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rrwingnut
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Have to do a shoot tomorrow outside and the nearest electrical outlet is 160 feet from where I need to shoot. What size power cords will I need to get to cover 2 Alien Bees 800s? I was pretty sure that I saw this covered on this forum some time ago but the search didn't bring it up.
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Sep 25, 2012 at 05:17 PM
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From Buff Tech Support website when someone asked if 14ga wire was OK for 300ft run:
"300' with 14ga. will be fine, but you may experience a slighly longer recycle time. Also avoid rapid firing the lights, as that can generate heat in the cords at those lengths."

Paul Buff responded to this personally:

"TS is basically correct. But any heat generated in the cord is distributed along the 300' length so is of no consequence. As for recycle time, the difference would be so small I don't think you would be able to measure it."

Hope this helps,
Rick



Sep 25, 2012 at 05:41 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Power cords for Alien Bees


Oh yeah Rick, this helps a lot!
Thanks!



Sep 25, 2012 at 06:21 PM
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Guess I was hoping that the 16 gauge that I already have would have worked:-(


Sep 25, 2012 at 06:39 PM
 

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You need the mini.


Sep 25, 2012 at 06:51 PM
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mini on the way....but still need cords for tomorrow! Client book at the last minuet and couldn't get the mini in time:-(
Really should have got one months ago....this problem of no outlets was coming sooner or later;-)



Sep 25, 2012 at 07:05 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Power cords for Alien Bees


I would suggest plugging in the two B800's into the 16ga cord you have and try it now. Probably will work fine. Then you will know for sure.

Rick



Sep 25, 2012 at 10:07 PM
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I'll give it a try.....thanks Rick!



Sep 25, 2012 at 10:35 PM





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