Impact Cruiser AC/DC 500Ws Battery Powered TTL Monolight

Impact Cruiser AC/DC 500Ws Battery Powered TTL Monolight

Impact Cruiser AC/DC 500Ws Battery Powered TTL Monolight

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Product Highlights

  • Wireless TTL Capable
  • Optional Canon/Nikon/Sony Transmitters
  • AC Power and Removable Battery
  • Lithium-Ion Battery
  • Up to 350 Full Battery-Power Flashes
  • 328' Wireless Range
  • HSS to 1/8000 Sec w/ Canon or Nikon
  • 3-Sec Recycling to Full Power
  • LED Modeling Lamp, 9-Stop Power Range
  • 5700K Color Temperature
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Impact AC/DC 500 TTL overview

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With the introduction of the Cruiser AC/DC 500Ws Battery Powered TTL Monolight Impact brings you wireless freedom not only from the AC outlet, but from PC and TTL cords as well. The flash head is powered by a removable lithium-ion battery and can provide up to 350 full-power flashes on a single charge. You can also run the Cruiser in the studio on AC power via its multi-voltage adapter. A charger is provided to top up the power in the removable battery. The light's 10W LED modelling is designed to draw minimal power. The flash head's wireless TTL works with your camera's auto-exposure system like a speedlight. The Cruiser has a built-in wireless receiver that allows you to control the light wirelessly at distances up to 328'. A Cruiser Wireless Controller for Nikon, Canon, or Sony cameras is required for remote use. You can also shoot in manual mode for simple remote triggering. Part of the TTL system, HSS (High Speed Sync) allows flash syncing (Canon and Nikon) up to 1/8000 sec to overwhelm the sun, control background light intensity or to shoot with wide apertures.

The Cruiser backs its wireless technology with solid core specs. It has a 9-stop power range that can be fine-tuned in 1/10 stop increments, while it recycles to full power in just three seconds. It also boasts short flash durations from 1/1000 to 1/9000 sec. for freezing action in sports or dance or for special effects with water or other liquids, while maintaining a steady color temperature of 5700K.

The Cruiser is ready for worldwide use thanks to the inclusion of a 100-240 VAC AC adapter and battery charger. The light also comes with a 7" reflector, stand mount, PC cord, and a protective cap. The unit is firmware updatable to keep you current with enhanced capabilities.

TTL, High Speed Sync and Manual Mode
The Cruiser's dedicated 2.4 GHz transmitter for Canon, Nikon, or Sony enables photographers to take advantage of their camera's TTL system just as they would with a speedlight. Having 8 channels, 4 groups provides complete control of the Cruiser with +/- 3 stop EV fine tuning from a distance of 328 feet. Part of the TTL system users can access is the Cruiser's High Speed Sync mode (Nikon and Canon only), which enables syncing at shutter speeds up to 1/8000 of a sec to control ambient light levels or shoot with wide apertures. Wireless manual shooting is also available utilizes the entire 9-stop power range; in 1/10th stop increments from the controller.
AC or Battery Power
The Cruiser runs on 100-240 VAC current via its adapter but can also output up to 350 full power flashes with its lithium-ion battery.
LED Modeling Lamp
The Cruiser's 10W LED modeling lamp is designed for minimal drain on the flash head's battery.
Freeze Action with Short Flash Durations
Flash durations as short as 1/1000 to 1/9000 sec allow action freezing for sports, dance, or special effects like water or liquid splashes.
Traditional Sync Modes
Besides wireless operation, the Cruiser can be triggered by its onboard optical slave or hard wired with the included PC cord.
Universal Voltage
Both the AC adapter and the battery accept 100-240 VAC current for worldwide use.
UPC: 847628001978
In the Box
Impact Cruiser AC/DC 500Ws Battery Powered TTL Monolight
  • Battery for ADDC-500-TTL Monolight
  • Battery Charger
  • Stand Mount
  • PC Cord
  • 7" Reflector
  • AC Adapter
  • Protective Cap
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Impact AC/DC 500 TTL specs

    Flash Head
    Maximum Watt/Seconds 500 Ws
    Guide Number f/16.8 at ISO 100, direct flash @ 10' (3.0 m)
    Wireless Range 328' (100 m)
    Flash Variability 9 Stops in 1/10 stop increments
    Recycle Time Full Power: 3.0 sec.
    Flash Duration 1/1000 - 1/9000 sec min/max power
    Color Temperature 5700K (+/-150K)
    Modeling Light 10 W LED
    High Speed Sync High Speed Sync: 1/8000 sec (Nikon and Canon only)
    Wireless Remote Built-in receiver
    Optional Cruiser TTL Canon, Nikon or Sony 2.4 GHz transmitter Channels: 8, groups: 3
    Triggering Wireless remote, sync cord, IR/optical (1/8" sync socket)
    Sync Voltage 4.3 V
    Reflector Mounting System Bowens S-Mount
    Reflector: 7.0" (17.8 cm) diameter
    Charge Indicators Audio and visual full power recycle indicators
    Protection Features Overheat limit
    Operating Voltage 100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
    Battery: 14.4 V
    Dimensions 14 x 4.9 x 6.6" (35.6 x 12.4 x 16.8 cm)
    Weight With Battery: 5.9 lb (2.7 kg)
    Without Battery: 4.4 lb (2.0 kg)
    Battery
    Battery Type Lithium-ion
    Power 350 Full-power flashes
    4500 mAh / 64.8 Wh
    Normal voltage: 14.4 V
    Battery Charge Time 3.0 hours with included multi-voltage charger
    Dimensions 3.7 x 4.2 x 2.6" (9.4 x 10.7 x 6.6 cm)
    Weight 1.5 lb (680.4 g)
    Charger
    Voltage Input: 100-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
    Output: DC 16.8 to 2.5 A
    Weight 0.6 lb (272 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 14.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 20.5 x 10.0 x 9.0"

