Nanlite has also today announced the new Nanlite PavoTube II 15C and 30C RGBWW LED tube lights. These replace the original PavoTube 15C and 30C and add to the PavoTube II 15X and 30X RGB LED tube lights announced way back in October of 2021. What’s the difference between X and C? Well, we’ll get into that a little further down below, but the two new PavoTube II lights offer some nice improvements over the originals.
The new PavoTube II 15C and 30C offer white balance adjustment from 2500-7500K with green/magenta adjustment as well as full RGB control, AC and DC power, onboard controls, smartphone app control and wired DMX. The new second-generation lights also offer improved internal diffusion to create a more seamless look on-camera and provide a smoother, cleaner light when lighting subjects from out-of-frame.
The Nanlite PavoTube II 15C and 30C are 2ft (60cm) and 4ft (120cm) long, respectively. The main difference between the new PavoTube II C series of lights and the PavoTube II X series of lights released in October 2021 appears to be the mounting options. The PavoTube II X series features 1/4-20″ mounting sockets directly on the light fixture itself while the PavoTube II C series offers better support options for suspending your lights from objects and structures with steel wires.
A clip-on adapter is included with the PavoTube II 15C and 30C that adds a couple of 1/4-20″ sockets and provides you with more mounting options, and other clip mounts with 1/4-20″ sockets are also available for ganging multiple tubes together parallel to each other. But the mounting possibilities are still a little different between the C and X series lights. A clip-on adapter is included that does add a couple of 1/4-20″ mounts to the light, although it looks best suited to mounting lights pretty close to vertical rather than having them running horizontally and just mounted at one end of the light.
Both of the new PavoTube II 15C and 30C tube lights have more light output than their original PavoTube predecessors with a wider colour temperature range and fine adjustment. They’re designed to let you shoot both photos and video without technical issues of light flickering or dim output becoming an issue. They feature built in 2.4Ghz modules with Bluetooth for remote control with the Nanlink app or wired DMX control (with a separately available adapter cable) through a socket at the end of the light.
The PavoTube II 15C and 30C both feature built-in 14.8-volt batteries with 2200mAh and 4400mAh capacity, respectively. These provide up to 2 hours of continuous use at 100% for the 15C or up to 2.5 hours for the 30C. This run time can be extended to up to 14 hours for the 15C or 29 hours for the 30C at lower power levels. Power can also be provided through a 15V DC barrel jack input on one end of the light or through USB Power Delivery over the Type-C socket.
As tube lights, the PavoTube II 15C and 30C are lightweight and portable, designed to be used on location. The 2ft long 15C weighs only 1.9lb while the longer 4ft PavoTube II 30C weighs around 3lb. If you’re carrying a bunch of them, sure, it adds up real quick, but as far as suspending these from sets and other supports, they shouldn’t put much stress on them if you’re only mounting one or two.
But, they both look to put out a decent amount of light, with an array of colour and control options that should provide you with a lot of versatility when lighting your set. This versatility also includes 15 pre-programmed and customisable effects modes that you can even save as presets and recall at will from within Nanlite’s Nanlink app for iOS and Android smartphones.