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Old 02-14-2003, 02:24 AM   #1 (permalink)
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They finally produced a battery pack for their strobes. Sound reasonable to me for $350 and seems a viable option for those who don't/can't dish out the cash for the Dynalites. http://www.alienbees.com/vagabond.htm

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Funny -- I was flipping through the new Shutterbug (great new format, btw) and saw an ad for White Lightning's new portable battery system. Guess what its called? Here's a hint -- http://www.white-lightning.com/vagabond.htm

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One of my biggest complaints about using Dynalite's Uni with a Jackrabbit is that there is no modeling light. Does the Vagabond also power a Lighning/Bee's modeling light?

The other thing I hate about Jackrabbits is a lousy 70 shots per charge.
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There are other battery solutions for the UNI400Jr that give you many more than 75 shots per charge. For example, http://www.digitalcamerabattery.com/ I believe their smallest battery will give you 300 shots per charge. Also their batteries will work with many more devices. You buy a battery and the appropriate cable to match the device you are connecting to. I know they have a cable to power the iMac from the battery.
 
 
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I don't see why it wouldn't. The lights only have one place to plug the power cord. The cords are standard computer power supply cords. From that standpoint, I don't see any reason why the modeling lamps wouldn't work. Just my assumption.

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I suppose you could use the modeling light, but it will drain the battery pretty fast. The modeling light represents a constant load, that is, it is taking power all the time except when the strobe is fired (unless you keep turning it on and off). If you're using a 100 watt bulb at full power, that's 100 watt-hours per hour (give or take a bit). That requires a pretty big battery to supply more than a short time of usable power.
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