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Monica Turley
 

AlienBees 400/800/1600 ... How can you tell??


I found the find of a lifetime a few days ago and got an AlienBees flash for real cheap. It works, it is great! BUT I can't find out if it is a 400/800/1600? The sticker on the side is no longer there and I can't find any other markings. Can someone give me a clue if maybe there is a marking inside the caseing, or anywhere else that will tell me what version this is??


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1/5/2009 5:57:30 PM

 
Carlton Ward
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  Hi Monica,
Both stickers on each side are missing ? Can you ask the person you bought it from ?
I looked at mine and without the side stickers I cant tell the difference either since they all can use up to 150W lamp and have the same looking back with the same controls.
You may try weighing it since the B400 is 2.5 lbs, the B800 is 2.9 lbs & the B1600 is 3.7 lbs.

http://alienbees.com/flash.html

I would e-mail Alien Bee and ask them.

Good Luck, Carlton


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1/5/2009 9:30:51 PM

 
Monica Turley
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/17/2008
  That's what I though, but wasn't sure. Both stickers are gone, yes. The guy said he thought it was a 400, but it could be 800, so I was just wondering. I'll try the weight thing at work tomorrow on thier mailing scales.
Thanks!


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1/6/2009 12:18:35 AM

 
Carlton Ward
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  Hi Monica,
I have mine colored with (2) B800's in Yellow and my B1600 in Green so I can tell quickly which is which.
I would take the reflector & bulb off when weighing it.
Cheers, Carlton


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1/6/2009 12:25:09 PM

 
John H. Siskin
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  Hi Monica,
If you have another light you could compare the output. You could also check the Alien Bee website and see if they give you info on what your exposure should be at a certain distance. In strobes a doubling of the watt-second number equals a 1 stop increase in light. Thanks, John Siskin


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1/6/2009 1:31:16 PM

 
Carlton Ward
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  AlienBees Technical Specifications

specifications
B400
B800
B1600

true wattseconds
160 Ws
320 Ws
640 Ws

effective wattseconds
400 Ws
800 Ws
1600 Ws

lumenseconds
7,000 Ls
14,000 Ls
28,000 Ls

power range
5 f-stops
(full to 1/32)
5 f-stops
(full to 1/32)
5 f-stops
(full to 1/32)

recycle to 100%
0.5 seconds
1 second
2 seconds

sync / trigger voltage
less than 6 volts less than 6 volts
less than 6 volts

power requirements
120 Vac, 50-60 HZ
120 Vac, 50-60 HZ
120 Vac, 50-60 HZ
internal cooling fan
yes
yes
yes

modeling lamp
150 watt max
150 watt max
150 watt max

flashtube
14mm single-ring
14mm single-ring
14mm single-ring

stand mount
fits stands up to 5/8
fits stands up to 5/8
fits stands up to 5/8

umbrella mount
3/8'' diameter
3/8'' diameter
3/8'' diameter

standard reflector
7-inch silver, 80 spread
7-inch silver, 80 spread
7-inch silver, 80 spread

Flash Unit t.5 Flash Duration t.1 Flash Duration
Full Power 1/32 Power Full Power 1/32 Power
B400 (160Ws) 1/6000 second 1/3000 sec. 1/2000 sec. 1/1000 sec.
B800 (320Ws) 1/3300 second 1/1650 sec. 1/1100 sec. 1/550 sec.
B1600 (640Ws) 1/1800 second 1/900 sec. 1/600 sec. 1/300 sec.


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1/6/2009 1:39:30 PM

 
Monica Turley
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/17/2008
  I appreciate all the detail. I called AlienBees and sure enough the serial number is on the unit and it is a 400, which is fine by me. Now I've got three 400 units and glad as ever.
Thank you everyone for your help. When everything is layed out side by side, it is amazing what the differences are.


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1/6/2009 4:16:37 PM

 
Carlton Ward
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  Great Monica - Those Alien Bees are some friendly folks.
Now, just how good of a deal did you get on this light ?
Cheers, Carlton


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1/6/2009 4:52:46 PM

 
Monica Turley
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/17/2008
  The guy I bought it from needed the cash, and I only has limited 'cash' funds available... Can anyone say the economy is going downward... Either way, B400 for $150. I think that was so cheap because I also took a laptop off his hands for $400 (It was $1500 5 months ago and goes far beyond what I was looking forward to getting myself.) Supply and Demand!


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1/7/2009 1:22:28 AM

 
Carlton Ward
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Good score for you Monica,
The economy is pretty bad and more of these type deals may start popping up from folks who bought nice equipment but are not professional and/or willing to let it go for cheap to pay the bills.
Enjoy your new light & PC. Now that you have a nice strobe to start with, you can build at your leisure.
Carlton
Who is still 1.5 foot above the water in my front yard in North Bend, Wa ...


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1/7/2009 2:39:38 PM

 
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