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Apr 05, 2013 22:56 |  #1

I need a setup that is portable, light and fast recycle time. Which setup below would work best? I would like to use two strobes powered by one battery with not conflicts. I'm open for other suggestions as well.

1. Tronix Explorer mini + two Elinchrome D-Lite 400W/s RX 4

2. Vegabond mini + two Elinchrome D-Lite 400W/s RX 4


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Apr 06, 2013 04:04 |  #2

i'm a huge fan of PCB vagabond mini. Lasts a long time, super lightweight, has a shoulder strap, etc.


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Apr 06, 2013 06:54 |  #3

Cheetah light CL-180. Comes with a lithium ion battery + transmitter and receiver.


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Apr 06, 2013 07:36 |  #4

whatever you choose I would suggest two batteries for sure in case one dies on the job. Right now I use VML with AB strobes.


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Apr 06, 2013 08:16 |  #5

jcolman wrote in post #15796616 (external link)
Cheetah light CL-180. Comes with a lithium ion battery + transmitter and receiver.

I think the cheetah lights are not as powerful as the Elinchrom dlite 400ws


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Apr 06, 2013 18:31 |  #6

Cheetah light CL-180 is about 1 2/3 stop less power @ 150ish w/s

I need a setup that is portable--I don't find either of these portable, but I guess portable is kind of relitive.
light and fast recycle time--I don't know about the Tronix but the VBM is light BUT you will not get fast recycle time for 2 heads. I would guess with the Tronix you would get faster recycle time at the cost of more weight.
If you truly want portable AND fast recycle time it's going to cost and probably cost a lot. I went the rout of 2 Elinchrom Quadra packs I can fit my camera 70-200 2.8 35 1.4 and 50 1.2 some accesories and the 2 Elinchrom all in a carry on size bag (smaller than the think tank airport international)

If you don't truly need portable your setup will work okay but you will not get fast recycle time (it will almost be painfully slow at full power imo) I'd recommend going with the V-mini but going with 2 of them that way you will not have to worry about running extension cords and chancing someone tripping over them and the recycle time will be much improved. If you don't need the full 400ws but need it to be portable I'd go with the Cheetah Light.




  
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Apr 07, 2013 14:03 |  #7

+1 for the vagabond mini. I've used it on my flashpoints and it really doesn't disappoint. Surprisingly small for how great the pack is.


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