Bolt VB-22 Bare-Bulb Flash

Bolt VB-22 Bare-Bulb Flash Kit with Cyclone PP-400DR Power Pack

Bolt VB-22 Bare-Bulb Flash Kit with Cyclone PP-400DR Power Pack

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Bolt VB-22 Bare-Bulb Flash Kit with Cyclone PP-400DR Power Pack Bolt VB-22 Bare-Bulb Flash Bolt Cyclone DR PP-400DR Dual Outlet Power Pack

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  • Bare Bulb Design with 360Ws Output
  • Guide Number: 262' at ISO 100
  • Coverage: 28mm with Reflector
  • Optical Slave Mode with 33' Range
  • Stroboscopic Mode
  • Tilts from -15 to 90°
  • Rotates 135° Right & 180° Left
  • Recycle Time: 0.1-5.2 Seconds
  • Manual Output: 1/1 to 1/128
  • Cyclone PP-400DR Power Pack Included
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Bolt VB-22 overview

  • 1Description

Featuring a bare-bulb design and an output of 360Ws, the Bolt VB-22 Bare-Bulb Flash Kit with Cyclone PP-400DR Power Pack from B&H is a specialized shoe-mount flash unit that offers users a quality of light similar to studio strobes in a compact, portable package. The bare bulb design provides a full 360° specular light and is able to work with a variety of optional light modifiers, such as an umbrella mount, colored filters, and grids for creating distinct lighting effects.

The unit features a powerful guide number of 262' at ISO 100 and covers about 28mm when used with the included reflector. The flash can also be used as an optical slave at a range of up to 33'. This mode has two settings to control whether to trigger the flash immediately when the master is fired or to ignore a single preflash.

The VB-22 flash also features a stroboscopic, or repeat, mode that allows the unit to fire multiple flashes in a row, meaning users can capture multiple images of a subject in a single exposure. The locking head can rotate 135° right and 180° left as well as tilt from -15 to 90° for added control and versatility. Additionally, the unit is fully manual and offers power settings from 1/1 to 1/128. The flash does require power from an optional external power pack which will provide a recycle time of approximately 0.1 to 5.2 seconds. It comes with a retaining ring, diffuser, reflector, power cable, protective pouch, a stand/tripod mount, a stand mounting foot, and a shoe mounting foot.

Working with the included Cyclone DR PP-400DR Dual Outlet Power Pack the VB-22 will have a recycle time of approximately 0.1 to 5.2 seconds. The power pack has two outlets for powering two flashes simultaneously and works with most flash units featuring HV power ports. Also, the Cyclone DR's flash cable ports can be locked once the cable is attached, making the connection extra secure. This pack is powered by a rechargeable battery and has 4 LEDs for determining charge. Additionally, it has a belt clip and comes with a shoulder strap.

  • Bolt VB-22 Bare-Bulb Flash

    Featuring a bare-bulb design and an output of 360Ws, the Bolt VB-22 Bare-Bulb Flash is a specialized shoe-mount flash unit that offers users a quality of light similar to studio strobes in a compact, portable package. The bare bulb design provides a full 360° specular light and is able to work with a variety of optional light modifiers, such as an umbrella mount, colored filters, and grids for creating distinct lighting effects.

    The unit features a powerful guide number of 262' at ISO 100 and covers about 28mm when used with the included reflector. The flash can also be used as an optical slave at a range of up to 33'. This mode has two settings to control whether to trigger the flash immediately when the master is fired or to ignore a single preflash.

    The VB-22 flash also features a stroboscopic, or repeat, mode that allows the unit to fire multiple flashes in a row, meaning users can capture multiple images of a subject in a single exposure. The locking head can rotate 135° right and 180° left as well as tilt from -15 to 90° for added control and versatility. Additionally, the unit is fully manual and offers power settings from 1/1 to 1/128. The flash does require power from an optional external power pack which will provide a recycle time of approximately 0.1 to 5.2 seconds. It comes with a retaining ring, diffuser, reflector, power cable, protective pouch, a stand/tripod mount, a stand mounting foot, and a shoe mounting foot.

