Kastar BP-U68 Multifunctional Battery for Sony BP-U65 BP-U60 BP-U90 BP-U30, Sony PMW-200 PMW-300 PMW-EX1 PMW-EX3 PMW-EX1R PMW-F3 PMW-F3L PXW-FS5 PXW-FS7 PMW-EX160 PMW-EX260 PMW-EX280 PXW-FX9K XDCAM
|Capacity||5800 Milliampere Hour (mAh)|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||4 x 3 x 2 inches|
About this item
- Kastar rechargeable Li-ion USB Battery Pack, replacement battery for Sony BP-U30, BP-U60, BP-U65, BP-U66, BP-U68, BP-U90, BP-U96 battery.
- With a USB output port design, it works as a power bank for your smartphone and other USB devices, with D-Type charger port, convinience for using
- High Power Rating: 14.8V, 5800mAh for high performance and longer run-time than the original battery.
- Premium cells for longer battery life with no memory effect, Fully compatible with the Sony camera and Sony charger
- Fully decoded, compatible with Sony PMW-100, PMW-150, PMW-160, PMW-200, PMW-300, PMW-EX1, PMW-EX1R, PMW-EX3, PMW-EX160, PMW-EX260, PMW-EX280, PMW-F3, PXW-FS5, PXW-FS7, PXW-FX9 Camcorders
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1. Compatible with battery models:
Sony BP-U60 BP-U66
Sony BP-U65 BP-U68
Sony BP-U90 BP-U95 BP-U96
2. Compatible with charger models:
3. Compatible with camcorder models:
Sony PXW-FX9 XDCAM
Sony XDCAM EX
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The first day I charged the battery, I used it without issue. It worked perfectly. No issues whatsoever. After the first initial use, I charged the battery and on my 2nd use (A paid job with client standing over my shoulder), as soon as I plugged the D-Tap into the monitor, the battery went completely dead. A fully charged battery went instantly dead as soon as I plugged the D-Tap in. I figured I might have a faulty battery and no big deal, I'lll just exchange it for a new one.
My replacement battery arrives, I charge it, I use it with my FS5 and my Shogun Flame, it works awesome, and I'm hopeful again. I fully charge it and I bring it out to my next paid shoot and literally the exact same thing happens. The 2nd time I use it, I plug in the D-Tap and the fully charged battery goes completely dead. No lights on the battery indicating power, and the camera and monitor completely shut off.
That's 2 batteries that died the exact same way. Are these like one time use batteries or something?
Not sure what the deal is Kastar but I just can't recommend this battery to anyone.
The D-tap works fine, though it will short if you reversed polarity when plugging in the male end. There is no physical barrier to prevent you from doing it, you just have to be attentive. The short can be reset by putting the battery to charge so you can be back up in just a few seconds, but this could totally ruin a shoot if you're on location and can't power up your charger.
The primary intended mode of use for this battery works fine. Used with FS5 and EX1R no problems, battery life was reliable enough for the half a dozen shoots I've used them on.
Ultimately, to get the functionality I was looking for, I soldered a 12V-to-5V USB voltage convertor (available in auto parts) and a female D-tap to a U-60 battery plate. This allows me to use my existing U30/60 batteries and has a better form factor since the USB/D-tap battery has power coming out in three fixed directions. Connecting the audio recorder monitor output to the camera while both are powered by the U-60 also results in a terrible ground loop (unusable audio in camera, but recorder audio is fine). The ground loop is just the physics of the setup- not due to any manufacturer design issues- and is overcome simply and inexpensively by adding a ground loop isolator ($7-15) in the path from Tascam to camera, but if I'm adding an isolator that's 2/3 the size of a lipstick USB battery pack, I'm losing some of the advantage of unifying the battery, ie less stuff dangling off the camera and fewer connections to fail. All the more reason to use a proper camcorder, I suppose.
If you're getting this to be able to run AKS off the D-tap, it seems to work fine for that, but if you're looking to use the USB for anything other that slow charging your phone, I'd check into other brands.
So far so good, on a full charge it gives me about 2hrs of recording time while powering a Sony FS5 and Shogun Inferno via the Dtap. Cuts down on the weight of the rig TREMENDOUSLY with only having one battery instead of three. It’s a revelation. I don’t know why other people would only rely on these though. As cool as they are they are still CHEAP so Im staying prepared for them to fail. Pretty stupid to bet the farm on cheap batteries like these and then blame the battery for ruining your reputation lol. Keeping my original batteries in my kit as a backup but I’m gonna buy at least one more plus a fast charger because these things are AWESOME.
Every other battery like this is twice is much and at that point, you might as well get a VMount or AB system going.
Kept one star off because I wish it came in a sliiiightly larger capacity.