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Novatron 400W/s Power Pack

B&H # NOV400D Mfr # NV400D
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This is a Novatron V400D 400 watt/second Power Pack. The Heart of the Novatron system is the power supply. It's function is to take AC line power, rectify to DC, and store it in a bank of capacitors. This stored energy can be discharged quickly and intensely through up to four flash heads.

Novatron produces power supplies in five power ratings: 240, 400, 600, 1000, and 1500 w/s. The smaller power supplies have fewer capacitors and thus are lighter in weight and lower in cost than the more powerful models.

Four Lamphead Outlets
Use a Key, Fill, Back, and Hair light with only one power supply.
Adjustable Power Levels
Power is infinitely adjustable within a 4 stop range.
Digitally Compatible
Low sync voltage is compatible with all digital and film cameras.
All Metal Construction
Durable metal housing can really take a beating.
Ease of Use
Novatron's equipment is ideal for those photographers who want to be creative, but don't need bells and whistles.
Maximum Watt/Seconds 400
Guide Number f/16.5 @ 10' @ ISO 100 with standard lamphead
Recycle Time 2.5 sec @ max power
Flash Variability 4 f/stops, continuously variable from 50 to 400 w/s
Voltage Stabilization Yes, +/- 1%
Distribution Symmetrical
Head Outlets 4
Flash Ready Indicator LED Lamp lights when power supply reaches full capacity
Operating Voltage 90 - 120V, 60hz
Sync Voltage 6V
Built-in Slave Cell No
Circuit Protection Circuit Breaker
Fan Cooled Yes
Auto Dump No
Dimensions 6.4 x 8 x 4.9" (16.2 x 20.3 x 12.4 cm)
Weight 9.75 lb (4.3 kg)
Novatron 400W/s Power Pack
  • AC Power Cord -110V, 6.5' for V240, V400 & V600
  • 1 Year Manufacturer's Warranty
  • Note:Sync Cord not included


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    Novatron400W/s Power Pack

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    Many Great Improvements

    By donrisi

    from OKC, OK

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer


    • Backwards Compatible
    • Fan-cooled
    • Lightweight
    • Powerful


      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Indoors
      • Low Light
      • Portraits
      • Studio work

      Comments about Novatron 400W/s Power Pack:

      I bought this unit to replace a 30-year-old Novatron 440Plus power pack that finally bit the dust after tens of thousands of flashes. The improvements Novatron has made since I bought that original unit are just great.

      For starters, the new unit has a fan. Heat is what finally killed the old unit, and without a fan, it overheated rather easily. Not so with this new unit. Plus, the extra ventilation holes in the case greatly improve the air circulation.

      Another major improvement is the continuously variable power settings. Instead of being confined to only three possible power settings like I was on the old unit, I can now dial in the power I want with almost infinite precision.

      Another, unexpected benefit of this unit is that the heads themselves make considerably less noise every time they flash. With the old unit, even when it was brand new, the heads made a definite, rather loud "whomp" kind of sound when they flashed. With this unit, the heads are much quieter when they flash.

      The unit is also considerably smaller and lighter than the old one, making packing and transporting it much easier.

      All in all, this was a fantastic buy, and considering that it didn't cost very much more than the original did 30 years ago, it's a great value, too.

      If there was a con to counter all the pros of this new unit, it's this: The older heads (like all of mine) cannot handle more than 500w/s of power. That little fact is buried rather deep in all the literature. Any power pack putting out more than 500w/s of power must have either a newer head, capable of withstanding 500w/s, or a combination of older heads that exceed 500w/s, all at full power, to keep from blowing out the heads. I almost bought a more powerful power pack, then changed my mind. I'm glad I did.

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      Novatron 400W/s Power Pack

      By Oddbob

      from Concord, Ontario, Canada.

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer


      • Durable
      • Good Color Value
      • Long-Lasting
      • Powerful


        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Indoors
        • Portraits
        • Special Events

        Comments about Novatron 400W/s Power Pack:

        We have forty Novatron power packs in the field and while they are not too sofisticated they are very reliable and accuate and can take a beating from traveling photogs for years. When something does eventually go wrong they are simple, cheap and quick to repair by almost any electronics technition. Some of our power packs are over 20 years old and still perform reliably. These Novatrons are work horses that a pro can depend on.

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