This weird gadget powers your camera with power tool batteries

Jan 15, 2020

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This weird gadget powers your camera with power tool batteries

Jan 15, 2020

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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Many of us have some DeWalt batteries lying around the garage or workshop. What if I told you that they can double as camera batteries? Well, thanks to the Mag Max 3A battery adapter from Kessler, they can. This clever gadget lets you power your camera, as well as other gear, with power tool batteries.

The Kessler Mag Max 3A turns DeWalt 20v Max and 60/20V Flex Volt batteries into a power source for your gear. It lets you charge your camera batteries, but also LED lights, transmitters, monitors, and even your phone. How handy is that? Note, however, that it won’t power devices with a higher than 3amp draw, such as RED DSMC2, Ursa Mini, etc.

“The Mag Max 3A was developed to fill a void in the market for an inexpensive battery solution with a readily available common battery that can be found in almost every country in the world and at most hardware stores,” Kessler writes. They chose DeWalt batteries because they’re popular and easily available.

“We wanted an affordable solution designed to be a problem solver for anyone who has had power needs in the field and remote areas. The Mag Max 3A is a perfect solution for Kessler motion control users but also for anyone looking for an alternative, reliable and affordable power solution.”

These are the Mag Max 3A mounting options and specs:

  • 1/4-20 and 3/8-16 tapped and pass-through holes for attaching to a cheese plate, tripod plates, camera carts, and just about anything that has industry standard 1” on center hole patterns. There is also a tapped hole on one end for use with accessory arms and alternative mounting.
  • Powerful Neodymium Magnets are embedded into the bottom of the unit to attach to all Kessler MagLink products (Second shooter motors, Second Shooter controller, etc.) as well as anything containing steel, iron, nickel, etc.
  • Optional: V-lock kit for attaching to v-mounts, belt clip attachment for using on a camera strap or belt, Gold Mount Stud kit for attaching to gold mounts

Kessler gives you an equation to calculate battery time with a given device:

  • Discharge Time = Battery Capacity (Ah) X Battery Voltage (V) Divided by Wattage of the Device you want to use with it.
  • When using the smallest Dewalt 1.5Ah battery you can run a 3 axis Second Shooter Plus system for 2.5 hours.

Personally, I think a gadget like this is pretty clever and useful. Even as a hobbyist, I could use this when hanging out at my brother’s or boyfriend’s place, because they have a bunch of power tool batteries. And I imagine it could be even more useful for professional photographers and filmmakers on set.

The Kessler Mag Max 3A is available now and it will retail at a regular price of $249.99. But it’s currently on a discount, and you can get it for $199.99.

[via No Film School]

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5 responses to “This weird gadget powers your camera with power tool batteries”

  1. Alexandre Ayoubi Avatar
    Alexandre Ayoubi

    200$ for a buck converter there is improvement to be made to call it inexpensive

    1. Martin Roth Avatar
      Martin Roth

      Alexandre Ayoubi so someone comes up with this, engineers it, designs it and has it manufactured in a most likely very limited run. But sure, let’s explain the guy who manufactures this why it’s too expensive. PLEASE show us hard proof how YOU can manufacture this cheaper with all the development involved.

    2. Alexandre Ayoubi Avatar
      Alexandre Ayoubi

      Martin Roth don’t get me wrong I don’t crap on the concept, I would be all for it. 200$ I don’t consider this “affordable” as claimed.
      it looks like milled aluminum or something. This is good for prototyping but if it is only bearing the load of the battery it is overengeneered unless going to the moon.
      All it needs is injection molded plate and velcro straps. The electronics is for the majority off the shelf stuff.

  2. Henrik Heigl Avatar
    Henrik Heigl

    Yes, thats very weird if you look at all the DIY Junkies out there. They all have ONE brand they use. Makita, Bosch, DeWalt, etc. And ALL of those have their own Adapter Thingy where you can hook USB Stuff to the Power Tool batteries for lets say 20-40,- … nuff said ;-)

  3. Aurélien Boulangé Avatar
    Aurélien Boulangé

    3d printing is the way.