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New Godox Propac PB960 LITHIUM Power Pack for Speedlites
December 4th, 2012NEWSFlash Havoc 1 Comments

Chinese manufacture Godox have released the new Propac PB960 Lithium Power Pack for speedlites, exactly what many photographers have been waiting for.

The PB960 is fast, small, lightweight, huge 1800 full power pops, dual cords supplied, and 2 flashes won’t slow it down. Interchangeable clip-on battery pack so you can charge up a couple and swap them as needed. Off course well priced… and yes its Orange.

Godox PB690 PropacGreat Points -

  • Huge 1800 Full Power Flashes
  • 1 second recycle
  • Dual Flash Ports
  • 2nd flash does not affect recycle speed
  • 2nd flash cord provided
  • 3 hour recharge
  • No messing with many AA batteries
  • Interchangeable Battery Packs
  • Small and Lightweight
  • LED battery level Indicator
  • Canon, Nikon, Sony, Metz type plugs available

Godox PB690 Propac CordsThe previous Nimh version Godox Propac PB820 has already become surprisingly popular, considering good 8 cell AA packs are available for less than half the price. But the convenience of not having to individually charging so many AA cells, and even faster recycle time, has seen many looking to options like the Propac.

Lithium is what many have been waiting for though, as that takes that performance to a completely different level. The new Lithium PB960 is still a similar size and weight to the previous PB820 (just 510 grams), but the difference is a massive 1800 Full power pops, compared to around 400 from the Nimh pack.

This means you can now also run 2 speedlights from the one pack without any loss in recycle time, where many Nimh packs will slow down to half the speed with a second flash connected. And the 2 cords are also now supplied, in your choice of Canon, Nikon, Sony, or Metz, flash connections. The pack itself uses the standard DIN 45326 sockets, compatible with Quantum Turbo cables.

Godox PB690 Propac Dual Cord

With any battery pack its good to know what batteries are actually inside them, and if there are going to be regular replacements available. Particularly for Nimh packs that can stop holding charge if not used and recharged regularly enough. The popular Quantum Turbo packs for example use custom made battery packs, so that you have to go back to them for expensive replacements (made of otherwise inexpensive Nimh cells).

The PB960 already has its own interchangeable Lithium battery packs available though, which is ideal, not only for replacements, but if you need to have a few charged up ready to simply swap over, clipping the pack on and off as needed.

Godox PB690 Propac Changeable Battery

A nice clear LED battery Power Level Indicator on top –

Godox_PB690_Propac_Top

Specs -

  • Battery pack  –  Lithium battery (11.1V/4500mAH)
  • Battery charging time  –  Approx. 3 hours
  • Flash charging time  –  Approx. 1 second (full power)
  • Flash time  –  Approx. 1800 times (full power)
  • Overall dimension  –  159 x 133.5 x 49.2mm
  • Weight  –  510g

 

Compatibility Flashes -


Cx -Flash Cable
Canon 600EX, 430EZ, 540EZ, 550EX, Canon 580EX, 580EX II
and other flash model with same type of input power port

Nx – Flash Cable
Nikon SB910, SB28 EURO, SB28DX, SB80DX, SB800, SB900
and other flash model with same type of input power port

Sx- Flash Cable
Sony HVL-F58AM and other flash model with same type of input power port

Mx – Flash Cable
Metz 58AF-1/58AF-2(Canon/Nikon/Olympus & Panasonic/Pentax/Sony)
and other flash model with the same type of input power port

Godox Propac PB960 Cords

Alternatives – 

There is actually another pack from Jinbei which was released earlier this year, the CALER MF-44. They have mostly gone under the radar though because there are not many retailers as yet, and Jinbei often miss quote the specs as Nimh instead of Lithium which doesn’t help. They are available now from the ThePhotoGadget.com which are a fairly reputable HK online store.

Jinbei MF 44

The MF-44 does appear to have a removable battery pack too, though there is a DIN charging socket in the top centre of the case. So its not clear whether you could plug into, and charge the battery cell pack directly on its own with the charger provided, or if you would need to use the DIN plug through the top of the case. Its not clear what exactly the actual replacement pack is, and if they are easily available either.

 

The Propac PB960 is nicely designed for changing battery packs, though price and availability of the battery pack on its own is not known as yet either. Godox have been quite good with extra batteries in their previous packs though.

Godox Propac PB690

Price and Availability -

The Propac PB960 is already starting to list on Ebay from $179.95 – $200 so far.

I’m sure these will be popular though so we might see some competitive pricing evolve.

The Nimh version Propac PB820 can be found now on Amazon from $112.  The PB960 should list soon.

Godox Website

 

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'One Response to “New Godox Propac PB960 LITHIUM Power Pack for Speedlites”'
  1. Cass McBride says:

    Can you use these with the Godox V860c and have a godox reciever plugged in at the same time?

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