Hensel Porty L 1200 Power Pack

Hensel Porty L 1200 Power Pack

Hensel Porty L 1200 Power Pack

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Product Highlights

  • 1200W/s
  • AC or Battery
  • Symmetrical or Asymmetrical
  • 1/10 Stop Adjustments
  • 7 Stop Range
  • Built in Radio Receiver
  • USB Port
  • Multi-voltage
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Hensel 1200 overview

  • 1Description

The evolution of Lithium battery technology has enabled the production of the Hensel Porty L 1200 Power Pack. Used with a Speed Flash Head this 1200W/s power pack will provide a flash duration of 1/2500 second at full power, and a blistering 1/8100 second at minimum power with recycle times as short as 0.2 seconds. Digital processing ensures consistent power output hour after hour, day after day. The L 1200 distributes power to your flash heads symmetrically or asymmetrically in 1/10 stop increments over a 7 stop range, displayed on its bright 7-segment performance indicator. Although you can go "old school" and fire the Porty via a 1/4" phono plug sync cord or its built-in optical slave, going wireless is a better way. The L 1200 makes it easy with built-in Profoto Air, Hensel Strobe Wizard Plus and Freemask receivers.

The optional transformer/quick charger is multi-voltage, auto-sensing. Besides charging the battery, it can be used as an AC power supply when set to slow recycle mode.

Higher Performance through Lithium Technology
Lithium technology has allowed Hensel to re-engineer the Porty for today's photographer:
  • Faster, smaller, lighter, but with stronger output performance than units with lead-gel cell battery
  • Only 13.5 lb (6.12 kg) total weight but 1200W/s output
  • Extremely fast flash recycle times from 0.2 sec.
  • Extremely short flash duration up to 1/8100 sec (with Speed Head)
  • Choice of symmetric or asymmetric power distribution via the "A" or "B" socket
  • Individual settings in 1/10 f-stop increments
  • Output range of 7 f-stops
  • Remote Control
    Integrated Profoto Air radio, Hensel Strobe Wizard Plus and Freemask receivers. Switchable radio remote functions: output adjustment, triggering, modeling light, standby. Full remote control with both systems, manufacturer compatible.
  • Integrated radio antenna for optimum protection
  • Structural and Convenience Features
  • Metal housing with sturdy, protective rubber profile
  • Large 7-segment performance indicator
  • Special ergonomic handle bar for carrying, with integrated spare fuses
  • Optional use of AC mains switch drawer instead of power pack
  • Connector socket for round plugs / Hensel Porty connector and Pro Mini / 20-pol. long plug via adapter
  • USB port for software updates
  • Durable foil surface with "real" push-buttons and clearly detectable imprint around the push-buttons. Optimized for your sense of touch
  • Name and position of switches and control units are generally the same as previous generation
  • APD, internal power reduction when reducing power output
  • Synchronous socket for standard cord 1/4" (6.3 mm) phono plug
  • Very low synchronous voltage protects digital cameras
  • Thermal monitoring of performance electronics
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    Hensel 1200 specs

    Maximum Watt/Seconds 1200
    Guide Number Depends on head in use
    Recycle Time 0.2 sec @ min. power, 2.1 sec @ max. power
    Flash Duration With Speed Head: 1/8100 sec (t0.5) @ min. power
    Flash Variability 7 f/stops in 1/10 or full f/stop increments, digital control
    Voltage Stabilization Yes, ± 0.3%
    Distribution Symmetrical / Asymmetrical
    Head Outlets 2
    Flash Ready Indicator Switchable Audible indication
    Operating Voltage Pack: 12 VDC
    Transformer / Charger: 100 - 240V AC
    Built-in Slave Cell Optical, plus Profoto Air, Hensel Strobe Wizard Plus and Freemask radio
    Circuit Protection Yes
    Fan Cooled No
    Auto Dump Yes
    Number of Flashes @ Full Power 210 @ full power
    Battery Charge Time 50 minutes to 80% charge
    Dimensions 8.9 x 7.8 x 8" (19.8 x 22.5 x 21.5 cm)
    Weight 13.5 lb (6.12 kg) with battery
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 18.15 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 14.9 x 12.0 x 11.9"

    Hensel 1200 reviews

    Porty L 1200 Power Pack is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Rugged, rain resistant, reliable, high performance Less expensive than Profoto and Broncolor equilivant and basically the same performance and reliability at half the weight. I've owned the Porty 1200 Studiotechnik since it came out in 1996 and it's still going strong without ever breaking and its still using the original bulb after maybe 40,000 flashes! So glad I got the Porty L 1200. The fast recycle time , lithium performance and dependability, solid rainproof build quality, adjustability, and light 13 lbs power pack are just a few of the reasons I love this unit. It has three different groups of radio frequency reception for standard, Freemask and Profoto Air Remote. You can change power settings from the Profoto Air Remote which works from 100 meters away from line of sight. I recommend it over the Hensel brand which is good for only 40 meters unless you need Freemask capability. The Profit Air Remote also has a mode called fast mode where you can sync the camera at 1/320 instead of 1/250 which the Hensel transmitters don't have. Also get the power pack hanger so you can mount the Porty under the center of your light stand making it stable so it won't tip over in the wind. I also recommend the 50 degree 12 reflector which adds 1-1/2 stops of light over the 70 degree 7 standard reflector. It's good down to a 28mm lens on DSLR full frame sensors. I can get a solid F8 aperture on a backlit subject in the sun with the flash 40 feet away @ 1/320 & ISO100 with the 12 reflector. I ordered the 14 reflector which supplies 1-1/3 F-stops more light than the 12 but it is 30 degrees which is the equivalent of a 81mm lens on a DSLR full frame sensor. I also got the AC Mains power supply so I can use it all day in doors without having to worry about batteries. The Lithium batteries do charge quickly though; fast charges to 80% in 45 minutes and then trickle charges to 100% in another 1 hour 15 mins. I'm so impressed with everything about this flash!
    Date published: 2016-04-01
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