The shrink'ed batcorder
The Mini-batcorder is a cost-efficient, small and rather simple solution for automated detection and recording of bats. The Mini-batcorder is reduced to the absolute necessary for that task. It doesn't feature a timer mode or extensions as the normal batcorder. With no corder casing and an internal SDHC-card the amazing low price tag is possible while still getting perfect recording quality.
It therefore is especially well suited for conservation work by NGOs, but also for use at locations with high frequency of passers by and thus possible thefts. For high compatibility files can optionally be stored as Windows Wave instead of batcorder RAW files.
The Mini-batcorder comes without display - the first and most obvious difference to the normal batcorder. It has a single key to turn it on or off. LEDs indicate battery status, available space for recordings and clock or gps coverage. GPS will be turned off after successful acquisition of a position to save power. All settings can be adjusted using a free supplied software for your Mac and for Windows. To download data as well as to charge the battery you use a standard USB connection. In addition you can supply power using a USB powerbank to prolong its standard runtime of two days.
Since the Mini-batcorder only uses a current of less than 20 mA many power banks turn off and won't power it. We have successfully run the Mini-batcorder using Notstrøm XT (ca. 48 to 64 hours of extra runtime). Other customers have reported TP Link power banks to be compatible. We will update this list from time to time whenever we get customer feedback.
- 125x60x30mm w/o mic
- 130mm mic length
- internal 64 GB SDXC card
- internal LiIon-battery for ca. 2 days use
- internal GPS-receiver for clock and position
For changing the Mini-batcorder settings it has to be connected to a computer. The actual setup is done using either our free Mac software or our free Windows software.