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myko5
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p.1 #1 · p.1 #1 · Battery packs for SB-900


I am looking into picking up a couple of battery packs for my SB-900's, I would love the nikon packs, but at $199 a pop, I think I will try third party. The only other packs I have seen is Bolt and Cheetah. Any reviews/opinions on these, or suggestions of others?

Thanks



Mar 02, 2013 at 08:09 PM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Battery packs for SB-900


Have this after trashing the Bolt

http://www.amazon.com/Portable-Extended-Battery-HVL-F58AM-Olympus/dp/B007E3LQXG/ref=sr_1_6?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1362255298&sr=1-6&keywords=sb-900+battery+pack



Mar 02, 2013 at 08:16 PM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Battery packs for SB-900


Any e-bay special should be the same as the Nikon Pack. Get a 8 Battery version as that would be the SD-9 equivalent. Basically all it does is feed power through the cable. Very hard to go wrong unless you Overvolt it.

Unless you're buying a Litium-Ion pack. There isn't much to write about.

The pack above looks like a Glorified AA battery pack. It took 8 1.2V NiMh battery cells and integrated a charger into it. I'm not saying its bad. Just know what you're buying. It might last longer just due to the fact that cheap 3rd party Li-Ion batteries tend to have short life spans because they don't get access to better quality Li-Ion cells. Where NiMh is a bit more forgiving.



Mar 02, 2013 at 08:21 PM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Battery packs for SB-900


I didn't realize there were rechargeable battery packs for this, thanks. And those are still cheaper then the nikon pack. LukeB do you have experience with those packs?


Mar 02, 2013 at 09:02 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Battery packs for SB-900


I have these for my SB-900's: http://www.ebay.com/itm/110907007520?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649
They do their job fine, yet to have a problem with them. The pouch is also handy and you cannot do wrong with these at that price!



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p.1 #6 · p.1 #6 · Battery packs for SB-900


I have The Black Box from Al Jacobs.

Have a look here...

http://www.aljacobs.com/our-products/the-black-box.html



Mar 04, 2013 at 03:29 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Battery packs for SB-900


The Black Box is all sold out--looked like a small startup like Newton Brackets.

I'm considering the:
- YongNuo (http://www.ebay.com/itm/8AA-YONGNUO-Flash-Battery-Pack-SF-18-Nikon-SB900-/110518902223?pt=Camera_Flash_Accessories&hash=item19bb709dcf)
- Pixel (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pixel-Flashlight-Battery-Pack-Nikon-SB900-TD-382-4-8AA-/161021556935?pt=Camera_Flash_Accessories&hash=item257da1f8c7)

Anyone try either and have feedback/reviews? Not too many reviews out there for either. Neil van Niekerk said a good word about the Pixels though.

And has the Cheetah one been tested by anyone yet? (https://www.cheetahstand.com/product-p/cl-l4500.htm?1=1&CartID=0) Looks good (they say 1 second refresh).



May 12, 2013 at 02:19 AM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Battery packs for SB-900


I don't use his products, but Al Jacobs (Black Box) has been around for ages. Definitely not a "startup".

I do have a Cheetah lithium pack that can be used to power Nikon and Canon speedlights, although my use has been limited to their CL-180 flash. The battery pack comes with two power ports, and splitters are available for connecting up to 4 lights. Cheetah claims up to 1800 full-power pops with an SB-900. The lithium pack has worked flawlessly with the CL-180, but at $215 for the pack and $22 for the Nikon power cable, it's not the cheapest solution around. When it comes to SB-910's, I just keep spare AA's in my pocket.



May 12, 2013 at 04:37 AM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Battery packs for SB-900


Oh... what I meant was that it didn't look like a site that would be updated too often (like a mom & pop online shop).

So your Cheetah Lithium pack powers up to 4 lights at once, will it get them the 1 sec refresh times if I plugged in 3 SB-900s at a time? That's what I'm aiming for with tri-mount SB-900s. Thinking it would be cheaper to get a Cheetah with 3 cables than to get three separate Pixel packs (~$180) and then get another 24 rechargeable AAs (roughly ~$60). Less to pack too. What do you think?



May 12, 2013 at 04:47 AM





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