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Apr 11, 2008 19:52 |  #1

HI lighting people - I'm fresh in the world of lighting and especially studio lighting.

I rented a Elinchrome RX600 to use for the weekend for something I'm doing on location, although I'm concerned there won't be any power outlets available where I'll be shooting.
Sadly i wasn't able to scope out the location before hand.

My main question is can I get a batter backup thing like the MotoMaster Eliminator powerBox 800 link (external link) to power this thing? Is it safe to do so? Im concerned because I had a few people tell me sure no problem that will work, while another person said I can blow the flash head?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!


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Apr 11, 2008 20:58 |  #2

Your link requires a Canadian post code.


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Apr 11, 2008 21:03 |  #3

I got to the site. One reviewer said it wouldn't run their electric chainsaw. I doubt it will run strobes...


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Apr 11, 2008 21:04 |  #4

BTW, this doesn't have a Pure Sine Wave Inverter in it, so you shouldn't use it.


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Apr 11, 2008 21:06 |  #5

you can use M9W 5R8


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Apr 11, 2008 21:07 |  #6

I'm no electrical expert although I understand the sine wave stuff - I'm curious why it would be different then a regular power outlet? I mean how is the battery different from a regular outlet is my main question i guess.

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Apr 11, 2008 22:17 |  #7

I am not good in electrical either, but from reading on the net and a owner manual of the pure sine wave inverter, I learned that most modern electronic are built to run on househole current, which has the 'clean' pure sine wave like charactor. Devices like microwaves and motors runs faster, quiter, and cooler with a sine wave inverter. I have personally seen two electric grinder moter burned out before switch to sine wave inverter. Also the voltage control circuit board in some strobes will not work properly on square wave inverter, or could be damaged by the inverter.

Don't know about the Elinchrom line, I read someone try the AB strobe on the square inverter and it did power up the strobe, but who want to risk the long term effect of the inverter, specially the expensive strobe units.


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Apr 11, 2008 22:31 |  #8

Note taken and glad I asked! when I got mixed reviews on using these types of backup power.

I guess I'll jsut bring a long extension cord and hope there is somewhere to plug in, I'm sure there will be - just a matter of how convenient it will be and how much out of the way I can keep the cord.

Thanks for the info guys.


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