New Anton/Bauer High-Current Battery Protects Against Capacity Loss

Anton/Bauer, a Vitec Group brand, is demonstrating its groundbreaking battery, the DIONIC HCX, at the NAB Show, Booth C6025. The latest addition to the DIONIC series of high-current batteries features 20–watt-hour capacity and a brand-new motion-detection sensor that protects against capacity loss.

With the built-in motion-detection sensor, after a two-week period without a load, the DIONIC HCX automatically goes into “deep sleep,” significantly reducing self-discharge and allowing extended storage with nearly zero capacity loss. To “awaken” the battery for normal use, customers need only move the battery. The feature significantly increases the overall life of the battery by mitigating lithium-ion battery self-discharge when the battery is not in use.

The company also plans to integrate the DIONIC HCX with its signature Anton/Bauer Battery Management System (AB-BMS), which will allow users to program the length of inactivity prior to the battery’s “going to sleep,” further allowing the customer to tailor the battery systems to specific needs.

With the growing demand for high-current batteries compatible with today’s power-hungry camera equipment, the DIONIC HCX is a lightweight yet powerful solution for camera crews. Weighing just 2.4 lbs. (1.09 kg), it is capable of withstanding high instantaneous current draws in addition to 10 amp sustained current draws. It can power a 40-watt camera with a 20-watt light for more than two hours, making it suitable for users working with on-camera lighting applications requiring a high current draw.

In addition, the DIONIC HCX offers an enhanced LCD RealTime fuel gauge, enabling users to easily check run-time, with the display showing up to nine hours of run-time when used under low-power load conditions. The display indicates remaining run-time and battery capacity.

The DIONIC HCX is a high-current power option for users working worldwide. Although any battery with more than 100–watt-hour capacity is classified as a Class 9 hazardous item with rigorous restrictions on transportation, the DIONIC HCX registers under the 160-watt capacity prohibited for air travel. Therefore, users can bring up to two of the battery units on board both domestic and international airlines – a major benefit for camera crews traveling anywhere for a shoot.

Says Anton/Bauer President Michael Accardi, “With the addition of the DIONIC HCX, we now have more solutions than ever for our customers, across many different battery chemistries. Whether our users are looking for a powerful NiCad, lithium-ion, or nickel metal hydride solution, they know they can count on us to equip them with the best solutions for their needs.”