The Sony BP-L80S is a hard carbon type Lithium-ion battery pack. Capacity is 83.5Wh and maximum/nominal voltage is 16.8V/14.4V. This new battery features a long life similar to BP-L90A and BP-L60A. Camcorders applicable to the BP-L80S are: PDW series, HDW-F900/700 series, HDW-730/750 series, MSW-900 series, DVW-707/709WS/790WS series, DNW-7/ 9/90WS series, DSR-400/450WSL series, DSR-250 series. VTRs applicable to the BP-L80S are: PDW-V1 series, HDW-250 series, DVW-250 series, DNW-A220/A25/A25WS series, DNV-5 series, DSR-50 series, DSR-1 series, SRW-1 (with SRPC-1).
Li-Ion batteries can deliver 40% more capacity than comparably sized NiCd batteries and are one of the lightest rechargeable batteries available today. Lithium also offers a small size, long life, low cost, superior cold temperature performance and a shelf life of 5-10 years.
Power Status Display
Five LED lamps located on the operator's side of the camera offer a quick-look reference of available battery capacity.
The BPL-80 offers 83.5 WH of power, which can power the average professional camcorder for more than 180 minutes.
Professional camcorders operate on a 12-volt system. As per their design, a majority of camcorders will activate a low voltage warning or even cease to operate when they determine that the battery has fallen below 11-volts. Most equipment manufacturers suggest that a higher voltage battery should be used whenever possible.
All Sony DVCAM and Betacam SX camcorders include a "V-Mount" battery connection. The V-Mount allows the battery to mount securely to the camcorder, yet it also allows the operator to remove the battery with one hand easily. The V-Mount has become so prevalent, that other battery manufacturers have adopted it.