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For those who own the Tilta Nucleus Nano follow focus, or have contemplated getting one, I've discovered an interesting thing about the unit that Tilta themselves seem unaware of. When I received my Nucleus Nano quite a while back now, I contacted Tilta and asked then if the unit could be powered via the USB port. They said no, as it was only for firmware updates. I found this a bit disappointing, given that I use it on a rig with a V-lock that powers everything else, so being able to power the Nucleus Nano and not worry about the battery would have be a great option.

That said, I do have the Nucleus Nano connected to the V-lock from the 7.2V power outlet, as it automatically turns on the control unit as well as the motor when I turn on the V-lock and it has never seemed to have caused an issue (I've owned the Nucleus Nano for over a year). Anyway, not that long ago, when I turned off my V-lock, the Nucleus Nano controller turned off as well. I thought that was unusual, as previously I had to manually turn off the control wheel via the record button. So I removed the battery and discovered that it was flat. After recharging it, things were back to normal.

This repeated itself again some time later and this time I didn't recharge the battery and left things as they were. Since that time, I've been using the Nucleus Nano as normal, with a flat battery, connected to the V-lock. It's been working perfectly for months now and so I have no intention of recharging the battery as this is much better from an operational point of view (unless I want to use the control wheel away from the rig). Will it cause issues down the line? I have no idea, but so far I've experienced no issues. Could I put a dummy battery inside the control wheel? Possibly and they are available.

So I thought I'd let people know what I discovered, in case owners of the Nucleus Nano would like to have the control wheel powered from an external source rather than the battery.

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