Zacuto Introduces the First Professional Clip On Battery System for Pro Video Cameras

Zacuto has introduced the Gripper Series — the first line of batteries designed for use on professional camera rigs without the need for any brackets or clamps.

Zacuto said the new battery line snaps directly onto 15mm rods, offering a hassle free power option at half the weight and cost of traditional external battery systems.

Zacuto is partnering with Hawk-Woods manufacturing, a broadcast equipment company located in England, to distribute the Gripper Series. Zacuto offers worldwide distribution through their dealer network and direct at the Zacuto store.

Zacuto said the Gripper series batteries power a camera and multiple accessories like monitors and viewfinders. The batteries work for shooters using the Zacuto Gratical Eye SDI Micro-OLED EVF, which requires external batteries.

"The Gripper battery is the perfect addition to our Next Generation Recoil with our Gratical Eye, Micro OLED EVF,” said Jens Bogehegn, director of photography and a Zacuto product designer. “A single 75 watt hour battery will power the Eye for 14 hours. These batteries give you a lot more power for your buck.”

There are two options available: 75 and 100 watt hour batteries, covering the various needs of camera operators. Each battery is equipped with two powertap outputs as standard and can be increased by plugging in a four-way Gripper adaptor to either output.

Gripper batteries were designed using high impact ABS casing, fitted with premium Lithium Ion cells, which in turn are backed up by the latest in protection systems to guarantee a long and reliable performance over many years.

Both the 75 and 100 watt hour batteries plus a single Fast Charger are available for preorder now and will be shipping on July 1, 2016.

Additional accessories including a dual charger are to follow. The full Gripper Series is available to order through Zacuto’s worldwide reseller network.

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