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Dec 01, 2016 17:35 |  #1471

With AlienBees I used to leave VML charged for days at end and they worked without issues. That is the whole point of lithium battery for me. And I think my VMLs are like 5 yrs old.


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Dec 02, 2016 17:43 |  #1472

Somewhere way back in this thread, I mentioned that both my batteries showed full charge until they stopped working. They have been like that since day one. Both the display and the on battery LED's show full, until the unit powers itself down.

The wall charger has always been accurate at detecting charge.

A few pages back, someone mentioned that the new firmware update might have fixed this, but I have not heard anything definitive.


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Dec 02, 2016 21:44 as a reply to  @ SereneSpeed's post |  #1473

Just updated my firmware, waiting to see if this has been fixed. I usually do a full charge prior to a shoot, but haven't had a shoot with enough pops to see if this is so yet.


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Dec 03, 2016 05:45 |  #1474

The depleted battery worries me because this type of battery normally keeps it's charge very well over a longtime. The 360 batteries do and are usable. Maybe the buildin indicator is pulling the charge out or an other defect.

I always detach the battery from the flash when not in use.




  
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Dec 03, 2016 06:50 |  #1475

Mine does not seem to be suffering from depletion. I just checked the test button on the battery, and it reports full charge. I then attached it to the strobe, and it also reports a full charge. I then hooked it up to the charger, and according to it, it has 50% charge left, which sounds about right for not being recharged after my last shoot with it on Oct 19th.

I always charge it before a shoot, but it would be nice if the indicators were more accurate.


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Dec 03, 2016 08:45 |  #1476

mmmfotografie wrote in post #18201867 (external link)
I always detach the battery from the flash when not in use.

Now I should be doing same, it is just the taking the battery out seems little hard, at least on mine.


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Dec 03, 2016 08:57 as a reply to  @ mmmfotografie's post |  #1477

mmm, I once thought I had that issue, but now I think the power must have been left on, or accidentally turned on while in the bag. That one time, I lost what I figure should have been half a charge (battery was dead when I went to use it - I expected 50%+). Anyway, since then, it has never once depleted. I don't think I've left it more than two weeks since I bought it 6 months ago, but charge always seems consistent with my expectations. I always have one battery connected to the strobe. Always.


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Dec 05, 2016 16:00 |  #1478

Just sold all my flash gear to go Godox (well, Flashpoint…)

Anyone have experience travelling with these lights, or the 360's? I know airlines have some policies regarding lithium batteries.


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Dec 06, 2016 01:09 |  #1479

rebelsimon wrote in post #18204335 (external link)
Just sold all my flash gear to go Godox (well, Flashpoint…)

Anyone have experience travelling with these lights, or the 360's? I know airlines have some policies regarding lithium batteries.

I have 4 and they're always in my checked-in baggage with no hassles whatsoever (so far).

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Dec 06, 2016 02:39 |  #1480

rebelsimon wrote in post #18204335 (external link)
Just sold all my flash gear to go Godox (well, Flashpoint…)

Anyone have experience travelling with these lights, or the 360's? I know airlines have some policies regarding lithium batteries.

I've had a 360 with me in carry on on international flights recently with no problems.

In the US, the TSA has a website which lists the specific rules. The rules do change and it is wise to keep up. They are specific and not always what you would expect. For example, they are stricter about what you can check than about what you can carry on board right now. Why? Because some batteries have caught fire and if it happens in the passenger cabin, it will get noticed and dealt with quickly. In cargo, it's a different story.

I print out the relevant pages and keep them in the bag with the gear in question. Haven't needed it yet.

Know that the officer you are dealing with has almost complete discretion. So don't be a jerk :).


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Dec 06, 2016 05:58 |  #1481

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FAA link: https://www.faa.gov …afety/more_info​/?hazmat=7 (external link)
https://www.faa.gov …sengers_and_bat​teries.pdf (external link)


tl;dr - Spare (uninstalled) lithium ion and lithium metal batteries must be carried in carry-on baggage only. You can carry an unlimited number of <100Watt-hour spare batteries (AD360) and "With airline approval, passengers may also carry up to two spare larger lithium ion batteries (101-160 watt hours)." AD600 batteries are 97 Watt hours.

There appears to be no limit on "installed" batteries that are checked.




  
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Dec 08, 2016 22:17 |  #1482

Thanks for the info.

My Xplor 600 (manual) showed up, along with the x1 Trigger and a few speed lights. The recycle time on the lithium ion speed lights is ridiculously good.

Aside from the crappy focus-assist beam on the x1, I'm really impressed with everything so far. Ordering a second Xplor 600 right away.


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Dec 08, 2016 22:46 |  #1483

rebelsimon wrote in post #18204335 (external link)
Just sold all my flash gear to go Godox (well, Flashpoint…)

Anyone have experience travelling with these lights, or the 360's? I know airlines have some policies regarding lithium batteries.


I put a 360 and battery pack with installed battery in my checked bag once, south west.
It was all sealed up with caps on.

The battery pack was attached to the battery control unit, which I think makes it legal, and not a "spare".

ie: unless you take the battery apart, it is "installed" in the power unit, not a spare.


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Dec 08, 2016 23:02 |  #1484

CyberDyneSystems wrote in post #18207664 (external link)
I put a 360 and battery pack with installed battery in my checked bag once, south west.
It was all sealed up with caps on.

The battery pack was attached to the battery control unit, which I think makes it legal, and not a "spare".

ie: unless you take the battery apart, it is "installed" in the power unit, not a spare.

Not quite. The whole reasoning behind it is that an installed battery (the whole thing) cannot short at the terminals because it is .... well .... installed (lol) so the terminals are covered. One could argue though that a "spare" battery with a cover on it that cannot be removed easily would be considered installed as the terminals cannot be shorted out.
Interestingly, the XPLOR 600 battery is under 100w/h (96.6) so it will not require any special approval to carry in your carry on.


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Dec 08, 2016 23:14 |  #1485

Specifically for the AD360 "battery" which is in fact not just a spare battery, but a two piece assembly which includes the Power Bank 960 and (the bottom 1/3rd) a removable/replaceable battery pack,..

IMAGE: http://shashinki.com/shop/images/GDX-PB960-MZ-02.jpg

If one packs the PB960 one could easily argue that this is a battery installed in the PB960.

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