REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

by PowerReviews
BoltCyclone PP-310 Compact Power Pack for Portable Flashes
 
4.0

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (24)
  • Compact (21)
  • Lightweight (18)
  • Durable (9)

Cons

  • Flimsy construction (5)

Best Uses

  • Weddings (22)
  • Family photos (11)
  • Sports/action (5)
  • Travel (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (19), Photo enthusiast (5), Semi-pro photographer (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (28)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Well designed if somewhat poorly assembl

I am using this Cyclone PP-310 to power either one of my Canon 600EX-RT's or my ol' faithful Q-Flash depending on the assignment. I haven't done any hard testing yet, but it...Read complete review

I am using this Cyclone PP-310 to power either one of my Canon 600EX-RT's or my ol' faithful Q-Flash depending on the assignment. I haven't done any hard testing yet, but it seems to be as promised.. fast charge, powers the Q-Flash and 600's easily and recycle time is very quick even at full power. I was slightly disappointed to see that the power button and the reflective disc that contains the power LED's were rather loose when it arrived. Now being that the device is designed the way it is.. it was easy enough to remove the 4 screws that hold the top down and fix that problem myself.. but if capacitors, wires and warranties make you break out in a cold sweat, don't bother.. but honestly it's SUCH an easy fix I only held back one star for it. It's worth every penny to DIY and it only took me 2 minutes and hopefully it was an anomaly anyway so none of you will have to bother.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Buyer Beware

Although I have one PP-400DR and am happy with it, this unit is very disappointing. I bought one that randomly shut down as if overheating during light use or even while idle....Read complete review

Although I have one PP-400DR and am happy with it, this unit is very disappointing. I bought one that randomly shut down as if overheating during light use or even while idle. I sent it back for replacement. The replacement unit was DOA out of the box. As of this writing it is on it's way back to B&H for a refund and I'm buying a Quantum.
I can only guess that IF you get a good functioning unit, it's great ... but that appears to be the dilemma ... getting a functional unit.

Reviewed by 31 customers

Displaying reviews 1-20

Back to top

Previous | Next »

 
5.0

Charged it and it went right to work

By Herman

from Houston, Texas

Verified Buyer

Comments about Bolt Cyclone PP-310 Compact Power Pack for Portable Flashes:

I received and charged it and once it was ready, I used it and took about 85 shots and it never failed. Recycle was fast enough for me. It was very light to carry on your waist belt. It worked well with my Hasselblad D-40 flash unit and that unit is old. I like the unit and I recommend it to any working photographer.

Share this reviewHelp Icon

 
1.0

Worst Battery Packs Ever

By FOTOKING

from SACRAMENTO, CA

About Me Pro Photographer

Pros

  • Compact

Cons

  • Bulky
  • Flimsy Construction

Best Uses

  • Family Photos
  • Weddings/Events

Comments about Bolt Cyclone PP-310 Compact Power Pack for Portable Flashes:

After first use both of my battery packs stopped charging. One unit has amber led on all time other unit won't event do anything. nothing happens when you try to charge. thanls for ruining a wedding for me BOLT

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

Share this reviewHelp Icon

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

So far so good but the plug is funny

By Marshmutt

from Charleston SC

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Bolt Cyclone PP-310 Compact Power Pack for Portable Flashes:

    Bought this to go with my SB910 and it works great. The only thing I didn't like was how the plug does not seem to set properly. It is secure but does not fit the way I would expect. Recycle times are quick which means it does what it is supposed to.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    Share this reviewHelp Icon

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    So far so good

    By Tony from NS

    from Nova Scotia

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Compact
    • Easy to Use
    • Great Picture Quality
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Bolt Cyclone PP-310 Compact Power Pack for Portable Flashes:

      Just used it for the first time to shoot a wedding yesterday, after over 1000 shots it still had juice left so I'd say it does what is advertised/expected. Fairly light weight. I've had the Bolt Cyclone DR PP-400DR Dual Outlet Power Pack for over a year now and am also a big fan of that unit. Remember that this doesn't come with a power cable to connect to your flash so make sure to get one if you don't already own one.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      Share this reviewHelp Icon

       
      5.0

      I would buy this product

      By Rafael Izquierdo

      from Mexico

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy to Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Bolt Cyclone PP-310 Compact Power Pack for Portable Flashes:

        I an using whit my remote speedlight

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        Share this reviewHelp Icon

         
        4.0

        Works Well

        By ngt

        from North Carolina

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Bolt Cyclone PP-310 Compact Power Pack for Portable Flashes:

        The product seems lower quality than Quantum but the sale price was significantly lower than other comparable products. I've only used the product on one shoot and seemed to work well.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        Share this reviewHelp Icon

         
        5.0

        Should have bought 4 of these while they were on sale.

        By The Photomaker

        from Sarasota FL

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Flimsy Construction

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Sports/Action
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Bolt Cyclone PP-310 Compact Power Pack for Portable Flashes:

        This small and light weight power pack powers my Quantum Q Flash units and most of my Nikon and Sunpack 120J II. before I bought this, I couldn't use my Quantum Q-Flash units as my Turbo batteries died and the power packs were too expensive. now I can use my favorite Q-Flash units again.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        Share this reviewHelp Icon

         
        4.0

        Love this thing!

        By Vic

        from Pasadena,CA

        Comments about Bolt Cyclone PP-310 Compact Power Pack for Portable Flashes:

        Very convenient and works great!

        Share this reviewHelp Icon

         
        1.0

        Not Worth it!

