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#1 robert weldoff

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 07:54 AM

Hi All

i recently spent quite a bit of cash on new batteries.
i have a few feature films coming up :unsure: and i would like to know
of any system out there that u guys sre using to prevent chargers/batteries from getting damaged.

Im asking as when i was an assistant, often the unit generator was shit, then when we got power from
genny truck it would cut at lunch and wrap.
so there was never guaranteed uninterupted power.

So any batteries that were on charge either never got properly charged or fuses blew etc,

i know things one can use for computers etc but wondering if nice systems out there?
as i dont want to charge overnight and risk not having/running out during the day?

any thoughts
always much appreciated
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#2 Frederic Chamberland

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Posted 04 June 2011 - 12:32 PM

I use this :

Backup 1800w

Thing is a giant battery housed with a converter that outputs more than enough power to charge batteries for a complete night.

It's big and heavy but you put it in the truck, plug it in and forget about it. It charges when power is in the truck and automatically runs on the batteries if power is lost or makes free games from a faulty genny.

Saved my ass a couple of times when power was lost at night without no one noticing it.


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#3 robert weldoff

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Posted 09 June 2011 - 10:12 AM


thank u frederic, i think that is a good idea :)
i will definatly find one.

kindest regards
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#4 Janice Arthur

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Posted 09 June 2011 - 08:00 PM


As your equipment gets some age, you may sometimes find yourself "hoping" for a truck fire . . .

Just kidding . . .

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#5 Robert Starling SOC

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Posted 10 June 2011 - 12:46 AM

When I was at Lynn Nicholson's house last he still had a rolling "tool box" type thing he'd rigged up with 2-3 marine batteries and an inverter that he used for portable power to charge his batteries. It was very well done and professionally designed by Lynn himself.

I don't know if he'd part with it or not but I bet he would if he still has it.

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