DEFINITION June 2019

BEBOB BATTER I ES | USER REVI EW

BEBOB BATTERIES Bebob’s new range of Micro batteries pack a huge punch and come in a choice of mounts with some smart features PRICE FROM £176/$199

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Mini, or a full-size broadcast camera, which is hungrier but would happily run for an hour and a quarter on the 150Wh battery. Perhaps most enticingly, Bebob’s batteries are well priced. The A150 Micro is listed on their site at €315 (£268,) which is practically half the price of the biggest-name sellers. Any more capacity than that, and they become ineligible to travel by air. It’s worth noting that Bebob’s website lists the UN 3480/81 certification, required to take them on aircraft, as ‘in process’ for the V-mount batteries but that will presumably come soon. Regardless, they’re certainly admirably compact for their capacity – the A150 is 75x100x75mm, and earns its “micro” branding pretty convincingly.

Bebob supplied the 150Wh A-mount and 45Wh V-mount batteries on review. Inasmuch as it’s possible to innovate with batteries, Bebob has added a couple of interesting things. USB power is not a rare feature on modern camera rigs, but it’s good to see it on the battery and the reversible “twist” D-tap connector, which allows the cable to exit either side, is a nice touch. The application for the tiny 45-watt-hour battery is presumably things that are reasonably power- frugal, like the Sony FS7. They’re often used in situations where it’s good to keep things light, though an FS7 user would need Sony’s XDCA-FS7 module to mount them. The larger capacities are suitable for cameras like the Blackmagic Ursa

BELOW The Bebob Micro range of batteries

ust as Arri began publicising the new high-capacity B-mount for camera batteries,

packs a lot of power into an impressively small package

German manufacturer Bebob was pushing batteries at the other end of the scale. Its Micro range packs a huge amount of watt-hours into a very small space – almost to the point that they can look a little lost on the back of all but the smallest film cameras. Each battery is available in what most people think of as Anton- Bauer’s Gold mount (which Bebob calls A-mount, presumably after the original manufacturer) or in V-mount, and there are 45, 98 and 150 watt-hour versions, all rated at the 14.4V nominal of a four-cell lithium ion pack. The capacities are essentially a notch down on Bebob’s broadcast range, which omits the 45Wh battery and adds a 200Wh option.

“PERHAPS MOST ENTICINGLY, BEBOB’S BATTERIES ARE WELL PRICED”

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