ELB 1200

Deep dive into creative freedom

Power your journey with the ultimate outdoor battery pack

Discover the ultimate adventure light for daring photographers. Weighing just 4.3 kg, the Elinchrom ELB 1200 is a remarkably powerful portable battery pack that’s tough enough to take on the most extreme challenges. It’s equipped with a bright dimmable LED modelling lamp and flash heads with exceptional lighting capabilities. Whether you’re going for still photography or video, go without limits. Go with the Elinchrom ELB 1200.

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Work in free flow

Control your power at a distance, change your settings on the fly.
Delivering 1200 Ws for just 4.3 kg this lightweight, weather-resistant unit will take you much, much higher.

Expand your horizons

Explore new horizons with the Li-Ion Battery Air. It weighs just 1.1kg and delivers 215 flashes or 80 minutes of continuous LED light.
Add the optional HD battery for 400 flashes or 120 minutes of LED light, and the sky’s the limit.

Catch the unbelievable

Make the most of the Action and Hi-Sync flash heads and their dimmable LED light. High speed recycling times, up to 1.7 s., make for high energy shoots.

“More than enough power to overpower the sun”

Tristan Shu

Portable & robust
No limits lighting gear, built to resist

Tristan Shu and his team turned the air into their playground with the ELB 1200.


Big power in a robust package
Finally, you can realize the impossible

Strong & powerful

To tell a great story, especially in the great outdoors, you need more than beauty – you need impact, color, and contrast, which means the best possible light. The ELB 1200 lets you play with light like never before. A strong package with powerful and practical features that you’d expect from the best, no shot will ever be out of your reach.

A flash head built to resist

The ELB 1200 flash heads are built to resist. Combine the Hi-Sync Head with the Elinchrom Transmitter Pro and trigger your camera at shutter speeds of up to 1/8000s.

Perfectly sized batteries

A powerhouse for on-location use, the 90Wh Battery Air included with the ELB 1200 unit offers 215 flashes at full power or 80 min of continuous LED light. The optional Battery HD offers 400 flashes at full power, or 120 min of continuous light and is ideal for studio work too.

Get set for your next adventure.


ELB 1200 Dock

The Dock is a mains powered docking station for the ELB 1200. With the choice of a mains solution and batteries. Stay in your studio or go out on location.

Battery Air 90 Wh

Designed to travel safe and light. The battery Air offers 215 flashes at full power, or 80 min of continuous light at full LED power. An ELB 1200 unit with a battery Air is allowed as carry-on baggage for travelling by Air with one spare battery.

Battery HD 144 Wh

A power-house for studio and on-location use. The battery HD offers 400 flashes at full power, or 120 min of continuous light at full LED power.


Flash output

1200 Ws

Head options

Hi-Sync head

Number of flashes

215 with Battery Air


4.3 kg


ELB 1200

Energy J/Ws 1200 Ws/J
F-Stop (1m, 100 ISO, Reflector 48°) Pro: 128 / Action: 90.6 / Hi-Sync: 128
Power Range F-Stop 8.5
Power Increments in F-Stop 1/10 (Dial Button) – 1 F-Stop (L/R Button)
Power Range Display (f-stop equivalent) OLED
Power Range WS 7 to 1200 Ws
Power Distribution Asymmetrical 2:1 or Symmetrical
Best Flash Duration at Power 1/8850s at 33%, Power Setting 4.7 (Action Head)
Sync Socket 3.5 mm Jack
Power Stability +/- 0.03 %
Recycling (DEFAULT) 3 s
Recycling (FAST) 1.7 s
Recycling (ECO) 6 s
Sync Voltage 5 V
Battery Life 210 Flashes (full power)
Auto Power Dumping Adjust power settings automatically
Length 13 cm
Width 18 cm
Height 28 cm
Weight 4.3 kg
Battery Air / Lithium-Ion 36V / 2.5 Ah / 90 Wh
Extras USB output for devices: 5V / Shipping Mode
Colour Temperature at Max. Power 5500 K
LED Run Time 80 min
LED Run Time (optional) 120 min
LED Lamp Options Yes
Modelling Lamp Mode Modelling Lamp Mode On, Free, Prop, Timer 1-60s, VFC, Dimmer 5-100%
Skyport Type Built-in, 20 freq. Channels, 4 Groups


ELB 1200

Battery life tips

The following actions will help preserve battery life:

  • Verify that usage temperature of the battery averages an ambient temperature of –10°C to 45°C (14°F to 113°F). In lower or higher temperatures, the battery may not work properly and can sustain damage.
  • The optimal storage temperature is between 15° C and 25° C (59°F and 77°F).
  • Avoid sudden temperature changes as this may cause condensation and malfunction.
  • Do not leave your battery uncharged for more than one week.
  • Recharge your battery completely before putting it in storage, remove the battery from the unit and the fuse, which will deactivate the battery.
  • Recharge at least once every 3 months any stored battery.

Download the battery guide.

Using different heads simultaneously

There is no technical problem with mixing Action, Pro, HS, or other heads together with the Ranger / Quadra / ELB 400 / ELB 1200 battery unit.
However, the only problem is that you may expect strange results in your lighting.
The Action head has a very fast flash duration while the HS head has a very low flash duration.

Transmitter Pro and unit compatibility

A list of compatible cameras and flash units with the Transmitter Pro is available here.

Battery airplane transportation regulations

Look for regulation PDF documents in the Download Center.

Using 2 heads in Hi-Sync mode

Yes, but it is not recommended.
Using 2 HS heads in Hi-Sync mode on an ELB or Quadra pack is possible. But please note that this will drastically affect results if Hi-Sync is used since the flash duration is faster when 2 heads are plugged in.
For optimal results, we advise using only one head, use only output A if Hi-Sync matters.

How to setup Hi-Sync/HSS ?

Hi-Sync or HSS mode is detected automatically.
Enabling the Hi-Sync/HSS feature is very simple but different for each camera.
However, some cameras need a specific setup to be able to engage Hi-Sync or HSS.
How to setup hi-sync / hss mode.


HS and HSS in the same setup

Yes, TTL Elinchrom units integrated into an existing Elinchrom setup with Hi-Sync and HSS altogether work seamlessly.

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Elinchrom TTL units in a classic Elinchrom setup

Yes, you can use Elinchrom TTL units together with older Elinchrom flash units, but only in Manual mode, of course.

Using the ELB units on mains

The life span of the battery is not affected while using the battery packs on mains.
You can leave the charger connected, but if you shot with high flash power in short cycles, the battery will discharge even with the charger connected.
If you do not use full power flashes, the unit can take a breath after a series of flashes, and the unit will not overheat. Don’t place the unit in the sun or close to heating systems, and take care that there is air circulation, not using the unit in a bag or similar.

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