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The Efficiency of the Godox/Flashpoint AC Adapter

When I initially began to integrate the Flashpoint XPLOR H1200 into my workflow, HSS, portability, and the long-lasting lithium batteries were key factors in my decision to switch from Broncolor to Flashpoint/Godox. With the release of the AD600 PRO earlier this year, I began to add more units, enough to be able to light for any conceivable studio or location requirements.

Note: There are photos below that may not be work friendly.

I may use as many as 20 lights for a setup, or just one, but for sure I like to always have a good number of spares available.

On a recent shoot with singer/actress Becky G for the cover of Galore magazine, and another shoot for Vogue, I needed to have various setups ready at once.

I used only a single AD600 PRO inside a modified Broncolor Flooter S for a series of dramatic sky shots in HSS mode, and also a late afternoon pool shot, but I needed 20 units to light a series of colorful, 2000s pop inspired studio shots.

Shot with Fujifilm GFX 50S, f/4 1/4000s ISO 100 110mm

Shot with Fujifilm GFX 50S, f/11 1/125s ISO 100 110mm

Shot with Fujifilm GFX 50S, f/4 1/125s ISO 100 63mm

Shot with Fujifilm GFX 50S f/8 1/125s ISO 100 110mm

With so many units going at once, keeping track of the lithium batteries proved to be somewhat of a challenge.

Coincidentally, Godox had just released an inexpensive AC adapter for the AD600 PRO at that time.

My concern with adding AC adapters was that nobody could tell me reliably how many units could be put on one typical North American breaker.

I guessed that 3 or 4 units would probably max out one circuit. I worried that getting used to working with the AC adapters would limit the great flexibility I appreciated so much with the lithium batteries. Nonetheless, I decided to give the AC adapters a try.

Last week, on a promotional shoot with NBC’s Extra, I shot a series of close up portraits of the program’s co-host, Mark Wright, a British soccer star turned TV personality.

Shot with Fujifilm GFX 50S, f/4 1/4000 ISO 100 250mm



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