Anton/Bauer Introduces Li-ion Battery Discharger for In-flight Safety

Vitec Group brand Anton/Bauer has debuted an LPD Discharger that can discharge up to four Li-ion batteries simultaneously to ensure compliance with IATA air transport regulations.

Developed in partnership with one of the world's largest rental houses, the Anton/Bauer LPD Discharger can discharge up to four 90 W h batteries in three hours or less, helping customers comply with the IATA regulations that state that Li-ion batteries transported as cargo must be charged to no more than 30 % of their rated capacity.

"When the IATA tightened its regulations for battery transport last year, it created a big dilemma for rental houses and international broadcasters whose customers or crews needed to fly home from a remote shoot," said Andrew Butler, product manager of Anton/Bauer. "Until now, there's been no elegant way to discharge batteries below the 30 % threshold, and it simply isn't feasible for the crew to carry large quantities of bulky batteries into the cabin as carry-on luggage. But with our new LPD, our customers can discharge and ship their batteries in full compliance with the regulations and then fly through security."

As a dedicated battery discharge unit, the LPD requires no external power; rather, it uses energy from the batteries it is discharging. This allows for travel-friendly operation and ensures that the discharging process does not damage the batteries. Weighing less than 1 kg, the system is fan-cooled and thermally protected, making it safe to use and leave unattended in any environment. With its robust metal chassis, the Anton/Bauer's LPD Discharger is designed to be shipped to any location with the batteries attached for the user's convenience.

The LPD is currently available for either Gold Mountor V-Mount batteries.

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