Interfit's New Battery Powered Badger Unleashed Packs HSS/TTL Into a $350 Body

Interfit's New Battery Powered Badger Unleashed Packs HSS/TTL Into a $350 Body

Interfit, the well known maker of studio flash units and flash accessories, has announced today the release of their new battery powered strobe the Badger Unleashed.

The Badger Unleashed is Interfit's follow up to their highly successful Honey Badger flash. The new strobe carries a whole slew of impressive updates inside its incredible compact form. The features that really jump of the page are that this new flash unit includes HSS and TTL capabilities, something relatively unheard of in a sub-$400 strobe. Interfit says that the integrated 2900maH Li-Ion battery can provide up to 430 full-power flashed on a single charge, and full-power recycle time of 1.5 seconds.

The 250Ws strobe also includes a 15W daylight balanced LED modeling lamp, as well as an integrated radio receiver that is compatible with all Interfit TTL and manual flash triggers. The unit also utilizes a frosted glass dome diffuser over the flash tube to help provide even distribution of light within your modifiers.

The Badger Unleashed comes with the popular Bowens S-Type modifier mount, meaning finding light modifiers and accessories for this strobe will be incredibly easy. In addition, the flash includes a pop-up softbox ring to further increase its modifier compatibility.

See the Badger Unleashed's full specifications below:

Built-In Battery Power:
The namesake feature of the Badger Unleashed is an entirely DC powered system, offering full portability in a compact body with 250Ws of light in up to 430 full-power flashes. Out of juice? The Badger Unleashed can recharge its battery to full in just 90 minutes, and extra battery packs can be swapped mid-shoot so you'll never miss that golden hour at the end of your shoot again!

Compact Form Factor:
The ability to travel with lighting is crucial for a mobile photographer, and size and weight matter. The Badger Unleashed weighs less than 5lbs, measures 5” wide (6” including the outer ring), and 7” deep from the back panel to the edge of the protective cap, making it one of the most compact self-contained studio flash heads on the market. The robust and compact housing paired with its on-board battery power make the Badger Unleashed the ideal solution for photographers on the move.

Extended Power Range:
The Badger Unleashed has an incredible 9-stop power range, two more stops than our Honey Badger sister strobe, and four more than traditional studio flash heads. Power can be adjusted from 250Ws down to 1Ws in 1/10th of a stop increments for precise exposure.

Best-In-Class Recycle Time:
At full power, the Badger Unleashed recycles in an impressive 1.5 seconds at full power. Plus, recycle times only get shorter and shorter as you decrease the flash power!

High Speed Sync and Through-The-Lens Metering Modes:
Short flash durations give us the ability to freeze motion beyond the capabilities of our shutter sync speed. In HSS mode, the Badger Unleashed has a t.1 flash duration of 1/8000th of a second. With TTL metering, the new Badger is even capable of automatically adjusting flash power for you with +/- 3 stops of exposure compensation as the lighting around your subject changes from shot to shot - simply keep shooting with your viewfinder and the Badger Unleashed takes care of the rest!

15W LED Modeling Lamp:
The Badger Unleashed is equipped with a 15W LED modeling lamp that produces 1250 Lumens. This flicker-free LED can be used as a continuous light source for both photo and video purposes. The modeling lamp can be set to adjust proportionately to the flash power, or to full power. For the most accurate light tone portrayal, we balanced the color temperature to 5500K - giving you nice daylight balanced color tones in every scene.

Built-in Radio Receiver:
The Badger Unleashed features a built-in radio receiver that is compatible with all Interfit TTL and manual remotes. This allows full control over the light’s power range, flash mode, modeling lamp, and beep function. When using the Interfit manual remote, the Badger Unleashed can be adjusted individually via 8 different control groups (A-H), across 15 different channels (1-15). This allows for intricate multi-light setups and negates interference from neighboring photographers.

