Mobile power pack handles four-hour shoot with ease
Every manufacturer claims their product is best, but the proof — well, it lies in the pudding.
Mziwamaqithi Mzini and Zaheer Cassim of the Mail & Guardian multimedia team took the Bluetti EB70 out into the field to see if it could handle a four-hour shoot. During this time — in which the M&G interviewed EFF Commander-in-Chief Julius Malema — it powered cameras, computers, chargers and lights, and it emerged with flying colours.
Cassim was impressed by the fact that the inverter made no noise on the shoot, and said that the Bluetii EB70 handled the shoot with “zero issues”. Mzini dubbed it a “powerhouse”. The LED screen on the unit stood out, as it kept the crew informed about its power usage and whether it was being overworked (it wasn’t).
The heavy (nearly 10kg) but compact mobile unit is easy to carry around. It produces a whopping 1 000W of power, takes about four hours to charge from mains, and if you’re on the go, you can plug it into your car, in which case it will take about eight hours to charge up. The variety of plugs makes it handy for movie crews, but also ideal for South African offices, which experience load-shedding on a regular basis.