We caught up with Zacuto at Cine Gear 2016 to showcase one of their latest products, the Grip Series Batteries. There is a 75Wh and 100Wh version, both featuring 2 D-tap outputs to power camera & accessories, and a fuss-free clip-on method for 15mm rod systems.
Zacuto bill this the first of its kind. It’s actually the second, if you count the first time Hawk-Woods released them. Yes, for the eagle-eyed this is the same system Hawk-Woods produce, Zacuto has simply taken on the global distribution of the product.
The Gripper Series Batteries fill a void that many shooters find themselves in.
There is an ever-present modularity concept to cameras nowadays, every rig is different and is usually made up of several accessories from several different companies. Powering them all can be a task in itself. D-tap (or P-Tap, same thing) has been the industry standard for a long time; grab a V-lock or gold mount battery kit, get a distribution plate or simple D-tap splitter and power everything off one big battery. A great solution, but it’s expensive; a set of 4 good V-locks and charger will set you back $1000-2000.
D-tap outputs via camcorder batteries have grown in popularity but they often don’t have the capacity/form factor to hold up. The Gripper Series offers a cheaper alternative to condensing all your power options, that doubles up nicely as a counter-balance weight for your rig.
It’s fuss-free; simply clip it onto a pair of 15mm rods; the AC adaptor for the charger clips on in a similar way.
There will also be a selection of accessories that enable you to connect additional cable-less D-tap ports. Check out this article where we caught up with Hawk-woods at BVE 2016. This is a similar battery system sold that uses the same concept, you can see the accessories in action here.
Both Gripper series are available for pre-order now, check the links below. You can also pre-order the 4-way D-tap adaptor, fast charger and dual fast charger.
With all the different cameras and camera accessories we use on set these days simultaneously, the need for versatile battery solutions is becoming more and more of a pressing issue. The problem with many though is that they are large and easily in your way at times … in comes Hawk-Woods’ Sticky battery, a little battery block available in 38Wh and 75Wh versions, both of which can be attached to cameras using M3 Dual Lock Strips. They have D-Tap build in.
These batteries are particularly designed for smaller cameras or drone and gimbal setups, where balancing can become an issue if the battery isn’t returned to exactly its same exact place every time. Hawk-Woods also offers a quick release plate that ensures that the position is absolutely the same. The ST-38W weighs 240 grams, the ST-75 weighs 465 grams. The batteries output 7 amps, which is enough to even satisfy notoriously power hungry cameras like the ARRI Alexa Mini.
No word about pricing or availability yet, but keep your eyes peeled on the Hawk-Woods website.