Here’s a Great Kit Deal on my favorite battery powered strobes!
B&H Photo is offering great Kit Saving on Profoto AcuteB2 600 watt/second AirS LiFe Power Pack with Free Profoto AcuteB 600 w/s Lamphead (Order from B&H).
While Profoto B1 500 AirTTL Battery Powered Flash monolights (B&H) are garnering most of the attention these days, there are a couple upsides to separating the heads and packs.
First, splitting the generator and battery away from the head offers better weight distribution allowing me hang the pack off the stand to keep the center of weight low.
Second, I can travel with one case of pair of Profoto Acute 2R 2400 packs and heads (B&H) and another case of Profoto AcuteB2 strobes to quickly change from a/c to battery packs when moving outdoors still using the same heads.
Third, AcuteB2 packs also power specialty flashheads like Profoto Acute Ringflash (B&H).
And most importantly, the Acute Profoto frosted glass globe is the key to getting the best looking light out of Profoto’s huge range of reflectors and modifiers.
Profoto Acute B pack | Profoto Acute B head | Profoto Beauty Dish | Sony A900 |Â Sony 24-70mm F2.8 ZA
I love these Acute battery packs for location portrait photography because I often find myself flying around the Caribbean in a tiny plane yet I’m able to pack all this into a Tenba Air Case (B&H) that weighs in under 50 pounds:
(2) Profoto Acute B2 packs (B&H)
(2) Profoto Acute B heads and reflectors (B&H)
(2) Extra Profoto LiFe batteries (B&H)
The AcuteB2 is a nice update on the original Profoto AcuteB packs are my battery powered flash of choice. Profoto’s AcuteB2 600Ws AirS LiFe Power Pack supplies 600Ws of portable flash power in a compact, lightweight (7.9 lbs/3.6 kg) package, with a long-life LiFe (Lithium Ion Iron Phosphate) battery powering up to 200 flashes at full power with even faster recycle time (0.08-2.0 seconds, flash duration as short as 1/6800 and offers 7 f-stop range (9-600Ws). The LiFe battery gives you up to 4 times the battery life of previous batteries. Plus, the built-in Profoto AirS radio sync receiver provides control from up to 980′ (300 meters) using Profoto Air Sync Transceiver (B&H) sold separately.
The AcuteB2 has been tested, certified and licensed for travel according to the UN manual of Test & Criteria, and the included multi-voltage charger allows you to charge the battery on any AC current, ensuring that you’ll be able to work anywhere in the world.
Profoto Acute B packs that have been my battery powered flash of choice for location portrait photography since they first came out in 2006 – quite possibly because the first time I used them was to shoot this…
Profoto Acute B pack | Profoto Acute B head | Elinchrom 74″ Octabank | 1/125 sec | f/6.7 | ISO 100
4 thoughts on “Special Kit Deal on Profoto Acute B2 AirS + Head”
Great deal, the head included with deal is only rated for 600 watts and will not work on a 2400 pack, been there, done that. thanks for being a turn to resource.
Thanks pal! Yup, that’s correct this head is rated for 600 w/s, because it convection cooled – not fan cooled – since the fans won’t run on battery packs. The good thing is that makes it a bit smaller and lighter.
Thanks for this Brian. Perfect timing! My batteries on my AcuteB 600r’s have died (3rd time around). Could replace them with the old Pb or the new LiFe batteries but had noticed the current B&H deal – which would make it cheaper to buy new kits and sell the old gear. Was mainly hemming and hawing due to B1 vs AcuteB2. What you wrote confirms my thought process on the strengths of the AcuteB/B2 system and why I prefer it (I also like the option of running the AcuteB/B2’s off of AC power when mixing them with my Acute 1200r’s, something the B1 cannot do.)
Glad to hear it Jon. For portability B1s have their place, but the interchangeability of these packs with the Acute 2400/1200 using the same heads affirms their value.