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Quantum InstrumentsTurbo SC Power Pack
 
4.7

(based on 175 reviews)

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    (4)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast charge (147)
  • Reliable (135)
  • Long-lasting (126)
  • Easy to install (80)
  • Solid construction (77)

Cons

  • Pricey (18)
  • Loses charge quickly (4)
  • Heavy / bulky (3)

Best Uses

  • Digital photography (71)
  • Professional cameras (58)
  • Travel (56)
  • Photography (55)
  • Portrait photography (48)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (88), Semi-pro photographer (40), Professional (28), Photo enthusiast (11)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (75)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Quantum Turbo SC Battery

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Small but lacks Battery power

I purchased this product a couple weeks ago to shooting weddings with. The size of the battery is great, it slips onto your belt and you hardly notice the weight. The bad things...Read complete review

I purchased this product a couple weeks ago to shooting weddings with. The size of the battery is great, it slips onto your belt and you hardly notice the weight. The bad things were that the battery died about half way through the wedding and the flash recharge time isn't great, especially indoors when using a full flash. I missed a few shots because the battery was recharging.

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5.0

So Far So Good!

By NA

from Atlanta, GA

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Reliable
  • Solid Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Digital Photography
    • Event photography

    Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Power Pack:

    Have only used the Turbo SC for one event, but it did well!

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    • No

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    4.0

    Great for intermediate shooting

    By P-Funk

    from Florence, SC

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • For Price Charge Should L
    • Longer Charge
    • Loses Charge Quickly

    Best Uses

    • Digital Photography
    • Photography
    • Portrait Photography
    • Travel

    Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Power Pack:

    Used to power my Quantum flash. Light and easy to operate. Wish it did not drain as fast. I bounce my flash which requires a greater drain on the battery. I purchased another to complete the larger jobs.

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    5.0

    Stunning Speedlight Performance

    By Sean Howard

    from Toronto, Ontario Canada

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast Recharge
    • Long-Lasting
    • Reliable
    • Solid Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Outdoor photography

      Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Power Pack:

      I use this with my 580EXii speedlights. I am able to take multiple shots a second now with no waiting for my strobes to recharge. I love how small and lightweight this unit is. Exactly as advertised. My only complaint is the six foot max length cord (ordered separately.)

      Be careful to not fire your strobes too many times in quick succession or they may burn out!

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      5.0

      Lots of power, great reliability

      By Photoman

      from Ny Ny

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Long-Lasting
      • Reliable
      • Solid Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Back Up
        • Digital Photography
        • Photography
        • Portrait Photography

        Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Power Pack:

        I am a wedding photographer.
        Battery provides lots of power and flashes.
        I don't leave home without it.

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        4.0

        So far so good

        By simchashooter

        from Eliabeth New Jersey

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fast Recharge
        • Long-Lasting
        • Solid Construction

        Cons

        • Bulky

        Best Uses

        • Digital Photography

        Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Power Pack:

        Started using it to amateur photograph weddings, especially dancing. While it is very light and inconspicuous on my belt, and technically does fit in my shirt pocket, it fills the pocket to the max. It was larger than I had visualized it. I was debating between getting this or the full size Turbo 3 because I wanted to be able to shoot > 400 pictures with it. But I am glad I got this one.
        Do recognize that you still need to have batteries in a Nikon SB-800 flash when using it for the flash to function, and those batteries can be leaned on for another 75-100 flashes or so with reasonable recharge speeds if they are NiMH high mAh. You can even add a fifth with their adapter, but not when using the external battery pack.

        Can also recharge the Turbo at least partially while using the AAs.

        So in sum, I would rather use Turbo SC I combination with AA batteries to get my 500-600 shots per wedding, and if that doesn't cut it, I would rather pay a little more to get a second one rather than always schlepping around the heavier Turbo 3 while dancing. This is the biggest you'd want to wear while dancing and moving among crowds I think. It's more bulky that I pictured it, but not too bad on a belt.

