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Anton/Bauer Digital G150

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Specifications
Size 3.30 x 6.50 x 4.40 in (8.38 x 16.51 x 11.18 cm)
Weight  2.6 lbs (1.2 kg)
Volts/Watt Hours 14.4v 150Wh (nominal 156Wh) Li-Ion Battery
Maximum recommended load 10A continuous
Integrated PowerTap Yes
Warranty MAXX II Warranty or 1,000 charge cycles

 


Taking the hassle out of battery travel: Q & A with Andrew Butler


As a filmmaker who’s constantly on the go, there’s nothing easy about lugging your camera equipment from country to country, airport to airport. Out of all the equipment that you carry, batteries can be one of the trickiest items to get past security, especially when you’re not 100% sure on what the rules are. To help break down battery travel so you don’t have to worry at the TSA checkpoint, we asked Anton/Bauer’s Andrew Butler, Product Manager, for some clear-cut answers.


Q: So what exactly are the rules now for traveling with Lithium Ion batteries?


A: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) sets the regulations related to the air transportation of goods. As an outline, they state that before shipping them as cargo with a carrier such as Fedex/UPS, Lithium-Ion batteries and cell packs need to be discharged to 30% of their rated capacity (or less).


Hazardous cargo such as Lithium-Ion batteries may not travel in the hold of a passenger aircraft so they can’t be in your checked luggage while you travel. However, batteries can be in your carry-on luggage and must be treated as a laptop going through TSA security. Unlike cargo shipments through a carrier, batteries traveling as a carry-on item during flights can be fully charged to 100%.


Q: How many Lithium Ion batteries can I have in my carry-on? 


A: For batteries less than 100 Wh in capacity, the regulations don’t place a limit on the number of batteries carried per passenger; however, be aware that airlines may have individual policies which do. For batteries between 100 Wh and 160 Wh, the regulations stipulate that a passenger may carry one battery on a piece of powered equipment plus two spares. Batteries greater than 160 Wh may not be carried on or taken in the hold, and therefore must be shipped as cargo.


Q: When do/did these new regulations go into effect?


A: IATA’s new policy is currently in effect, as of April 2016.


Q: Do these restrictions apply to all types of travel?


A: Fortunately, no. These new regulations don’t apply to sea or ground transportation of Lithium-Ion batteries.


Q: So how is Anton/Bauer dealing with these changes from the IATA?


A: To help everyone comply with IATA’s new regulation, we’ve developed a new, free feature for our Performance Quad Charger that will automatically drain your batteries for you to the proper charge level so you don’t have to worry about it when you ship your batteries.  All you have to do is take five minutes to download the new firmware update, turn on the “Global Trans” mode in Settings, and set the level of discharge for your batteries.


Q: And I couldn’t use other chargers to do this for me?


A: No, Anton/Bauer’s Performance Quad Charger is the only one on the market that offers this function.


Q: Would the charger be able to do this for all Anton/Bauer batteries?


A: This update would only apply to Anton/Bauer’s current generation of Lithium-Ion batteries, such as the CINE, Digital, and Dionic Series. With CINE or Digital batteries, you’ll be able to tell right away when the battery is clear for travel with its extremely accurate power gauge that shows the percentage of charge. For the Dionic batteries, you’ll see a single bar of charge that represents less than 30% capacity.


Q: If I don’t want to use Li-Ion batteries, does Anton/Bauer have an alternative I can use for power when traveling?


A: Of course. Anton/Bauer also offers the high-powered HyTRON Series, which is a NiMH battery that can provide power for hours without limits or travel restrictions.


Q: Where can I go to get more information?


A: For the latest information on battery transportation regulations, download IATA's PDF on lithium batteries.


Visit the IATA website for the latest informaton 


 
Gold Mount Lithium Ion DIGITAL Battery, 14.4 volts, 156 w/h

The Digital Battery Series is designed to power contemporary digital productions and offers world-class levels of safety, performance and reliability in a sleek, ergonomic design.
 
Truly Digital: Designed to limit the high frequency “ringing” produced by digital equipment on start up.
 
Easy to Read LCD Display: Conveniently reports run-time in hours and minutes when attached to a device. The Display automatically changes to show battery charge as a percentage of full when not attached to a device or when no load is placed on the battery.
 
Ergonomic Design: Easy to hold, rubber over mold helps grip and cushions shock.

Electrically and Mechanically Safe: Multiple sensors detect temperature and over-current states making these the safest batteries on the market. Updated “honeycomb” design provides mechanical separation between each cell in the pack to allow for airflow and to isolate cells from potential cascading damage.