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Turn your iPad into a high spec HDMI monitor with Accsoon’s new PowerCage II and PowerCage Pro II

Second generation PowerCages launched for iPad Pro and iPad with integration for SeeMo HDMI interface

Accsoon today announces the new PowerCage II and PowerCage Pro II for iPad and iPad Pro. Building on the success of the original versions, the new cages transform iPads into pro-grade on-set monitors and are made out of lightweight aviation-grade aluminum alloy for rugged drop protection. There are several other key enhancements that will make it the go-to solution for filmmakers, mobile journalists, gaffers, educators and others.

PowerCage II

A major difference to the previous cages is the addition of an integrated mounting solution for the optional Accsoon SeeMo HDMI interface for iOS. When clipped to the in-built tilting desk stand of the cage the SeeMo transforms an iPad into a versatile HDMI production monitor with the ability to record HD video for instant review or rapid editing and sharing.

The SeeMo is connected via dedicated USB cable and newer USB-C equipped iPads can also be trickle-charged from the SeeMo while in use. Once set-up with a SeeMo, the iPad offers a comprehensive range of monitoring tools such as waveform, vectorscope, audio level meters, false color and more.

The SeeMo combined with a PowerCage II or PowerCage II Pro transforms your iPad into a professional HDMI monitor

The SeeMo combined with a PowerCage II or PowerCage II Pro transforms your iPad into a professional HDMI monitor

The PowerCage II with SeeMo and NP-F battery attached

The PowerCage II with SeeMo and NP-F battery attached

Alternatively, the PowerCage II and PowerCage II Pro can deliver up to 20W USB-PD power to an iPad directly from a NP-F type battery. The Accsoon ACC04 NP-F battery plate is included with both PowerCage II models and simply clips on using the same mounting points as the SeeMo.

Front and back views of the ACC04 battery plate

Front and back views of the ACC04 battery plate

Once connected via included USB-C or Lightning cables it can power and charge a connected iPad. (Please note that this cannot be used with the iPad at the same time as a SeeMo unit). The ACC04 has a battery level indicator and protection circuit in-built.

The Accsoon PowerCage II with ACC04 NP-F battery adapter mounted

The Accsoon PowerCage II with ACC04 NP-F battery adapter mounted

As a bonus, when not using the ACC04 with the a PowerCage II it can be used separately with a NP-F battery to provide power to other devices via USB-A, USB-C, USB-C PD or DC barrel connector. With an appropriate cable this can be used to charge or power lights, cameras, phones, wireless audio receivers and other equipment. The ACC-04 has a solid all-metal construction and can easily be attached to camera cages, monitors and other accessories via an included 1/4” 20 screw mount.

Both Powercages have an improved adjustable sliding frame design that makes each one compatible with several different models of iPad. The PowerCage II is compatible with iPad Gen 5 onwards, iPad Air Gen 3 onwards, and iPad Pro 9.7 inch, 10.5 inch and 11 inch Gen 1 to 4. The PowerCage II Pro is compatible with iPad Pro 12.9 inch Gen 3 to 6.

PowerCage II with iPad

There are also an increased number of 1/4” 20 threads with which the the iPad can be mounted to a stand, arm or camera. These can also be used to add accessories such as handles, wireless focus controllers, NATO rails and more.

The designs of the PowerCage II and PowerCage II Pro have also been re-engineered for unimpeded access to power and volume buttons. A clever new cable management hook is also in-built to the cage. The PowerCages can be used on a tabletop in either horizontal or vertical position as required.

The PowerCages can be used on a tabletop in either horizontal or vertical position as required.

The PowerCage II and PowerCage II Pro also have dual cold shoes for mounting audio accessories and LED lights, making them perfect when using an iPad camera for multimedia production.

Another new feature is a small slot allowing a 2mm hex key to be stowed within the cage itself.

The PowerCage II components

The PowerCage II will cost $129 US and the PowerCage II $139 US. Both cages will be available from authorized Accsoon dealers this month.

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