GODOX PB960 – Lithium Power Pack – Review

The Godox PB960 Power pack has been discussed already in the Godox Witstro review, though I haven’t really reviewed the pack itself when used with speedlites.

I have some more Lithium packs now to review, though testing those has just reaffirmed how good the Godox PB-960 are.

 

Godox PB960 Dual Flash

 

BATTERY MANAGEMENT

 

The reason for the dramatic difference compared to AA packs, is that the 8 cell AA packs require 12 AA batteries per flash (4 in the flash, 8 in the pack), so that’s 24 AA batteries just for one dual flash set up.

And although the AA packs generally have plenty of capacity for most use, they don’t have that much extra that you’re not often going to be recharging all the batteries after each use, to be safe for the next shoot.

Many people run 2 of these dual set ups, so that’s 48 AA cells! But even just 24 cells is LOT of battery charging and management all the time.

Using the PB960 in comparison is a whole world of difference, as they save a huge amount of time and hassle charging and managing lots of separate battery cells. The pack has around 1800 full power pop capacity, which is close to 4 times that of an AA pack.

Godox PB960

And that extra capacity makes a big difference, because it means you don’t have to be constantly recharging them all the time. But when you do need to, it literally takes 5 seconds to plug the one simple pack into the wall charger. If you have a couple of packs you can easily charge them both at the same time, and 3 hours later you’re good to go again.

Compare that to cycling 24 or 48 AA cells through (even a couple of 8 cell chargers) all the time, and you will never want to go back.

If you’re just shooting for fun, I dare say this makes as much difference if not more. Because not having to deal with battery management all the time just makes using the lighting that much more enjoyable. So although the $14o + price of the Godox pack is considerably more than some of the very inexpensive AA packs now available, I think they are still really worth considering.

 

PRICE / VALUE

 

From around $140 the PB960 are not cheap. But looking at the comparison, the better quality Pixel AA Packs are around $70, plus $20 for 8 Eneloops. Which is around $90 per pack, or $180 for 2 flashes. Which is not that far off the PB960 price anyway. Add a decent AA charger and you’re about equal.

Two Nikon AA packs in comparison are well over double the price of the PB960, and that’s for half the capacity, and less speed. So you can see the Godox pack is not only much more powerful and convenient than the Canon/Nikon packs, but if you start considering dual flash use much better value as well.

If you haven’t tried dual flash with a battery pack by the way, its absolutely chalk and cheese compared to a single flash at the same light output. With two flashes at half power the recycle time is instant, but you can also fire a lot more shots consecutively without overheating the flash. Compared to a singe flash having to work much harder at full power and there is just no comparison.

The set up pictured at the top by the way is just 2 inexpensive $70 YN-560 III remote manual flashes. And they work great with the PB960 pack. $280 for the set is less than the price of many speedlites alone, and as described above they will blow away any single speedlight in comparison.

 

CAPACITY

 

The PB960 is 11.1 volt, 4500mAh, which provides around 1800 full power pops with a single speedlight! Or around 900 pops each for 2 speedlights.

In comparison an 8 AA pack filled with 2000mAh Eneloops would be lucky to get 450 full power pops. So the PB960 is easily around 3 to 4 times the capacity.

 

RECYCLE TIMES

 

The PB960 will recycle one or 2 speedlights in 0.7 to 0.8 seconds at full power. That is when also using the flashes internal batteries to help recharge the flash capacitor as well.

Some flashes give you the option to use the external pack only to recharge the flash capacitor. In that case the recycle time is around 1.2 seconds.

In comparison the Canon/Nikon AA packs recycle around 1.2 seconds with the flashes internal batteries helping (compared to 0.7-0.8 for the PB960).

One thing to note here is that the PB960 are designed to power 2 flashes without reducing recycle time when a second flash is plugged in. As mentioned further below, there is now a 2 into 1 cord available that joins the 2 ports into 1, halving the recycle time again when using just one flash unit.

 

SIZE & WEIGHT

 

At around 670 grams the PB960 battery packs are about 30% more weight than an AA pack, and probably about the same in extra volume. But that is a relatively small increase considering capacity is 3 to 4 times as much.

The extra size and weight would be something to consider if the pack was mainly for on camera flash use. Though there is no issue hanging the PB960 off your belt either.

 

INTERFACE

 

The pack has a simple press button ON / OFF button switch. If using the Witstro that switch turns the flash on and off as well (very handy when you can’t reach the flash easily),

A very bright LED battery level indicator goes from 1 to 4 lights at full capacity.

A red LED on each side indicates when a cord is properly plugged in to the corresponding port.

 

 

PLUGS / LOCKS

 

The cords are 5 pin DIN plugs and sockets, which are compatible with the Quantum packs, and becoming quite standard with most battery packs which use plug in cords. (The exception there are the Jinbei packs, which use their own plugs, being one of their disadvantages).

