Do You Chew Up Sony NP Batteries Like Pez? Anton/Bauer to the Rescue

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Who among us hasn't wished for more juice from our batteries — especially Sony batteries? New Anton/Bauer L-batteries compete directly with Sony (NP) batteries [B&H | Amazon]  while costing less.

You know you’re moving up in the filmmaking world when suddenly your batteries cost three figures.

Anton/Bauer — the gold standard in pro batteries — is doing its best to bring pro battery prices down – at least the Sony NP class of batteries –  with their just announced L-series (shipping in October). The nice things about these batteries is that they can be used not only for Sony cams, but for everything from recorders, wireless systems, LED panels, and monitors as well from companies like Convergent [B&H | Amazon], Teradek [B&H | Amazon],  Aputure [B&H | Amazon], Neewer and others.

Oh — and you get just a little more juice than in the Sony OEM batteries in the larger size (6.6Ah vs. 6.3Ah) at a price almost 25% less.

The charger looks like a step up, too.

Visit Anton/Bauer's web site to learn more.

Anton/Bauer Announces New 7.2V Series of Li-Ion Batteries and Chargers

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Via Vitec Press:

SHELTON, CT (August 27, 2015) – Anton/Bauer, a Vitec Group brand and premier provider of battery and charging technologies for the broadcast, film and video industries, is proud to announce new L-Series 7.2V batteries and chargers that offer long, reliable run-times for professional video cameras and accessories.

Anton/Bauer's new fast-charging L-Series batteries provide a durable solution for Sony Handycam camcorders and accessories. They also power 7.2V field monitors – such as the SmallHD DP7-Pro – and on-camera lighting products from Litepanels and Manfrotto.

“We're very excited to be launching these new 7.2V L-Series batteries, especially since they introduce the world-renowned Anton/Bauer name to a whole new group of videographers, photographers and media professionals,” said Neal Laneville, Product Manager, Anton/Bauer. “Since these batteries are so versatile, nearly every device on set can be powered by Anton/Bauer. I cannot wait to see these in action.”

The L-Series batteries accompany the two new 7.2V chargers. The Single Position Charger boasts a lightweight, compact design with an LED indicator light. The charger also includes a charge control switch that allows users to switch between ECO and FULL charging speeds (for slow or fast charging) as well as a 5V USB output port for powering an extra device simultaneously. The robust L-Series Dual Position Charger simultaneously charges two batteries at once and has an easy-to-read LCD that shows each battery's charge percentage. The charger also possesses battery testing functionalities to optimize battery life.

The Anton/Bauer L-Series batteries are available in two capacities: the NP-F774 is a 4400mAh (30Wh) and the NP-F976 is a 6600mAh (47Wh).

The Anton/Bauer 7.2V batteries and chargers will be available worldwide October 2015, and on display for the first time at IBC 2015 (September 11-15), along with Anton/Bauer's other products on the Vitec Videocom stand #E55 in Hall 11.

About Anton/Bauer
With more than 40 years of proven experience, Anton/Bauer is recognized as the world's premier provider of multi-chemistry battery, charging, and monitoring technologies for the professional broadcast, pro-video, cinema and healthcare industries. Established in 1970, Anton/Bauer's product offerings feature several signature lines, including the leading Gold Mount(r) system, the Digital Battery(tm) series, Performance Chargers, and the Academy Award(r)-winning VCLX series. The company's industry-standard products are compatible with virtually every camera brand on the market today, while providing top-tier levels of safety, performance and reliability. The brand's main office is in Shelton, CT, with additional offices in South America, Europe, and Asia.

Follow Anton/Bauer on Twitter (@Anton_Bauer), Facebook and YouTube.

About Vitec Videocom
Vitec Videocom, the Broadcast Division of The Vitec Group plc, brings together some of the most respected, innovative and sought-after brands in the industry: Anton/Bauer, Autocue, Autoscript, Bexel, Camera Corps, Litepanels, OConnor, Paralinx, Sachtler, SmallHD, Teradek, The Camera Store, Vinten and Vinten Radamec. It acts as an endorsing brand for these market-leading broadcast, film and pro video products, encouraging multi-brand system sales and simplifying the way that customers worldwide do business.

Vitec is a global provider of premium branded products and services to the Broadcast and Photographic markets. Vitec is based on strong, well-known, premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely.

Vitec Videocom – advancing the quality and science of media production.

More information can be found at www.vitecgroup.com

(cover photo credit: snap from Anton/Bauer)


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