Third Party Flashes For Canon EOS: Consumer Grade Third Party Bare-Bulb Flashguns (Cheetah, Godox, Jinbei, Meidike, Polaroid, Triopo ...) - Canon EOS Technoclopedia

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Bessel SJD200         (bare) (200Ws) none no   M (≥1/128) via radio* 1 - 99   0.05 - 3.5 yes yes   S1/S2*     PC, 3.5mm   980 int.** + ext.*** Menik 2016 *compatible with WT4 radio triggers; **exchangeable 2500mAh Li-Ion; ***DC adapter  
Bolt VB-11       (bare) 28 (180Ws) 60   no yes (manual) M (≥1/128)   yes 1/10000 - 1/300 0.05 - 2.6 -15 - 90 -180 - 135   S1/S2 +?*     PC, 3.5mm     ext. only   *"dedicated remote control" available  
Bolt VB-22       (bare) 28 (360Ws) 80   no yes (manual) M (≥1/128)   yes 1/10000 - 1/300 0.1 - 5.2 -15 - 90 -180 - 135   S1/S2 +?*     PC, 3.5mm     ext. only   *"dedicated remote control" available  
Brilliant Witstro AD180         (bare) 28 (180Ws) 60 none no   M (≥1/128) via radio*     0.05 - 2.6 -15 - 90 0 - 270 no req. FT-16S     2.5mm 205 x 90 x 70 550 ext. only** Godox *Super Sync; **Brilliant PB960 (11.1V 4500mAh Li-Ion); comes with hotshoe flash stand; dedicated radio trigger sets available Lighting Rumours Review
Brilliant Witstro AD360         (bare) 28 (360Ws) 80 none no   M (≥1/128) via radio*     0.05 - 4.5 -15 - 90 0 - 270 no req. FT-16S     2.5mm 220 x 95 x 75 780 ext. only** Godox *Super Sync; **Brilliant PB960 (11.1V 4500mAh Li-Ion); comes with extra tripod base plate; dedicated radio trigger sets available Lighting Rumours Review
Cheetah Light CL-180       (bare) 28 (153.6Ws) 80 none no LED on/off via switch M (≥1/128) via radio* 1 - 99 1/10000 - 1/800 0.05 - 2.6 -15 - 90 0 - 270 no S1/S2     USB, PC, 3.5mm 205 x 90 x 70 550 ext. only** Godox 2012 *Super Sync; **Cheetah Lithium 4500 Power Pack (11.1V 4500mAh, 159 x 134 x 49mm, 540g); comes with hotshoe flash stand; dedicated radio trigger sets available Lighting Rumours Review
Cheetah Light CL-360       (bare) 28 (307Ws) 110 none no LED on/off via switch M (≥1/128) via radio* 1 - 99 1/10000 - 1/300 0.05 - 4.5 -15 - 90 0 - 270 no S1/S2     USB, PC, 3.5mm 220 x 95 x 75 780 ext. only** Godox 2013 *Super Sync; **Cheetah Lithium 4500 Power Pack (11.1V 4500mAh, 159 x 134 x 49mm, 540g); comes with extra tripod base plate; dedicated radio trigger sets available  
Flashpoint (StreakLight 180) FPLFSL180 [SL-180]         (bare) 28 (180Ws) 60 none no yes M (≥1/128) via radio* 1 - 99 1/10000 - 1/300 (?) 0.05 - 2.6 -15 - 90 0 - 270 no S1/S2     USB, PC, 3.5mm 205 x 90 x 70 550 ext. only** Godox 2014 *Super Sync; **Flashpoint Blast Power Pack BP-960 (11.1V 4500mAh Li-Ion); dedicated Flashpoint 433MHz radio trigger sets available  
Flashpoint (StreakLight 360) FPLFSL360 [SL-360K1]         (bare) 28 (360Ws) 80 none no yes M (≥1/128) via radio* 1 - 99 1/10000 - 1/300 0.05 - 2.6 (?) -15 - 90 0 - 270 no S1/S2     USB, PC, 3.5mm 220 x 95 x 75 780 ext. only** Godox 2014 *Super Sync; **Flashpoint Blast Power Pack BP-960 (11.1V 4500mAh Li-Ion); comes with extra tripod base plate; dedicated Flashpoint 433MHz radio trigger sets available  
