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AlienBees™ DB400 Flash Unit
Part Number: DB400
Price: $309.95
Quantity:

  • wide 7 f-stop power variability (2.5 Ws to 160 Ws)
  • adjustable in 1/10 f-stop increments from full to 1/64 power
  • all-digital controls with LCD display
  • ultra bright LED modeling lamp (400W equivalent, daylight-balanced)
  • internally fan cooled for heavy duty use
  • visual and audible recycle indicators
  • standard 120 VAC, 50-60 Hz power requirements
  • 2.5 pounds total weight
  • 60-Day Absolute Satisfaction Guarantee
  • 2-Year Factory Warranty


The DigiBee is a powerful, all-digital, self-contained photographic flash unit, available in two models: the DB400 unit (160 Ws) and the DB800 unit (320 Ws). Each unit offers consistent output, fast recycle, and true “What-You-See-Is-What-You-Get” modeling lamp accuracy with a new digital interface that adds optional visual and/or audible recycle indication, slave eye on/off settings, and four modeling modes (on full, off, flashpower tracking, and independent adjustment). With a broader range over our original AlienBees units, the DigiBees offer 7 f-stop power variability with precise adjustments in 1/10 f-stops. All adjustments can be made on the unit’s rear digital control panel, featuring a responsive digital display that indicates the flashpower output, modeling lamp output, or parameter status in each of the adjustment categories.

With the inclusion of a bright, high intensity LED modeling lamp, the modeling lamp becomes more than a tool for previewing the light output, as the DigiBee can be used for still or motion photography, delivering a bright, clean light source for a wide variety of subjects. The permanent LED is a 400 Watt equivalent lamp, daylight-balanced at 5600K.

The DigiBee is compatible with our full line of light shaping modifiers and support accessories, including reflectors, softboxes, umbrellas, light stands, and more. The unit arrives with a sync cord for hardwired camera connection and has a slave eye for wireless triggering as well, with the slave eye mounted on top of the unit for better sensitivity. Additionally, the DigiBee includes a port for our CyberSync CSXCV transceiver, allowing the unit to be triggered and/or controlled wirelessly by our CyberSync wireless system. See our CyberSync system to learn more!

As the DigiBee has 120 VAC (50-60 Hz) power requirements, it arrives with our 15-foot power cord to connect to a standard, grounded outlet for power.
For location work, the unit is designed for use with our Vagabond portable battery power systems.

With rugged, compact design, high-impact polycarbonate housing, a robust metal stand mount, and internal fan cooling, the DigiBee is designed for heavy duty use, but boasts an unbelievably tiny size and lightweight frame making it ready for travel.

DigiBee DB400 DigiBee DB800
Wattseconds 2.5 Ws (min. power) to 160 Ws (max. power) 5 Ws (min. power) to 320 Ws (max. power)
Power Variability 7 f-stop range (full to 1/64 power) 7 f-stop range (full to 1/64 power)
Recycle to 100% 0.5 seconds 1 second
Recycle to Half Power (-1.0F) 0.25 seconds 0.5 seconds
Flash Duration (t.1) 1/1450 second (at full power)
1/975 second (at full power)
Power Requirements 120 VAC, 50-60 HZ
Typical Performance with Vagabond VLX 0.5 second recycle to full power (100%)
approx. 2000 full power flashes per battery charge
approx. 1.75 hour runtime with modeling lamp ONLY (at full power)
approx. 3.75 hour runtime with modeling lamp ONLY (at half power)
1 second recycle to full power (100%)
approx. 1000 full power flashes per battery charge
approx. 1.75 hour runtime with modeling lamp ONLY (at full power)
approx. 3.75 hour runtime with modeling lamp ONLY (at half power)
Typical Performance with Vagabond Mini Lithium 1 second recycle to full power (100%)
approx. 2000 full power flashes per battery charge
approx. 1.5 hour runtime with modeling lamp ONLY (at full power)
approx. 3.5 hour runtime with modeling lamp ONLY (at half power)
2 second recycle to full power (100%)
approx. 1000 full power flashes per battery charge
approx. 1.5 hour runtime with modeling lamp ONLY (at full power)
approx. 3.5 hour runtime with modeling lamp ONLY (at half power)
Average Current Draw 7 amps average (10 amps peak/surge current draw)
Sync / Trigger Voltage less than 6 volts
Modeling Lamp 400 Watt equivalent (75 Watt permanent LED bulb)
25,000 to 50,000 hour typical lifespan (at full brightness, longer at lower brightness)
high color rendering index (CRI > 90)
Flashtube 14mm single-ring flashtube (daylight-balanced and UV-coated at 5600K)
Stand Mount fits stand connection studs up to 5/8"
Umbrella Mount fits umbrella poles up to 3/8"
Weight 2.5 pounds 2.9 pounds
Dimensions 4.75 inches (width) across the front
5.25 inches (length) with the shipping cover in place
7.25 inches (height) from the top of the antennae to the housing base - with stand mount collapsed

