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Godox Xenergizer 600 first impressions

Hi Flashers,

I recently purchased a Godox Xenergizer 600 portable flash from ebay from Ever Color Studio Shop HK

Price was £310 inc DHL delivery  plus import tax which was another £90 or so. Delivery took about 3 or 4 days from purchase.

Note although I paid in GBP I had it delivered to Spain whilst on location, so I paid Spanish import fees, it might be different for the UK and other countries due to local tax laws.

I really wanted a Jinbei 1200 because it can support 2 flashes but the price was almost double and it doesn’t  didn’t have remote power options. (Maybe possible now with a new version of that product – Link  )

Price wise the 600 is only about £30 more than the 400w/s version so its a bit of a no brainer to get the more powerful version, unless you live somewhere where the sun does not shine!

 

Here’s what the Godox looks like:

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It comes in a nice hard case

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The clasp look a bit flimsy but they seem OK (at the moment!)

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The strap is a bit cheap, I would have liked something a bit more robust, but it seem to be strong enough.

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The case is big enough to hold the battery and flash head.

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Powered on, the display shows power level, beep, trigger mode (you can choose between using the built in optical sensor or radio trigger)

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The USB radio trigger fits in here… you can also plug in a 3.5mm jack to trigger from another Tx if you don’t want to use the Godox trigger.

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Nice flap on the back of the bag to let you plug in the battery charger.

Note: the battery charger has a set of LEDS on it to indicate the level of charge.

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Here is the USB trigger AND 3.5mm jack fitted at the same time. You can set power levels fron the USB trigger but actually trigger the flash via the 3.5mm jack.

The transmitter is the same as the one for the Godox 360 / 180 flashes so you can see how that works on the following review:

flashhavoc.com review

lightingrumours.com review

I tried Hypersync with my Yongnuo 622c but the results were disappointing, I used the 5dmk2 and 1Dmk3. I will try with my 40D next as that always gave me good results with hyper sync. I’ll let you know what happens.

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The whole battery out of the bag.

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the battery locks into place securely

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The flashhead is made of plastic, I have only used it with a light weight 70x50cm umbrella soft box and the results were very good!

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Bowens mount

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Halogen bulb modeling light, shame it wasn’t LED. It is quite weak and I have never used it so I may just remove it altogether

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fitting hole for umbrella

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Spring loaded release for the bowers mount.

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Hole in the bottom to fit it into a light stand

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White diffuser included.

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Zip on the front of the bag broke after about 3 days…….Booooo!

Here are some photos taken with the flash:

These were all shot on a 5dmk2. Max shutter speed was 1/200 sec other wise you get a shadow in frame.

This was taken at 1/250 sec you can see the shadow creeping into the bottom of the frame.

This is a really good flash for the money, I wish they would have made a 1200ws version like the Jinbei, but then it would have been more expensive.

Hypersync is a bit disappointing at the moment. There is talk of a new Godox Cells III Tx in development perhaps this will enable some kind of hypersync / HSS function? Who knows?

Finally there are are a couple of negatives as well….

1) Almost every time after the first 2 or 3 flashes I get an Error message on the battery pack. Its says “err 01” which means its problem with the power. The simple fix is to turn the battery off and on again after which time it works perfectly for the rest of the shoot.

 I have used it a few more times and I have not experienced the ER1 problem again, so I say it is just a “warming up” issue.

update Jan 2014: After 6 months use I have had the ER1 problem 2 or 3 times. Each time I restarted the battery pack and it worked perfectly for the rest of the shoot. I have bought a second unit and so far I have not experienced the ER1 problem with the new unit.

2) The flash trigger goes down to 1/128 power but the flash pack only goes down to 1/32 Somtimes if you set the Tx to 1/64 of lower, the flash will fire at full power but other times it will just fire at 1/32 power. Hmmmmm I haven’t seen a pattern to this yet but it may be something I am doing wrong?

