First Godox XEnergizer hands-on review published

Reviews are appearing for Godox's XEnergizer 600 portable flash system.

Picture: theflasher.eu

Reviews are coming out of the woodwork for Godox’s XEnergizer 600 portable flash system.

Lighting Rumours reader Richard “The Flasher”, a wedding photographer based in Mallorca, has posted his first impressions of the light on his blog.

“This is a really good flash for the money,” writes Richard. “It comes in a nice hard case… You can set power levels fron the USB trigger but actually trigger the flash via the 3.5mm jack.”

Picture: theflasher.eu

“The flashhead is made of plastic, I have only used it with a light weight 70x50cm umbrella soft box and the results were very good!” he adds. “Halogen bulb modeling light, shame it wasn’t LED. It is quite weak and I have never used it so I may just remove it altogether.”

Picture: theflasher.eu

Read Richard’s full thoughts, with plenty of lovely example photographs, at theflasher.eu. Thanks for being an early adopter!

We will be writing our own review of the XEnergizer, and comparing it to the Jinbei Discovery — a flash in the same product category — once we get our hands on a sample from the manufacturers. Watch this space.

Images used with permission

David Selby
Based in the West Midlands, UK, David Selby is editor of Lighting Rumours, a part-time photographer and a statistics PhD student.
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  • Alexander Loff

    Thank you for your report!

    Probably the flash really has a flash duration at about 1/2000s (t.5). That’s why you could not sync flash in mode Hypersync / Supersync.

  • Leo @ Image Melbourne

    The last couple of lines of the review are rather illuminating :

    “Finally there are are a couple of negatives as well….

    1) Almost every time after the first 2 or 3 flashes I get an Error message on the battery pack. Its says “err 01″ which means its problem with the power. The simple fix is to turn the battery off and on again after which time it works perfectly for the rest of the shoot.

    2) The flash trigger goes down to 1/128 power but the flash pack only goes down to 1/32 Somtimes if you set the Tx to 1/64 of lower, the flash will fire at full power but other times it will just fire at 1/32 power. Hmmmmm I haven’t seen a pattern to this yet but it may be something I am doing wrong?”

    Sounds like it needs a bit more work!

    • the flasher

      hi leo,

      yes the two problems I pointed out need mentioning:

      1: Error messages In the instructions there are 4 ERROR codes. E0 and E2 refer to shutdown due to excessive temperature, E1 due to recycling system problem, which is what I experienced. and E3 too much voltage across the flash tube. So there seems to be protection circuits built into the unit. I’ve used the pack for 6 photo shoots so far and the ER1 occurred after the first couple of flashes for the first 5 times. I simply pressed the on/off button to restart the battery pack and it worked perfectly for the rest of the shoot. Maybe its because its new and needs some time for the capacitors etc to “wake up”????? So until there are more reviews its hard to tell if my unit is faulty or if this is typical behaviour.

      2: I think there is a pattern to this and it depends on how the power level is set on the Tx when you first turn on the flash, but I don’t have time to test it at the moment. As soon as I have time I will report back.

      Thanks to David for linking to my review and I hope the info helps some of you.

      • Claus Jensen

        You remember to press “Set” on the tx, after you har change power the first time ?

      • the flasher

        “I’ve used the pack for 6 photo shoots so far and the ER1 occurred after the first couple of flashes for the first 5 times. I simply pressed the on/off button to restart the battery pack and it worked perfectly for the rest of the shoot. Maybe its because its new and needs some time for the capacitors etc to “wake up”????? ”

        Ok so I have used it a few more times and I have not experienced the ER1 problem again, so I say it is just a “warming up” issue.

  • Panchoskywalker

    It’s sad that it comes only till 1/32 when the Wistro /Godox180/360 do 1/128.

  • Claus Jensen

    I got mine today, I think its only when the flashhead have been apart from the generator it gives the “E1”.

    • Panchoskywalker

      do you think the head could support a beauty dish?

  • T.

    I would buy it in a heartbeat if only an european reseller did carry Godox products and offer warranty. I don’t want to have to send back the whole kit to China for some repairs.

    Right now, the Jinbei FL-500 may be a tad weaker but you can get support from foto-morgen, photospecialist and other various EU resellers.

    Otherwise it looks like a very good piece of equipement.

  • Jeremy

    Lencarta sell a slightly higher specification of this and offer a 3 year warranty.

    British company with headquarters (and service center) in Bradford.

  • Constantin Menier Malanciuc

    I have Lencarta Safari 2, powerful enough to overpower the sun, great for dramatic shots, I have used 4 events so far, (2 weddings + 2 photo-shoots), I had over 1300 photos to one of the weddings using this kit, power from 1/1 to 1/32 wirelessly controlled.

  • Anyone know how much the pack + battery weigh?