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Now Rich, when it comes to power these days, there's lots of options that you'll find out there. And some come from places that you wouldn't think have anything to do with cameras. They might be computer stores. >> Yeah. >> They might be, I don't know, you know, big box, sort of home improvement stores. >> Yep. >> But there's a lot of options out there for, for powering your camera and your accessories in different ways. And we're going to start out with a couple here that I think are pretty nifty. >> Well, yeah, what you've got there is a Stanley Inverter. And you said, you know, not a camera store. >> Yeah. >> We were just in the middle of nowhere on a shoot, and we realized that we needed to charge up a bunch of batteries.
And this one gave us from cigarette adapter to two electrical outlets plus a USB port. >> Yeah, so this is a 500 watt sort of inverter, and what you've got here on this end is just sort of the, you know sort of cigarette or sort of auxiliary charger port that can go in your car. And it's got a positive and negative terminals here, which is kind of nice because you can sort of take this off and use different accessories with it. Now the one thing I, just to mention about plugging this in. I find that I want to plug this in first and then plug in my accessories or items. >> Yeah. >> Don't just kind of plug everything in and turn the car on.
Even though this inverters do a pretty good job of sort of you know, handling the current, I've seen gear get fried that way. So it's always a good idea to sort of plug in the inverter first make sure everything is working and then plug your gear. >> Yeah and when you turn the inverter on with the on switch, you'll get a green light to let you know when it's stable. >> Yep. >> Different inverters do this different ways. But yeah, make sure it's connected and then you could plug in like you've got a GoPro charger. >> Yeh, I have a GoPro charger here with a battery and this is just a standard outlet, just plug right in there and I can charge. And as you mentioned Rich, this particular one actually even has a USB port.
So if you need that iPad or that iPhone with production related apps on it, hey you can charge that too. >> And what I find is the best place to pick these up is either a hardware or seriously a truck stop. You're going to have better selection at a truck stop than you will from any video vendor. Now this particular unit. >> Yeah that's really cool. >> Is the same idea. So many of our devices can use USB to charge, right? GoPros can, iPads, phones, tablets. >> Absolutely. It seems like everything in my life these days is USB based somehow, and this is really cool when you're on, on the go. Now. On first glance Rich this looks just like a generic USB hub.
>> Yeah, it looks like a USB hub that you would have in front of a computer except at the other end is that same plug that would go into the auxiliary port on a car, some cars have multiple ones and it basically just takes that, same thing you power it on. And it gives you four USB ports. Now this one is from Wacontech. I picked this up from Thinkgeek, you mentioned nontraditional places. >> Yeah. >> This is a place where you go for like cool computer toys and geeky, geeky, stuff. They get too much of my money, but I was just, like, oh, perfect. And so, I got this for a family trip so we wouldn't have to fight over whose iPad was charging- >> Right, sure.
>> But actually it works great for production gear as well. And so, same idea, taking that cigaret port. Now, one of the things to be mindful of, is don't run your battery down to far. So, sometimes you're going to need to actually turn the car on and let it run off of the engine so the battery recharges. >> Well, well, that's good point. I mean, this is no replacement for having multiple batteries and being prepared for all your devices and making sure that they're charged. Now just keep in mind that these are going to, you know, depending on the device that you're going to charge it's still going to take some time so I look at these as sort of a backup solution for my already backup plan of having extra batteries and additional power.
Don't use these or don't depend on these as your sort of primary source or primary way of of charging things. This is not a device that you're going to want to plug in, you know, a full light kit into and run off your car and think that everything is going to work just fine. >> Now, this'll work well. And if you are renting a vehicle because you're traveling for production, I find that a lot of minivans will actually have ports in the back. >> Yeah. >> It's a strange request, but you call up the rental car company and say, oh, I'd like to have an auxiliary charging port in the back. And some SUV and some mini vans will have this. It will make it really easy to keep this with the gear.
All right, while this works with a car but how bout if your out and all you have is mother nature?
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