Does anybody know of a reasonably inexpensive portable (i.e. battery powered) phantom power supply? Most of the ones I've seen are in the $150-$200 range. Or is that in itself inexpensive?

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Behringer do some inexpensive ones. I realise many people frown at Behringer but its a battery pack, how can it go so wrong? :)

Behringer PS400


One thing to consider is the quality of this pack you are buying because cheaper may not necessarily be better.

The money you saved on buying a cheap battery pack could never buy back your reputation lost if you were to turn to the director and say "Sorry, can I have that scene played one more time? My mic ran out of juice or malfunctioned."

  • very true, but for that price you could probably get 2 and keep one as a back up? If it's a worry you could try looking at the ARTAccessories phantom I and phantom II, I've not used them but I have other ART products and they are made extremely well. Feb 16, 2011 at 23:21
  • A mic is going to draw as much current as a mic is gonna draw. A battery pack is a battery pack. Feb 17, 2011 at 0:14
  • @Shaun. A car is a car. It gets you from point A to point B. So what's the difference between a Pinto and a Corvette? (no offense to anyone who drives one.) They're the same, right? They get you from point A to point B. A car is a car....... I'm just saying I wouldn't trust the cheapest battery pack out there unless it is a tried and true rugged piece of equipment that holds out in cold temperatures, lasts long and stays lasting long and doesn't shut off in the heat of filming a movie. I'm speaking from experience from using a cheaper brand of power supply and it cutting out and breaking
    – Utopia
    Feb 17, 2011 at 0:51
  • completely, only for my studio technician to tell me it was a poor soldering job on the connections and poor layout of the circuitry that made it prone to break and not stay solid during regular production conditions.
    – Utopia
    Feb 17, 2011 at 0:52
  • @utopia - build your own then...they're not hard ;) Feb 17, 2011 at 1:02

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