Picture this—you’re out in the field with your team. You’ve got two cameras, several lights, a drone, tap, DIT, and half of the crew’s phones to charge. When you’re away from the day, what’s the best way to guarantee that each device gets its fill?
If you’ve ever run into power supply issues on location, you already know how useful an all-in-one charging station can be—they free you from hanging over the generator like a hungry dog, untethering your entourage, and allowing you to provide the flexibility your film or documentary demands.
Read on to learn a bit more about one of our favorite ways to keep things lit all day long.
CAME-TV Charging Station: Tech Specs
What is the CAME-TV portable power station? Not only is it a charger for your cinema camera batteries, but it has a built-in AC inverter to juice all of your devices. If you’ve never given a portable charging solution a try, you’re going to love what this device has to offer, especially if you’re a DP, an operator, or a camera assistant.
This devilishly attractive little pal is more than just a lightweight, convenient V-mount battery charger. Below the surface hums a powerful and reliable pure wave converter ready and waiting to serve you and your crew. Literally, anything that uses a standard wall plug can be powered by the CAME-TV Power Station.
Want some more details? This portable power station boasts the following attributes:
- Weight: 1.4 kg
- Dimensions: 136 mm x 230 mm x 125 mm
- Display: Color LCD screen
- The CAME-TV is rated for use anywhere from -10 degrees Celsius to 45 degrees Celsius.
All sorts of connectionsCredit: CAME-TV
As far as output goes, you can expect the following:
- 2 AC sockets (110V/220V)
- 1 Type-C port (2A)
- 4 USB-A ports
- 2 DC jacks (12V, 3A)
- 2 D-Tap ports (14.4V, 10A)
The thing we love most about the CAME-TV power station? Real estate is honestly one huge selling point, especially for a charging hub this compact. There are more ports to choose from than you’ll ever know what to do with, especially if its use will be relatively self-contained to one team or one crew member.
There’s one single kill switch you can use to control the output of your AC sockets. It’s a plug-and-play type of device, and it’s honestly such a lifesaver.
Just keep in mind that the max output will not exceed 180W, so you won't be able to power your Aputure LS 600D. Remember my Quasar Science tubes? They only pull 50W.
Hot-Swap and Sequence Charging
The CAME-TV will never be the reason you need to stop rolling. Two hot-swappable batteries ensure that, as long as you’ve got a fresh brick on standby, the show goes on uninterrupted. As long as one of the two removable batteries is attached, you’re free to replace the other at any time.
Power in or power outCredit: CAME-TV
Just like any other smart charging hub, CAME-TV’s take on the product category is able to modulate its power output between every device attached.
This not only makes the charging process more efficient and much quicker than it would be otherwise—it also means that its power draw overall will end up being much less. It’s great for your equipment and any batteries they use, too. Overcurrent protection provides one additional layer of security.
Other Extra Features and Tools
Did you know that there’s also an incredibly useful LED light on the front? When working in the dark and in close quarters, it’s able to provide illumination exactly where you need it. Swing it around as a would-be flashlight—the CAME-TV power station is a multi-purpose tool in the truest sense of the word.
You’ll also find a miniature storage compartment housed underneath the chassis of the station—loose items, tools, cables, and other odds and ends can be stashed away for quick access as you work.
These are small touches but really come in handy when on set during night shoots.
Harness the Power of Pure Sine Wave Energy Conversion
Is the perfect all-inclusive charging hub indispensable? If you work a lot outside of a studio setting, we can’t recommend the investment enthusiastically enough. It seems that CAME-TV took a note from the camping playbook when it comes to powering your lights and gadgets.
The CAME-TV Dual V-Mount Battery Charger and Power Station will run you a paltry $398 when you buy it directly from their site. That's several hundred cheaper than what competitors have on the market (and they don't have a built-in AC inverter).
2 AC sockets (110V/220V)
1 Type-C port (2A)
4 USB-A ports
2 DC jacks (12V, 3A)
2 D-Tap ports (14.4V, 10A)
There are countless on-set needs for this power station. While it may not be necessary for all situations or for all projects, you'll be glad to have it in your kit when you actually do need it.