Speedotron 1500 W/S Digital Explorer

Speedotron 1500 W/S Digital Explorer

Speedotron 1500 W/S Digital Explorer

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Speedotron 1500 W/S Digital Explorer

Speedotron 1500 W/S Digital Explorer

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The Speedotron Explorer 1500 is a power pack utilizing many of the best elements of the Speedotron Black line of strobe products. It is a cost-effective solution to gas-powered generators, where AC power for strobes is not available.

The Explorer provides up to 225 full power flashes to a single 103 Black Line Series flash head with color-corrected flashtube (not included). That number will be significantly lower when using two heads with this pack. Its battery has an integral charger that operates with any AC current from 85-265 AC Volts. It has 2 head outlets, and power may be divided asymmetrically - 1000 and 500 watt/seconds. It will power a modeling light up to 10 seconds at a time, powering off automatically, to conserve battery power (150 watts maximum recommended). Recycle time is 3.5 seconds @ full power.

The power supply includes the power pack, battery, AC charging cable, sync cord and carrying case.

UPC: 689670188722
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Speedotron Digital Explorer 1500 Watt/Second Battery Operated Power Supply
  • Power Pack
  • Battery
  • AC Charger Cable
  • Sync Cord
  • Carrying Case
  • 2-Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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    Speedotron Explorer 1500 specs

    Power Pack
    Maximum Watt/Seconds 1500
    Recycle Time 3.5 seconds @ 1500 w/s
    Flash Variability 7 f-stops, 1500 - 15.6 w/s
    Distribution 2 Outlets, asymmetrical 2:1 or symmetrical 1:1
    Flash Ready Indicator Charge ready light, switchable audible beep
    Built-in Slave Cell Optical
    Auto Dump Yes
    Fan Cooled None for pack, also does not provide power to fans in lamp heads
    Number of Flashes @ Full Power 225 @ full power @ slow recycle
    Dimensions 9.5 x 5.4 x 11.7" (24 x 14 x 30 cm)
    Weight 24.8 lbs (11.2 kg)
    Battery Charge Time 3 hours
    Operating Voltage Charger: 85-265 VAC
    Weight N/A
    Dimensions Kit in Case: Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Weight Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 28.2 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 18.4 x 12.5 x 7.9"

    Speedotron Explorer 1500 reviews

    1500 W/S Digital Explorer is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 6.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Have Light, Will Travel! I've primarily been a studio photographer for the past 25 years, but recently more and more of my work has been on-location. I have always used Speedotron so I have enough of their gear to light a city. These Explorers allow me to take all of my equipment anywhere I want. Durable, dependable, powerful. Best investment I've made in a long time.
    Date published: 2013-10-22
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome battery pack! Awesome battery pack. I use it on location and it works perfectly with my 202VF heads. The fans are disabled when using with the pack. The only drawback is the weight if you have an assistant holding it while shooting.
    Date published: 2009-03-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rocking Old Timer! Just used it in an airport shoot. No trip hazard so battery power was needed. Ive had Blackline traditional HEAVY power pack for awhile (2401A). To be honest it was gathering dust since I've moved to Canon 600ez-rt speedlights. The need for real power lights are less and less in this clean-high-iso-camera era that doesn't need the nuclear blast of a 45 lbs of 80's American engineering encased in heavy steel. But when you do need some portable powerhorses there are the newer kids in the block like Profoto, Hensel.... I was about to starve and give up drinking for few months so I can afford these hipster Euro units but this Digital Explorer came to rescue. Since I've had some black line heads I bought this wonderful workhorse. I was impressed with this unit. the consistency of output, the sturdy workmanship, the well thoughout case. The power is enough to go through big softboxes, 7 ft umbrellas or the like. The bad: You can only do 1:1 ratio or 1:2 ratio. The variable knob adjusts both lights at the same time. you can't adjust them separately . Black line users are used to this but the lack of other ratio makes it less flexible. But honestly, I think most will use to this to power just one head with a modifier. So its not that bad. The other bad. The menu system is horrible. its like trying to program your 90's VCR. But once you get used to it, it only takes a few minutes to check the battery level... sheesh. Its powerful, the flash duration is pretty fast (on 103's) battery life is not too bad and best of all you don't need to starve or give up drinking to buy one of these things!
    Date published: 2015-12-21
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Simple and easy. Great addition to my other Speedotron equipment. 102 flash heads work with no problems. It is simple to operate ... perfect for location shoots. I may even get another one soon.
    Date published: 2009-12-24
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from 1500 Explorer This great . Since I already owned speedotron lighting it was nice to be able to use my existing lighting with this pack for location or studio . Nice product
    Date published: 2009-02-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent power supply for the money I've owned Speedotron for several decades and find it to be the most reliable strobe equipment. I was hesitant about this pack because it was a new design and didn't know how it'd hold up. After a few years on location my doubts are history. This pack is very versatile and at lowest power settings there is excellent flash-to-flash consistency. .1 stop according to my Minolta Flash meter. I was shooting on a football field late at night one time and when the sprinklers went off three feet away, I thought I'd see the power supply short out. Even though it got some water splashed directly on it, the pack didn't die. We finished the shoot and as a safety measure I sent it in to Speedotron's renown service department and it came back two days later without any problems or need of repair. The only down-side to this pack is its weight. It's about 25 lbs., of which 20 lbs. is the battery.
    Date published: 2011-10-05
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