ELINCHROM ELB 500 TTL – Portable Strobe Announced



Elinchrom have announced the ELB 500 TTL Lithium-ion powered portable strobe, Elinchrom’s first flash unit to include TTL and pulsing HSS modes.

With Elinchrom’s radio functionality now a collaboration with Phottix, the ELB 500 TTL provide both Skyport, and Phottix Odin II TTL transmitter compatibility. Allowing Odin II compatible strobes like the Indra 500TTL and Mitros+ speedlites to be used alongside the ELB 500 TTL strobe.

New Elinchrom Transmitter PRO will be available for Canon and Nikon, with other camera systems to follow soon. And previous Skyport Plus HS transmitters can also be upgraded to full TTL and HSS functionality via a firmware update.



Other major upgrades from the ELB 400 include fully asymmetrical power control of the A and B ports.

And the IGBT flash now uses a single flash head, instead of requiring different optional heads for Action or Hi-Sync functions. The ELB 500’s Action mode providing 1/20,000s flash duration (at minimum power).

The 500Ws ELB 500 TTL provides up to 400 shots on a single battery charge, with 2 second full power recycle time. And a 7 stop manual power range.

For studio use an “Active Charge” feature allows the battery pack to be charged from a mains power socket while the strobe is in use.

The pack also features a high resolution OLED display.







The ELB 500 TTL flash head now provides all functions, HSS, Action, etc in the one head unit. And a cord is now permanently attached to the head.

A 14 watt LED modelling light is provided, with On/Off, Free, and Proportional modes.

The umbrella mount is 7mm diameter, and the accessory mount is Elinchrom’s Q (Quadra) mount. Though a Q-Reflctor adapter is available to mount regular full size Elinchrom modifiers.




New Elinchrom Transmitter PRO will be available for Canon and Nikon, with other camera systems to follow soon.

And previous Skyport Plus HS transmitters can also be upgraded to full TTL and HSS functionality via a firmware update.

A Hybrid like TTL function is provided, allowing an initial TTL exposure to be converted to manual power levels for consistency and further refinement.

Only HSS, not Hi-Sync, is available with the ELB 500 TTL and transmitter PRO.



Elinchrom Transmitter PRO



ELB 500 TTL Pack
Maximum Watt/Seconds 500 Ws
Flash Variability 7 Stops (in 1/10 increments)
Recycle Time 0.05-3.5 sec
Flash Duration Action Mode: 1/20,000 sec
Normal Mode: 1/3400 sec
Distribution Asymmetric
Head Outlets 2
Battery Separately sold lithium-ion battery pack (14.4 V/72 Wh)
Battery Life 400 full-power flashes
28,000 minimum-power flashes
Dimensions 6.4 x 5.4 x 3.6″ / 16.3 x 13.8 x 9 cm
With Battery: 6.4 x 7.12 x 3.6″ / 16.3 x 18.1 x 9 cm
Weight 3.83 lb / 1.8 kg
With Battery: 5.5 lb / 2.5 kg


Li-Ion Battery for ELB 500 TTL
Battery Type Lithium-ion 14.4 V, 5 Ah 72 Wh
Battery Capacity 400 full-power flashes
Charge Time 50 minutes to 80% charge
100 minutes to 100% charge
Dimensions 6.4 x 3.6 x 1.9″ / 16.3 x 9.0 x 4.9 cm
Weight 1.6 lb (0.72 kg)
Charging Time 50 minutes to 80%
100 minutes to 100%


ELB 500 TTL Flash Head
Maximum Watt/Seconds 500
Changeable Reflector Yes, Quadra Mount (Q-Mount)
Color Temperature Flash Head: 5500K @ full power (+/-200K over 7 stops)
Flash Head Power Stability: 0.05%
Modeling Light: 5200K @ full power (CRI 90)
Flash Duration Action Mode: 1/20,000 sec
Normal Mode: 1/3400 sec
Cable Length 8.0′ / 2.4 m
Modeling Light 14 W LED (50 W halogen equivalent)
Modes: On/Off, free adjustment, proportional, timer, visual confirmation
Control: on ELB 500 TTL pack
Fan Cooled No
Mount 5/8″ (16 mm) Receiver
7.0 mm Umbrella fitting
Dimensions 3.5 x 3.1 x 6.3″ / 9.0 x 8.0 x 16 cm
Weight 1.5 lb / 0.68 kg







The Elinchrom ELB 500 TTL To Go Kits are available for pre-order now from $1899.95, and Dual (head) To Go Kits from $2124.95 –

To Go Kit – Adorama, Amazon, UKB&H Photo

Dual To Go Kit – Adorama, AmazonUKB&H Photo


Elinchrom – Website


  1. Martin 2 weeks ago

    I really haven’t got a clue what Elinchrom are playing at. As if anybody wants a 500w unit that is tethered to a battery with all the other options available in the market today that have the battery built into the head. It just doesn’t make any sense.