Genesis GF200       (bare) 28 (200Ws) none no LED on/off via switch M (≥1/128) via radio* 1 - 99 1/10000 - 1/300 0.05 - 2.6 -15 - 90 0 - 270 no S1/S2     USB, PC, 3.5mm 205 x 90 x 70 550 ext. only** Godox 2013 *Super Sync; **Genesis PowerPort Duo 1000 (11.1V 4500mAh, 159 x 134 x 49mm, 540g); comes with hotshoe flash stand; dedicated radio trigger sets are included  
Genesis GF400       (bare) 28 (400Ws) none no LED on/off via switch M (≥1/128) via radio* 1 - 99 1/10000 - 1/300 0.05 - 4.5 -15 - 90 0 - 270 no S1/S2     USB, PC, 3.5mm 220 x 95 x 75 780 ext. only** Godox 2013 *Super Sync; **Genesis PowerPort Duo 1000 (11.1V 4500mAh, 159 x 134 x 49mm, 540g); comes with extra tripod base plate; dedicated radio trigger sets are included  
Genesis Reporter 180         (bare) 28 (180Ws) 60 none     M (≥1/128)     1/10000 - 1/300 0.05 - 2.6 -15 - 90 0 - 270           205 x 90 x 70 550 ext. only** Godox *Genesis Navigator adds radio; **Reporter PowerPack 45 (11.1V 4500mAh, 160 x 110 x 50mm, 566g); distributed as Quadralite Reporter 180 since 2016  
Genesis Reporter 360         (bare) 28 (360Ws) 80 none     M (≥1/128)     1/10000 - 1/300 0.05 - 2.6 -15 - 90 0 - 270 no S1/S2*     PC, 3.5mm 220 x 95 x 75 780 ext. only** Godox *Genesis Navigator adds radio; **Reporter PowerPack 45 (11.1V 4500mAh, 160 x 110 x 50mm, 566g); distributed as Quadralite Reporter 360 since 2016  
Godox Witstro AD180   (bare) 28 (154Ws) 80 none no LED on/off via switch M (≥1/128) via radio* 1 - 99 1/10000 - 1/800 0.05 - 2.6 -15 - 90 0 - 270 no S1/S2     USB, PC, 3.5mm 205 x 90 x 70 550 ext. only** 2012 *Super Sync; **Godox Propak PB960 (11.1V 4500mAh Li-Ion, 159 x 134 x 49mm, 510g); comes with hotshoe flash stand; dedicated radio trigger sets available Lighting Rumours Review
Godox Witstro AD360   (bare) 28 (307Ws) 110 none no LED on/off via switch M (≥1/128) via radio* 1 - 99 1/10000 - 1/300 0.05 - 4.5 -15 - 90 0 - 270 no S1/S2     USB, PC, 3.5mm 220 x 95 x 75 780 ext. only** 2013 *Super Sync; **Godox Propak PB960 (11.1V 4500mAh Li-Ion, 159 x 134 x 49mm, 510g); comes with extra tripod base plate; dedicated radio trigger sets available Lighting Rumours Review
Godox Witstro AD360II-C       (bare) 28 () 80m/300Ws E-TTL   yes (+ modelling) M (≥1/128), FEC (±3) yes yes   0.05 – 4.5 -15 - 90 0 - 270 Canon IR +
2.4GHZ radio*
Canon IR +
2.4GHZ radio**
IR: 3grp, 4ch
RT: 3grp, 32ch
yes PC, 3.5mm 220 x 95 x 75 800 ext. only*** 2015 *working range ≤70m, compatible with Godox TT685C Speedlites; **compatible with Godox X1-C (working range ≤100m), also features USB for Godox FTR-16 receivers and an iTTL radio slave mode for Nikon flashes;
***Godox Propak PB960 (11.1V 4500mAh Li-Ion, 159 x 134 x 49mm, 510g); feat. Micro USB for firmware updates
 
About the Godox Manual Bare Bulbs (AD180/360 non-TTL):
  • HSS is only available using the flashes off-cam with HSS capable triggers like Godox Cells II (connected via PC port), while only the Cheetah Light Remote Set CL-Tx 433MHz/CL-Rx resp. Godox FT-16 TX/RX will provide manual remote ratio control (connected via USB), which in turn do not offer HSS.
