PAGlink System Guide Book

PAGlink System Guide Book
PAGlink
TM
V-MOUNT SYSTEM GUIDE
paguk.com
• PAGlink is the world’s first intelligent linking battery
system.
• It comprises high-power, V-Mount Li-Ion batteries,
designed to power the wide variety of cameras
used for broadcast acquisition, video production
and digital cinematography.
• PAGlink batteries have the ability to sustain highcurrent loads of up to 12A, when linked, providing
more power for cameras and multiple accessories.
• PAGlink batteries can be linked in greater numbers
(up to 8), in any state of charge, combining
capacities for extended run-time.
• PAGlink offers continuous power from hot-swapping
batteries.
• PAGlink batteries are smaller and lighter than those
of equivalent capacity offered by other manufacturers.
• Linked batteries form a network that manages charge
and discharge safely and efficiently.
• PAG works closely with camera manufacturers to
ensure that PAGlink batteries are compatible with
multiple camera data systems and viewfinder displays.
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• All PAGlink batteries incorporate a display that
provides run-time information, on-load.
• PAGlink batteries and chargers are capable of
receiving firmware upgrades in the field, to
accomodate developments in camera technology.
• PAGlink batteries feature fail-safe electronic
protection systems with Parylene coated circuits.
• PAGlink batteries are tested to UN standards by an
independent authority, for legal transport by air.
• PAG offers a 3 year guarantee on its 96Wh PAGlink
batteries, with no restrictive conditions.
• The PAGlink system provides more efficient, linked
battery charging - an industry first, developed by PAG.
• PAGlink lets you charge up to 8 batteries, in any
state of charge, on each charging position.
• PAGlink offers the world’s first, single position,
multi-battery charger, designed for light travel.
• PAGlink provides more outputs for camera accessories
via a user-configurable PowerHub.
• PAGlink batteries provide data for easier battery
management, via a small, inexpensive reader.
• The PAGlink system is the best value for money
in the industry.
I N T E R N AT I O N A L P AT E N TS A P P LY
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PAGlink Intelligent Battery System
PAGlink is an intelligent battery system designed for
modern, intelligent cameras
Cameras are becoming increasingly computerised. They
benefit from communication with the batteries used to
power them. PAGlink is the first digital battery system
designed to communicate automatically with multiple
camera data systems.
PAG works closely with the camera manufacturers to ensure
that the information required by the camera is provided by
the PAGlink batteries. Some less advanced ‘digital’ battery
systems, are designed to communicate with one specific
camera data system; many battery systems do not
communicate at all.
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PAGlink’s multi-system communication enables the batteries
to report capacity for display in camera viewfinders, and
adjusts automatically when it encounters a new data
system.
A lack of battery communication can result in unexpected
loss of power, which could corrupt your files. Retrieving the
images is time consuming, with no guarantee that they will
be usable - a scenario that is too costly to risk. For this
reason you should choose a battery system that is as
technologically sophisticated as your camera.
PAGlink is sophisticated but not complicated. It is designed
to make your life easier. Communication takes place without
user intervention. PAGlink gives you reassurance that you
will not unexpectedly lose power, and allows you to
concentrate on getting the images you want.
Linked Battery Charging
PAGlink battery charging is more efficient and more
convenient. For the first time it is possible to link batteries
for charging; up to 16 batteries can be charged
simultaneously on one 2-position PAGlink charger.
More Outputs for Accessories
PAGlink provides more power for your camera set-up by
linking batteries to create higher-capacities and a greater
current-draw capability. The PAGlink PowerHub is a
discharge plate that provides the outputs you need to
power all your camera accessories, using a variety of
interchangeable and user-configurable connectors.
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PAGlink Batteries
Link-up and Power-up
The PAGlink system comprises 96 Watt-hour and 150 Watthour Li-Ion battery packs that can be linked in multiples,
combining their capacities to produce greatly extended
camera run-times:
2 x 96Wh batteries linked = 192 Watt-hours
2 x 150Wh batteries linked = 300 Watt-hours
Whatever the requirement, PAGlink provides the power.
