PAG has introduced new battery mounts and power leads that make it possible to power the latest DSLR and digital cinema cameras using its PAGlink intelligent, high-power, linking battery system.
The PAGlink battery system was conceived with multi-camera compatibility in mind. Rather than using a different batteries and chargers for each camera type, PAG anticipated that it would be more efficient to use the V-Mount (V-Lok/V-Lock) Li-Ion batteries, designed for shoulder-mounted broadcast cameras, for every camera power application. When combined, two PAGlink batteries have a capacity of 192 watt-hours and a current draw capability of 12A, which is superior to the 10A provided by so-called high-current cell technologies. If required, PAGlink allows a third or fourth battery to be added, providing endless power for any camera set-up.
The key was to create a system of compact, lightweight batteries that could be used individually for small, low power-consumption cameras (DSLR, Blackmagic Digital Cinema, Canon C300/500) which could then be linked, combining capacities for set-ups that have a higher power consumption or that draw a greater current (Arri Alexa, Red One/Epic/Scarlet, Sony F55/F65 etc).
PAG’s approach gives you high-capacity Li-Ion batteries that employ less expensive standard Li-Ion cell-technology. Combining the capacities of individual 96Wh Li-Ion batteries ensures that all your batteries are legally transportable by passenger aircraft.
PAG has introduced new V-Mount Plates for cameras where it is not possible to mount the batteries directly (Blackmagic, Canon EOS 5D & 7D, Canon C300/500, Nikon D800, Red Epic and Scarlet). The solution is to use the camera accessory/mattebox rods (rails/bars) to mount the battery to the set-up. PAG has ensured that its V-Mount Plate can be configured to sit horizontally or vertically, above or below the rods, so that it does not obstruct the camera display or other accessories. It offers V-Mount Plate assemblies that feature a clamp for either 15mm or 19mm rods. A 12V D-Tap output is incorporated, allowing the power connection to be made using a PAG D-Tap Power Lead specific to the camera. D-Tap Power Leads that feature an in-line voltage down-converter are available for 7.2V to 8.2V cameras. The V-Mount incorporates the contacts required for the PAGlink battery to communicate with the camera data system, used for displaying capacity in the camera viewfinder.