Anton Bauer Dionic XT Battery Series in Gold and V-Mount for Broadcast and Cine Cameras

Vitec Group, owners of the Anton Bauer brand, announced their new Anton Bauer Dionic XT series of cine batteries at the Cine Gear 2018 Expo, kicking off today in the City of Angels. The AB “Dionic” brand name has been long associated with excellent quality and reliability and Anton Bauer are looking to build upon this DNA with the next Dionic XT batteries for broadcast and popular digital cinema cameras such as the ARRI Alexa MINI, RED DSMC2, Sony FS7s, Canon C200/300 II etc that are widely used in the field today.

The new Dionic XT series will be available in both Gold mount and V-mount in either 99Wh or 156Wha capacity to ensure compatibility with various camera systems and LED lights, as well as other accessories requiring high-voltage portable power.

Anton Bauer are pitching the new Dionic XT as “charger agnostic” so you should be able to use them with third party chargers – this is a huge benefit as often some battery manufacturers would restrict their batteries be charged only with their own branded chargers.

The Anton Bauer Dionic XT range can delivery sustained power of up to 12Amps, boast longevity (1000+ cycles) – great for rental houses, and of course a robust construction designed to withstand the rigours of field production. The side LCD display can also show not only battery levels, but also diagnostics and status info, a feature that was only available on AB chargers with the previous generation “Cube” Cine batteries.

According to the manufacturer – the “…Dionic XT features the most intelligent on-board battery management system in the market!” 

A D-Tap as well as a USB port is provided on both models to power externals while mounted on your rig.

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Anton Bauer Dionic XT Features

  • Next generation Li-ion cell technology for optimal longevity and performance
  • Higher current delivering up to 12A of sustained power
  • A new robust case design to complement cine-style cameras
  • Form factor designed to fit existing flight cases
  • 100% compatible with 3rd party chargers
  • D-Tap and USB power outputs on side
  • Available in both Gold Mount and V-Mount
  • 99Wh (Dionic XT 90) and 156Wh (Dionic XT 150)
  • Dionic XT replaces the current AB Cine 90/150 “Cubes”

Anton/Bauer Dionic XT90 Specs:

  • Mounting: Mounting V & Gold mount
  • Capacity: 99 WH
  • Amperage: 12 A
  • Display: Multi mode, back-lit LCD
  • Diagnostics: On-Board & Charger
  • Connections: 1 x P-Tap, 1 x USB
  • Estimated life (cycles): >1000
  • Weight: 0.8 kg
  • Dimensions: 51 x 130 x 95 mm
  • Charger Compatibility: All
  • List Price: $499

Anton/Bauer Dionic XT150 Specs:

  • Mounting: Mounting V & Gold mount
  • Capacity: 156 WH
  • Amperage: 12 A
  • Display: Multi mode, back-lit LCD
  • Diagnostics: On-Board & Charger
  • Connections: 1 x P-Tap, 1 x USB
  • Estimated life (cycles): >1000
  • Weight: 1.1 kg
  • Dimensions: 66 x 130 x 95 mm
  • Charger Compatibility: All
  • List Price: $640

The previous generation “cube”-shaped CINE 90 and CINE 150 batteries from Anton Bauer are quite good, but from my experience shooting once with them, because of their shape, if you are on a gimbal with a V-mount back camera, they can be hindrance to a proper balance as they extend the whole camera shape quote a lot. It’s nice to see AB going back to a more traditional rectangular design with the new Dionic XT range.

What’s your take on these new batteries then? These days the cine battery market is quite competitive with many established and some new players jumping in with innovative new designs that pack a lot of power in a compact size, so unlike the good-ol days where all batteries in the range basically looked the same and had pretty even features across – nowadays, as with cameras – it is a lot more difficult to get your product out there. Anton Bauer is a very well respected name in the game, a legendary brand, so to see them push the envelope again is a great sign for the industry.

I would like to see a Dionic XT “Mini” range though, as the current trend is to reduce size without compromising capacity. Maybe some day in the not, too distant future.

To learn more about the new Dionic XT range from Anton Bauer, head over to their dedicated website – dionic.antonbauer.com

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