Swiss Li Lite Light - Elinchrom
Those of you out there using the Elincrom Ranger Quadra flashes in their various configurations will be buoyed by the news that we have the new Li-ion batteries for these in stock now.
The box in front of me is surprisingly light - the battery itself is only 730 grammes. The price is moderate - $ 345. The life expectancy is good - they say you you can expect 320 full-power flashes from this battery.
I wondered about the amount of time that you would need to charge it up again if you discharged it flat - and whether it would have some sort of weird memory effect if you did it at a lesser rate. Apparently not - 90 minutes full charge from flat and no memory effect. For those of us that remember Ni Cad and Ni MH battery systems this is a great relief.
I am a great believer in lithium batteries, having discovered how well they suit the portable speed light flashes that I use and realizing their light weight means an easier job to do - at the end of a day's shootjng the last thing you want to tote around is a lead acid battery. And the fact that most of the lithium is grown in South America makes it even more attractive.