IDX Announces New IPL Series


GBR: The IDX E-HL-9 battery has been the battery of choice for many broadcasters and hire companies offering years of service in hostile environments. 
When it came to updating the product, IDX asked end users what new features they would like to see.
Hot swappable for constant power 
Historically, power is taken from linked batteries simultaneously, so filming must stop when the capacity has been used. With the new IPL series, power is drawn from the last battery stacked on the camera and it can be exchanged when discharged without powering down the camera and accessories.
Allows current IDX batteries to be stacked
Uniquely, other IDX batteries – like the lower cost CUE-D150 – can be stacked on the back of an IPL battery, giving extended run times and ensuring an existing inventory of IDX batteries can be utilised in conjunction with new IPL batteries. 
Three DC outputs with D-Tap advanced charging
Each IPL battery has a built-in 2.3A USB power out connector and a regular D-Tap d.c. output. Also included is a D-Tap Advanced output, capable of powering 12V accessories or accepting charging input from the small lightweight VL-DT1, D-Tap charger. Camera operators told IDX that there is increasing pressure to run more ancillary equipment from the main camera battery. With three outputs on each battery, IPL batteries deliver on this need.
Stacked charging on VL-2000S charger
Up to eight IPLs can be stacked charged on the VL-2000S two-channel simultaneous charger, so no longer is there a need during the night to get up and swap empty for charged batteries. Charging starts from the top battery and works down the stack. Battery capacity LEDs indicate the battery being charged so the operator is confident all batteries above it are fully charged and ready for use.
Digital data and V-Torch
Most professional camcorders can take digital data from the battery and display this information in the viewfinder in terms of percentage capacity left or remaining run time. IPL’s can be switched between SB and B data formats to accommodate a wide range of camera brands. The V-Torch is a small LED near the battery mounting point which provides illumination for up to ten seconds when the camera operator needs it.
Two models IATA-compliant for air travel
The IPL-98 model being under 100Wh is in a class of batteries often described as flight safe and a number can be carried on board an aircraft as cabin baggage. The IPL-150 has a carry-on limit of two but offers extended run time and naturally links with IPL-98’s and other IDX batteries.
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