Best portable flash kit: 6 top models tested and rated

Best portable flash kit: 04 Lencarta Safari Li-on Portable Flash

Best portable flash kit: 03 Bowens Small Travelpak Kit + Bowens Gemini 400Rx

Best portable flash kit: 03 Bowens Small Travelpak Kit + Bowens Gemini 400Rx

Price: £770, $1019
Most portable flash systems have a combined power supply and control unit plus lightweight heads, but the Bowens Travelpak is just a battery pack for powering regular flash heads.

It’s a bonus if you already have compatible Bowens studio flash heads, because you’ll only need to buy the Travelpak, which costs about £500 ($800) by itself.

The drawback is that regular flash heads are heavy, and the Travelpak itself weighs 5kg.

The li-ion battery takes six hours for a complete charge, and will power a Gemini 400Rx for 185 full-power flashes.

Unlike the Bessel WP6, you can run two flash heads from a single Bowens Travelpak. You’ll only get about half the working duration, however, and the 400Rx’s 250W modelling lamps are best switched off to conserve power.

Verdict
Pros… Travelpak can run two studio heads simultaneously.
Cons… It’s much heavier overall than most competing kits.
We say… A worthwhile option if you already use Bowens heads.

Score: 3/5

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PAGE 3 – Best portable flash kit: 03 Bowens Small Travelpak Kit + Bowens Gemini 400Rx  
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