Boling Light Kit..It’s what I use

Ever since I starting using a light kit I’ve gotten numerous requests for information on what I use. I thought I’d take some shots of the kit and provide a few details that will hopefully answer some questions.
I knew from the beginning that if I were to get a light kit it would have to be pretty portable allowing me to take it to remote locations where plugging in isn’t an option. I started to look at prices online and quickly realized that kits with battery backs were out of my financial league….however I had noticed someone on flickr posting shots along with their lighting set up and it was the battery pack that caught my eye. After a couple of email exchanges my questions were answered on the kit. The feedback from this shooter was positive and the price seemed great. I was now after this light kit.

The first item to share is how difficult it was to track down the Boling lights. After reaching the end of Google I could only find one store offering the lights with the battery pack and they were located in Australia (Click here for a link to the store). Even with the bumped up price for shipping the kit was still much more affordable than anything else I’d come across so far. I placed my order and waiting impatiently for my kit to arrive.

The kit contains two lights (300 watts when both are used 600 watts if used as a single light), a carrying case, two grip attachments, two reflectors, two protective bulb covers and a battery pack.

The battery pack in detail. Two input ports for the lights, an on/off switch, test button, buzz on/off, DC port for charging, sync port to connect Pocket Wizards or sync cable and a dial to adjust the power to both lights.

View of battery pack with Pocket Wizard attached. I use velcro to keep the Pocket Wizard secured to the battery pack. Has worked out great so far….

A back view of the lights. Notice it has two switches…one to power on and one for modeling lights…don’t get too excited…lets just say you wont be using any modeling lights based on my testing. They are way too under powered to be of any real use.

Front view of lights.


View of light with reflector and grip attached.

I don’t pretend to be a lighting expert so I won’t write a detailed review of the kit. I will offer my highs and lows.

The highs:

  • It’s price (around $650 US two years ago)
  • Its portable and surprisingly lightweight
  • Powerful enough to overpower daytime sunlight
  • Can be used with Pocket Wizards.

The lows:

  • One light cord is longer than the other. It would have been nice to have two long instead of one long and one short.
  • Modeling light. While I haven’t had a need to use them…It wouldn’t matter as they are very under powered.
  • Hard to find.

12 Comments:
Finding time…the VW shoot « M5-Photography and image editing says:

[...] used: Camera: Canon 7D with Tokina 12-24 f/4 lens Lights: Boling 2×300 watt strobes fired via [...]

I only had to ask…. « M5-Photography and image editing says:

[...] I fired off an email to the rider in the video and got a quick reply. Travis was interested and seemed down right excited. We agreed upon a time and place and I was thrilled to learn Travis had invited his friend Steve. We all arrived at the “location” and it was time to get to riding…or in my case hiking since I wanted to shoot with my light kit. [...]

Shooting people…The Volunteer « M5-Photography and image editing says:

[...] (thanks to the new Mini TT1 and Flex TT5 Pocketwizards I wasn’t limited to 1/250th) Single Boling 600 watt strobe with soft box. Category: [...]

Shooting lighter…First day of Spring mountain bike shoot « M5-Photography and image editing says:

[...] to ask Charles for slight changes in direction was a huge time saver. My set up was a single Boling Strobe fired by Pocketwizard Mini TT1 and Flex TT5. Again the new Pocketwizards offer a freedom of [...]

Capture details on this weeks Flickr image. « M5-Photography and image editing says:

[...] this image I used my Boling light kit (single strobe) and had my voice activated light stand Charles off camera left in the bushes. We [...]

2nd curtain sync with the Canon 580ex « M5-Photography and image editing says:

[...] I’m a big fan of off camera flash. When I’m thinking of future shots I usually have my light kit in mind. Bringing the light kit to the BMX track isn’t really an option for me. I think [...]

Published Dirt Rag Magazine « M5-Photography and image editing says:

[...] details: Camera: Canon 7D Settings: 1/250th @ f/11 Lens: Tokina 12-24 f/4 Light Kit: Boling 2 x 300 watt Fired via: Pocket [...]

Why the sheriff showed up to my photoshoot « M5-Photography and image editing says:

[...] we were using my Boling light kit, I let the officer know that it could have been us as there is a reflector around the flash head. [...]

Sometimes noon is the ‘Golden Hour’….a mid day mountain bike shoot | M5 Photography says:

[...] I can’t see) and one voice activated light stand. The equipment used for the day was a Canon 7D, single Boling 600 watt strobe, and the PocketWizard MiniTT1 and Flex [...]

Published Dirt Rag Magazine | M5 Photography says:

[...] the “out takes” can make for cool photos…Lit with my Boling light kit fired via [...]

BMX photoshoot with strobes | M5 Photography says:

[...] details: Canon 7D Lens: Tokina 12-24 and Sigma 70-200 Lights: Boling 600 watt fired via [...]

M5 Photography says:

[...] the remote triggering the camera, I’ve used the PocketWizards to trigger my Boling light kit and my Canon 580ex flash…often at the same time. With my original PocketWizards I was limited [...]

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