Choosing Battery-Powered Strobes
Battery-powered strobes help ensure you'll always have the perfect lighting for any situation, and that you'll never have to worry about outlet locations. There's a wide range of portable photography lighting options available, but understanding a little about the available technology and features will help guide you to the right decision.
Battery-Powered Strobes vs. Speedlights
Unlike on-camera flashes or speedlights, battery-powered strobes don't connect to your camera. They are external. While you can disconnect some speedlights, studio strobe lights give you much more control over the lighting in your photography. Strobes are also generally more powerful and have a faster recycle time, so you don't miss your shot.
Component Flash Systems vs. Monolights
The two main options for strobe lighting solutions are battery-powered monolights and component systems. If you choose the latter, you'll need a flash head, power source, and cables, purchased individually or as a kit, which may include multiple heads and other accessories. Component systems are great if you want to be able to mix and match your flash heads, or you want to power multiple heads with one lithium power pack. Monolights combine all the required components into one unit, which makes it much easier to take with you, although there's less flexibility than with component systems.
How Do I Choose Strobe Flash Heads?
Whichever battery-powered photography lighting setup you decide on, you'll need to consider what features you want in your battery-powered strobe flash heads. More wattage means more lighting power. Strobes with lower flash durations can help you freeze motion, an important consideration if your subjects won't be sitting still. Some strobes include built-in optical slaves, which will make triggering easier if you're using multiple flashes.
If you want to take your photography lighting to the next level, B&H Photo and Video has a wide selection of battery-powered strobe lighting options available to consider, including battery-powered strobe light kits and power pack strobe kits.