Your Arsenal device is a sophisticated, miniature computer. It is capable of:
- Controlling supported DSLR and mirrorless cameras
- Reading JPEG and RAW image files from your camera
- Communicating with compatible iOS and Android phones
Arsenal has two micro-USB ports, which perform different functions:
- The left USB port communicates with supported cameras using an included USB camera cable. This cable is camera model-specific since it must fit your camera’s USB port.
- The right USB port is for battery charging only.
Arsenal uses a WiFi chip to create its own WiFi Network for communication with supported mobile devices.
Arsenal also contains a Bluetooth chip for potential future functionality. Arsenal has not yet been certified for Bluetooth connectivity, and the chip is currently disabled in all devices.
Arsenal’s internal battery can be charged using the included micro-USB charging cable and any standard USB power source.
To charge Arsenal’s battery, connect the charging cable to the USB port on the right side of your Arsenal. Plugging your charging cable into the left side will not harm the device, but it will not charge.
When Arsenal is charging, the orange charging light will illuminate. When the light turns off, charging is complete.
For a step-by-step tutorial on Arsenal battery charging, see Arsenal Setup and Charging.
Arsenal’s battery life depends on several factors, including shooting mode, level of usage, ambient temperature, and advanced settings (e.g. photo stacking uses more battery life when enabled).
In most situations, you can expect a battery life of 4-5 hours. For extended shooting or photography in remote locations, we strongly recommend bringing a charging cable and a USB battery pack (not included) to keep Arsenal charged while in use.
Battery Lifespan & Care
With proper care, Arsenal’s battery will last for many years. For most people, Arsenal will also be charged less frequently than a cell phone, reducing wear and tear.
To maintain Arsenal’s battery and maximize your shooting time, we recommend charging Arsenal before and after each day of shooting. Be sure to fully charge Arsenal before storing it for a long period of unuse.
Temperatures above 120 degrees Fahrenheit can damage Arsenal’s battery. Never store Arsenal in a hot car or on a surface that is too hot to touch.
Arsenal’s battery is not user-replaceable. (We explored this option extensively, and unfortunately making the battery replaceable would significantly increase the size and cost of the device.) Attempting to remove or replace the battery will void your warranty. If you experience a dramatically shortened battery life under normal usage, please contact our support team.
When not in use, Arsenal should be stored in a place that ensures it is protected from moisture, excessive force, and extreme temperatures.
To clean your Arsenal, power it off and disconnect all accessories. Gently wipe the surface of Arsenal using a soft, lint-free cloth moistened with a very small amount of water. Allow Arsenal to dry completely before use.
To prevent electric shock or damage to components, do not attempt to use your Arsenal if it is wet.
To prevent the possibility for fire, do not attempt to use your Arsenal if the enclosure has been crushed and the battery has been damaged.