    Impact AC/DC 500 TTL reviews

    Cruiser AC/DC 500Ws Battery Powered TTL Monolight is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 3.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Portable All in one Strobe This strobe can do it all!� One of the reasons I got this was the large battery pack, it did not disappoint - the battery has great life and if need be I can also plug it into AC power.� A bonus to this unit is the included trigger, I don't�even need extra wires or my pocket wizards.� TTL & High Speedsync�are huge bonuses and seemed to work out of the box without extra programming.� �I love the LED Model light, just wish it was slightly more powerful.�� Other cool things - glad it comes with a reflector, trigger and umbrella mounting hole. The lit LCD� makes using this light easy and fun. Cant wait to order a 2nd light and use them on location.� I also own Lumix cameras and hope they make a Lumix/Oly Trigger soon!
    Date published: 2018-05-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Indoor/Outdoor Light! �HSS+TTL I’ve only had this light for a short while but so far so good.� The transmitters are easy to use and synced effortlessly after matching the group/channel.� If you are the type of person who does not like fumbling through instruction manuals much then you will like how easy this is to use right out the box. �I like the sleek design and how simple it is as far as button layouts on both the transmitter and the light.� Ease of use is great, portability is great and the overall weight is to be expected.� It has a frosted piece that goes over the flash tube which is pretty nice too.� The best part for me is the portability.� There is a simple switch on the light for battery or wall power and the wall power plug/brick is included.� I had to pay an additional amount with my existing lights for that option.� The brick is pretty hefty but the cords are long enough that it won’t be a problem when using in an indoor setting.� While being hefty it doesn’t feel cheap but of some solid quality.� I’m using this as a travel option and as an addition to my existing indoor light kit.� It has HSS but I am in hopes of a possible future firmware update for the Sony side as HSS is often used outdoors.� I also shoot Canon so I already get that option along with Nikon shooters.� TTL is also included which is awesome.� I use that more for indoors but it can come in handy outdoors as well.� So far I have only shot this indoors but plan to take it outdoors soon as the weather is warming up.� The only thing that would have been nice to include at this price point is some/any sort of carrying case.� The screen/display is located in the back instead of the side like some of my existing travel lights so I feel like it will be less susceptible to damage when throwing it into a bag of some sort but I would have still preferred a case.� I knew it did not have a case before hand but its the only thing that I feel would have made it an even better light.
    Date published: 2018-05-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impact Cruiser AC/DC, I'm Impressed! I’ve been using the Impact Cruiser AC/DC flash for a few weeks and so far, I’m very impressed overall by the build quality and performance of the flash. One of the locations where I used it was at a wedding reception in a busy restaurant on a weekend. I took about 100 formal photos with the flash in Manual mode in a common area. Being able to avoid using any wires (power or sync cords) was very helpful due to the amount of traffic around the area where I placed the light. I also did a few portrait sessions outside primarily using TTL, and after getting the right + and - TTL settings dialed in, I found the flash did a great job of nailing exposure almost every time. One of the features that I really like is the fact that I can dial down Manual power to a very low setting (about 2 watt-seconds), and the camera can also use TTL down to that very low power setting.�To test what it could do, I triggered the flash with the wireless controller consistently with the beep function set to “on" for 100 full-power flashes. It performed very well, taking just about three seconds to recycle each time. Before that test, I had already fired about 40 flashes at power levels ranging from about 10-100%, and the battery indicator only went down one bar. I used the flash with a 45 inch umbrella, and found the umbrella mount to be very sturdy because of the way the umbrella shaft can rest against the body of the flash for extra stability. I also like the fact that the bracket that the flash is attached to has a pistol grip, which allows it to be handheld. That being said, with the umbrella, my assistant’s hand got tired after a few minutes because the combination weighs about 7 pounds. I can definitely see how the flash could be mounted to a monopod and held with little strain for an extended amount of time from the pistol grip. The wireless controller that goes into the camera’s hot shoe is very easy to use. It locks down easily, and is small enough not to get in the way, but it’s big enough that all of the text is very readable on its backlit display. It’s easy to switch between Manual and TTL with the touch of a button, and I like that I can turn the recycle beep on and off as well as adjust the intensity of the modeling lamp (off, 50% and 100%), all from the remote, and without having to go into any menus. I also like that I can purchase another controller for only about $100, so I’ll probably pick another one up because it’s so important. Adjusting the manual power as well as the TTL settings from the remote was also very easy. It’s also nice to be able to turn on the “cell” function on the flash so that the flash could fire in a situation when I have a flash on my camera, and when I know that not a lot of other flashes will be used in the location where I am taking pictures. The specs say that the flash has a wireless range of 328 ft. I didn’t go that far away, but I did walk about 200 ft. from the unit and it still fired the flash every time (I’ve attached a photo of me demonstrating this). One important feature that’s missing for Sony cameras (unlike when you use the flash with a Canon and Nikon controller on a compatible Canon or Nikon camera), is the ability to use HSS (High Speed Sync) with the unit. I was still able to use it outside, even with bright sunlight in the background because my Sony cameras sync with it down to 1/250 sec, allowing me to tame the sun to some degree. I just needed to use lower ISOs and stop down to f/8 - �f/16. I also like the fact that I can use the same softboxes and reflectors I use with my Dynalite gear with this light because the light is compatible with Bowens mounts.
    Date published: 2018-05-22
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