The Godox have a locking collar which really helps to make sure the plugs don’t pull out of the sockets. Testing other packs without the locks has really shown how important they are. Particularly if using a flash on camera with the pack mounted on your belt. Using a stiff coiled cord like this, its easy to pull the cords out quite often accidentally otherwise.

 

REMOVABLE BATTERY

 

Probably one of the most important features of the PB960 is the removable battery.

The actual Lithium battery pack quickly clips on and off the base of the pack. So you can have spare batteries charged and ready to swap over if needed. The charger port is in the battery itself, so you can have one battery charging while another is being used with the pack.

Another reason this is important is that Lithium batteries generally have a limited life (of around few years). Many of the alternative power packs have the batteries sealed inside, or even if they are accessible its still not clear if there will be readily available replacements (now, or in a few years time when you will likely need them). So although the PB960 is not the cheapest option, at least you know its not destined for the bin when the battery wears out.

Extra or replacement batteries are from around $55.

The base has nice rubber pads –

Godox PB960 Base

CORDS

 

Godox have quite a number of cords available now including extension and splitter cords.

DB-02 – The new DB-02, Two into One splitter cord was designed for the Witstro, and connects one flash to both battery ports. Roughly halving flash recycle times again.

I’m not sure if anyone can really say if this cord can be used safely with speedlights, but I have used it with the inexpensive YN-560 speedlights and I really don’t think it has any issues. I wouldn’t risk it with more expensive speedlights though unless someone can confirm they have been doing that for quite a while without causing any problems.

With the YN-560 full power recycle is around 0.3 seconds, which is virtually instant. I don’t need that much speed, but I can see this could be useful for people wanting to shoot bursts of a number of frames a second at lower power levels. As long as the flash has time to rest between bursts I don’t think that would hurt. Overheat protection on the flash will ensure it won’t get too hot anyway. Again I personally only risk this with inexpensive flashes, so if one does die its not a big loss anyway.

Godox DB-02

 

DB-01 – The opposite are DB-01 one into two splitter cords, which allow 2 flashes to be connected to each battery port. So up to 4 flashes connected to each battery pack.

Obviously that will have some effect on recycle time, but the PB960 could easily handle 4 speedlights. It would really be quite similar in capacity and speed to using four separate 8 AA cell packs.

 

Godox DB-01

 

DB-USB – There is now even a USB power port connection available for powering mobile phones and other electronic gear.

PB-USB

STAND CLAMP

 

I often use the Multi Boom (seen in the first image at the top of the page with dual flashes mounted), so the battery pack hangs off that creating a nice counterbalance at the same time.

But if you’re mounting the pack directly to the lightstand, a good clamp will make a world of difference to how convenient the battery pack is to use. Ideally the pack needs to be able to clip on and off easily with one hand.

The alloy clamps like the one shown below are the way to go. I tried the cheap steel ones found on Ebay, and although they do work ok, you get what you pay for there. The nice alloy ones are a lot better.

 

SHOULDER STRAP

 

The PB960 also comes with a really nice padded shoulder strap. The pack is fairly light, but the strap really is a nice and comfortable inclusion if you are carrying the battery over the shoulder. And it clips off just leaving the short strap ends on the battery pack.

The straps on some of the alternative packs in comparison are hardly worth including. This just shows Godox’s attention to detail with the PB960, finishing everything off properly to really be used.

PB960 Shoulder Strap

CHARGER

The included charger is also fairly compact and lightweight, so you could easily carry a few to charge to charge a few packs at the same time if needed –

PB960 Charger

GODOX WITSTRO AD180

And you can also run a couple of Witstro AD180 lights off the one PB960 pack as well, without any reduction in recycle time (around 2.6 seconds at full power). That is provided you don’t get used to the 1.3 second recycle the 2 into 1 splitter cord mentioned above allows. You can even run two AD360 off the one pack if you wanted to.

 

SPECS

 

  • Battery pack  –  Lithium battery (11.1V/4500mAH)
  • Battery charging time  –  Approx. 3 hours
  • Flash charging time  –  Approx. 2.6 second (full power AD180), 1 second (full power speedlite)
  • Flash time  –  Approx. 900 times (full power AD180), 1800 times (full power speedlite)
  • Overall dimension  –  159 x 133.5 x 49.2mm
  • Weight  –  560g

 

SUMMARY

 

I don’t think I need to say the Godox PB960 comes highly recommended. Its one of my favorite pieces of gear for a long time, and really makes a huge difference compared to using AA packs and batteries.

Using the Godox Witstro lights I hardly have to touch an AA battery or charger.  If the speedlights have a custom function available, just set that to external battery only, and use Eneloop batteries in the flash, and you hardly have to touch AA batteries there either.

There are cheaper alternatives, but the Godox pack is very well refined, and removable battery means it will be still going for years to come. So its likley better value in the long run anyway, and more enjoyable to use now.

 

PRICE & AVAILABILITY

 

The PB960 Lithium battery pack is available from around $135.

