Frequently Asked Questions
If your camera accepts standard gold mount batteries or has a gold mount battery plate installed, Juicebox’s gold mount batteries are compatible with your camera, both in voltage output and in the fit of our gold mount battery to your gold mount plate. Further, Juicebox batteries have extremely reliable, built-in overcharge and over discharge protection, keeping your camera and other devices safe from power surges or short circuits.
Juicebox gold mount batteries are compatible with many non-gold-mount camera systems, as well, including Blackmagic Cinema Cameras and Blackmagic Production Cameras. Check your camera’s documentation; if it can accept inputs of 14.8 volts (i.e. the Blackmagic Cinema Camera’s requirement of 12-30 volts), it is compatible with our gold mount batteries. In most cases, a separate, DC-to-DC power cable is necessary. Please see your camera’s documentation on power input to find requirements for the necessary cable/adapter.
The USB port on the JBGM-150 battery can be powered on by pressing the LED indicator button on the side of the battery. This button turns on the USB port, which will remain on as long as a device connected to the USB port is drawing power from the Juicebox battery.
JBGM-150 gold mount batteries utilize LG brand, 2600 mAh, li-ion cells. These cells have an extremely good reputation among power supply manufacturers and we have found these to be the best quality lithium ion cells available, with no memory effect and extremely low failure rates.
Juicebox gold mount batteries have a built-in LED indicator that allows the user to see the current charge level of the battery. The voltage level of our gold mount batteries will also display in cameras with this display capability, such as Sony cinema cameras, Blackmagic Ursa and Ursa Mini, RED and ARRI cameras. Juicebox gold mount batteries do not, however, communicate charge level percentages to cameras or chargers.
In addition to the gold mount power connection, our gold mount batteries have a standard d-tap input/output, a DC output and a 5V, 2.1 amp USB output. The d-tap and DC outputs are industry standard connections and output the same voltage and amperes as the batteries’ gold mount connection (14.8V, 10.4 amps). The d-tap port is also an input and can be used to charge the gold mount battery with the included Juicebox charger.
While your Juicebox gold mount battery is charging, the Juicebox charger will glow red. The charger’s LED light will glow green when your Juicebox gold mount battery is fully charged.
Also, Juicebox gold mount batteries have a built-in LED indicator that allows the user to see the current charge level of the battery. Just press the button on the side of the battery to see an LED display of the battery’s current charge level.
Another indication of the battery’s charge level is the voltage output, displayed on many camera models. When the Juicebox’s output dips below 14 volts, the charge is low and the battery should be swapped.
Juicebox gold mount batteries can be charged with any gold mount charger that does not require a digital capacity readout from the battery. Compatible dual chargers include Dracast, Rolux, Indipro, and Soonwell chargers, among others. Some higher end chargers, including Anton Bauer and IDX, need to communicate with the battery before initiating charge. Juicebox batteries are not compatible with these chargers in this regard. To verify whether or not a specific gold mount charger is compatible with Juicebox batteries, check the charger’s manual to see if digital “communication” with the battery is required for charging.