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Vagabond Mini™ Lithium (230VAC model)
Part Number: VM120-230V
Price: $239.95
Please contact us for ordering.

Vagabond Mini™ Lithium (230VAC model)

  • current-controlled 230VAC portable power source
  • for INTERNATIONAL USE ONLY - with 230V units
  • for use with Einstein™ flashes operating at 230 VAC
  • for use with special order 220V AlienBees™ flashes
  • operates flashes from its internal lithium battery
  • NOT intended to power modeling lamps – for additonal
    information click here
  • complete system arrives with inverter and battery connected
  • 3-hour rapid charger (supplied) quickly recharges battery
  • small and lightweight (just 3.5 total pounds)
  • can be connected to a light stand with the provided clamp
  • read warnings about using lithium batteries here
  • 60-Day Absolute Satisfaction Guarantee
  • 1-Year Factory Warranty
Click here to download the MSDS

Note: The Vagabond Mini™ Lithium 230VAC model has two standard Australian / Chinese 230VAC, three-pronged power outlets on the front panel of the inverter. For use with the Einstein™ E640 unit and the international 220V AlienBees™ units, we offer two international power cords (VM-UPC15-230V and VM-UPC3-230V) in 15-foot and 3-foot lengths. These are not included and must be purchased separatley.

All Vagabond™ products containing a lithium battery (the VLX™ system, the VM120 and VM120-230V Vagabond Mini™ Lithium systems, the VLXBAT spare battery, or the VMB8.8A spare battery) are subject to a $62.50 Air Regulation Fee if the shipping method selected is an air method (Next Day Air, 2nd Day Air, 3-Day Select, or Worldwide Express Saver). Shipments to AK, HI, and PR must ship via UPS Next Day Air or UPS 2nd Day Air. Learn more…
The Vagabond Mini™ Lithium is a third generation controlled-current pure sine wave power source for operating AC powered studio flash units in the field from its built-in battery. Both small and lightweight (weighing just 3.5 pounds, including quick-change high capacity lithium battery), the 230VAC INTERNATIONAL model of the Vagabond Mini™ Lithium is designed to operate from one to four 230V Paul C. Buff™ flash units (Einstein™ units operating at 230V and the 220V AlienBees™ units).

The system includes an internal lithium battery that arrives connected to the Vagabond Mini™ Lithium inverter. This inverter takes the power from the internal battery and converts it into a usable, 230VAC true sine wave power source. Your flash units are connected to the inverter, plugging into the two Type I 230VAC power outlets (for more than two units, a power strip may be used). The Vagabond Mini™ Lithium inverter includes a multi-level, accurate battery charge indicator and a convenient front panel battery charging connection for the supplied 3-hour universal rapid charger (95VAC to 250VAC charger input). For international charging, a simple plug adapter may be used with the rapid charger for AC outlet compatibility. For heavy use, spare batteries can be charged externally so that they are ready to instantly plug in.

The inverter and battery components are completely enclosed within a strong, high-impact, flame retardant ABS housing. The fully encased battery can be instantly replaced with the slide-in latching mechanism; there are no wires or user connections other than the AC outlets and charger inlet. The unit additionally includes a light stand mounting mechanism and a convenient carrying strap.

The product utilizes the very latest LiCoxNiyMnzO2 lithium battery chemistry to provide extremely high power density and elimination of battery sulfating and poor efficacy that plagued previous battery-operated systems using heavy and inefficient sealed lead acid batteries.

The Vagabond Mini™ Lithium offers fast recycle times, providing 200 to 250 full power flashes per battery charge with 1280 total Ws (two Einstein™ units, for example) connected and 400 to 500 full power flashes per change with 640 total Ws (one Einstein™ unit or two AlienBees™ B800 units, for example) connected.

Like essentially all battery/inverter type supplies, modeling lamps are not generally used because their power draw would quickly deplete the battery and slow recycle times dramatically. The modeling lamps should only be used for brief previews to maximize battery life.

Note: The Vagabond Mini™ Lithium is offered in both 120VAC and 230VAC models. The 120VAC model is designed for use with all standard Paul C. Buff™ flash units (AlienBees™, White Lightning™, Einstein™, and retired Zeus™ units). The 230VAC model is designed for use with Einstein™ E640 units operating at 220 Volts / 230 Volts and for 220 Volt versions of our AlienBees™ flash units. The 230VAC model has two 230V Type I sockets and MAY NOT be used with standard 120VAC Paul C. Buff™ flash units. The outlets are not compatible and plugging a 120VAC unit into a 230V Vagabond Mini™ Lithium can cause damage to both units.

Vagabond Mini™ Lithium - 230VAC model
Weight 3.5 pounds total weight (total system, including battery and inverter)
Dimensions 2.75” x 4.3” x 7.8” dimensions including battery, latch and power switch protrusions
Battery 14.8V 8.8AH LiCoxNiyMnzO2 lithium battery (130 Watt-hours)
Inverter 230VAC inverter with two 3-prong Type I 230VAC outlets
Battery Charging 3-hour rapid charging with supplied universal charger (95VAC to 250VAC)
Powering Capacity one to four Paul C. Buff™ flash units (the more lights connected, the longer the recycle time)
Recycle Time recycles 160 Ws in approx. 1 second
recycles 320 Ws in approx. 2 seconds
recycles 640 Ws in approx. 4 seconds
recycles 1280 Ws in approx. 8 seconds
recycles 2560 Ws in approx. 16 seconds
recycles 3200 Ws in approx. 20 seconds
Battery Life typically 400 to 500 shots per charge with 640 total Ws connected
typically 200 to 250 shots per charge with 1280 total Ws connected
typically 100 to 125 shots per charge with 2560 total Ws connected
typically 50 to 60 shots per charge with 3200 total Ws connected
200 to 300 charge/discharge cycles before requiring battery replacement
2 to 4 years maximum lifespan

