For the last 8 years, US based company GoalZero has been on a mission: to bring power to the people, literally. Their latest product seems to be a real powerhouse for outdoor freaks and filmmakers alike: the YETI 1400 lithium solar generator is capable of storing a massive 1425Whr, and you can recharge it with solar power. The GoalZero YETI 1400 Lithium Solar Generator Shooting in the field isn’t much of an alien concept to most indie filmmakers. But what about powering some lights? Recharging your camera batteries and power-hungry drones? Keeping your laptop alive? This can be a real issue if you happen to be out, maybe even for a couple of days at a time. the GoalZero YETI 1400 lithium solar generator. The YETI 1400 might be the solution. It is a giant lithium battery with a lot of handy power outlets, such as: 2x 110V AC 4x 2.4A USB ports 2x 6mm 12V ports 1x car 12V port No product is perfect, and the YETI 1400 lithium is no exception. Coming in at 19kg (42 lbs), its downside is certainly its weight, but keep in mind that the YETI 1400 is capable of charging your average laptop 23+ times or running a 300W light for 4.5 to 5 hours. Quite handy indeed! The previous (currently available) models have lead acid batteries build it, that’s why they are even heavier while providing less capacity than these new lithium models. Its dimensions are: 10 x 14.7 x 10.5 in (25 x 37 x 27 cm). YETI 1400 and it’s smaller brother, the YETI 400 (left) There are different methods for charging the YETI 1400. In terms of eco-friendliness, the solar option might be the method of choice, although it is obviously the slowest, and you’ll also need a dedicated solar board by GoalZero. Otherwise, you can juice up the YETI by plugging it to any AC outlet overnight. The best thing is that you can use it while charging, so under perfect conditions (lots of sun, not too much power draw), you could balance input and output completely. Pricing and availability The YETI 1400 will be available in spring 2017 for around $2,500. That is not exactly cheap, but if you happen to be out in the wild frequently, you’ll will appreciate it, I’m sure. I could have certainly used one during my latest road trip to the Balkans! I ended up charging either the camera or the laptop whenever the car engine was running, so my tiny inverter was able to suck some electricity out of the 12V car plug.Read more
Being able to power your devices on set is crucial. For this reason, SmallHD’s recent update for its 500 & 700 series monitors is a really nice addition. There are now 5 different options to power the monitors externally, one for pretty much every scenario out there. 500 & 700 Series – Power Options The ‘bigger’ brothers in the lineup of SmallHD monitors, such as the AC7 or the DP7, had different power options right from the beginning. The 500 & 700 series of on-board monitors only offered support for Canon LP-E6 style batteries, as well as Sony L batteries for the 700 series. But this drawback is about to cease as the US-based company has just announced a variety of new power options for these monitors. One by one, the following power options are now available: DCA5 Kit ($139.99). The kit includes an LP-E6 dummy battery, as well as a 36-inch D-Tap cable for connecting the monitor to a D-Tap power source. The battery end of the cable is equipped with a standard barrel-type connector. DCA5 Kit – for powering via D-Tap DCA5 LEMO to D-Tap Kit ($279.99). With this you’ll be able to power up your monitor via a LEMO connection on one end of the cable and the common D-Tap connector on the other end. This kit is more on the pricey side of things, but if you’re handling a lot of LEMO powered devices, this should come as no surprise. DCA5 LEMO to D-Tap Kit Gold Mount Battery Bracket Kit ($249.99). If you want to attach a full-size Anton Bauer battery to the back of your 700 series monitor, you’ll need this kit. Again, an LP-E6-style dummy battery is provided in order to connect the Anton Bauer to the monitor itself. This setup might be of good use if you want to build a compact director’s monitor. Unfortunately, it’s not available for the 500 series. Gold Mount Battery Bracket Kit V-Mount Battery Bracket Kit. Do you prefer V-mounts as a power source instead? This kit provides everything you need. It’s almost the same as the gold mount version, so again, you’ll get a LP-E6-style dummy with it. DCA5 Barrel to AC Power Kit ($139.99). Actually, this one shouldn’t even be an additional accessory. Unfortunately, the 500 & 700 series monitor lack a proper AC input, but you can purchase this kit to get over that limitation and get constant power. DCA5 Barrel to AC Power Kit So, in addition to the already existing power option, the good old Canon LP-E6 style battery, these kits allow you to power up your 500 & 700 series SmallHD monitors with almost every power source you’ll find on set. The 700 series can also be powered with Sony L batteries, which adds up to 7 different power options for that model. That’s pretty amazing, considering that it’s always nice to have choices. But there is always a downside, right? This time, it’s the pricetag. $139.99 for an AC adapter that should be there in the first place? I don’t know… What do you think of this new variety of power options? source: SmallHD websiteRead more
