This question actually came from Ray Ortega on Twitter. He wanted to know if you could run the Tascam DR-60d on an external USB power pack. I hadn’t really thought about it, so I decided to give it a try. When you hook up the USB power pack to the DR-60d and power it on, it’ll ask you if you want to power via usb or transfer data. Once you select the power option the unit runs as it normally would on batteries. That includes full support for phantom power.

On a side note, once you start powering the unit via the usb port you don’t want to unplug it. If you do, it will power down and it could mess up your recording.

Powergen Battery pack

This 5200mAh Powergen USB battery pack I tested is equivalent to roughly 4x AA batteries so it’s probably not going to get you through a whole day of shooting. If you want extremely long battery life, you might want to consider something with a much larger capacity like the PowerGen 12000mAh External Battery Pack. Something with that much juice will likely be more than enough to run the Tascam DR-60d all day without an issue.

You might also consider just buying the Tascam BP-6AA battery adapter box if you have a lot of rechargeable batteries laying around. It allows you to use 6 batteries instead of 4, giving you about the same amount of boost as the 5200mAh Powergen USB battery pack I tested.

Now I just need to find a nice 1 foot right angle usb cable to going along with this sort of setup. I have a couple on order for testing. I’ll keep you posted.

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