Godox PB960 – AdoramaEbay, Amazon, UKB&H Photo
Neewer PB960 – EbayAmazon

 

Godox – Website

Godox – Witstro Review

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101 Comments
  1. the Flasher 4 years ago

    Great review! I bought a PB960 a while ago and I use it on my “light stick” with 2 Canon 550ex flashes as you described above.

    My problem is mounting the pack on the light stand? I actually have the material case of the previous Pixel power pack attached on the stand and I just push the clip of the godox through the material…. needless to say its not the ideal solution.

    I like the look of the cheetah battery hook but i’m in Europe so would like to find a similar cost effective product over here…. any suggestion?

    Finally i bought my PB960 from ebay and it was supplied with 2 coiled power leads but minus the strap which, I thought, was a worthwhile compromise.

    One more thing….. i was looking at the nicefoto.cn website and they have a battery pack coming out with 3 power sockets and usb built in….i don’t suppose you have any info about this?

  2. Alex 4 years ago

    Great review and I agree with most of it. One suggestion would be to perhaps update the review link on the ‘popular – available’ index on the right side of these pages to this review (instead of the mini-review in the CL-180 review).

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Thanks Alex, will update the link.

  3. Marcel 4 years ago

    Like Armin I got also the Falcon Eyes CLD-35/15 which is normally used to connect two tubes. Separate the two camps and you can hang two PB-960 perfect and it won’t skew or damage the tube.
    I put a bit of black tape on the flat part of the clamp so that the metal clip is not touching the painted metal of the clamp.

    I read in the leaflet that came with my PB820 cable for Canon/Nikon/Sony that I had to switch on the flash before connection the cable. For Metz flashes the Flash has to be switched off.

    Have also a look in the manual of the your flash to check if you can separate the power usage on the flash. On my Canon 580 I can separate to have the batteries only to power the electronics and use the power from the PB-960 to power the flash-tube only.
    Nice review and the PB-960 really rocks.

  4. AM 4 years ago

    Is this powerpac also compatible with Quantum flash units? I need to replace my Turbo baatery packs and considering to switch to these. thnx in advance for the reply!

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Hi There,

      Some people have used them with various Quantum flashes, so they can at least work with some. But I don’t know specific details of which will work, as they weren’t the latest TD5R or Trio etc tried. I’m not sure if Godox could help with details there but it may be worth giving them try to ask.

      • AM 4 years ago

        Thnx Flash Havoc! Will ask GOdox and let you know. Intend to use the battery pack with 2 TD5R. Hope they work…

  5. AM 4 years ago

    Bought a PB960, works with the Quantum TD5R!

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Fantastic, thanks for that AM!

  6. Nick 4 years ago

    Love your site man! Cannot get over the amount of info you have and it’s all current!

    Anyway, ever since reading your review (I posted questions as well) on the Phottix Mitros +’s I am ready to move from my 430’s/580 combo and buy 3 of the Mitros +’s.

    Do you have any idea if this battery pack would work for those? I believe you said the Mitros + had a proprietary power input/plug so I am wondering if it would even be possible to hook these up to those new flashes? I am guessing an adapter is needed?

    Thanks for the help and keep up the great work!

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Hi Nick,

      Thanks for that, yes you can use the PB960 with one or two Mitros+ no problems. The Canon (or Nikon) adapter comes with the flash. So you just need the pack (or cord) for Canon. You can buy the pack with one or two Canon cords (or purchase cords separately).

      If just using one flash per pack, you can use the Godox 2 into 1 cord for really fast recycle around 0.5 seconds at full power.

  7. Loveboy 4 years ago

    Bit late to the party on this, but…

    Do you have an Oz source for those Alloy clamps? Ordering them from cheetah or B&H is a bit pricey…

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Hi Loveboy,

      Sorry no, I don’t at this stage. They are likely listed on Ebay somewhere though.

      If I come across them on Ebay or any local online stores I’ll get back you here. Thanks.

  8. denis grouazel 4 years ago

    what type of speed light flash is it possible to use with propac pb 960 according canon 5d mack III?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Hi denis,

      You can use any speedlite which has the external HV (high voltage) battery port. The higher Canon models have the port, like the Canon 600EX-RT, and 580EX and 580EX II.

      Third party flashes like the Phottix Mitros and Mitros+, Nissin Di866 II and MG8000 Extreme. YongNuo YN-565EX (no HSS) and popular manual YN-560 III.

      And of course the larger Godox Witstro AD180 / AD360, or Cheetah Lights. Thanks.

  9. Beth Daloia 4 years ago

    Does anyone know where I can get a charger for my PB960? I left it somewhere and need to order a new one without getting a whole new unit.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 4 years ago

      Hi Beth,

      The specs are –

      INPUT : 100 – 240V, 50Hz – 60Hz, 0.6A
      OUTPUT : DC 12V – 1.5A

      Thanks.

