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Offline drzenitram

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Portable Power Pack - DIY - ~$60
« on: July 10, 2013, 03:32:32 PM »
Just thought I'd share my experience with you guys.

I have some inexpensive portable strobes I use for doing wedding photobooths(5x Neewer 180w Monolights) and, while they are very useful, I found myself needing lots of extension cords to use them the way I wanted to. Another option would have been speedlights, but since I already had these I wanted to use them, so... I decided to make a portable power pack. Looked up some other DIYs, here's my version.

Materials needed:

* Sealed Lead Acid battery - $20 - 12v 7Ah - http://www.amazon.com/UPG-UB1280-Sealed-Lead-Batteries/dp/B0009GIKNE/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1373491116&sr=1-1&keywords=12v+sla
* Sine wave inverter - $27 - 400w modified sw inverter - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001RNOHBC/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
- Note on sine wave inverter - I bought a modified sine wave inverter which works well for all my electronics, including my guitar and drum amps, electronic drum set, laptop, and monolights. Some electronics will not work with a modified sine wave inverter and you'll have to fork out the cash for a more expensive PURE sine wave inverter.
* Trickle Charger - $17 - Speed charger w/ float mode - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009IBJAS/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i01?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Basically all I did was hook everything up together. I'll be getting an electrician's bag to put everything in, but there's a 110v plug that I'll plug a power strip into, plug in all my lights, and shoot. I use my lights each at about half to 3/4 power for 300-600 shots a night and I've still not run out of juice.
Bodies: T2i, 5D Mark ii | Lenses: Sigma 35mm f1.4, Helios 44-2 58mm f2, Sigma 85mm f1.4, Sigma 70-200mm f2.8 OS | Strobes: Canon 480ex II x2, Neewer 180 monolight x5

Offline ctyhntr

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Re: Portable Power Pack - DIY - ~$60
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2013, 05:40:35 AM »
I think this battery pack uses the same sized battery, and  you saved $40.