Atomos' new Atomos Power Station promises to solve one of the most pressing problems of on-location and studio-based shooting, the need for so many batteries of the same brands as your cameras. The Power Station's dual battery Continuous Power system comprises two hot-swappable batteries to avoid interruptions while shooting. And the Power Station will not just power your cameras – it also supplies current to up to 3 direct current streams and 2 USB devices.
As many of us have learned to our cost, cheap aftermarket batteries are not worth the money while the cost of carrying a collection of same-brand batteries can really add up. For example, I have six Panasonic-brand batteries for my GH4 and can use four or more of them during a heavy day of movie shooting. Even shooting stills demands at least two of them per day, especially when using battery grips. What happens when you add an extra camera or two as many of us do these days of multi-cam movie-shooting?
I for one am glad that accessories-makers are giving thought to this increasingly common problem and welcome Atomos' entry into the affordable battery market with the Atomos Power Station. The Power Station's ability to power USB devices is also welcome given I sometimes use an iPhone as a recorder attached directly to a shotgun or lavaliere mic to supplement a boomed or camera-mounted, camera-connected main microphone.Atomos announces the affordable Power Station continuous power camera battery, for May release. Click To Tweet
Atomos Power Station Delivers Continuous Power from May 2015
Via Atomos Press Release:
Carrying massive batteries and chargers and multiple ones for different devices is a thing of the past with Power Station. Delivering continuous power for up to 5 devices as well as fast battery charging in a compact design.
Melbourne, Australia – 13th April 2015: In a footprint not much larger than 2 batteries, Atomos Power Station delivers power for up to 5 devices using our patent pending Continuous Power dual battery system, allowing users to hot swap batteries on the fly without interrupting power to their devices. Power Station is ready to ship and on display at NAB 2015 (Central Hall, C9530).
“This is Power to the People, solving power and battery for everyone.” said Jeromy Young, CEO and Founder of Atomos.“The Power Station is the Anton Bauer for the masses, solving the biggest hassle on set, running out of power; we have also added one of the fastest dual battery chargers in the industry all in one device.”
At its core, Power Station consists of 2 batteries mounted side by side that operate together using a continuous circular power system. When one battery gets low it can be removed and charged while the system switches across to the second battery uninterrupted. This patented design by Atomos is used to power up to 3 DC streams (for cameras, monitors, recorders or lighting) as well as 2 USB products such as smartphones or tablets. With a DC input as well, it doubles as a super-fast charger for your batteries –up to 3 times the rate of conventional chargers.
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Connections and features at a glance:
• 2 DC out and included splitter cable to give connection for up to 3 DC devices.
• 2 USB terminals to power 1A and 2A USB devices for fast charging of USB cameras or to power any USB device.
• DC input with fast charging capability to charge the connected batteries and provide continual AC power for connected devices.
• Independent left and right LED front display to give a quick 5 step visual guide on the power remaining for each battery from 100% down to 10%.
• Dummy batteries are available to power popular cameras including Sony A7s, Sony FS Series, Panasonic GH4, Nikon D810 and Canon 5DMKIII.
• Total power capability up to 5A (DC plus USB), with maximum 3A for USB connections.
Atomos Power Station will have 2 models available tailored directly to the 2 different markets that the product serves, Power Station Video and Power Station Photo. The Power Station Photo (MSRP $295) includes the Power Station main unit, 2 x 2600mAh 2 cell batteries, DC splitter cable and 2 xDC battery adapterfor Panasonic GH4 and Sony A7S (Canon 5D MkIII and Nikon D810 DC battery adaptors available as an optional extra for 29.95).And the Power Station Video (MSRP $395) includes the Power Station main unit, 2 x 5200mAh 4 cell batteries, DC splitter cable, DC battery adapters for Sony A7s, Sony FS Series, Panasonic GH4, Nikon D810 and Canon 5DMKIII.Both products will ship in quantity worldwide from May 2015.
Atomos exist to help creative professionals cut through technology barriers by creating easy to use, cutting edge products including 4K & HD Monitor-recorders, a pocket size ProRes recorder, signal converters & power management solutions. Each product serves a different need but all share the common benefit of enabling a faster, higher quality and more affordable production schedule for video professionals.
Atomos is based in Australia with offices in the USA, Japan, China and Germany and has a worldwide distribution partner network. Further product information can be found at www.atomos.com with the Atomos community active on Facebook (/atomosglobal), Twitter (@Atomos_News), Vimeo (/atomosvideo), YouTube (/AtomosVideo) and Videogram (atomos.videogram.com)
(cover photo credit: snap from Atomos)