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SP Studio Systems Power Pack with Charger for SP Systems AC/DC Units and Other Strobes - 12V

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This is the SP-Systems 12 volt DC power pack. It is designed to work with the SP Systems 1600, SPC920, SPC147 and SPC100 AC/DC monolights and flash units.

The power pack also works with any other manufacturer's flash that is compatible with the Quantum Turbo battery.

When connected to the SP1600 AC/DC unit, it provides 190 full power flashes, recycling in approximately 4 seconds.

Sealed lead-acid battery retains more of its charge when not in use.
Indicator lamp will blink when recharging is complete -- prevents over-charging.
Battery Type High voltage, Sealed Lead Acid Cell (No Memory, No Nicad)
Recycle Time Approx 4 seconds @ full power
Number of Flashes 110 @ 270 w/s, 190 @ 160 w/s
320 @ 100 w/s, 380 @ 70 w/s
Recharging Time 4 - 5 hours
Remaining Power Indicator Yes
Dual Flash Capability No
Belt Clip Yes
Shoulder Strap Loops Yes
Dimensions 8-5/8 x 5 x 1" (22 x 13 x 2.5 cm)
Weight 3 lbs (1.36 kg)
SP Studio Systems Power Pack with Charger for SP Systems AC/DC Units and Other Strobes - 12V
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  • Carrying Strap
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    SP Studio SystemsPower Pack for SP Systems AC/DC
     
    4.2

    (based on 10 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Long-lasting (4)
    • Durable (3)
    • Good power output (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General purpose (6)
      • Outdoors (5)
      • Low light (4)
      • Outdoor events / games (4)
      • Indoors (3)
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      4.0

      Works Great

      By Jack H.

      from New York, NY

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Durable
      • Good Color Value
      • Lightweight
      • Long-Lasting
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Runs Hot

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Indoors
      • Low Light

      Comments about SP Studio Systems Power Pack for SP Systems AC/DC:

      I use it for fashion photography mainly. Keeps its charge long and I've had no issues.

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      4.0

      Nothing but the Truth!!

      By G the Gem!

      from Baltimore, MD

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Long-Lasting
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Low Light
        • Outdoors
        • Special Events

        Comments about SP Studio Systems Power Pack for SP Systems AC/DC:

        I use this product to power an old Sunpak 555 handle mount flash, a Photogenic AC320 monolight, and an SB800 when needed, or an SP 920 strobe. Tried it out at a wedding and was astonished at the excellent re-cycle time. Works great with AC/DC monlights on location. I set up 2 lights (using soft-box and shoot thru umbrealla) at the reception and had no problems............Bang! Bang! Bang! This power pack allows me to use smaller monolights instead of the one's that require a long extention cord....luv it!!

        I own 2 other HV battery packs (Lumedynes) and this thing is comparably capable (it more than holds its own!)

        A little bulky?..Yes...and can't be attached to a belt (too big) but, other than that, well worth the investment!!! Will be buying another within a month!!

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        5.0

        can't be beat for the price

        By Junior

        from SF Bay ARea

        About Me Pro Photographer

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              Comments about SP Studio Systems Power Pack for SP Systems AC/DC:

              Are you kidding me? For [$] it's well worth it. .I was getting ready to order a 12 volt battery replacement [as i currently have two of these] and noticed the drop in price. I bought two of these back when they were less than $100. then they went up to over $200. now they are back down to [$] and you better get 'em while supplies last. No I do not work for the company. I use one to fire my on camera flash. sure it's much bigger than quantum but like I said, you can't beat the price. Quantums are over 4 hunnies. I use one to fire my SP lancerlight 3200. and then i have one for a spare. the newer model of these packs have replaceable 12 volt battery, slide out compartment. one of my old ones doesn't have it. so being able to swap the battery out is a big advantage. you can just carry a boatload of 12 volts with you, depending on how much power you need. the batteries are old school panasonic camcorder batteries. very cheap and easy to get.

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              5.0

              Picture Perfect

              By Randy L

              from Fresno, Texas

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors
                  • Outdoors
                  • Special Events

                  Comments about SP Studio Systems Power Pack for SP Systems AC/DC:

                  I do a lot of weddings and location portraits. The power pack give me the freedom to take pictures in place where no access to power is impossible.

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                  4.0

                  good value for the money

                  By cjfotografo

                  from san juand e los lagos, jalisco, mexico

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attach Securely

                  Cons

                  • Weak

                  Best Uses

                  • General Use
                  • Outdoors

                  Comments about SP Studio Systems Power Pack for SP Systems AC/DC:

                  I know there are better options, but it works for me.

