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Photogenic Battery for Studiomax AC/DC Monolights

B&H # PHBSM Mfr # 956046
You Pay: $164.95

The Photogenic 12VDC Power Battery Pack works with the Studiomax 160 and 320 ACDC monolights, SP Excalibur C1600ACDC monolight, SPC920ACDC, 147ACDC and 100ACDC units.

This pack also works with most flashes that can use the Quantum Turbo, and Lumedyne Mini Cycler battery packs. Power cords for these strobes made by Quantum and Paramount may be ordered from B&H separately.

A more economical alternative to the Quantum Turbo battery.
Recycle time is about 4 seconds when used @ full power with the Studiomax 160AC/DC.
Number of Flashes per Charge 110 @ 270 w/s, 190 @ 160 w/s
320 @ 100 w/s, 380 @ 70 w/s
Charge Rate 6 hours
Connectors 1- multi-pin to battery, 1- DC charging input
Memory None, battery is lead-acid
Dimensions 5 x 3 x 7" (12.7 x 7.6 x 17.8cm)
Weight 3 lbs (1.4kg)
Photogenic Battery for Studiomax AC/DC Monolights
  • 18V 600mA Charger/AC Adapter
  • Fitted Cordura Case with Strap and Zipper
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    PhotogenicBattery for Studiomax AC/DC Monolights
     
    2.9

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (4)

    63%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good power output (4)

    Cons

    • Weak (4)

    Best Uses

    • General purpose (5)
    • Outdoor events / games (5)
    • Outdoors (4)
    • Indoors (3)
    • Night time (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (5), Pro photographer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (6)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Worked very nice as I expected it would.

    Makes shooting on location easy. I also use the White Lightning Vagabond bag and they both work great...but the Photogenic system is lighter and more suitable for smaller spaces

    Makes shooting on location easy. I also use the White Lightning Vagabond bag and they both work great...but the Photogenic system is lighter and more suitable for smaller spaces

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    You get what you pay for

    I wish I could say this totally met my needs for less than half the price as the Quantum. Unfortunately I would have to say it was adequate for a while and now I...Read complete review

    I wish I could say this totally met my needs for less than half the price as the Quantum. Unfortunately I would have to say it was adequate for a while and now I need to make another buying decision. I have owned this for two and a half years have used it for about 35 times on weddings and outdoor shoots. I use it to power a photogenic Studiomax 320B almost always at full power. I get 15 to 20 flashes and then I end up waiting for the thing to recharge before I can shoot again. Yesterday it only worked for 6 flashes and then it just would not give be a complete ready charge and the flash would not fire. The fuel gauge reads full but it won't flash. I took the thing out of the case and noticed that the removable battery cell was leaking a little bit. The nice thing is that there is a replacement battery and it is very reasonable. So I will probably go with that.

    I haven't worked with the Quantum so i don't know if it is any better but I would say if you are a pro you most likely won't want to be waiting on the equipment.

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    1.0

    Works great for a short time

    By gymrat

    from san diego, ca

    Pros

    • Works Great At First

    Cons

    • Not repairable
    • Poor Quality Control

    Best Uses

      Comments about Photogenic Battery for Studiomax AC/DC Monolights:

      The first unit failed within warranty and Photogenic sent me a new one. The new one worked for awhile and now it will work if the battery is charged, but it will not charge the battery; I bought two new batteries and the unit worked until the battery charge was depleted. Photogenic does not manufacture these (Photogenic told me this) and therefore said it cannot be repaired.

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      1.0

      Totally Unreliable

      By Steve ArticticCapture

      from Palatine, IL

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Batteries Faulty
        • Flimsy
        • Very Unreliable
        • Weak

        Best Uses

          Comments about Photogenic Battery for Studiomax AC/DC Monolights:

          We bought two of these because we do a lot of outdoor shooting. They worked great the first 3 times we used them. The fourth time we used them one would not charge the monolights.
          We had to unplug and replug the cord in and turn the power supply off and on a couple of times before we finally were able to get it to charge the monolight. That particular power supply remained problematic ever since.
          We used the second power suppply almost exclusively for the next two shoots at which time, the battery on that power supply would no longer hold a charge. We purchased secondary batteries as backups and used a different battery and the unit still would not charge the monolight.
          These units were handled with kit gloves as we do with all of our equipment. They were never dropped or mishandled in any way. They just quit working!
          The battery door on the bottom of one of the units fell off and was lost. The shells of the power supplies are very cheaply made.
          These units are a very poor design.
          We got a total of 5 shoots out of these power packs for our investment - A TOTAL BUST!
          We are very happy with our Photogenic III 320B Monolights they have been extremely reliable. Photogenic just dropped the ball BIG time on these power packs.
          We are VERY disappointed.

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          • No

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          1.0

          Not Good

          By Stiles Photo

          from San Diego, CA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Flimsy

          Best Uses

          • Special Events

          Comments about Photogenic Battery for Studiomax AC/DC Monolights:

          I followed all instructions exactly, but it would not charge my monolights. I tested 3 more cords and 2 lights but still no luck.

