Smaller, lighter battery for Elinchrom Ranger Quadra

Elinchrom will bring out a lithium battery pack for their Ranger Quadra RX location lighting system. Compared to the older lead-gel battery, the new one will be a kilogram lighter and 30% smaller but with double the capacity.

Elinchrom Lithium Ion Battery Box for Ranger Quadra

This summer, Elinchrom will bring out a lithium battery pack for their Ranger Quadra RX location lighting system. Compared to the older lead-gel battery, the new one will be a kilogram lighter and 30% smaller but with double the capacity. It will weigh just 730 grams and be compatible with all Quadra packs.

Elinchrom Lithium Ion Battery Box for Ranger Quadra
The old lead-gel and new lithium-ion battery packs

Two prototype units were on show at├é┬áThe Flash Centre‘s stand at Focus On Imaging, with the option to add your name to the waiting list. A retail price hasn’t yet been announced but release is set for June 2012.

Elinchrom spokesman Simon Whittle said,

They are much lighter than the Lead-gel and give better performance but will be  considerably more expensive than the Lead-gel batteries because lithium is both dangerous and toxic so they require very comprehensive software managed circuits, both in the battery box and in the charger.

Because of the lithium-ion pack’s higher price and potential difficulties at airports and seaports, the existing lead-gel system will not be discontinued, for the benefit of “those who wish to save money and potential hassle”.

David Selby
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