Astera launches RuntimeExtender to significantly increase the battery life of its lighting setups

The luminaires manufacturer Astera has recently announced the launching of RuntimeExtender. It is a battery plate designed to allow lighting professionals to extend the runtime of their lighting setups.

RuntimeExtender allows lighting professionals to leverage their existing battery sources – both 14.4V and 26V, using either ‘V-Mount’ and ‘Gold Mount’ connections. The full portfolio of Astera 24V lights is supported, with the RuntimeExtender maintaining a rating of 24V 100W shared across two DC outputs. In addition, the RuntimeExtender maintains a power-only 3-pin XLR socket with unregulated output.

Regarding the installation, the HexConnect and BrickConnect accessories can be slid into the unit, enabling it to be mounted securely and locking rotation onto any Super Clamp, or – with the BrickConnect – allowing two RuntimeExtender units to be combined back-to-back in a single block, facilitating bigger battery setups. Airline Track and PixelBrick rail system-mounting fixtures are also integrated directly into the unit. In terms of battery mounting, batteries just slot and click-in according to their mount type. When the lighting device is off, the battery will automatically discharge into light’s internal battery reserves through the RuntimeExtender.

“Although Astera lights are built with substantial in-built battery life, there are occasions where productions require extended runtime, but where AC power connection is not viable. In these cases, the RuntimeExtender is invaluable; it provides incredible flexibility in terms of connection, mounting, power and duration, and it means that on hectic film sets where time is precious, lighting engineers will be able to save time and ensure reliability”, assured Sebastian Bückle, Sales and Marketing Director for Astera.

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