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Single Black Box  -  Basic Unit 
•  Includes ONE SINGLE BLACK BOX  (2018)
•  Complete with two din ports and the  World Wide Euro Charger. 
•  Two upgrading of cables that you supply and pay for from B&H or Adorama 
You order them, drop ship to me and the completed order is sent out.   Or, I can furnish them insuring faster delivery times, add 60.00 for one Quantum cable, 120.00 for two to the order and I’ll order it for you. (they go from the box itself into the flash via the special module) .  

Includes Domestic Shipping /$200.00
Most International Shipping/ $265.00  Insurance add/ $10.00   
Cables 60.00 each If I order them for you includes the modified cable and shipping at time of order.

Black Box Combo - Two Black Boxes 

•  Two Complete Units - It comes with Two Black Box’s, (2018) 
•  Complete with four usable ports and Two World Wide Euro Chargers. 
•  It includes the 
UPGRADING of up to four cables you supply from the box to the flash.  If you want me to order the cables, they are 60.00 per cable.

CONUS Domestic Shipping/ $385.00 Includes Hawaii
Most International Shipping / is $65.00 More Via USPS-Insurance add  $16.00
Cables 60.00 each If I order them for you,  includes the modified cable and shipping at time of order. 

Black Box Upgraded To 2019 Standards  (Any Year Black Box)

 SPECIAL $65.00 PLUS RETURN POSTAGE. (13.65 USPS)       

•   Total Disassembly of entire unit, with some alterations as needed.
Even change the rivets sometimes, and rebuild it with the 2018 schematic. 
•   Clean and polish the case within reason, fix a few dents, dings, cracks, and basically try to make it as good as new.
•   We do remove old decals and clean case as best.  
•   Cases may be sanded, polished or cosmetically enhanced as well as can be.
•   Fittings - D rings replaced as needed. New rivets.
•   Back Tab reinstalled and rivets drilled out, removed and reset. As needed.
•   2nd DIN added and RCA removed, two matching Dins Installed in 2018 configuration.
•   All new RoHS high capacity fireproof wiring installed. (Airline proof) hand soldered, all insulated, no connectors
•   RED CAP the DIN PLUGS for the airlines
•   Charger is checked and cable upgraded if needed with connectors and DIN plug.
•   Flash cables checked, fixed free, upgraded, cleaned of heat and corrosion, retested and field checked.
•   New battery installed and tested.
Usually a one day turnaround, complete upgrades average about 65.00 as a worst case scenario
   Inspections and checkups are free, I only charge for shipping.  No fees for diagnostics (Quantum does charge)  No minimum fees, except the Post Office, and most repairs are back to you within a week.



I Ship United States Postal Service Priority Mail, Period

They allow shipping six days a week including Saturday and allow me on rush orders drops on Sunday at the airport which leaves after midnight.  And I’m even getting shipments on Sundays now.

PRIMARY - I prefer for you to use USPS PRIORITY MAIL.  No signature needed. I have a secure location.
SECONDARY - UPS packages secondary.  

My mail person knows me and has a passkey and is in touch every day.   Sometimes the FEDEX, DHL and other carriers not familiar with my name or the Condo I live in will leave a package at the base of the elevator insecure.    I have a discreet drop box at my condo so if the stuff is addressed right it gets here even if I am not. In fifty years of shipping, not looking to jinx myself, the US mail has served me well.  

Do not ask for a signature card, it will signature record free when dropped to me electronically to my safe box because of a tracking code I use.

Priority mail has the best rate and record for two to three day delivery for what I ship and Priority mail is fast, trackable and is free insured to 50.00.  The USPS also offers lower fixed rate fees on 5-20 pound weighted products and this saves my customers money.  

We use zip locks, regular newspaper as the filler and no wrapping paper. Our hot glue seal packaging prevents theft and “slit grabbing”.

If sending a package, call or email first, let me know you are sending me something, when it’s expected and what’s wrong or if it’s just a routine safety check, which is free except for return postage.  Enclose a note specifically with the aforementioned information, correct address and phone numbers.

Enclose a check or money order,  PayPal for the return postage. Note: It's $13.80 for the return postage as we only use PRIORITY MAIL. Put your name on your gear with a sticker or business card.  Please enclose the charger and /or cable so we may test the whole system and include the module for the flash.   If you do, we'll check the cable, tighten things clean and polish the contacts at no charge. Then we’ll both sleep that night. 

No Peanut Warning - Please And This Is Important

More important - I am a cancer care-giver and peanuts are an affront to me and my patients and really dirty packaging will be refused. I cannot take the risk.  You will get the package back.  The contacts are covered with red caps as per shipping and airline regulations.  DO not throw them away, the airlines want to see them.  Then wrapped in newspaper for bump absorption.  I have over 4000 shipments over the 50 years and no problems so far, no missing packages, no breakdowns.

Take the email or a note of our discussion and stick it in the package with your address and phone numbers.  Again and I hate to be redundant, include your name address, the nature of the problem or work to be done and your phone numbers and email address.   Those that don’t enclose a note, I will let it lay till you figure out who you are and you contact me.

But  this year, surprisingly enough... we have good news!  Better Service to Canada and International Service with Priority Mail and better costs.  Less aggravation with customs and quicker service.  

We Have To Know What Flash You Are Using

Each brand of flash and even different models of the brand might have different battery layouts and thus different cables.  

See the “YOUR FLASH" CHARTS (on the page that has your flash brand or call me) for the most common off the shelf cables and to make sure you get the right Quantum cable for your flash.  

I am emphatic when I say order from Adorama, or B&H.  Other sources have been dumping all kinds of old used bad, crappy cables in the box and we had to send them back.  

These are not the only cables available. There are plenty of others, maybe 100’s over the time and even some of the Legacy units might be revived.  In addition I modify many of these all the time for some exotic, not as popular specific strobes. Call me, I welcome your questions.  An old flash in good condition makes a great hair, accent, fill light in manual mode on a stand or umbrella rig.

Instead of shipping to you and adding days and more postage to the deal, have Adorama, or B&H,  shipping send it direct to me. It's no charge, no insurance needed and no signature. I have a secure location and confidence in the system. (I feed and water the UPS, Fedex and Postal guys especially on those 94 degree days we have here)  It's bulletproof!  They enclose your name address, no credit card info on the shipper and I know whose it is. 

Non-Invasive Information

I need some basic information for shipping and tracking purposes, we also make custom cables, other  products, and for my records for follow up.  It is kept in the strictest confidence, what goes on here stays here just like Vegas.  Just list the items or services you want in the "message section" and we'll take it from there. We do not nag or bother you.

Also people call me with one name and then ship to me under another name, and the PayPal is yet another name and no phone numbers. I am not Carnac the Magician.  He retired so I can’t call him anymore.  

Please send the contact email with information for what you need or wish done after you send the PayPal so we may put the two together to form your personal work order:  Put a copy in the box.  

My email is  Just use one of the several formats below, you may email on the form, fax, copy, scan, cut and paste, scribble, type a letter, papyrus and squid ink, carrier pigeon, or chisel and hammer the info to me.  I need this to keep the workflow simple.

Payment To Al Jacobs And We Prefer Paypal

Why use PayPal?  It's a better idea for me and you. I do not wish to do business with five different credit card companies and PayPal is the safer, easier way to pay.  I also do not wish to know your credit card number, or your mothers maiden name, or what was the name of your first dog.  I like privacy and PayPal handles it well.