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RuntimeExtender provides emergency power for Astera

RuntimeExtender provides emergency power for Astera

RuntimeExtender provides emergency power for Astera

Astera’s RuntimeExtender is a battery plate for lighting techs working with Astera products to allow connectivity to an external battery. This means that spare camera batteries can power Astera units if the internal batteries run out. It is compatible with most Astera products, including Titan, Helios and Hyperion Tubes, HydraPanel and PixelBrick. When connected lights are running at low level or switched off, the internal battery recharges from this connection, allowing batteries to be swapped during the shoot with no loss of light.

To match the most common kind of camera battery, RuntimeExtender is available with V-Mount and Gold Mount battery connections, and supports both 14.4V and 26V battery types. Any Watt/hour (Wh) capacity battery works with Astera fixtures, including units just below 100Wh which can be checked into an airplane hold. Batteries can be connected via an existing Astera power/data cable or via a 1.5m cable included in the kit.

All of Astera’s VDC lights are supported and RuntimeExtender is rated to 24V 100W shared between two DC outputs. While in the event world, the three-pin XLR is universally used for data distribution, in the film industry it has become a standard to distribute power. Therefore, a third three-pin XLR socket has an unregulated output that passes on the voltage of the battery. This also means it can be used with future Astera products which may use a different voltage.

RuntimeExtender is also available as part of a kit which contains four RuntimeExtenders, HexConnectors, BrickConnects and 1.5m DC cables, plus four clamps to mount with the Astera’s HexConnect. Two kit versions are available with V-Mount or Gold Mount connectivity.

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