UK based battery and accessories manufacturer Hawk-Woods are working on some really cool batteries that you can stick on your camera or rig. Literally. In the past we’ve covered some of their other camera accessories, such as the Sony A7s dummy battery and D-tap cable that lets you power your Sony mirrorless camera for hours and on from a large V-mount battery. However, just like today’s cameras for video production have evolved (and more like shrunk down) to a point were the surrounding bits required to make them work dwarf the camera and make figuring out how to attach vital accessories such as extra capacity batteries a bit of an engineering exercise.
Enter the new Gripper Series batteries from Hawk-Woods, which feature a rather genius “direct onto 15mm bars approach” to mounting your battery onto your rig.
Honestly, I am not sure if other such types of batteries exists, and I doubt they do, but how come no-one else has thought of that before? I am really fond of this design as it eliminates the need for more kit – such as cheese plates for mounting batteries and other accessories. Since most of us have a lot of real estate onto the 15mm bars behind the camera, why not use it to snap on and off batteries? Very nice design indeed.
According to the manufacturer, the Gripper batteries will be available in three variations – a 75W, 100W and a big-boy 150Wh version, thus pretty much covering the needs of today’s camera operators from small DSLR/mirrorless cameras to more juicy cameras like the Sony FS7 and the Canon C300 Mark II. Each version will have 2 x D-Tap (Power-Con) outputs as standard and can easily be increased by simply plugging in a 4 way gripper adaptor to either socket.
In addition, an LED fuel gauge displays the remaining capacity. The Gripper batteries have been UN tested and are flight safe – suitable for transportation on passenger aircraft as carry-on luggage. This is particularly good news for the frequent flyer cameraman.