When it comes to custom power solutions, Indipro Tools is one of the names that’s been popping up more and more lately. They offer a range of batteries and connectors for powering a whole bunch of different devices. Something on their stand at PhotoPlus 2019 caught our eye, though, so we stopped by to have a chat.
It’s a top cage handle for the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K and 6K. Sure, top handles are nothing new, but this one contains a battery that can actually power the Pocket 4K and 6K cameras for up to five hours of use.
It’s called the Indipro Power Grip, and it’s not just limited to the Blackmagic Pocket cameras. It offers a pair of D-Tap outputs, 12v and 8v DC barrel jacks as well as a Type-A USB port. This means you can hook it up to dummy batteries and power cables for just about any camera out there. Not to mention lights, video or audio receivers and other devices you plan to hook up to your camera rig.
To supply power to each of the sockets, the Power Grip features a built-in 70Wh battery and offers 1/4-20″ mounting sockets on the front for attaching things like monitors or microphone receivers.
As well as acting as a top handle, it can also be mounted as a side handle. All of the hardware comes supplied with it for either configuration. As a side handle, though, you can use a pair of them to effectively double your battery life. Very handy for those long days or power-hungry rigs with lots of accessories attached. It features a slide-in lockable mounting system to prevent it from twisting when attached to the camera.
The Indipro Power Grip is available to pre-order now $379, including a power cable of your choice, and will be shipping soon.
When you consider that your average 70-ish Watt-hour V-Mount battery is around $275-325 and you’re going to pay another $50-80 for a top handle on top of that, the price of the Power Grip looks pretty competitive. But this is going to be much less hassle to mount than a separate external V-Mount battery.
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