          The manufacturer told me to use the cords that came with my lights, because the one that came with the battery was known to be faulty. Obviously, I already tried this, but went through it again, to be sure. Then he said it was the cord connector in my monolights, but that didn't make sense, because I tested more than one light.
          He didn't know what to tell me and I was on my own.

          I called local stores, but they said they didn't carry this battery pack because it was too unreliable.

          I called B&H and was told by a sales person they had never heard of a problem with this pack. However, the salesperson knew immediately what that the problem was the pack connector. Hmmm.

          They're shipping me a new one, but so far it's been a real hassle, and my confidence in the product and the salesperson is not good. We'll see how it goes, and perhaps I can write a better review, down the road.

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          1.0

          Poor quality control

          By Bach

          from San Diego, CA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Photogenic Battery for Studiomax AC/DC Monolights:

                Theunit initially failed within a few weeks and I was sent a replacement by Photogenic.

                When it worked, it worked well. However, the unit no longer charges the battery (I have tried a new battery).

                I have only used the unit about 25 times. Then all of a sudden it stopped charging the battery.

                Photogenic does not make the unit. Photogenic told me the unit is imported and not repairable.

                A waste of money to buy this unit.

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                5.0

                Great Product

                By studio62

                from Vancouver B.C. Canada

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Securely
                • Durable
                • Lightweight
                • Long-Lasting
                • Powerful

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about Photogenic Battery for Studiomax AC/DC Monolights:

                  Long lasting and reliable!

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                  • No

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                  2.0

                  Unreliable

                  By hjoseph7

                  from Washington DC

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Good Color Value
                  • Holds charge

                  Cons

                  • Unreliable
                  • Weak

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors
                  • Night Time
                  • Outdoors
                  • Special Events

                  Comments about Photogenic Battery for Studiomax AC/DC Monolights:

                  It's great when it decides to work. I purchased this unit to power my Studio max III on location. I had to return the first unit because it malfunctioned. Photogenic sent me a new unit in 2 weeks. The 'new' unit worked fine for a while, but after a few months it began malfunctioning on and off. Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't ? Fed up, I ordered a Quantum turbo and have never been happier. The Quantum is smaller, but provides 2-3 times as many pops. It is infinitely more reliable than the photogenic even on a low charge. Unfortunately, it is 3 times as expensive. Another option would be the Alien Bees Mini vagabond. I say save your money and pass on this unit.

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                  4.0

                  Good deal

                  By ray375

                  from Markham, On

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use

                    Comments about Photogenic Battery for Studiomax AC/DC Monolights:

                    I tried on Canon 580ex, Vivitar 285HV & Nikon SB-800. After a full power flash, just need 1 sec to recover the charge. But cannot power on the Metz 70. This is important for me.

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                    4.0

                    Great Portability

                    By Gracie

                    from Florence, SC

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                    • Weak

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Outdoors
                    • Special Events

                    Comments about Photogenic Battery for Studiomax AC/DC Monolights:

                    I use this product for outside portraits with the Photogenic light kit. Great for 1-2 hour shoots. Sturdy and easy to carry.

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                    5.0

                    Excellent when used with Nikon flash

                    By Rene

                    from Naples FL

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Pros

                    • Long-Lasting
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use

                      Comments about Photogenic Battery for Studiomax AC/DC Monolights:

                      This is a great alternative to the Quantum! We use it every weekend with SB-800 and it works flawlessly. However, when powering up, be sure to turn on the battery then turn on the flash or else it will not function correctly.

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                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      You get what you pay for

                      By Rob

                      from Orange County, CA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                        • Loses Charge Quickly
                        • Weak

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use

                        Comments about Photogenic Battery for Studiomax AC/DC Monolights:

                        I wish I could say this totally met my needs for less than half the price as the Quantum. Unfortunately I would have to say it was adequate for a while and now I need to make another buying decision. I have owned this for two and a half years have used it for about 35 times on weddings and outdoor shoots. I use it to power a photogenic Studiomax 320B almost always at full power. I get 15 to 20 flashes and then I end up waiting for the thing to recharge before I can shoot again. Yesterday it only worked for 6 flashes and then it just would not give be a complete ready charge and the flash would not fire. The fuel gauge reads full but it won't flash. I took the thing out of the case and noticed that the removable battery cell was leaking a little bit. The nice thing is that there is a replacement battery and it is very reasonable. So I will probably go with that.

                        I haven't worked with the Quantum so i don't know if it is any better but I would say if you are a pro you most likely won't want to be waiting on the equipment.

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Worked very nice as I expected it would.

                        By JRD Photo

                        from Florida

                        About Me Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable

                        Cons

                        • NONE

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about Photogenic Battery for Studiomax AC/DC Monolights:

                        Makes shooting on location easy. I also use the White Lightning Vagabond bag and they both work great...but the Photogenic system is lighter and more suitable for smaller spaces

                        Share this review

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