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Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Slim & Compact Battery Pack Kit, with 100/240 VAC Universal Charger & CZ Dedicated Flash Cable: for Canon 430EZ, 480G, 540EZ, 550EX, 580EX, 580EX II, MT-24EX & MR-14EX Flashes

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The Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Battery Pack Kit ("S" for Slim and "C" for Compact) provides typical all-day flash shooting capacity like the standard Turbo, yet weighs less than 1 lb and fits easily in a shirt pocket. This kit includes the CZ Dedicated Module (connection cable), which allows it to connect to Canon 430EZ, 480G, 540EZ, 550EX, 580EX, 580EX II*, MT-24EX and MR-14EX flash units.

State-of-the-art NiMH batteries power the Turbo SC for lightning-fast recycling times and high capacity. Despite its mini proportions, it provides up to 225 full-power flashes with Quantum's Qflash units, or 400 shoe mount flashes, on a single 1.5-hour charge. And, like all Quantum batteries, the Turbo SC features a computerized "fuel gauge" that clearly displays the amount of power remaining and monitors charging progress.

Note! * To use this battery pack with the Canon 580EX II flash, you will have to disable Flash Custom Function #01 on the flash.

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Quantum InstrumentsTurbo SC Battery Pack with CZ Flash Cable
 
3.8

(based on 12 reviews)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast charge (10)
  • Lightweight (7)
  • Reliable (7)
  • Easy to install (6)
  • Good value (3)

Cons

  • Loses charge quickly (3)

Best Uses

  • Professional cameras (5)
  • Digital photography (4)
  • Primary battery (4)
  • Photography (3)
  • Travel (3)
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Quantum Turbo SC Battery with CZ Cable

I have been using this with my Canon Speedlite 580 EX II for a little over a year now. This product works well if you read the literature and fully understand the indicators on...Read complete review

I have been using this with my Canon Speedlite 580 EX II for a little over a year now. This product works well if you read the literature and fully understand the indicators on the battery pack, how to connect and power up the unit, and most importantly how to set up the custom functions on your flash. For the Canon Speedlite 580 EX II you have to set the C.FN 12 to 1 for recycling with an external power source. Most people know this, but there was also a notice by Quantum that states you should set C.Fn 01 to 1 to disable the flash going to sleep mode. C.Fn 01 is a great feature if running on straight AA batteries, but if the flash goes to sleep the Quantum Turbo SC loses it's connection to the flash. You can determine if the Quantum Turbo SC has detected the connection to the flash by checking the yellow LED with the Flash symbol on the battery pack. If the LED is steady on you have a good connection to the flash. If the yellow LED is flashing it means that the high voltage has shutdown because the connection to the flash has not been detected. I am embarrassed to admit how long it took me to figure out why I wasn't getting the flash to fire as often as I was expecting it to when connected to the Turbo SC. Hopefully this will help somebody else out down the road.

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Slow to Recycle

I just purchased this battery to improve performance with the Canon 580EXII for outdoor sports and lifestyle shooting and to carry something lighter than the Jack Rabbit. I've read many reviews that rave about...Read complete review

I just purchased this battery to improve performance with the Canon 580EXII for outdoor sports and lifestyle shooting and to carry something lighter than the Jack Rabbit. I've read many reviews that rave about this battery but I gotta tell ya, what a disappointment! Yes it is light. Yes it recharges fast but the recycle time in ETTL and manual is maybe 25% faster than a fresh pair of AA's. For the price I expected much better performance. The Jack Rabbit runs circles around the Turbo SC and is significantly faster in recycle time and the charge lasts longer. Very overpriced underperforming battery!

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1.0

Not Reliable

By SplitRockRE

from Martha's Vineyard, MA

About Me Casual Photographer

Pros

    Cons

    • Loses Charge Quickly

    Best Uses

      Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Battery Pack with CZ Flash Cable:

      I use the Turbo SC with a Nikon 800 Flash and a D90 camera. I am not a professional photographer and only use the camera on average once a week. The battery started failing after less than 4 years with what was deemed to be a faulty on/off button, but it also would not hold a charge and would keep turning off even after it registered fully charged. I sent it in for repair and was told that they would trouble shoot the entire unit. It took so long to get it back I had to buy another Turbo SC. The button works fine but I am once again experiencing the same discharge problem and since it has been a year since I got the battery back I doubt I have any recourse. It was my fault for not testing it out thoroughly as I continued to use the newer battery and left this one as my backup.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Great while it lasts

      By ptc

      from Houston, TX

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Loses Charge Quickly

        Best Uses

          Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Battery Pack with CZ Flash Cable:

          I loved the TSC ... while it worked. When the cell tanked two months out of warranty, I contacted Quantum for repair (another $100+) and was told it only carried a 90-day warranty. I've already invested $500+ with minimal use. For that price I expected better.

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          4.0

          flashing light with Nikon sb-900

          By caribousteaks

          from washington dc

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Easy to Install
          • Fast Recharge
          • Solid Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Digital Photography

            Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Battery Pack with CZ Flash Cable:

            The manual is very poorly written. If you own a Nikon SB-900 and try and connect with it the Turbo SC power light will continuously blink and only remain steady on when recharging. Exact opposite of what instructions say. Don't know if this is 900 specific but certainly has been reported by others and occurs with mine. Quantum is aware of situation and says its "normal" and connection still good. So as of March 2012 manual still poorly written with no explanation of SB-900 oddity on blinking light.