Anyway, until the next time……. keep flashing!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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15 comments to “Godox Xenergizer 600 first impressions”

  • First Godox XEnergizer hands-on review published | Lighting Rumours, September 2, 2013 at 8:30 am

    […] Lighting Rumours reader Richard “The Flasher”, a wedding photographer based in Mallorca, has posted his first impressions of the light on his blog. […]

  • zubpho, September 2, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Thanks for sharing your experience with this strobe!

    Does hypersync looks similar to Jinbei FL II 500? The following links are hypersync results with Jinbei :

    http://s17.postimg.org/t279dtzbz/Jinbei_FL_II_500_Super_Sync_Full_power.jpg
    http://s14.postimg.org/e8ijmfoup/Jinbei_FL_II_500_Super_Sync_Full_power_2.jpg

    • admin, September 17, 2013 at 10:02 pm

      sorry i haven’t tested the hyper sync much more. I have just accepted the 1/200sec limit of my camera. If it changes I will let you know!

  • Hochzeitsfotograf, September 2, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    Thank you for this review.
    The flash looks nice on this budget.
    But the sideview and the battery lock remembers me on something from switzerland … 😉

    • admin, September 4, 2013 at 3:41 pm

      “But the sideview and the battery lock remembers me on something from switzerland …”

      Toblerone? 🙂

  • Ismael M., January 14, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Hello thank you for the review. Would you recommend it after some months of using ?

    • admin, January 14, 2014 at 9:34 pm

      hi, After 6 months use I have had the ER1 problem 2 or 3 times. Each time I restarted the battery pack and it worked perfectly for the rest of the shoot.

      I have bought a second unit and so far I have not experienced the ER1 problem with the new unit.

      Overall for the price I paid I am very happy with their performance.

  • Anonymous, May 8, 2014 at 9:11 pm

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  • Denis Coldham, June 12, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Hi

    Do you feel you get consistent light performance from them, as in the colour and brightness is always the same at your setting?

    Thanks for the great read.

    Denis

    • admin, June 12, 2014 at 9:23 am

      Hi Dennis, I have been using these flashes now for quite a few weddings and i’m really happy with them. I use them outdoors as a fill in for shadows (on my 5d its 1/200 sec and f9 or 10 depending on the brightness of the sun 1/4 to 1/2 power on the flash.)

      Colour wise and constancy I can’t compare it to any other top end product but I am truly satisfied with the results I’m getting, output is consistent and the only niggle i found is that at half power or above you have to wait a second or 2 for the capacitor to recharge, but that is me being impatient rather than a draw back of the system.

      There is a new version being released shortly:http://flashhavoc.com/godox-rs600p-xenergizer-now-available/

      Regards

      Richard

  • Rick, July 24, 2014 at 8:34 am

    This sounds like another Chinese crap item that costs around 500 euros/pounds!

    • admin, July 29, 2014 at 4:11 pm

      I have been using this flash for 2 summers. I have photographed nearly 80 weddings with it. Other than the original problem, which happened a few times when it was new, it has not missed a flash since. I own 2 of these units now and they work perfectly. I have seen on other forums that some people have had problems, but nothing is perfect…. even Rolls Royces break down!

  • Dan, August 28, 2014 at 11:39 am

    Thanks for this excellent review – I enjoyed it so much that I went and bought the newer version of the Xenergizer a few weeks ago! I’ve only used it once at a wedding so far and unfortunately experienced the ERR 01 error which was worrying, so hoping this is a “bedding-in” error and will disappear after a few more uses.

    Regards,

    Dan

    • admin, August 28, 2014 at 11:55 am

      Hi Dan,

      Keep us posted about the ERR01 error.

      I’ve not experienced it since the first few times I used the flash last year so I hope it is just “bedding-in” like you say.

      • Dan, August 26, 2015 at 4:50 pm

        After using this a few times, I’m happy to say I’m no longer seeing the error message. How has this unit been behaving for you in the last year or so?

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