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Profoto BatPac portable power pack winging its way to stores in June  
Monday, May 17, 2010 | by Rob Galbraith
Holy Batpower: The Profoto BatPac. Click photo to enlarge (Photo courtesy Profoto)
Profoto will ship in June a portable power source for studio flash, including the company's D1, ComPact and Acute2 series monolights and packs.

Called the BatPac, it's comprised of a field-swappable 12V/17Ah sealed lead acid battery and pure sine wave inverter in a 24.7lb/1.2kg black nylon bag. It's capable of powering a single Profoto D1 500ws light for 600 full power pops with a recycle time of 1.6s.

The BatPac will be available in both 120VAC and 230VAC versions and will include several international plug adapters.

More information is in the press release below. A U.S. price is not given in the release, though in Japan the price has been set at 180,000 yen, or about US$1950 at today's exchange rate.

Press Release

Profoto Presents: The BatPac
Portable power source

Elmsford, NY – May 17th 2010 – Profoto, the world’s leading manufacturer of professional quality electronic flash lighting systems and light shapers is proud to introduce the BatPac.

The BatPac is a portable “power-in-a-bag” unit, the combination of a dedicated inverter and a high capacity battery. It gives you power for Profoto D1 monolights even when shooting far away from any main socket. First of all it is specially designed for handling sophisticated high power units like Profoto’s D1 flashes; but it can be used with previous Profoto ComPact units and Acute2 flash generators as well.

The BatPac has advanced safety functions and is very easy to use. It’s innovative design delivers power with exceptional stability. It controls overvoltage, over temperature, low power, low battery voltage etc., preventing damage to the BatPac and connected flash units. The Profoto BatPac complies with CE and IEC safety requirements.

BatPac gives up to 600W continuous power from 2 integrated separate mains outlets. The BatPac will power all D1 monolights – 250, 500, 1000Ws.

Number of flashes
300 full power flashes at 1000Ws
600 full power flashes at 500Ws
1200 full power flashes at 250Ws
The BatPac has all the other benefits of a well-engineered power inverter: It can provide power for charging your laptop, camera batteries and more. It can run constant light sources, wind machines, refrigerator boxes and many more electrical units that are frequently used while shooting on location.

A sturdy and comfortable black nylon bag with shoulder strap and harness is integral part of the BatPac. This long awaited addition to the Profoto family will give photographers the creative freedom of on-demand power anywhere.

Deliveries of the Profoto BatPac start beginning of June 2010.

BatPac:
Technical specifications
Weight 11.2 kg /24.7 lbs inc Pb battery and bag
Size 25x26x35 cm / 9.8x10.2x13.8” (w x h x l)
Max power output 600W
Battery type
12 V 17Ah High current Non spillable lead/acid
No of flashes/Charge 300 full power flashes at 1000Ws
600 full power flashes at 500Ws
1200 full power flashes at 250Ws
Battery Charging Time
8h with Profoto Charger 2A
Battery life 300 charge cycles with 50% battery capacity left


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