With a brand new camera in hand, I’ve had a lot of time problem solving around battery life. While I love my Blackmagic Pocket Cinema 6K Pro, and it does turn in absolutely magic levels of gorgeous video, it has a potato-level of battery life. You are carrying several small batteries or a pair of large batteries, and it’s not uncommon to charge mid-day for an all-day shoot. A recently-launched Kickstarter looks to solve this problem with internal and external ports, rapid charging, and all in a lightweight armored case — the Powchell Charger from Yondaway. With two internal ports (1x USB-C and 1x USB-A) and two external ports (1x USB-C and 1x USB-A), this device charges at 65W, meaning you can keep batteries fresh and ready to go while keeping everything safe for transport. Heck, it’s even waterproof. Let’s look at the particulars:
- 20,000 mAh (74Wh) Li-ion battery
- Multiple internal and external ports
- 1 x 65W PD USB-C fast charge (in/out)
- 1 x 45W PD USB-C fast charge (out)
- 2 x 18W QC USB-A fast charge (out)
- Up to 110W combined output
- Recharge time 72 minutes (80%)
- Waterproof IP67
- Approved for air travel (TSA approved)
- Solar power panel compatible
Early bird pricing puts this one at $170 USD, which is about what you’d pay for a good waterproof case alone. Whether you are flying drones, doing adventure photography, or working as a wedding videographer, this looks like it’s solving several problems all at once. Fingers crossed on the Kickstarter campaign — in the time it took me to type this, my Blackmagic batteries have run dead again.
You can jump into the Kickstarter and catch that Early Bird special for a limited time, so chop chop!
Ron Burke is the Editor in Chief for Gaming Trend. Currently living in Fort Worth, Texas, Ron is an old-school gamer who enjoys CRPGs, action/adventure, platformers, music games, and has recently gotten into tabletop gaming.
Ron is also a fourth degree black belt, with a Master's rank in Matsumura Seito Shōrin-ryū, Moo Duk Kwan Tang Soo Do, Universal Tang Soo Do Alliance, and International Tang Soo Do Federation. He also holds ranks in several other styles in his search to be a well-rounded fighter.
Ron has been married to Gaming Trend Editor, Laura Burke, for 27 years. They have three dogs - Pazuzu (Irish Terrier), Atë, and Calliope (both Australian Kelpie/Pit Bull mixes).