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Quantum InstrumentsTurbo SC Power Pack
 
4.7

(based on 188 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (149)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (32)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast charge (154)
  • Reliable (144)
  • Long-lasting (133)
  • Solid construction (85)
  • Easy to install (84)

Cons

  • Pricey (18)
  • Heavy / bulky (4)
  • Loses charge quickly (4)
  • Slow recharge (4)

Best Uses

  • Digital photography (79)
  • Photography (62)
  • Professional cameras (58)
  • Travel (57)
  • Portrait photography (53)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (96), Semi-pro photographer (44), Professional (28), Photo enthusiast (11)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (86)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Quantum Turbo SC Battery

I have been using this with my Canon Speedlite 580 EX II for a little over a year now. This product works well if you read the literature and fully understand the indicators on...Read complete review

I have been using this with my Canon Speedlite 580 EX II for a little over a year now. This product works well if you read the literature and fully understand the indicators on the battery pack, how to connect and power up the unit, and most importantly how to set up the custom functions on your flash. For the Canon Speedlite 580 EX II you have to set the C.FN 12 to 1 for recycling with an external power source. Most people know this, but there was also a notice by Quantum that states you should set C.Fn 01 to 1 to disable the flash going to sleep mode. C.Fn 01 is a great feature if running on straight AA batteries, but if the flash goes to sleep the Quantum Turbo SC loses it's connection to the flash. You can determine if the Quantum Turbo SC has detected the connection to the flash by checking the yellow LED with the Flash symbol on the battery pack. If the LED is steady on you have a good connection to the flash. If the yellow LED is flashing it means that the high voltage has shutdown because the connection to the flash has not been detected. I am embarrassed to admit how long it took me to figure out why I wasn't getting the flash to fire as often as I was expecting it to when connected to the Turbo SC. Hopefully this will help somebody else out down the road.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Small but lacks Battery power

I purchased this product a couple weeks ago to shooting weddings with. The size of the battery is great, it slips onto your belt and you hardly notice the weight. The bad things...Read complete review

I purchased this product a couple weeks ago to shooting weddings with. The size of the battery is great, it slips onto your belt and you hardly notice the weight. The bad things were that the battery died about half way through the wedding and the flash recharge time isn't great, especially indoors when using a full flash. I missed a few shots because the battery was recharging.

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5.0

Quantum Turbo SC - Great Features in a compact power pack!

By Hank

from Orange County, NY

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast Recharge
  • Reliable
  • Solid Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Digital Photography

    Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Power Pack:

    Happy with my exchange (returned a Bolt battery pack for this one). This battery pack lives up to its specs: fast charging, recycling, solid build. I do wish it came with a strap (like the Bolt did) - not a deal-breaker. I can fire off at least 6 - 8 consecutive shots at 1/4 power at a blistering 12fps! I use this battery pack with my Sony A77II DSLR for press events.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Turbo SC

    By Haren

    from Green Brook, NJ

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Install
    • Fast Recharge
    • Long-Lasting
    • Reliable
    • Solid Construction

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Digital Photography

    Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Power Pack:

    Ii feel it is one of the most useful element in you Camera Bag. I does what it is designed for (flawlessly).
    I have 3 600Ex-rts for my Canon 5DSR. If you do any sort of event photography, then this is a must have accessory.
    It is compact, not heavy as trubo pro and recharges very fast.

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    5.0

    Outstanding and Excellent Speed and Recovery Performance

    By RSB Sr

    from Shreveport, LA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast Recharge
    • Long-Lasting
    • Reliable
    • Solid Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Digital Photography
      • Photography
      • Portrait Photography

      Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Power Pack:

      This is my second Turbo SC Power Pack. The charge time and process is quick. Light weight, I use the belt clip, and the pack is very light weight and compact. I have been using Quantum batteries for over 20 years now. If service is ever needed their customer service is there to do just that... SERVICE! I use my packs with my Olympus cameras and dedicated flash system.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Nice addition

      By japo_jon

      from Los Angeles, CA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast Recharge
      • Reliable

      Cons

      • Slow Recharge

      Best Uses

        Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Power Pack:

        Charges quickly and lasts long enough for my events.
        Recycle time is ok.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Exceeded Expectations

        By Jim Wilkerson

        from Decatur, Illinois

        Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Power Pack:

        This unit has already gotten me through two full days of wedding shoots and there is still power left. It provides very quick recovery time and there isn't one thing I don't like about it.