Versatile Modifier Mount:
The most unique feature of the Badger Unleashed is the versatile modifier mount. The Badger Unleashed utilizes the popular Bowens® S-Type modifier mount, making it compatible with all of the same modifiers as the S1, Honey Badger, and any other Interfit or S-Type mount light system. In addition, the Badger Unleashed features the built-in pop-up softbox ring made popular by the original Honey Badger for use with pop-up style softboxes that are popular with speedlight shooters. The idea behind this feature is to allow photographers to grow into their studio lights by allowing them to use some of the existing modifiers they may already have purchased for speedlights.

Glass Dome Diffuser:
The Badger Unleashed includes a frosted glass dome diffuser. This protects the flash tube and helps to spread light evenly throughout the modifier.

The Badger Unleashed is currently available for pre-order from Interfit and costs and incredibly reasonable $349. If this little strobe can live up to the potential of its specs, it could prove to be an excellent choice for both photographers just getting into studio lighting, and for the working pro in need of a solid, lightweight, on-the-go unit. Interfit will be sending us a unit to review and we will be sure to share our thoughts with you soon.

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39 Comments

William Howell's picture

Man, I hope President Trump’s tariffs affect this cheap rip-off of the Alien Bee!
And besides, one would be insane to buy this cheap rip-off, where could you get it serviced? This is what happened to Bowens, they partnered with a Chinese manufacturer and promptly went bust. In order to get access to Chinese manufacturing, the purchasing company must share the technology.

Bowens, Broncolor, Profoto and Elinchrom will most likely be ran out of the mono block market. With only Broncolor left standing. Here in America I think Lumedyne and Buff and Speedotron will be competitive with the Chinese, as the strobes are simply to good, in every aspect.
Anyone who uses the Einstein, know they are getting Broncolor quality at a fraction of the price.

Edit, I just noticed looking at the heading photo, that this thing leaks light like a sieve! Better have cine foil on hand.

Richard Johnson's picture

I have had interfit lights for years. They are solid lights that have stood up through a few falls. I have seen alien bees hit the ground and shatter. Maybe there wouldn't be much a market for these lights if bowens, broncolor, profoto, and elinchrom kept up with the tech and didn't price gouge. Maybe these companies should look at what they did to create such a need for a more affordable alternative and stop blaming the competition. Just look at the fact that this light comes with a built in battery. No need to spend a few hundred on that vagabond. It took Profoto years to integrate HSS.

William Howell's picture

Yeah, no, they aren’t competition, they’re rip-of artists, and I do mean artists. I have quiet a few Buff lights, they’re high quality with super consistent color. You know what its like to look at photos during the cull, and all of them are the same in light color?

I’ll give you this, the European brand could be characterized as price gouging, but not the American brands.

Richard Johnson's picture

I have never had any issues with color consistency on my interfit lights or my new flashpoint lights. Have you worked with these lights before to justify your issue with them or are you just assuming they will have an issue due to the affordable price. "Cost less so it must be inferior."

William Howell's picture

No, I have not worked with them, I am assuming that the Chinese lights are good, and they should be, as the Chinese makers ripped off the tech to make them.

Hans Rosemond's picture

Aren’t they out of Atlanta?

Interfit does have an office Atlanta but they are originally from te UK .

That leak is just for marketing purposes . PCB has great sevice and the Einstein is reliable, but you have to admit they are not even trying to keep up with the times . Interfit is a UK company and they have a service center in the US . THey problably had these units made in China , but they offer good value . Compare them to the digibees which still has the crappy PCB Mount .

William Howell's picture

Buff used the Balcar mount, fair and square, why do you think most Chinese brands use the Bowens mount? I’ll tell you why, they don’t pay Bowens royalties, least not anymore!

Motti Bembaron's picture

I agree, they are not trying to compete. When Alien Bees announced a new strobe I was excited thinking they have a strobe with integrated battery and radio (never mind HSS and TTL). Well, no, they did not.

I was already with Godox but having Buff Eisteins and a couple B400's and loving them, I would have bought their strobes. However, when you need to carry (large and heavy) strobes plus (large and heavy) batteries and cables, receivers and triggers it becomes just too much.

I carry 2 AD200's a couple of Godox sped lights and a couple of folded 2' sofboxes, all fit in two manageable bags. Light stands are also getting smaller and the Manfrotto large stands are staying behind.

