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Quantum Instruments Turbo Blade Battery Pack

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Product Highlights
  • Shoe Mount Recycling: 1/10-1.5 sec
  • Less Than 15 Ounces
  • 1/4"-20 Top/Bottom Mounts
  • 1.5 Hour Recharging
  • Blade-thin: Only 1.44" Height

Quantum continues to push the envelope with the Quantum Turbo Blade Battery Pack, jamming a huge amount of flash power into a wafer-thin battery which is 40% smaller than its Turbo Compact.

Weighing in at under 15 oz and measuring just 1.44" in height it's ideal for grab-and-go photography. Not only does it go anywhere but it fits anywhere as well. The 1/4"-20 top tripod screw nestles neatly into your SLR, adding just enough weight for stability. Slip a flash into the hot shoe and you'll truly experience the balance of power in a sleek form factor. For additional support Quantum has added a 1/4"-20 tap on the bottom of the unit for tripod, monopod or light stand mounting.

Although these attributes are reason enough to purchase the Blade it's really all about the power, isn't it? Quantum comes through with up to 2850 flashes at 1/8 power for shoe mounted flashes. That translates as fill-flash heaven. 

The Blade includes features that we've come to expect from Quantum over the years like a "gas gauge" type power indicator and sleek rugged exterior. With the introduction of the Blade power just got smaller, faster and lighter.

 

Lightweight Power
Slip a flash into the hot shoe and a Blade under your camera for a one-piece flash photography machine. Shoot hundreds of non-stop flashes.
Compatible with Support Systems
Mount a Blade on a monopod or light stand with a flash attached or with a camera and flash.
Fast Recycling
1/10 sec in TTL, 1.5 sec for full power shoe mount flashes
All Day Power
400 to 2000 shots per charge with a shoe mount flash.
Convenient Connections
Connects with "CC" type short flash cables. ("C" type long flash cables also compatible).
Power Indicator
Trademark "gas gauge" like all Quantum Turbos.
Quick Recharging
Charges up in just 1.5 hours.
NiMH Cells
No memory NiMH rechargeable cells.
Battery Type High-Voltage NiMH battery pack (no memory)
Recycle Time Based on full power:
1.4 seconds with shoe mount flash
1.8 seconds with handle mount flash
3.0 seconds with Qflash 2/4/5
Number of Flashes Shoe mount flash: 400 @ full power, 2850 @ 1/8 power
Handle mount flash: 325 @ full power, 2300 @ 1/8 power
Qflash 2/4/5: 225 @ full power, 1600 @ 1/8 power
Qflash TRIO: 400 @ full power, 2850 @ 1/8 power
Recharging Time 1.5 hrs
Remaining Power Indicator 4-Led Display (Full, 3/4, 1/2 and 1/4)
Dual Flash Capability No
Belt Clip No
Shoulder Strap No
Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.44 x 2.38 x 1.44" (13.8 x 6 x 1.44 cm)
Weight 14.8 oz (420 g)
Quantum Instruments Turbo Blade Battery Pack
  • Cold (Dead) Shoe
  • TCRU Replacement 100-240V Charger with US / UK / Europe / Australia / New Zealand Plugs for Turbo Compact Batteries
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Quantum InstrumentsTurbo Blade Battery Pack
     
    4.5

    (based on 15 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (12)
    • Fast charge (11)
    • Easy to install (9)
    • Reliable (6)
    • Long-lasting (4)

    Cons

    • Pricey (11)

    Best Uses

    • Primary battery (10)
    • Professional cameras (8)
    • Travel (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (8), Semi-pro photographer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (13)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Another Quality Quantum Product

    Excellent battery.
    Only shortcoming I find is the terminal caps fit loosly instead of the nice snug fit as found on the 2+2.

    Excellent battery.
    Only shortcoming I find is the terminal caps fit loosly instead of the nice snug fit as found on the 2+2.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    great idea just need a few tweaks

    Great design but have few changes I would like to see. 1st a different on and off switch, this is my second Blade on the first one the switch quit working on the 3rd...Read complete review

    Great design but have few changes I would like to see. 1st a different on and off switch, this is my second Blade on the first one the switch quit working on the 3rd time I used it. 2nd has about half the battery life of the Quantum Turbo, about 300 pics. 3rd doesn't come with cable to contect to camera

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    5.0

    Just what the doctor ordered!

    By Jim

    from Cincinnati, Ohio

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Charges Quickly
    • Easy To Install
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Primary Battery
      • Professional Cameras

      Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo Blade Battery Pack:

      I couldn't be happier with my Turbo Blade. I needed to update some old technology, and it fits the bill nicely. The LED readouts that let you know how much power you have left are a real blessing. My old tech just died with no warning. The ability to "top it off" with no worries about "memory" is also at the top of my What To Like About It list.

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      5.0

      special for wedding photography!!!

      By Serdar Abdyrasulov

      from Askhabat

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Charges Quickly
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

      • Pricey

      Best Uses

      • Primary Battery

      Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo Blade Battery Pack:

      I am wedding photographer in Turkmenistan, and that is amazing!! I think in Turkmenistan only I have this gear :) I must be very happy person...

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      5.0

      Quite simply it just works....

      By Steve

      from Gold Coast, Australia

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • None apparent

      Best Uses

      • Primary Battery
      • Professional Cameras

      Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo Blade Battery Pack:

      Purchased this product in the hope that it would resolve ongoing issues being experienced with high battery consumption and poor performance when using a Nikon SB-900 flash unit on a Nikon D700 camera.
      Received the battery pack in quick time, charged it and mounted it on the camera, attached to the flash and all of the old issues disappeared.
      Primary use is for portraits and wedding photography both at night and during the day in difficult lighting / shooting conditions.
      Cycle time on the flash is simply stunning, every shot is a keeper as there is no flash falloff as AA batteries drain, bounce flash is 100% reliable and at a consistent level.
      Cannot recommend this unit highly enough.

