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#1 Benedict Heinzl

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Posted 12 June 2015 - 02:15 PM

Hello guys,


I need some advice.


I am planning to buy some new (or used) batteries for my hopefully soon ariving new sled. (Most likely mid july, therefore I'll need the batteries around the same time)


Seems like the Dionic HC are still the gold standard in the Steadicam world but im worried because its an a little bit dated product and (right now) way more expensive than the G90.


The G90. It seems they don't get much love from the Steadicam world and paul promised an alternative which is finally here but most likely won't be available early enough for me.


Hint: Trade-In for new G90s once the XCell are finally here?


Also these weird looking new chargers called "Performance" gathered my interest.


Long story short: What's the way to go for a 6 Battery setup with a deadline around mid july?


Thank you guys.

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#2 Robert Starling SOC

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Posted 14 June 2015 - 08:53 AM

You can't go wrong with Dionic HCs.


Dated product???  It's a battery. Snap it on it supplies power, drop it and it won't break unless you really smash it, charge it and use it again.  If something goes wrong with it, Anton Bauer has some of the best customer service in the business.


The new batteries are fine, they just have a different styling and a voltage readout plus a few other internal functions. They do claim a longer lifetime of charge cycles which is good but the HCs are not short by any means.


This is not rocket science and they will last for many years.

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#3 William Demeritt

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Posted 14 June 2015 - 08:09 PM

I bought 8 Dionic HC's back in 2011(?) and they're still going strong 4 years later. I believe that most of the newer batteries out there (AB, knockoff, etc) all are pretty much equal when it comes to discharge and lifespan. Personally, if I was going to buy again, I'd go with the Dionic HC's again. Sure, there's cheaper options, but I know I can (probably) call Paul Dudeck or someone at Anton Bauer if one of the batteries went "bad" and maybe replace it under warranty, or get repaired easily. The alternative is wondering why my cheapo knockoff battery went bad at $200 per battery and replacing out of pocket. Not a wallet breaker, but I still like having someone I can call if/when something poops the bed. 


However, Robert got it right: it's a battery. Lithium Ion batteries aren't rocket science at this point. Buy what you can afford, and what services your market. 

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