        Nice!

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        1.0

        do not buy Quantum!

        By Dmytro

        from Ukraine

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Pros

        • Easy to Install
        • Fast Recharge
        • Solid Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Power Pack:

            I got acquainted with Quantum several years ago. I bought TRIO, 5Dr and two of these battery packs. Later I purchased CoPilot as well. Among all of these products 5Dr is the only product which works well.I won't describe all the issues in this review but will state only those which concern these battery packs.They just don't live more then 4 years if you use it not very often (even if you save it fully charged). After around 4 years these packs show full discharge after being fully charged. I am not the only one who has this problem. .......I feel really pity for starting working with Quantum system. Do not waste your money! There are lots of better and more reliable systems!

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            5.0

            Reliable Workhorse & lightweight

            By Ben

            from Ellicott City, Md.

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Long-Lasting
            • Reliable
            • Solid Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Digital Photography
              • Portrait Photography
              • Weddings Barmitzvahs

              Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Power Pack:

              This is my 2nd unit - I bought the 1st way back in 2007 and that unit is still running smooth as well. Very dependable and lots of shots for the weight. I average approx. 300-350 rapid fires using TTL with my quantum t5d. I average a bit more shots when connected manual and fired remotely (ie, used for secondary room fill light). I use it for weddings & portrait shoots. This doesn't have as much power as the Turbo-3, but it is significantly lighter & less $$. Finally, I tried 1 other brand to save a few dollars and had to return it and return Quantum. I can't think of any cons except that it is a bit pricey, but it comes down to trade-offs.

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              5.0

              Small Package, Big Power

              By Mak Rabbitt

              from Columbus, Ohio

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Long-Lasting
              • Reliable
              • Solid Construction

              Cons

              • Slow Recharge

              Best Uses

              • Digital Photography
              • Photography
              • Portrait Photography

              Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Power Pack:

              Very small battery with a big punch. I used this to replace my Quantum Turbo and Turbo Blade. This is powering my Q-Flash mounted on a Cheetah Stand for reception and formal photos on the wedding day. It is super light weight and has the power to deliver enough flashes to last all day.

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              5.0

              I only purchase from B & H

              By Tony

              from Springfield, PA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Long-Lasting

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Photography

                Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Power Pack:

                As usual it was perfect.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Lightweight power source

                By pic

                from westchester, ny

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Event photography
                  • Photography

                  Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Power Pack:

                  I use this to help recycle flash power faster when shooting events, especially at night. It's lightweight and works well. This is actually my second unit because the on/off switch of my old unit isn't working well any more (which is why it's getting a 4, not a 5), so that one becomes my backup and this is my goto. Pet peeve is that they don't include a strap in the box, it would be such a small additional expense for them but would make the package seem complete.

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                  5.0

                  Outstanding power

                  By Bill the photographer

                  from Pennsylvania

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Long-Lasting
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                  • Bulky

                  Best Uses

                  • Digital Photography
                  • Photography
                  • Portrait Photography

                  Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Power Pack:

                  Love these batteries. Shot a wedding and a separate event this past weekend and never had to charge it. Flash power all day!

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                  5.0

                  Now I can breathe, I have power!

                  By The saver

                  from New York

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Install
                  • Fast Recharge
                  • Light To Wear On The Hip
                  • Long-Lasting
                  • Reliable
                  • Solid Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Back Up
                    • Digital Photography
                    • Photography
                    • Portrait Photography
                    • Travel

                    Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Power Pack:

                    I went through alkaline batteries to rechargeable batteries, back to alkaline. I had no clue as to whether I'd ever make a safe flash photo shoot without missed shots along the way. Finally, I found this power pack designed specifically "the battery guzzler". When I came across this device on a chance google, I did my happy dance before even buying the device. To my expectations, it's perfect.

                    Thank you
                    B&H!

