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How to: Power RED Cameras

RED Digital Cinema is the name behind many popular power hungry cameras; RED Epic-W, RED Scarlet-W, RED Weapon, to name a few. Although the RED Bricks are a suitable, V-mount solution, we wanted to provide alternate V-Mount solutions, focusing on both mechanical and electrical design. The Hypercore series’ developed for RED cameras (HC98RED, HC8R, HC7R, HCM9R), provide sleek, compact designs, while leveraging Hypercore’s trusted power capability, all in safe, air travel friendly forms.

Let’s start with a brief description of what goes into each Hypercore battery pack. The Panasonic NCR18650 series cell employed in Hypercore battery packs ranks amongst the best Li-Ion cells in the industry. They’re powerful enough to drive Tesla vehicles, so powering your camera is no problem! The Hypercore cell was constructed with the specific purpose of handling and sustaining high power draws. The cells in HC8R, HC7R, HC98RED, can withstand up to 10A draw (12A peak) for extended periods of time while not diminishing service life, and the cells inside HCM9R can withstand up to 12A draw. All of the packs have the cells incased in an over molded, non-slip rubberized housing to protect against accidental impacts.

Worried about self-discharge with downtime? Well, within every battery pack is an accelerometer tied to a clocking algorithm, so the battery will go to sleep or hibernate when there is no battery usage or detected motion after a 48-hour period. Once the battery detects the slightest movement, it will automatically awaken. Furthermore, the Hypercore packs have a “storage mode” feature which users can easily turn on and off to help prevent discharge when batteries are being transported which consists constant movement.

All models have an integrated, unregulated powertap allowing you to power any 12-16.8vdc device, and all of them besides the SLIM series (HC7R and HC8R) have a USB port.

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Now onto learning what Hypercore battery packs communicate with your DSMC2 RED Camera. The new DSMC2 cameras; RED Weapon, RED Raven, RED Scarlet-W, RED Epic-W will communicate with all V-Mount Hypercore models, whether it’s the standard Green models or the RED models.  These battery packs will not only communicate directly with the camera, but will also deliver the exact percentage of remaining capacity to the camera’s VF/LCD.


If you happen to have a DSMC camera; RED Epic Dragon, RED Scarlet Dragon, all battery packs will assist, provided you have the proper battery plate to LEMO cable needed to power the DSMC cameras. If compact form and weight are paramount (Gimbal, UAV), choose from the Hypercore SLIM series or the HC9 Mini, which are all air travel compliant.

Need even more power?….. check out the Hypercore Prime series, which couples two 95wh packs in an air travel compliant, 2-part design. All Hypercore packs are available in V-mount and 3-stud, so whatever battery mount plate* you have, Core SWX has you covered!

*Depending on mount plate wiring, you may see battery percentage in the EVF/LCD of the RED camera. If smart battery communication isn’t wired on your mount plate, you will only receive a voltage reading.

No worries if you don’t have the proper mount plate wiring to receive the remaining battery percentage to your DSMC camera though because that’s what the Hypercore RED series is for.  While using a Hypercore RED battery (HC7R, HC8R, HC-98RED, HCM9R), the battery will communicate remaining battery percentage to both DSMC and DSMC2 camera’s LCD/VF.

All Hypercore battery V-mount packs are charger compatible with RED chargers, allowing you to maximize the service life of your charger if you already own a RED charger.

If you don’t already own a RED charger and are looking into a nice compact, travel charger, the GP-X2S will do the trick. It will charge up two 98wh packs in about 2.5 hours. If you happen to have the RED Volt-V’s, it will fully charge two of those packs in just under 2 hours.