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Battery powered studio lights, location which one?
Old 06-01-2006, 05:50 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I would like to invest in some portable studio flashes for outdoor use, perhaps elinchrome or bowens or hensel, or even profoto. Any advice is helpful. I need a basic two head kit with battery and softboxes, honeycombs etc. Also req any advice on a good ringflash for fashion, glamour style..

I want reasonably good quality and great portability, I sometimes walk far to get to the location and any heavy equipment wouldn't be any good. I live in Europe (Norway).

In my studio I use a Multiblitz system, but unfortunately I haven't been able to find any battery for this system tu use it outdoors.

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If you already have strobes I would suggest portable battery/inverter pack instead of a new set of DC strobes, that way you don't have to buy all the modifiers again.

Here are 2 battery systems to check out, and there may well be more than these out there.

The Dyna-Lite XP1100 Ws power supply http://www.dynalite.com/fxp1100_n.html
If I didn't already have an Elinchrom Ranger when these came out I'd have bought one of them instead. Plug any light into it and it's just like plugging it into the wall. The downside is that it costs around $1000.00

Next is the Tronix Explorer 1200 Ws power supply http://www.innovatronix.com/cgi-bin/...alog/index.asp
I hear lots of great things about it and at $249.00 I'm thinking of getting one for backup power wherever I need it. Here's a review of it on Rob Galbraiths site http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/con...id=7-7883-7908
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You might also check out the Alien Bee systems. They have a very powerful light battery pack and with the B400's you get 1 second recycle time on battery.
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Thanks for your replies! Great piece of advice there, just what I've been looking for. I'll run to the store as soon as I find out where in Europe they sell those batteries with inverters
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Stig, the Tronix Explorer is currently only avaiable over the internet directly from the manufacturer and is shipped worldwide for $45 from the company's home base in the Philippines. I highly suggest you read the review on Rob Galbraiths site as it is packed with information.

You should be able to get the Dyna-Light at any large photo distributor or a European version that has the correct outlets and voltage.
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