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            • No

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            (28 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Quantum Turbo SC Battery with CZ Cable

            By Rob

            from Knoxville, TN

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Fast Recharge
            • Light
            • Long-Lasting
            • Reliable

            Cons

            • Requires a cable

            Best Uses

            • Digital Photography
            • Photography
            • Portrait Photography
            • Wildlife Photography

            Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Battery Pack with CZ Flash Cable:

            I have been using this with my Canon Speedlite 580 EX II for a little over a year now. This product works well if you read the literature and fully understand the indicators on the battery pack, how to connect and power up the unit, and most importantly how to set up the custom functions on your flash. For the Canon Speedlite 580 EX II you have to set the C.FN 12 to 1 for recycling with an external power source. Most people know this, but there was also a notice by Quantum that states you should set C.Fn 01 to 1 to disable the flash going to sleep mode. C.Fn 01 is a great feature if running on straight AA batteries, but if the flash goes to sleep the Quantum Turbo SC loses it's connection to the flash. You can determine if the Quantum Turbo SC has detected the connection to the flash by checking the yellow LED with the Flash symbol on the battery pack. If the LED is steady on you have a good connection to the flash. If the yellow LED is flashing it means that the high voltage has shutdown because the connection to the flash has not been detected. I am embarrassed to admit how long it took me to figure out why I wasn't getting the flash to fire as often as I was expecting it to when connected to the Turbo SC. Hopefully this will help somebody else out down the road.

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            • Yes

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            (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            2.0

            Slow to Recycle

            By Adventure Mike

            from Taos, NM

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Fast Recharge

            Cons

            • Loses Charge Quickly

            Best Uses

            • Digital Photography
            • Photography
            • Portrait Photography
            • Travel

            Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Battery Pack with CZ Flash Cable:

            I just purchased this battery to improve performance with the Canon 580EXII for outdoor sports and lifestyle shooting and to carry something lighter than the Jack Rabbit. I've read many reviews that rave about this battery but I gotta tell ya, what a disappointment! Yes it is light. Yes it recharges fast but the recycle time in ETTL and manual is maybe 25% faster than a fresh pair of AA's. For the price I expected much better performance. The Jack Rabbit runs circles around the Turbo SC and is significantly faster in recycle time and the charge lasts longer. Very overpriced underperforming battery!

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            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Quality product!

            By Steve FX Photo

            from New York, NY

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Install
            • Fast Recharge
            • Reliable
            • Solid Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Digital Photography
              • Photography
              • Travel

              Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Battery Pack with CZ Flash Cable:

              Great slim pack and has all the info in led that you need. Use the leather shoulder strap (not included) to hang from stands and also has a strong belt clip attached.

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              • No

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Light and Thin Endurance

              By Light Nija

              from New York, NY

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Charges Quickly
              • Easy To Install
              • Lightweight
              • Long-Lasting
              • Reliable

              Cons

              • Pricey

              Best Uses

              • Primary Battery
              • Professional Cameras

              Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Battery Pack with CZ Flash Cable:

              Used at wedding and event receptions. Keeps my Canon 580EX II Speedlight ready to fire and recycling as fast as with fresh internal batteries. After 3 hour party still had 3/4 charge left.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Don't Miss a Shot

              By Rlazz1

              from Colts Neck, NJ

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Charges Quickly
              • Easy To Install
              • Good Value
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Back-Up
                • Professional Cameras

                Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Battery Pack with CZ Flash Cable:

                I have used this to take fast action shots of indoor basketball games. This battery pack allows me to not miss shots as it recharges the flash instantly and allows me to keep shots focused. A must for indoor sports photography.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Fast Recharge Excellent for Indoor Sport

                By RLazz

                from Colts Neck, NJ

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Charges Quickly
                • Easy To Install
                • Good Value
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Back-Up
                  • Primary Battery
                  • Professional Cameras

                  Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Battery Pack with CZ Flash Cable:

                  Just Picked this up. Hooked up to Speedlite 580EXII. It is excellent for indoor basketball fast action shots. Hardly lost any shots as opposed to using the speedlite without it, which took too long to charge for a fast action sport like basketball. Excellent piece.

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  A sensible kit

                  By Jim

                  from Brooklyn, NY

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Charges Quickly
                  • Easy To Install
                  • Good Value
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                  • Pricey

                  Best Uses

                  • Primary Battery
                  • Professional Cameras
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Battery Pack with CZ Flash Cable:

                  Given the necessity for a cable to connect the battery to the flash unit, and considering the price of buying the two items separately, this kit makes sense for the value. It should be noted that the battery does to include a shoulder strap, but currently Quantum offers a free strap for registering the product online.

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                  (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  GREAT AND VERY COMPACT SIZE

                  By speedshots

                  from Michigan, USA and Maui, Hawaii

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Charges Quickly
                  • Lightweight
                  • Long-Lasting
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Primary Battery
                    • Professional Cameras

                    Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Battery Pack with CZ Flash Cable:

                    I am an IndyCar photographer. For the shots of drivers in car in helmet...you NEED a flash. This recycles amazingly fast and is way lighter and smaller than the original Turbo I have. I use this with my 580EX II Flash...and you MUST disable the custom function 01 in the flash to enable this to work. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS PRODUCT! If it makes a difference I shot with a EOS-1Ds Mark III...but battery pack is hooked to the flash unit.

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                    (25 of 28 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Fantastic battery pack

                    By JD

                    from Sydney, Australia

                    About Me Professional

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Charges Quickly
                    • Compact
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Event photography
                      • News photography
                      • Wedding photography

                      Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Battery Pack with CZ Flash Cable:

                      If you shoot events, weddings, news or rely heavily on flash in your photography then you should seriously consider having one of these battery packs in your kit.

                      Simple to use, light (compared to other battery packs) and recharges in just 2 hours. It holds enough power for several hundred flash bursts. I have never come close to draining mine, even after a 10+ hour shoot.

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