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BoltCyclone DR PP-400DR Dual Outlet Power Pack
 
4.7

(based on 40 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (27)
  • Compact (25)
  • Lightweight (25)
  • Durable (21)
  • Great picture quality (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Weddings (29)
  • Family photos (18)
  • Sports/action (15)
  • Travel (8)
  • Landscape/scenery (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (14), Pro photographer (13), Photo enthusiast (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (32)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Works as advertise

I just picked this up and found that is a great addition to my camera. The unit so far works great and after 500 flash on auto TTL mode the battery is still full. ...Read complete review

I just picked this up and found that is a great addition to my camera. The unit so far works great and after 500 flash on auto TTL mode the battery is still full. I can't wait to use this for a wedding where my standard external AA battery pack would run out of juice when you need it most. I'm hoping this unit would resolve this.

Plus about the unit is that you can buy a backup battery and charge the other battery without the need of the main circuitry portion on top.

The only minus is that the unit is kinda big on the hip. But I'm willing to deal with that over AA batteries.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

The Jury is Still Out

I'm a professional photographer who purchased the Bolt Cyclone DR PP-400DR at the end of January. I liked all of the positive reviews regarding this battery pack, specifically, the long run time...Read complete review

I'm a professional photographer who purchased the Bolt Cyclone DR PP-400DR at the end of January. I liked all of the positive reviews regarding this battery pack, specifically, the long run time without recharging. To be fair, I waited to review this product until I had used it several times.
Three weeks ago, I shot a wedding on a Saturday, and another the next day. The first wedding went off without a hitch, and the Bolt battery pack worked perfectly. After shooting on Saturday, I recharged the battery for Sunday's wedding. On Sunday during the wedding shoot, the battery pack shut itself off a couple of times while in use (not a good thing when the bride is walking in), and at one point during the wedding, the battery pack went completely dead. This surprised me because it was only in use for three hours intermittently and the meter showed that it was fully charged when I checked it moments before.
I quickly plugged in the charger, and within one minute, the battery revived itself and showed that it was again fully charged. Prior to these weddings, I had tested the battery several times and noticed that on occasion, although fully charged one day, the battery wouldn't show any charge on the next day. Indeed, it wouldn't even turn on. This was again quickly rectified when I plugged it in for one or two minutes, at which point, the battery again showed that it was fully charged. It seems as if the memory on this battery has to be refreshed on occasion by plugging it in for a moment. Because of this, I'm not sure that I can trust this unit yet.
I do like the light weight of this battery, and the recharge time, overall, is pretty quick. When working properly, the battery does have a long run time. The quality of this unit is decent (made in China), but not outstanding. For me, some additional testing will be needed before I can recommend this battery pack.

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5.0

I would buy this product again and again!

By Big Buck

from Corona, NY

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Sports/Action
    • Travel
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Bolt Cyclone DR PP-400DR Dual Outlet Power Pack:

    Used this at a wedding and baby shower without recharging and it still has power.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great

    By Dawn

    from Colorado

    Comments about Bolt Cyclone DR PP-400DR Dual Outlet Power Pack:

    Worked well

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    5.0

    Worried-2

    By DBP

    from dallas tx

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Good quality
    • Long Lasting Charge

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Bolt Cyclone DR PP-400DR Dual Outlet Power Pack:

      I first reviewed this back in June. this is the first power pack i have ever used. I was worried back then because i had purchased a Metz 64 flash and was wanting to us this with that flash. i ordered the cable from the pwr pack to the flash. the fully charge pwr pack seem to last for months and the AA batteries in the flash lasted just as long. I have used many times at football games and it has worked out GREAT!!!!

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      3.0

      Battery Pack Problem

      By Dejan

      from Longmont, Colorado

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Bolt Cyclone DR PP-400DR Dual Outlet Power Pack:

          I purchased a similar battery pack, same manufacturer but different brand stamp, and had problems.