  • Cheetah and Godox both offer some additional/optional accessories like the Godox AD-S15/Cheetah aluminum Protection Cap for the bulb (recommended during storage and transport), 2to1 and 1to2 cable adapters for the power packs or several kinds of light formers (snoots, wide reflectors, beauty dishes etc). Check Calumet for Genesis options as well.
  • 'Early' Propaks are reported having a rather unexpexted high fail rate. Check Flash Havoc on details.
Interfit Strobies Pro-Flash 180 [#STR200]       (bare) 28 (180Ws) 60 none no LED on/off via switch M (≥1/128) via YN622C 1 - 99 1/10000 - 1/800 0.05 - 2.6 -15 - 90 0 - 270 no S1/S2     USB, PC, 3.5mm 205 x 90 x 70 550 ext. only** Godox (?) 2014 *Super Sync; **Interfit Strobies Pro-Flash Battery Pack [#STR202] (11.1V 4500mAh Li-Ion, 160 x 134 x 51mm, 500g, 3h recharge); dedicated radio trigger sets available; replacement flash tube is [#STR234] Lighting Rumours Review
Interfit Strobies Pro-Flash 360 [#STR226]         (bare) 28 (360Ws) 80 none no LED on/off via switch M (≥1/128) via YN622C 1 - 99 1/10000 - 1/300 0.05 - 4.5 -15 - 90 0 - 270 no S1/S2     USB, PC, 3.5mm 220 x 95 x 75 780 ext. only** Godox (?) 2014 *Super Sync; **Interfit Strobies Pro-Flash Battery Pack [#STR202] (11.1V 4500mAh Li-Ion, 160 x 134 x 51mm, 500g, 3h recharge); dedicated radio trigger sets available; replacement flash tube is [#STR229] Lighting Rumours Review
Interfit Strobies Pro Flash Receiver [#STR204]         dedicated radio receiver for Pro-Flash 180 and 360; operating range of 50m; max. sync speed of 1/250s (Interfit claims, that using high speed triggers like Yongnuo YN622C HSS is possible) no 433MHz radio 6grp, 16ch   -/-     USB   compatible with Strobies Pro-Flash Transmitter [STR203]  
Jinbei Caler Mini Flash 100 [#MF-100]         60 none no yes M (≥1/32) no 5, 10, 15 1/1000 0.3 - 1.2     2.4GHz radio 2.4GHz radio 16ch   3.5mm jack     ext. only* 2012 *Compact Battery Packs MF-35 (12V 3500mAh Ni-MH, incl.) or MF-44 (12V 4400mAh Li-Ion), powers up to 2 flash units simultaneously; radio module compatible with Caler TR-C remotes Lighting Rumours Review
Jinbei Caler Mini Flash 200 [#MF-200]           98 none no yes M (≥1/128) yes 5, 10, 15   0.3     2.4GHz radio 2.4GHz radio           ext. only* ann. 2013 *Compact Battery Packs MF-35 (12V 3500mAh Ni-MH, incl.) or MF-44 (12V 4400mAh Li-Ion), powers up to 2 flash units simultaneously; feat. LCD  
Lencarta Atom 180 (SuperFast)       (bare) 28 (180Ws) 60 none no LED on/off via switch M (≥1/128) via radio* 1 - 99 1/10000 - 1/800 0.05 - 2.6 -15 - 90 0 - 270 no S1/S2     USB, PC, 3.5mm 205 x 90 x 70 550 ext. only** Godox 2013 *Super Sync; **Atom Power Pack (11.1V 4500mAh, 159 x 134 x 49mm, 540g); comes with hotshoe flash stand; dedicated radio trigger sets available  
Lencarta Atom 360 (SuperFast)       (bare) 28 (360Ws) 80 none no LED on/off via switch M (≥1/128) via radio* 1 - 99 1/10000 - 1/300 0.05 - 4.5 -15 - 90 0 - 270 no S1/S2     USB, PC, 3.5mm 220 x 95 x 75 780 ext. only** Godox 2013 *Super Sync; **Atom Power Pack (11.1V 4500mAh, 159 x 134 x 49mm, 540g); comes with extra tripod base plate; dedicated radio trigger sets available  
Meidike Yidoblo X-5           (180Ws) 60 E-TTL       yes yes 1/10000 - 1/800 0.05 - 2.6 ± 40 ± 30               internal 12V* Meidike 2014** *removable; **announced to be in development  
Meidike Yidoblo X-6/Dison A8         (bare) 28 (200Ws) 50*
(300Ws) 72*
(360Ws) 80*
E-TTL   10W LED modelling M (≥1/128) yes yes 1/1500 - 1/800
(1/1800 - 1/300 (?))
