Photogenic ISB2183 Lithium- Pure Sine Wave Inverter System with Spare Battery and Case

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About Photogenic ISB2183

The Photogenic ION Lithium-ion Pure Sine Wave Inverter System with Spare Battery allows you to take your studio strobes on the road or off the road without electricity and without noisy generators or bulky old-style inverters. Weighing in at only 3.5 lb including its battery, the ION measures only 7.5 x 4.4 x 3.3" but is able to deliver hundreds or even thousands of full power flashes depending on the flash head in use. For example, Photogenic's 1,000W/s PL1000DR gets 300 full power flashes on a fully charged battery while their AKC160 will get a whopping 2,050 flashes from the same battery. Photogenic doubles that capacity by including a spare battery but you can triple or quadruple your capacity by simply purchasing extra batteries which can be charged apart from the inverter. Extra chargers are available to charge more than 1 battery concurrently.

Convenience features include a USB port to power computers and other electronic devices and an LED "fuel gauge" that allows you to check on remaining power at a glance. The system includes the ION Inverter, battery, charger, light stand clamp and strap.

Photogenic ISB2183 Specifications

High-impact ABS-PC
Waveform Type
Pure sine wave
Power Output
120W Maximum continuous power
USB: 5VDC, 500mA
Output Voltage
120VAC +/-3%, 60Hz
2x 3-Prong 120V female sockets
1x 0.5A USB port
Battery Type
LiCox NiyMnzO2 Lithium-ion
Battery Power
Volt/Amp-hour: 14.8V / 8.8Ah
Watt-hours (energy): 130
Current: 30ADC Peak / 15ADC average
Cutoff Voltage: 12VDC
Battery Protection Circuits
Overload, over temperature, overcharge/discharge, over current, short circuit
Battery Flashes per Charge
Photogenic monolights at full power
AKC160 160W/s: 2,050 with 1.3 sec. recycling
AKC320 320W/s: 1,200 with 2.8 sec. recycling
PL625DR 250W/s 900 with 1.8 with sec. recycling
PL1250 500W/s 430 with 4.5 sec. recycling
PL1250DR 500W/s 500 with 3.8 sec. recycling
PL2500DR 1000W/s 360 with 7.5 sec. recycling
PL500DR 500W/s 570 with 3.8 sec. recycling
PL1000DR 1000W/s 300 with 5.5 sec. recycling
Cooling Fan
Charger Power
Input range: 100 to 265VAC, 50/60Hz
Max. output: 16.8VDC / 3A
Charging time: 3.0 to 4.0 hours
Full charge voltage from charger: 16.8VDC
Power Supply: 7.5x4.4x3.3" / 19.05x11.17x8.38 cm
Battery: 6.0x4.4x1.8" / 15.24x11.17x4.57 cm
Power Supply: 3.5 lb (1.58 kg) including battery
Battery only: 2.0 lb (0.9 kg)

Photogenic ISB2183 Reviews

Reviewed by 2 customers


Travel anywhere system


from Brooklyn, NY  -  Pro Photographer

Event locations. Batteries charge quickly. Use of one light per unit.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Seems okay.


from NC  -  Pro Photographer

Simply a lightweight pure sine wave inverter. Very nicely designed and pretty much plug and play. Runs LED's very well but it is not made to run CFL's, well not the ones I have anyway. Do not mistake a "strobe" as including the modeling light. Does fine charging capacitors but wouldn't power modeling lights. (I tried several different brands of monolights Photogenic included. I will try other lamping options in the future.)


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Pete S  This is another convenient unit that intrigues me for "mobile" streaming video setup. The camera and mounts are powered on their own. I just need to power a MacMini computer (like a laptop in terms of draw). I wonder how long something like that could stay on with a power source like this? Thanks.
ELISHA W  I don't think you are supposed to use it for continuous output. I think it is made specifically for flash units. You may want to contact the manufacturer or read the manual to see its uses.
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