It’s been a while since Paul C Buff announced anything really new or cool; but yesterday the company announced the brand new Vagabond Lithium Extreme battery back. Now, the photo above is actually the Vagabond Mini because the company hasn’t shown off what it looks like yet. The new battery pack will boast a 400W power source; and the company is saying that it can recycle “considerably faster” than the 25lb Profoto Batpack, 11lb Innovatronix Mini, Elinchrom Quadra Ranger and others. As for actual specs, they’re saying that it cycles 640WS in 2 seconds, 1280WS in 4 seconds, 1920WS in 6 seconds, 2560WS in 8 seconds, and 3200WS in 10 seconds, as well as most 1200 to 2400WS power pack systems in 4 to 8 seconds. It employs a very sturdy metal light stand clamp for up to 1-1/2″ poles, and a 2A USB port capable of charging smart phones and tablets.
But here’s the crazier part: they’re saying that it can operate a 4-5 light system.
Like the previous Vagabonds, they’re highly recommending that you turn the modelling light on your strobe off when using it–which is unlike the Profoto B1 and others.
When it launches in April, it’ll retail for $399.99. As a former Vagabond Mini and Vagabond user, I really hope that they fixed the burn out rate.