          Good: fast recycle times, power, ease of use
          Bad: automatically shut off while using, died while using

          I was using the battery pack at several shoots, and expected a fully charged battery pack to be on supplying power to my Nikon speedlights. When I needed the flash, there was no power. The battery shut off without warning. I returned the pack in exchange for a new one. Same problem. I replaced the cable...turns out I had a bad cable. Now, it seems like there is no power being supplied to the speedlights...really? Yes, because my speedlight batteries are going dead after using this battery pack.

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          • No

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          4.0

          Really like them

          By stlatham

          from Jacksonville, AL

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Expensive

          Best Uses

          • Location shoots

          Comments about Bolt Cyclone DR PP-400DR Dual Outlet Power Pack:

          I've been using lights and batteries from a different company for years, which worked well for me. But, I wanted something smaller and lighter to carry and read some reviews about the Bolt strobes and this battery and decided to give them a try. After using them on 3 or 4 shoots, I'm quite pleased. I can carry the same number of lights and batteries in a significantly smaller and lighter case. The 400DR's are easy to use, recycle very quickly using the adapter that allows a strobe to be plugged into both ports at once, and very light weight. The downside is that they're too expensive IMHO... a price point of around $ less would be reasonable. But, if you don't have assistants to lug your gear around or have back problems like me, the extra price might be worth it.

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          • No

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          5.0

          just what i needed

          By Drew Webb Photography

          from United Kingdom

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use

          Cons

          • Recharge Time

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Bolt Cyclone DR PP-400DR Dual Outlet Power Pack:

          i have been using strobes for weddings for years and have been looking for a bit more power to get those dramatic skys.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Cyclone power pack

          By Dennis

          from Cincinnati

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy Read Power Gague
          • Easy to Use

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Bolt Cyclone DR PP-400DR Dual Outlet Power Pack:

          This power pack is great. I use it to power my nikon 910 flash. It allows me to shoot in burst mode with the flash.The power pack fits nicely on my belt type camera holder It is very well built and I like the way that the battery part is removable from the power pack.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Awesome, just plain awesome!

          By Columbus, OH wedding photog

          from Columbus, OH

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight
          • Long Battery Life

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Sports/Action
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Bolt Cyclone DR PP-400DR Dual Outlet Power Pack:

            So much easier than changing AAs every 20-30 minutes at a wedding reception. I haven't used it with two flashes at the same time, but I can for sure tell you I have no idea when I'm ever going to run out of power! 4 hours of reception photos and still had 4/4 on the battery life!

            I also got it on sale, so the price for me was great!

            Not a must-have, but I don't think I'll ever shoot another wedding without it!

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            • No

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            5.0

            I would buy this product again

            By Pat

            from Denver Co.

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use
            • Great Picture Quality
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Bolt Cyclone DR PP-400DR Dual Outlet Power Pack:

              The Bolt cyclone dr pp-400dr is a great product,it recycles very fast and you can shoot all day on a single charge.I use it to power a quantum QFLASH T5D-R and works much better the my old turbo Flash.I also use it with my Canon Rt600 with a quantum cable

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              • No

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              4.0

              Works well, cheap construction

              By Joe

              from Los Angeles

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Flimsy Construction

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Sports/Action
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Bolt Cyclone DR PP-400DR Dual Outlet Power Pack:

              The battery pack is light, works well, but has really cheap connectors.

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              • No

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              4.0

              power plus

              By wwr

              from redding, Ct.

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Multi Shots
                • Sports/Action
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Bolt Cyclone DR PP-400DR Dual Outlet Power Pack:

                Versatile, compact, convenient, general all around use.
                Great backup. need additional time to fully evaluate.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Works well.

