The JetPack EVO is the next generation of the Jetpack series. Larger sensor cameras require more power, as well as a bevy of on-board accessories with additional power requirements. Increase power consumption requires additional battery exchanges throughout a production. The EVO reduces downtime with a built in 29wh lithium-ion battery pack, capable of handling up to 15A draw for 5 minutes; enough time to do a battery swap. In addition to the backup function, the EVO has a “boost,” or battery assist function should your on-board pack be unable to handle the startup current necessary.
A 4-cell Lithium Ion cartridge was designed to handle the power consumption needs, and is situated between Jetpack camera attachment and front battery mount plate. The replaceable cartridge system insures future functionality even after the cartridge’s battery cells start declining.
In addition to battery backup and boost functions, the EVO has a backlit LCD which monitors power source, backup battery status, and the current load your camera system is consuming.
For additional power distribution, the EVO comes standard with two powertaps, but also accepts a variety of modules built for the system. The modules are sold separately and available in four different configurations with outputs including two 2-pin LEMO unregulated 12v and one 3-pin Fischer 24v, or three 3-pin LEMO unregulated 12v. Modules, depending on type, can also have a USB5v and 6-pin LEMO power input should you have available power supply or battery block power accessible.
The EVO-G mounts as a standard gold mount, and was made to fit the camera’s form factor for seamless mounting onto the cameras.
The EVO internal batteries charges through an attached battery. It does not charge via standard gold mount or v-mount chargers.
For broadcasters and film-makers, completely eliminating downtime is the dream. Pro camera operators need their kit powered and working at all times, whether it's in a live environment or on a busy set, up against a tight shooting schedule. Turning off a camera to replace a battery in such a situation is going to be a major inconvenience, especially if your battery is powering the camera, wireless transmitters, follow focus, on camera monitors and an EVF. The team at Core SWX have taken note of this problem, brought it to the lab, and have found quite the revolutionary workaround with the Jetpack EVO. The Jetpack sits between the camera and battery to provide a standby 29wh power source. Firstly, the 15A maximum draw enables a power hungry camera system to continue running for around 5 minutes. An Alexa Mini with the MVF-1 will run for around 20 minutes. This means that you can run your batteries closer to the 0% marker. So you can get more out of every pack, without the paranoid fear of running out of power at a critical moment.
Core SWX, a leader in battery and charging solutions, announces Holdan as its new European distributor. Based in the UK, Holdan will offer Core’s full line of battery and charging solutions, including its latest Powerbase Edge and Nano-M Series.