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

(based on 97 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (63)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (31)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (79)
  • Lightweight (51)
  • Reliable (36)
  • Packs small / compresses (33)
  • Strong construction (22)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Weddings (72)
  • Family photos (47)
  • Sports/action (34)
  • Wildlife photos (10)
  • Landscape/scenery (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (42), Pro photographer (35), Photo enthusiast (12)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (89)

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

Plenty of Power for your flash

By Brian

from Luling, La.

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:

    This product work as advertised and provided plenty of battery power for close to 600 shots with my 580EX. Real inexpensive way to increase battery power for your off camera flash. Only negative is it doesn't come with a method for securing the case to a light stand; I had to improvise.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Good Value

    By Lou

    from New York

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Product Photos

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

      Got this as part of a kit. Never would have thought I would use such a product but it makes sense when shooting product shots. lasts long and works well.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Works like it should

      By shasta

      from CA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        I use this with a Canon 600RT flash. No problems so far.

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        • No

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        5.0

        No worries with this Compact Batt Pack

        By AV hippie

        from Minneapolis, Minn

        About Me 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:

          These packs were on from 11:00am to 4:00pm and again from 5:00pm to 10:00pm and still had plenty charge left. Shot over 500 pics at wedding shoot, ceremony, and reception. No problems.

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          5.0

          Great buy

          By Night Owl

          from Wheaton, IL

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy to Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action

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

            I used it this weekend for the first time photographing an event at dusk and it worked just as described, fast recycle time vs no pack at all.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great Battery Pack

            By Wally

            from Atlanta

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Weddings/Events

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

            This works as advertized. At half power on my Canon flashes, I can shoot all day. Great recycle time as well.

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            5.0

            great

            By eu

            from ny ny

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy to Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos

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

              Just great!

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              • No

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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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                        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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                          • No

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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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                          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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