In this review, we will focus on the flash Godox V860IIN ie. for the Nikon system, but the differences between the Godox V860II for different systems (Godox V860IIC for Canon and Godox V860IIS for Sony, recently even V860IIF for FujiFilm and V860IIO for Olympus/Panasonic) are minimal.
Basically, Godox V860II (Flashpoint Zoom Li-on R2 TTL) is an analogue of the Godox TT685 camera flash with slight differences: unlike the TT685, the V860II is powered by a li-ion battery and does not have a connector for connecting an external high-voltage power supply. And because Since I have already published a review of the Godox Thinklite TT685N flash, I will try not to repeat myself, but to tell you about the differences. Moreover, I have been using this flash since March, and at the moment I already have three of them (can be seen in this video at the twentieth second).
I bought all three Godox V860IIN flash units I have at Gearbest, because at different times in this model there were coupons “V860IIN” And “V860IIN1» (still needs to work), which reduced the cost of Godox V860IIN flashes to $126.99.
But let’s get back to the heroine of today’s review. If anyone is interested, here is a video with unboxing and a brief review of Godox V860IIN
When you receive the parcel with Godox V860IIN flash, you will be surprised by the size of the parcel
The approximate size of the box is 23x21x7.5cm and weighs about a kilogram.
All the technical details are written on the back of the box.
They are also duplicated by pictograms at the end of the box.
Specifications Godox Ving V860II iTTL Nikon
I’ll hide the picture from the manufacturer’s website under the spoiler
- Compatibility: Nikon DSLR cameras (i‑TTL, Nikon CLS)
- Guide number: 60 (ISO 100 200mm)
- Flash exposure compensation (FEC) / Flash exposure bracketing FEB: 1/3 steps (±3 stops)
- Synchronization: high speed up to 1/8000s, front and rear curtains
- Wireless technologies: Nikon Creative Lighting System (Nikon CLS), Godox X1 TTL
- Wireless features: master, slave
- Supported channels: Optical 1–4, Radio 2.4GHz 1–32
- Optical sync: S1, S2
- Flash mode: i‑TTL/M/Multi
- Manual power adjustment mode: 1/128 — 1/1 power output (1/3 steps)
- Reflector zoom: 20–200mm (14mm with diffuser) automatic and manual
- Head rotation: ‑180…180 horizontally and ‑7…90 vertically
- Flash duration: 1/300 — 1/20000 sec
- Colorful temperature: 5600+200K
- Charge time: up to 1.5sec
- Connectors: 3.5mm external sync, MicroUSB port for firmware upgrade
- Nutrition: 11.1V 2000mAh lithium polymer battery
- Number of full power pulses from the battery: 650
- Dimensions: 76x64x190mm
- Weight (without battery): 430g
- Weight (with battery): 540g
Package Contents Godox Ving V860II iTTL Nikon
Pay attention to the upper right corner of the front of the box? Where it says KIT. Yes, Godox V860II flash units (like Godox V850II) are sold immediately as a set:
In addition to the flash itself, the package includes:
- stand for mounting on a horizontal surface or on a tripod
- battery Godox VB18
- charger Godox VC18
- power cable with USPlug plug (flat pins) and figure eight
- Godox Ving V860IIN flash manual
- Warranty card for flash Godox Ving V860IIN
- Godox VC18 charger manual
- quality control pass card
Let’s take a look at some of the items in the box and start with the VC18 charger.
The charger is small, approximately 97x63x28mm in size, at the ends it has connectors for connecting the mains supply and connecting the optional VV-18 car adapter for charging from the cigarette lighter.
All sorts of warnings and footnotes are written on top, and there is a slot for installing a VB-18 battery
Well, on the reverse side, between two rubber legs, covered with films from the factory, the characteristics are written:
- input: 100–240V AC 50–60Hz
- output: 12.6VDC 0.85A
A fully discharged Godox VB-18 battery charges in just under three hours. Considering that it is practically impossible to discharge it in three hours, because for this you need to do about 200 full-power pulses per hour, or more than three full per minute. And in this case, you are more likely to have the flash go into protection against overheating than you will drain the battery. And yes, there is overheating protection in Godox V8660II, as well as in Godox TT685.
