Powertraveller sent me their latest power pack, the hefty Condor 100, a 27000mAh beast in a beautifully designed (award-winning) aluminium enclosure. The Condor 100 is an auto-sensing power unit that can handle 110V/220V mains electricity-driven equipment as well as 5V devices.
Powertraveller’s Falcon 40 is a 40W foldable solar panel driven by high-efficiency monocrystalline SunPower cells. It’s meant to be used while you’re backpacking or otherwise active in the great outdoors and therefore very useful for documentary makers or video shooters who don’t stay in the direct vicinity of a grid. It’s splash-proof (IPX4) and has individually sealed off (silicon plug) output connectors – two USB (5V/3A Max) and one DC output (20V/2A).
Powertraveller is renewing its robust Li-Ion battery range that is suitable for any type of environment. It released an upgrade to the Powergorilla, making this device 24,000mAh strong instead of the 22,000mAh older models were capable of. The recent release of the brand new Mini-G that is rated at 12,000mAh is the start of a flatter, more lightweight and newly designed offering.
With its new storage product range, CalDigit takes a completely different approach from its competitors. The company seems to realise more than any other supplier that Apple’s portable solutions are poor in legacy connection capabilities. Hence, the upcoming T4 RAID system and the recently released AV Pro 2 single-disk solution will charge your laptop and adds a USB 3.0 hub to get more connectivity without adding extra devices.
Thunderbolt 3 docks are being released at a fast pace. The CalDigit TS3 Thunderbolt Station has been around for a month now and it has an edge. Not only does it provide 85W charging power on one of its ports to Apple’s Thunderbolt 3 MacBook, but it’s also tiny compared to others. And it can be positioned upright, saving space on your desk.
OWC’s Thunderbolt 3 dock has the looks and the ports to appeal even to those who don’t need one. The company’s selection of ports to include has so far been the best I’ve encountered. There are 13 of them and they represent OWC’s experience with users’ needs in terms of support for legacy technology.
MOTA was a company unknown to me until I saw an announcement of their Wireless Charger for GoPro. The charging station is a nicely designed, glossy black and white station that can hold and charge a GoPro while it is in its mounting case, as well as a battery and a USB device. MOTA claims the Wireless Charger for GoPro keeps your camera running.
In December of last year, I received Panasonic’s press release announcing their European photo contest that revolves around eneloop batteries. The prize to be given away for the ‘WINTER’ theme currently running (February 3, 2016 with a winner to be announced on April first) is a Panasonic action cam HX-A1 and two sets of “eneloop pro” rechargeable batteries with a CC16 charger (For those who missed the WINTER photo contest, the eneloop ‘SPRING’ photo challenge has recently been launched on https://photochallenge.panasonic-eneloop.eu). The eneloop pro battery is recommended for use in extreme low temperatures (-20 degrees Celsius) and for demanding devices, such as photo strobe speedlights. Reason enough to try these new eneloop batteries and see for myself how good they actually are.
GoPro action cameras lead the market in everything except one thing: battery life. While the company has improved the stamina of its batteries and delivers accessories that allow you to recharge them, there’s ample room for improvement. Hahnel steps up the mark and has come up with a solution, both for powering and charging.
All that expensive video and/or photo equipment you’re carrying with you in the wild runs on electric power. Keeping it alive in Western urban areas can’t be that difficult, although it comes with its own problems. In some areas of the world it can be quite a challenge to power your cameras, monitors, lighting equipment and everything else involved. How do you go about planning for electrical scarcity?