Last year we reviewed the Lumu Labs Light Meter for iPhone, a device combining a simple easy-to-use app & light sensor that connects straight into the 3.5mm input of you phone, the result is a fuss free and affordable light meter. Lumu Labs are back with the Lumu Power Kickstarter, their next generation product that now also accurately measures color temperature. If you haven’t already, please check out our review on the Lumu iPhone Light Meter. We liked its simple, elegant design & accurate light metering. Also a Kickstarter campaign, the Lumu Light Meter reached nearly $250,000 in backing and is now an off the shelf product. I feel this is an important aspect when considering backing a Kickstarter; raising the money is only half the journey. Back to the new product, the Lumu Power iPhone Light Meter takes the goodness of the original light meter and adds another sensor on the reverse side to measure colour temperature. Gone is the more universal 3.5mm connector. The Lighting port offers a more successful and accurate colour analysis. How accurate? Insanely, according to this video: The app recognizes which sensor you have faced forward and automatically changes the menu whether you are looking to measure light or temperature. The app looks very sleek and easy-to-use, swiping between menus allows you to analyze exposure, color temperature and luminance values. The previous version featured ND exposure adjustment, calibration adjustment, continuous metering and a zero lag interface; the same can only be assumed for the Lumu Power. As the Lumu Power utilizes a Certified Apple Lighting connector it will only natively work with iPhones 5 and newer. Why a light meter? Yes all modern cameras have ways of measuring light and temperature as well as displaying them in numerical and graphical form. A light meter (particularly an iPhone light meter) is more mobile; you can measure aspects of your scene (a window, the side of a subject faces) and compare readings quickly and efficiently. Not only on set but they’re great in pre-production for judging predicted lighting and camera setups for a particular location judged on ambience light levels. The Original Lumu Light Meter costs $149, the same early bird price offered up for the Lumu Power that will apparently cost $299 full retail. The half price is only valid for the first 250 backers, then it jumps to $199. For more info and rewards check out the Lumu Power Kickstarter page.Read more
Atomos just added a new product to their existing lineup of widely used hard disk recorders and camera converters. The power station is a small brick that helps power all devices on your rig including the camera itself. The Atomos power station seems like an intelligent approach. The common solution to powering a whole camera rig is to use v-mount or other third party batteries as base stations, but they are heavy and can complicate your rig. The Atomos solution uses adapters to accommodate your native camera batteries (2 at a time) as a power source for your camera and any additional accessories. We like the idea. The Atomos power station will be available at the end of next month October and cost $295.Read more
In the course of our NAB 2011 coverage I’ve reported about the very affordable Jag35 wireless remote follow focus and their thumb focus system. But these guys have even more interesting stuff for us: Here’s the JAG35 batterypack. It seems like they sell a 4600 mAh version for $249 and a bigger model with 9200 mAh at $400. To power a Canon DSLR that runs P-E6 batteries (7D, 5D, 60D) you’ll also need an adapter for $79. A cable to connect and power a Zoom H4n will cost another $19.99 And if you don’t have a free baseplate or other mounting solution you’ll probably also wanna check out their dslr stand ($79) that will attach the batterypack to your rails. This batterypack can also power your JAG35 remote focus gears.Read more
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