  10. Retzonis 3 years ago

    Hi there !!
    I want to ask if it’s posible to use PB 960 or any other battery pack with Godox V850 bacause i have problems with VB 18 batteries ( i have 2 and they drop daed after some shots)

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi Retzonis,

      Sorry no you can’t use the PB960 or other external packs with the V850. Some people have made larger DIY Lithium-ion packs out of laptop batteries etc, though you have to know what you are doing there.

      There have been a few batches of faulty VB-18 batteries, though that should have been resolved by now. So if you can exchange yours you should be ok then with some new VB-18. Thanks.

  11. george 3 years ago

    I had the same problems with the VB-18 batteries.They drop dead when supposedly charged 🙂

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi George,

      There were some bad batches of VB-18 for a while. If the cells aren’t well matched they simply won’t charge. Its not that they are dropping dead, its that they won’t take much charge to start with. If you have a multimeter you can check the voltage across the contacts after charging, and you will see the voltage is already low straight after charging.

      If you can exchange the batteries the you should be right. Thanks.

      • Retzonis 3 years ago

        For my VB-18 the voltage after charging is 11.9 V they are ok for a while ( 20-30 shots at 1/16) and they drop dead but even then i measured 11.3 V with my polymeter…

  12. John 3 years ago

    Hi Elv:

    Once my PB 960 is fully charged, it only holds the charge for less than 48 hours, even if it stays on the shelf unused. Is this normal or should I do i have a bad battery?

    • John 3 years ago

      Ugh…What i meant to say was;

      Is this normal or do i have a bad battery.

      • Author
        Flash Havoc 3 years ago

        Hi John,

        No that is not normal, it should hold charge for weeks at least. It does sound like you have a bad battery unfortunately which will need to be exchanged. Thanks.

        • John 3 years ago

          Almost 2 weeks have passed since i first launched a ticket with “customer service” at eachshot.com regarding my battery pack that doesn’t work. So far i haven’t heard a whisper out of them. My super deal i got on my AD360 kit is looking less like a good deal everyday. I’ve just left this message with them hoping to get a reply. I can’t believe i’m just being ignored by these guys. Anyone else used their “customer service”? Do they respond to emails eventually?

          • Author
            Flash Havoc 3 years ago

            Hi John,

            I will let them know to contact you on your Yahoo email here.

            A few people have had issues getting on contact with EachShot, and they have asked me to let them know of anyone having issues.

            So if anyone else is having issues contacting or receiving a reply from EachShot please just let me know through the contact page. Thanks.

            • beaumont 3 years ago

              Hi, i bought godox ad360 kit 400 USD in june 2014 and i have a problem with pb960 battery. during my shooting, the battery hold 60 photos only at 1/128 1/62 or 1/32 only. the battery has 4 blue light during 50 photos, then 10 photos with 3 blue light, and it turns of suddenly. i would have a battery who works fine. i’m disapointed because i love godox ad 360. this is the only problem.

              • Author
                Flash Havoc 3 years ago

                Hi beaumont,

                Sorry for the slow reply, I missed this post earlier.

                Was this unit purchased from Eachshot, and did you arrange an exchange as yet? Thanks.

                • beaumont 3 years ago

                  hi, thank you for reply. so i return pb960 to eachshot for exchange 15 days ago and now i wait the new pb960..

                  • Author
                    Flash Havoc 3 years ago

                    Hi beaumont,

                    Have they sent the exchange unit off to you yet? Thanks.

                    • Heath 3 years ago

                      Hello Flash Havoc,
                      One of my PB960 flash packs has developed the exact same problem as Beaumont’s post previous.
                      Charge the battery but when go to use it, the battery depletes to half very quickly and dies a slow death after that.
                      I have one other PB960, used the exact same way from an identical flash and no problems with it. I even switched around the chargers and checked them with a volt meter, both chargers OK.
                      I have contacted the seller on Ebay who I bought it from and no response, Godoxstudio, is his Ebay store/name.
                      I had read great reviews here of this pack prompting me to buy 2 of them. I know it’s a customer service issue with the Godoxstudio but do you know of any course of action I can pursue to get a new battery? All I need is just the battery and I can swap out the defective one. Your help is kindly appreciated.

                    • Author
                      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

                      Hi Heath,

                      Godoxstudio are actually usually pretty good with service. I’ll see if I can get in contact with them myself, or see if Godox can contact them.

                    • Heath 3 years ago

                      Thanks very much FH.
                      I went onto Godox website to send an email about my battery prob and email came back undeliverable. I thought, great, bought this batt pack and now can’t get any service on it. Made me super leery about buying anything like this again.
                      I was at an end of who to seek out for help and I do appreciate your help very much on this.
                      Any help, contact info of the like is great help and once again my thanks.
                      Heath

                    • Author
                      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

                      Hi Heath,

                      Godox said they do not deal with them directly as they purchase through a distributor. Though they should have been informed about the battery issue. Godox gave me a contact phone number, though I don’t know if that’s an economical option – Tel: 00852 98522107

                      They also mentioned its very close to a major Chinese holiday now, and its possible many people may be away up until the 6th of October, or possibly longer.

