Tech – Finding a new power solution for the Tascam DR-60

Posted on Oct 8, 2014 in Gear, Gear Test


Designed for DSLR Filmmaking, the Tascam DR-60D is a real workhorse of an audio recorder for independent productions, films, weddings and lone shooters. Really easy to use with multiple inputs/outputs, 4 track recording, solid state storage and recording up to 96kHz/24bit, the DR-60D is one of the most popular and frugal audio recording solutions for Filmmakers.

With one flaw. Power.

The DR-60D can be powered by 4 x AA batteries or an AC adapter, which is not included, so you have to buy it separately. Which would be fine, but on set, often on location, this is just not practical. The AA battery solution rarely lasts more than an hour or so, especially if it’s running phantom powered microphones.

Which leaves one option – USB Bus power. The DR60-D can be powered via the USB port. So after some research, here’s the solution I came up with:

 

Parts:

Tascam DR-60D,
RAVPower Deluxe 14000mAh USB External Battery Portable Power Bank £22 (Amazon Link),
3m Heavy Duty Velcro Tape £11.99 (Ebay Link)

The velcro used is VERY strong, I would suggest removing the battery compartment lid before removing the battery if you ever do. If you try and remove the battery whilst velcro’d on to the Tascam, it WILL break you battery compartment lid!

In tests, I found this solution powered the DR-60D with a Rode NTG3 Shotgun mic attached for over 4 1/2 hours. Solution Found. Problem Sorted.

Happy Days 🙂