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CBP-C1 Compact Battery Pack for Select Canon & Bolt VX Series Flashes
 
4.5

(based on 135 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (86)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (41)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (106)
  • Lightweight (66)
  • Compact (45)
  • Reliable (37)
  • Packs small / compresses (33)

Cons

  • Flimsy construction (9)
  • Poor quality (5)
  • Heavy / bulky (4)

Best Uses

  • Weddings (98)
  • Family photos (62)
  • Sports/action (40)
  • Wildlife photos (11)
  • Landscape/scenery (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (51), Pro photographer (49), Photo enthusiast (19)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (120)

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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5.0

Very, very good and I would buy it again and again.

By Bemore

from Willingboro, New Jersey

Verified Buyer

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

I was scary taking a chance on a small battery pack but when I used it and the flash was always ready I was happy as can be. I like the choice of eight batteries or four to operate the flash and using rechargeable batteries gives great power at no extra expense. I used it on a wedding and a banquet with no problems at all.

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5.0

Solid product and great price

By Brian

from Portland, ME

Verified Buyer

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

I was looking for a new battery pack that would fit my LumoPro LP-180 flash units, and bought this item based on the reviews. I'd never used a Bolt product before but I've used it on several shoots so far and have been pleased. Construction is good, and my recycle time was fast. So far I haven't had any need to replace the batteries during shoots that last 2-3 hours.

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5.0

FASTER, LIGHTER, STRONGER, LOVE IT

By Dave Wright

from Florida

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

Have used other products but this thing is awesome. I used a black box for years but woujld have to buy new battery and it was heavy.

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4.0

Twice the value of the OEM version

By Ampfit

from Chicagoland

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

At half the price this battery pack saved me time, money, and eased the stress of otherwise having to reload batteries while working a typical 14-hour wedding day event. Solid piece of plastic with sturdy battery compartments. Highly recommended. I'd give it 5 stars if they had a removable power cable from the pack itself.

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1.0

not what i thought

By Tim

from al

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

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

I have the 430 ezii and this battery pack would not work with it

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes

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1.0

will not buy product

By Rosy

from Miami, Fl

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Not Reliable

Cons

  • Poor Results

Best Uses

  • Short Photo Shoot

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

i use the product for a 6 hour photo shoot. not reliable. not happy with the results

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  • No

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4.0

How'd I live without it

By Matt

from Minneapolis, MN

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy to Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Sports/Action
    • Weddings/Events

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

    I take a lot of photos of infants or young children. When taking pictures with infants I sometimes like to take four or five quicker shots to make sure I capture a good smile. Previously, that hasn't been possible or I have to correct the light in post production because the flash couldn't recycle fast enough. With these battery packs strapped to my speed lights, I haven't had to worry about the recycle time (so long as I don't go up above 1/2, something I don't often do as infants tend to respond poorly).

    My only complaint, I wish the case had a metal loop or something similar to run a bungee through so that I could attach it to my flash stand. You can do this with the nylon belt loop, but it feels a bit clumsy.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Works flawlessly!

    By Mike (Scooter)

    from Alabama

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • 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:

      Honestly, I didn't count the number of flashes but it wasn't done when I was. One of the best buys I've made.

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      • No

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      3.0

      Faster Recycle or just Placebo?

      By John B

      from Toronto, Ontario

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy to Use

      Cons

      • Needs Light Stand Mount

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Weddings/Events

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

      The main reason I picked up a couple of these packs was for faster recycle times. I don't care for day-long battery use more than I want to be able to pull faster series of pops with 600 series Canon flashes. I did some rapid fire tests on full, half, and quarter power and if I'm being honest could not tell if recycle time was at all enhanced. I've shot once with this set-up on a short session and though nothing went wrong I didn't notice any difference than without the packs. I hope as I use it more its advantages will be more noticeable.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Works as advertised

      By PhotoGuy

      from Everett, Wa

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • 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:

        very useful when I don't want to wait tens of secs for battery recharge

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        • No

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        5.0

        Good price and reliable

        By The Big Kahuna

        from Flat Rock, MI

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy to Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Weddings/Events

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

          Used for weddings and portrait photography

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          • No

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          5.0

          Flash Power When I Need It!

          By Bear

          from Illinois

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Weddings/Events

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

            I use the compact battery pack to insure I have flash power when I need it. I photograph weddings and special events when using this gadget. The battery pack takes 4-8 AA batteries and you can use additional batteries for your flash. The combined battery power gives you faster recycling time and longer lasting flash power. The cable of the pack connects to the flash and you can either connect the battery pack to the bottom of the camera with a supplied attachment that goes where a tripod would be connected at or it can be strapped to your belt. No more running out of power and waiting for my flash to recycle at the time I need it most. There is nothing bad I can say about this item. It is economically priced and you can count on it to work properly.

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            • No

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            5.0

            CBP-C1 Power Pack

            By Charlie

            from San Antonio, Texas

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • 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:

              Realy comes in handy at Special Events where ther may be occassions for rapid successional flash oportunities.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Just what i needed

              By Traveltj

              from Murray, KY

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy to Use
              • Handy Holster

              Cons

              • Not Many

              Best Uses

              • Weddings/Events

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

              Was shooting a big event in a dark room and needed lots of flash. The CBP-C1 allowed me to shoot over 400 shots with absolutely no lag time. Point, focus and shoot - time and again. Worked beautifully with my 580-ex-II.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Is a good product for a good price

              By Rob

              from Aruba

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use

              Cons

              • Flimsy Construction

              Best Uses

              • Weddings/Events

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

              I use it with my canon 600EX and it works like a charm. Faster recycle time at full power. The construction is a bit flimsy but comes with a protective pouch that might help against impacts.

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              • No

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              1.0

              Flimsy closing mechanism

              By choky

              from Beirut Lebanon

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Price

              Cons

              • Flimsy Construction

              Best Uses

              • Weddings/Events

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

              The item was rendered un-usable by it's closing mechanism that broke after 5 uses.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Ver happy with this battery pack!

              By Ken

              from Portland, OR

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • 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:

                Bought this to shoot a wedding and was very happy with the performance. Lasted most of the day, could not have done the wedding without it. Only 1 minor low mark and that had more to do with the batteries slow recharge time. with that said, I would still buy another without hesitation.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Nice!

                By Brian

                from Wellington, Ohio

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Weddings/Events

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

                Works as expected. I have not yet had to change the batteries, been about 30 days. The only complaint is the weight.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Good quality, reliable gear

                By Wally

                from Atlanta

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Weddings/Events

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

                I use these battery packs for my Canon 550 series flashes. They work great and are tough units. I dropped one (previous purchase) about 3 feet on to concrete and it kept on working.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Do the job well.

                By Arnaldo Jimenez

                from Miami, Fl

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Weddings/Events

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

                  Good for event and wedding photography!

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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