Profoto B1X 500 AirTTL 1-Light To-Go Kit

BH #PR901028 • MFR #901028
Profoto
Profoto B1X 500 AirTTL 1-Light To-Go Kit
Key Features
  • 1 x B1X 500 AirTTL OCF Monolight
  • 1 x Li-Ion Battery Mk II for B1 and B1X
  • 1 x Battery Charger 2.8A
  • 1 x Bag XS
Profoto continues to impress and surprise us, this time with an enhanced version of the B1 battery-powered monolight, the B1X, introduced with the B1X 500 AirTTL 1-Light To-Go Kit with an improved battery that will give you an impressive 325 full-power flashes. All of the familiar professional and convenience features we've come to expect from Profoto are onboard. The B1X has the same dense, durable polymer housing, integrated 77-degree reflector, built-in receiver compatible with Air Remote TTL remotes and intuitive highly visible controls and display.
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Profoto B1X 500 AirTTL 1-Light To-Go Kit

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Profoto B1X Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Full TTL with Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Olympus Cameras
  • 3Optional Air Remote
  • 4Firmware Updates
  • 5High Speed Sync as Fast as 1/8000 Sec
  • 6Exceptionally Short Flash Duration
  • 7Freeze Mode
  • 8Quick Burst Mode
  • 9Lithium-Ion Battery Powered
  • 10LED Modeling Lamp
  • 11Control Panel
  • 12Power Variable Over 9 Stops
  • 13Full Light Shaper System Compatibility

Profoto continues to impress and surprise us, this time with an enhanced version of the B1 battery-powered monolight, the B1X, introduced with the B1X 500 AirTTL 1-Light To-Go Kit with an improved battery that will give you an impressive 325 full-power flashes. All of the familiar professional and convenience features we've come to expect from Profoto are onboard. The B1X has the same dense, durable polymer housing, integrated 77-degree reflector, built-in receiver compatible with Air Remote TTL remotes and intuitive highly visible controls and display.

While it's possible to trigger the flash via its optical slave or hard-wired to its 3.5mm sync port, AirTTL remotes are made for Nikon, Canon, Sony, and Olympus cameras. Busy photographers can literally set up their lights, slip the optional Air Remote TTL-C, TTL-N, TTL-S, or TTL-O remote onto their camera's hot shoe and point-and-shoot without using precious time taking readings and testing.

The (separately purchased) remote is the key to this convenience and control. Operating on 2.4 GHz band width, the remote, really a controller, has 8 frequency channels and with 3 groups per channel and a range of up to 330' for TTL triggering and 1000' for normal non-TTL triggering. Each channel has power ratio capability of +/- 2 stops. If you prefer to use manual you have +/- 9 stops power variation. You've also got modeling light, unit shut-down, and first or rear curtain control. The AirTTL remotes have mini-USB connectors for firmware updates directly from Profoto's website. The B1X's core performance features are equally impressive. The B1X recycles in 0.1 to 1.9 seconds but can deliver up to 20 flashes per second in Quick Burst Mode which engages at lower power settings. Flash duration in Normal Mode is a very fast 1/1000 sec but there's also a Freeze Mode that delivers flash durations as short as 1/19,000 sec for capturing liquid sprays or splashes and other creative effects.

The B1X is also capable of High Speed Sync. HSS is the technical term for syncing flash with shutter speeds shorter than the so-called x-sync, typically 1/250 of a second. It's a useful tool for controlling ambient light and for freezing action. Profoto uses a patent-pending technology that emits an extremely fast series of flash pulses. A simple button-press activates HSS Mode allowing you to shoot at shutter speeds as fast as 1/8000 of a second. As mentioned above, the B1X 500 AirTTL employs an improved, high-capacity, exchangeable lithium-ion battery that gets up to 325 flashes on a 2.5-hour charge with the included 2.8A charger or a 1.5-hour charge with an optional 4.5A quick charger. The battery has fuel gauge-type LEDs that make monitoring remaining power easy. The B1X's modeling light is LED to put less strain on the battery. It provides the equivalent output of a 130W halogen bulb and will run for 120 minutes on a full charge.

Finally, B1X's back panel features a large, bright LCD screen that informs the user of the flash's power level, radio channel and group, sync choice, modeling light mode and recycle alert. There's also a large battery gauge that is very easily read.

The B1X 500 TTL comes with a protective cap, 2.8A charger, and a soft case.

