Profoto B1X 500 AirTTL 2-Light Location Kit

Profoto B1X 500 AirTTL 2-Light Location Kit

Profoto B1X 500 AirTTL 2-Light Location Kit

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Product Highlights

  • 2 x B1X 500 AirTTL Monolight
  • 2 x Li-Ion Battery Mk II for B1 and B1X
  • 1 x Battery Charger 4.5A
  • 1 x Car Charger 1.8A
  • 1 x Backpack M
  • 80% Brighter LED Modeling Light
  • Better Battery: 325 Full Power Flashes
  • Full 9-Stop High-Speed Sync Power Range
  • Recycling: 0.1 to 1.9 Seconds
  • Flash Durations as Short as 1/19,000 Sec
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Profoto B1X overview

  • 1Description

Profoto continues to refine and surprise us with an enhanced version of the B1 battery-powered monolight, the B1X. The B1X 500 AirTTL 2-Light Location Kit includes two B1X flash heads with 80% brighter LED modeling lights and batteries with 50% greater capacity (325 full power flashes) and High-Speed Sync that's able to use the full 9-stop power range. Also included are an AC battery charger, a car charger, and a Backpack M to store and transport it all. 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.

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 taking a reading and testing. Composition, posing, etc. is of course up to the photographer, but time after time, the B1X will give you a first shot exposure that's a keeper.

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 flash 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. The B1X 500 AirTTL employs an improved, high-capacity, exchangeable lithium-ion battery that gets up to 325 flashes on a 1.5-hour charge with the included 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 literally can be read from 20' away.

The B1X 500 TTL comes with a protective cap, 4.5A charger, car charger, and a well-constructed backpack.

  • Lithium-Ion Battery for B1 and B1X AirTTL Flash Heads

    Lithium-Ion Battery for B1 and B1X AirTTL Flash Heads from Profoto will give you up to 325 full-power flashes and thousands of minimum power flashes on a 2.5-hour charge from the 2.8A multi-voltage charger. The 4.5A quick charger shortens that time to 1.5 hours. Fuel-gauge-type LEDs on the battery and both the optional chargers allow you to monitor the charging progress.

  • Fast Battery Charger 4.5A for B1 500 AirTTL

    The Fast Battery Charger 4.5A for B1 500 AirTTL from Profoto will charge the B1's Lithium-ion battery in 1 hour. The multi-voltage charger features LED indicators to easily monitor charge status.

  • Car Charger 1.8A for B1 500 AirTTL

    The Car Charger 1.8A for B1 500 AirTTL from Profoto will charge the B1's Lithium-ion battery from a car's 12V (cigarette lighter) accessory outlet in 2 hours.

  • Backpack M for D1 Air or B1 AirTTL

    Profoto's Backpack M for D1 Air or B1 AirTTL is a sturdy ballistic nylon pack with room for two B1 or D1 flash heads and accessories such as chargers, Air transmitters and expendables. The interior has padded compartments in gray nylon. Besides shoulder straps the pack has a top handle and exterior pockets for light stands.

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Table of Contents
  • 1Description
  • Lithium-Ion Battery for B1 and B1X AirTTL Flash Heads
    Charging Time 1.5 to 3 Hours
    Operating Temperature 32 to 113°F / 0 to 45°C
    Dimensions 4.1 x 3.3 x 2.6" / 10.41 x 8.38 x 6.6 cm
    Weight 1.2 lb / 0.5 kg
    Capacity (Wh) 44.4 Wh
    Chemistry Lithium-Ion
    Flashes Per Charge 325 Flashes (Full Power)
    Indicator LED
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.7 x 3.7 x 2.9"
  • Fast Battery Charger 4.5A for B1 500 AirTTL
    Voltage 100-240VAC, 4.5A
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.3 x 5.9 x 2.0"
  • Car Charger 1.8A for B1 500 AirTTL
    Voltage 12V
    Charge Time With B1 Lithium-ion battery: 2.0 Hours
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.3 x 5.8 x 1.6"
  • Backpack M for D1 Air or B1 AirTTL
    Closure Type Zipper
    Carry and Transport Options Backpack Straps
    Material of Construction Nylon
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    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 17.9 x 14.4 x 8.2"

