Atomos Power Station: hot to swap13 September 2014
Hot-swappable batteries can now be used with almost any type of camera or other portable equipment, in the form of the new Atomos Power Station, which is designed to meet the needs of 80-90% of camera users.
“We’ve been watching our customers with 5D Mark IIIs, etc, and they have so much to carry – always stopping and changing batteries. The more professional they become, the more devices they use, powering those devices becomes a big challenge, and this is the answer to that,” said Jeromy Young, CEO and founder of Atomos.
“We bring our continuous power, patented technology into a light, portable and easy to mount unit for any camera, monitor, recorder, lighting or microphone.”
It can deliver up to 48W of power, which limits the size of lights or complex camera rigs it can be used with, but for most users this should be more than enough. It can power up to three devices, and has a built-in charger, with DC input, which charges one of the two included 2600mAh NP-size batteries in one hour (or both in two hours). There are also two USB outputs.
“We have a lot of protection circuitry in here, so if people plug the output into the input, nothing happens,” he added.
Users can stick with their existing batteries, as there are adaptor plates for A7, GH4, 5DMkIII, Nikon D series and many others. “People don’t want to have to manage several different types of battery.” Available next month, it will cost €219/£179/$295, and weigh about 210g including batteries.