Zacuto Now Distributes Hawk-Woods Gripper Batteries

The Gripper batteries have a unique design making them super easy to just clip-on to any standard 15mm rod rig, and now our friends over at Zacuto are distributing them in the US and worldwide. You may remember our initial write-up we did on them back in January. Hawk-Woods are a very reputable UK-based battery maker, their kit can be found on rigs powering cameras like the C300 to ARRI Alexa’s/RED Epics and everything in between on major narrative TV and Film dramas, commercials and other broadcast work especially in the UK and Europe. Back in February at BVE, I had a chance to check out the Gripper batteries in person and found them to be super compact and definitely worth picking up if you are looking for a compact solution for your DSLR, mirrorless or small Super 35 camera setup, precisely due to their unique clip-on design, which snaps onto any 15mm rod setup, thus eliminating the need for cheese plates or additional bulk to your rig.

Sony Fs5 Recoil Rig Zacuto Gripper Battery

The Gripper series batteries come in 3 sizes and capacities – 75Wh, 100Wh and a 150Wh version. The low profile Gripper system directly to optional 15mm rods out the rear of the VCT Baseplate, or on any 15mm lightweight spaced rods. When paired-up with the Zacuto Next Generation Recoil Rig the Gripper batteries are really a match made in heaven!

Particularly if you’re also a Gratical Eye SDI EVF user. The Gratical Eye has a 2-pin Lemo for power and requires external batteries. The Gripper Series 75Wh battery will power your Gratical Eye for a whopping 14 hours, which is like a solid, crazy shooting day on a low-budget feature!

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Gripper Series Batteries Features

  • Clips onto 15mm lightweight spaced rods
  • 75Wh ($260) & 100Wh ($290) battery options
  • Single fast charger ($90), charges 75Wh in 3 hours
  • 2 position charger coming soon
  • Each battery has two P-Taps
  • Optional accessory with 4 additional P-Taps attaches to rods
  • LED battery gauge shows the remaining capacity of the battery
  • Add 2 M/F rods to your Zacuto VCT Baseplate to mount the Gripper
  • Half the weight and price of traditional rod mounted V Mount battery set-ups
  • Power your Gratical Eye and camera!

Gripper Zacuto

If you are based in North America, you can pre-order the Gripper series batteries from Zacuto here, starting at just $260 for the 75Wh version ($290 for the 100Wh). Shipping is estimated to commence July 1st!

Just as a reminder, Zacuto are doing some awesome Summer specials right now – you can get a FREE Power and Video cable for the Gractical Eye EVF (worth $160), and also save $75 on every Z-finder.

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