GDU Mini V-Lock batteries are new 98Wh batteries with machined 6061 aluminium back. They offer one D-Tap port and one USB 5V/2A port. Power output is 14.8V / 10A ( 120W ), maximum 15A. They are available now in black or red anodized finish for $220.
Global Dynamics United (GDU) is a camera accessories company based in Los Angeles. In some way, it is connected to RED digital cinema. Most of their products are photographed with RED cameras including the new RED Komodo.
They mostly offer aluminum accessories like handles, quick release plates, lens caps, but even some prime lenses. The design of their products is very similar to the design of RED cameras. GDU recently presented its V-Lock (V-Mount) batteries with aluminium back. What are their features?
GDU Mini V-Lock Batteries
The new GDU Mini V-Lock batteries offer 98Wh capacity, which makes them carry-on safe according to TSA (their capacity is under 100Wh). This is vital for filmmakers who travel often with their gear.
The entire back case of the GDU battery is machined out of a solid piece of 6061 aluminum, which makes it very durable and according to GDU it is an industry first. This aluminum back also acts as a heatsink to help remove heat away from the camera body and helps dissipate heat during high amp charging. The batteries are available in both black and red anodize finish with a fairly large GDU logo on the back.
On the battery itself, there is a 4 LED charge indicator only. There is no display to show the remaining capacity. However, the pins of the GDU Mini V-Lock batteries have data communication so RED cameras will show runtime minutes and other information on the display.
The batteries have one D-Tap port and one USB 5V/2A port. Power output is 14.8V / 10A ( 120W ). The maximum protected output is 15A. Inside electronics were built by Dynacore using Japanese battery cells. The batteries themselves were assembled in Stage 4 at RED Studios in Hollywood.
When it comes to physical specifications, the dimensions of the battery are 102mm x 74mm x 52mm and the weight is 550 grams. GDU offers one-year replacement warranty.
Price and Availability
GDU Mini V-Lock batteries are available now on GDU webshop. The price is $220 for one piece, which in my opinion is quite competitive.
What do you think of GDU Mini V-Lock batteries? Which brand do you prefer when it comes to V-Lock batteries? Let us know in the comments below the article.