Mini PAGlink is PAG’s new system of intelligent linking batteries that features all the benefits of its established linking technology, in a smaller and lighter package. The batteries are available in V-Mount and Gold Mount formats, as well as 99Wh and 50Wh capacities.
The MPL50 is a low-profile, lightweight, 50Wh battery, ideal for powering small, 4K camcorders, director’s monitors or lights. The MPL99 is a more compact and lighter 99Wh battery, ideal for any broadcast or cinema camera set-up. These ‘mini’ batteries have many new and unique features designed to assist camera professionals. They provide the essential outputs for 12V camera accessories that handheld camcorders often lack. The MPL50 has one D-Tap, and the MPL99 features two. Each battery also includes a USB output module, ideal for powering 5V accessories (2A continuous, 3A peak). This module can be removed via a release button; and replaced with other modules that feature Hirose, Lemo or D-Tap connectors. Now, instead of powering each accessory individually, you can replace a multitude of camcorder-type batteries with a single, superior power source for the entire set-up.
Unlike all other ‘mini’ or ‘micro’ batteries, Mini PAGlink offers intelligent battery linking. It allows you to control the capacity and weight of the power source to suit any application. If you are shooting handheld, individual batteries will keep things light. If your set-up includes multiple accessories, requiring more power, you can create a 200Wh or a 300Wh power source by linking batteries that have flight-friendly capacities; this is preferable to using individual, high-capacity batteries which are bulky and banned from passenger aircraft.
Batteries of any rated capacity, in any state of charge, can be linked to provide power, their capacities safely combined. Current can be drawn from each battery simultaneously, which increases the overall capability to 12A. Linking also enables seamless hot-swapping of the rear battery for continuous power, without the need for a separate plate; or you can simply add another battery to extend run-time. Linking extends overall battery life, because the current load is shared. PAG guarantees Mini PAGlink batteries for 2 years, with unlimited cycles during that period.
The Li-Ion cells chosen for Mini PAGlink are the same as those approved by NASA for its mission to Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons. After extensive testing of commercially available cells with a 10A capability, NASA found these to have the best capacity retention after 500 cycles, and the best energy efficiency.
PAG’s new modular battery design makes servicing quicker and more economic. Individual modules, including the cell-pack, can be replaced at authorised service centres around the world, whilst maintaining compliance with air safety standards. Reusing case parts, output modules and internal electronics contributes towards greater sustainability.