How does the Godox PB960 work?
The power pack isn’t too difficult to master, the flash still runs off of a fresh set of penlights (AA) but instead of draining the batteries, to create the light that photographers are always searching for, the power gets drawn from the PB960. The power pack is doing all the hard work while the penlights are doing the smart work.
The PB960 has a lithium-ion rechargeable battery and one pack can handle up to two flashes and also has built in LED lights to indicate battery life status. The charger also has an indication light to let you know when the battery is fully charged. The packs aren’t a heavy weight to carry, come with a shoulder strap and have a belt clip on them, I personally dislike straps but it is nice to know that the options are there.
Back to the shoot
We were constantly running around between wardrobe changes, trying to find that one perfect spot on the roof so we can get the shots we want. Not once during the shoot did I experience a shortage of light. The flashes were firing every time without fail, giving me one less thing to think about. With the sun not letting up, we were pushing the flashes harder than I ever thought possible.
By the end of the shoot I had taken about 500 shots with the flashes at nothing stronger than 1/4th power and the pack had not even dropped a single battery indicator light. We did test it on full power and the recycle time dropped to 1 flash per second, which is actually super fast compared to other options (like the four penlights) but shooting the flash repeatedly at 1/1 will only result in a burnt focus screen on the flash and that’s why I dropped it down to ¼ and just ran with it. The packs are rated to deliver 1800 shots at full power and from what I’ve experienced it really could perform that well.
All in all, I was really happy with the performance and compact build of the packs. They definitely made the shoot a lot easier, not having to worry about changing pen lights or missing shots due to long recycling time of the flashes. I’ll definitely be using these little guys much more in future.
Gunther “Light it up” Swart