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Jul 02, 2010 14:38 |  #1

When using the Pixel battery pack..do I still need to use batteries in the flash???


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Jul 02, 2010 14:39 |  #2

93octane wrote in post #10467672 (external link)
When using the Pixel battery pack..do I still need to use batteries in the flash???

Yes. The batteries will power the flash itself (controls, screen etc.)




  
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Jul 02, 2010 15:33 as a reply to  @ int2str's post |  #3

You most certainly do need 4 AA's in your flash but they last forever when powering from the Pixel battery pack. By using an external pack, the only functions that the internal batteries are powering are the CPU, display and onboard LED's.

The external pack is popping the flash and recharging the capacitors and that's the real power hog.

If you didn't already see my review of the Pixel battery pack, here it is:

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=896434


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Jul 02, 2010 16:31 |  #4

Therre is also the thread on the Pixel power pack TD-381 which is for Canon Speedlites. Robert's review is for the TD-382 for Nikon Speedlights. The performance is much the same, but the electronics and connectors differ.

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=807544


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Jul 02, 2010 16:36 |  #5

TMR Design wrote in post #10467921 (external link)
By using an external pack, the only functions that the internal batteries are powering are the CPU, display and onboard LED's.

IIRC, if C.Fn-07=0, then the internals charge too.

BTW, nice review on the Pixel battery pack. I have one too and like it - now I know why! :)


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Jul 03, 2010 16:17 |  #6

I got it...works great...

One more question...those that have the pixel battery pack or the canon what method to you use to attach it to your light stand???


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Jul 03, 2010 16:45 |  #7

93octane wrote in post #10472444 (external link)
I got it...works great...

One more question...those that have the pixel battery pack or the canon what method to you use to attach it to your light stand???

I either use a short lanyard attached to hang it or I use the 1/4"-20 screw to mount it to a Superclamp or V clamp.


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Jul 03, 2010 21:23 |  #8

I thought about using the 1/4 - 20 screw and use a super clamp, but don't know if the superclamp is too bulky...


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Jul 03, 2010 21:50 |  #9

93octane wrote in post #10473442 (external link)
I thought about using the 1/4 - 20 screw and use a super clamp, but don't know if the superclamp is too bulky...

The Superclamp can be bulky and heavy especially when you're packing light. The Smith Victor V-Clamp works well too.

I just treaded a piece of cord through the slots and joined them. I find that just hanging it is better and doesn't require any hardware.


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Jul 03, 2010 22:47 |  #10

The canon one comes with a velcro strap, I just use that to attach it to the lightstand.


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Jul 03, 2010 22:50 |  #11

TMR Design wrote in post #10473525 (external link)
I just threaded a piece of cord through the slots and joined them. I find that just hanging it is better and doesn't require any hardware.

Exactly what I do, too. I was a little concerned about whether the battery tray would drop out if the wallet is not used, but so far it's good.


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Jul 03, 2010 23:37 |  #12

CliveyBoy wrote in post #10473724 (external link)
Exactly what I do, too. I was a little concerned about whether the battery tray would drop out if the wallet is not used, but so far it's good.

Unless yours has a loose battery compartment I can't imagine any reason for concern. The latch on the Yongnuo is snug and secure but the one on the Pixel is a bit more substantial and it's super snug. There's no way the battery tray could possible come loose, in my opinion.


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Jul 04, 2010 09:15 |  #13

I use a Dog Collar and Key Ring. The collar goes through the Pouch and the ring goes on the spud of the light stand...


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Jul 04, 2010 10:34 |  #14

I use six inch ball bungies.
Slide them through the belt look and then rap around the light stand.


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