High-Load Applications
Individually, PAGlink batteries can provide a maximum
continuous current of 8A, but when linked this capability
increases to 12A, ideal for the most power-hungry camera
and its accessories.
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The PAGlink connector system incorporates hard-wearing,
heavy duty pin contacts designed for high loads, rather
than the blade contacts used by other manufacturers.
A Truly Digital Battery System
When linked, PAGlink batteries communicate digitally at
high-speed, and report their state of charge. The battery
with one or more on its tail becomes the ‘master’ and
manages the output of all the other connected batteries.
The master battery is always active, but not necessarily
delivering current. It sees the load and then decides which
batteries to connect to the bus bar, according to their
charge status, to meet the demand. The system makes the
most efficient use of the energy available, and prevents a
transfer of charge between batteries. This patented system
was developed by PAG and is unique to PAGlink.
The rear ‘master’
battery adds
or removes
power from
the output
line
Communication
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The system also ensures that the maximum linked output
is managed to a safe level.
Camera Run-Time and Battery Capacity at a Glance
The PAGlink System features a choice between batteries that
have a numeric display or a 5-light indicator. Both options
will provide a prediction of remaining run-time, on-load,
after two button-presses. When batteries are linked, the
run-time for the total of all connected batteries is shown.
Individual battery capacity is displayed at all times with a
single button press.
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2
The numeric Run-Time & Capacity Display, found on battery
models 9304 PL96T and 9309 PL150T, provides a run-time
prediction expressed in hours and minutes (1). Capacity is
displayed as a percentage, in 1% increments (2).
3
4
When battery capacity drops below 5% the display will
indicate that the battery should be charged by pointing to
the empty battery symbol (3). When the battery is fully
charged the display will indicate ‘100’ (4).
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The 5-Light Run-Time & Capacity Indicator, found on battery
models 9303 PL96e and 9309 PL150e, provides a run-time
prediction, in hours and minutes:
5
6
The ‘HRS’ LED flashes twice (5), and then the number of
remaining hours is indicated by the number of lit LEDs:
1 LED = 1 hour (6).
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8
The ‘MINS’ LED flashes twice (7), and then the number of
remaining minutes is indicated by the number of lit LEDs:
1 LED = 10 minutes (8).
The 5-Light indicator shows available battery capacity as a
percentage. A single button press, on or off-load, shows
capacity in approximately 20% blocks:
5
4
3
2
1
1
LEDs
LEDs
LEDs
LEDs
LED
LED flashing
=
=
=
=
=
=
80
60
40
20
10
0
- 100%
- 79%
- 59%
- 39%
- 19%
- 10%
remaining
remaining
remaining
remaining
remaining
remaining
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When batteries are linked, the capacity figure displayed is
always for the individual pack.
It is possible to link PAGlink batteries regardless of their
display type or their capacity. They can be mixed for either
charge or discharge. Linking a battery that has a numeric
display with one that has a 5-light indicator provides a
numeric run-time display for the combined power.
All PAGlink batteries maintain an accurate state-of-charge
display by tracking their performance and adjusting
calibration values to compensate for the aging of the cells.
Future-Proof Batteries and Chargers
PAG batteries and chargers are firmware upgradeable.
The program can be updated in the field by the user, in a
matter of seconds, without the need to open the battery
case. An update can be supplied by contacting PAG or your
your PAG dealer. Updates enable you take advantage of the
technological advances that PAG introduces to
accommodate developments in camera technology.
In-Viewfinder Capacity Information
Battery status can be shown as a percentage of available
capacity in the viewfinder/LCD of a camera designed to
accept this data. Different data standards are used by
camera and battery manufacturers.
PAGlink batteries automatically adjust the data output
standard to support the following: SMB (Sony), I2C (IDX),
and even the old 0 to 5V analogue system (used by Anton
Bauer).
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When the batteries are linked, the data displayed in the
viewfinder/LCD is for the combined capacity available.
PAGlink batteries can also be programmed easily by the user
to provide capacity data in the viewfinders of Red cameras.