                      I’ve messaged GodoxStudio on Ebay myself to see if I can get a response. It may take a while to get in contact, though from what I have heard in the past they seem to be a reasonable seller, so we should be able to sort this out with them.

                    • Heath 3 years ago

                      Thanks FH.
                      So, best bet would be to hold off til the first week in October? I’ve checked my email on Ebay and still no response from the person I bought it off.
                      The reason why I went with this person is I choose them with their star rating on Ebay so if there was an issue it would be somewhat easily to resolve.
                      Not knowing about their holiday I can hold off since October is just around the corner.
                      I sincerely do appreciate your help on this.
                      Hope I can get to the bottom of it for a simple replacement battery. In the mean time, I can resort back to my Lumedynes but they weigh substantially more than these batts.
                      Once again. thanks.

                    • Author
                      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

                      Hi Heath,

                      GodoxStudio got back to me today, and Ada said that they have contacted you to resolve this issue now? I gave them your @shaw.ca email as well so I’m not sure if they may have tired to email you there?

  13. mahm 3 years ago

    i want to ask about this model of godox 960 pb its matches with nikon speedlight 910

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi maham,

      Yes the PB960 works with the Nikon SB-910. Thanks.

  14. Jeff 3 years ago

    Has anyone ‘stress tested’ the DB-02, two into one splitter cord with a Canon RT 600?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi Jeff,

      I’ve only tried this with cheap flashes like the YN-560 III.

      Although I don’t think it will harm the flash in itself, it would pretty likely provide the ability to cook your flash if you were not disciplined enough to go easy on it.

      In other words I think the 600EX-RT would probably still allow around 45 full power shots before heat protection cut in. If you fired those shots twice as fast as the Canon pack would allow, then it would very likely cook your flash.

      • Jeff 3 years ago

        Being adventurous I tried not only the DB-02 two into one splitter cord to power a Mitros+ and then two 960 packs connected with a DB-02 into the Mitros+.
        It worked fine with (maybe – hard to tell as it was so fast similar to 2 into one using one 960) a slight recycle speed improvement and I assume 3600 full power flash capability.
        My non upgraded Mitros+ overheated (slowed recycling after around 10 full power flashes)

        Anyway it works, perhaps more use with a Godox 360 (which I don’t have)

  15. Jins 3 years ago

    Excellent Review. I got mine yesterday and enjoying with Godox AD360.
    One question I have. I tried to work this with Nikon SB800 with the cables but it doesnt power up. Does the SB800 still require AA battery to be inserted even when using this battery pack to make it work?

    Thanks.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi Jins,

      Thanks, yes the SB-800 and most speedlites still require batteries in the flash itself to power the interface.

      In the SB-800 custom functions you should be able to set the flash to use only the external pack for powering the capacitor if you prefer. They will run for a very long time with one set of AA’s and the PB960 then. Thanks.

      • Jins 3 years ago

        Thank you so much for taking the time to reply. Appreciated.

      • Jins 3 years ago

        I beleive once the battery plugged in SB800 automatically draws power from the battery and not from the internal AA. Or is there any setings change to do inside? dug a little but couldnt find any info anywhere.

  16. hey killa 3 years ago

    so this is crazy but I realized my roommate had been trying to charge our electric vaccuum with my battery charger for this and I think it fucked it up, because I will charge my pb960 to use in my ad360 barebulb flash and the green light will appear on the charger saying its charged but when I go out I will seriously only get 100-120 maybe full power pops out of the flash before it dies, this is extrememly annoying because I cannot find replacement chargers for sale anywhere online, do you know where I could find one? or if this is even the problem?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi there,

      Its very likely the battery itself, as there have been quite a few faulty batteries to end up going this way. If you get in touch with the seller they will hopefully have been informed about this from the Godox distributor, to replace them as needed.

      • hidroilio 3 years ago

        Yes I am one of the unluck ones. My battery is behaving like others have post in here, I contact the ebay seller ucolor and they asked for a video, to be send to godox now they are in holidays I will post the outcome of this. Hope it goes good. I do like the battery pack along side with the ad180

  17. npompei 3 years ago

    So it looks like these are having a lot of issues with the battery pack. Any word on if this has been worked out yet? I am going to purchase from Amazon so hopefully they would replace or refund but I don’t want to dump near $400 on paperweights!

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi npompei,

      The batteries should be ok now provided the seller has reasonably recent stock. If you’re referring to Neewer on Amazon by any chance, they should be well aware of the issue as they have replaced a number of batteries now already.

      The best bet is to check the battery when you get it, to see if its over 12.4 volts measured with a multimeter when fully charged.

      If you don’t have a multimeter then you would have to do the full power pop test. That’s the best indication anyway. If its not over at least around 320 pops then you’ve very likely got some issues coming shortly.

      EDIT – I should say that’s well over 300 shots using a Witstro AD360.

