This “super affordable” basic manual flash appears to be a rebranded version of the Godox VT560 or very similar. It doesn’t have TTL metering, high speed sync or any form of wireless communication but for this price who can really expect it. It has an optical slave function (S1) which triggers when other flashes go off nearby which is useful but to get the most out of this flashgun you’ll need to invest in a basic wireless trigger to get it off-camera (a pair of Yongnuo RF-603C should do the job).
Due to it’s limited number of functions it’s really easy to use and perfect for sticking in a soft box and using it in an indoor studio. Although it’s cheap and cheerful it still delivers a surprisingly powerful flash capable of holding it’s own against more expensive models.
One drawback is that it does tend to overheat quickly if you’re shooting continuously on full power so if possible try to keep the power setting to 1/4 power or below if rapidly firing off shots. At this price if you need the extra power then just buy another speedlite … or two and stick them together – the perfect solution to filling a large soft box or umbrella with beautiful even light. Using the AmazonBasics flash at full power is ok as long as you leave a bit of a time between shots. Introduced December 2016.