It's not a bizarre situation. When you bought your Epic-X package via Stage-2 or Stage-3, you purchased a complete package that included the quad battery module. Many of us do find it useful and to be a nice addition. I'm not sure why others are so against using it. I understand that a lot of people already have power solutions and have been getting along fine without the Redvolt battery modules up to now. But look at it this way, resale value is extremely low due to so many people deciding they just don't want it. So you may as well hold onto it. Never know, you might actually find that you like it.
Like you're saying, I would bet sales of these modules through RED are probably lighter than they had expected. ...with so many people out there selling them for cheap. I picked up one at a bargain for my Epic-M. Glad I did.
The bigger issue with the redvolt XL solution is the extremely high $ per watt. You end up with a module that can't be connected anywhere other the rear of the body AND requires proprietary batteries that cost $700 to provide 3hrs of camera time... (as I posted previously, we get that with a single 150Wh brick at a cost of $300 or less).
Pros: Hotswapping (moot if you have the sidehandle)
Cons: Proprietary batteries, Weight, lack of mounting flexibility, lack of D-tap, high price/watt.
Not sure about that, these people will find something else to mock about...
For me I picked up one of those "unwanted" Quads and I´m happy I did!
The pricing on the Quad Battery Module does seem a little strange; it's twice the price of the Side Handle, which I consider a really wonderful, if not essential, component. Perhaps there are some manufacturing costs that are not apparent to the uninitiated.
I'm not sure if mine will see service, but I'm going to hang on to it; often the lessons in the field produce an "ah-ha" moment.
Good shooting and best regards,
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