LIGHTSAVERS Flash Bumper – For EVOLV / AD200 Now Available

LIGHTSAVERS FLASH BUMPER

 

An enterprising EVOLV / AD200 owner has created his own 3D printed protective rubber Flash Bumper for the strobe. And has also now made these available to purchase online from LIGHTSAVERS.store for $25 plus postage.

The Flash Bumper is more than double the thickness of the handy Flashpoint Silicon Skins, helping to provide more of a shock absorbing ability in the even of a fall.

 

LIGHTSAVERS FLASH BUMPER

 

The interior of the Flash Bumper is compromised of honeycomb pockets created through the 3D printing process, which are designed to help absorb impacts.

While the Flash Bumper is still thin enough to allow clearance when 2 strobes are mounted on the AD-B2 / EVOLV 200 Twin Bracket.

 

LIGHTSAVERS FLASH BUMPER

 

I also suggested recently it could be very helpful if third parties were to look into producing something more of an impact resistant protective cover for the popular EVOLV / AD200, and other portable strobes.

Possibly something of a hard, though thin flexible plastic outer skin (which would bend or crush a little on impact), lined with a high density molded foam.

 

200 TWIN PRO Bracket

 

PRICE AND AVAILABILITY

 

The Lightsavers Flash Bumber for the EVOLV / AD200 strobes are available now from LIGHTSAVERS.store in the USA for $25 plus postage.

International orders will also be available on the Lightsavers website soon.

 

Lightsavers – Website

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24 Comments
  1. alberto 7 months ago

    Very cool. This is what the Adorama version should have been. I sent my skins back because i couldn’t fit the light with skin through the S bracket. This looks like it will do the job better.

    Good on him.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 7 months ago

      Hi Alberto,

      All you need to do is remove the rubber cover from the top clamp of the S-type bracket to fit the flashes in with silicon skin.

      • alberto 7 months ago

        Yes, you have to do that to fit the AD200 itself. But I have four brackets and it only barely fit one of them with the skin on. That bracket was from cheetah stand. The other three are from Godox. It would go through with the skin slipping off while I pushed the ad200 into the S bracket. I don’t know about Flashpoint’s bracket thou.

        • Author
          Flash Havoc 7 months ago

          Godox updated the brackets to provide more room for the AD200, as they were tight with the original brackets even without any skin. So the brackets available now should be fine with the skins.

          The skins were made by Flashpoint though, not Godox, so they could only do what they could to make them work with the existing Godox gear.

    • Jef 7 months ago

      Yep. Made by someone who actually uses the product. You can tell.

  2. Ricardo Gomez 7 months ago

    I love the entrepreneurial spirit! Great idea! But what’s even more impressive: the great website to market these! There are a few lighting companies I can think of who should hire this guy…

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 7 months ago

      Hi Ricardo,

      I dare say that’s actually a very inexpensive (and popular) website template used.

      YongNuo are doing well to retain internet V1.0 style this long 🙂 , though it is a lot more involved to overhaul a full commercial website than something simple like this.

      • Ricardo Gomez 7 months ago

        Hey Flash,

        I agree that it takes a good deal of work to overhaul a commercial site. It just doesn’t fill someone with lots of confidence when a company has an ancient looking website….

      • David Green 7 months ago

        You are correct. It is basically an off the shelf website, though for me the main goal was to move sales from a point to point contact through paypal, to a more polished ordering platform.

        • Ricardo Gomez 7 months ago

          It may be off the shelf, but it’s implemented extremely well. Hope you make a ton of money!

  3. John Wilson 7 months ago

    Here’s a back of the envelope calculation to see under what circumstances this is worth the money.

    The bumper costs 1/6 the cost of an AD600. So to break even the chance that your AD600 will experience an event which would destroy it if you did not have this fitted has to be 1 in 6. However these events are unlikely to destroy the entire device. The battery, charger, heads and (probably) bulb would survive. There value is about 1/3rd the value of the device so the chance should really be 1 in 4.

    Now it’s very unlikely that the bumper is 100% successful in protecting the device from an event so violent that it destroys the device. Let’s guess that it’s 50% effective, That means that there has to be 1 in 2 chance that your device will experience this. And that’s to break even. For it to be worth the money it has to be more likely that such an event will occur.

    Now, of course, we have to consider cosmetic damage. In this case the device will still work but, to a greater or lesser extent the resale value of the device is reduced. (i.e. from if has a small scratch to it’s held together with gaffer tape). For the device to be of value in this case two things must be true

    1/ You intend to resell the device rather than use it its whole life.
    2/ The damage reduces price you get for the device when you sell it by more than $25.

    This is quite difficult to quantify. My guess is that people who want to resell equipment do so quite soon after they buy it (12-18 months). The low end flash lighting market is moving very quickly at the moment which means that gear doesn’t hold its resale value well.

    So if you intend to resell you AD200 there has to be a better than 1 in 6 chance that the bumper will prevent damage which reduces the resale value by more than $25 over the next 2 years.

    I think a rational photographer would struggle to justify the price.

    But then I’ve yet to meet a rational photographer 🙂

    • David Green 7 months ago

      Where are you finding Ad200 for 150 bucks? I’d love to get in on that deal.

      Adorama price right now is $299. I realize there are sales once in a while, but the math doesnt work out unless you are somehow quantifying a price given replacement parts cost x, y and z from the manufacturer (though they’re typically price hiked so the manufacturers can make additional revenue for replacement parts to make it worth offering them).

