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    Registered User Red Dog Records's Avatar
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    Spark Plus I/O heating up?

    We were testing our new Spark Plus 4K units and they seem to get pretty warm when streaming.
    We measured about 90 degrees when idle but it jumps to 107 when streaming. It is fairly hot to the touch and I wonder if this is normal.
    Ambient temperature is 75 degrees.

    They are both running on POE, so I know that will sometimes cause units to heat up over using the power adaptor.
    This might be normal, as our BirdDog Studio NDI gets up to about 110 degrees when on POE and streaming.

    That kind of heat out of a little device (even as well built as the BirdDog and new Sparks) just puts a bit of doubt in my mind in regards to long-term reliability.

    Just tell me not to worry!

    Andrew
    Tricaster 460AE3 + Mini 4K
    Flypack: Router, switch, backup encoders, captioning devices, audio mixer, UPS, etc
    Cameras: Sony Z280, Z150, PTZ1, Multiple Spark & Bird Dog converters
    reddogrecords.com

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    I can try to tell you not top worry but I would rather not lie. I worry. I just can't see how these units are going to last long term running at the heat levels they do. Especially for outside event folks like me and you.
    Jef Kethley
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    The unit is rated to work between temperatures of 20C (68F) to 45C (113F)
    Kane Peterson
    Solutions Architect
    NewTek, Inc.

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    Registered User Red Dog Records's Avatar
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    Thanks for the info Kane!
    We will do more testing to 'bake them in' and see how things go.

    I guess we are back to the days of having to let gear cool off before putting them back in the foam case.
    At least we don't need to keep a set of gloves in the case like our old Arri light kits!

    Andrew
    Tricaster 460AE3 + Mini 4K
    Flypack: Router, switch, backup encoders, captioning devices, audio mixer, UPS, etc
    Cameras: Sony Z280, Z150, PTZ1, Multiple Spark & Bird Dog converters
    reddogrecords.com

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