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Westcott Announces New Encore Inverter | Power Your Strobes In The Field

By Anthony Thurston on December 26th 2014

Powering your studio strobes on location in the field is nothing new. There are many options out there for portable battery packs, and now you can add another to that list.

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Westcott has announced their new Encore Inverter, a portable power pack that can power your 300Ws studio strobes for up to 800 shots before needing to be recharged. But part of what makes this new Encore Inverter so enticing, is the removable battery and USB connection for powering your mobile devices.

The new Westcott Encore Inverter also comes with a light-stand adapter, so you don’t have to put it on the ground. You can also expect about a 2 second recycle time on full power with this power pack, which is great, because who likes waiting for lights to recycle between shots?

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The other great thing about these Encore Inverters is the price. You can get your hands on them for just $299, a great deal for portable power. Just buy an extra battery or two and you are good to go for a long shoot out in the middle of nowhere.

You can pre-order the Westcott Inverter now from B&H for the above noted price of $299.

What are your thoughts about portable power packs like the Westcott Encore Inverter? Do you see one of these in your kit in the near future? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Jesper Ek

    A power power pack!

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  2. sujith nivas

    I wont like to mention that product name, i have used but its not working good, here i had lots of positive comment about this battery… i have a plan to buy thank you dude

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  3. J D

    The Vagabonds are great if you are in the USA. I’m in Canada and on 2 Vagabond Mini’s I am looking at $140.94US for shipping. That’s not counting the customs and duty when it arrives.

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    • Graham Curran

      It seems like the Chinese can ship stuff for next to nothing but importing from the US often has prohibitive shipping costs.

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  4. Richard Bremer

    Sounds like a great product! In my home studio I use studio strobes from Bowens (400w/s), but the lack of a battery pack made me use my trusty Nikon 910’s outside. With the sun out I often wish for my studio strobes on location… But those batteries are expensive! This one looks like a good deal though. Hope they come available here in europe for a decent price.

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  5. David Hall

    I purchased the Vagabond Lithium Extreme but returned it. I do mostly outdoor environmental shooting and it was just too heavy and bulky. After I returned it, I ended up purchasing the Profoto B1. Now, my light/battery combo is much more manageable.

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  6. Troy Barboza

    Definitely going to be buying one of these, so worth it and the price is great!

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  7. Robert Daveant

    Great product for the price.

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  8. Herm Tjioe

    Off road location shoots for auto spread is one killer app for this

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  9. Scottie Nguyen

    Wow !!!!

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  10. John Cavan

    Paul Buff’s Vagabond Mini has all the same features for $240. I highly recommend it, I powered a couple of AB800s off the mini for a full day of shooting and you can order it now. :)

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    • Steve VanSickle

      Good point! I nearly forgot about the Mini, as PCB has been promoting the Lithium Extreme battery packs lately. As an added bonus, the Vagabond Mini’s spare batteries are also $40 cheaper than the Westcott Inverter.

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    • John Cavan

      @Steve – Indeed. I was curious when I saw this article, but I can’t really see a reason to spend the extra money on the Wescott option really. Unless I’m missing something, I can save $100 by buying the Vagabond Mini and lose nothing.

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    • robert raymer

      I agree. The only noticeable difference to me is that the Wescott says it will power 300WS strobes (by which I assume they mean at the same time) at full power for 800 shots, while the Vagabond II will give you more power (two Einsteins at 640WS, simultaneously) though fewer (250) shots at full power. Either way, to me the Vagabond II comes out as the clear winner here (though I HATE the nightstand mount it comes with.)

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    • John Cavan

      @Robert – Well, if you factor in the battery costs for additional, I can add a second battery to the PCB pack and still come under the Wescott option. Heck, a 3rd battery on the Vagabond is only $20 more than than the bare Wescott system. Price to pops ratio is looking pretty good there. :)

      I’m a fan of the PCB gear, to be honest. Reasonably priced, good quality (have had my AB800s for years), and reliable. Even stepping up to the higher end option with him is still vastly cheaper than most “entry level” strobes offered by the big names.

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    • Steve VanSickle

      though, to advocate the devil: I’m not sure how available for PCB gear is outside of the US- maybe Westcott’s got better global reach.

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    • Stan Rogers

      Paul had a big blow-up with his Euro/Pacific distributors a while back; his gear is now only available in North America (including parts/spares, previous customers outside of NA were left in the lurch). It was never a great deal outside of North America anyway; the distribution channel (and various VATs and import duties) added enough to the price that it was competing on specs alone, and could actually be more expensive in some cases than brands you could find in stores. (Until recently, though, the Einsteins really didn’t have any technical competition except for Broncolor and Hensel, so they were still something of a buy, and the Vagabond was is a size/weight class by itself. There are other choices now that make sense for people outside of the “Buff Zone”.)

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    • Chuck Eggen

      I have two of the PCB Mini’s and they work great. Have used them over and over with Profoto D1 500 kit. The only time I’ve run them down to nothing is when using the modeling light. I don’t really know how many shots I got with them. I have used one pack for both lights but usually use one pack per light just for versatility (no cords to trip over).

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    • Graham Curran

      Great advice.

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  11. Austin Swenson

    300 bucks seems like a great deal for that many shots with studio strobes…

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  12. Nick Viton

    Cool. Great price. And it has USB. I’d love one of these.

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