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#1 Michael Wilson

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Posted 03 December 2014 - 07:11 PM

Hey all,

 

The other day I prepped a panaflex lightweight at panavision.  I couldn't get the rig to power the camera and accessories.  After having a hand from several folks and troubleshooting all kinds of things  for many hours we decided to test the dionic hcs on the bottom of the sled.  One was bad yet displaying a full charge.  It was a forehead slapping moment for everyone.  Big thanks to Dominic and everyone at Panavision.  Hope someone can learn from my experience down the road.  


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#2 Alan Rencher

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Posted 04 December 2014 - 02:32 AM

I too have an HCX that did this exact thing. The cells just can't hold a charge anymore. Give John Ritter a call, and have him recell.
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#3 Brant S. Fagan SOC

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Posted 04 December 2014 - 10:15 AM

Or you guys could call up A/B and have them check it out.  One of my Hytron140s threw a fit the other day claiming full charge but folded quickly instead.  I sent it to A/B and they tested it, reprogrammed the display, and returned it quickly.  Just saying, give them a call.


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#4 Alec Jarnagin SOC

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Posted 05 December 2014 - 12:41 PM

Also, if you have a charger with the Diagnostics module, I suggest letting it discharge and condition your battery.   (I don't like these chargers for on-set use because inevitably, they will want to run a 24 hour test on a battery and if the AC isn't paying enough attention to hit cancel, then the battery is not charging).  I just did this to two of my batteries that didn't seem to be agreeing with thier meters and I think its helped (a little early to tell for sure).


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#5 Victor Lazaro

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Posted 05 December 2014 - 04:07 PM

I have one of these Diagnostic chagers 2722. Does anyone know if there is a way to disable the discharger while on set?


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#6 Alec Jarnagin SOC

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Posted 05 December 2014 - 04:34 PM

Victor, I believe you can open it up and unplug it (a little plastic connector going from the unit - labeled - to another board.  I seem to think I did this once in my career, but you should double check.  I may have hallucinated doing at after a night out with Baldwin.


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#7 John Ritter

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Posted 05 December 2014 - 08:33 PM

Hi All

 

A heads up on the HCX series batteries, I have had several with firmware issues that required reprogramming by Anton Bauer.

If you are still under warranty or close to it they will reprogram the firmware. (the display will show charge but will have no voltage at output terminals)

Also have had issues with the thermal sensor and capacitors blowing in the temp sense circuit, again return them to Anton Bauer for repair.

 

As to the 2722 charger... the dis-charger is built into the logic control board and cannot be unplugged.

On the 2702 Quad and 2400 series chargers the dis-charger can be disconnected by unplugging it from the logic control circuit board.

(ribbon cable towards the right rear, look for it on top of the fan)

 

John Ritter

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#8 Victor Lazaro

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Posted 05 December 2014 - 10:35 PM

:( I have a 2722. I feel like it is a step backward to force it on all the time.
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#9 Alec Jarnagin SOC

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Posted 06 December 2014 - 09:50 AM

"I have a 2722. I feel like it is a step backward to force it on all the time."

 

I don't think its a step back at all; I bugged AB for years asking them to reverse it (i.e have to ask for a test).  Like I said, its a real problem having it enter test mode on set.


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#10 Jens Piotrowski SOC

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Posted 06 December 2014 - 01:55 PM

TM4 as set chargers and 2702 at home....


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#11 Victor Lazaro

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Posted 06 December 2014 - 07:10 PM

In saying the same thing than you Alec. Maybe I should have worded it differently.
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#12 Alec Jarnagin SOC

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Posted 07 December 2014 - 11:17 AM

Sorry Victor, I misunderstood.  


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#13 richard bellon

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Posted 28 January 2015 - 07:14 AM

I think if had to put a film camera on and plug it in my sled would have a massive heart attack and say what the hell is this! But it's so good... Gimme more
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#14 Osvaldo Silvera SOC

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Posted 02 March 2015 - 11:39 PM

One more big Thumbs up for John Ritter and his team at Ritter Battery. Service is fast and top notch and stands behind his work.

 

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