The VLX™ Vagabond™ Lithium Extreme
is the fourth-generation of our Vagabond™ portable power line, offering a reliable, convenient, and lightweight portable power source. When working in the field, the VLX™ provides a current-controlled, pure sine wave power source for operation of AC powered studio flash units in locations where AC power is either unavailable or unreliable.
Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) Battery:
Considered the safest, most robust, and longest lasting batteries available, the quick-change LiFePO4 battery used in the VLX™ system is designed for high surge power.
400W Continuous Power Inverter:
- 25.6V, 6.2Ah, 158.7Wh battery
- recycles approx. 330 Ws per second
- offers 1000 to 1500 charge/discharge cycles and lasts 10+ years
- includes a convenient charging port for the supplied charger
The BUFF™-designed VLX™ inverter takes the power from the battery and converts it into a usable, 120VAC pure sine wave power source. This continuous power inverter is capable of recycling normally-AC-powered flash units considerably faster than than the 25-pound Profoto Batpack, the 11-pound Innovatronix Mini, the Elinchrom Quadra Ranger and others, with up to five times as many flash WS per charge, operating multi-voltage units at 120VAC.
3-Hour Rapid Universal Battery Charger:
- pure sine wave, current-limited inverter
- includes two standard 120VAC outlets (to power more units, a power strip may be used)
- includes a multilevel accurate battery charge indicator (red, yellow, and green LEDs)
- includes a 2A USB port for charging smart phones and tablets
The universal rapid charger allows the battery to be recharged from any location in just three hours. Additionally, the VLX™ can be operated while charging, in any country, for all day in-studio shooting.
Huge Capacity For Power Users:
- quickly connects to the front panel on the battery (no system disassembly required)
- can be used on power lines from 100 to 240VAC
- arrives with a standard 120VAC power cord (adapters can be purchased locally and used)
The VLX™ is capable of powering multiple flash units in various power model combinations, powering all Paul C. Buff™ flash units as well as moonlights, multi-voltage units, and power packs made by other manufacturers. A single VLX™ can operate an entire 4-5 light system (using "Power Bar" extension cords) in the field at usable recycle times, or multiple VLX™ units can be employed for lightning fast shooting and extreme numbers of shots per charge.
Convenient Light Stand Mounting:
- powers multiple flash units with a combined total rating up to 3,200 Ws
- typically cycles 640 Ws in 2 seconds, 1280 Ws in 4 seconds
The VLX™ employs a sturdy metal stand clamp allowing the system to be clamped to most standard light stands.
- heavy duty metal light stand clamp
- can be used on light stands with up to 1-1/2" center poles
Like essentially all battery/inverter type supplies, modeling lamps are not generally used because their power draw would quickly deplete the battery and slow recycle times dramatically. The modeling lamps should be turned OFF, only used for brief previews to maximize battery life, or replaced with very low wattage lamps for successful operation.
Paul C. Buff™ Flash Units:
The VLX™ is designed to provide portable power for multiple Paul C. Buff™ flash units, capable of powering any number of flash units with a combined total wattsecond rating up to 3,200 Ws.
Non-BUFF™ Flash Units:
The VLX™ system is designed to provide portable power for Paul C. Buff™ flash units, however, the system can be used to power almost all other brands of photographic flash units as well. While we are not able to test the VLX™ system with all of the various brands and models of flashes available, the system should work with nearly all standard photographic flash units (both analog and digital). Multi-voltage units may only work to an extent and the VLX™ system might only power one or two flash units of this type at a time. To find out about a specific flash unit, contact our Customer Service Team. While we feel confident that the VLX™ system can be used to power various brands of flash units, we cannot make any claim for suitability with any individual products made by other manufacturers, nor can we accept any liability for any damage that might be caused to such equipment. We do, however, warranty the VLX™ system itself as well as any Paul C. Buff™ equipment it powers.
The VLX™ has two standard North American 120VAC, three-pronged power outlets on the front panel of the inverter. The power cords that arrive with Paul C. Buff™ flash units (the standard UPC15 or DA-UPC15) may be used as well as the optional shorter cord (VM-UPC3-120VM
) and optional longer cord (UPC25
). To connect more than two flash units, a standard power strip / surge protector may be used as long as you choose a well-made power strip with 3-prong, grounded outlets. The proper power cord must be used with the system; simple cord adapters may NOT be used.
We recommend purchasing the VM-UPC3-120V Optional 3-foot Power Cord when using the Vagabond™ Lithium Extreme as this allows minimal cord tangle in your setup. See the last photo above for an example.
The VLX™ arrives with a 25.6V, 6.2Ah, 158.7Wh lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) battery. For heavy use, a spare battery can be purchased and kept charged for instant, plug-in use.
The battery is charged with the supplied 3-hour rapid battery charger (VLXCHG
), plugged into a standard AC wall outlet. For use internationally, a simple outlet adapter may be used on the battery charging cable (100-240VAC charging).
With essentially all battery/inverter type supplies, a flash unit’s modeling lamps are not generally used because their power draw would quickly deplete the battery and slow recycle times dramatically. The modeling lamps should only be used for brief previews to maximize battery life. We recommend using a 25 Watt modeling lamp in your flash unit when powering it with the VLX™. Standard Edison-base 25 Watt household bulbs may be used for AlienBees™ and White Lightning™ units; for Einstein™ E640 units we offer the 25W 25 Watt Modeling Lamp
The VLX™ system arrives with a built-in light stand clamp that fits around the stand shaft on all Paul C. Buff™ light stands and most other standard light stands (with up to 1.5” diameter poles). Care must be taken when attaching the system to a stand, with special consideration taken for the additional weight and distribution of weight so that addition of the VLX™ system does not make a stand overly top-heavy and unstable. Maximum stability can be gained by mounting the VLX™ near the bottom of the stand, where it will additionally serve as a stand weight.
The VLX™ system may be used to power non-flash continuous loads for small electrical appliances (such as fans, radios, laptops, tablets, etc.) as long as the maximum continuous power drawn in such applications is less than 400 Watts. If a continuous load is used in conjunction with flash unit use, this number should be reduced. Please see our product manual
for additional information on powering auxiliary equipment.
For around-town travel, we offer the VLXBAG carrying bag
. The VLXBAG carries the assembled VLX™ system with the charger.