When working with the Einsteins I had to bring a dolly with me.

People havent used Lumedyne or Speedotron in years lol.

William Howell's picture

I don’t want to sound rude, but you don’t know what you are talking about!
Most high end wedding photographers still use Lumedyne and Speedotron is still standard for most big photographic studios.

No, all high end studios use Profoto. When was the last time you even shot in a high end studio? Milk, Smashbox, Quixote, Pier 49, EVERYONE uses Profoto. Studios stopped using speedotron packs years ago. This is coming from the guy who says Profoto is a "rip off artist". Theres a reason they are the number one flash company on the market.

Not to be rude, but judging by your portfolio, you have never shot in a high end studio..

William Howell's picture

Hey thank you for looking at my portfolio!
No, I’m just a wanna be, and I have very little god given talent, but I love photography and I love America. That is why I preach shop local and buy American.
You are right I have not shot in studio yet and it appears I was wro...wro...wrong about my assumption.
Could you follow up on your critique of Profoto, as to why you think they are rip-offish?

Akpe ododoru's picture

Dude you can cry all you want, bottom line is Interfit did what PCB could not do (add ttl, hss and sell outside of the USA). Good thing is i now use Godox. If godox wasn't around and i couldn't afford profoto and the only option i have is to buy this Badger or order PCB to the UK, which would you advise me to go for. Interfit will sell a lot of this lights as they sell all across the world while PCB can always sell to you Americans only.

William Howell's picture

Interfit,of course, I am talking about us Americans putting America first, for the benefit of Americans, all of fellow Americans, I love them.
Now with you living in the UK, I would buy what I could that is made in your country, and I know the UK makes kick-ass stuff. Do you guys still make photographic lights?
As for my grip stuff, I like Manfrotto and I believe your country makes stuff for Vitec, which is a British company.

Akpe ododoru's picture

But there are so many photographers in the USA that really NEED ttl, hss and an all in one system which PCB isn't giving them, would you say they should remain pariotic still despite interfit having something that meets their need?

William Howell's picture

Well I hope they come with some new stuff, I’m not going to try and argue that, you know.

Ryan Cooper's picture

I'd agree their original light was a pretty shameless rip-off but this new addition leapfrogs anything PCB offers by quite a bit. Internal battery and HSS in a $350 strobe is a really compelling offering that PCB doesn't compete against. The reason I ditched PCB lights years ago was the lack of these two features and here we are many years later and as far as I know, PCB hasn't made any attempt to close that gap. If they refuse to continue to innovate, they deserve for a competitor to take their market share.

William Howell's picture

I know you guys are not wrong, but it is hard to give up on a company you like.
I have been a Mac user since ’93 and I remember my friend telling me, I think it was in 1998, that I might as well get a Windows computer, but no I stubbornly stuck with Apple. Now flash forward twenty years and I’m still using a Mac, as a matter of fact I have never used a Windows computer. I mean do actual work with one, so I guess I’ll stick with old fashion Buff.

Jonathon Rusnak's picture

"In order to get access to Chinese manufacturing, the purchasing company must share the technology. "

Are you serious? The manufacturer needs to know what they are manufacturing? What a topsy turvy world we live in.

William Howell's picture

No they must share the technology, that is to say the Chinese can use it, now they must pay royalties, but they are allowed to use it legally.

Kirk Darling's picture

Jonathon Rusnak, it's true that production contracts with China for everything--from electron flash to wide-bodied jets--must include provisions that give the Chinese eventual ownership of the patents.

Jonathon Rusnak's picture

Next time I'll be sure to be even more sarcastic.

"Bowens, Broncolor, Profoto and Elinchrom will most likely be ran out of the mono block market. With only Broncolor left standing." How does someone get run out of the market and still be left standing?

Akpe ododoru's picture

Bowens is out already, i think Elinchrom is next

William Howell's picture

Their Scorro light and their special modifiers. They just came out with a new light system for scientists needing high resolution, boy it looks like it would cost twent grand, at least. And I’m talking about mono blocks.

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