higher capacity that results in a wider discharge-cycle range and greater runtimes. As a result, the battery pack can sustain larger power draws, handling digital cinema cameras like the ARRI ALEXA and Amira, RED Epic, Sony F65 and Phantom. In addition, when four Hypercore Prime packs are used with Switronix's Hypercine system, the block battery alternative can provide 760Wh of air-travel-safe Lithium Ion (Li-Ion) power. Beyond the two-part system, the Prime battery pack is scaled vertically to better distribute weight across the battery mount. Other features include a large backlit Runtime LCD and an LED grid that wraps around to the front of the battery to indicate charge status. The Hypercore Prime is available in V-mount and 3-Stud mount versions.

Both SLIM and Prime are outfitted with an accelerometer to detect motion. This causes the battery packs to hibernate when there is no usage or movement after a 48-hour period. Once the battery is back in use or detects the slightest movement, it awakens at its maximum capacity. Each battery has an integrated P-tap connection on its side that lets users power any 12-volt DC device. The Hypercore battery packs are also charger-compatible; they charge on any charger within the Switronix line-up, but the V-mount offerings will charge on RED, IDX and Sony chargers as well, and the 3-Stud offerings will charge on Anton/Bauer chargers firmware V3.6 and up.

The new VoltBridge wireless battery monitoring platform is an iOS/Android app that leverages Bluetooth Low Energy to transmit smart battery data to iOS/Android devices, allowing the user to monitor and set low battery warnings via push notifications on up to 25 devices. Users will be able to set three unique warning levels based on voltage, percentage, or runtime, allowing them to easily monitor the status of their batteries in use. The technology will also be offered in powertap BLE dongle form and 4-pin XLR, enabling any device or battery to transmit power data to the VoltBridge app.

Also on show at IBC2016 will be the Hypercine X. Supporting the film and digital cinema markets, the Hypercine X offers both 14.4V and 28V power outputs. Leveraging Hypercore battery technology, the device that allows the user to place four 3-Stud brick battery packs within the device housing, transforming it into one single unit while also offering simultaneous built-in charging. With four Hypercore 98Wh batteries installed, the Hypercine X provides 392Wh and approximately four to eight hours of runtime.

Jose Flores, Sales Manager, Switronix, said: "Our Hypercore series continues to be the gold-standard for Digital Cinema and Professional Video. All of our models are designed specifically for how users in the industry work. For example our Hypercore Prime and our Hypercore SLIM have been made to be air-travel-friendly handling the large draws of the most power hungry cameras on the market."


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