Core SWX MoXIE Solo – First Look at a New Mobile Power Solution

Last week, Core SWX unveiled MoXIE Solo, their new mobile power engine with 3,6kW AC and multiple DC outputs. Just a few days later, our colleague Graham Sheldon got a first detailed look at the new system during Cine Gear 2024. In the video interview with Ross Kanarek from Core SWX, they discuss MoXIE Solo’s specifications, types of cells, and the advantages of moving to such systems from traditional generators.

As Ross explains in the video, MoXIE stands for “mobile, exchangeable, intelligent energy,” and in fact, those are the unique selling points of their new powerhouse. The major idea behind this innovation is to bring a greener and more sustainable energy approach to sets.

What we want to do is replace 3K and 5K generators. That’s our game.

Ross Kanarek from Core SWX

Core SWX MoXIE Solo – one system, different outputs

The MoXIE Solo offers 3,6 kW AC output with pure sine wave power that ensures a consistent current. At the same time, the system also has various DC outputs (15v, 28v, and 48v) with two connections and 16A pro each. According to Ross Kanarek, that’s a critical advantage of their product, as a lot of engines on the market only deliver AC output and sometimes need multiple layers of conversion to DC.

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With MoXIE Solo’s various outputs, users gain more flexibility and can harness power directly for different gear types and devices. For instance, you can use 28V DC for powering Alexa35, or connect a Red Komodo X to 15V DC output.

In case you’re afraid of running out of power, you can also use the integrated expansion ports and connect additional cell packs directly to the unit. This way, MoXIE Solo can provide up to 9kWh (running on three Vita cell packs).

Portability is the key

As you will see in the video, one of the main advantages of MoXIE Solo is its size and compact design. Graham can literally roll it on the wheels behind him as if it were a simple carry-on suitcase. For transportation purposes, the unit comes with a robust aluminum cage. Ross also mentions that it fits in a Pelican case.

MoXIE Solo’s demonstration at Cine Gear 2024. Image source: CineD

The system itself, without the batteries, weighs only 59lbs (27kg). This means that even one person will be able to move the powerhouse, and MoXIE Solo fits into a regular car or a small production van.

Advantages of such power solutions

Graham and Ross also talk about general reasons for moving from traditional generators to such battery systems industry-wise. What are the main advantages? Here are some which are mentioned in the video:

  • Environmental: No CO2 and NOx emissions. And if you use an electric vehicle to transport MoXIE Solo, you come down to zero-emission with this product, which was close to impossible before.
  • It’s silent in discharge, compared to gasoline or diesel generators. So, you don’t have to put the system far away and run long extension cords, which increases the tripping hazard. Ross explained that they had already used MoXIE Solo on various sets next to lights, cameras, etc., and it didn’t disturb anyone or anything.
  • Sustainability: You replace only the cell, keeping the MoXIE unit.
  • The Core SWX’s powerhouse also features a charge input, which allows you to charge the battery cell internally within 2,5 hours. An additional bonus: you can take the batteries out and charge them externally. In that case, the system can run without interruption.
  • Of course, the portability of the unit makes it easier to transport and brings some logistical benefits to the table (less crew, fewer huge trucks).
Taking out the battery cell. Image source: CineD

Core SWX MoXIE Solo battery cells

The Core SWX MoXIE Solo offers two battery cell options: a 3kWh LiFePO4 Vita Cell and a first in the filmmaking industry, a Sodium Ion Cell (2kWh) called Kodiak. We shared the detailed specifications here.

Vita cells rate for 4000 cycles, so they’re probably going to operate past our careers, says Ross. Kodiak promises to work 2000 cycles. Don’t worry; the system will count them for you. All the data is available in the user interface on the touchscreen display, alongside output levels, battery status, and system diagnostics.

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If you want to learn about all the technical specifications of MoXIE Solo, head over here, or visit the official product page.

Price and availability

The target price for the MoXIE IO box (with the cage) is $5500. The Vita cell pack will be available for $3000, and the Kodiak for $2500. Core SWX plans to start the shipping of the new product in Q4.

What do you think about Core SWX MoXIE Solo? Would you go for it instead of renting a traditional diesel generator? Let’s talk about the pros and cons in the comments below!

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