NAB 2017: Anton/Bauer Intros LPD Discharger for Transport of Li-Ion Batteries
Anton/Bauer (Booth C6025), the industry leader in mobile power solutions for the broadcast, film, and pro-video industries and a Vitec Group brand, has launched its all-new LPD discharger. Developed in partnership with one of the world’s largest rental houses, the LPD discharger can discharge up to four 90 Wh-batteries in three hours or less, helping customers comply with the IATA regulations mandating that lithium-ion batteries transported as cargo must be charged to no more than 30% of their rated capacity.
“When the IATA tightened its regulations for battery transport last year, it created a big dilemma for rental houses and international broadcasters whose customers or crews needed to fly home from a remote shoot,” says Andrew Butler, product manager, Anton/Bauer. “Until now, there’s been no elegant way to discharge batteries below the 30% threshold, and it simply isn’t feasible for the crew to carry large quantities of bulky batteries into the cabin as carry-on luggage. But, with our new LPD, our customers can discharge and ship their batteries in full compliance with the regulations and then fly through security.”
A dedicated battery-discharge unit, the LPD requires no external power; rather, it uses energy from the batteries it is discharging. This allows travel-friendly operation and ensures that the discharging process does not damage the batteries. Weighing less than 1 kg, the system is fan-cooled and thermally protected, making it safe to use and leave unattended in any environment. With its robust metal chassis, the Anton/Bauer’s LPD discharger is designed to be shipped to any location with the batteries attached for the user’s convenience.
The LPD is currently available for either Gold Mount or V-Mount batteries priced at $949 or €875. More information is available at antonbauer.com.