The Badger Unleashed comes face-to-face with -25c, 100-mile Ultramarathon in Mongolia.
The Badger Unleashed proved to be truly fearless recently as it was put through its paces by our Creative Pro Leo Francis (@leofrancisphotography). It started with a phone call from Leo asking if the Badger Unleashed had ever been tested at -30C! After doing some research and numerous lengthy conversations with our engineers we were confident that the Unleashed was up to the job and would power on through. We made a bespoke woolly hat for the Badger Unleashed and Leo was ready for action.
Leo was asked to go to Mongolia to Photograph the Rat Race Mongol 100 Challenge, the most surreal adventure challenge known to man. The objective is to traverse the entirety of the Khövsgöl Nuur lake from North to South, by any means: foot, skate or bike.
During this gruelling 4-day event held at the Khövsgöl Nuur frozen lake in Northern Mongolia, competitors must endure temperatures as low as -40 at night whilst sleeping in traditional Mongolian yurts. Leo met adventurer Peter Messervy-Gross, as he walked the 100 miles whilst wearing his four-year-old trusty brogues and his jeans because the airline had lost his luggage!
Temperatures dropped to a chilly -25C during the day but, as expected, the Badger Unleashed preforming perfectly. The Badger Unleashed is a small, lightweight, battery powered flash, with HSS and TTL packing a 250w punch! This allowed Leo to capture some fantastic images of Peter as he made his way across the frozen waters of lake Khövsgöl Nuur in Northern Mongolia.
During the challenge Peter was offered supplies from fellow competitors but, with size 13 feet, nobody had a spare pair of boots to fit him. Mr Messervy-Gross soldiered on not letting his blisters slow him down. He completed the 100-mile race within the 4 days and earnt the nick name “The Rogue in the Brogues”. He plans to keep his brogues in a glass case marked “break in case of emergencies”.
Leo Francis was impressed by the Unleashed’s flash quality, power and the versatility achieved from such a compact flash head. He would have struggled to use a larger flash head as space and weight within his kit bag was a real issue. We can’t wait to see what other adventures Leo takes the Badger Unleashed on in the future!
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The Badger Itself
Super sharpimages with HSS up to 1/8000th and with only a 1.5 secondfull power recycle it can keep up with anything.
- Power: 250w over a 9 stop range gives absolute control.
- Functionality: Full TTL compatibility, and can be controlled from up to 90m with
- Portability: Fully battery powered, with up to 430 full power flashes from a single charge. S type modifier
mount giving countlesslight shaping options.
- Compact: Weighing only 2.3 kg and only 15cm wide it can be used in any situation.
|Colour Temperature:||5500 ±100K|
|Power Range:||9-Stops (250Ws – 1Ws)|
|Recycle Time:||1.5 Seconds|
|Multi (Stroboscopic) Mode:||Firmware up date Spring 2019|
|LED Modelling Lamp:||15W, 1250Lm, 5500K, 90+ CRI|
|Triggering:||Sync Port IR/Optical Cell Manual Remote Interfit TTL Remotes|
|Shooting Modes:||Manual, TTL, HSS|
|Flash Exposure Compensation:||+/- 3 stops|
|Max Sync Speed:||1/250 sec. in normal sync mode 1/8000 sec. in HSS mode|
|Battery Type:||14.8V, 2900mAh lithium-ion cell|
|Battery Life:||430 full-power flashes|
|Channels:||15* (1-15) *Limited to channels 1-8when using Interfit Gen. 1 TTL Remotes|
|Groups:|| 5* (A, B, C) |
*Groups D and E will be unlocked with Interfit Gen. 2TTL Remotes (Spring 2019)
|Head Dimensions:||5” × 6” × 7” (12.7 × 15 × 17.8cm)|
|In The Box:||1x Badger Unleashed 250Ws Flash Head,|
1x Badger Unleashed 2900mAh Battery
1x Battery Charging Cable,
1x Quick Start Guide