YONGNUO YN860Li – Lithium-ion Speedlite Announced


YongNuo have announced the YN860Li speedlite, being the latest evolution in the YN560 series of Remote Manual speedlites, providing 2.4GHz radio transceivers built inside.

The YN860Li build upon the most recent YN660, now providing a built-in Lithium-ion battery capable of 1.5 second full power recycle times, and approximately 700 full power flashes.

With a Guide Number of 60 meters (ISO 100, 200mm) the YN860Li provide slightly less output than the YN660.

Otherwise functionality is very similar, though the YN860Li do also now include a USB port for firmware updates (though no external HV battery port).




The YN860Li are basic Manual only speedlites when used on-camera.

Though their main features / functions are provided by the built-in Remote Manual radio Master and Slave modes.


Compatible Slave flashes & receiver units include –


Compatible Master flashes & transmitter units include –


With the YN560-TX / II transmitters, and YN860Li / YN660 flashes providing the most functionality, including Remote Manual Power and Flash Head Zoom Control for 6 Groups or lights.






  • GN 60m (ISO 100 / 200mm)
  • Flash Mode – M / Multi
  • Manual Flash – 1/128 – 1/1 output control (1/3rd increments)
  • 20 – 200mm Manual Flash Zoom
  • 11.1V, 1800mAh (19.98Wh) Lithum-ion Battery
  • Full Power Recycle – 1.5 Seconds
  • Built-in Radio Master Modes – YN560 / RF-603 (2.4GHz RF Systems).
  • Built-in Radio Slave Modes – YN560 / RF-603, & RF-602 (2.4GHz RF Systems).
  • 6 Flash Groups – A / B /C / D / E / F
  • 16 Channels
  • S1 & S2 Optic Slave Modes
  • Custom Functions
  • Auto Save Settings
  • Sound Prompt
  • Heat Protection
  • Large LCD Screen
  • 360 Degree Swivel and Tilt Head
  • Fast Clamping Metal Foot
  • PC Sync Port
  • USB Port For Firmware Updates




USING SLAVE FLASH – YN860Li / YN660 / YN560 IV / YN-560 III

  • Remote Flash Power – 1/128 – 1/1 (1/3rd increments)
  • Remote Flash Zoom 20-200mm – (Manual Only)
  • Group Control – 6 Groups



  • Fire the Flash
  • Group Control (?)



  • Fire the Flash Only





  • Remote Flash Power – 1/128 – 1/1 (1/3rd increments)
  • Remote Flash Zoom 20-200mm – (Manual Only)
  • Group Control – 6 Groups



  • Remote Flash Power – 1/128 – 1/1 (1/3rd increments)
  • Remote Flash Zoom 20-200mm – (Manual Only)
  • Group Control – 3 Groups



  • Fire the Flash
  • Group Control (?)



  • Fire the Flash Only



  • Fire the Flash Only


The YN860Li use yet another new flash body design from YongNuo, and a slightly simplified LCD display layout compared to previous YN660 /YN560 series speedlites.




And the 11.1V, 1800mAh Lithum-ion battery is also already the second speedlite battery variation from YongNuo, after the fairly recent YN968EX-RT Lithium-ion powered flash.

Which is not completely confidence inspiring, though the new design does negate the need for an external battery door (which have not been YongNuo’s strongest point in the past).

So the new battery design may be a worthwhile change.




The YN860Li provide a basic PC Sync Port, and fortunately now also a USB port for firmware updates.

There is no external HV battery port included though.




Being a single firing pin speedlite the YN860Li are universal for use on any camera brand.

Though they provide only manual power levels when used directly on the camera hotshoe (no TTL, HSS, or AF assist light etc).




NOTE – be aware the YN860Li and YN560 series flashes still do not provide any Radio Slave mode compatible with the TTL and HSS enabled YN-622 systems for Canon or Nikon though.

So there is no way to combine a TTL master flash on camera for example, and the possibility of expanding on the system in the future with TTL and HSS enabled flashes is currently very limited.




The YN860Li Speedlites should be available shortly. Pricing has not yet been specified.

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  1. AMANITO 7 months ago

    I’m curios about the price, If YongNuo YN686EX-RT Speedlites are available now from approx $150?

  2. Karl 7 months ago

    The problem with the YN686 lithium batteries was their rip off price and rip off price on postage on ebay. Hopefully extra batteries are affordable. Just hoping the AF assist light is excellent.

    Also look at this aspect from the YN686.

    “The YN686EX-RT’s 2000mAh Lithium-ion battery providing over 600 full power flashes, with 1.5 second recycle time.”

    And that was released in May.

    So, 4 months later they make a battery with -200mAh and it achieves 100 more full power flashes?

  3. steve 7 months ago

    Buyer beware with these, YongNuo might need to do some quality control and testing on batteries before sending out defective ones. I can’t imagine the frustration after buying a new flash, looking forward to it coming and the battery is defective.


  4. peter 7 months ago

    Thread topic should probably say “announced” , not “released”?

  5. Jan 6 months ago

    There is a minor glitch in this article:

    The third paragraph reads “With a Guide Number of 66 meters (ISO 100, 200mm) the YN860Li provide slightly less output than the YN660.” which is exactly the power stated in the linked article about the YN660. If you scroll down here to the technical data, the stated power of the YN860Li is GN60.

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 6 months ago

      Thanks Jan!, my mistake (now corrected thanks).

  6. rockjano 6 months ago

    When will it be available????

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 6 months ago

      Hi rockjano,

      I’m not really sure, though its generally around a month after being announced on their website. So it may only be a week or two away now.

  7. steve 6 months ago

    Yongnuo make yn622c’s . But now Yongnuo make new flash models that don’t accept Yn622c’s?

    What the hell are they playing at??

    • Author
      Flash Havoc 6 months ago

      YongNuo have just announced another new YN720 Speedlite flash again, with similar function to the YN860Li, though with a different body and battery.

      It looks like they are just going back to their original tactic of releasing tons of flash models into the market. Pretty ridiculous.

      • rockjano 6 months ago

        Yeah it is very strange!!! Why is it good for them I just don’t get it…
        The 720 will looks similar to the 660 but with lithium battery, and there are no prices… (I am sure it will cost a lot more than the 660 which is really impressive otherwise)

        When will they a have a Lion battery studio strobe like Godox???

        When will they have a normal usable website???
        Because what they have is … quite a garbage….

        • Author
          Flash Havoc 6 months ago

          Yes the YN720 looks to have the same functions as the YN660, and YN860Li, though it uses the flash body and battery of the YN686EX-RT.

          Which is far better than releasing another new flash body and battery in the YN860Li. If I had have know the YN720 was coming I wouldn’t have posted about this YN860Li at all.

          I think the reason they are doing it is just a sales tactic, they have tons of re-sellers around the world so releasing every new model means instant short term revenue, just stocking the shelves initially. And more products on the shelves is more market presence etc.

          The market relys on constant new products now to a large degree, though I’m personally not playing their game when its resulting in a overall much worse product in the complete system.

          I posted a system concept here, though they should know that they should already be doing this from seeing Godox’s success. I think they’ve given up trying to compete though and just gone back to short term sales tactics.

  8. Jan 6 months ago

    The shuelock on the YN686EX-RT i wery crapy, and it seems like its it the same on the yn720.
    On this one it is okay, the is at least a lock on it.


    Comprei esse flash 860li, como consigo o manual em português?

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