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Vintage Honeywell Strobonar Flash - Model 892
Jul 13, 2021 16:58:22   #
Tom 0933 Loc: Wisconsin
 
Vintage Honeywell Strobonar Flash - Model 892, with AC power supply, booklet, and empty battery pack holder.

I bought this flash unit new in the early 70's and only used it on an umbrella stand for about six portrait sittings using the AC adapter. I never used the battery pack.
In excellent ++ condition and works perfectly

$30 + shipping
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Oct 11, 2021 01:01:28   #
flyboy61 Loc: The Great American Desert
 
Tom; I have been looking at your Strobonar for a few weeks. Maybe I'm nutz, but I've always wanted one. We had two at the Thule AFB Photo Lab in the '60s. They had the heavy, clunky rechargeable battery packs with a shoulder strap which just barely fit over our cold weather gear. Anyway, What is the guide number? And, do you know if the batteries mentioned are still available? Thanx; Carl

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Oct 11, 2021 10:17:38   #
Tom 0933 Loc: Wisconsin
 
Hi Carl,

I attached the guide number chart from the manual.

I'm not sure about about the battery availability.

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Oct 11, 2021 11:38:27   #
Westnorthwest
 
Tom 0933 wrote:
Hi Carl,

I attached the guide number chart from the manual.

I'm not sure about about the battery availability.


Do you have the Strobeye? Batteries are ocassionally advertised, not from Eveready. I believe a company in Canada makes a substitute. Remember, these require 510 volt batteries. Get your fingers across the contact and it will light you up... Needless to say, they are expensive. I know this because I have one and while I use it once in a while it is alway with A/C.

Westnorthwest

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Oct 11, 2021 11:57:08   #
User ID
 
Tom 0933 wrote:
Hi Carl,

I attached the guide number chart from the manual.

I'm not sure about about the battery availability.


The dial on the back shows f/16 at 10ft for asa100, so there’s your GN: 160.

If you can ever find a Strobo Eye you can make the battery last longer cuz this is a thyristor unit. I used one for years.

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Oct 11, 2021 12:08:59   #
Tom 0933 Loc: Wisconsin
 
I read that also someone makes a substitute battery. No I don't have the Strobeye.

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Oct 12, 2021 03:14:17   #
User ID
 
User ID wrote:
The dial on the back shows f/16 at 10ft for asa100, so there’s your GN: 160.

If you can ever find a Strobo Eye you can make the battery last longer cuz this is a thyristor unit. I used one for years.


BTW 160 would be the normal lens GN.

These days when you encounter a claimed 160 GN that is usually the unit’s *maximum* GN achieved when the zoom head is focused narrowly for a tele lens. The normal lens GN for such units will be about half the telezoom maximized GN.

If this Honeywell followed the typical modern naming system, its model name would be 640 or 6400, reflecting its metric GN, which is 64. And as explained just above, this unit provides at least twice the light of any zooming flash named 640 or 6400.

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Oct 14, 2021 15:48:51   #
pendennis
 
Tom 0933 wrote:
Hi Carl,

I attached the guide number chart from the manual.

I'm not sure about about the battery availability.


I owned a number of Strobonars, starting with a 700 in 1970. They were great, although the KII output guide number of 80 was a bit low. One of the great draws for me, was the warmth of the older tube.

I used the 892 well into the 90's with a Quantum Turbo Battery. It provided more than adequate power. Quantum still makes the adapter cord.

PS - Over on the "Bay", there's a seller which has an 880 (older tube), with all the accessories, including the Strobo-eye. Whopping price of $25. The Strobo-eye might be worth that by itself. I doubt the 510 battery is any good, though.

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Oct 14, 2021 21:08:44   #
Westnorthwest
 
After you post I contacted Quantum regarding using there device with my 882. The following is his response;

"To be sure I looked that flash up and Quantum never listed any cable for the 880 series. It being a 500V flash explains why. The Turbo series is 325V. I have been sitting here thinking, years ago I remember someone mentioned that the CH cable connected to a Turbo did charge their 882. BUT, just because it does, doesn’t mean one should. It would not be very good for the Turbo."

Herb Pletcher

PromarkBRANDS Technical Support Specialist / Quantum Product Manager

Could you provide details of your experience. I'd like to use my 882 again, but if the power supply goes bad, I'd be concerned?

Westnorthwest

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