Note: When turned on, the all-digital Einstein™ units draw more power than our other lights, discharging a fully charged battery in 8 to 12 hours of idling vs. 24 hours of idling with one AlienBees™ or White Lightning™ unit. Read our FAQ to learn more…
Included
  • the VMB8.8A plug-in battery pack (14.8V lithium battery)
  • the CU120-230V Vagabond Mini™ 230VAC inverter
  • the VMC3A 3-hour rapid battery charger
    (two pieces - charger and cable)
  • the VMSTRAP Vagabond Mini™ shoulder strap
  • the 1060304 Vagabond Mini™ removable light stand mounting clamp
    (three pieces - clamp and tightening screw with spring)
  • your Vagabond Mini™ Lithium Owner's Manual

Note: The 230V Vagabond Mini™ Lithium DOES NOT ARRIVE WITH A POWER CORD. The unit has two Type I 230V sockets accepting standard Type I 230V power cords. We offer these cords in both 15-foot and 3-foot lengths here or they can be purchased locally.
Flash Units: The Vagabond Mini™ Lithium 230VAC model is designed to provide portable power for one to four 230VAC Paul C. Buff™ flash units, including Einstein™ units operating at 230V and 220V AlienBees units. Flash units from other manufacturers may or may not be successfully used with the Vagabond Mini™ Lithium. We cannot make any claim for suitability with products from other manufacturers, nor can we accept any liability for any damage that might be caused to such equipment. We will, however, warranty the Vagabond Mini™ Lithium itself as well as any Paul C. Buff™ equipment it powers.

Power Cords: The Vagabond Mini™ Lithium 230VAC model has two standard Australian / Chinese 230VAC, three-pronged power outlets on the front panel of the inverter. For use with the Einstein™ E640 unit and the international 220V AlienBees™ units, we offer two international power cords (VM-UPC15-230V and VM-UPC3-230V) in 15-foot and 3-foot lengths. To connect more than two flash units, a standard power strip / surge protector may be used. Choose a well-made power strip with grounded outlets. The proper power cord must be used with the system; simple cord adapters may NOT be used.

Note: An international power cord does not arrive with this system. We recommend purchasing the VM-UPC3-230V Optional 3-foot Power Cord when using the Vagabond Mini™ Lithium as this allows minimal cord tangle in your setup. See the last photo above for an example.

Batteries: The Vagabond Mini™ Lithium arrives with a 14.8V, 8.8AH LiCoxNiyMnzO2 lithium battery. For heavy use, a spare battery can be purchased and kept charged for instant, plug-in use.

Battery Charging: The battery is charged with the supplied 3-hour rapid battery charger, plugged into a standard AC wall outlet. For use internationally, a simple outlet adapter may be used on the VM3CA battery charging cable (100-260VAC charging).

Modeling Lamps: With essentially all battery/inverter type supplies, a flash unit’s modeling lamps are not generally used because their power draw would quickly deplete the battery and slow recycle times dramatically. The modeling lamps should only be used for brief previews to maximize battery life. We recommend using a 25 Watt modeling lamp in your flash unit when powering it with the Vagabond Mini. Standard Edison-base 25 Watt household bulbs may be used for AlienBees™ and White Lightning™ units; for Einstein™ E640 units we offer the 25W 25 Watt Modeling Lamp.

Light Stands: The Vagabond Mini™ Lithium arrives with a light stand clamp that fits around the stand shaft on all Paul C. Buff™ light stands and most other standard light stands. Care must be taken when attaching the system to a stand, with special consideration taken for the additional weight and distribution of weight so that addition of the Vagabond Mini™ Lithium does not make a stand overly top-heavy and unstable.

Flash Units from Other Manufacturers: The Vagabond Mini™ Lithium 230V model is designed specifically for powering 220V/230V Paul C. Buff™ products and we cannot make any claim for suitability with products from other manufacturers, nor can we accept any liability for any damage that might be caused to such equipment. We will, however, warranty the Vagabond Mini™ Lithium itself as well as any Paul C. Buff™ equipment it powers.

Auxiliary Equipment: The Vagabond Mini™ Lithium may be used to power non-flash continuous loads for small electrical appliances such as fans, computers or radios. The maximum continuous power drawn in such applications is 120 Watts. If a continuous load is used in conjunction with flash unit use, this number should be reduced. It should be noted that when the Vagabond Mini™ Lithium is used to recycle flash units, the output voltage will not remain at 230 VAC; it will drop lower during the recycle period of the lights. Therefore, equipment that requires continuous 230 VAC should not be used in conjunction with flash units. To the best of our knowledge, the momentary low voltage will not affect laptops connected via their battery chargers. However, AC-powered computers will likely crash under the "brown out" conditions and likely draw more than 120 Watts. If you plan to power auxiliary equipment, you should consult the product’s manual and / or check with the product manufacturer to determine the power consumption.

Note: The Vagabond Mini™ Lithium is offered in both 120VAC and 230VAC models. The 120VAC model is designed for use with all standard Paul C. Buff™ flash units (AlienBees™, White Lightning™, Einstein™, and retired Zeus™ units). The 230VAC model is designed for use with Einstein™ E640 units operating at 220 Volts / 230 Volts and for 220 Volt versions of our AlienBees™ flash units. The 230VAC model has two 230V Type I sockets and MAY NOT be used with standard 120VAC Paul C. Buff™ flash units. The outlets are not compatible and plugging a 120VAC unit into a 230V Vagabond Mini™ Lithium can cause damage to both units.

220VAC model for use outside of US only