# Difference in cut-off point when powering camera from 24v output vs 14.4v output [closed]

I work in the film industry and my question relates to powering our cameras.

Our cameras are generally powered by block batteries that provide either 24v or 14v power - an example here (VCLX). Some cameras only accept 14v whereas others accept 14v and 24v power. The Arri Alexa Mini is a common camera that accepts both (Alexa Mini)

My questions is this; when powering from 14v a full battery will generally show on the cameras as 16V and the common cut off point for changing the battery is about 12.5v (varies depending on exact camera and configuration).

However when power the same camera with the same battery from the 24v output the general reading from a fresh battery is approximately 26v, the common cut off point is about 21.5v. Why is this?

Why for example can you not run the battery down to 12.5v when powering from 24v?

As is probably evident, my understanding of electronics and power is basic and I'm trying to improve it.

## closed as off-topic by Andy aka, Finbarr, Voltage Spike, PeterJ, Michel KeijzersMar 8 '18 at 17:20

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• Have you got a schematic of the thing? – Andy aka Mar 1 '18 at 15:56
• The 24V battery is basically depleted when its voltage drops to 21.5V. Trying to use it beyond that will over discharge the battery and you will barely get any more run time from it as the voltage will drop rapidly when loaded. – EE_socal Mar 1 '18 at 16:37
• @EE_socal thanks. I understand that it is because it's depleted. But why is it depleted at 21.5v rather than 12.5v? – James Mar 1 '18 at 16:51
• @James The camera might well be capable of using 12.5V, but if you run a 24V battery all the way down to 12.5V it will damage the battery. Presumably the camera is trying not to damage your battery. – immibis Mar 2 '18 at 1:57