      • perez 3 years ago

        i did the pop count when i got my, the first day i got it. and it was way over the 350 pop.
        despite that the battery is at fault now (only about 150 pop before it die after a moth of practically no used ). still waiting for godox to get a replace one if they decide to do so.
        does any one know what the problem is, the battery itself or some thing else.
        can we use another 11.1v 4500mah and put it inside the case.

        • Author
          Flash Havoc 3 years ago

          Hi Perez,

          I have sent you an email. Thanks.

  18. zoltan 3 years ago

    I purchased a Godox PB960 6 months ago on Ebay and just used it for the first time for an event shoot. Shot about 1000 photos and it worked flawlessly, however, to my dismay and chagrin, I discovered that it does not charge and I am looking for contact information so I can resolve this issue. It seems it is not an unusual defect.
    I would appreciate any help or information you can render.
    Thank you

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi Zoltan,

      I have sent you an email. If you don’t receive it just let me know here. Thanks.

  19. Michael Forster 3 years ago

    Hello Flash Havoc

    From all your prompt and friendly answers to the many questions you receive I gather it’s fine if I also bother you with a question or two… 🙂

    Do you by any chance know if the PB960 will work with a Metz 54 MZ3?
    Which cable can be used with a Metz 54 MZ3 and if the PB960 is not compatible with a Metz 54 MZ3, do you know of an external battery pack (not Metz or Quantum) that is?

    Thank you very much for your kind help,
    Michael

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Hi Michael,

      I’m not that familiar with Metz unfortunately, but Godox have a cable for the Metz 58AF “and other flash model with same type of input power port”.

      So maybe you can see if your Metz 54 MZ3 has the same looking port as the PB-MX plug shown on the Godox site here.

      Actually there is a compatibility chart for the Bolt Cyclone, which is a re-brand of the PB960 sold at B&H Photo.

      Going by that chart it does look like you would need the Quantum CM54 cord for the Metz 54 MZ3.

  20. perez 3 years ago

    updating: got tracking number for battery replacement.

  21. perez 3 years ago

    got the battery, shipping took 3 days, that was impress . happy with godox how the handled the situation. thanks Flash Havoc for your help.

  22. Ivan 3 years ago

    Hello,

    I bought 4x Godox AD360 and have 8 V850.

    None of the 4 batteries Pb960 reach the figure of 300 pops at 1/1 and even one of them does not pass the 120 pop mark. I am very happy with the flashes, accesories, but the batteries are giving me a hard time. They should have 12,6 Volts and mine are between 12,4 and 11.1 volts. Now the last one does not even start when pressing the start bottom.

    Pretty cross with this situation.

    The flashes where bought at a local retail dealer in Spain. They offer me to change the flashes, but these new ones do not reach the 12,6 volt mark. 🙁

    Have emailed today to Godox to see what I can find out.

    Ivan

  23. Ivan 3 years ago

    I have news with my PB960 batteries. All 4 batteries have been changed by the retailer. They now give 3 x 392 shots at 1/1 and 1x 420 shots at 1/1. I did do a long stop for family reasons and may be why they did so well.

    I am delighted.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 3 years ago

      Thanks Ivan, good to hear you got some good replacements, thanks.

  24. SteveD 3 years ago

    Good review! However I think I may have one of the faulty batteries 🙁

    Full charge when charger went green was 11.6V.

    Fired 300 shots (one Nikon SB800 flash 75% power the other Nikon SB900 around 10% power) and the unit switched off. Checked voltage was 10.8V.

    Plugged battery back in to charger. Charger indicated full charge after 15 minutes (yes 15 minutes).Voltage is 11.6V.

    Am I right to be worried?

    cheers
    Steve

  25. Andrew Amacher 2 years ago

    what brand is the double flash holder

  26. thierry 2 years ago

    Hello i have bought to ebay store Godox Wistro AD-360 Portable Flash Light Kit with FT16 & Pack the 17-déc.-14, but I recently encountered a problem with the PB960. After 6 month, the battery would charge normally, but after 10 flashes (at 1/2), the unit turns off. Do you know if there are batteries 960 bp reliable for WISTRO and where to buy on internet ? Thanks I’m disapointed by godox
    And I want to know if there is a guarantee for PB960 Battery and if it’s possible to have a new batterey. Thanks

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Hi Thierry,

      Please see this post on the Godox battery issues.

      You should firstly contact the seller to see if they will send a replacement. If not you will need to email lindy at Godox – lindy(at)godox(dot)com

      If you don’t receive a reply within a few days, let me know and I’ll try and get Lindy to email you instead. Thanks.

      • thierry 2 years ago

        Hello Ok I contacted the seller, but I still have no answer, I bought ad 360 on ebay so I do not think I have to answer.
        So I will try the mail Godox – lindy(at)godox(dot)com

        Thank you

  27. Sam 2 years ago

    Hi everyone!

    I purchased the Godox PB 960. I own Phottix Mitros +-speedlite.

