Bowens have announced the launch of its ‘second generation’ Travelpak, portable battery pack. The new unit, which will be available this autumn, enables location photographers to instantly ‘hot-swap’ a second battery if the first fades before the photo-shoot is complete.
Mark Aherne, Bowens technical director said: “Our original Travelpak product has been phenomenally successful. It has always held a unique position in the marketplace as it enabled all of our Gemini monoblocs to be run on location from a battery system – so photographers could travel with equipment which otherwise would be studio-restricted. Now we’ve improved the original model and we have incorporated a key feature – the ability to ‘hot-swap’ the battery.
He added: “Up until now the Travelpak battery has been built-in, so when it goes flat the photographer had no option but to plug it into the charger and wait for it to recharge. Our new unit comprises a battery and key electronics which up rate the voltage to charge the capacitors. Now if a battery goes flat the user simply changes it and carries on shooting.
The new Travelpak at a glance:
Travelpak comes with small or large battery options.
- Unique adaptor socket enabling easy second battery exchange
- Power up to 2 Gemini monolights
- Fast and slow recycling button
- Batteries can be charged offline
- New, attractive styling
- Switches and dials recessed into the robust all-metal panel construction
- Improved battery level indicator
- Redesigned moulded cables
- Designed and manufactured in the UK.
Said Aherne: “This new product, which naturally complements the versatile Bowens Gemini range, affords new freedom to location shooters everywhere. Photographers will achieve between 150-200 shots on a 500 Ws second unit and almost twice that from the larger option.
The Travelpak will be available in November. For more information please visit the Bowens