Power Junkie Review – Power Any Camera & More With One Sony Battery

Working on set means working independently from the power grid most of the time. So a bunch of different batteries for all of your gear is mandatory. Or you head over to Kickstarter and support the guys behind Blind Spot Gear in making their latest product a reality: The Power Junkie. A small device maybe, but a pretty clever one for sure.

Basically the Power Junkie is a tiny battery mount for Sony L-Series batteries which come in three sizes: NP-F 550 (around 2600mAh), NP-F 770 (around 5200mAh) and NP-F 950 (around 7800mAh). Two USB 5V outlets and a barrel-type 7.2V outlet give you plenty of possibilities of powering several devices around your camera setup.

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Furthermore you can charge the attached Sony battery via USB C or micro USB. The whole thing mounts via a 1/4 20 thread or a cold shoe mount to your rig. You even can use a standard cable tie and mount it to about anywhere. Neat!

Blind Spot Gear Power Junkie

The Power Junkie is the third product Blind Spot Gear is bringing to Kickstarter. The first one was the so-called Tile Light, the second one was the Scorpion Light. Both campaigns were pretty successful so it’s safe to say that we’re talking about a reliable company here. We also have gotten to know the guys behind the product and have no doubts that they will deliver.

Actually it’s a little strange that nobody came up with this idea before, like Nino says in the review. The Power Junkie is a really basic, yet super helpful product. It sports a power indicator (something the Sony L-Series batteries themselves lack) and it’s capable of powering your DSLR or mirrorless camera for a whole day. Just add a fitting dummy battery and you’re good to go.

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Three sizes of Sony L-Series batteries

Another neat thing is the variety of mounting solutions. A 1/4 20 thread, a cold shoe mount and a tiny loop for standard cable ties, it’s all there. All in all this product is really pretty much self-explanatory. The trick is to bring down the count of different styles of batteries. All you need is a bunch of Sony L-Series ones and that’s it. No different chargers, no myriads of different make and models of weird battery systems. Blind Spot Gear have chosen the de-facto industry standard of camera batteries.

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You’ll find a Sony L-Series style battery almost everywhere around the world. They are robust, reliable & battle-tested. Sure, for a larger digital cinema cameras you’ll end up using V-mounts or Anton Bauer gold mounts but for DSLR and mirrorless cameras this tiny addition to your rig will save you from hassling around with a pocket full of batteries.

power junkie

You can add battery dummies for all major brands, including Sony, Canon, Fujifilm, Panasonic, Nikon and Blackmagic Design. And, thanks to the USB outlets you also can charge your phone while on the go. Or a GoPro for several days if you want to.

Pricing and Availability

One Power Junkie is £35 / $45 / €39, which seems like a very fair price. If you want to add a NP-F 750 (5200mAh) and a dummy battery of your choice (Fujifilm, Sony, Canon, Panasonic) we’re looking at £65 / $85 / €72. If you need a new-style Sony dummy (for an A7 III for example) or a Nikon dummy battery you pay £80 / $104 / €90.  You can add a variety of other dummy batteries as an extra as well as additional NP-F style batteries made by Blind Spot Gear themselves.

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Please keep in mind that Kickstarter is not a shop but a platform for funding projects. Estimated delivery is December 2018 and if nothing goes wrong that should be the case. Blind Spot Gear have a good amount of experience with manufacturers and assembly chains by now so I’m pretty positive that they’ll manage to deliver a solid product in time.

Links: Kickstarter Campaign | Blindspotgear.com

What do you think? Is this Power Junkie something you want to add to your gear bag? Share your thoughts int he comments below!

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harsh vardhan
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November 30th, 2018

That is awesome and very useful! Thanks

 Joe Oberster
Joe Oberster
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August 11th, 2018

Only one barrel port? No D-tap?

 Billy Campbell
Billy Campbell
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August 11th, 2018
Reply to  Joe Oberster

Most D-tap sources tend to be 14.4V if we provided this users would end up using the D-tap and finding it not working with their gear. The Sony NP-F only provide 7.2V, great for small cameras, lights and monitors. We felt providing a D-tap wouldn’t be necessary and would cause too many customer errors, after all, we’re filmmakers and not electricians. Hope that helps.

 Justin Lovell
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August 12th, 2018
Reply to  Billy Campbell

Maxell used to make a similar product. They had three variants of it with hirose, ptap and different regulated options. Now discontinued. https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1078950-REG/maxell_261400_power_shoe_adapter_np_f.html

sam broggs
sam broggs
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August 10th, 2018

How much power remains in the battery before the voltage in the camera drops too low and it shuts down? With other np-f adapters I mostly have 20 to 30 percent always remaining when the cameta shuts down – depends on the adapter for sony a7s..

 Billy Campbell
Billy Campbell
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August 11th, 2018
Reply to  sam broggs

Good question,

It’s very dependent on the camera. The battery will output until around 6v. Some cameras will shut down before that, some will stay powered until the battery is at 0%. I’m afraid there’s no simple answer. It depends on the power demands of the camera which also vary depending on settings, fps, iso and res.

Basically, the camera is connected directly to the battery and it will act exactly the same as it’s internal battery but just with more capacity.

hope it helps

sam broggs
sam broggs
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August 19th, 2018
Reply to  Billy Campbell

Thanks! Have you tried using the battery with all three ports at the same time? I am afraid the voltage will drop too soon and so the battery will stay at least half full when all the components shut down..

 Marc Schultz
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August 10th, 2018

This device could be really great if it also had a USB power-out port option so that it could power cameras like some of the Sony mirrorless cameras which can also be powered from an external power source via a USB micro cable. The need to use this device with a dummy battery seems like a unfortunate limitation.

Member
August 10th, 2018
Reply to  Marc Schultz

What? But it does have usb out… Like 2 of them.
The desire to use this flimsy connector for anything other than emergency is something I’ll never understand, but you sure CAN do this.

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August 10th, 2018
Reply to  Gleb Volkov

Agreed Gleb!!

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August 10th, 2018
Reply to  Marc Schultz

Huh? It has exactly what you are asking… Actually two USB power outs. Did you watch the video?

I think a dummy battery is still a better solution because it’s lock tight.

Member
August 8th, 2018

Maybe it’s just me but I hate those Sony batteries.

Member
August 8th, 2018

Or, if you can skip the USB ports and don’t want to wait 4 months – just get a normal sony np-f plate for $9.90 like this:
https://ebay.to/2nmPvc6
Works perfectly with a dummy battery (another $10) on my Sony for 18 months now.

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August 8th, 2018
Reply to  Gleb Volkov

Also not bad, great deal!

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August 8th, 2018

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August 8th, 2018

Thank you Spike!!

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