Anton Bauer charger question
Posted 13 December 2011 - 07:39 PM
Posted 13 December 2011 - 09:20 PM
The used 2702's are about $1000 used. sometimes a bit more sometimes less. Just my opinion.
Posted 13 December 2011 - 10:04 PM
Posted 14 December 2011 - 09:14 AM
Posted 03 January 2012 - 07:08 PM
The 2702 is a staple, and certainly is needed for the DDM (Diagnostic Discharge Module). The 2702 will keep your batteries in good shape & lasting longer.
Keep in mind that the 2702 only charges one battery at a time. Say you're using an Alexa with a rig that carries 3 batteries. Only having a 2702 will not charge up your batteries quicker than the Alexa will draw them down. 6 batteries wouldn't cut it in this scenario, and 9 might not even cut it.
That's why I carry both a 2702 for the DDM, and a TWQ 4 position simultaneous charger. This way I can stay ahead of power hungry digital cameras. If you're on a budget, then the Titan T2 (2 position simultaneous charger) is not a bad option. Keep in mind that the TWQ takes nearly 5 hours to charge a Dionic HC. The Titan T2 (& the new TM4 quad charger) take 1/2 that amount of time.
I've had good luck buying used chargers. I bought a 2702 for $800 online, sent it to Anton Bauer to get checked out, and it's running great 5 years later. This forum, Ebay, etc... are good places to find them used. Also, Paul Dudek at Anton Bauer is a good friend to the Steadicam community. He often sells us AB products direct at a discount. Late April (right after NAB) is a good time to buy new B stock items at a good price.
Anton Bauer recommends that you have a charger station for each battery you own. They say it's best to leave your unused batteries on a charger for best life span.
Hope this helps,