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Phottix Nikos Intervalometer External Battery Connection
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Author:  choi [ Fri Jan 22, 2010 6:18 am ]
Post subject:  Phottix Nikos Intervalometer External Battery Connection

Hi all,

Maybe most of you(like me) have cameras with built in intervalometer function.
But I wanted to practice to use external power.
Since intervalometers use coin batteries which do not work at low temperature, I think it is good idea to start with a intervalometer.

Next time, I will show you my heat cover and anti-dew solution using external power.
Hope you all enjoiy.


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Author:  milapse [ Fri Jan 22, 2010 6:26 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Phottix Nikos Intervalometer External Battery Connection

That's a sweet battery box! I like it.

Author:  choi [ Fri Jan 22, 2010 8:57 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Phottix Nikos Intervalometer External Battery Connection

milapse wrote:
That's a sweet battery box! I like it.

Well, I didn't make it. I bought it. ;)

Author:  flyvholm [ Sat Jan 23, 2010 2:21 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Phottix Nikos Intervalometer External Battery Connection

Well, that should keep it running for a while :-) Has your intervalometer actually died on you in the cold? I have the Yongnuo variant, also with a coin battery, and I haven't had any problems with it in the cold (probably down to -30C or so).

Author:  choi [ Sun Jan 24, 2010 8:38 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Phottix Nikos Intervalometer External Battery Connection

flyvholm wrote:
Has your intervalometer actually died on you in the cold?

No. But it indicates it is going to die soon.
The problems with intervalometers are they don't give detailed battery status.
I just want to make sure it doesn't die while I shoot. ;)

Author:  flyvholm [ Mon Jan 25, 2010 3:41 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Phottix Nikos Intervalometer External Battery Connection

The LCD will become sluggish and barely visible, but in my experience the unit will keep triggering the camera without problems. Antz has also reported that they work fine for him in Antarctica, and he may well have used them in colder temperatures than me.

Author:  choi [ Mon Jan 25, 2010 7:44 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Phottix Nikos Intervalometer External Battery Connection

I see your point.
I also noticed you are from Alaska. ;)

About a month ago, I was shooting night scene from a roof top.
It was not that cold, about 5°C, with little wind.
2032 coin battery in my intervalometer supposed to work for 3 years. And it doesn't show battery status until it is about to die. So I would say, my intervalometer doesn't show battery status but it shows low battery warning.
That night, it showed low battery warning and it worked OK until the camera(Fujifilm S5 Pro) died. Surprisingly, low battery warning of intervalometer has gone after I bring my stuff into room temperature.

I think you are right but I think it is not a bad idea to use external battery since I carry external battery for my camera anyway. ;)

Author:  Antz [ Tue Jan 26, 2010 10:30 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Phottix Nikos Intervalometer External Battery Connection

Your Phottix timer might be more sensitive to voltage variations than the Canon ones.
I have used the Canon timers overnight occasionally @ -40 degrees no problems with the same battery for two years. The low battery indicator has only shown up when the battery gets old (2 years) plus very cold at the same time.

The extreme cold will cause the battery voltage to drop off, but has not been significant enough for me to worry about with the Canon timers.

The LCD display is a whole other story. It will stop working somewhere in the vicinity of -20C, but can be warmed up by sticking it up your sleeve of inside your glove for a few minutes.

Author:  jsreid [ Wed Mar 24, 2010 6:57 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Phottix Nikos Intervalometer External Battery Connection

choi wrote:
milapse wrote:
That's a sweet battery box! I like it.

Well, I didn't make it. I bought it. ;)

where from?

Author:  Birdman-hd [ Thu Mar 25, 2010 11:27 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Phottix Nikos Intervalometer External Battery Connection

Yes that looks potentially very useful.
I'd love to know where this could be found on-line..


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Author:  salvatore [ Mon Aug 29, 2011 3:27 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Phottix Nikos Intervalometer External Battery Connection

Hey can anyone kind enough on this forum help me out. I have one of this intervalmeters for my Canon 600D/T3i however i cannot take up to the maximum frames of 99. sometimes it stops at 50 or even just 20 photos. Anyone familiar with my problem? I look forward to all your kind replies. Thanks

Author:  Antz [ Mon Aug 29, 2011 9:25 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Phottix Nikos Intervalometer External Battery Connection

Never heard of one cutting out before.
You may have a faulty one there.

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