Jinbei – a studio lighting manufacturer based in Shanghai – have unveiled the Energon EN-760, a mains-output battery pack. The Energon is a battery fitted with a pure sine wave inverter so that you can power your AC studio flashes on location. The Energon enters a crowded marketplace for portable power solutions, competing against the likes of the Innovatronix Explorer XT3 and Godox Leadpower LP-750.
The battery in the Energon is user-changeable, sliding out of a quick drawer should it need to be replaced.
Designed to power a range of different appliances the Jinbei Energon has two different modes. You can switch it to “Flash” mode for your studio heads, and “Other” mode for devices such as fans or laptops with a continuous draw, up to 760 Watts. This is a similar specification to the Tronix Explorer XT3 (800W) and Godox Leadpower (750W). According to the manufacturer, a 3000Ws flash running on the Energon EN-760 can recycle in just two seconds.
There are three mains outputs with universal type mains sockets. Each one has its own flip-down cap to protect it from the elements. The circuitry inside will protect the pack if an appliance is plugged in with reversed polarity. There are also safeguards against overheating, excessive voltage and so on.
The 13.2V, 9000mAh Ni-MH battery’s life depends on the number of heads connected to the Energon. It will provide
- 650 full power flashes powering a single 600J head,
- 350 full power flashes powering two 600J heads,
- 160 full power flashes powering three 600J heads.
There is a battery level indicator on the top panel.
Other nifty features include the ability to run the inverter from a 12V car battery.
Where to buy
The Jinbei Energon EN-760 should be available from a range of Jinbei resellers, though exact retail price, release dates and range of distribution have not been announced. For more information, please visit the manufacturer’s web site.