    My question is – how does the Phottix Mitros + -speedlite require internal batteries in order to work with the PB 960? I mean, does it even use the PB 960 at all?

    This is strange. Does anyone know about this?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Hi Sam,

      All regular speedlites require batteries in the flash unit to power the flashes interface at least.

      Higher end flashes like the Canon and Nikon flashes, as well as the Mitros+, provide a custom function option which allows the option of the flash capacitor to be charged by the external battery pack only, or by both the internal AA batteries and the external pack.

      Using both sets of batteries increases the recycle times, though still adds heat to the flash as the AA’s heat up inside.

  28. matt 2 years ago

    Hi,

    I’ve been trying to get confirmation whether the Bolt Cyclone DR – 400DR is infact a true rebrand of the pb960? The specs between the 2 are slightly different. The dimensions on the 400DR is slightly thinner and spec’d at 1400 flashes whereas the pb960 (full power) claims 1800 flashes (full power). To make things even more confusing, the 400DR retails for an insane $499 @b&H whereas the pb960 can be had anywhere for about $125.. Has anyone had both or can confirm that they are infact identical? Any clarification would be much appreciated.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Hi Matt,

      I don’t have one, though they are exactly the same other than the screen printing.

      Bolt have reduced their prices on the Witstro flash units pretty dramatically, though still a way off Adorama’s current price (see banner add right column).

      If you want to buy the PB960 from B&H though, the Inerfit Strobies branded version are reasonably priced.

  29. clavilier 2 years ago

    Dear Flash Havoc
    I use 2 PB960 propac and 2 Nikon SB910 + 1 SB900 and it look like nothing is working, only with the battery in the speedlight, any idea ?

    in advance thank you

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Hi clavilier,

      If you’re meaning that you need the batteries in the speedlites to make the interface turn on, then that is normal. The flashes always still need the AA batteries to run the interface.

      High end flashes like the SB-900 / 910 should have a custom function option though as well, allowing you to choose to either use just the external battery pack to power the flashes capacitor, or to use both the external and internal batteries (increasing recycle times further).

      So using just the external pack to power the capacitor will allow the AA batteries in the flash to last much longer. They always still need to be in there though, and with some charge to power the interface.

      If you’re meaning the PB960 does not appear to be increasing recycle times over the AA’s alone, then there is some issue. If that’s the case, are all the LED lights showing on the pack, and do they eventually start to go out after a number of shots?

  30. Ross 2 years ago

    I purchased two PB-960 power packs 18 months ago. Using them with my Nikon SB-910 flash units. They worked great until last week…now will not charge but look like they are. Then look like they are fully charged but run out of power with 2 – 3 flashes only. Anyone else running into this premature failure of the batteries?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Hi Ross,

      Godox had significant issues with the batteries last year, you can read more about that here.

      Unfortunately I think you’re a bit late though, as Godox only warranty the batteries for 12 months. And 18 months is probably a reasonable run, unless their capacity was pretty low for quite a while and you didn’t notice.

      The batteries this year appear to be a lot better though. I haven’t had any issues reported. How long they will last for now overall we will still have to wait and see.

      You can try contacting the seller, or lindy@godox.com, though they probably won’t offer much at this point.

  31. Kenneth Lykke Hansen 2 years ago

    How do you guys store your godox pb960 battery package, when it is not in use for some time. Do you unplug the litium battry from the battery package. Don’t know if the battery will take samage over time if it is not unplugged for some time?

  32. Niels Gram 2 years ago

    I think that the most important thing is that you don’t let the battery go into deep self-discharge. If you don’t use the pack for a long period of time then recharge the pack every 6 months or so. But I’m not a
    battery expert…

  33. Vince 2 years ago

    Do you think is possible to connect to pb960 to one AD360 to make recycle time faster? Thanks!

  34. Jim E 2 years ago

    I am looking at getting 2 Yongnuo YN-568EX speedlites. I am also wanting to get a cople of battery packs for them. The Godox PB960 seems like it will work with my portable kit really well.What cord would I need to purchase to these packs with these speedlites?

    Thanks

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 2 years ago

      Hi Jim,

      You would need the Canon cord, though the YN-568EX do not have any external HV battery port. You would need to look to either the YN600EX-RT, or YN-565EX II, though they do not provide HSS.

      Or if you don’t have radio triggers yet possible look to all Godox flashes and triggers. They have the V860/II which don’t really need an external battery pack as they have their own Lithium-ion battery built in.

  35. Keith Lee 1 year ago

    I chanced upon this product used by a wedding photographer at a recent wedding.

    Doing my own research i found these compatible with Quantum cables – but how much so?

    Has anyone tried using this to power their camera? I’m using quite a dated camera and the cells are getting difficult to find – NP-E3.

    Was looking to get this with the Quantum cable to power the camera.

    Has anyone tried this?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 1 year ago

      Hi Keith,

      Sorry I have no idea about the camera. A few people have said they work fine with the Q-flashes though.

