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Sony HDR-AS30V vs. STK NP-BX1: Power Estimate, Redux

After 95 minutes on a pleasant ride with temperature around 55 °F, the STK C battery had 0.59 W·h remaining (dark green trace):

Sony NP-BX1 - STK used - Wh scale - 2015-12-12

Sony NP-BX1 – STK used – Wh scale – 2015-12-12

The last time around, it had 1.85 W·h after 61 minutes. Subtracting the two (and ignoring that it may have started with slightly different charges and behave differently at different temperatures) says the camera used 1.26 W·h = 76 W·min in 34 minutes, which averages out to 2.2 W.

That’s close enough to the “a bit over 2 W” figured from those partial-to-empty measurements for me.

The discharge tests from early November:

Sony NP-BX1 - Wasabi FG - STK ABCD - Wh scale - 2015-11-03

Sony NP-BX1 – Wasabi FG – STK ABCD – Wh scale – 2015-11-03

The best STK battery (D) holds just under 4.2 A·h, so its absolute longest run time could be 110-ish minutes. That graph shows the A cell was just about done after 75 minutes, so changing the battery after an hour still makes sense; you never know what will happen during the last few minutes of a ride…

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