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(based on 2 ratings)
Brand: Photogenic
Located in: Flash/Lighting, Monolights, System Accessories
Photogenic Battery Pack for the StudioMax AC / DC Monolights. (AKB-1)
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Avg. Customer Rating:
 
4.5 stars
(based on 2 reviews)
 
Great Value
By hjoseph7Verified Reviewer from Washington DC on 3/20/2010
Pros:
Attach Securely, Durable, Powerful
Best Uses:
General Use, Indoors, Low Light, Night Time, Outdoors, Special Events
Describe Yourself:
Semi-pro Photographer
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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

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
By rmanVerified Purchaser from Chicago, IL on 7/29/2008
Pros:
Durable, Good Color Value, Powerful
Best Uses:
General Use, Indoors, Low Light, Night Time, Outdoors, Special Events
Describe Yourself:
Professional
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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

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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