Photogenic Battery Pack for the StudioMax AC / DC Monolights. (AKB-1)


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About Photogenic

The Photogenic AKB-1 battery is designed for years of power for your "B" model StudioMax lights. The 12 volt, 2300mA lead acid battery will provide enough full-charge energy for over 200 flashes for the AKC160B and over 150 flashes for the AKC320B units.

(The battery-to-light cable is supplied with the monolights)

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Good power output (3)
Best Uses:
Indoors (3),Outdoor events / games (3),Outdoors (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (3)

Reviews about this item

Reviewed by 4 customers

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Short Life, Not Durable


from Fort Worth, TX  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I thought that this would be a perfect match for my StudioMAX III lights. I was wrong. The unit got fried on it's first shoot, overheated and also killed the battery from what I was told by Photogenic. It didn't quit mid shoot, it just would refuse to charge from there after. The unit smelled burnt out, the "ozone" smell of a burnt out electronic, I sent it in and had it serviced. I did have to purchase a new battery though as it is not covered by the warranty. The thing is the unit will say the battery is fully charged immediately, even if you know the battery is depleated. The StudioMAX III heads come with power cords for attaching to this unit. Throw them away, they don't work with it. They match pin for pin, but will not get power to the head. The cord that comes with the unit is ok but you need to be very careful with it or you'll create shorts winding it up differently than it was in it's shipping form, it's very stiff. As I write this today the unit is dead again, won't charge, says it's fully charged immediately, won't power the lights... same story as before. I'm not putting another penny into this thing though. It was literally used on 4 shoots over the course of 2 years since I couldn't trust it and due to it being gone for repair. I've migrated to a speedlight setup now, much more reliable and lightweight as well. From what I spent on this unit, the shipping to have it repaired the first time, and the second battery I could have purchased a Vagabond or even a low end Quantum. Buyer Beware


Solid, but not great.


from Waterloo, IA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I own two of these packs to power both AKC160B and AKB320B model Photogenic AC/DC Monolights. Photogenic is a little optimistic with the number of full-power flashes. The packs are clearly made in a low labor-cost country and have questionable fit and finish. I also bought a spare battery that wouldn't hold a charge. They work well enough, but be prepared with a speedlite or an extension cord, just in case.


Great Value


from Washington DC  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This battery pack works. I bought this pack for my Photogenic StudioMax III AC/DC Mono lights. At first I had my doubts whether I should get this model or the Quantum battery pack which cost 3 times more, but so far I'm pretty satisfied. I tested it and it was pretty much as advertised(150 full powered shots off one charge). The pack is relatively light, but heavy enough to act as a counterbalance weight incase you are shooting outside. It takes about 10 seconds for the initial charge to kick in and the Flash-head must be in the 'ON' position before you connect to and turn on the battery pack for it to work. After that it's pretty much plug-and-play.

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


Use with Studiomax AC/DC Strobes


from Chicago, IL  -  Professional

I've used the Battery Pack on location 2x now and have been very pleased with the product. The instructions that came in the box was very helpful and easy to follow. It even included a simple illustration describing the different parts of the pack. The unit is made from a hard plastic but is encased in a slightly padded enclosure that slides on and off the batter pack. A convenient strap is included with the pack that hooks onto the latches of the padded enclosure and can be used to hang it on the c-stands, over the shoulder or wherever you desire. A simple connection to the AC adapter and setting the slide switch to "Charge" is all it took to start charging the battery pack. On its first use, I setup the flash unit as my main light accompanied by a diffusion panel. I was shooting open shade on a sunny day so I was mostly using 1/4-1/2 power from the strobes. I was able to roll off about 400 shots using the battery within this power setting. On it's second use, I was using it at night on location. Again as my main light, with an SB800 for my kicker light. I had the strobes set at full power which allowed me to knock off about 220 shots with the battery. I didn't notice any light or power fall off from the strobes as the battery discharged. The LEDs on the pack gave an accurate indication as the pack discharged. Once it is fully discharged, the unit stops immediately. I'm still in the process of experimenting with different lighting scenarios but based on my initial use, it seems the product worked as advertised. I'm curious to know the actual longevity of the battery after putting it through several charge cycles but so far, I'm very satisfied with it's ease of use, functionality and price. Hope it helps!


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RAY M  I needed to use my strobes on location where there is no electricity. These work as expected but require additional spares when flash is firing at higher outputs.

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