Charging On The Go: SmallRig USB-C Batteries

SmallRig have just released their new USB-C rechargeable batteries for Sony, Canon & Fujifilm mirrorless cameras and these could be a bit of a game changer. By being able to charge your camera batteries on the go from a power bank, car charger, laptop or even a V-Mount or Gold Mount battery these SmallRig batteries give operators incredible flexibility. Especially for travel jobs or events where access to AC power is limited.

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SmallRig's new rechargeable USB-C batteries come in three variants: Canon LP-E6, Sony FZ100, and Sony NP-W235 covering a large range of cameras and many monitors through the LP-E6’s. We’re hoping they continue to improve the range of batteries offered, NP-F batteries would be an excellent addition. 

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SmallRig are a Chinese manufacturer most well known for their camera cages, clamps and accessories (which we also stock - check them out here), but they have also been branching out recently into camera batteries and lighting fixtures. Their V-Lock batteries in particular have been receiving great reviews. 

All of these new USB-C Rechargeable Batteries can still be charged using your regular camera charger. However, the fact that you can recharge them using the batteries’ USB Type-C port is currently a real point of difference. The charge time is quite good as each of the batteries can be charged in only 2.5 hours (5V 2.2A) to their full capacity of 2400mAh.

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Each battery features a convenient charging indicator that transitions from red to green when fully charged. These batteries incorporate safeguards against short circuits, high-voltage, high-current, high-temperature, and over-charge/over-discharge situations, ensuring your valuable equipment remains protected. Additionally, the batteries include built-in chips that are decoded and recognized by your camera as original cells, which should provide a reliable power source.

The SmallRig USB-C batteries are set to ship by the end of this month, but the first batch of orders has already sold out. Let us know if you are interested in pre-ordering for the next round. The Canon LP-E6 model is currently priced at USD$39.99, while the Sony NP-FZ100 model retails for USD$44.99 and the Sony NP-W235 version is priced at USD$39.99.

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