Tokyo: The Japanese PhotoNext 2010 exhibition displayed several interesting new lighting gadgets from Chinese manufacturers.
The CononMark DD400 is a DC monolight controllable from 400 to 6.5Ws (64:1) with a digital LCD and the opportunity to use S-mount accessories.
Unlike most other portable DC lights, the DD400 runs off any generic 12V SLA battery, including your car cigarette lighter. The manufacturer claims a recycle time of below 3.2 seconds, and a whopping 1300 full power flashes from a single charge. Should you return to civilisation, a mains adapter is also included.
The Godox Leadpower LP-750 is a battery pack with a pure sine wave inverter, designed for use with studio lights. With three AC sockets putting out either 220 or 110V and a maximum continuous load of 750W, the LP-750 should be ideal for running multiple lights and other devices (e.g. laptops) on a location photo shoot. Though more expensive than an Innovatronix Explorer, the Godox unit uses a NiMH battery allowing it to be smaller and lighter.