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CBP-C1 Compact Battery Pack for Select Canon & Bolt VX Series Flashes
 
4.6

(based on 90 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (56)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (73)
  • Lightweight (48)
  • Reliable (36)
  • Packs small / compresses (33)
  • Strong construction (22)

Cons

  • Poor quality (5)
  • Heavy / bulky (4)

Best Uses

  • Weddings (68)
  • Family photos (43)
  • Sports/action (31)
  • Wildlife photos (10)
  • Landscape/scenery (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (40), Pro photographer (33), Photo enthusiast (10)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (82)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Finally, consistently exposed shots

I've been frustrated with my 580ex II's for a while. If I was using the flashes at full power and I didn't wait a full 5-7 seconds between shots, the subsequent shots would...Read complete review

I've been frustrated with my 580ex II's for a while. If I was using the flashes at full power and I didn't wait a full 5-7 seconds between shots, the subsequent shots would be underexposed.

I bought 2 of these battery packs (1 for each 580) and had a chance to test them this weekend. I was very pleased with the results. I fired the flashes very quickly (2 seconds or so), and every shot was exposed the same.

The only improvement I would suggest is the ability to unplug the cord from the battery pack. I use PocketWizards on my 580's and they require the AC7 shield to function properly. Here's the annoying part, I have to remove the flash from the AC7 to plug/unplug the battery pack.

Let me be clear, the inconvenience is NOT at all Bolt's fault. Other than that, I love these.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Buyer Beware ... interface issues

After reading all the glowing reviews for the CBP-C1, I bought one for use with my 580EX II and MR-14EX Macro Ring Lite. Having never used an external battery pack before, I...Read complete review

After reading all the glowing reviews for the CBP-C1, I bought one for use with my 580EX II and MR-14EX Macro Ring Lite. Having never used an external battery pack before, I left the settings on the flash to refresh from internal or external batteries. While using it for a photo shoot I noticed the refresh time started to drop drastically. So I changed the batteries in my battery pack only to find the refresh times stayed the same. After changing the settings to refresh only from the external batteries it would not refresh at all. So I tried it on my MR-14EX and it worked most of the time, but occasionally dropped out. I checked the connector and found that one of the 3 pins on the cord was recessed.

I returned it to B&H for repair and bought the Canon CP-E4 battery pack. It worked perfectly on both flashes plus when you plug it into the flash, unlike the Bolt, the connector locks tightly into the socket on both flashes. The Bolt definitely has problems with the interface cord design and/or build. The CP-E4 is much better in both design and build quality, well worth the extra cost.

By the way, B&H did a great job handling the return of the Bolt unit.

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4.0

Helps the recycle times

By Wheaton Photographer

from Wheaton, IL

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about CBP-C1 Compact Battery Pack for Select Canon & Bolt VX Series Flashes:

      Does a good job allowing me to shoot without waiting excessively long for the flash to recycle.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Simple but effective

      By Studio 512

      from San Diego

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Odd Design

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about CBP-C1 Compact Battery Pack for Select Canon & Bolt VX Series Flashes:

      I've only had the opportunity to use this pack for one event, but it worked beautifully. You put in the batteries in, plug it into your flash and go. From what I could tell, the flash was available more consistently than I've seen it before.

      What I'm not crazy about is the awkward plug that permanently sticks out the side (which forces us to pack it very carefully), the confusing light indicators, and the fact that it doesn't come with a great way to attach it to a light stand. Had to jimmy rig that a bit.

      So far, I'm happy with this product and hope to give a positive report months down the road too.

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      4.0

      CBP-C1 Compact Battery Pack

      By ANT

      from Sydney Australia

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy to Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about CBP-C1 Compact Battery Pack for Select Canon & Bolt VX Series Flashes:

        Works as intended

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great product

        By yes

        from planet earth

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Sports/Action
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about CBP-C1 Compact Battery Pack for Select Canon & Bolt VX Series Flashes:

          This product is everything it was supposed to be.
          On a wedding day, my canon flash kept firing and firing with extremely fast recharge time. Love this product.

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          5.0

          A Must for Weddings

          By Shutter bug

          from San Francisco, CA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Sports/Action
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about CBP-C1 Compact Battery Pack for Select Canon & Bolt VX Series Flashes:

            I shoot mainly indoors. Don't wait for flash to recycle for power. It is a must for serious event photography.

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            • No

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            2.0

            Bolt CBP-C1 Poor Build Quality

            By Scott

            from Atlanta

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Flimsy Construction
            • Poor Quality

            Best Uses

            • B'nai Mitzvahs
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about CBP-C1 Compact Battery Pack for Select Canon & Bolt VX Series Flashes:

            The bolt battery pack works if it is free from defects. I had my Bolt for approximately 8 weeks before the battery pack failed. The battery pack are suppose to switch off from stand-by mode if not used. Instead, the battery pack remains in stand-by mode the entire time batteries are in the tray. Since I load my gear prior to all shoots, my batteries are somewhat drained during transport and setup. Additionally, the battery pack gets hot and will not cool down until I completely remove the battery insert.

            Canon 24-70 f/2.8L
            Canon Speedlight 600EX-RT
            Bolt CBP-C1 w/ PowerEx 2700 mAh AA

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            5.0

            Great addition to my gear @ half the $$

            By Stick Jacket

            from Chicago Illinois

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast Recycle Time
            • Great value
            • Long lasting

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Studio

              Comments about CBP-C1 Compact Battery Pack for Select Canon & Bolt VX Series Flashes:

              My speedlites last all day now. Don't forget to change your custom setting on your speedlite to use the the Battery Pack only when connected.

