Godox and Flashpoint have created a very impressive strobe with the recently released 600 PRO, though the other strobe many people have also been hoping and waiting for is a compact cordless 360Ws unit.
And now that we have seen the direction of the 600 PRO, I have put together some concepts below for a more compact 360Ws variation. Please note, these are just my concept ideas and suggestions.
One issue facing existing XPLOR 600 / AD600 owners is that most of the accessories are not compatible with the new PRO version. There are reasons for that, though now is at least an opportunity to put together a consistent and very practical compatible system going forward.
So at this point I think it would provide a great advantage for a compact 360Ws strobe to share the same battery mount, and all the accessories as the 600 PRO. Which would include –
- AC Power Supply
- Flash Tubes
- Remote Head
- Remote Battery Cord, Etc
Ideally the 360 PRO would be come with a lower capacity (lighter weight) battery than the 600 PRO, though the 600 battery (and larger capacity ones to possibly come) would still be fully compatible with the 360.
The idea behind the 360 concept is simply to tuck the swivel mount, and umbrella mount completely up underneath the strobe when folded.
And with everything confined within the diameter or the Bowen’s S-type mount, this provides a very compact unit when folded.
Then you have a compact fully self contained strobe, with a solid swivel mount, and Bowen’s accessory mount built-in.
A practical all purpose, solid fan cooled strobe, with 38 watt LED modelling light built-in.
And although the remote extension head from the 600 PRO could be used, another option to take some weight away from the top of the stand when using larger batteries would be a remote power cord for the battery packs.
This way you’re only carrying an extra cord rather than the full extension head (and there is no loss in light output). And the battery adapter plate could have velcro straps for light stand mounting.
(600 PRO battery shown Left. Possible larger future battery right.)
And then ideally there would eventually be a PRO version of the SLB60W LED video lights, using the same battery system as the PRO strobes. (With quieter fan and higher CRI etc than the original).
If Godox want to ensure people purchase their video lights as well, what better incentive is there than lights that are completely interchangeable with the Godox strobe units and battery system?!
To complete the system a multi dock studio charger holding at least 5 or 6 batteries at once would be ideal, so that batteries are always conveniently charged and ready to go.
This could possibly be designed to hang on a wall as well.
And a compact travel charger catering for at least 3 batteries at once would be very helpful as well.
So if a compact 360Ws strobe and or compatible battery and accessory system is something you agree would be highly beneficial, please help to tell Godox, your regular dealer, and / or pass this on to anyone else who you think may be interested.
Because as we have seen in the past, its unlikely Godox will make smaller strobes using the same compatible battery and flash tubes etc, unless we really get the message across to them this is an important priority to their customers, and makes a professional system far more desirable.
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