It's 3pm. Outside it is humid, blazing hot, the ambient light is reading f32, and your bride wants portraits taken now....all you have on you are your speedlights. If you are a wedding photographer, you probably have found yourself in a familiar situation. Even if you have enough power to balance your shots with 1 or 2 speedlights, your flash's refresh rate becomes a major kink in getting photos taken quickly. Having one of these power packs might just save your day.
I will go ahead and say that I'm not a huge fan of having wired power packs around my waist but they do serve a purpose when you do need them. Of course you could solve the problem with larger mono blocks or portable studio lights but sometimes it's just easier to deal with two speedlights when you have to move quickly.
The Godox Battery Pack is clearly a rip off of the more expensive Bolt Cyclone Battery. But at almost $300 less, the Godox is a good bargain for any photographer shooting events or trying to light portraits mid day. I recently ran into a photography team based out of Washington DC (Moshe Zusman) and they were using similar battery packs to power a bunch of remote flashes staggered around the entire reception. When you need to use your small speedlights and need them to last for long sessions, these little battery packs can really come in handy.
The video above only compares the Godox and the Bolt so if you have any other favorites, tell us about them in the comments below.