Powering CN-600/CN-900 LED Video Lights with Sony BP-U30 / BP-U60 Adapter

Make those large LED Video Light Panels more portable by running them off of batteries. Here's a random little video showing you how to power up those CN-600 / CN-900 LED Video Lights using the 14V Sony BP-U30/U60 batteries. It's not the cheapest solution, but compared to other batteries available, it's not too shabby.

This was the same battery adapter that I showed earlier which acts to power up your BlackMagic Cinema Camera. You can find the products below.

Sony BMCC BP-U30 BP-U60 battery adapter wall charger BlackMagic CInema CameraBlackMagic Cinema Camera 14V Battery Sony BP-U60 adapter
find-price-button Sony BP-U60 BP-U30 Battery Plate 14V for BlackMagic Cinema Camera

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find-price-button Sony BP-U30 / BPU60 Batteries

You can find the CN-600 LED Light Panels available via eBay (click here).
find-price-button CN-600 LED Video Lights

The CN-900 LED Video Lights are also found via eBay (click here).
find-price-button CN-900 LED Video Light Panels

18 thoughts on “Powering CN-600/CN-900 LED Video Lights with Sony BP-U30 / BP-U60 Adapter

  1. Emm

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    @Mike C - I covered this adapter a while back: httpss://cheesycam.com/v-mount-adapter-for-sony-l-series-np-f-batteries/

  2. Chad Johnson

    I think I'm going to go for the 900 light, and I realized I use these large Series7 EX-L96 batteries on my Sony EX1 cameras. These are 6600mAh, so it might be a good run time, though mounting will be a little hard.

  3. Emm

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    @Malcolm Matusky - I've already done a video showing this httpss://cheesycam.com/v-mount-adapter-for-sony-l-series-np-f-batteries/

  4. So, doing some of the math this morning, I'm wondering if this is correct?

    Refer to this: httpss://cheesycam.com/tekkeon-battery-900-led-test/

    Emmm's Tekkeon pack on the 900 LED panel.
    58Wh/14.4V = 4000mAh
    Runtime = 69 minutes.

    So I'm wondering...in this case, with two ganged 7.2V batteries @ 7200mAh, I'm guessing that there's 1.8x more power given the higher mAh here.

    Therefore, we'd expect (69min)(1.8)=124.2 minutes...a whopping 2 hours on a 900 LED panel at full blast.

    If this is correct, this would theoretically be almost double the runtime of your costly average 4400mAh V-mount battery (which I think is the average battery capacity).

    Is my reasoning correct here?

    BTW - Can't wait for your results next week, apostolos! (I guess that with my 900 LED panels, I'd just drop your results by 2/3)

    Thanks everyone!

  5. Emm

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    @Eyan - That's the new Sony SmartWatch 2. You can customize the different watch faces, and I put a Cheesycam Logo on mine. Typically you might see I had the older version, but I finally upgraded.

  6. Grrreat as ever Emm. One question... What was the watch you had on in the vid??
    Big watch fan and I didn't recognize it. Looks nice

  7. I've ordered one of those dual NPF to V-mount adapters from Amazon and a couple of Maximal Power batteries that are rated at 7200 mAh I believe. I'll let you know how long they last on the CN-600 when I get them next week. I read reviews that the Maximal Power are pretty good, if somewhat flimsy on the construction. A friend of mine has a chinese V-mount battery so I'll test the adapter/dual NPF combo against it.

  8. Yet again, Emmm, you are BRILLIANT. I've got three of the 900 LED panels, and have wanted to go mobile with them for over a year now.

    If ANYONE can do some runtime tests, either with the NP-F batteries or with the BP-U solutions, I'd love to determine pricing and runtime.

    This is just what I've been waiting for!!! Thanks so much in advance!

  9. Andrew D

    I'm just curious why barn doors are made of such dark non-reflective material? Wouldn't white colored barn doors boost light intensity?

  10. One problem I have with NP-F batteries is that they take waaaay too long to get fully charged. Sometimes close to a full day of charging. What's your experience on them?
    Are BP-U60 batteries faster on the charging time? Maybe I have bad chargers? I have 3 Maximal Power branded batteries and one supposedly original Sony battery which now dies for no reason at any moment and resurrects after a 1 second load in the charger. Quite odd.

    The BP-U options may be more expensive, but if they charge faster I may as well consider them.

  11. On paper (since I haven't tested the NPF to V-mount adapter yet) the NPF solution is cheaper because the NPF batteries are less than half the cost of the BP-U30/BP-U60 for about the same capacity. The adapters are about the same for both battery types around $50-60 and in the case of the BP-U30/BP-U60, I'll have to add the cost of a couple of charges, whereas I have a few chargers for the NPFs already. The only drawback in the NPF solution is that you'll have to buy the NPFs in pairs since they are 7.2 V.

  12. Cheesycam strikes again! The caped crusader for cheaper video solutions! Not bad, not bad at all! I have to do the math to see how it compares to my solution (which I haven't tested yet, as I have not received the adapter yet). I bought this adapter


    which is $50 and two of these batteries for about $30 each.


    Now, these are rated at 7200 mah each, which if I've done the math correctly should give you a bit more runtime than a 190wh V-mount battery for about 1/3 of the cost. Now I have to crunch the numbers for your solution. Oh, and my CN-600s are the newer generation with the more rounded body, and they do not have those 1/4-20 holes in the back, damn it!

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