        By Osvaldo

        from Boston, MA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • None

        Cons

        • Flimsy Construction

        Best Uses

          Comments about Bolt Cyclone PP-310 Compact Power Pack for Portable Flashes:

          Had a Quantum unit was getting too old, I bought this thinking it would be a better replacement. after 6 months (light usage) the cord from the bater to the flash ripped off in my hand when trying to disconnect from the batter pack. This Bolt power pack stopped working about a month after the one year warranty. The electronics inside would not work. Build quality fills cheap and unreliable.

          Wasted $350!!

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          Share this reviewHelp Icon

           
          5.0

          Great Product

          By Mike

          from Pocomoke

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Bolt Cyclone PP-310 Compact Power Pack for Portable Flashes:

            Love my cyclone

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            Share this reviewHelp Icon

            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Buyer Beware

            By MikeInBaltimore

            from Baltimore

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Flimsy Construction

              Best Uses

                Comments about Bolt Cyclone PP-310 Compact Power Pack for Portable Flashes:

                Although I have one PP-400DR and am happy with it, this unit is very disappointing. I bought one that randomly shut down as if overheating during light use or even while idle. I sent it back for replacement. The replacement unit was DOA out of the box. As of this writing it is on it's way back to B&H for a refund and I'm buying a Quantum.
                I can only guess that IF you get a good functioning unit, it's great ... but that appears to be the dilemma ... getting a functional unit.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                Share this reviewHelp Icon

                 
                1.0

                Battery very lightly used dead in one year's use

                By NorCal Photographer

                from Sacramento, CA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Light Weight

                Cons

                • No Longevity
                • Stopped Working

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Bolt Cyclone PP-310 Compact Power Pack for Portable Flashes:

                  Bought to use with a Quantum T2 and at first looked promising. The unit is very light and charged as expected and fired and kept a nice charge.
                  Just barely over a year old, it is dead. Very disappointed.
                  Will need to contact B&H and then possibly Bolt. Again, unit was not used but maybe a dozen times in one year.

                  Share this reviewHelp Icon

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Low cost and effective

                  By Odil R

                  from Woodbridge, VA

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Great Picture Quality
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Bolt Cyclone PP-310 Compact Power Pack for Portable Flashes:

                    It is a must item if you are a wedding photographer. It is cheaper than other similar items, solidly built, charges fast.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    Share this reviewHelp Icon

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Surprisingly light

                    By S L-J

                    from Chicago(ish)

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Bolt Cyclone PP-310 Compact Power Pack for Portable Flashes:

                      The first thing I noticed was how little the Bolt Cyclone PP-310 weighs, yet it doesn't feel "cheap"/flimsy. It is also as uncomplicated to use as a lens cap (seriously if you find a lens cap challenging...) plug in the charger and it charges, unplug the charger plug in the cord for your flash gun and away you go. We have not, as of yet tested it thoroughly in terms of how many flashes at what power per charge. There again we don't have time to do that, much rather be shooting! Suffice to say it works and it works very well. Why only 4 stars, nothing is perfect, this comes close but a tad pricey considering it does not come with a cable for the gun.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      Share this reviewHelp Icon

                      (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      Waste of money!!

                      By Ozzy

                      from Los Angeles, CA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Flimsy Construction

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Bolt Cyclone PP-310 Compact Power Pack for Portable Flashes:

                        This Product sucks, i was using it with an off camera Quantum flash and fully charged, it only gave me about 95 full power flashes. I could not finish my photo session, so disappointed.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        Share this reviewHelp Icon

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Awesome piece of devise

                        By Encantado De La Vida

                        from Waltham, MA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Durable
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Travel
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Bolt Cyclone PP-310 Compact Power Pack for Portable Flashes:

                          I had a other charger. This one is 10x nicer, cleaner, simpler and much more powerful. NO regrets!

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

                          Share this reviewHelp Icon

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Power Pack by BOLT

                          By Ariel

                          from Madison Wicsonsin

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Durable
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Bolt Cyclone PP-310 Compact Power Pack for Portable Flashes:

                            This is an amazing little light weight power pack. I was surprised and delighted. I was tired of lugging weight around. And the price was "just right".

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

                            Share this reviewHelp Icon

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Works As Advertised

                            By Captain Beefheart

                            from Madison, WI

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Black
                            • Compact
                            • Durable
                            • Easy to Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • A Little Plasticky

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Bolt Cyclone PP-310 Compact Power Pack for Portable Flashes:

                            Bought used from B&H, Quick charged in 2 hours, use with Sony HVL-60M flash, recycles in about 1 second. Fit & finish a little cheesy. But, who's going to look at your battery pack. Good for Weddings, Events, location portrait shoots, and even studio. Recommended.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

                            Share this reviewHelp Icon

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            A great addition to event photography.

                            By Paul Gitelson

                            from Scottsdale, AZ

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Easy to Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Bolt Cyclone PP-310 Compact Power Pack for Portable Flashes:

                              Used tis for the first time shooting an event for an online magazine. Never ran out of flash power. In fact the recycling time was less than second.

                              I have another assignment coming up and cannot wait to incorporate this in my photography once again.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

                              Share this reviewHelp Icon

                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Works Great

                              By Jimijam

                              from Greentown, PA

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Easy to Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Bolt Cyclone PP-310 Compact Power Pack for Portable Flashes:

                                Blew off about 2o shots right in a row on manual settings. About a shot a second. No difference in the exposure when pics were viewed in lightroom.

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

                                Share this reviewHelp Icon

                                Displaying reviews 1-20

                                Back to top

                                Previous | Next »