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                  4.0

                  First battery pack

                  By Eric

                  from Arkansas

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use

                      Comments about SP Studio Systems Power Pack for SP Systems AC/DC:

                      light weight, easy to use and works well, takes a while to charge but overall very happy with it.

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                      4.0

                      great power pack..a little heavy but it

                      By holster

                      from Etown, PA

                      About Me Semi-Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attach Securely
                      • Durable
                      • Long-Lasting
                      • Powerful

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Indoors
                        • Low Light
                        • Night Time
                        • Outdoors
                        • Special Events

                        Comments about SP Studio Systems Power Pack for SP Systems AC/DC:

                        Of course everyone wants to know how many pics it will take and how fast it recycles.

                        Well, I do not use this for my on board flash so I was not as concerned witt the recycle time. But for full powered it's 8 seconds. You will rarely be full powered on the sp systems. For the quarter power and half power, it was ready before I was ready.

                        It is a bit on the heavy side so I will not wear it (even though it comes with a clip). I used clamps to connect it to the stand. Then I am wire free.

                        I tested it in the dark and it took over 100 pics full power. With a combo of half power and quarter power (more quarter than half) it was well over 300 pics. I was able to shoot all the wedding formals and key reception events with it. The cool thing is that for 50 bucks you can get a second battery to slide in when this goes dead.

                        The bummer is that it takes 6 hours to fully charge. So you do have to plan.

                        I would buy this again esp for the price.

                        You can connect it to your speedlights (however..the sppedlights are not really meant to handle rapid firing (per their own warnings). using lithium batteries there would be a batter solution.

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                        4.0

                        Easy to use, not too heavy

                        By manheimphotography

                        from Simi Valley, CA

                        About Me Getting started

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Long-Lasting

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Low Light
                          • Outdoors
                          • Special Events

                          Comments about SP Studio Systems Power Pack for SP Systems AC/DC:

                          This is a great product, I really like being able to take my light outdoors. It is very easy to use, and not too much extra weight to carry around. I would buy again if I needed to replace mine someday, or I wanted another.

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                          4.0

                          Near clone of Quantum Turbo at 1/3 price

                          By Chuck

                          from upstate New York

                          About Me Professional

                          Verified Reviewer

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                                Comments about SP Studio Systems Power Pack for SP Systems AC/DC:

                                I own two of these and heartily recommend them. It's not a perfect Turbo clone since I'm informed by a friend who has one that it won't work with his Quantum flash. But it seems to work for everything else and will recycle my Canon, Olympus, Vivitar and Sunpak flashes from a full dump in about 1-1/2 seconds.

                                It uses readily available and easily replaceable Panasonic VHS type camcorder lead acid batteries. At 2300 mah it won't give you more flashes than the newest, large capacity NiMH batteries but it can sit for months without losing charge. Sanyo Eneloop NiMH batteries can also sit for many months without losing much charge but they won't recycle your flash in 1-1/2 seconds or faster if shooting at less than full power.

                                I now keep Sanyo Eneloop in the flash for grab and go shooting without worrying about having to recharge all the time. But I plug in the SP Systems Power Pack for event shooting where fast recycling may be required. It's larger and heavier than a Quantum Turbo but carries fairly comfortably on an across the chest shoulder strap under your jacket. It also has a belt clip but I find it's too heavy for that.

                                Note that the specs page here is incorrect. It says there's no charge indicator. In fact there are three green and one red light indicating 25, 50, 75 and 100% charge just like a Turbo battery.

                                The plastic case is much thinner and less robust than a Turbo battery but the whole thing sits inside a well padded cloth case. I think you'd have to try pretty hard to break it in use. I have one that's been in use for a couple of years and another which is just as old but has seen much less use. Recommended. The price is low enough that you can buy two and have a spare.

                                If it were lighter and smaller I'd rate it 5 stars instead of 4 primarily on value for the money.

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                                4.0

                                Pretty good alternative to a Quantum Turbo

                                By Justin

                                from Denver Metro, Colorado

                                Comments about SP Studio Systems Power Pack for SP Systems AC/DC:

                                If you're looking for a budget alternative to the QuantumTurbos, this will do it. A bit big, but works as advertisedand can't beat the price.Recycles my SB-800 in about 1.5-2 seconds.Nice plus, it uses a Panasonic-style camcorder battery... soit's easily replaceable.

                                Expertise: Semi-Pro

                                Problems Encountered: It's a bit big. That's about it.

                                Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Quantum Turbo, Battery 1

                                Items I Recommend: Quantum or Paramount Cables

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