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(UPDATE AS OF JUNE, 2010: Aims has updated their 180W inverter to achieve UL certification. Not only is the new model too long for the Pelican 1050, but some of the internals have changed and it can no longer provide power to any flashes that I have tested it with. I may or may not find a suitable alternative. Until then, don't sell your Pelican pack! )
So, I almost pulled the trigger on a Quadra kit twice last week, but I just couldn't do it. Sure, it's light and recycles reasonably quick, but I just don't see $1.5k of value in that set. Plus I'd need at least 2 packs and 2 heads to be able to pick up and do anything with it, plus another $500 for spare batteries to go from 100 to 200 pops.
Instead I'm gonna be putting together my own dream battery pack: Light, tough, good looking, as simple (once it's done) as the Vagabond 2 (but better looking), and cheap.
Here's what I've got so far:
Housing: (Pelican 1050)
Inverter: (Aims 180)
(10 cells/12V, Double-Flat, 5aH Sub-c cells, 16awg, female Deans connector, with copper bar upgrade)
Things you'll need: Spare male/female Deans connectors, soldering iron, shrink wrap, heat gun or lighter, dremel, multimeter, maybe a glue gun, and a couple hours.
Since space is at a premium, I'll be cutting a slot into the side for the inverter's AC and power switch to fit into.
The battery will be mounted to the lid using two long strips of velcro, I suggest you get a big 15-25ft roll of velcro. The inverter will be mounted with velcro on the side to save on horizontal space.
Read the following pages to see how it went.
Edited on Jun 11, 2010 at 05:36 PM · View previous versions