Powering Your DSLR Camera for Time-lapse and Video Using the Case Relay Camera Power System

Posted by: on Sep 9, 2016 | 6 Comments

Ron Risman has been a photographer for over 25 years, and cinematographer and time-lapse specialist since 2008. Ron has been commissioned to shoot time-lapses for corporations such as Land Rover, Liberty Mutual, and Restoration Hardware; news organizations such as FOX CT News and WFTV-9 Orlando; and his work has appeared in films such as the HBO’s “The Crash Reel” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah and in the Land Rover short “Bridges to the Stars.”

In this short video below, Ron Risman walks us through a setup for a time-lapse video using a three access motion control move time-lapse in Newcastle, New Hampshire. Instead of using the original battery to power his Sony RX10 Mk III, he is instead using the new Case Relay Camera Power System from Tether Tools. “The Sony battery won’t last too long, and if I want to go all day this original Sony battery won’t last. The Case Relay System allows you to power your camera indefinitely using USB external battery packs,” explains Ron.

To see Ron’s full setup and beautiful time-lapse, watch below and to learn how the Case Relay can help you power your camera for time-lapse, video production, or a long day on the set visit TetherTools.com/Relay.

Behind the Scenes with Ron Risman: Tether Tools Case Relay Camera Power Sysetm from Ron Risman on Vimeo.

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6 thoughts on “Powering Your DSLR Camera for Time-lapse and Video Using the Case Relay Camera Power System”

  1. Hey Ron,
    Case Relay is a great tool, been using it 6 months now. Glad you mentioned the “hot swap” feature to put on another external battery. Now, if I can power the 12 volt eMotimo (old TB3) without lugging a lead acid battery into the field. I will guess that the new Spectrum is also 12 volt too. Maybe Tether Tools can come up with a 12 volt version.

  2. Great information! As a newbee and wanabe timelaps savvy guy. I always was concerned with available power for my Nikon D810. In the past I always swapped out camera batteries when my battery was getting dangerously low. This set up will definitely eliminate that from my list of things to worry about. Thank you again for the great information.

  3. Question. The case relay only requires 5V 2.1 amp external battery pack USB port; however, Canon 5D Mark II’s stand alone batteries output 7.2V. Does the case relay “step up” voltage from the external battery pack to meet 7.2V? How does this work? Or does it stay at 5V 2.1 amp and still run safely? Thank you for your time I hope this message reaches you.



  4. Jimmy,

    Yes, the Relay does step up voltage. It takes 5v 2.1 amp in but output 7.2v out. This was designed like this because almost all USB rechargeable battery packs are 5v.

  5. All batteries die, sooner or later, and capacity lessens over time. This leads to my question, is the internal battery in the case relay user replacable?

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