I recently started upgrading my Paul C Buff White Lightning flash heads with the Profoto D1 Air mono-flash heads. Being an on-location portrait photographer, easy power sources are very important to me. Sometimes I will land in a city and will need to go right to right to set and picking up a generator isn’t an option. Profoto has their own battery pack system, but I already have a few Vagabonds that can fit in my carry-ons very easily and someone once told me that you can run the D1′s off of a vagabond mini battery pack.
As you can see from the video, it does power up a D1 500 and fire. Power recycling is noticeably slower and the strobe sounds a tad strained, but it does work. Helps having the audible sound when the capacitor is recharged. Oh, and make sure the modeling light is turned off or that drains the battery very quickly!
I should try and field test on a couple of D1′s and Vagabond Minis. I’ll let you know when I do!
You can also put the D1′s in a “battery mode” which make them perform better when plugged into a battery pack. One of my readers M.D. Welch suggested this:
Plug in the unit, but leave the power off. Hold down the Model button, wait about 10 seconds while you hold it down, then on the LED indicator it will say “bt”. You are now in battery mode. The last thing you need to do is pull the power cable from the unit, wait a couple of seconds, and plug it back in. Now you can use the light. If you want to go back to wall power, you need to repeat these steps, but the LED indicator will say “- – “. If you don’t do this, you can blow the D1. These steps are in the D1 manual, under using the BatPack.
Fstoppers.com did a great review/description of the Profoto D1. See below to learn more: