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Bowens Explorer 1500 Portable Battery Generator - 1-Head Kit

B&H # BOEK MFR # BW-7730US
Bowens Explorer 1500 Portable Battery Generator - 1-Head Kit


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Product Highlights

  • Battery Yields 150 Full-Power Bursts
  • Symmetrical or Asymmetrical Power
  • 1/10th-Stop Adjustment Increments
  • Built-in Pulsar Radio Receiver
  • Flash Durations from 1/2130-1/5700 sec.
  • LCD Control Panel
  • Works With Bowens DUO and QUAD Heads
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When a photoshoot requires using a location that is not fully connected to AC circuitry, a DC battery power pack is an ideal solution when smaller on-camera flashes are lacking the light output needed. There are a wide variety of these sorts of devices, but the Bowens, Explorer 1500 Pack stands out with a feature set not found on most other portable strobe power generators.

Contained within this compact, yet powerful pack is a sophisticated operating system that allows for the two head outlets to be adjusted from 31 to 1500 watt/seconds in 1/10th-stop increments. The adjustments can clearly be read in sunlight and low-light with the top-deck control LCD display. Battery charge, status, channel and other essential system info can be easily adjusted and viewed with a quick glance of the screen. Custom functions include: bracketing, sounder, modeling timer, charge, and recall. Also, there is a switchable photocell (slave) that can be replaced by the Bowens Pulsar radio sync receiver that is built into the pack. A Bowens Pulsar transmitter is required for this wireless operation. Otherwise, the two wired PC sync sockets with safe and clean 6V power will connect to any camera with a sync terminal.

Many functions are carried over from the QUAD series AC power packs like auto-bracketing that allow for a succession of shots to be made with the pack automatically lowering and raising the power level around the metered setting. The bracketing interval range is 1/10 to 9/10-stop. The two main independent output channels connect to Bowens QUAD heads and will let users fire them symmetrically, asymmetrically or locked in a chosen ratio. The short flash duration of up to 1/5700th of a second, keeps consistent 5300°K color temperature from shot to shot.

Additionally, a modeling light found on a connected flash head can be powered by the Explorers circuitry that provides a timed 250 Watts power load with a single head and 100 Watts over two heads. It can be programmed to shine for anywhere from 1 to 60 seconds that is either proportional or 100%. The 12 Volt battery will provide up to 150 full-power bursts with a single head. It is quick to recycle and can be augmented by the inclusion of two additional 750 Watts/second Bowens Esprit Gemini on the top deck. Using these Gemini ports, the total power is maximized to a whopping 3000 watts/second over 4 heads. Charging the battery is a breeze and the cell is able to be charged within the pack's housing or with an external charger in 5-6 hours. A quick charger and car charger are also available as optional accessories.

Altogether, the Bowens Explorer is an excellent, full-featured portable flash power generator with features to please the most demanding photographers. This package includes a single QUAD 3KM flash head, with flash tube and modeling lamp.

Pack has two main flash head outlets with power divided into two independent channels
Power output ranges from 1500 W/s down to 31 W/s
Flash-voltage stabilization ±1% at maximum power
6 VDC low-voltage synchronization is safe for connections to PC terminals on modern and digital cameras
Rapid and programmable recycling capability
3000 W/s of power is possible when using two optional Esprit Gemini and two QUAD heads
150 shots from a fully-charged battery at 1500 W/s; 180 shots at 1200 W/s
Ultra-short flash durations of 1/5700 sec. for action-stopping photography
Maximum Watt/Seconds 1500 W/s (3000 W/s with Gemini sockets & 2 Esprit & 2 QUAD heads)
Recycle Time 0.5 - 3.8 seconds
Flash Duration 1⁄2130 - 1⁄5700 second
Flash Variability 1⁄10 Stop increments
Sync Voltage 6 VDC
Voltage Stabilization ±0.1%
Distribution Symmetrical or Asymmetrical
Head Outlets 4 (2 Quad and 2 Gemini)
Flash Ready Indicator Battery Status, 1/1, 3/4, 1/2 and 1/4 power, Ready Light, Switchable Audible Beep
Battery 12 VDC, 5 Ah Non-spillable sealed lead-acid battery
Sync Voltage Compliant to ISO 10330 standard
Built-in Slave Cell Yes
Circuit Protection Thermostat slows recharging
Resets automatically
3x 30A ATO fuses
Auto Dump Yes
Dimensions 10.6 x 7.1 x 9.4" (27 x 18 x 24 cm)
Head: 4 x 9 x 4" (10.2 x 22.9 x 10.2cm)
Head Cable Length: 16' (4.9m)
Weight 24.7 lbs (11.2 kg)
Head: 5 lbs (2.3 kg)
Bowens Explorer 1500 Portable Battery Generator - 1-Head Kit
  • BW3700 Power Pack
  • QUAD 3KM Flash Head
  • Flash Tube
  • 100 Watt Modeling Lamp
  • BW7642 Battery Cassette
  • BW1821 Sync Cord
  • Universal Charger (120-240V)
  • 1 Year Manufacturer's Warranty

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    Powerful but a few issues

    By Thomas

    from Portland, ME

    About Me Professional

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    • Easy To Use


    • Heavy
    • Slow Recycle

    Best Uses

    • Traveling

    Comments about Bowens Explorer 1500 Portable Battery Generator - 1-Head Kit:

    Very powerful unit. The first one I received stopped working on the second session. Bowens replaced it. I have never gotten the battery capacity or the recycle times specified. It's heavy. I DO NOT suggest using Quad X heads with it. The flash tubes are very fragile and can crack just from vibration in the car, though protected in a case. I am having better luck with the Quad Mini head.

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    By Vegard Giskehaug

    from Norway

    About Me Pro Photographer


    • Attach Securely
    • Durable
    • Long-Lasting
    • Powerful


      Best Uses

      • Everywhere
      • General Use
      • Indoors
      • Low Light
      • Outdoors

      Comments about Bowens Explorer 1500 Portable Battery Generator - 1-Head Kit:

      Best freakin' thing I've ever bought! Awesome battery-capacity, great size/weight! Works like a charm!

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