An interview from the 2017 International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam with Zach Shannon of Core SWX. Core SWX is the market leader in batteries and charging solutions for the digital cinema and the professional video industries, along with emerging markets such as drones and virtual reality. Their flagship products, including the Hypercore line of batteries, remain at the forefront, providing the power to create in a variety of applications. In this interview Zach talks with us about their successful Hypercore line of batteries, including the new Hypercore Slim 98.

The Hypercore SLIM 98 is a 98wh/6.6Ah battery with a 12A load, and like all batteries in the Hypercore range it employs the very latest in Lithium Ion technology. The Hypercore cell was constructed with the specific purpose of handling and sustaining high power draws. The cells can withstand up to a 12A for extended periods of time without diminishing service life. It’s available in a 3-Stud Mount and a V-Mount, and compatible with most industry cameras. Modeled after the low-profile form factor of the HC8, the Hypercore SLIM 98 measures in at just 3.8-inch x 5.87-inch x 1.6-inch in size and weighing less than 1.5 lbs. It is nearly a full inch slimmer (0.84-inch/21mm) and more than a half pound lighter (0.57lbs/0.26kg) than the standard Hypercore 98.

Core has been executing a strategic transformation and reengineering of its Hypercore line over the last year. The goal of the revamp was to ensure that the product line satisfied all the needs of the industry, from gimbal/UAV handhelds, to broadcast and cinema, and smaller form factor cameras. This development of the line began with HC9 Minis, followed by the introduction of the Nano packs, and coming to completion with the Hypercore SLIM 98s.

he Nano pack series, CORE-N98S and CORE-N98AG, feature a slim design, consistent with the Hypercore line. Perfect for the majority of camera applications with a maximum load handling of 8A. The products’ sleek design allows these packs to be used when powering cameras on handheld gimbals and UAVs. The packs boast a 14.8v and 98wh capacity “With our efficient production means, we’re able to offer the Nano packs at a third less than what they would have retailed for 2 years ago,” notes Ross Kanarek, CEO, Core SWX. “There is no more fuller featured, quality cell, Li-ion pack that retails for less in today’s industry.”

Core SWX places a high priority on durability in order to ensure that its products sustain the rigors of being on set or on location. Its battery cells are encased in an over-molded, rubberized housing and feature a rubber texture in order to reduce accidental impacts and the chances of the battery slipping out of its customers hands. In addition, the battery pack is outfitted with an advanced white backlit runtime LCD to convey important battery data to the user.

The Hypercore series are designed with an integrated, unregulated P-tap connection on the side of the battery allowing users to power any device accepting 12-16.8vdc. The battery is also equipped with an accelerometer to detect motion, which gauges how long the battery is not in use. After a 48-hour period of inactivity, the battery goes into sleep or hibernate mode. Once the battery is moved, it awakens, coming back to life at its maximum capacity.

For more information please visit: www.CoreSWX.com

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