    • Elijah 2 weeks ago

      They wanted to be part of “worlds first” statement. On a side note, this is a pretty great flash and I would find it useful if I shot with Eli.
      I only say this because I use my Profoto B2 more than my Profoto B1’s. And I definitely will not switch to anything else now because of the A1. Between B1, B1 and A1, I’m all set for weddings. Too heavily invested in Profoto already…

    • Robert 2 weeks ago

      Martin, I mostly agree. The remote Elinchrom heads make for less weight swinging up in the air while on a stand, but you practically need a pack at every light anyway if your stands are more than 15′ apart. Who wants to be jumping over cables in studio or on location?

      Specs on these lights are underwhelming especially given the cost. The new AD600s make way more sense, except for flash duration and variable HSS where the Elinchrom’s have them beat. BTW, HSS is def superior to HS – you get more controllable flash power for sync speeds above 200th/second. Otherwise, these don’t seem to offer much value – unless I’m missing something here.

  2. Ron S 2 weeks ago

    Elinchrom’s own statements in one of their YouTube videos is that they ‘reinvented’ their flavour of HSS to be more efficient than that offered by competitors. This was always an argument in favour of HS flash over HSS and Elinchrom’s implementation of HS is very good. In a discussion over at Fred Miranda, apparently the ELB500 in HSS is very similar in usable output to the ELB400 in HS.

    As for them being late to the party, that is certainly true, but at least they are joining, unlike some other brands. And the pack/head vs. monolight debate will never be settled because there are advantages and disadvantages to both. The Quadra-style heads are extremely small and light, making it easy to put in places larger units wouldn’t fit, are easier for assistants walk around with in a modifier on the end of a boom, more stable at the top of a 13′ stand, etc. Some of these situations you’d end up splitting the AD600 into its head/pack configuration too, to keep 3kg off the end of the stand. But yeah, set up is faster without cables, especially for multi-head configurations. And you lose considerable packing portability of the ELB if you have to bring a few 5m or 10m extensions.

    Another consideration is service and support. Does it exist for Godox and other similar brands? I have not yet seen them offer a Mac OS based firmware update option, for example. Why should I have to install a Windows VM just to do a firmware update? And it sounds like service is spotty unless purchased through a reputable importer, such as Adorama, but my understanding is they just replace in-warranty products. I’m sure Elv could elaborate more on the challenges involved in communicating with Godox, etc…

    I’m extremely interested in the AD600 Pro, but not to replace my Quadra gear. They would replace PCB monolights. I’d actually rather get Profoto D2s for the full power flash duration advantage, but I have to draw the line at some point on the cost/performance scale.

  3. Lloyd 2 weeks ago

    It’s the 2 sec full power recycle time on this that I can’t work out. Are we missing something with recycle times. How have Godox seemingly managed to produce a piece of kit (AD600Pro) that has half the recycle times as the best Elinchrom and Profoto can produce. How have they managed it and no one else can. Recycle time is the most important factor for me.

  4. John Wilson 2 weeks ago

    Hi Lloyd!

    The ELB 500 has a 14.4V battery the AD600 Pro has a 28.8V battery. The higher the voltage the quicker the capacitors recharge.

    • Lloyd 2 weeks ago

      Thanks – that explains it. But why then don’t the other players use higher voltage batteries – are there any downsides that I’m missing?

      • John Wilson 2 weeks ago

        I’d guess it’s because this shares a lot of electronics with the ELB400 which uses 14.4V Li-Ion (or 12V Lead Acid) batteries.

      • Peters 2 weeks ago

        Yes, there are downsides, first Elinchrom, Profoto etc. build equipment to last 10 years or more, also they are known for to build flashes that can power all day long. The Godox can only do 50 flashes in HSS at full power in a row and then it goes into overheat protection. Ever done a commercial fashion shoot and in the middle of the shooting you need to tell the models, client etc. we need to stop because my flash has overheated ?

        It is no problem to make fast recycle times, but it is a problem to make this rock solid. The faster you recycle the more heat will be generated inside the battery itself but also inside the flash, capacitors get really warm and capacitors don’t like heat, heat will reduce their lifetime. A manufactor needs to decide between making an absolut stable flash which works under any conditions or to make one that is as fast as possible but stressing the electronic parts to and above their limits which could cause early failures and reduce lifetime.

        Also decision must be made to build equipment that can handle humidity and bad weather, the ELB 500 has some humidity protection whereas Profotos B1x, Godox AD600Pro have nothing, so the ELB can work under conditions where the others cannot work. Flashes with humidity protection cannot have an easy collong solutions like Profoto and Godox with their fans, these are all considerations that needs to be taken into account, if photographers needs sealed lenses and cameras for outdoor shootings at waterfalls, in the desert, in the early morning with fog in the grass, in snow etc., they would need also somehow weather protected flash equipment.

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