After doing a review and pop tests with the Innovatronix Explorer Mini I decided to do similar tests with the Paul C. Buff Vagabond Mini Lithium.
Results were good, as expected, with a few bumps in the road.
I only did full power pop tests with the VML because battery life at full power was so good that I saw no reason to test at lower power levels. Anything less than full power and battery life is exceptional.
I tested the following strobes:
PCB Einstein E640
Elinchrom D-Lite 4it
If I had other strobes available to me for testing, I would have included them but since it seems that most people that aren't shooting pack and head systems are either shooting with PCB or Elinchrom strobes. I know there are others but those two do seem to be the most popular.
I was going to test a pair or Einstein's and a pair of 600RX's but sadly, the VML battery failed before I could complete the tests. It was shipped to PCB on behalf of the owner (dmward) and returned to him with a new battery, but no further explanation.
Pop, pop, pop:
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Obviously, the E640 had no issues and worked fine. The Elinchrom 600RX and 300RX also had no problems, as they are not bi-voltage. The D-Lite 4it worked well but I did get the Elinchrom E4 error and the unit had to be rebooted. After reboot everything was fine but it did happen another time. Each time the reboot fixed the glitch.
The BXRi's were a different story. The BX25Ri works well and should be considered compatible but if you have the audible ready beep on you can hear the additional beeps as voltage is stabilized. The glitching is pretty consistent and recycle times increase drastically, and honestly, I would not recommend this combination.
The BX500Ri is absolutely incompatible with the VML. This strobe not only has the glitching, but it also misfires 3 out of every 5 pops, and that was also very consistent.
The delayed recycling is one thing but misfires, or missed shots, are unacceptable. Therefore, the BX500Ri does not work with the VML.
For this reason, the Innovatronix Explorer Mini is a better solution for the BXRi bi-voltage strobes.
You can compare these numbers to those of the Innovatronix Explorer Mini here.