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Handle With Care

Why Battery
Safety Is
Important
Anton Bauer's
durable Digital Battery Series

For battery manufacturers performance, reliability, cost and safety are all key priorities, writes
Kieran Foster, Vice President Product Management, Mobile Power Solutions and Lighting...

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here is little doubt that camera
support equipment plays a vital
role across the broadcasting, film and
videography market.
However, it is equally important
for this gear to keep pace with the
changes that are taking place in the
market. Nowhere is this more evident
than with batteries - from lighting
through to the development of 4K
cameras, their role is crucial.
When it comes to batteries, the key
characteristics that must be addressed
are safety, performance, reliability
and cost-effectiveness. Performance
and reliability are perhaps the most
straightforward elements, while safety
and cost can be more challenging.
While all equipment on set is
important, it is the battery that
is often the most vital piece of
kit. Without a dependable, high
functioning battery, cameras and
lights cannot deliver the performance
that is required to get a shoot
completed within deadline and

budget.
The changes in the industry that
camera technology is driving, is the
reduction in the size of equipment.
These kits are smaller in size
but incorporate the same high
performance. The proliferation of
smaller digital video cameras has
also affected battery size and voltage
requirements.
Despite the changes to the size
of cameras and their batteries,
performance
remains
a
key
consideration; compactness without
compromising
on
quality
and
reliability. Users of these cameras
are also looking for batteries that can
power accessories as well in order to
streamline shooting and production.
Lights, for example, can be powered
separately from the camera, making
lighting set ups cord-free and mobile.
Good Build
End users pay for a number of things
when purchasing a battery. This

A quad channel
performance charger

includes its design, cell construction,
chemistry, run-time and life cycle.
Less expensive batteries may initially
be more attractive due to cost, but
over time it is their performance
and run-time that cannot match
competitors
that
have
been
manufactured and designed using
better processes and technology.
For example, the former would need
to be replaced after just six months,
whereas the better manufactured
versions could last as long as two
to five years. In the short term this
replacement cycle affects budget,
while in the longer term one needs to
consider the environmental impact as
used batteries need to be disposed of
and recycled accordingly.
The important consideration in
battery construction is the balancing
of cells. Each cell should be matched,
which ensures that all of them charge
up to 100% at the same rate and
capacity. In the same vein, the cells
should also drain in the same amount
of time. A battery pack performs as
well as its weakest cell, so by selecting
premium grade, matched cells,
performance, longevity and return on
investment are guaranteed.
In battery design, the topic of safety
is paramount. The use of lithium-ion in
batteries, if managed and contained
correctly, is perfectly safe. However,
if cells within a battery pack are not
constructed properly they are more
easily affected by the environment
(such as temperature and humidity)
and physical impact. As a result,
they will not perform according to
expectations.
For battery manufacturers such
as Anton/Bauer safety is a priority.
The company's range of batteries is

constructed with a focus on keeping
the individual cells separated from
one another by a minimum of 2mm.
This is accomplished through the
use of an internal honeycomb type
structure that attracts residual heat
and draws it away from the cells.
Each cell is individually packed within
the honeycomb structure which not
only isolates them, but ensures that
they are less likely to be affected by a
potential impact.
When it comes to dissipating the
actual heat, most battery cases are
close to the cell pack itself which
can cause issues because there
isn't enough of an airspace. Anton/
Bauer has changed the design of
its battery cases to facilitate larger
air volume inside. In addition, it has
added a rubber buffer system all
around the cell pack that works as a
shock absorber should the battery be
dropped or jolted.
Battery
safety
remains
the
overriding
objective
for
manufacturers,
followed
closely
by performance, reliability and
cost-effectiveness.
These
factors
are
integrally
linked and, as a result, are of equal
importance to the end-user. Lithiumion chemistry is a reliable power
source when used correctly, but users
need to take the time to ensure that
the batteries running their equipment
are from a reputable vendor that
puts their safety and that of their
production first.

Dependable power is a necessity


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