Portable Power on the Go

Battery power for on-location shooting just got a whole lot lighter and less expensive with the recent introduction of the Photogenic ION battery. No more gas generators; bulky, old-fashioned inverters; or tons of extension cords! The ION's lithium-ion pure sine wave inverter converts DC battery power to AC power, and it's been engineered from the ground up to handle the demands of today's sophisticated, digital-flash electronics on Photogenic Professional Lighting and many other AC-based flash systems.

Weighing in at just 3.5 lbs, with a compact 7.5×4.4×3.3″ footprint, the ION is perfect for on-the-go lighting. With its solid-built quality, the ION tackles the rigors of location shooting with ease. The dual, three-prong AC outlets on the ION allow you to operate two studio flash units, or a strobe and another piece of equipment, on location at the same time. Another welcome feature is a standard USB port: Imagine how great that will be for charging your cell phone so it isn't dead after a long day of shooting. The ION's LED power indicator provides valuable charge-level feedback and its quick-change battery is easy to replace in seconds with a fully charged spare (additional batteries are $145).

When it comes to performance, the ION is no slouch either, delivering quick recycle times and an impressive 1000+ flash pops—depending on the make, model, and power output setting of your lights. It's compatible with most monolights and comes with a three-year warranty. All in all, the Photogenic ION has an enviable feature set at a reasonable price point.

Company: Photogenic Professional Lighting
Price: $399
Web: www.photogenic.com
Rating: 5
Hot: Lightweight; compact; portable; affordable