    Interchangeable shoe and stand mounts that allow more secure attachment to either a light stand, tripod, or shoe
    Manual AF-assist light for focusing in low-light situations
    1.75" backlit LCD display
    Power settings from 1/1 to 1/128 in 1/3 EV steps
    Flash duration of 1/300 to 1/10,000 second
    Can accept multiple accessories to adjust light quality
    Can be triggered via hot shoe, PC sync cord, 3.5mm cable, as an optical slave, or with a dedicated remote control
    UPC: 847628577268
  • Bolt Cyclone DR PP-400DR Dual Outlet Power Pack

    The Cyclone DR PP-400DR Dual Outlet Power Pack from Bolt features dual plugs for powering 2 flashes at the same time. It works with most on-camera flash units with high-voltage (HV) connections, including those from Nikon, Canon, Sony, Bolt, Sunpak, Quantum, Vivitar, and Metz (cables required and sold separately). The pack has a fast recycle time of approximately 1 sec and provides up to 1400 full-power flashes, depending on the flash and settings used. The Cyclone DR's flash cable ports can be locked once the cable is attached, making the connection extra secure. The unit weighs a mere 1.2 lb.

    The power pack's microcontroller unit prevents overheating via integrated software and hardware protection. The included PP-400BP Cyclone DR Battery Pack is removable, allowing you to charge it while powering the Cyclone power pack with a second identical battery (sold separately). Also supplied is a 2-prong 100-240 VAC charger for worldwide use. Four LED's indicate remaining battery charge; one light on means 25% or lower, two lights mean 25-50%, three mean 50-75%, and all four mean 75% or higher. Additionally, the Cyclone DR comes with an adjustable neoprene shoulder strap that has a non-slip rubber underside and a quick-release buckle. It attaches to the strap lug on the power pack. The Cyclone also features a built-in belt clip, as well as two rubberized feet for stability.

    UPC: 847628565715
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Table of Contents
  • 1Description
  • Bolt VB-22 Bare-Bulb Flash
    Mount Shoe
    Guide No. 262'  / 79.86 m ISO 100 
    Exposure Control Manual
    Vari-Power Manual: 1/1 - 1/128
    Bounce Head Yes, -15 to +90°
    Swivel Head Yes, 315°
    Coverage - mm
    Zoom Head None
    Off-Camera Terminal 3.5 mm, Proprietary, PC
    Recycle Time Approximately 0.1 - 5.2 Seconds
    Flash Duration 1/300 - 1/10000 sec
    Flash-Ready Indicator Yes
    Compensation None
    Slave Timing Modes Instant Sync
    Skip Preflash
    Wireless Operation None
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 7.9 x 3.7 x 3.0" / 200.0 x 93.0 x 75.0 mm
    Weight 2.09 lb / .95 kg
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 11.2 x 10.4 x 6.2"
  • Bolt Cyclone DR PP-400DR Dual Outlet Power Pack
    Battery Type Chemistry: lithium-ion
    Output voltage: 11.1 VDC
    Capacity: 4500 mAh
    Recycle Time Approx. 1.0 sec with hot-shoe mounted flash
    Number of Flashes 1200-1400
    Status Indicators Power pack:
    2 x orange LEDs indicate flashes are fully recycled
    4 x blue LEDs show remaining battery charge

    Charger:
    Red light indicates battery being charged
    Green light indicates battery fully charged
    Belt Clip Attached
    Shoulder Strap Loops Yes
    Input Power 100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz, 0.6 A
    Certifications Battery: RoHS, CE
    Charger: UL
    Operating Temperature -4 to 104°F (-20 to 40°C)
    Operating Humidity 0-85%
    Dimensions Power pack: 4.33 x 6.29 x 1.57" (11 x 16 x 4.0 cm)
    Charger: 3.75 x 1.25 x 1.62" (9.5 x 3.2 x 4.1 cm)
    Weight 1.2 lb (0.54 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 10.0 x 8.2 x 2.8"

