Hensel has announced the development of a new series of portable, modular TTL monolights. The Hensel Foris system should change the game -- HyperSync, dual power (lithium or AC) and WiFi control, is planned for release in mid-2017. The will feature a powerful (by comparison to other lithium powered lights) 40-watt LED modeling lamp suitable for video use as well.
While the feature set is not entirely new -- There are plenty of Profoto B1-like battery-powered monolights on the market nowadays, with many of them having come this year (2016). New entries like the Broncolor Siros 400L/800L, Godox AD600/Flashpoint XPLOR-600, Priolite, and Baja B4 and B6 all carry many of the same features as the Profotos, and at a more attractive price.
Adorama has recently added an AC Adapter to its XPLOR-600 (similar to the Godox AD600) battery powered monolight. Both of which are also capable of HSS and TTL. This feels like it'll be the defining feature for these types of flashes. For the past few years, Profoto B1 users (ourselves included) have been waiting for an AC adapter for the B1's to allow use in-studio and not have to worry about battery power or having a bunch of spares on hand, which can get expensive. This likely will not happen with the Profotos -- as they are fully aware that adding such a feature would certainly cannibalize sales of the D1/D2 monolights, even though there is not 1000ws option available for the B1's.
Hensel has also called the Foris a "true hybrid", meaning that there are dedicated "energy modules" to provide the correct amount and type of power, whether the unit is hooked up to AC or is running on lithium battery power.
The Foris can position itself among the top brands for build quality, consistency and reliability, as they are a well-known European lighting manufacturer so as to carry prestige among photographers, and we expect these to do extremely well once released. Below is a quote from Hensel regarding the Foris' build quality:
“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 extent, and all components are designed for highest quality and longevity. The design by a renowned industrial designer is straightforward and has no unnecessary elements that could hinder users in doing their job.”
Read more about the Hensel Foris in the official press release here.