Hello : ) !!! - BatPac vs. P.C.Buff ?? - External Power supplies question
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igmolinav
Registered: Sep 20, 2010
Total Posts: 431
Country: United States

Hi,

This is Profoto BacPac:
http://www.profoto.com/us/products/external-power-supply

These are the two external power supplies offered by P.C.Buff,
the manufacturer of Allien Bees:
http://www.paulcbuff.com/vagabond.php

The vagabond mini is offered in two different voltages. Depending
on your region, you buy the one according to the voltage of your
region!

The other one, being discontinued, is this one. One can vary the
voltage. I like it more than the vagabond mini, but it is heavier:






I wonder if you consider any of the vagabond units from P.C.Buff
a good quality product, compared to the BatPac unit from Profoto?

Would you use any of these external power supplies from P.C.Buff
with an Acute Generator from Profoto? Is there any risk of
damaging the Acute Generator? The acute generators being
used at the studio are the Acute R 2400, and the AcuteB2 600Ws

Should people working with both currents, 110-120V and 220-240V,
get a vagabond mini with a 220V current, since the acute generators
can adapt their voltage to 220V? I also wonder if a 220V vagabond
mini can be charged under a 110V electricity current?

If you are using the modelling light, is there a considerable energy
drainage from an external power supply like the BatPac or any of
the vagabond units?

Thank you, kind regards,

igmolinav : ) !!!



igmolinav
Registered: Sep 20, 2010
Total Posts: 431
Country: United States

I think I'll move this thread to the General Gear Talk : ) !!! Perhaps there it is more appropiate!



ChiShutter
Registered: Mar 08, 2010
Total Posts: 951
Country: United States

The Vagabond II and vagabond mini are both useful and perfectly reliable, but I'd not recommend the II to anyone. It is not "heavier" than the mini, it is heavier than several thousand minis after a feast. It's a ginormous lump of lead-acid battery, and it's a beast to lug around.

The Mini is a Lithium-based battery, meaning it's smarter, will last longer, charge faster -- generally all around better. And it's really small and easy to travel on location with. Not to mention, fairly cheap. No brainer.



ChiShutter
Registered: Mar 08, 2010
Total Posts: 951
Country: United States

The Vagabond II and vagabond mini are both useful and perfectly reliable, but I'd not recommend the II to anyone. It is not "heavier" than the mini, it is heavier than several thousand minis after a feast. It's a ginormous lump of lead-acid battery, and it's a beast to lug around.

The Mini is a Lithium-based battery, meaning it's smarter, will last longer, charge faster -- generally all around better. And it's really small and easy to travel on location with. Not to mention, fairly cheap. No brainer.



Cphoto1954
Registered: Dec 17, 2008
Total Posts: 668
Country: United States

Apparently the MINI is all that is available now. Others have been discontinued due to supplier of the batteries.



Jamesbjenkins
Registered: Mar 23, 2012
Total Posts: 839
Country: United States

I have the Vagabond Mini, and you'll have to pry it from my cold dead hands to ever get it away from me. I don't go to a shoot without it.

Easily one of the best choices I've made in peripheral gear.

PCB doesn't make the Vagabond II anymore, FYI. That massive beast won't be missed. It weighs about as much as a family of Vagabond Minis stuffed full after Thanksgiving feast...