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Vagabond Mini vs Vagabond Extreme
Michael Stevens, Photographer, Assistant
Glendale | AZ | USA | Posted: 9:53 PM on 04.29.14
->> I'm looking to get another and I'm curious if anyone has the new Vagabond Extreme and if they can tell me why I'd spend so much more for what seems like little gain...

Both offer 500 full power 640 ws flashes

Vagabond Mini: 1.5 sec recycle at 320 ws
Vagabond Ext: 1 sec recycle at 320 ws

Vagabond Mini: 8.8A 130Wh LiCoxNiyMnz02 Lithium Battery
Vagabond Ext: 6.4 Ah 170 Wh lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) battery

Vagabond Mini: 3.5#
Vagabond Ext: 7#

It weighs twice as much and recycles 1/3 quicker.

I fly with it alot so weight is bad. And my use is typically at 1/8 or 1/16 power lighting the finish lines or Ironman races.

Seems to me that the Extreme offers me and my shooting conditions little. Certainly not worth almost twice the money.

Am I missing anything?


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Kevin Krows, Photographer
Forsyth | IL | USA | Posted: 10:23 AM on 04.30.14
->> With all due respect...I think you answered your own question. I'm sure there are plenty of people that are seeking some of the features that the new Extreme offers. Paul is a very smart guy and I doubt he would develop a product without market information.

The price is negligible if you don't have the need that the Extreme seeks to fill. If you do have the need, then the question of cost needs to be answered by the increased revenue or long term cost savings in terms of your time. Probably not telling you anything you don't already know.

I applaud Paul Buff for his continued pursuit of bringing affordable + high quality to market and then backing it with the type of customer service that's second to none. He's simply trying to expand his product line to meet a larger % of the market.

I don't think you are missing anything. Simply put, you don't have a need for the Extreme and are happy with the Mini. FWIW .... I don't have a need for the Extreme and absolutely LOVE my Mini's (all 8 of them). Wouldn't be without them!!
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Ron Manfredi, Photographer
Merrick (Long Island) | NY | | Posted: 10:50 AM on 04.30.14
->> I understand that there are some strobes that the Mini will not power well; perhaps the new Extreme will be able to power some of these models.
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David Seelig, Photographer
Hailey | ID | USA | Posted: 1:38 PM on 04.30.14
->> Me I have mini I am going to sell barely used but when I do need one of these what like the faster recycle.
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Allen Lester, Photographer
Norfolk | VA | USA | Posted: 8:20 PM on 05.06.14
->> Michael, what strobe are you using?
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