Full TTL with Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Olympus Cameras

The B1X's patent-pending technology fully integrates the flash head with your Canon, Nikon, Sony, or Olympus camera. The integration is so complete that Profoto sometimes refers to the B1X as an "off-camera flash." The key to this control is the Air Remote TTL.

Optional Air Remote

The Air Remote TTL transmitters have 8 frequency channels with 3 groups per channel and a range of up to 330' for TTL triggering. Each channel has power ratio capability of +/- 2 stops in TTL or +/- 9 stops in manual. Modeling light, shut-down of the unit and first or rear curtain exposure can also be selected.

Firmware Updates

Both the flash head and the Air Remote have mini-USB connections for firmware updates directly from Profoto's website.

High Speed Sync as Fast as 1/8000 Sec

High-Speed Sync (HSS) is the technical term for syncing flash with shutter speeds shorter than the so-called x-sync - typically 1/250 of a second. It is a useful tool for controlling ambient light and for freezing action. Profoto uses a unique, patent-pending technology, providing an extremely fast series of flash pulses. Switch to HSS Mode with a simple button-press that allows you to shoot at shutter speeds as fast as 1/8000 of a second.

Exceptionally Short Flash Duration

In Normal Mode, which prioritizes color fidelity, the B1 500 AirTTL is capable of T0.5 flash durations of 1/11,000 sec at minimum power, and 1/1000 sec at full power.

Freeze Mode

Freeze Mode automatically selects the shortest flash duration possible at the user-selected power level. Motion-stopping flash durations of 1/19,000 at minimum power make the B1X 500 AirTTL ideal for high speed shooting.

Quick Burst Mode

At lower power settings Quick Burst Mode allows a series of flashes to be fired at a faster pace than the B1 can recharge, allowing triggering of up to 20 frames per second.

Lithium-Ion Battery Powered

The B1's lithium-ion battery gives you up to 325 full-power flashes and thousands of minimum power flashes on a 2.5-hour charge from the provided 2.8A multi-voltage charger. An optional 4.5A quick charger shortens that time to 1.5 hours. Fuel gauge type LEDs on both the battery and charger allow you to monitor remaining power.

LED Modeling Lamp

An LED modeling light with a 130W tungsten-equivalent output draws very little power from the battery and generates minimal heat. The light can be set to proportional or full power and will dim during recycling if that option is selected.

Control Panel

The B1X's control panel has a 1.4 x 2.5" bright LCD screen that informs the user of the flash's power level, sync choice, modeling light mode, recycle alert, and battery charge level.

Power Variable Over 9 Stops

Power can be regulated over a 9-stop range (2 to 500Ws / 1/256 to 1/1) in 1/10 or 1-stop increments.

Full Light Shaper System Compatibility

With its zoom scale and integrated umbrella sleeve, the B1X 500 AirTTL is compatible with Profoto's extensive line of umbrellas, reflectors, and softboxes.

Profoto B1X Specs

Flash Head
Maximum Power2 to 500 Ws
Power Control9 Stops in 1/10-Stop Increments
Guide Number291' / 92 m at 6.56' / 2 m, ISO100 with Reflector
Flash Durationt.5: 1/11,000 to 1/1000 Sec
Recycle Time0.1 to 1.9 Sec ()
Color Temperature5600K ± 150K
Flash Ready IndicatorAudio, Visual
Reflector 77° Fixed
Accessory Fitting TypeProfoto OCF
Modeling Light
TypeLED
Wattage24 W
Control ModesFree Set, Off, Proportional
Sync
Sync TypeCable, Infrared, Optical, Radio
Sync Speed1/1/250 Sec
1/1/8000 Sec (High-Speed)
Wireless Range1000' / 300 m (Radio)
Power
AC Input Voltage100 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
Circuit ProtectionAdaptive Thermal Control
Battery
Battery ChemistryLithium-Ion
Maximum Output Voltage14.8 VDC
Capacity (mAh)3000 mAh
Flashes Per Charge325 Flashes (Full Power)
Recharge Time2.5 Hours
General
DisplayLCD
Auto DumpYes
Fan CooledYes
Operating Temperature14 to 122°F / -10 to 50°C
Storage Temperature4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
Dimensionsø: 5.1 x L: 12.2" / ø: 130.0 x L: 310.0 mm
ø: 6.7 x L: 12.2" / ø: 170.0 x L: 310.0 mm, Including Stand Adapter
Weight6.61 lb / 3 kg, Including Battery
Packaging Info
Package Weight11.85 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)17.4 x 10 x 7"
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