When I got the call from the guys at IDX asking if I ever used their batteries, my immediate thought was “why would I ever use professional level batteries in my classroom?”
Now my thought is, how did I work without these batteries. Before you click away, the word professional usually means “too expensive for education” but not today. Stay with me and you will see why the extra money is worth it!
So imagine this… You have a camera that can literally run for 10 to 12 hours without needing a new battery. How about an LED light that we used for three hours a day for a month without needing to charge. That’s what you can get with professional level batteries.
Using IDX batteries is really a time saver on several levels. I don’t have to check batteries as often to make sure they are charged and the IDX batteries have an LED light on them that with the push of a button you know exactly where you stand.
We took a Black Magic Design Ursa mini with us to Las Vegas last year for NAB and I used an IDX battery and only had to charge the battery on the last day and that was just as a precaution more than a need. NAB is tough on a camera battery because of the constant powering on and off that is done as we would race around the convention hall to get interviews. The IDX battery stood up to the test.
How will this help you in the classroom? Imagine knowing for sure that the battery you just sent a student out to film an interview has enough charge. Imagine knowing that camera on the sideline for the football game will last the whole game without needing to be tethered to a power supply. That’s what a professional battery can do for you.
IDX recently lowered the prices on their Endura Cue series of batteries to be more in the range of educators. You can use the whole line of batteries in your program depending on what you want to do. If you are a sports based program, the dtap out on the batteries can power small monitors or wireless broadcast systems. For news based programs, if you are running NDI, you can power that from the d tap.
I highly recommend that you check out IDX Endura Cue batteries for your program. I assure you that you won’t be let down.
Tom White is the digital media instructor at Morgan County High School in Madison, GA. Currently teaching TV production and animation pathways, Tom's programs have received state and national honors including the 2016 NFHS Network School Broadcast Program Of The Year.
Prior to teaching, Tom was a marketing, promotions, and online content director for a major radio corporation in Atlanta. Tom studied exercise science at High Point University prior to his radio career. Despite his winding career path, his mother still thinks he is special.