Astera has launched the RuntimeExtender, a ‘battery plate’ tool for lighting techs working with Astera products in all sectors including live shows and events. RuntimeExtender is compatible with most Astera products – Titan, Helios & Hyperion Tubes, HydraPanel, PixelBrick, etc., and allows connection to an external battery so spare camera batteries can be used to power the Astera units in situations where the internal batteries might run out e.g., protracted shoots, longer running events where longer than standard run times are required for the lights.
This could be on video shoots, live or streaming/hybrid events and conferences, and especially when some Astera fixtures might be positioned in inaccessible and challenging places. When the connected lights are running at low level or switched off, the internal battery will also be recharging from this connection, allowing batteries to be swapped during the shoot so the lights can be used indefinitely. The most common camera batteries are currently the “V-Mount battery” and in some regions, the “Gold Mount” battery, so Astera RuntimeExtender is offered in two versions for customers to choose either of these two options. V-Mount and Gold Mount batteries are available in different voltages, so the RuntimeExtender supports two popular battery types, 14.4V and 26V.