Dimensions Note: length measurements taken from the front of the shipping cover (in place on the unit’s faceplate) to the back panel; height measurements taken from the top of the umbrella screw to the bottom of the light stand top coupler, folded back underneath the unit; width measurements taken from side to side at the widest points

See Expected Output
Light Stands: Each DigiBee flash unit must be securely mounted to a light stand for use. The stand mount is compatible with all Paul C. Buff light stands as well as most standard light stands having top couplers up to 5/8-inch.

Portable Power: For portable, battery power we recommend the use of our Vagabond Portable Power Systems.

CyberSync Remote Controls: The DigiBee unit includes a slot for the CyberSync CSXCV Transceiver for use with the Cyber Commander remote transmitter and/or CyberSync Trigger Transmitter. The unit may be used with all CyberSync receivers for triggering functions, but the CSXCV is recommended for full capability.

Other Remote Controls: The DigiBee may not be used with the LG4X wired remote control or older Paul C. Buff remotes incorporating the telephone cord connection. The unit is compatible with most other third party triggering receivers, though a 1/8-inch to 1/8-inch non-attenuated mini male mono cord such as our CSSC is required to connect the receiver to the DigiBee.
**The CSXCV port on the DigiBee unit was designed exclusively for use with the CSXCV and we can NOT guarantee compatibility with other receivers made by other manufacturers, regardless of their compatibility with other flash units.

PLM™ and Umbrellas: Each DigiBee unit has an umbrella shaft that runs along the top length of the unit housing, fitting standard umbrella poles up to 3/8-inch in diameter. It may be used with the PLM system (both the current model and previous models) as well as retired Paul C. Buff umbrellas. The retired, on-axis speedring PLM models may be used as well.

Softboxes and Octaboxes: The faceplate on each DigiBee unit has four holding fingers that expand and contract to hold speedrings for softbox and octabox attachment. The unit may be used with any of our foldable softboxes, octaboxes or stripbox as well as retired models of Paul C. Buff softboxes and octaboxes. The DigiBee is additionally compatible with our SBA Foldable Softbox Speedring Adapter, for use with larger softboxes. When using softboxes by other manufacturers, you will need to get a Paul C. Buff compatible speedring.

Reflectors: The four holding fingers on the faceplate also expand and contract to hold various reflectors. The DigiBee unit does not arrives with a reflector, so that you can choose the best reflector for your needs. The unit is compatible with all Buff reflectors, including all current and retired beauty dishes. The DigiBee is compatible with our LiteMod Unit Mainframe and all associated accessories as well.

Travel Gear: Designed specifically for the DigiBee units, we offer the DigiBee Carrying Bag, capable of carrying one or two DigiBee units, reflectors, remotes, cords, and more. The DigiBee can also be carried in the standard AlienBees CB1 Carrying Bag or PCBBAG Buff Carrying Bag. For consideration of travel cases from other manufacturers, the DigiBee dimensions are 4.75 inches (width) across the front x 5.25 inches (length) with the shipping cover in place x 7.25 inches (height) from the top of the antennae to the housing base, with the stand mount collapsed.

Connecting the flash unit to your camera: Each DigiBee flash unit arrives with the ABSC standard 15-foot sync cord for hardwired connection to your camera. The cord connects to the flash unit on the unit’s back control panel (1/8-inch sync plug), then connects to your camera’s PC-sync outlet. This outlet may be labeled “PC sync,” “PC terminal,” “X-sync socket,” “external flash connector,” or “flash sync terminal” – the label varies by camera manufacturer. If your specific camera does not have a PC outlet, we offer a hot shoe adapter that fits in the standard ISO hot shoe of most cameras to enable PC-connection.

Replacing DigiBee™ Components: For future replacement needs, the flashtube used in each DigiBee unit is the AWFT14MMUV flashtube. This is a user-replaceable tube arriving with instructions for replacement. The modeling lamp used in the unit is NOT user-replaceable. For repair or replacement needs with the modeling lamp or any other DigiBee component, please contact our Customer Service Team.