SWIT’s 98/160/200/290Wh Bi-Voltage B-Mount Batteries are now available to pre-order. The new BIVO-98, 160, 200, and 290 for the ARRI ALEXA 35 and join the existing 26V HB-A290B battery as part of SWIT’s powering solutions for ARRI’s latest camera. I haven’t actually seen anywhere that has the batteries listed for sale yet, but they should appear on dealers’ websites soon.
The new BIVO series adopts the 14.4V/28.8V standard, and in addition to 290Wh, three capacity options have been added: 98Wh, 160Wh, and 200Wh. Among them, the addition of 98Wh and 160Wh allows you to hand-carry the batteries on a plane.
The BIVO series all feature an OLED display, except for the BIVO-98 due to its smaller size. The 200Wh and 160Wh versions have the same thickness, and BIVO-290 has the same volume as the previous HB-A290B.
The BIVO series continues the compact and sturdy design of HB-A290B, and they adopt a bi-voltage switching system with automatic identification of the plate.
With SWIT’s B-Mount accessories, BIVO can be applied to cameras, lighting, monitors and other equipment, providing a unified equipment power supply solution for the professional film industry.
The new batteries match the size of ALEXA 35, and the anti-mistouch push button prevents the possibility of power shutdown. The newly added real-time voltage display can help DOP and AC quickly understand the battery status.
Since the digital ID interface of the B-Mount can intelligently identify the voltage, the dual voltage design of the BIVO series 14.4V/28.8V meets any future B-Mount application. Except for the BIVO-98, all three of the other batteries have an output power of at least 200W.
SWIT also has a variety of B-B, V-B, B-V swapping plates.
The KA-B30B hot-swap plate provides high voltage (28.8V) and it gives you 120 seconds of battery change time.
KA-S30B hot-swap plate provides a B-Mount battery-powered solution for standard voltage cameras on the market. It also provides 120 seconds of battery change time.
The KA-S20B/KA-S21B conversion plates provide direct B (batteries)-V (devices) conversion of 14.4V standard voltage and 28.8V high voltage respectively. This allows the BIVO series batteries to be used directly on different devices. The charging and maintenance problems of multi-interface batteries can then be avoided.
The KA-B21S conversion plate supports the use of high-voltage V-mount batteries on native B-Mount devices, which makes the drop-proof high-voltage battery PB-H290S a good solution for the ALEXA 35.