I was talking with a friend recently… to be accurate we were griping…bemoaning the fact that power packs for strobes are so damned expensive. I said, “I can’t figure out why somebody can’t produce one for less than $1,000 bucks.”… “They could…” came the reply. “… if they wanted to.”
Yep, that was it. Wasn’t like some huge technological breakthrough was needed. And, of course, some strobe manufacuters sell proprietary power packs, and that chains the photographer to their brand Then they can—pardon the pun—charge pretty much anything they want.
For anyone unwilling to mortgage their homes, renting a unit has always been the option. It just depends how often you need to fire studio strobes outdoors. The situation has obviously added to the enormous popularity of speedlights.
As fate would have it, I spotted an item on Scott Kelby’s blog about an inexpensive power pack (under $400!) made in the Phillipines by Innovatronix: the Tronix Explorer XT: “A portable power source for most flash and power pack units up to 2400ws.”
I checked the calendar to make sure it wasn’t April 1st. It wasn’t. And like magic, the product is charging a few feet from me as we speak. I can’t wait to test it on location in L.A.
Watch for a feature review on Zoom Street soon. If you can’t wait to try one yourself… head straight to www.innovatronix.com