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Profoto B1X 500 AirTTL 1-Light To-Go Kit

BH #PR901028 • MFR #901028
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 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, as well as compatibility witht he new Profoto Camera and Profoto Control apps for iOS and Android. 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

Key Specs
Item Type
1x Monolight
Includes Flash Tube
Yes
Included Light Modifier
1x Reflector (Built-In)
Power Range
2 to 500 Ws
 
Power Control
9-Stop Range in 1/10-Stop Increments
Recycle Time
0.1 to 1.9 Sec
TTL Metering
Yes, via Non-Included Transmitter (Canon E-TTL / E-TTL II, Four Thirds TTL, FUJIFILM TTL, Leica TTL, Nikon i-TTL, Sony ADI / P-TTL)
Modeling Light
24 W LED Built-In (3000K)
Wireless Remote Control Type
Radio/RF Receiver Built-In
Bluetooth Built-In
IR Built-In
Optical Receiver Built-In
Sync Speed
1/250 Sec
1/8000 Sec (High-Speed)
Power Source
Battery (Included)
Inputs/Outputs
1x Barrel / Coax Female Flash Sync Input
1x Mini-USB Female Firmware Input
Battery
1x Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 14.8 VDC, 3000 mAh (Included)
 • 325 Flashes at Maximum Brightness
 • 2.5-Hour Charge Time
Weight
6.61 lb / 3 kg (Fixture with Battery)
Light Fixture
Item Type
1x Monolight
Includes Flash Tube
Yes
Included Light Modifier
1x Reflector (Built-In)
Included Storage Case
1x Case
Power Range
2 to 500 Ws
 
Power Control
9-Stop Range in 1/10-Stop Increments
Guide Number
291' / 92 m at 6.56' / 2 m, ISO 100 (with Reflector)
Recycle Time
0.1 to 1.9 Sec
Color Temperature
5600K +/- 150K
Flash Ready Indicator
Audio & Visual
TTL Metering
Yes, via Non-Included Transmitter (Canon E-TTL / E-TTL II, Four Thirds TTL, FUJIFILM TTL, Leica TTL, Nikon i-TTL, Sony ADI / P-TTL)
Cooling System
Fan
Umbrella Mount
Yes
Front Accessory Mount
Profoto OCF
Profoto
Profoto OCF
Replaceable Flash Tube
Yes (User Replaceable)
Modeling Light
Modeling Light
24 W LED Built-In (3000K)
Control Modes
Free Set, Off, Proportional
On/Off Switch
Yes
Connectivity
Wireless
2.4 GHz Radio/RF
Bluetooth
IR
Wireless Remote Control Type
Radio/RF Receiver Built-In
Bluetooth Built-In
IR Built-In
Optical Receiver Built-In
Mobile App Compatible
Yes: Android & iOS
App Name: Profoto Control & Profoto Camera
Wireless Channels
8
Wireless Groups
6
Wireless Frequency
2.4 GHz
Wireless Range
1000' / 300 m (Radio/RF)
Flash Duration
t.5: 1/11,000 to 1/1000 Sec
Sync Speed
1/250 Sec
1/8000 Sec (High-Speed)
Power & I/O
Power Source
Battery (Included)
Inputs/Outputs
1x Barrel / Coax Female Flash Sync Input
1x Mini-USB Female Firmware Input
Battery
1x Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 14.8 VDC, 3000 mAh (Included)
 • 325 Flashes at Maximum Brightness
 • 2.5-Hour Charge Time
Battery Charging
1x AC to DC Adapter (Included)
Input Power
105 to 125 VAC, 60 Hz
Included Adapter / Cable
1x USA Type-A/B to Barrel / Coax Male AC to DC Adapter
 • 105 to 125 VAC, 60 Hz
Auto Dump
Yes
Circuit Protection
Adaptive Thermal Control
Environmental
Operating Temperature
14 to 122°F / -10 to 50°C
Storage Temperature
4 to 140°F / -20 to 60°C
General
Display
LCD
Dimensions
ø: 5.1 x H: 12.2" / ø: 13 x H: 31 cm
ø: 6.7 x H: 12.2" / ø: 17 x H: 31 cm (Fixture)
Weight
6.61 lb / 3 kg (Fixture with Battery)
Packaging Info
Package Weight
11.85 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)
17.4 x 10 x 7"

Profoto B1X Reviews

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Does the B1x work with the phone app like the B10 ...