0 - 3 ± 40 ± 30   2.4GHz radio     yes** 180 x 180 x 140 500 12V Li-Ion*** Meidike 2015 available in sets including the main flash unit, vice lite (a handholdable secondary flash head mainly made of a bulb mounted to a hand grip), DS-701 radio transmitter for off camera operation, recharger and standard reflector, all delivered in an aluminum case;
*the GNs aren't clear - the specs table names 200 and 300Ws, product pictures show a 360Ws version, the version selling on ebay is spec'd 300Ws/GN 80, of which the 300Ws would meet the specs of the initial X-6 announcement;
**beside the usual sync port the flash features some 3pin port to power the vice lite; ***internal, removable
 
Meidike Yidoblo X-360           (360Ws) E-TTL   10W LED modelling   yes yes     ± 40 ± 30 ? 2.4GHz radio     USB*     internal 12V** Meidike 2014*** *a X-360II model is mentioned to feature "USB computer-controlled flash" (whatever that means); **removable; ***announced to be in development  
Menik SJD200         (bare) (200Ws) none no   M (≥1/128) via radio* 1 - 99   0.05 - 3.5 yes yes   S1/S2*     PC, 3.5mm   980 int.** + ext.*** 2016 *compatible with WT4 radio triggers; **exchangeable 2500mAh Li-Ion; ***DC adapter  
Menik SJD200TTL         (bare) (200Ws) E-TTL       yes   1/10000                     12V Li-Ion* not yet available *2600mAh; appeared at Photokina 2016  
Pixapro Hybrid360       (bare) 28 (360Ws) 80 none no yes M (≥1/128) via radio* 1 - 99 1/10000 - 1/300 0.05 - 4.5 -15 - 90 0 - 270 no S1/S2     USB, PC, 3.5mm 220 x 95 x 75 780 ext. only** Godox *Super Sync, dedicated radio trigger units are Pixapro ST-II or Pixapro Pro AC (set); Pixapro PowerPack  
Polaroid PL-135       35 54 E-TTL no yes M (≥1/128)             no S1/S2     PC     4x AA + ext. Triopo 2013 comes with light bowl and diffuser; Triopo discontinued this model after only a few weeks of production (announced end of March, Polaroid stocks were recognized in May, both discontinued in June) - however, a few pieces were sold  
Quadralite Reporter 180         (bare) 28 (180Ws) 60 none     M (≥1/128)     1/10000 - 1/300 0.05 - 2.6 -15 - 90 0 - 270           205 x 90 x 70 550 ext. only** Godox 2016 *Quadralite Navigator adds radio; **Reporter PowerPack 45 (11.1V 4500mAh, 160 x 110 x 50mm, 566g); formerly also distributed as Genesis Reporter 180  
Quadralite Reporter 360         (bare) 28 (360Ws) 80 none     M (≥1/128)     1/10000 - 1/300 0.05 - 2.6 -15 - 90 0 - 270 no S1/S2*     PC, 3.5mm 220 x 95 x 75 780 ext. only** Godox 2016 *Quadralite Navigator adds radio; **Reporter PowerPack 45 (11.1V 4500mAh, 160 x 110 x 50mm, 566g); formerly also distributed as Genesis Reporter 360  
Quadralite Reporter 360 TTL C         (bare) 28 (360Ws) 80 E-TTL     M (≥1/128) yes   1/20000 - 1/300 0.05 - 4.5     2.4 GHz radio 2.4 GHz radio     PC, 3.5mm 220 x 95 x 75 800 ext. only** Godox 2016 *Quadralite Navigator X built-in; **Reporter PowerPack 45 (11.1V 4500mAh, 160 x 110 x 50mm, 566g)  
