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Anton Bauer Hot Swap instead of diode saves 0.6 V

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#1 Mark de Vries

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Posted 28 May 2011 - 09:56 AM

After finding myself without power too much, too fast, I bought myself a few Anton Bauer HC's.
But when placing two batteries my built-in diodes still took 0,7 volt off.
That's a lot!

I had a call with technician Robert Ploeg from Anton Bauer Netherlands.
He advised me to use a accesoire called a hot swap from Anton Bauer instead of diodes.
E.g. http://www.adorama.com/ABQRHSGM.html
It is using some kind of electrical gimmick so it only 'eats' 0,1 V.
This means that my rig will fly way longer with same batts!

Better even: he send me one to dissasemble the electrical components so I could mod my steadicam.
This seems to me like heaven on earth for the power consumption problem!
Thanks guys from Anton Bauer Netherlands!

There might be a downside with other brands: it only works with AB's because of the 'intelligence' inside.

Will mod this week and will post details later.


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#2 Victor Lazaro

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Posted 21 March 2015 - 12:06 AM

I know it's a long shot, but any news on this?

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#3 Alan Rencher

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Posted 21 March 2015 - 12:14 AM

They're called hot-swap controllers. You can buy evaluation boards on sites like Digi-Key and mouser.
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#4 Ken Nguyen

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Posted 21 March 2015 - 02:18 AM

I used "ideal diode"

Try this: http://www.re-voltag...nicsID80V2.html




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#5 Andrew Stone

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Posted 21 March 2015 - 11:01 AM

It says at the bottom of the page that they are sold out of the diode. Email is there to find out if this is still the case.

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#6 Jess Haas SOC

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Posted 21 March 2015 - 11:58 AM

A properly speced diode will have a much lower voltage drop than the .6v mentioned here. Maybe not as low as an IC solution but not far off.
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