South Korean battery charger manufacturer Lycan has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help it introduce a single device that can simultaneously charge and manage up to four different types of camera battery. The idea of the proposed Bronine Volkit is that users will be able to save space, reduce waste and save money by using a single charger and a series of battery holders to deal with multiple batteries from most popular camera brands.
Up to four individual battery holders connect directly to the main charging station and the station’s screen displays information about the amount of charge in the battery, the voltage of the battery and a graphic that shows how much more power is needed. The station is able to determine the voltage required by each battery and is able to tailor its supply between 1 and 20V through each of the four ports. The charger itself can be powered via a QC or PD high-speed USB charging adapter indoors, via the cigar lighter in a car or when outside by a USB power bank.
Along with the charging unit Lycan has introduced what it calls Camera Kits which are holders for specific batteries. The company says it will have holders for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic, Fujifilm and GoPro cameras as well as the ability to charge batteries from DJI drones and the sort of cylindrical lithium-ion batteries used in some gimbals. It is recommended that those thinking of backing the campaign check to ensure batteries from their camera are compatible, as not all models from all manufacturers are covered.
The Bronine Volkit chargers will come in two or four battery capacity options and will cost from $69 including two battery holders. The company says it already has working prototypes and it aims to begin shipping in March 2021. For more information see the Bronine Volkit Kickstarter page, or visit the Lycan website.
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