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        5.0

        Solid Performer - Reliable Battery Pack

        By Wellie

        from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Install
        • Fast Recharge
        • Long-Lasting
        • Reliable
        • Solid Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Digital Photography
          • Event photography
          • Wedding Photography

          Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Power Pack:

          I use this my "go to" pack for those long days and events when you need not worry about longer recycle times as the AA batteries in my speedlights drain down. The Turbo SC provides consistent and very fast recharges to cover wedding and corporate events alike. The Quantum cables (extra) allow me to use the SC with my Metz or Canon flashes without any problems. Very happy with this product!

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          5.0

          No more changing batteries

          By Ton

          from Virginia

          Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Power Pack:

          Excellent purchase for me! I do not have to worry about whether ir not i have enough juice! I l know im set for the whole day of shooting.

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          5.0

          Hot Rod Mod for your speedlite

          By Radiant Amar Focus Flash Record

          from Brooklyn

          Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Power Pack:

          I bought this battery pack to turbo charge my canon 600exrt. It is a great add on. Not only does it recycle and fire faster, I noticed more consistent color temperature from photo to photo. It's built really sturdy and it has clear power indicators. I'm not bothered in the least by the cord. The trade off of a faster and more consistent flash makes it worth it.

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          4.0

          Turbo SC-

          By Jason

          from San Francisco

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Install
          • Reliable
          • Solid Construction

          Cons

          • Slow Recharge

          Best Uses

          • Digital Photography
          • Photography

          Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Power Pack:

          Ended up sending this back in exchange for the Turbo 3. the SC (slim compact) is a great unit, but doesn't recycle fast enough for me. However it is very lightweight and small enough to fit in your pocket.

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          5.0

          Great battery

          By Luis

          from Pennsylvania

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast Recharge
          • Long-Lasting
          • Reliable
          • Solid Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Digital Photography
            • Photography
            • Portrait Photography
            • Travel

            Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Power Pack:

            Only have had this battery for a few weeks, so I haven't truly challenged it; however so far, it performs as advertised: long lasting power, decent recycling my (Metz) flash. I also purchased the cord to connect to the flash. Maybe I wish the cord would have a more efficiently designed plug (on the flash's end): the cord gets in the way while I bring my eye to the viewfinder. Also, even though the cord is properly plugged in, it does not appear to have a very snuggled fit to the flash; the flash performs as expected though.

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            4.0

            Light and Fast!!

            By Jonzo

            from San Francisco Bay Area

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Install
            • Fast Recharge
            • Long-Lasting
            • Reliable
            • Solid Construction

            Cons

            • Wonky Switch

            Best Uses

            • Digital Photography
            • Portrait Photography

            Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Power Pack:

            I shoot events and this unit is so much lighter than the previous generation, recycles my EZ5800 instantly and feels like it's barely there. My only critique is that the on/off switch isn't exactly intuitive or easy to flip. Other than that, it's all good.

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            4.0

            lightweight and got the job done

            By Sophy

            from Texas

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Install
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Digital Photography

              Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Power Pack:

              This battery pack is a lifesaver especially when you don't have time to change batteries. I have used the older heavier quantum before which lasted a very long time but after a couple hours on your feet, it got very cumbersome so I stopped using the heavier quantum. Although I really like this model very much, it does not last as long as the bigger one. When I was 7 months pregnant I started using the slim turbo SC battery because I needed something lightweight and it worked perfectly. However, I did have an event recently which lasted for about 5 hours and the battery did not run out.

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              5.0

              Necessary Power!

              By Demetrick Banks

              from Ridgeland, MS

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Install
              • Fast Recharge
              • Long-Lasting
              • Reliable
              • Solid Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Back Up
                • Digital Photography
                • Photography
                • Portrait Photography
                • Travel

                Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Power Pack:

                This battery pack delivers the necessary power when it is a must to deliver flash power. Does what it says; delivers a quick recharge time of about a second or a little more (but less than two seconds). I wish that I would have purchased one sooner...