Profoto B1X reviews

B1X 500 AirTTL 2-Light Location Kit is rated 3.4 out of 5 by 9.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Expensive? Yes! Worth it? ABSOLUTELY I just completed my first shoot with these lights. WOW! These lights combined with an A1 and the Air TTL...I don't think there's anything you can't do lighting wise! I have done most of my portrait work over the years with speedlights on Pocket Wizards. Loved that set up, but the lighting was never consistent during a shoot. If you are on the fence due to the price, do yourself a favor and lean that way...they will pay for themselves! Why? I shot tethered and was able to dial in the light to exactly how I wanted it and will minimize your time in post. Awesome lights!
Date published: 2018-08-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Never ever Profoto again... Hi guys, I used to love Profoto gear, and therefore spent more then 30k on gear like 3 Pro-B3, 4 AcuteB2 600, 2 B1 and so on. The last purchase was the B1X location kit, which started one of the worst experiences of my life. First kit had hand thrilled stand brackets which looked like being use for 30+ years. Second kit hat a 0.6 EV difference in power output (measured with a Sekonic L-758 DR) at setting 3.0 and 4.0 which as been confirmed by Profoto. Third kit had some wear everywhere, and the serial number have been relabeled. So this is how Profoto treats their royal customers... never ever, Profoto again!!!
Date published: 2018-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very pleased that I finally stepped up to Profoto I've been a user of entry level strobes for years, and could never talk myself into pulling the trigger on much more expensive options. The Profoto B1s were in my shopping cart a couple of months ago and backed out again. When the B1X lights were introduced, I jumped on them.... and I'm really happy that I did. Some of the benefits of Profoto that I've been missing: * TTL, high speed sync, and freeze options * Control lighting output from the camera * Precise 1/10 f-stop control (versus an imprecise slider) * Consistent output * Built in power source -- completely portable * Quality construction I've just begun to scratch the surface with respect to light modifiers, but what I have so far (beauty dish, a couple of soft boxes, reflectors, etc.) are great quality compared to what I've used in the past. Yes, it's spendy, and it took me a while to make the commitment. But I have no regrets. I enjoy shooting on location, so the portability of the battery operated units is fantastic. I was concerned whether the 500Ws power would be sufficient, and so far it is more than adequate. Battery life has been impressive. None of my foreseeable plans would require back-up batteries. I am a photography enthusiast who does some commercial work but does not make a living at it. Most of my photography is for pleasure.
Date published: 2017-07-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everything I expected It was everything I expected from the product description. They are super fast when not at full power and the modeling light is very bright. Consistent light and doesn't miss a beat on my Nikon D810 The built in umbrella mount fits all the impact umbrellas I purchased in the past. Fits my portable light needs and my in house studio as well.
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I'm really starting to love these things... I am a commercial photographer and as such I do not normally need the automatic TTL features this light offers, however I got the job of photographing a large established family of means so I wanted to do move through all the families and relatives quickly so I bought this set just to do that. To practice I have taken this set to several shoots and have set it up when two lights were adequate for the job at hand. The attached photo was a small bedroom with a set of Amish high quality furniture. I was deciding whether to do the job at all on that location and as a last moment gesture I brought in the two B1X's set them up towards the ceiling and let the TTL do it's work... The image is far less quality than I normally expect, but the lighting worked fabulously.. I've scheduled a lot more work for it in the near future...
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I got some bad units.. So, I switched to this after 7 years with the Elinchrom Quada's, and larger Ranger SPEED AS packs. I am a wedding pro, and use lighting all the time. I have always loved everything about Profoto. Recently, on a destination wedding in Italy I had some issues with the Quadra packs, (cords) and I decided once and for all to go cordless. So I did! I sold everything, and bought this kit along with a ton of OCF boxes. I love it. I really do! Except... After my first wedding, I noticed something. I noticed that the EV was jumping all around during the formal shots. Almost like I was using TTL, lol, and I was in manual! Anywhere from 0.2 stops, all the way to about 1/3 stop! This was crazy! When I got home, I tested in my living room and confirmed. BOTH heads did this. I tried different cameras, even an old Pocket Wizard remote. Nothing. So, today I took a drive and went to a local rental shop. We tested this side by side with another new kit. The other kit, did not have this issue. So... I need to now return this and "try again". Not the best start with something in which I was really excited about. I will update if the new kit is better. But, for now.. I am worried.
Date published: 2018-09-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from B1x is still 500 w/s Profoto B1 worked just fine the way it was, why make changes to something that really doesn't need changing This new B1x is still 500 w/s if I brought 7 batteries /per unit for the B1 I will still be saving money /// when will we see real changes like a new B1 thats 1000 w/s plus add a battery indicator alarm or a beeb something that will warn us that the battery is about to run out
Date published: 2017-05-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Have had intermittent problems with both heads! Both heads are now not wanting to work, I have only had these 2 MO!!!! I have had other profoto lights and had no issues, this kit I had purchased is completely junk! I have a wedding next weekend and no lights, now I am going to have to rent lighting and pray I can get some before next weekend...
Date published: 2018-03-31
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