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AlienBees DB400 Flash Unit

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The AlienBees DB400 Flash Unit is the latest in the line of AlienBees strobes from Paul C. Buff, offering an even more compact unit than previous generations. Key features include:

  • Internally fan cooled

  • 160 Ws maximum flash output

  • All-digital controls with LCD display

  • Compatible with a wide range of PCB modifiers

Best of Both Worlds. The AlienBees DB400 Flash Unit takes the digital LCD and control layout from the Einstein E640, and the B400’s cost-friendly basic performance, and puts them in a housing that’s noticeably smaller than either.

Output Talk. Like previous generations, the DB400 offers 160 Ws maximum flash output, yet improves on performance with a seven f-stop range (full to 1/64 power) that’s adjustable in 1/10 f-stop increments. Full power recycle time has been reduced to one second.

Video Friendly. That’s not a typo. The DB400 uses an LED modeling light that outputs 400-watt equivalent daylight-balanced light (5600ºK) at 90 CRI. There’s even the option to disable flash function just in case you accidentally hit the test button.

Triggering and Build. There’s a 1/8-inch sync input with included 15-foot PC-sync cable for hard-wired triggering, optical secondary flash eye for wireless triggering from another strobe, and eight-pin port input for use with the CyberSync system. Don’t let its small footprint fool you; the DigiBee is a well-equipped workhorse with features like a high-impact polycarbonate housing, internal fan, and metal 5/8-inch stand mount.

Modifier Compatibility. The DB400 uses the standard Paul C. Buff mount, so all of our existing PCB modifiers are compatible. We include the standard 7-inch reflector that’s compatible with the optional AlienBees Honeycomb Grids. Additionally, the strobe offers a 3/8-inch umbrella mount that’s compatible with just about everything out there.

Q & A

  • Is the PocketWizard PowerMC2 compatible with the DB400?
    • The PocketWizard PowerMC2 is not compatible with the DB400 strobe unit. PocketWizard may eventually release a firmware upgrade adding compatibility, but we currently strongly discourage you from using the PowerMC2 with the DB800. You’ll be held responsible for any damages incurred from attempted PowerMC2 use.

  • Does this rental include a light stand?
    • This rental doesn’t include a light stand, but you may view rental options under Recommended on the left-hand side of this page.

  • Does this rental include an umbrella?
    • This rental doesn’t include an umbrella, but you may view rental options under the Recommended section on this page.

  • Brand

    Paul C. Buff


    (LxHxW) 5.25 in x 7.25 in x 4.75 inches

    Flash Duration

    1/1450 second (full power) | 1/1325 (min. power)

    Item Type


    Lighting Type

    Strobe Lighting

    Modeling Light

    400 W equivalent (75 W permanent LED bulb) / 6000 lumens

    Power Requirements

    120 VAC, 50-60 HZ

    Umbrella Mount

    Accepts umbrella rods up to 9mm


    2.5 lbs

    AlienBees DB400 Flash Unit

    Case - PCB DigiBee Carrying Bag

    Charger - 3 Prong Down-Angle Power Cord 15ft

    Strobe Trigger - PC to Mini 1/8" 15ft