Core SWX has started shipping the newest additions to their Hypercore SLIM series, the Hypercore SLIM HC8. The batteries were first announced at NAB earlier in the year. The HC8 features a compact and low profile design which makes it suitable for use on drones and gimbals. Despite their small physical size and weight (1.43lbs / 0.65kg), the batteries are capable of powering RED, ARRI ALEXA Mini and similar digital cameras, handling draws of up to 148Wh (10A).
An LED backlit runtime LCD on the front of the HC8 battery pack lets users know how much battery time is left when in use and will also show remaining charge time while connected to a charger. For ENG camera operators, there is also a familiar 4-stage LED display on the side of the battery. The battery’s cells are incased in an over-molded, rubberised housing that provides protection against accidental impacts and drops.
Like the Hypercore Prime, the 85Wh battery pack is safe and legal for air travel. The HC8 is available in V-mount, 3-Stud mount and V-mount RED to communicate exact remaining battery capacity to a RED camera’s LCD/VF. Like other products in the Hypercore series, the HC8 is outfitted with an accelerometer to detect motion. This causes the battery packs to hibernate when there is no usage or movement after a 48-hour period. Once the battery is back in use or detects the slightest movement, it awakens at its maximum capacity.
The batteries feature an integrated P-tap connection that lets users power any 12-volt DC device. Not only do the batteries charge on any charger within the Core SWX lineup, but the V-mount offerings will charge on RED, IDX™ and Sony chargers. The 3-Stud products will charge on Anton/Bauer™ chargers firmware V3.6 and up.
The Switronix HyperCore SLIM 8 V-Mount 14.8V 85Wh Lithium-Ion Battery is available for $275 US.