Simply press the display button twice, holding down on the
second press, until ‘rEd’ appears on the display (PL96T
battery) or the top 2 LEDs light (PL96e battery). This
indicates that the battery is now compatible with the Red
data protocol (reversed SMB). When the battery is connected
to a camera with a different data protocol it will automatically adjust to communicate with that system.
Durability
PAGlink batteries embody premium grade, sealed Li-Ion
rechargeable cylindrical cells, essential for a safe Li-Ion
battery and a contributing factor towards extended battery
life. The mechanical design of the battery provides
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protection in the event of accident or abuse, cradling the
cells against damaging shock and vibration. PAG battery
cases are manufactured from high-impact, injectionmoulded polycarbonate. The material is inherently very
strong (it is used for motorcycle crash helmets) and is
unaffected by the solvent of the battery electrolyte.
Commonly used materials, such as ABS, are dissolved and
weakened by electrolyte. PAG cases also feature non-slip
external features for secure handling.
Protection Circuits
PAGlink batteries incorporate multi-level electronic
protection and safety shutdown systems that protect the
battery and help prolong its life:
• 3 over-current shutdown systems.
• 2 over-voltage shutdown systems.
• 2 under-voltage shutdown systems.
• 3 thermal shutdown systems (including non-resetting
thermal fuse).
For more information see the battery instruction booklet.
All protection circuits within the battery are designed to
withstand the leakage of electrolyte. This is achieved by
using a special layout and a coating of Parylene, the
premier vapour-deposited conformal coating.
If the battery has been shut down by its protection circuit
it can be recovered by simply removing it from the load and
pressing the display button, provided the battery still
retains some charge.
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Flight-Friendly UN Tested Batteries
The PAGlink system has been conceived
so that you can fly with all the highcapacity Li-Ion battery power that you
need. All PAG Li-Ion batteries are
independently tested to UN standards in accordance with
IATA Air Transport Regulations. These currently state that
UN tested Li-Ion batteries, which have capacities no greater
than 100Wh, can be legally transported on passenger
aircraft, in carry-on luggage, without quantity restriction.
150Wh batteries are restricted to 2 units per person.
Improved Performance in Extreme Climates
Batteries and cameras do not perform as well at sub-zero
temperatures. It is important that they are not left in
extremely cold environments overnight or exposed during
use. PAGlink batteries have an enhanced low temperature
performance that means they will still operate at -20°C,
however, the optimum battery discharge temperature is
+10°C to +45°C.
Replaceable Battery Linking Mechanism
If linked batteries suffer an excessive blow, the unique PAGlink
mechanism will allow them to separate safely, protecting the
battery packs from irreparable damage. The mechanism can
be easily replaced, without opening the sealed battery case.
It is a mandatory requirement for Li-Ion batteries to be
sealed, in order to preserve the original build standard of
the UN certified device, and for this reason Li-Ion batteries
should never be opened, let alone recelled. Although PAGlink
batteries are designed to survive the rigours of normal
professional use, it is common sense to handle batteries
with care and to avoid subjecting them to severe impact.
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Replaceable
PAGlink
Mechanism
The Industry’s Best Value Battery System
PAGlink is a high-quality battery system that is competitively priced. PAG’s total battery design philosophy ensures
that you receive the longest possible working life from your
PAGlink batteries. Some customers have reported good
capacity from their PAG Li-Ion batteries even after 7 years
use. This is well in excess of the industry average life.
PAG guarantees its 96Wh PAGlink Li-Ion batteries for
3 years, with no restrictions on the conditions of use.
PAG guarantees its 150Wh PAGlink Li-Ion batteries for
2 years, with no restrictions on the conditions of use.
When the already attractive price is divided by the number
of years service provided, we believe that PAG batteries
offer the best value for money in the industry.
PAGlink is also available as a Gold Mount system of
linking batteries and chargers. Visit paguk.com for
more information.
