About this project
Even though our project didn't meet our funding goal, we're producing a limited run of Battery Holsters. Click here to pre-order one.
Rhino Battery Holsters support the Canon LP-E6 and the Sony NPFM500H battery.
Here's a list of cameras that use these batteries:
Canon- 5D Mark II, 5D Mark III, 7D, 6D, & 60D
Sony- DSLR-A900, DSLR-A700, DSLR-A350, DSLR-A300, DSLR-A200
SO HERE'S THE PROBLEM...
I've been filming and photographing with my DSLR for a few years now and have experienced, like many others, the same problem over and over. I’m forced to switch out my batteries on shoots, run back to my bag to find fresh ones, all the while hoping I didn't miss the shot.
I've tried battery grips, but they are heavy, bulky, expensive and get in the way especially when I’m shooting video. Stuffing batteries in pockets or a fanny pack wasn't going to happen so we decided to solve the problem.
RHINO BATTERY HOLSTERS were born out of the necessity to have batteries easily and immediately accessible when you need them most. We created a hard shell holster that holds 2 DSLR batteries.
An integrated belt clip allows you to attach it on to your pants (with or without a belt), backpacks, and camera straps.
We worked with our good friends at Black Rapid to make sure Battery Holsters were compatible with their award winning straps. The belt clip on a Battery Holster is wide enough to attach to all of their straps securely.
Equipped with a 1/4-20 brass insert in the rear of the belt clip, you can attach the optional Black Rapid carabiner and clip it on to virtually anything.
WHAT IS THE RHINO TRIBE?
Rhino Tribe will be a major part of our new website which is launching in a few months. It will be a place where devoted Rhino fans have access to:
- Pro-Deals from other camera gear makers
- Discounts on Rhino Camera Gear apparel
- Temporary promotions on Rhino Camera Gear products
- Google Hangouts for Rhino Product Design meetings
- Rhino Sponsored Events and After-Parties
- Portal to promote Rhino Camera Gear and earn 20% commission to spend on Rhino Camera Gear products
This will start as an exclusive group of Rhino fans and will, initially, only be available to backers of the Production Pack pledge.
We spent the last year perfecting the design of Battery Holsters. Our design was simplified from a handmade, four-piece design that was riveted together, to a one-piece injection molded battery holster. To keep with Rhino standards, we're only using the highest quality materials to make them. The technical term for the material is carbon fiber reinforced, glass filled, impact modified nylon. That just means that it's really, really durable and will never break. If they do, we’ll replace them.
We'll be manufacturing Battery Holsters in Richland, WA. We've used this molding shop to make parts on our Rhino Slider, so we trust their ability to pull off a project like this. We need to raise $15,000 to pay for the tooling to make the holsters and to cover the expense of making our first big order.
HOW DO THE BATTERIES STAY IN?
The batteries are held in place by 2 small ridges that they pass over when being pushed in. The holster design includes an adjustable tensioner that allows you to lock the batteries down as tight or as loose as you'd like depending on what you’re shooting.
WHO IS RHINO?
Rhino Camera Gear is a Washington-based manufacturer of premium DSLR and cinema gear. We have successfully funded 2 Kickstarter projects in the past 18 months, the Rhino Slider and the Rhino Steady. We’re dedicated to pushing the limits of film by equipping photographers and filmmakers with the highest quality and most innovative gear on the planet.
Risks and challenges
We have learned a lot about fulfillment from our previous 2 Kickstarter projects. Any delays we have encountered have been due to our growing supply chain of machine shops and injection molding plants. We've learned how to project delivery dates and minimize foreseeable road blocks. With this project we are keeping the production close to home in Richland, WA. All of the computer modeling for the tooling has been completed and they are waiting for our go ahead to start cutting steel. After the parts are molded they'll be delivered to our shop in Puyallup for packaging and shipping.
We do face some risks (as always) with a new product launch. Tooling up for the injection mold could take longer than expected. We're using a new packaging supplier for Battery Holsters. Any time we bring a new supplier on board there is always a risk of things not going perfectly to schedule. That's why we've padded our delivery dates to account for any possible delays.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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