Portable focusable light for photo and video shooting
bitLighter is an improved version of “photo-flashlight”, which already liked by photographers and videographers.
It was developed from scratch, in close cooperation with the photo-video community and thanks to this we were able to make it practical and convenient for professional and creative using.
This is one of the main differences between our device and the mass of others. We have implemented the most convenient solution that can only exist. If bitLighter is NOT connected to the mains, it is powered by battery. If connected – it will work from the mains supply, without losing brightness, meanwhile it will charge the battery with the remaining power. If the battery is removed, bitLighter will simply works from the outlet.
Charging the battery in similar devices is often a headache. It is necessary to take out the battery, insert the balanced wire into the small connector and then hardly take out it from there, with fear of damaging the contacts. Bitlighter is saved from these problems. Just plug the power supply into the connector on the case and the charging will begin.
The charge indicator will save you from unpleasant situations when the flashlight turns off unexpectedly in the middle of shooting. The indicator shows charge level in green, orange, red and blinking red when the time is very little.
A serious problem with any high-power light source is overheating. Overheating can cause a lot of trouble, such as board burns, or “degradation” of the LED. We use an electronic sensor, which, will save the flashlight from breakage, in case of overheating. Such situations are not often, but sometimes happen. To avoid them, we recommend that you ensure that bitLighter has free access to air from all sides.
In order to increase the efficiency, we use a special coating of the lens, which significantly increases the transmission of light. More information about this can be found in our video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30bSmZSkHmY
We use specially selected contacts and special bushings so the battery in the case is securely fixed and the contact does not disappear during sudden movements or shaking. Thanks to this, the flashlight will serve for a long time without failures.
In practice, at a small brightness, it is more difficult for the user to select the desired value, so we use a “logarithmic” regulator, which more smoothly changes the brightness at small values and more roughly at large ones.
Since we are a new company, we try to keep our price at a minimum level. Despite all useful features, our price remains lower than the price of competitors. We want more people to be able to make beautiful shots with constant focusing light.
Areas of use
Comparison of similar devices by the brightness of the LED in lumens is not very correct, because this does not take into account the rest of the optical system. But we left this value, because it is already “generally accepted” for comparisons of photo-flashlights. It would be more clear to measure the brightness of the spot at a distance of 1 meter using a luxmeter. We also have such measurements. You can see them in the video where we compare the brightness of bitLighter and the brightness of Dedolights https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZIwhmbXLsks
You can smoothly change the size of a light spot by moving the head of the lantern. We added a special rubber seal, to make zoom more “dense”. It did not move with sudden movements or accidental touches.
We use the so-called “logarithmic” regulator, which more smoothly adjusts brightness at small values. This is more convenient in practice. The regulator also has a built-in switch.
Our battery has a monolithic case. From the inside it consists of three elements Panasonic 3400mAh and PCB for control.
Thanks to the efficient LED and the high efficiency of the whole design, we were able to reduce power consumption in comparison with similar devices. This helped us to reduce temperature to which bitLighter can warm up and allowed it to be charging and working simultaneously. At the same time, brightness remains at the same level.
This is significantly less than in similar devices (about 500 grams in total compared to 700-800 grams). In addition to the fact that the weight of the photographer’s / videographer’s backpack becomes smaller, we noticed that such a light is often kept by the assistant, or the photographer himself on an outstretched hand. In this case, every gram is in the account. Light weight was achieved mainly due to batteries. We made battery, lighter, while it’s enough power for 2 hours of working at full power.
Obviously, the smaller body, the better. Similar devices are 31-33 cm long, but we have the opportunity to use a slightly shorter case and do not install any extensions. We use our own electronics and therefore we can place it in a smaller space.
This is already quite a lot, but in practice full-power is not used all the time. There are moments of preparing the frame, changing the location, etc. Therefore photo session could last much longer. But, in any case, an indicator will tell you how much charge left.
We take care of the quality of LEDs with particular scrupulousness. The fact is that LEDs has no markings of color rendering index on it, so you have to believe the store that they sold you the right one. Now we buy LEDs from an authorized American supplier. The LED itself is produced by the American company CREE. For all color temperatures, we take LEDs with a CRI index of at least 90
The color temperature can be selected before purchase and after that it remains fixed. For local buyers, we will make a free replacement of the LED once, if it does not suit to you.
This kit is enough for full-fledged work. In addition, you can purchase tripod mounts, a swivel head, a mini tripod and an extra battery. We are working on expanding the list of accessories and, first of all, the appearance of barndoors is expected.
We try to select components and assembly them so that nothing breaks. But if there is a breakdown, during the warranty period we will fix it for you under warranty.
Frequently asked questions FAQ
How does your device differ from analogues?
The main difference of our lantern is elaborated internal parts which was made from scratch, starting with the drawings. Rest differences follow this. More in video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iov1ipSeeXg
- LEDs with high color rendering CRI> 90. In practice, it is 94-95 points.
- Ability to work from the mains supply and charge without removing the battery.
- Charge indicator.
- Lots of other details. More details can be found in the “Features” and “Specifications” sections
We accept orders from around the world
Payment can be made with Western Union (1% commission and you can pay online) or MoneyGramm
We post videos from production, participate in exhibitions where people can see and check our devices, cooperate with famous photographers who also tested our flashlights. If we have a working product, then it is more interesting for us to assemble and sell it than to deceive a few people and lose the reputation for all life.
We do not recommend to do this. BitLighter uses a battery with a built-in PCB for proper charging. In addition, standard batteries may not fit the size.
We do not include сlamps in the kit, because not all people need them. You can order fixtures from us at an inexpensive price.
First, thanks to the industrial approach to development, wholesale purchases of components without intermediaries and pre-orders, we are able to obtain a relatively inexpensive cost, without compromising on quality.
Secondly, we are a young company. We try to keep the price at a minimum, so that as many people as possible can afford such lighting.
At the moment all the developers of photo-flashlights, use ready-made cases, there are only a few alternatives for it. You chose it because it was the lightest and shortest of all considered. At the same time, unfortunately, we had to put up with the similarity.