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Bernhard Kipperer

Bolex H16 MC-17 motor on batteries

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I'd like to power a Bolex H16 MC-17 motor from batteries, I think I'll need 24V for 24 fps.

Does anyone of you have any experiences what types of batteries would work reliably to use the camera away from a wall socket? How much current is needed?

Maybe anyone has a link to such batteries so I could try to get them?

Thanks a lot!

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I have used a couple of the same motors with a relatively inexpensive 24V Lithium Ion power tool battery made by a company called Kobalt. There's an ebay seller who casts up "docks" for these batteries:

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It works great! Two things to remember: the speed governor on your Bolex will still be regulating the 24fps, so make sure that is set correctly. Also the Lithium-Ion batteries are a bit finicky. You kinda always have to keep it charged between uses, otherwise they can go bad. I have had to replace it once.  Also make sure to insulate or cover your wires/connector when not in use, as 24V is a lot of juice and you don't inadvertently want to cause a short.

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