Project 2017: Hensel Foris 400 & 800
Updated February 3, 2017
The Foris has won the renowned PLUS X innovation award 2017 in the categories Innovation, High Quality, Design, Ease of Use and Functionality. We are happy about this award and are working on the completion of these new devices with even more enthusiasm!
With the introduction of the Porty A over 20 years ago, Hensel started the boom in off-grid, battery operated flash units for professional photographers. For the first time, Porty A allowed demanding users to expertly place light even without a socket. Shortly after, one of the first battery operated professional compact flash units followed in form of the Hensel Porty Compact. Today, the Porty L 1200 belongs to the most popular battery operated flash generators, and it fills us with great pride to know that our customers around the world are creating so many outstanding images with it. Characteristic for the latest Porty L 1200 is not only its great performance outside the studio but, thanks to an optional mains adapter, also the fact that it can be turned into an full-blown studio generator for true continuous use and with max. 2x 650W modeling light. This rare virtue makes the Porty L especially versatile.
Based on our experience and employing cutting-edge technology, we are now working on the next generation of universal compact flash equipment. Compact flash units that leave nothing to be desired on location and function without compromise. A system that meets the needs of demanding users – regardless where they use these flash units.
The series of Hensel compact flash units currently being developed is named “Foris“ and features the following highlights:
- Modular system with changeable BATTERY and plug-in MAINS supply
- Off-grid work with high-performance Li battery
- Bright, proportional LED modeling light (40W), fast flash recycling and limitless flash capacity with mains module
- Best performance values in both operating modes thanks to true hybrid technology via dedicated energy modules
- TTL flash control
- Integrated WiFi remote control and radio sync
- Switchable to long flash duration times for HyperSync® operation
- Sturdy metal housing and durable components
- Developed and manufactured in Germany
Until now, users had to decide whether to buy an off-grid compact flash unit and compromise especially regarding power, flash sequence, and modeling light, or to purchase a grid-operated unit that provides best performance in the studio but depends on often large and heavy inverters and batteries.
For the first time, the new Hensel Foris units utilize quickly changeable energy modules that are optimized to the corresponding power source (LITHIUM BATTERY or MAINS) and, therefore, offer best efficiency. The result is not only the especially efficient use of battery power but also faster flash recycling times and a bright, automatically proportioned modeling light when operated on mains supply. The cooling was also designed for each operational purpose ensuring trouble-free continuous use and first-class performance in mains operation.
Additionally, the Foris flash units that will be offered probably in the power classes 400Ws and 800Ws come with convenient extra functions like TTL flash control for the most popular camera systems, a bidirectional remote control via Hensel WiFi Remote App, and switchable, longer flash duration times for optimum HyperSync® operation. The workmanship and the design of the Hensel Foris flash units is also convincing: they are manufactured in Germany using metal to the greatest possible extend, and all components are designed for highest quality and longevity. The design by a renowned industrial designer is straight forward and has no unnecessary elements that could hinder users in doing their job.
Once again, Hensel is going to revolutionize the lighting market with the new Foris flash units. For the first time ever, photographers are getting compact flashes in true hybrid technology which offer best possible performance indoors and outdoors: the system for all jobs.
Completion of the Foris series is planned for the middle of 2017.
Protected utility model DE 20 2016 103 772, patent pending.