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PAGlink PL96T Battery / Model 9304
< NEW VERSION WITH
BOLDER LABELLING
FOR AIR TRANSPORT
> 96 Watt-hours (14.8V 6.5Ah)
> Draw up to 12A when linked (8A individually)
> Auto-compatible with multiple camera data
systems and viewfinder capacity displays
> Hot-swap batteries for continuous power
> Charge batteries individually or linked
> Numeric Run-Time & Capacity Display
> UN tested and IATA approved for transport by
passenger aircraft without quantity restriction
> Improved low-temperature performance
> Dimensions (H x W x D): 133 x 84 x 50mm
> Weight: 0.73kg
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PAGlink PL96e Battery / Model 9303
< NEW VERSION WITH
BOLDER LABELLING
FOR AIR TRANSPORT
> 96 Watt-hours (14.8V 6.5Ah)
> Draw up to 12A when linked (8A individually)
> Auto-compatible with multiple camera data
systems and viewfinder capacity displays
> Hot-swap batteries for continuous power
> Charge batteries individually or linked
> 5-Light Run-Time & Capacity Indicator
> UN tested and IATA approved for transport by
passenger aircraft without quantity restriction
> Improved low-temperature performance
> Dimensions (H x W x D): 133 x 84 x 50mm
> Weight: 0.73kg
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PAGlink PL150T Battery / Model 9309
> 150 Watt-hours (14.8V 10Ah)
> Draw up to 12A when linked (8A individually)
> Auto-compatible with multiple camera data
systems and viewfinder capacity displays
> Hot-swap batteries for continuous power
> Charge batteries individually or linked
> Numeric Run-Time & Capacity Display
> UN tested and IATA approved for transport by
passenger aircraft, restricted to 2 units per person
> Improved low-temperature performance
> Dimensions (H x W x D): 133 x 84 x 50mm
> Weight: 0.77kg
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PAGlink PL150e Battery / Model 9308
> 150 Watt-hours (14.8V 10Ah)
> Draw up to 12A when linked (8A individually)
> Auto-compatible with multiple camera data
systems and viewfinder capacity displays
> Hot-swap batteries for continuous power
> Charge batteries individually or linked
> 5-Light Run-Time & Capacity Indicator
> UN tested and IATA approved for transport by
passenger aircraft, restricted to 2 units per person
> Improved low-temperature performance
> Dimensions (H x W x D): 133 x 84 x 50mm
> Weight: 0.77kg
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PAGlink Chargers
Linked Battery Charging - An Industry First
PAGlink batteries can be charged from any discharged state,
individually or linked, using a PAGlink Charger, such as the
2-position PL16 Charger (Model 9707), the 4-position
PL16+ Charger (Model 9711) and the single-position
PL Micro Charger (Model 9710).
The batteries communicate with each other to manage the
charging process, which is fully automatic. The charger uses
the available power efficiently and intelligently to achieve
fully-charged batteries as quickly and safely as possible.
Up to 8 PAGlink batteries can be linked for charging on
each charging position of any PAGlink charger. The most
discharged batteries are given charging priority.
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Two-position PAGlink PL16 Charger
After a shoot, simply stack your batteries on the charger,
and by the morning they will be fully-charged and ready
to use. This means no more midnight battery swapping.
Eight fully-discharged batteries can be fully-charged in
approximately 11 hours, without intervention.
The battery’s state of charge is displayed on its individual
capacity indicator, so that you know at a glance which
batteries are fully-charged and ready to use. Fully-charged
batteries stop accepting charge automatically and
independently of others in the stack.
When charging batteries that have the numeric display, the
display characters can be inverted, for legibility, with a
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single button press. The display reverts automatically after
the battery is removed from the charger.
All PAGlink chargers are quiet, cool-running, and designed
for location use.
Ultra-Compact Charging
The PAGlink Micro Charger is the world’s first, singleposition, multi-battery charger, that will fit in your coat
pocket. When you want to charge PAGlink batteries on
location and travel light, the Micro Charger is the answer.
The ultra-compact PL Micro Charger
The charger clips over the battery contacts, and is
connected to a plug-in power supply unit that features
interchangeable plug adaptors for use worldwide (AC input
100-240V).