Does the B1x work with the phone app like the B10 and B10x series do?
Asked by: Peter
No only the following models run via app Profoto B10, B10X and B10x
Answered by: hectorm
Date published: 2022-03-25

As long as I understand, there are two Profoto ...

As long as I understand, there are two Profoto speedring mount. This light what speedring uses?
Asked by: Francisco
Profoto only has one type of mount for their studio strobe lights; the side that mounts to the light fixture is identical. However, they have different speedrings depending on the light modifier you are using and on the light fixture you own. The difference is the rod connection used for the speedrings, and the type of softbox you will use on the light fixture. The Profoto B1X 500 AirTTL OCF Monolight is considered both a studio monolight and a part of Profoto's OCF (Off-Camera Flash) system. As such, you may use their Profoto RFi Speed Ring for Profoto Flash Heads, B&H # PRSRP, when using Profoto light modifiers with "RFi" in the name, or you may use the Profoto Speed Ring for OCF Flash Heads, B&H # PROCFSR, with Profoto's OCF flash modifiers with "OCF" in the name. If you are using a third-party universal softbox, I would recommend the Impact Speed Ring for Profoto, B&H # IMSRPRO, for your usage needs.
Answered by: Manzell
Date published: 2018-11-11

What is the size of the hole in mm that is ...

What is the size of the hole in mm that is provided to fit Umbrella shaft ?
Asked by: DURAIRAJ
You can use 7mm or 8mm umbrellas. Hex shaped umbrella shafts like Westcott collapsible will not work.
Answered by: Reuben
Date published: 2020-05-15

Can I change the flash tube on the B1X?

Can I change the flash tube on the B1X?
Asked by: James
Yes, the B1x is user serviceable to replace the bulb assembly. It has a tricky procedure, so one needs to brush up on the details before diving in.
Answered by: Larry
Date published: 2021-11-11

Can you recommend filter to balance for daylight ...

Can you recommend filter to balance for daylight use to fit B1X?
Asked by: Charlene
The B1X is already a daylight balanced light source.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2019-01-17

Is Profoto compatible with Leica digital cameras?

Is Profoto compatible with Leica digital cameras?
Asked by: Tim
Profoto does not make a transmitter that is TTL and HSS for Leica cameras to work with the Profoto B1X 500. Profoto makes a manual transmitter and that should work with most Leica cameras with a hotshoe. This is a link for it, https://bhpho.to/3fCvWb9 .
Answered by: Robert
Date published: 2022-01-19

Is there an adaptor to use Elinchrom modifiers?

Is there an adaptor to use Elinchrom modifiers?
Asked by: Anonymous
Yes, there is. You'll have to purchase it separately.
Answered by: Anonymous
Date published: 2020-01-09

Does anyone make a fully functional universal ...

Does anyone make a fully functional universal remote for this ProFotoB1 X 500 AirTTL so that I don't need to buy one for every camera brand that I might use?
Asked by: Perry
The Profoto Air Remote Transceiver, B&H # PRAR • MFR # 901031, would be a universal remote compatible for use with the Profoto B1X 500 AirTTL 1-Light To-Go Kit for cameras with a standard ISO hot shoe for MANUAL triggering ONLY. As it only has a single center pin, it will work with most all cameras, but will NOT offer TTL automatic flash output or High Speed Sync capabilities. While you may use third-party wireless radio remotes with the Profoto B1X 500 AirTTL 1-Light To-Go Kit unit via their 1/8" (3.5mm) miniphone sync input, there are no remotes other than the official Profoto radio remotes that will offer full functionality such as manual/TTL flash output control, turning groups on/off, or wireless control of the modeling lamp. These features are not possible with third-party remotes.
Answered by: Manzell
Date published: 2022-09-25
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