The RoveLight RL-600 are completely cordless 600WS units. With large 400+ shot capacity Lithium-ion battery module, and 2.4GHz radio receiver, all neatly built inside. Making the Rovelight very portable, but also super fast to set up.
Flashpoint RoveLights are at least based on the Jinbei HD-600, which have been available for a little while already. Though like the also impressive N-flash, the main thing really holding the Jinbei units back previously has been the lack of availability and support outside of China.
That’s all just changed though, with Adorama now taking the RL-600 on board their very well supported (and affordably priced) Flashpoint range of lights.
UPDATE – The RoveLight has arrived here, and this is actually the latest model flash with full High Shutter Speed Mode, from Full power down to 1/16th !! More details on the High Shutter Speed mode further below.
The 600WS Rovelights have full 22 level power control, from 1/1 all the way down to 1/128, in 1/3rd stop increments. And power levels can be changed directly on the flash interface or through the 2.4GHz radio transmitter provided, and receiver built inside the flash.
The RL-600 are also IGBT flashes, meaning they have very fast motion freezing flash durations at lower power levels, down to 1/15000th of a second.
S1 and S2 optic slave modes are provided, and there is a fast recycle mode option bringing full power recycle down from 4.5 seconds to 3.5 seconds (0.3 seconds at minimum power). Multi / Stroboscopic Mode is also provided.
Key Features –
- 600 WS – Guide Number 61M @ 100 ISO
- Built-in (Swappable) 14.8v 6600mAh Lithoum-ion Battery Modules
- Up to 500 Full Power Shots Per Battery Charge
- Built in 2.4GHz Radio Receiver with Remote Power Control
- 22 Level Power Control – 1/1 to 1/128, in 1/3rd Stops
- High Shutter Speed Mode – from 1/1 to 1/16th Power (Requires TTL Triggers for Pre-sync Signal)
- Selectable Recycle Speed with 0.3 – 3.5 Second (Fast) and 0.3 – 4.5 Second (Slow)
- Audible and Ready LED Indicator
- Trigger Single Frame, Stroboscopic or Flash Delay
- Built in 7W LED Modeling Lamp with Auto Off Timer
- Flashpoint or Bowen’s Mount for Reflectors and Light Modifiers
The heart of the RL-600 is the large removable 14.8v 6600mAh Lithoum-ion battery. Providing up to 500 full power shots with one charge. And all fitting neatly inside the flash body.
The battery modules are also available separately, and can be recharged outside the flash. Possibly while another battery is in use.
The Rovelights provide a 7 Watt LED modelling light, which have an automatic shut off to preserve battery power and avoid overheating.
The Modelling light can also be switched on and off remotely from the radio transmitter.
RoveLights are available with 2 accessory mount options. The RL-600B provide a standard Bowens S-type mount, while the standard RL-600 have the Flashpoint mount.
Like the battery pack, the 2.4GHz radio receiver is built neatly inside the flash. With only a small antenna stub showing at the rear of the flash.
An optic slave cell with S1 and S2 modes can be seen on top at the rear. And a standard 3.5mm miniphone sync port is also provided, for triggering with other radio triggers, or via sync cord to the camera.
Rovelights come with the simple TRS 2.4GHz radio transmitter unit. Which provide 80m range, and admittedly a fairly basic power level adjustment.
Remote power control is still one are the Jinbei units could certainly do with an update. Though at least there is some remote power control ability already enabled.
Power levels are simply bumped up and down from the transmitter. You would be relying on the sound beep from the flash, or actually seeing the flash display to be certain of the current power level set.
There is also a modeling light switch and test fire button.
16 channels are selectable, though there is actually no group function available. So if using a number of RoveLights, their power levels would all be adjusted at the same time.
UPDATE – Adorama have confirmed that channels could actually be used like groups to set flashes individually. If the transmitter is then set to channel 15 it will fire all channels (and therefore flashes) at once.
A transmitter for each flash group would be the ideal though, as changing channels on the transmitter with a toothpic would not be great in the field.
For many portrait etc photographers, who mostly only use the one flash on location, this basic remote power control may be quite adequate as it is though.
Jinbei do also use this TRS remote for quite a number of their studio lights. So it is possible this transmitter could still be updated in the future with an LCD screen etc. And the channels could then be used as a way to implement separate flash groups more conveniently.
The TRS transmitter is a single firing pin unit, so it should at least be compatible with any camera having a standard hotshoe.
UPDATE -High Shutter Speed Mode –
Although it wasn’t originally noted in the Adorama documentation, the RoveLight has arrived here, and this is the latest model flash with full High Shutter Speed mode, from Full power down to 1/16th.
Holding the SET and Eye button (top left buttons) engages the High Shutter Speed mode. And a High Shutter Speed signal is displayed on the LCD screen (Top Right).
The simplest method of achieving this is just by placing one Canon or Nikon YN-622 on the camera hotshoe, and connecting the RoveLight TRS transmitter to that.
For Nikon the TRS can mount straight on top of the YN-622N. For the Canon YN-622C a hotshoe to PC sync cord is needed.
No extra receivers are required on the flash unit then.
And like many portable strobe units, the RoveLights come with a nice padded case and shoulder strap.
Note how the RoveLight fits in fully assembled and ready to go. And there is room for extra battery modules and charger etc.
Technical Specs –
The FlashPoint RoveLights are no doubt set to become another serious portable flash contender.
If $2000+ B1 flashes were never going to be a realistic proposition, the Rovelights may now provide a reasonable fully integrated strobe alternative.
And with the support from Adorama, they should really provide a lot of bang for buck.
Price and Availability –
The FlashPoint RoveLights are available now from Adorama –
RL-600 (FlashPoint Mount) – $589.95
RL-600B (Bowen’s Mount) – $599.95
Replacement Battery Module – $150.00
Also GREAT DEALS on the RoveLight HERE !! (for a limited time).