Canon LP-E6 Battery Power Adapter for timelapses…

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The curse of the longer timelapse is battery power! Buying an expensive battery grip or external power pack is an option…

So as a little project I thought i would set out to make my own…

I have a small stack of Turnigy 3S 2200mah Li-Po’s from model aircraft, so one or two of these can be used as the power source… Mine are the 25-30C Discharge version but the 20C version would be fine for this application… You can get one of these HERE for £7.99…

I already own a AC power adapter that i use when doing video using my D60, it came from HERE on Amazon at a cost of £13.58, this gave me a dummy battery to insert in to the camera…

So all i needed was a voltage converter, some power cable and an XT60 connector so i could plug in the battery…

A little step down voltage regulator for £5.62 from Amazon – HERE – was perfect (you can find these much cheaper on eBay)

Once wired up and fitted with an XT60 (which i had to hand) the voltage was adjusted on the potentiometer until I had 8.4v out with a fully charged Li-Po…

Powered on the camera, once accepted that there is no smart battery it ran fine.

Using 130mah at rest or 380mah with the screen on live view.

So, using 80% of the 2200mah available which is 1760mah i would get:

1760mah/130mah = Approx 13.5 hours at rest.

1760mah/380mah = Approx 4.5 hours at rest.

And it’s easy to double up these packs so it lasts twice as long… 24 hour timelapse anyone?!

Thats some serious run time for any camera using an LP-E6 battery which is the Canon 6D, 7D, 60D, 70D, 5D Mk II & III to name but  few…
Cost to me was £5.68 for the regulator and some bits I had lying about, or would be about £30 for everything from new…

 

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