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Up to 8 linked PAGlink batteries can be charged using the
Micro Charger. It is also suitable for charging standard,
non-linking V-Mount Li-Ion batteries manufactured by PAG
and Sony. One fully-discharged 96Wh battery will be 80%
charged in approximately 3 hours. Two fully discharged
linked batteries will be fully charged in approximately
7 hours. See PAGlink Charge Times on Page 26.
Non-PAGlink Chargers
Linked PAGlink batteries may be charged simultaneously on
any reputable constant-voltage charger designed for
professional V-Mount Li-Ion batteries, such as the PAG Cube
charger Model 9702V, and Sony chargers. However, all linked
batteries must be within 40% state-of-charge of each other
to be charged linked on non-PAGlink chargers.
PAG AR Series 2 and Quasar chargers can be used for
charging PAGlink batteries individually, via their front PP90
sockets (using charge adaptor Model 9617), but they will
not charge batteries that are linked.
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PAGlink PL16 Charger / Model 9707
> 2 x V-Mount charging positions
> Intelligent Parallel Charging for up to 16 PAGlink
batteries (8 on each position)
> Intelligent Parallel Charging for the latest PAG and
Sony non-linking V-Mount Li-Ion batteries
> Sequential charging for older PAG batteries
> Built-in 100W camera power supply with XLR4
output
> Dimensions (H x W x D): 75 x 210 x 190mm
>
Weight: 1.4kg
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PAGlink PL16+ Charger / Model 9711
> 4 x V-Mount charging positions
> Intelligent Parallel Charging for up to 32 PAGlink
batteries (8 on each position)
> Intelligent Parallel Charging for the latest PAG and
Sony non-linking V-Mount Li-Ion batteries
> Sequential charging for older PAG batteries
> Dimensions (H x W x D): 75 x 210 x 315mm
> Weight: 1.6kg
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PAGlink Micro Charger / Model 9710
> 1 x V-Mount charging position
> Simultaneous charging for up to 8 PAGlink batteries
> Individual charging for all PAG and Sony V-Mount
non-linking Li-Ion batteries
> Dimensions: 110 x 87 x 58mm (boxed)
> Weight: 200g
Supplied with plug adaptor for country of use:
UK
9710U
Euro
9710E
US/Japan
9710J
Australia
9710A
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PAGlink Charge Times
The following charge times are for fully-discharged
96 Watt-hour PAGlink batteries:
PAGLINK PL16 & PL16+ CHARGER:
PL16
PL16+
TOTAL
CHARGE TIME
1
2 hrs 30 mins
1•1
1•1•0•0
2
3 hrs
2•2
1•1•1•1
4
6 hrs
3•3
2•2•1•1
6
9 hrs 30 mins
4•4
2•2•2•2
8
11 hrs 45 mins
8•8
4•4•4•4
16
24 hrs
8•8•8•8
32
48 hrs
PAGLINK MICRO CHARGER:
TOTAL
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CHARGE TIME
1
3 hrs
15 mins
2
7 hrs
15 mins
3
11 hrs
15 mins
4
15 hrs
PAGlink PowerHub
More Outputs for Camera Accessories
PAGlink batteries are the first that include their linking
contacts in the output line. Linked batteries are capable of
supplying up to 12A current, enough to power a camera and
multiple accessories simultaneously. The PAGlink PowerHub
is a discharge plate that provides multiple output
connectors; it is suitable for powering 12V accessories
such as a camera light, a monitor, audio and transmission
devices.
The PowerHub (Model 9709) features four D-Tap plug-in
output connectors which are interchangeable with Hirose
(9709H) and 2.1mm jack (9709P) options. Other options
are possible. The connectors can be repositioned to the left
or right side of the camera, allowing you to customise the
PowerHub to your individual requirement.
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2.1mm
D-Tap
USB Module
Hirose
A USB module (1 Amp) is incorporated for charging your
smartphone, or for powering other camera accessories (5V).
The low-profile PowerHub discharge plate can be used
sandwiched between two PAGlink batteries, to maintain
the hot-swap capability, or connected to the rear PAGlink
battery, allowing an accessory bracket to be mounted to
its face.
