Free yourself from the mains: Flashpoint portable power pack released

Adorama is now shipping the Flashpoint PowerStation 800, a battery inverter to power all your devices on location.

Flashpoint PowerStation PS-800

Adorama is now shipping the Flashpoint PowerStation 800, a battery inverter to power all your devices on location. When you’re out of reach of extension cords, or just don’t want cables traipsing everywhere on your photoshoot, the PowerStation replaces mains sockets.

Flashpoint PowerStation PS-800

The PowerStation has three AC sockets and three USB sockets, so it can run anything from a 3000J studio flash to a laptop to a mobile phone. It puts out 110V pure sine wave AC and was originally announced alongside the company’s budget monolights, but should actually work with almost any brand of mains-powered flash.

The pack weighs just under 15 lbs (6.8 kg), which is considerably lighter (and less noisy) than a petrol generator. It isn’t as feathery or as cheap as, say, the Photogenic Ion (3.5 lbs) but it’ll last longer and support much more powerful gear.

Flashpoint PowerStation PS-800

According to the manufacturer, each 12Ah battery — which can be swapped in and out and charged independently of the main pack — has enough juice to run a 600J head for 500 flashes. You can run the PowerStation from a car battery or charge its LiFePO4 cells from the mains in three hours.

You can switch between two operating modes, one to support high-peak flash units and one for constant-draw appliances like laptop chargers or fans. The PowerStation is fan-cooled and said to provide “stable” current in “any environment”. You can protect the pack with a specially-designed case that has side pockets for cables and chargers.

Flashpoint PowerStation PS-800

The Flashpoint PowerStation is available exclusively from Adorama for $899.95 including free US shipping. The carrying case is included and extra batteries are $350 each, though if you need spares you can save money by buying a kit with extra battery for $1,100.00.

Loyal Lighting Rumours readers may recognise the PowerStation, like many other Flashpoint offerings, as a rebranded Godox product, namely the Leadpower LP-800X. You can also find it in the States under the Dynalite XP800 brand but that costs $100 more so the Adorama version sounds like a better deal.

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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  • Adam Gasson

    The constant draw function is interesting. I’ve got a Paul Buff and Jinbei pack and it’s they’re pretty limiting in the sense that they struggle to run modelling lights (let alone a constant draw source). If they release a 230v version over here for that sort of money they’d be on to a winner.

  • wei

    The Godox product is sale for 3,900 RMB in China market. The Flashpoint makes at least $500 more for each single unit sale by rebranding.

  • Singapuree

    I wonder if three VML will be better and more versatile than one of these packs? Same cost practically if you live in North America.

    • IL

      Depends what you use them for. These packs seem to have the edge in the continuous output area (800W for 3 minutes) which makes them useable for other things like mains-powered smoke machines and fans while on location. Though of course, 3 minutes is precious little time to get the machines warmed up and going.

      (Yes, I’ve foolishly tried to run a smoke machine off a VML and blown the thing up.)
      That said, if only used for strobing, VMLs are more attractive in terms of weight and portability.