      You likely have to provide more details of what the camera actually is, though even then it may be hard to find any confirmation here.

  36. Yuan 1 year ago

    Which power cable would work with the Godox tt600?

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 1 year ago

      Hi Yuan,

      The TT600, and most Godox speedlites use the Canon plug and socket.

      • Yuan 1 year ago

        Do they make power cables that are 10 feet or more?

        • Author
          Flash Havoc 1 year ago

          Hi Yuan,

          Godox make a longer straight cable for the Witstro AD360, AD180 etc, though I’m not aware of any for speedlites etc.

          Quantum may make something though?

  37. Akil 1 year ago

    I bought a GODOX AD180 recently, after the first use, which was just a test shoot, it has started giving me beeps.. would any one know why this beep comes and how to solve this if its just a firmware upgrade. thanks

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 1 year ago

      Hi Akil,

      Do you realise you can turn the beeps on and off on the flash and transmitter?.

      If the particular group you have the flash set on is, is also set to beep on the FT16 transmitter, the flash will keep using the beep.

  38. Hung 12 months ago

    I have two different batteries, Quantum Turbo 3 and Godox PB960. After testing, T3 is little faster recycle time than PB960. With DB-02 Y cable, PB960 is faster than T3 which is T3 doesn’t work on Y cable. I did test on Quantum T5D-R, Godox AD360II-C, and speedlite. Just for info.

  39. Steve 10 months ago

    I’ve been using the Godox PB960 power pack successfully with both my Nikon SB900 and SB910. Now the very strange thing is when I set either of these flashes to “Remote ” function whilst powered by the PB960 they go kind of crazy! The slightest movement makes them go off and rapidly strobe for no apparent reason. I figured maybe I had a split in the cable joining the power pack to the speedlights but all is well. When the speedlights are used in ” On ” or ” Master ” there is no issue? Most strange that both my speedlights react the same. If I use either speedlight without the power pack in ” Remote ” mode all is fine. Very strange indeed. If it were not for the fact I have two speedlights exhibiting the same problem and only when the PB960 is attached I’d have put it down to a defective speedlight. Has anybody else had this issue. I can’t be the only person who has used Nikon SB900/910 in ” Remote ” mode whilst attached to the PB960.

  40. Takunda 9 months ago

    Excellent site, love it!
    I have a question: I am using a Yongnuo YN685, and I love it. I wnat, however, to add a second one, so that i have more power when I need it, or use a 2 -light setup.
    Has anyone used a 2-light setup using the Yongnuo YN685? How good is the flash output of these 2 units when used together.
    Thanks in advance.

  41. Mumin 9 months ago

    Do you still need to put 4 AA batteries inside the flash while using the PB960 or is it possible to use the flash without batteries? Thank you

  42. Andy 5 months ago

    I really wish they would update the
    Pb960

    I broken the battery lock on several of these units.

  43. Shayla 2 months ago

    Hello, Flashhavoc…

    I’m new to photography and I recently bought 1 Godox TT685N flash to use with my Nikon D3300 (my camera doesn’t have hss, but I bought this flash for (1)the sake of learning how to use a flash, and (2) to save myself the hassle of having to buy a flash with hss capability when I upgrade my camera later), and now I’m planning to purchase the Godox-PB960 because constantly buying AA batteries is getting WAY TOO EXPENSIVE. However, I’d like to know if the pb960 is compatible with the flash I have, and which cord (Canon or Nikon) should I get with it? I assumed the Nikon cord would be best because I’m using a Nikon camera, but I was told the Canon cords work better with the Godox flashes, so I need help with this decisions?

    #ThanksInAdvance!

    • John Wilson 2 months ago

      If you want to use the BP960 with the TT685N you need the Canon power cord. The Nikon one won’t fit (see http://flashhavoc.com/godox-tt685n-ttl-speedlight-released/).

      Have you considered using rechargeable AA cells? High capacity Eneloop cells work well with these devices.

      • Shayla 2 months ago

        Thank for the response, John Wilson!

        Your feedback just saved me from making a time-staking mistake, because I literally had the pb960 (WITH THE NIKON CORD) in my ebay shopping cart and was about to confirm my order when I realized I had not checked on the status of the question I posted on this form… BOY WAS THAT A CLOSE CALL, lol. I will be ordering the pb960 with the Canon cord AND an 8-pack of “AmazonBasic AA Rechargeable Batteries” (because I trust the reviews I’ve read and gotten from friends that have used them).

        Thanks again, John! #YouRock!

  44. Igor 1 day ago

    This is a great Battery Pack. It recharged my Metz 45CT-1 in less than 3 seconds. I used it on my last vacation to shoot over 15 rolls of film. The battery indicator went down by one point only. It was great. However, its a great battery pack while it works. Four days ago it stop working to this day there is no reply to my email from Godox. The battery can be turn on, after 3 seconds it turns off by it self. Charging or removing it did not help. No help at all from Godox such a waste of money.

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