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Visatec going Mobile??
Old 06-10-2006, 03:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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HI All
I have Visatech lights - B series - 1x1200W & 2x600W.

Does anybody have experience with conecting any of these to portable power like generators or battery packs for location shoots??

Please help me - any info will do!
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Re: Visatec going Mobile??
Old 06-10-2006, 07:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Be careful about plugging your lights into a generator. Many generators make fairly dirty power and aren't suitable for powering studio strobes. You will see inconsistent behavior from your lights unless you have a way to smooth out the power. There are generators that clean up the power they deliver, and those will work fine. If you want to shoot all day, a decent generator will probably be the least expensive way to solve your problem. You can't really run them indoors in a closed space though without killing yourself (Carbon monoxide).

A powerful UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supply, like those used with computers) that delivers a pure sine wave output works very nicely. But if you want to power all three of your lights at full power, you're going to need a 5000VA or better UPS, due to the current draw of your lights (~35 amps). That is going to get expensive real quick. Nevermind that a UPS like that will weigh ~300 pounds.

Dyna-Lite makes the XP1100 inverter. You could use one of those to power your (2) 600J units and another to power your 1200J unit, as long as you knocked the power down on everything by 1/3 stop. Two of those cost the same as the 5000VA UPS mentioned above, but they only weigh 22 pounds each. Additional batteries are relatively cheap and easily replacable.

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Re: Visatec going Mobile??
Old 06-11-2006, 07:49 PM   #3 (permalink)
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There is only one genetrator i would consider and that is the Honda EU series...thay have the cleanest sine wave...and it what Dynalite recommended to me...but yeah I would save and get the dynalite porta pack ....


PS...visatec has a porta pack...

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...goryNavigation
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The link you provided is to a Broncolor Mobil Power supply that has receptacles for up to two Broncolor heads. The original poster has 3 Visatec monolights. All of the Broncolor/Visatec battery-powered solutions are for pack-based heads.

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Re: Visatec going Mobile??
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oops. sorry... :-P eather way the dynalite porta pack is cheaper way to go...



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