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              5.0

              ½ price of Canon, but first quality!

              By Larryd

              from Montrose, CO

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy to Use

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Sports/Action
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about CBP-C1 Compact Battery Pack for Select Canon & Bolt VX Series Flashes:

              I use this in the standard way, to make flash batteries last longer & speed up recycle time.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Great substitute

              By Matt4youth

              from Ohio

              Comments about CBP-C1 Compact Battery Pack for Select Canon & Bolt VX Series Flashes:

              Save the money and go with this unit!

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              5.0

              Does the Job

              By lhalcong

              from Miami, Florida

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy to Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about CBP-C1 Compact Battery Pack for Select Canon & Bolt VX Series Flashes:

                  Worth the buy. I am glad I saved about 50% against the canon brand. This device does the job just fine. Recharging time at full power was about 1 sec. , with less than full power it is almost instant. I am Very Happy with it. The only other test remaining is the pass of time. Will it live up to 4-5 years of useful live. We won't know that right away.

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                  5.0

                  Neccessary add on to any camera flash

                  By None

                  from Lyndhurst, NJ

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about CBP-C1 Compact Battery Pack for Select Canon & Bolt VX Series Flashes:

                    Well I should buy this longtime ago to refresh my 580 EX flash. Refresh rate too quick. I carry this power pack everywhere at light. I should buy this power pack before I went to Hawaiii last year.

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                    5.0

                    Don't judge a book by its cover

                    By Kelvin

                    from Canada

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about CBP-C1 Compact Battery Pack for Select Canon & Bolt VX Series Flashes:

                      works like a charm , just as good as the canon version

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                      4.0

                      Good Battery Pack....Case not so much

                      By Photobus

                      from Washington DC

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about CBP-C1 Compact Battery Pack for Select Canon & Bolt VX Series Flashes:

                        Product works great with my 600 EX plugs fit no issues. The case that comes with it is another issue, It has a velcro closure at the top and a snap button at the bottom, the snap is plastic and broke the first time I used it. B&H was great replacing the case quickly, from now I'll open it from the top only.

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                        5.0

                        Works as advertised

                        By Drg nj

                        from New jersey

                        Comments about CBP-C1 Compact Battery Pack for Select Canon & Bolt VX Series Flashes:

                        Works. No problems. Recycle time is much much faster. Recommended

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                        5.0

                        Awesome works great

                        By Randmvision

                        from Denver

                        Comments about CBP-C1 Compact Battery Pack for Select Canon & Bolt VX Series Flashes:

                        For the price I was very happy used these all weekend and was able to do a lot of shooting with no exposure mixups . Shipped quickly . Only complaint would be that the cord does detach from unit to avoid wear when putting it away .

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                        4.0

                        Excellent add-on.

                        By Lex

                        from Detroit, MI

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Sports/Action
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about CBP-C1 Compact Battery Pack for Select Canon & Bolt VX Series Flashes:

                          These battery packs are great for flashes placed in hard-to-reach locations, anywhere you need long life, or for decreasing recycle time. All critical factors for indoor action or run-and-gun event coverage. Taped to light stands, they keep remotes full and firing fast. Mounted to your belt or shoulder, they carry well, and save you from stopping to swap batteries.

                          The build quality isn't bombproof, but it matches the cost, and Bolt's service is excellent. One of my packs recently died, and it's currently out for service. However, it gave me a solid year of trouble-free use, Bolt honored the warranty, and I have no qualms about replacing it. Bolt has been in touch regularly throughout the repair process.

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                          4.0

                          Outstanding Performance

                          By JWard

                          from Los Angeles, CA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Durable Soft Case
                          • Reliable
                          • Solid construction

                          Cons

                          • Mounting Screw

                          Best Uses

                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about CBP-C1 Compact Battery Pack for Select Canon & Bolt VX Series Flashes:

                          I purposely waited until I had done at least two events before reviewing the Bolt battery pack for my Canon 580EX flash on my 5D MKIII. The second, a Talent show Charity Fundraiser I was commssioned for came off with not one flash misfire. Over 600 shots for both in total. The frustration of misfires and having subjects wait for the 580EX to recharge is now a thing of the past.It comes with a case with a loop for the belt (too restrictive) or a camera strap. My only pet peeve is the mounting screw, the thread only gives you about 1/4 inch so it does swivel slightly on the Manfrotto 233B camera bracket. I figure I can jury rig a bolt from the hardware store. Other than that minor "con" I am more than pleased with the performance. 12 aa Sanyo eneloop XX rechargeables and you can forget the flash entirely. I high recommend the Bolt CBP-C1.

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                          5.0

                          Looks like good purchase, so far

                          By Gorobi

                          from Central AR

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                          • None

                          Best Uses

                          • Any Flash Intensive Shoot
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about CBP-C1 Compact Battery Pack for Select Canon & Bolt VX Series Flashes:

                          Heard about this product on a B&H video on Youtube. Looks like a good alternative to the much more expensive Canon battery pack.

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                          5.0

                          just as goos as high priced others

                          By Adam H

                          from NYC

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about CBP-C1 Compact Battery Pack for Select Canon & Bolt VX Series Flashes:

                            works amazing wether you use 4 or 8 batteries, recycles flash super fast. must have for hot shoe flashes

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                            5.0

                            Excellent Workhorse!

                            By Spanky

                            from San Antonio, TX

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Durable
                            • Easy to Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about CBP-C1 Compact Battery Pack for Select Canon & Bolt VX Series Flashes:

                              Ease of use. Rechargeable batteries come with the unit! Lightweight.

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