                By Robert

                from Chicago

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Bolt Cyclone DR PP-400DR Dual Outlet Power Pack:

                  I used this product with two canon 600exrt's. It worked as it was supposed to.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Worried

                  By DBPhoto

                  from Dallas, Tx

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Bolt Cyclone DR PP-400DR Dual Outlet Power Pack:

                    I will be using this for night sports, products, events and many other applications.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    great

                    By joe

                    from ohio

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Bolt Cyclone DR PP-400DR Dual Outlet Power Pack:

                      Very light to carry around

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Love it

                      By TR Stewart

                      from MidSouth

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Bolt Cyclone DR PP-400DR Dual Outlet Power Pack:

                        Have all ways wanted a rechargeable pack for my Canon Flashes. This one could get you in trouble though as it will fire the flash enough times in a short period to cause a meltdown. The pack is rugged and well built which is a plus for me as my work is outside most of the time. The cords that are required for to connect to your flash is well built but expensive. Being that it will power 2 flashes then you need 2 cords which will run you almost 100 dollars. All in all I am very happy with the unit and would recommened it to anyone that does work with speedlites outdoors and needs strong portability.

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                        5.0

                        Great primary battery pack

                        By Steve

                        from Washington, DC

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Bolt Cyclone DR PP-400DR Dual Outlet Power Pack:

                          I had relied on the aa-packs before, and compared to those this is a world better. The charge lasts nearly a full day of heavy use, and the recycle time is effectively instant for any normal use (who really is using 1/1 pops all the time?)

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                          3.0

                          The Jury is Still Out

                          By Dennis A

                          from Coventry, RI

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Bolt Cyclone DR PP-400DR Dual Outlet Power Pack:

                            I'm a professional photographer who purchased the Bolt Cyclone DR PP-400DR at the end of January. I liked all of the positive reviews regarding this battery pack, specifically, the long run time without recharging. To be fair, I waited to review this product until I had used it several times.
                            Three weeks ago, I shot a wedding on a Saturday, and another the next day. The first wedding went off without a hitch, and the Bolt battery pack worked perfectly. After shooting on Saturday, I recharged the battery for Sunday's wedding. On Sunday during the wedding shoot, the battery pack shut itself off a couple of times while in use (not a good thing when the bride is walking in), and at one point during the wedding, the battery pack went completely dead. This surprised me because it was only in use for three hours intermittently and the meter showed that it was fully charged when I checked it moments before.
                            I quickly plugged in the charger, and within one minute, the battery revived itself and showed that it was again fully charged. Prior to these weddings, I had tested the battery several times and noticed that on occasion, although fully charged one day, the battery wouldn't show any charge on the next day. Indeed, it wouldn't even turn on. This was again quickly rectified when I plugged it in for one or two minutes, at which point, the battery again showed that it was fully charged. It seems as if the memory on this battery has to be refreshed on occasion by plugging it in for a moment. Because of this, I'm not sure that I can trust this unit yet.
                            I do like the light weight of this battery, and the recharge time, overall, is pretty quick. When working properly, the battery does have a long run time. The quality of this unit is decent (made in China), but not outstanding. For me, some additional testing will be needed before I can recommend this battery pack.

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                            • No

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Perfect Replacement for Quantum Turbo

                            By 02 Nomad

                            from Catonsville, MD

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Durable
                            • Easy to Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Bolt Cyclone DR PP-400DR Dual Outlet Power Pack:

                              I was looking for an external battery pack to replace the heavy Turbo and saw the Bolt Cyclone for sale at B & H, so I took a chance and bought one and an additional battery to go with it. I am truly amazed at the light weight and the ability of the power pack to go all day when shooting a wedding. This is definitely one of my best purchases! Works great with my Canon speedlites!

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                              4.0

                              Good Gear

                              By Ibrahim

                              from Saudi Arabia

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Bolt Cyclone DR PP-400DR Dual Outlet Power Pack:

                                  This is a good battery , but the only disadvantage that you can't charge while operating , otherwise very good

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Works Great!

                                  By PrislovskyPhoto

                                  from San Antonio, Texas

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Weddings/Events

                                    Comments about Bolt Cyclone DR PP-400DR Dual Outlet Power Pack:

                                    I've used this power pack at 3 weddings so far and it's been great! No more AAs down the drain. Works as advertised w/ fast recycle. It took one major fall with no side effects.

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