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      5.0

      Excellent product!

      By Bigdog 3

      from Germany

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Long-Lasting

      Cons

      • Pricey

      Best Uses

      • Travel

      Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo Blade Battery Pack:

      I am a serious hobbyist. This battery pack is very convenient and is enough for a full day of shooting for me. Highly recommend.

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      5.0

      Lightweight, attaches solidly

      By Kate

      from OR

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Primary Battery

        Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo Blade Battery Pack:

        Use this product on Canon 5D to power QFlash Trio. Works just great!

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        4.0

        Works Great!

        By dpix

        from SF, CA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Pricey

        Best Uses

        • Primary Battery
        • Professional Cameras

        Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo Blade Battery Pack:

        I'm happy with it, holds a charge. Easy to take on and off, much better than hanging on your belt-not restrictive. Recycle time is ok, but not exceptional.

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        4.0

        Works well but not as good as it could..

        By FaheyPhoto

        from Exeter, PA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Charges Quickly
        • Easy To Install
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

        • Loses Charge Over Time
        • Pricey

        Best Uses

        • Flash Power Pack

        Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo Blade Battery Pack:

        I use this product primarily for wedding photography and it was purchased as an addition to two previous model Turbo Compact units. It does a great job with recycle time and keeping me shooting in fast paced environments. It's convenient to mount to the camera and does not add much weight.

        It does have a much shorter duty cycle then the previous models. Literally half the life for basically the same price. This unit also will ONLY power the flash where the previous model powered both the flash and the camera if you needed it in a pinch.

        It is a good product but Quantum certainly downgraded their product line and didn't downgrade their price. If this is your only solution you ABSOLUTELY need two of these to last a whole day regardless of what the Quantum spec says. I think the previous model will be in high demand on the used market.

        Good product but could have been much better...shame on Quantum.

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        5.0

        Ugly masterpiece

        By Ayac

        from CT

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Charges Quickly
        • Easy To Install

        Cons

        • Pricey
        • Too Bulky

        Best Uses

        • Back-Up

        Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo Blade Battery Pack:

        Frankly, when I first saw this thing, I thought, [$] for such a cheap looking (like it was home made) thing... I had strange, bizarre feeling... so I plugged in, and went to my first mission with it, taking pictures from a Zumba show where quick flash is a must.I have to say, as bad as it looks as powerful beast it is! After the event I thought I can not live without it anymore. No flash light outage, period! My 580EX II was not even warm by the end of the session and I could fire with full power, no pause, I always had that little lightning arrow on, like I never shot with my flash. Amazing! For a wedding photographer, I recommend this as one of the must have tools...Now, my Canon 5D with my 24-70mm Zoom lens and the Quantum all together become real heavy, so I do not think I would not have that on all day.It charges real fast and I like the capacity LEDs that tell you how much charge you have left.It is a pricey thing, but so far I am satisfied with the result. I hope the battery's life is long enough so I can work with it for a couple of years.

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        5.0

        Rocks!

        By Holly Jones

        from Atlanta, Ga

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Loses Charge Over Time
        • Pricey

        Best Uses

        • Primary Battery
        • Travel

        Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo Blade Battery Pack:

        I use the product for wedding photography.
        It lasts about 7 hours with heavy shooting- so for big weddings you need two- which stinks b/c they are pricy.

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        4.0

        Great and powerful piece

        By alterraid

        from Brooklyn, NY

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Pricey

        Best Uses

        • Primary Battery
        • Professional Cameras

        Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo Blade Battery Pack:

        great piece. very powerful. only complaint is that it can't be set to turn on automatically when camera or flash is powered on.

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        3.0

        40% of the size of the TurboC, 1/2 power

        By Ray

        from Westchester County, NY

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Charges Quickly
        • Easy To Install
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

        • Pricey

        Best Uses

        • Primary Battery
        • Professional Cameras

        Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo Blade Battery Pack:

        I shoot events. It's smaller than the Turbo C, but burns up a lot faster. You'll need to buy several if you shoot a lot. And they're not cheap.

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        3.0

        great idea just need a few tweaks

        By mudbug46

        from Ville Platte La.

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Charges Quickly
        • Easy To Install
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Pricey
        • Unreliable Contacts

        Best Uses

        • Back-Up
        • Professional Cameras
        • Travel

        Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo Blade Battery Pack:

        Great design but have few changes I would like to see. 1st a different on and off switch, this is my second Blade on the first one the switch quit working on the 3rd time I used it. 2nd has about half the battery life of the Quantum Turbo, about 300 pics. 3rd doesn't come with cable to contect to camera

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        5.0

        Great shooting experience

        By Wapid Wobert

        from Sparta, New Jersey

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Charges Quickly
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Pricey

        Best Uses

        • Primary Battery
        • Professional Cameras
        • Travel

        Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo Blade Battery Pack:

        Fast charging between shots.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Good

        By Milton

        from Katonah, NY

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Charges Quickly

        Cons

        • Pricey

        Best Uses

        • Primary Battery
        • Professional Cameras

        Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo Blade Battery Pack:

        Works perfect, but there is one problem it doesn't stay in place under camera, it shifts all day long, since ther is only one screw that ataches to the camera thes is nothing to keep it in place, I'll deal with it! too pricey

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        5.0

        Another Quality Quantum Product

        By PhillFlash

        from New England, USofA

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo Blade Battery Pack:

        Excellent battery.
        Only shortcoming I find is the terminal caps fit loosly instead of the nice snug fit as found on the 2+2.

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