Innovatronix have released the final specifications, prices and release dates for their upcoming Tronix Explorer XT3 and Explorer Mini pure sine wave battery packs.
- Both products at increased power rating at >650W for Tronix Explorer XT3 and 400W for Tronix Explorer Mini
- Wider compatibility to bi-voltage, digital and analog monolights (flash units)
- Faster recycling time at 1-2 seconds
- For quick photoshoot that requires that most portable light set up – get Tronix Explorer Mini
- For powering larger/powerful monolights and longer photoshoots – get Tronix Explorer XT3
- Affordably priced at USD349 and USD590 for Tronix Explorer Mini and Tronix Explorer XT3, respectively
- Tronix Explorer Mini (110V) model will be available by May 2011
- Tronix Explorer XT3 (110V and 230V) models will be available by June 2011
- Uses reliable and safe SLA technology (Why SLA? See this FAQ)
How does Explorer XT SE compare to Explorer Mini? Compare to Explorer XT3?
Comparing Explorer Mini and Explorer XT SE, other than the number of pops/flashes (due to smaller battery for Explorer Mini), everything else is better in Explorer Mini such as power (400w vs 350w), faster recycling time (close to AC/wall socket), larger compatibility (bi-voltage monolights) and a much lighter weight (4kg vs 8.5kg).
Comparing Explorer XT3 and Explorer XT SE, Explorer XT3 is the most powerful battery pack yet – although both units have almost the same weight. It is more powerful (at >650w), will give more pops/flashes (due to increased battery capacity), and larger compatibility (multiple bi-voltage monolights).
Here is a short comparison (from high to low, more to less):
- Power: XT3 > Mini > XT SE
- Compatibility: XT3 > Mini > XT SE
- # of Pops: XT3 > XT SE > Mini
- Recycling Time: XT3 > Mini ≥ XT SE
- Weight: XT3 > XT SE > Mini
- Dimension/Size: XT3 = XT SE > Mini
Which battery pack suits my needs?
- Tronix Explorer models are designed to adapt any working photographers’ needs and solve his lack-of-portable power problem on-location.
- If you are off to a quick photoshoot, wants the lightest/smallest set up, Explorer Mini may be the best choice (Explorer Mini will work with analog, digital and bi-voltage monolight).
- If you are using a one bi-voltage monolight set up OR analog/digital monolights and expects that the photoshoot would last for a couple of hours or so, Explorer XT SE may be the best choice.
- If you are using larger and powerful monolights (digital and/or bi-voltage monolights), or for longer photoshoots, Explorer XT3 may be the best choice.
- Either way, if you are powering larger monoblocks and/or longer photoshoot, then Explorer XT3. Quick, easy and the lightest set up, then Explorer Mini. Something in between, Explorer XT SE.
For more information, please refer to the updated Tronix Explorer XT3 & Mini product page.