I received my Mini yesterday, and I echo Rob's comments about the great build and small size. This will be useful!
I have Genesis 400's which are digital so I was waiting for the mini to become available. I just ran a quick test firing two 400WS Genesis at full power.
The first thing I noticed was that the flashes behave differently running from the mini as opposed to when they are plugged into a wall outlet. When running off normal AC wall power, the ready beep is heard only once. However, when running off the mini, there are multiple beeps 1-2 seconds after firing, then a final beep a few seconds after that. The strobes won't fire after the first set of beeps but are ready to go after the final beep. That first set of beeps usually consists of three in quick succession, but occasionally there would be two or four.
When the mini's battery is fully charged, the first set of beeps were finished in about 1.4 seconds, with the final beep at 5 seconds.
After 50 flashes, the first set of beeps was complete at 1.8 seconds, final beep about 5.9 seconds.
After 75 flashes, the first set of beeps was complete after 2 seconds, the final beep at 6 seconds.
The mini gave a battery low indication after the 85th firing. At this point the first beeps were finished at about 2.4 seconds, the final beep came at about 6.7 seconds.
The mini shut off after the 92nd flash.
It's on the charger now. I'm also going to test two strobes at half power, and a single strobe at full power. It'll probably take me a few more days to do those.
Rob, this is the first time I've ever used battery power for studio strobes. Is the multiple beep scenario I have ok? I'm not in danger of doing any damage to the strobes, am I?
I'm anxious to see what you get with the more powerful BX500Ri's!