Bowens Explorer 1500 Portable Battery Generator - 1500 watts/second

Bowens Explorer 1500 Portable Battery Generator - 1500 watts/second

Bowens Explorer 1500 Portable Battery Generator - 1500 watts/second

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Product Highlights

  • Battery Yields 150 Full-Power Bursts
  • Symmetrical or Asymmetrical Power
  • 1/10th-Stop Adjustment Increments
  • Built-in Pulsar Radio Receiver
  • Flash Durations from 1/2130-1/5700 sec.
  • LCD Control Panel
  • Works With Bowens DUO and QUAD Heads
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Bowens Explorer 1500 overview

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When a photoshoot requires using a location that is not fully connected to AC circuitry, a DC battery power pack is an ideal solution when smaller on-camera flashes are lacking the light output needed. There are a wide variety of these sorts of devices, but the Bowens, Explorer 1500 Pack stands out with a feature set not found on most other portable strobe power generators.

Contained within this compact, yet powerful pack is a sophisticated operating system that allows for the two head outlets to be adjusted from 31 to 1500 watt/seconds in 1/10th-stop increments. The adjustments can clearly be read in sunlight and low-light with the top-deck control LCD display. Battery charge, status, channel and other essential system info can be easily adjusted and viewed with a quick glance of the screen. Custom functions include: bracketing, sounder, modeling timer, charge, and recall. Also, there is a switchable photocell (slave) that can be replaced by the Bowens Pulsar radio sync receiver that is built into the pack. A Bowens Pulsar transmitter is required for this wireless operation. Otherwise, the two wired PC sync sockets with safe and clean 6V power will connect to any camera with a sync terminal.

Many functions are carried over from the QUAD series AC power packs like auto-bracketing that allow for a succession of shots to be made with the pack automatically lowering and raising the power level around the metered setting. The bracketing interval range is 1/10 to 9/10-stop. The two main independent output channels connect to Bowens QUAD heads and will let users fire them symmetrically, asymmetrically or locked in a chosen ratio. The short flash duration of up to 1/5700th of a second, keeps consistent 5300°K color temperature from shot to shot.

Additionally, a modeling light found on a connected flash head can be powered by the Explorers circuitry that provides a timed 250 Watts power load with a single head and 100 Watts over two heads. It can be programmed to shine for anywhere from 1 to 60 seconds that is either proportional or 100%. The 12 Volt battery will provide up to 150 full-power bursts with a single head. It is quick to recycle and can be augmented by the inclusion of two additional 750 Watts/second Bowens Esprit Gemini on the top deck. Using these Gemini ports, the total power is maximized to a whopping 3000 watts/second over 4 heads. Charging the battery is a breeze and the cell is able to be charged within the pack's housing or with an external charger in 5-6 hours. A quick charger and car charger are also available as optional accessories.

Altogether, the Bowens Explorer is an excellent, full-featured portable flash power generator with features to please the most demanding photographers.

Pack has two main flash head outlets with power divided into two independent channels
Power output ranges from 1500 W/s down to 31 W/s
Flash-voltage stabilization ±1% at maximum power
6 VDC low-voltage synchronization is safe for connections to PC terminals on modern and digital cameras
Rapid and programmable recycling capability
3000 W/s of power is possible when using two optional Esprit Gemini and two QUAD heads
150 shots from a fully-charged battery at 1500 W/s; 180 shots at 1200 W/s
Ultra-short flash durations of 1/5700 sec. for action-stopping photography
In the Box
Bowens Explorer 1500 Portable Battery Generator - 1500 watts/second
  • BW3700 Power Pack
  • BW7642 Battery Cassette
  • BW1821 Sync Cord
  • Universal Charger (120-240V) yabeqeyxyyzsz
  • 1 Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Bowens Explorer 1500 specs

    Maximum Watt/Seconds 1500 W/s (3000 W/s with Gemini sockets & 2 Esprit & 2 QUAD heads)
    Recycle Time 0.5 - 3.8 seconds
    Flash Duration 1⁄2130 - 1⁄5700 second
    Flash Variability 1⁄10 Stop increments
    Sync Voltage 6 VDC
    Voltage Stabilization ±0.1%
    Distribution Symmetrical or Asymmetrical
    Head Outlets 4 (2 Quad and 2 Gemini)
    Flash Ready Indicator Battery Status, 1/1, 3/4, 1/2 and 1/4 power, Ready Light, Switchable Audible Beep
    Battery 12 VDC, 5 Ah Non-spillable sealed lead-acid battery
    Sync Voltage Compliant to ISO 10330 standard
    Built-in Slave Cell Yes
    Circuit Protection Thermostat slows recharging
    Resets automatically
    3x 30A ATO fuses
    Auto Dump Yes
    Dimensions 10.6 x 7.1 x 9.4" (27 x 18 x 24 cm)
    Weight 24.7 lbs (11.2 kg)
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 13.3 x 9.3 x 18.3"

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