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An interview from the 2017 National Association of Broadcasters Convention in Las Vegas with Jose Flores of Core SWX. Core SWX is the market leader in batteries and charging solutions for the broadcast, digital cinema and the professional video industries, along with emerging markets such as drones and virtual reality. Compatible with leading professional and consumer manufacturers, such as Sony, Panasonic, Canon, RED®, Blackmagic Design and more, Core SWX stays ahead of the curve in a technology-driven era that is constantly evolving. In this interview Jose talks with us about a wide range of products showed at NAB including the HyperCore 9 mini 98w battery & their new Fleet Micro Chargers.

The latest additional to the Hypercore series, the HC9 “Mini” provides the most compact and slimmest on-board battery solution for Cine cameras. Designed with both the RED DSMC2 and Alexa Mini in mind, we’ve been able to shrink the form factor of a traditional 98wh Lithium Ion pack, reducing it by over 1”(30mm) in height and the depth of the pack to under 2”(1.9”), currently the most slender in the industry.

The HC9 Mini series has a repositioned USB 5v and Ptap output on the top of the battery pack to not interfere with many cameras’ I/O on the right side. The pack has Hypercore’s backlit runtime LCD on the front, providing consistently accurate state of charge indication for both remaining runtime when in use, as well as time to fully charged when on a charger.

Available in 3 models, the HCM-9S communicates standard SMBUS for the majority of V-Mount cameras/applications. The V-Mount 9R model communicates with RED DSMC and DSMC2, and the 3-stud 9AG model is Anton/Bauer charge compatible.

The Fleet Micro series of chargers are the most advanced in the industry. The chargers offer a complete battery management system for your battery “Fleet,” including an on-board LCD to monitor the battery packs’ smart battery data. Besides being the fastest battery charger in the industry today(four 98wh packs in under 2 1/2hrs.), the charger offers a TEST mode to determine battery health and recharge performance. With the inclusion of a micro USB on the rear of the unit, that data can then be viewed and managed with a PC application. The micro USB doubles as an input for future free firmware upgrades(downloadable via the web).

In addition to battery management, the Fleet Micro chargers includes SafeFly mode. With one touch of the onboard membrane button console, the charger will either charge the connected packs to up to 30% or discharge to under 30%, depending on the state of charge of those connected. The one-touch operation allows you to quickly prepare all packs for air travel or shipment. This feature can also be applied to a single connected pack.

The Fleet Micro series is also the most cross-compatible, able to address not only CoreSWX battery packs but those offered by RED, Anton/Bauer, and many more. With this additional charge compatibility, it provides piece of mind that whether you’re on location with multiple crews, charging legacy packs, or your rental Fleet, the Fleet Micro has you covered.

The series includes a 90w DC 4-pin XLR power supply to power most cameras. In addition to the on-board power supply, the charger doubles as a battery bank when in “Hypercine” power supply mode(unregulated 12v-16.8v DC). The charger parallels all the on-board battery packs to provide continuous power, and the charger’s LCD reports back available capacity as well as remaining runtime. With the optional “Hypercine module,” the charger provides both unregulated 12v-16.8v 4-pin XLR, as well as 28v regulated 3-pin XLR DC outputs.

For more information please visit: www.CoreSWX.com

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