How to Power an ikan FF

Discussion in 'MōVI M5' started by Joshua Milligan, Feb 21, 2017.

  1. Joshua Milligan

    Joshua Milligan New Member

    Feb 21, 2017
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    Hey guys (or gals). I am looking at getting the ikan Remote Live 2 Single Channel Compact Focus Control Kit ( It has good reviews and seems like the perfect single operator solution for a FF kit on the M5.

    I am not the most knowledgeable person when it comes to wiring, so I'm struggling a bit to figure out how to power it. I see that Freefly offers a Battery to D-tap Connector (, so I figured I could run the FF into this connector and then into one of my M5 batteries. Would this work? And if so, how would you suggest I mount the extra battery onto the Movi Ring Pro? Also, Freefly suggests under the description of the Battery to D-tap Connector that you "use a cell alarm to ensure the battery is not discharged below 3V/cell, which can damage or destroy the battery." What kind of cell alarm would I need? I'm not even sure what that is!

    Thanks for any help. I've spent all day searching for these answers, but I haven't found anything clear cut, especially that I can understand. I just need to find a way to power this FF without turning my Movi into a FrankenRig. One last question: should I worry about the cable stiffness with this FF setup? The cables look way stiffer than my HDMI and audio cables, so I'm slightly worried about that hurting my Movi's performance.

    Thanks for your help!
  2. Chris Fox

    Chris Fox Active Member

    Apr 14, 2013
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    This is the sort of thing to use as a battery checker, it tells you the cell voltage, and will make an awful beeping noise when the battery voltage drops to low on the battery ..... your sound recordist may have a fit though ;)

    Another option to make a little JST splitter, then you can use the existing MoVI battery to power both the follow focus and the M5.

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