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                5.0

                Plenty of juice.

                By IceMan

                from NJ

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast Recharge
                • Long-Lasting

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Back Up
                  • Photography
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Power Pack:

                  light and powerful. I use it to power canon 580 flash, took 600 flash pictures and the battery was still 75% charged

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                  3.0

                  OK battery for casual use

                  By Jason

                  from Bay Area, CA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                  • Loses Charge Quickly

                  Best Uses

                  • Back Up
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Power Pack:

                  I bought the Turbo SC as a backup/2nd battery to my Turbo 3, and I was surprised at how much more compact and lightweight it was in comparison. It's first test came at a family event where I was using two speedlights on stands with umbrellas, and I took a lot of photos in a short amount of time. The SC could not keep up with the 3 at all. Recycling was slower and less consistant, and the battery meter went down quickly. When the dust settled, the SC was nearly drained (meter at 1 light) and the 3 was ready for another round. I suppose the SC would be fine for more casual use and is certainly more comfortable if you want to clip it to your belt. If you need solid performance, get the Turbo 3. But for casual use, and if cost/size/weight are more important, then the SC should be fine. Speaking of cost... I bought this before the "instant savings" offer, so I'm also bummed that I paid the regular price. If you're a casual photographer and you have been on the fence about getting a battery, it's still much better than using the internal flash batteries (especially at the discounted price). My go-to battery will always be the Turbo 3.

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                  5.0

                  Battery pack

                  By W. Choy

                  from Fresno/Clovis area

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Install
                  • Fast Recharge
                  • Long-Lasting
                  • Reliable
                  • Solid Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Digital Photography
                    • Photography
                    • Portrait Photography

                    Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Power Pack:

                    It is a very campact unit, light weight, receyle fast and good price after the promotion discount.
                    I will recommend to anyone who needs a reliable battery pack for their falash unit.
                    I brought two units to replace older Quantum battery pack.

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                    5.0

                    perfect external battery

                    By Stan

                    from Houston

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Install
                    • Fast Recharge
                    • Long-Lasting
                    • Reliable
                    • Solid Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Power Pack:

                        I have two handle mount flashes.Metz 70 and Metz 45 digital.
                        I use the same quantum cable, CM5 for both.
                        I do not need internal battery inside.
                        Just perfect for me.
                        Is light,I wear it on the belt.

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                        5.0

                        Great Battery Pack

                        By ProfessorX

                        from Houston,TX

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast Recharge
                        • Long-Lasting
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Digital Photography
                          • Photography

                          Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Power Pack:

                          This is a small yet powerful battery pack that I love to use with my Quantum Trio. Provides great power in any situation. Turns a dark room shot into a brilliantly lighted photo. Love this pack

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                          4.0

                          Works as expected

                          By Tom

                          from Boston

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Digital Photography
                            • Photography

                            Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Power Pack:

                            I used this battery pack to power my Nikon SB800 flash during an event. The flash held more than enough charge throughout the event and plenty in reserve.The recycle time is good. You cannot shoot continuously (what can) and it recycles in just over a second.Make sure you buy the Quantum cable for it. If you buy a third party, Quantum has a bright pink note on the flash itself that tells you to only use Quantum cables as others may cause damage. B&H's website does not give any indication of that!

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                            5.0

                            "Walk softy but carry a big stick"

                            By Manny

                            from Tampa, Florida

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Install
                            • Fast Recharge
                            • Long-Lasting
                            • Reliable
                            • Solid Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Digital Photography
                              • Photography
                              • Portrait Photography
                              • Travel

                              Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Power Pack:

                              It might be small but it carries a ton of power. Before this I carried the power pack for the Metz 60 series flashes. When I switched over to these (I have 2) life became easy. I have taken over a thousand photos (ISO 400) in one session and none of the charge indicator lights went out. Great design. I still can't get over how compact this unit is. Quantum is all about quality

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