Those of us that use Nikon Speedlights and Canon Speedlites a lot, will find this press release from Flaghead Photographic, the UK Distributors of Quantum products interesting. From the official announcement:

FLAGHEAD PHOTOGRAPHIC LIMITED PRESS RELEASE August 2010

NEW QUANTUM TURBO BLADE

FLAGHEAD PHOTOGRAPHIC, the exclusive UK& Ireland distributor for Quantum products, are pleased to announce the NEW Quantum TURBO BLADE battery pack!

Image © Quantum Inc

The TURBO BLADE is Quantum’s smallest and most compact power source for portable flash units: ultra fast recycling and high capacity in a small, compact case!

The impressive power capacity and speed of the new TURBO 3 belies it’s size! This battery pack is the direct replacement of the TURBO COMPACT. The TURBO BLADE delivers fast recycling and high capacity in a clever, tough case that attaches to the camera base via it’s tripod thread and is designed for those photographers that prefer a camera-mounted battery pack for ease of use. However, the TURBO BLADE can be used away from the camera with longer power cables when carried in a pocket, backpack or belt pouch. A highly visible “fuel-gauge” indicates battery capacity and charge status.

TURBO BLADE main features:

400 full power flashes with a hot-shoe flash

Ultra-Fast recycling: 1.4 second to full power with a hot-shoe flash

Smaller and lighter than even the Turbo Slim Compact

Nickel Metal Hydride battery, NO memory problems

World-wide charger and camera mounting screw included

Uses all existing Turbo cables, short and long versions

Size & Weight: 13.8 x 6 x 3.7 cm , 420 gram

Full charge from empty in 1.5 hours

Compatible with hundreds of flash units from Quantum, Canon, Nikon, Metz, Sunpak, Nissin, Vivitar and many more

The TURBO BLADE is now available from leading imaging retailers.

TBL TURBO BLADE with universal charger £382.95 ex vat, £499.97 inc vat. From stock.

Flaghead Photographic MD Hardy Haase comments: “This is Quantum’s smallest and lightest Turbo battery pack yet! With 30 years experience in battery technology, Quantum really know how to provide the power that fast shooting professionals desperately need!”

For more information visit www.flaghead.co.uk

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