By the way, about the battery:
The dimensions of the Godox VB-18 battery are approximately 58x55x23mm, voltage 11.1V, declared capacity 2000mAh, 22Wh.
There is nothing interesting on the back of the battery, only an arrow.
Appearance Godox Ving V860II iTTL Nikon
The Godox V860II flash has a traditional appearance.
Of course, there is also a white card and a wide-angle diffuser.
On the left side under the rubber plug there are connectors:
- for connecting Godox FT16S receivers
- MicroUSB port for firmware updates
- cable external sync connector
And on the right — a compartment not for four batteries or AA batteries, but for li-ion polymer battery VB-18.And this is the first of the important differences between V860II and TT685.
Moreover, please note that due to the two beveled corners, the VB-18 battery cannot be installed on the other side. And there is also a battery latch that does not allow the battery to fall out even with the battery cover open. Well, when you lightly press this white lever with your finger, the battery is pushed out of the compartment by a spring located deep in the battery compartment of the Godox V860II flash.
On the hot shoe there are additional contacts for the Nikon system and a fixing nut. And here connector for connecting external high-voltage power next to the hot shoe — no. This is the second major difference between TT685 and V860II.
Otherwise, as for the controls, and as for working on the camera, and in master (master, leading) or slave (slave, slave) modes, in the Nikon Creative Lighting System (CLS) and the Godox X1 universal radio synchronization system (with support for TTL and FP / HSS) — the Godox V860II flash is completely analogous to the Godox TT685 flash, so, in order not to repeat myself, I recommend reading the corresponding description of the Godox TT685 flash in my review, because the only difference is that the Godox V860II displays the current battery level in the upper right corner:
Results and conclusions
Overall, I am satisfied with my set of three Godox V860II flashes and Godox X1T‑N transmitter. Everything works correctly with my Nikon D80 and as an on-camera, with reportage shooting, as well as in master (master) and slave modes (slave) in Nikon Creative Lighting System (Nikon CLS) and Godox X1 universal radio synchronization system.
In addition, Godox VB-18 li-ion batteries are easier to charge, their capacity, in terms of a full pulse, is more than three sets of AA eneloop and almost like three sets of AA eneloop pro. They also recharge flashes faster.
You can evaluate it in this short video, which compares the recharge time of Godox TT685 (Flashpoint Zoom R2 TTL) on new Panasonic Eneloop after Break-In cycle in MC3000 Universal Charger and Godox V860II (Flashpoint Zoom Li-on R2 TTL) with li-ion battery VB-18:
As for the cost and resource of the Godox VB-18 battery, they are similar in capacity (in terms of the number of impulses) Eneloop kits will cost almost the same amount as buying a new Godox VB-18 battery separately. And they will have about the same resource.
In the spring, I gave one of my Godox VB-18 flashes to a friend of the wedding, and when he shot the entire wedding day on one battery charge, and part of the charge was still left. After that, he ordered himself the same flash.
So if you shoot with flash not much and not often, and for shooting you only need one, maximum two sets of AA batteries, Godox V860II may not be for you. But if you shoot like me, a lot and often, and two sets of AA batteries for a flash may not be enough for you. Or the flash recycle time is a critical parameter for you, then buy the V860II.
By the way, Godox flashes are also sold under the FlashPoint brand, for example on Amazon and Adorama, here is a list of matches:
- Godox TT600 Flashpoint Zoom R2 Manual
- Godox V850II — Flashpoint Zoom Li-on R2 Manual
- Godox TT685 — Flashpoint Zoom R2 TTL
- Godox V860II — Flashpoint Zoom Li-on R2 TTL
And you can purchase the Godox V860II flash from Gearbest using coupon code V860IIN1 for $126.99.
PS Well, you can additionally save on purchases in Gearbest and other online stores or online sites using cashback services. I use ePN Cashback and Letyshops, depending on where at the time of purchase there are more favorable conditions, both of these services, in addition to constant cashback rates, often arrange various promotions and allow you to apply promotional codes that increase the percentage of cashback.