Bolt VB-22 reviews

VB-22 Bare-Bulb Flash Kit with Cyclone PP-400DR Power Pack is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 16.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME FLASH and BATTERY!!! I was a little skeptical because of the low price, I've been using 2 Quantum Qflashes and 2 Turbo batteries for 17 years, (1 to use, 1 as backup) I've had to have them repaired or replaced several times over the years and was ready to find something new. I ordered yesterday, received it this morning and literally unboxed everything and tested it quickly to make sure it worked, attached it to my camera bracket and walked out the door,... it worked all day, and is PERFECT PERFECT PERFECT for what I do,... I was so impressed that I just ordered another to keep for backup!!! This is a KILLER flash !!!!!
Date published: 2016-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Godox Branded Bulb Flash B&H is a little late to the party with the modifiers for this flash, but the key with this thing is portability. It can be used on the hotshoe, but it's a bit too bulky for that so best on a stand with a modifier of some sort. Getting a speedlight mount for a Bowens S type ring opens all the doors of possibilities, which I'm doing. The flash cycles fast, especially paired with a Y connector I had to get from a competitor. Flash duration is a little long at full tilt, but for the price..c'mon. Oh, and HSS with the Odin transmitter paired with a stratoII receiver and it's a great, high power portable flash. Google Godox/Neewer/Flashpoint to read reviews and comparisons. This Bolt branded unit is the exact same thing, and, peace of mind buying from the best, B&H.
Date published: 2015-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME FLASH AND BATTERY!! I was a little skeptical because of the low price, I've been using 2 Quantum Qflashes and 2 Turbo batteries for 17 years, (1 to use, 1 as backup) I've had to have them repaired or replaced several times over the years and was ready to find something new. I ordered yesterday, received it this morning and literally unboxed everything and tested it quickly to make sure it worked, attached it to my camera bracket and walked out the door,... it worked all day, and is PERFECT PERFECT PERFECT for what I do,... I was so impressed that I just ordered another to keep for backup!!! This is a KILLER flash !!!!!
Date published: 2016-07-14
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Flash and Battery work OK, Bolt Service non-existent I have been waiting to use this flash a few times before reviewing and finally, after reading another review from another purchaser recently, I feel the need to voice my concerns on this product and Bolt as a company. I also purchased this unit as described in the other review, verbatim. The flash and battery work (to 1/250, not 1/8000). BH service is great. Bolt attempted service... not so good. After reading the review and experimenting with this unit, (this is my second battery pack, very happy with them, work as described) I agree with Josh, this unit is NOT HSS and can only sync to a max of 1/250 reliably. (1/320 sometimes) The manual DOES say (on page 24) it will do HSS up to 1/8000 controlled by a dedicated high-speed sync trigger (sold separately) yata yata... in the future with their own designed HSS trigger. The HSS trigger is also described on a separate inserted card in the manual which states it will be available soon. I checked their site, no info. I sent an inquiry asking about it, no answer (a month ago). And the company did indeed have an auto reply that said they would get back within 48 hours. And then to tell another reviewer on this forum that the manager did not even see it in his manual leaves me to believe he/she didn't check too hard. The blatant avoidance of this company tells me they are not on the up and up about their advertising and buyer beware. Yes the flash does the job, albeit only at 1/250, and yes the battery pack works on my bolt vb-22 and Canon flashes, but the company's customer service has driven me to only buy exactly what I need in the future to support what I have, no new BOLT products for me. I do not think this has anything to do with BH, they have been stellar in their support of all products I have ever bought through them for many years. This is simply an obvious diversion of a promise not kept by Bolt. I give the battery a 5 star, the flash a 4 star, and the service a no star.
Date published: 2017-02-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome I love this product that I got for the price I got it at. I could not believe that I actually caught this on sale. This light and battery is amazing and I love it. I will be shopping with B&H forveer
Date published: 2016-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful flash, great for outdoors I bought this set because I needed a powerful flash to light up subjects outdoors. Use it in studio and outdoors. Incredible results. Well, well worth the investment. The battery pack is a bit awkward and heavy, but I have found hanging from my light stand does the trick.
Date published: 2015-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Light Source. I wanted a more powerful light than the average speed light without breaking the bank. I found this Bolt VB-22 with the battery pack and decided to take the chance and make the purchase (I did research first). After using it in a couple of portrait sessions on the field I could say that this is great unit. It is pretty powerful, I didn't use it on full power yet, only up to 1/32 of power and the recycling time is fast enough for a continuos shoot second after second. The color of the light is very accurate without a change between shots. The Cyclone Power Pack is awesome, simple to use and charge, the charge seems to last a long time (since I use only up to 1/32 of power, I didn't charge it after 2 sessions of 500 shots and still have charge left). The construction of the unit is very good quality, simple to use and you have the options to use different light modifiers available for the unit. The only con is that the unit don't have HSS and is only manual control, but this can be arrange by buying a transmitter and reciever that allow you to control the power of the unit from the camera position. I'm so overwhelmed by the unit that I will buy another.
Date published: 2016-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must-Have Flash Unit This is an excellent flash unit. The output on this flash is virtually unparalleled in portable units, and this unit can be used effectively as a studio flash. The dial makes setting the power quick and efficient. The intensity of the flash means that you can generally set the power quite low, which means that you won't be waiting for the flash to recycle. The quality of the bare bulb light is much softer than most flas units. I use the optional large reflector and grid unit to provide directional control. Overall, a great bargain.
Date published: 2016-11-27
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