Quick Tip: Better Battery Choice For The Atomos Shogun And Run Time Test

January 4, 20157 Comments

Shogun Battery Wide

The new Atomos Shogun has a gorgeous screen and records 4K UHD video, but those two features also require a lot of juice. Atomos decided to only have one battery on the Shogun as opposed to two like the Ninja Blade. This design makes it difficult to get longer run times. The stock NP-F570 type 2600mAh battery that comes with the Atomos Shogun doesn’t last very long either. At least that was what I’ve been hearing so I decided to do a basic continuous record run time test and this is what I found.

Shogun Battery Test

I used a Panasonic GH4 in 10 bit mode and recorded UHD ProRes 422 HQ continuously until the battery died. Pretty close to forty minutes into the recording the red flashing battery warning started. I have read that the Shogun dies very fast after the warning but that wasn’t what I experienced in this test.

Shogun Battery Test Red Warning

In fact I got another thirteen minutes of record time before the Shogun shutdown.

Shogun Battery Test total time

I got Exactly fifty three minutes and twelve seconds total continuous run time. This isn’t great but it’s not a deal breaker.

Since the Shogun just shut down during a recording I was able to test another feature. File recovery

Shogun Battery Test file recovery

I got this dialog box and chose to RECOVER NOW. The file was saved and no data was lost. Thats good news.

After recording continuously for 53 minutes the Shogun was very hot and so was the drive. but the fan inside didn’t ramp up and nothing seemed to be wrong at all. So what I learned is you should get more than 53 minutes use if you’re not recording continuously. I would think that recording alone eats up a lot of battery life and maybe you could get over an hour before it dies if you are using it as a monitor as well while not recording.

It’s nice that Atomos included a battery in the kit. In fact the kit is very well kitted out but unfortunately they picked the wrong battery and I have a solution that will get you more use from the Shogun without excessive battery swapping.

Atomos has a new product called the Power Station  and it’s coming soon. It will pair well with the Shogun and even has a nice cutout ready for it in the kit’s case, but it’s expensive at $295 and adds more bulk to it and weighs 4.4 oz without the added batteries. Yes it does more than just add more power to the Shogun it can also recharge your iphone.

The Power station comes with two 2600 mAh batteries. That’s actually less power than one Watson NP-F770 7800mAh battery.

Shogun Battery two

Luckily I have a few LED lights from Aputure that use these big 7.4V 7800mAh Sony NP-F975 type batteries and they last three times longer than the NP-F570 type. They aren’t very heavy either at 10.3 oz and work perfect with the Atomos Shogun.

Shogun Battery bottom

Want to go a little smaller? Then the Watson NP-F770 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.4V, 4400mAh) is a good one. I just put an order in for a couple of these to test out.

Watson Charger

I also highly recommend the Watson Duo LCD Charger for L & M Series Batteries to go with them. This charger has swappable plates so you can charge pretty much any popular camera type battery. I have adapter plates for my GH4 , A7s, Canon 5D and these NP types. All charge perfectly. I actually have three of these chargers set up in my garage. I hate waiting!

As a big box office store says….. “That Was Easy!”

Look out for my full review of the Shogun as well as the Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q+ coming soon.

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  1. Paul says:

    Very useful, thanks for sharing Erik.

  2. Hi Erik:

    Shogun battery duration is due to a internal problem on the Firmware. I used several Sony batteries and Shogun switches off due to drained battery but when I remove and measure their charge they are still at 85% so obviously it´s Atomos problem. I am confident it will be fixed with the new firmware mid January.

  3. Martin Voelker says:

    A Chinese vendor sells rod mountable battery plates for Sony NP-970 and the BL series with a fixed cable terminating in 4 pin XLR. I like that solution because it puts the weight of the battery below the camera.
    I also found something at Markertek but it’s a case for 10 AA batteries which only provides a meager 2.5A: http://www.markertek.com/product/ctx-12vpr4/12vdc-nimh-2-5-amp-hour-battery-pack-with-4-pin-xlr-plug (I asked, it comes with the batteries, not just an empty case).

  4. Jamie says:

    Hi, not sure if I missed something but did you test with the bigger 7800mAh battery too? I’m looking to buy some for my ninja blade.

  5. Diogo says:

    Would you know if I Could I use a 7.2v on the atolls (I have got an atomos ninja 2).

  6. Robin Walberg says:

    I’d like to thank you for giving me the tip about the Aputure LED batteries, I was in the exact same situation, you saved me from buying 2 spare batteries. Thank you!

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