Choice of Godox or Metz external flash power pack

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Phil Stone
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Choice of Godox or Metz external flash power pack
Apr 3, 2013

I need to get an external power pack for my Metz 58 flashgun.  I have the choice of a Godox PB820 or a Metz P76.  The Godox is half the price of the Metz P76.  The question is - is the higher price of the Metz worth it?  Does anyone have any views on these two choices, or experience with either or both?  All views would be appreciated.

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John Deerfield
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Re: Choice of Godox or Metz external flash power pack
In reply to Phil Stone, Apr 3, 2013

I haven't used either of those battery backs. I have however, recently purchased the Godox PB960, which is a more powerful version of the 820. I have only used it at one wedding so far, but so far, I love it. The Pros: price, power, exchangeable battery pack, locking ports. The Cons: I have one minor complaint in that the plastic housing seems "thin". I was use to something like the Quantum SC which has a "harder" plastic housing. Of course the flip side of that is that when I took my SC apart to see if I could replace the battery (instead of shipping it off to Quantum $$), I found that it was powered by 8 AA batteries! I felt rather... disappointed for a $400+ battery pack! So while I can't speak for the Metz, I love the Godox.

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In reply to John Deerfield, Apr 3, 2013

Thanks John.  That's got me looking at the PB960 and also the Walimex Pro which is similar. Appreciate your reply!

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In reply to Phil Stone, Apr 5, 2013

A friend has a Godox 820 and has expressed vague dissatisfaction, though I'm not sure what the issue is. I've used Metz flashes and battery packs for many years and am happy with my P76. I owned a number of the older P50 packs, and while I liked their design and function, they tended to stop taking a charge after a couple of years. The P76 seems to have a better reputation in this regard. I've had mine for a bit over a year, and it still performs really well. The main thing I like about the Metz packs is the ability to power a flash that doesn't have any internal batteries. The pack provides both high voltage for the capacitor and low voltage for the control circuitry. Most third-party packs provide only the high voltage, so you still need to put batteries in the flash to power the circuitry. Not having to put AAs in the hotshoe Metzes or battery clusters in the handle-mount Metzes cuts down on the weight in my hands. It also makes for one less thing to schlep and manage. When you're holding two cameras all day, as I often do, those few ounces make a noticeable difference.

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Re: Choice of Godox or Metz external flash power pack
In reply to Phil Stone, Apr 6, 2013

Phil Stone wrote:

I need to get an external power pack for my Metz 58 flashgun.  I have the choice of a Godox PB820 or a Metz P76.  The Godox is half the price of the Metz P76.  The question is - is the higher price of the Metz worth it?  Does anyone have any views on these two choices, or experience with either or both?  All views would be appreciated.

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I used to use the Metz's with their P50 powerpack.  Those were expensive packs (>$300) and did lose charge capacity after a couple of years....but I'm sure the Godox will do the same.

I now use the three Propac PB820's from Godox (I bought the black units) and have been extremely pleased with them.  Not only are they inexpensive, but they power my Speedlights forever.  I paid $89 each and purchased separate cables for my Nikon Flash unites ($15 each).  Mine came with an AC charger and DC cable for car charging.  Darn good value in my book.

I went with the Godox units for three reasons: Price, good reviews, and I cannot stand anymore AA batteries.  The Nikon power packs require AA batteries, not sure about the Metz unit (P50 did not).

I still use the AA's in the Speedlights to power the electronics, but they now last for a complete wedding day when using the powerpacks and the packs are only 1/2 discharged after heavy use.  BTW, the Godox units are very lightweight too.  I clip it on my belt or use the strap when on my lightstands.

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Re: Choice of Godox or Metz external flash power pack
In reply to Phil Stone, May 16, 2013

I too have a Godox PB960. Excellent product!! Truly excellent. The MAJOR advantage is that, by simply changing leads you can use it with all sorts of interesting flash units if you change in the future. Godox only supply leads for Canon, Nikon, Sony & Metz 58 (nothing else, JUST the 58) but the over-priced Quantum leads will also fit this PB960 pack. As an example, you'd need a Quantum CM4 for Metz 45 or a Quantum CM54 for Metz 54 - talking to a Metz Engineer earlier in the year confirmed that the little box in the lead moderates the output voltage differently for each model's individual requirements.

For your specific current purpose, the plain vanilla Godox PB960 with Godox Mx lead would be ideal - ask nicely and you may just get two leads included, depending on where you buy. I got mine from Link Delight in Shenzhen (BEWARE - this link is for a SONY fit Sx cable, they aren't listing Metz Mx cables today. Contact SANDY at Link Delight, ultra helpful person). Other sources are DLINK2, GodoxStudio (no relation AFAIK :-)), Goodboy Studio and UColor - all on eBay and all officially Godox approved resellers (Iknow cos I checked with Lindy Huang in Godox.com Sales Office).

The Godox PB820 is NiMH and doesn't offer the advantages of the Lithium powered PB960 - also the cables are push-fit on the PB820, bayoney on the PB960.

Why not the official UK distributor? Well, I emailed them 3 times about this very product and they didn't bother replying. I gather they didn't want the business! So they didn't get it.

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In reply to Phil Stone, 10 months ago

Just thought I would say that I eventually bought a Wallimex Pro to use with my Metz 58AF2 flashgun.  I could not be more pleased with it.  Its charge seems to last for ages.  The Wallimex external power packs don't seem to get mentioned on this forum so I thought I would give them a plug (pun intended).

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Phil Stone wrote:

Thanks John. That's got me looking at the PB960 and also the Walimex Pro which is similar. Appreciate your reply!

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