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                    5.0

                    Great power for a small sized pack

                    By nicolewww

                    from los angeles, ca

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy to Install
                    • Fast Recharge
                    • Reliable
                    • Solid Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Digital Photography
                      • Photography

                      Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Power Pack:

                      I use the pack for recycling time and it works great. 250+ full power flashes, but my key ingredient is the 1/4 time recycling between flashes. It is much smaller and lighter than the old plain QuantumTurbo, but works great for the price.

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                      5.0

                      So Far So Good!

                      By NA

                      from Atlanta, GA

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Reliable
                      • Solid Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Digital Photography
                        • Event photography

                        Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Power Pack:

                        Have only used the Turbo SC for one event, but it did well!

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Great for intermediate shooting

                        By P-Funk

                        from Florence, SC

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Install
                        • Fast Recharge
                        • Reliable
                        • Solid Construction

                        Cons

                        • For Price Charge Should L
                        • Longer Charge
                        • Loses Charge Quickly

                        Best Uses

                        • Digital Photography
                        • Photography
                        • Portrait Photography
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Power Pack:

                        Used to power my Quantum flash. Light and easy to operate. Wish it did not drain as fast. I bounce my flash which requires a greater drain on the battery. I purchased another to complete the larger jobs.

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                        5.0

                        Stunning Speedlight Performance

                        By Sean Howard

                        from Toronto, Ontario Canada

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast Recharge
                        • Long-Lasting
                        • Reliable
                        • Solid Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Outdoor photography

                          Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Power Pack:

                          I use this with my 580EXii speedlights. I am able to take multiple shots a second now with no waiting for my strobes to recharge. I love how small and lightweight this unit is. Exactly as advertised. My only complaint is the six foot max length cord (ordered separately.)

                          Be careful to not fire your strobes too many times in quick succession or they may burn out!

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                          5.0

                          Lots of power, great reliability

                          By Photoman

                          from Ny Ny

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Long-Lasting
                          • Reliable
                          • Solid Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Back Up
                            • Digital Photography
                            • Photography
                            • Portrait Photography

                            Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Power Pack:

                            I am a wedding photographer.
                            Battery provides lots of power and flashes.
                            I don't leave home without it.

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            So far so good

                            By simchashooter

                            from Eliabeth New Jersey

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Fast Recharge
                            • Long-Lasting
                            • Solid Construction

                            Cons

                            • Bulky

                            Best Uses

                            • Digital Photography

                            Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Power Pack:

                            Started using it to amateur photograph weddings, especially dancing. While it is very light and inconspicuous on my belt, and technically does fit in my shirt pocket, it fills the pocket to the max. It was larger than I had visualized it. I was debating between getting this or the full size Turbo 3 because I wanted to be able to shoot > 400 pictures with it. But I am glad I got this one.
                            Do recognize that you still need to have batteries in a Nikon SB-800 flash when using it for the flash to function, and those batteries can be leaned on for another 75-100 flashes or so with reasonable recharge speeds if they are NiMH high mAh. You can even add a fifth with their adapter, but not when using the external battery pack.

                            Can also recharge the Turbo at least partially while using the AAs.

                            So in sum, I would rather use Turbo SC I combination with AA batteries to get my 500-600 shots per wedding, and if that doesn't cut it, I would rather pay a little more to get a second one rather than always schlepping around the heavier Turbo 3 while dancing. This is the biggest you'd want to wear while dancing and moving among crowds I think. It's more bulky that I pictured it, but not too bad on a belt.

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                            5.0

                            Solid Performer - Reliable Battery Pack

                            By Wellie

                            from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Install
                            • Fast Recharge
                            • Long-Lasting
                            • Reliable
                            • Solid Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Digital Photography
                              • Event photography
                              • Wedding Photography

                              Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Power Pack:

                              I use this my "go to" pack for those long days and events when you need not worry about longer recycle times as the AA batteries in my speedlights drain down. The Turbo SC provides consistent and very fast recharges to cover wedding and corporate events alike. The Quantum cables (extra) allow me to use the SC with my Metz or Canon flashes without any problems. Very happy with this product!

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                              5.0

                              No more changing batteries

                              By Ton

                              from Virginia

                              Comments about Quantum Instruments Turbo SC Power Pack:

                              Excellent purchase for me! I do not have to worry about whether ir not i have enough juice! I l know im set for the whole day of shooting.

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