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marc gerritsen
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« on: January 05, 2007, 10:51:28 PM »
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I will be away from any power source (also car battery) on a shoot in China and wonder if you

have encountered a similar situation and how you have solved it.

I will need power for the H2D and a small back-up harddrive.

cheers

Marc
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« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2007, 12:48:38 AM »
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I will be away from any power source (also car battery) on a shoot in China and wonder if you

have encountered a similar situation and how you have solved it.

I will need power for the H2D and a small back-up harddrive.

cheers

Marc
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There are a few battery powered options but usually don't last beyond 1/2 day and of course recharging seems like it will be an issue with you.

Digital Camera Battery, makes a long battery that will power a G4 Powerbook for about 3/4 of a day.

The best option would be this yamaha gas generator that weights 27 lbs. and runs for 12 hours on one fuel fill.

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JR
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« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2007, 01:55:44 AM »
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Hi Marc,

Betterlight sells a Lithium battery for their scanback, the NBMate-118. It was originally made for laptops and portable DVD players, but Betterlight changed the connectors. It lasts for at least a full day's worth of shooting, keeping the back powered on continuously. And it's made in China, so you could probably get it locally. Also, try alibaba.com. It's a great source for almost anything made in China.

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« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2007, 03:32:38 AM »
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I used to take a fuel generator with me to recharge my batteries. One of the smallest with enough 'juice' would probably be the Honda EU10i.

You only run the thing to charge your batteries so it does not have run the whole day (it is very silent by the way so even that would not pose a significant downside in most cases).

I am quite sure the Honda is smaller and lighter than the Yamaha.

The thing runs on regular petrol which is widely available in China as well.

I bought mine for about 1.000euros.
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« Reply #4 on: January 06, 2007, 04:37:20 AM »
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it sounds reasonable but it's simply not true. most quality products made in China are not sold in China because most Chinese cannot afford them.

petrol is widely available but not as convenient as in 'developed' countries. a very small percentage of the Chinese population can afford cars, even today. even so, a petrol-powered recharger would be a workable idea if you were in China.

solar power: not sure if it'll be as affective as the manufacturers promise. it'll probably work but require more time to recharge than suggested. we have the huge Asian Brown Cloud of particulate matter hanging over us here and it reduces sunlight by a significant amount; something I'm well aware of because it makes nature photography very difficult when you're trying to get maximum DOF with a Telephoto lense at ISO 400 or less.

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« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2007, 06:58:27 AM »
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Is it a possibility that other tools would me more adequate for this job or holiday? For instance a film-based MF camera and a bag full of film rolls?

If you are going to remote places maybe a lower-tech solution is simply better...
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« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2007, 10:58:54 AM »
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I would imagine that the most common sourse of power globally is the car battery

my eyelike recharges off a car battery

there is a thing called a handy mains that  inverts power up to 240 and can recharge all my other kit

you could buy a battery once you are ther or just beg of the locals

I would mix this with appropriate adapters for using local mains and a few spare batteries

Invotronix also make somthing but it is as heavy as a car battery

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