SMDV PS-180         (bare) 28 (180Ws) 60 none no LED on/off via switch M (≥1/128) via radio* 1 - 99 1/10000 - 1/800 0.05 - 2.6 -15 - 90 0 - 270 no S1/S2     USB, PC, 3.5mm 205 x 90 x 70 550 ext. only** Godox 2014 (?) *Super Sync; **SMDV Propak PB960 (11.1V 4500mAh, 159 x 134 x 49mm, 540g); comes with hotshoe flash stand; dedicated radio trigger sets available  
SMDV PS-360         (bare) 28 (360Ws) 80 none no LED on/off via switch M (≥1/128) via radio* 1 - 99 1/10000 - 1/300 0.05 - 4.5 -15 - 90 0 - 270 no S1/S2     USB, PC, 3.5mm 220 x 95 x 75 780 ext. only** Godox 2014 (?) *Super Sync; **SMDV Propak PB960 (11.1V 4500mAh, 159 x 134 x 49mm, 540g); comes with extra tripod base plate; dedicated radio trigger sets available  
T-One W Series AD180         (bare) 28 (154Ws) 80 none no LED on/off via switch M (≥1/128) via radio* 1 - 99 1/10000 - 1/800 0.05 - 2.6 -15 - 90 0 - 270 no S1/S2     USB, PC, 3.5mm 205 x 90 x 70 550 ext. only** Godox 2014 *Super Sync; **Godox Propak PB960 (11.1V 4500mAh Li-Ion); comes with hotshoe flash stand; dedicated radio trigger sets available Lighting Rumours Review
T-One W Series AD360         (bare) 28 (307Ws) 110 none no LED on/off via switch M (≥1/128) via radio* 1 - 99 1/10000 - 1/300 0.05 - 4.5 -15 - 90 0 - 270 no S1/S2     USB, PC, 3.5mm 220 x 95 x 75 780 ext. only** Godox 2014 *Super Sync; **Godox Propak PB960 (11.1V 4500mAh Li-Ion); comes with extra tripod base plate; dedicated radio trigger sets available Lighting Rumours Review
Triopo TR-120         35 42 E-TTL no yes M (≥1/128) yes yes   ~2.9     no TTL + S1/S2     PC     4x AA + ext. 03.2013 - 06.2013 comes with light bowl and diffuser; also known as Polaroid PL-135; Triopo discontinued this model after only a few weeks of production (for a redesign, a general rumor adds quality issues) - however, at least a few pieces were sold  
Triopo TR-180       35 60 E-TTL no yes M (≥1/128) yes yes 1/20000 - 1/200 ~2.9     no TTL + S1/S2 3grp, 4ch   PC 280 x 75 x 57 495 4x AA + ext. 2014    
Triopo TR-400           (380Ws) 80     4W LED modelling                             ext. only   shown at Photokina 2014  
Walimex Pro Light Shooter 180     (bare) 28 (180Ws) 60 none no LED on/off via switch M (≥1/128) via radio* 1 - 99 1/10000 - 1/800 0.05 - 2.6 -15 - 90 0 - 270 no S1/S2     USB, PC, 3.5mm 205 x 90 x 70 550 ext. only** Godox 2013 *Super Sync; **Powerblock (2000mAh, 150 x 100 x 35mm, 500g) or Power Porta (11.1V 4500mAh, 159 x 133 x 49mm, 540g); comes with hotshoe flash stand; dedicated radio trigger sets available  
Walimex Pro Light Shooter 360       (bare) 28 (360Ws) 80 none no LED on/off via switch M (≥1/128) via radio* 1 - 99 1/10000 - 1/300 0.05 - 4.5 -15 - 90 0 - 270 no S1/S2     USB, PC, 3.5mm 220 x 95 x 75 780 ext. only** Godox 2013 *Super Sync; **Powerblock (2000mAh, 150 x 100 x 35mm, 500g) or Power Porta (11.1V 4500mAh, 159 x 133 x 49mm, 540g); comes with extra tripod base plate; dedicated radio trigger sets available  

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General Notes:
1.) Refer to Speedlites > Quantum QFlashes for professional grade bare-bulbs. Otherwise, Sunpak once and again produced some bare-bulb models as well.