Between batteries, the PowerHub measures only 12mm in
depth. Overall its dimensions are: 83mm wide x 112mm
high x 18mm deep (including proud features), its weight is
only 100g.
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PAGlink Battery Reader
Efficiently Manage Your Battery Inventory
Managing your batteries efficiently requires knowledge of
their condition and history. Information such as charge
status, available capacity, total capacity and the number of
charge/discharge cycles is vital. PAG has made this easier
for you with the introduction of its new PAGlink Battery
Reader.
The Battery Reader (Model 9647) enables you to display
data stored in the microprocessor of PAGlink intelligent
digital batteries. It is a compact and lightweight tool that
you slide onto the contacts of the battery.
The easy-to-understand alphanumeric display will firstly
reveal the battery state of charge, as a percentage.
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The up and down buttons can then be used to reveal the
other categories. The following data is available:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
State of charge as a percentage
Available capacity in ampere-hours
Cell temperature in degrees Celsius
Number of charge/discharge cycles
Voltage
Full capacity in ampere-hours
Date of birth (manufacture)
Software version
This information makes the tracking of battery usage and
performance easy for you.
Knowing the battery’s software version will help tell you
if it is running the latest program. It is then possible to
update the battery software, and benefit from PAG’s
continually developing technology, by obtaining a battery
update from PAG, or your PAG distributor.
The PAGlink Battery Reader can also be used to read data
stored by standard PAG V-Mount Li-Ion batteries: L96T,
L96e, L95e and Sony Professional Info Batteries.
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Camera Mounts & Power Leads
V-Mount Plates and D-Tap Power Leads
PAGlink was designed with multi-camera compatibility at
the heart of the concept. As well as shoulder-mounted
broadcast cameras, it is possible to power DSLR and digital
cinema cameras using individual or linked PAGlink
batteries. This includes: Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Canon
EOS C100/300/500, Canon 5D & 7D, Nikon D800,
Panasonic GH2/GH3, Red Epic/Scarlet, and more.
PAG offers battery mounts and power leads for a wide
variety of cameras. The V-Mount Plate assembly incorporates a clamp for either 15mm or 19mm accessory rods
(Models 9401 & 9402 respectively). The plate can be
configured vertically or horizontally, above or below the
rods, ensuring the best position in relation to the camera
display and other accessories.
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D-Tap
PAG D-Tap Power Lead
for Canon C300
Model 9637/02
PAG V-Mount Plate
with 15mm rod clamp
Model 9401
A D-Tap output is incorporated in the plate to enable the
power connection to the camera. A PAG D-Tap Power Lead
is required that features a camera specific connector.
An in-line down-converter is incorporated for those
cameras that require a 7.2V to 8.2V input.
Visit www.paguk.com to discover the right PAG power
solution for your camera, email [email protected] or
telephone +44 (0)20 8543 3131.
Follow us on Twitter @PAG_UK
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Li-Ion Battery Air Transport Advice
FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES TO MINIMISE PROBLEMS
AT THE AIRPORT:
Advice based on IATA Regulations April 2016
• Li-Ion batteries cannot be transported in the hold unless
attached to a camera. Spare Li-Ion batteries MUST be carried
in your hand luggage.
• YOU CAN carry-on an unspecified quantity of UN tested
Li-Ion batteries that have capacities of no more than
100Wh (as the operator and state variations allow). Carry
with you a copy of the manufacturer’s test certificate and the
test report.
• YOU CAN fly with two Li-Ion batteries that have capacities
greater than 100Wh, but less than 160Wh. It is advisable
to keep the batteries in separate plastic bags and bring
copies of the UN test certificate & report.
• YOU CANNOT fly with Li-Ion batteries that have capacities
greater than 160Wh. These are FORBIDDEN from passenger
aircraft, unless a state exemption has been obtained (ie
CAA/FAA operator).
• ONLY fly with Li-Ion batteries that have been tested to UN
standards by an independent authority, and manufactured by
a company that has a quality control programme, such as ISO
9001:2008. PAG complies with both these requirements.
All PAG Li-Ion Batteries are
independently tested to UN
standards and labelled with
the UN test number
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