      I agree with you on some points when it comes to resale, but it boils down to this. Some people prefer a case on their phone, others do not, for example. The bumper can do nothing but help, but yes there is no way to say it is 100% effective, and i make no claims as such, only that it is a thicker bumper while still maintaining the ability to use the brackets most of us use for this device.

      I simply saw an area where people were dropping their AD200s shortly after they bought them and posting the carnage on social media. I own a few 3d printers and decided to see if i could help those who wanted to try it out, including myself (Im a phone case before i leave the store kinda guy). I feel my price is very justifiable given Adorama’s Skin goes for 19.99, and the given the time required to produce a single bumper is ~ 6 hours.

      Take it as it is. If your looking to protect against scratches as they raddled around in your camera bag, grab the Adorama skin. If your looking to increase your odds of survival from a higher fall, look into my design and make your own decision. If you dont care about that and have very good conscious thought into how your mitigating the risk all together, dont bother with either.

      Thanks to those who’ve already decided to try this out! I appreciate your support!

      • John Wilson 7 months ago

        Mia Culpa!

        In my defense I was translating the possible price into pounds sterling and looking at UK prices somewhere a factor of 2 got dropped. Even so a 100% error is inexcusable.

        I’m not sure I follow the reasoning about replacement parts. Is that about my calculation about the residual value of the battery, etc.? I think that bit is valid. If i was to sell a nearly new AD200 battery I would expect to get a proportion of the price of a spare. The markup on spares is often quite justified as the turnover of spares is lots lower than on whole products so you are tying up capital for a longer time.

        To correct my mistake: if you think the likelihood of a fall that would destroy your AD200 but would be saved by this device is more 1 in 4 over the time that you own it then you will get a return on your investment.

        BTW the cost of production is irrelevant to the value of the product. If it cost $1 to make and odds above held than it would be worth $25.

        Thanks for pointing by mistake out 🙂

        • David Green 7 months ago

          My comment on replacement parts was to try to justify your 1/6 cost number, but yes i agree replacement parts are typically higher given markup.

          I was not commenting on cost of production, rather time. I know it is irrelevant to value, but more to highlight the fact that I am not in the business to mass produce these, but rather to offer them to those who are interested in a better chance at protection in the even of a fall of some height.

          Take care!

      • Author
        Flash Havoc 7 months ago

        Thanks David, wow 6 hours each ( you may need more printers 🙂 )

        I’m wondering if laser cut high density foam may be another option. Basically a tube shape, with the back plate glued inside.

        With these type of materials I think they need to be thicker to provide a safe buffer. They could easily slide on and off when not needed.

        Maybe even a double end cap to slide over both flashes on the twin bracket.

        If it wasn’t for issues with the twin bracket I would also prefer them to slide over the silicon skins rather than just using them instead.

        • David Green 7 months ago

          Completely agree with you, too bad i dont have a laser cutter ;). There is certainly many more options that could be explored without the stipulation that they fit side by side on the AD-B2, and depending on time i may explore a few of those options.

          Sliding over the silicone skin will probably be something i test soon, as its probably the most useful for the most people at this point if they really want to keep that skin, as well as use this.

          Hopefully big things coming!

          • Author
            Flash Havoc 7 months ago

            At least profile cutting has no real tooling cost though, so its still something you can have done in a similar small scale without any large upfront cost.

            Once you’re happy with the designs it would likely be much less hassle to have a bunch profile cut at once than have the printer running constantly.

            Again because there’s no real tooling you can always change the designs along the way, or do different variations. There are likely online services that will do this if you email the designs.

  4. Author
    Flash Havoc 7 months ago

    Personally I have no problem with $25 if it has a good chance of saving the flash.

    Though I would make them thicker on all sides and over the end, except for the base side so that they will still fit into the twin bracket (maybe even do a separate version that doesn’t need to fit the twin bracket).

    Also make a ring to slip over the front end of flash, the same profile, though around 3/4″ wide.

    I think something with a thin plastic outer shell would help reduce the depth of foam needed.

    This is all a monumental step forward from what we have seen for the last decade though, and the skins are what have gotten things started.

  5. John Wilson 7 months ago

    On the subject of a damaged AD200. The rear section is the most likely thing to be broken. This video shows it being replaced https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vVO8eTr-LN8

    Looks a pretty easy job to do at home if you can get the part (a big if).

    You obviously have to be very sure that the capacitors are discharged before you open the case!

  6. alberto 7 months ago

    If I can get it in hot pink, i’ll buy two.

  7. Spencer-Marc Daudier 6 months ago

    David Green and I are in private photography group on Facebook. I made my complaints about the Adorama condom wrapper. David reached out to me about his bumper. I immediately bought because I’ve dropped and broken multiple Evolvs in the past. Unsure if I was his firsts customer but I wanted to test it out and let him know my thoughts. I tested it by accident (lol) with the new bumper and I was so happy to see it work, leaving with no scratches or abrasions (6ft down to concrete floor).
    ***PS*** I had the 1st version bumper which was shorter than the current version he’s selling. I already upgraded to that.

  8. Nathan 2 months ago

    Just bought a second one for my other evolv. these are awesome. One thing would make it better is if you could access the battery without removing the bumper.

  9. Mark Kitaoka 2 months ago

    I have written my impressions on the LightSaver on my blog
    http://www.markkitaoka.com/reviews/lightsaver-ad200-flash-bumper/

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