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Alternatives to Lowel ID video light ?

 
mcd
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Apr 05, 2010 09:29 |  #1

So I've been experimenting a lot lately with my Lowel ID video light. I love the results, but not the length of life from the light. I have to charge it about 12-16 hours to fully charge it and only get about 30 mins out of it.

Just curious about some other alternatives for continuous, dimmable lighting that lasts longer ?




  
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canondslr
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Apr 06, 2010 04:28 |  #2

Hi
Im not a video light expert at all, but on my last wedding I have a chance to have a chat with the videographer who used this light. They said you can get higher capacity battery so you can get longer usage.
The other video guy was using a Bescor small video light (I think that one is the 50watt model) with battery pack too and this one can last several hours. I didnt know the type/model but it is small and has a barn door placed horizontally so the door is ont the top and the bottom. I think he mention the light only cist like $60-$70 noy including the battery pack.
Hope that helps.




  
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Apr 06, 2010 05:10 |  #3

Bescor makes on it is a Bescor KLK-50SLM

It is as described above but has an advertised run time of 50 minutes.

Perhaps there is an extended battery pack, or if you are so inclined you could make one.

It looks like this.....


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Apr 06, 2010 14:22 |  #4

I just ordered a Comer 1800. I've heard good things about it and it uses camcorder batteries so you can have as many spares as you want. I've also been considering Cool Lights LED 256 (which also has the option to use the same batteries as the Comer) but their shipping fee is outrageous for such a small item. If you Google both of them you can find lots of threads from DVXUser and DVinfo forums. I should be getting the Comer early next week... I'm pretty excited. I can report back here if you're interested.


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Apr 06, 2010 17:39 |  #5

harcosparky:
yeah i think thats what i saw




  
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jdear
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Apr 06, 2010 17:46 as a reply to  @ canondslr's post |  #6

get a battery with more Amp draw - i.e a 7amp will last longer than an equivalent 12V but with 5amps.

The size of the battery and weight does increase though.

I bought a huge bescor for running my ID at 100w, but it was really too heavy to use regularly. The battery was 5kg. I opened it up and there was 2 cells in there so I split it into 2 lighter packs. Any of your electronics stores will have 12V SLA (sealed lead alkaline) batteries. Add an adapater of your choice and you have a modest battery solution.

The ultimate video light in my opinion is the Zylight Z90 LED light which can run off a powerful NIMH battery. I think i recall 2.5 hours run time. Something insane. One day it will replace my id.




  
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