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Bowens Pulsar Radio Slave Tranceiver - includes: PC Cord, Mounting Plate, Jack Adapter, Batteries

B&H # BORSP Mfr # BW-5150
No Longer Available

This is a 4-channel radio slave tranceiver with accessories, designed for use with Bowens or other monolights or AC Strobe power packs.

Radio slaves are more dependable than infared, or optical slaves. They operate on specific radio frequencies that are more immune to interference and failure. An additional studio slide-switch provides additional protection from other photographers' triggering of radio slaves.

This is a tranceiver, which may be used as a transmitter, or receiver, by flicking a switch. Order a second transceiver, for complete control from camera to flash. Includes AAA batteries.

Low (3V) triggering voltage protects a camera's delicate circuitry.
Built-in hot shoe and PC connection terminals...No additional accessories to buy.
300 + ft range, around corners, through walls -- not affected by high ambient light conditions.
Test button assures you all flash heads are working, without taking a photo.
Sync cord, plug adapter and mounting strap eases use with almost any strobe or camera.
Dimensions 1.9 x 3.0 x 3.5" (47 x 75 x 90mm) WxHxD
[including antenna]
Weight 0.14 lb (65 g) [without batteries]
Bowens Pulsar Radio Slave Tranceiver - includes: PC Cord, Mounting Plate, Jack Adapter, Batteries
  • 1- Universal mounting plate with elastic
  • 1- Coiled PC cord
  • 1- 1/4" to 3.5 mm Jack adapter
  • 2- AAA batteries
  • 2 Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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    BowensPulsar Radio Slave Tranceiver
     
    4.5

    (based on 27 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (15)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (11)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

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    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (21)
    • Reliable (18)
    • Easy to use (16)
    • Durable (7)
    • Packs small / compresses (7)

    Cons

    • Heavy / bulky (3)

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (9)
    • Studio (8)
    • Family photos (5)
    • Photography (5)
    • Weddings (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (14)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (8), Professional (7), Semi-pro photographer (6), Semi-professional (5)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Bowens Tranceirer Review

    I puchased 3 of these units to use with a Bowens monolight kit to ensure there were no false flashes due to other flash-using photographers.

    The units had the features I wanted including...Read complete review

    I puchased 3 of these units to use with a Bowens monolight kit to ensure there were no false flashes due to other flash-using photographers.

    The units had the features I wanted including multi-channel capability, compatibility with the monolight kit, compactness, ease of use, the ability to use them interchangeably as strobe firing receivers or as a transmitter on a camera, and the use of AAA batteries for power.

    In early use, one of the three units had a tendency to infrequently not fire a flash when commanded by the unit acting as a transmitter. This appeared to be caused by a flash trigger port on that unit that did not fit the cord as snugly as the other two units. I now use this unit as the camera transmitter and all units have worked without any problems since.

    Note: Since the change-out corrected the problem I was experiencing, I did not contact the manufacturer or B&H for resolution.

    I have used these units with Nikon D300 and D80 cameras without further incident. When I expand my monlight kit in the future I will very likely purchase another of these units for the new light.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Triggers itself, fails to fire flash

    I purchased 3 of these radio slaves about 3-years ago. I use them for event photography and to fire off my two strobe lights. Sometimes they will trigger the flashes unexpectadly or sometimes...Read complete review

    I purchased 3 of these radio slaves about 3-years ago. I use them for event photography and to fire off my two strobe lights. Sometimes they will trigger the flashes unexpectadly or sometimes they fail to trigger the flash when I trip the shutter on my camera.
    I photographed a function recently and the radio slaves would not work even after I replaced all of the batteries. I had to resort to using a sync cord from my camera to my strobe. This was a nuisance because I nearly tripped over the cord several times. When I got home I tried them, and off course, they worked.

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    5.0

    Definitely worth the money!

    By Rich

    from Youngstown, OH

    About Me Semi-Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape Photography
      • Portraits
      • Studio
      • Traveling

      Comments about Bowens Pulsar Radio Slave Tranceiver:

      Fires everytime & range is awesome! I tested it when I opened them up. Set up lights inside then went outside on other side of my neighbors house approx. 30 yards away & they fired every time!

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      5.0

      Great Product

      By jwb imagery

      from Hot Springs, AR

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Indoors
        • Portraits

        Comments about Bowens Pulsar Radio Slave Tranceiver:

        Is doing everything I want of it.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Works the first time

        By RonH

        from Shoreview MN

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Bowens Pulsar Radio Slave Tranceiver:

              This is the 4th unit I now own. I'm using them on my two Nikon's to trigger my studio lights plus now I have them acting as receivers on my three SB flash units in additon to the one sender on my camera. It's great being able to switch them into a receiver or sender mode. Also the all channel features makes setting up quick and easy.

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              5.0

              Great expierence

              By gehman

              from Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                • NONE

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Bowens Pulsar Radio Slave Tranceiver:

                  Great price, and fast delivery complete with tracking info. Have used B&H before and will continue to use and recommend in the future.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  So far so good

                  By Petra

                  from Mexico DF

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attach Securely
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors

                    Comments about Bowens Pulsar Radio Slave Tranceiver:

                    They have worked just perfect. I was a little afraid of buying this product after reading the comments. Then i worked with 4 pieces of the pulsar radio slave for 5 days in a raw, 10 hours per day, and they never let me down. Not even once.
                    Hope everything keeps this way for years!
                    I would let you know.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Radio slave

                    By Jmartistry

                    from Manteca CA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Cheaper with no problems
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                    • Need cords for flash

                    Best Uses

                    • Models on locaton

                    Comments about Bowens Pulsar Radio Slave Tranceiver:

                    i use this to fire my 580ex you need an adapter cord that you can get from bh product #immhsf1pw it works great no ettl but the manuel is great

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Reliable and affordable

                    By cgarciadgi

                    from Ecuador

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Pack
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Reliable
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Profesional photography

                      Comments about Bowens Pulsar Radio Slave Tranceiver:

                      I use this triggers on location and studio, really reliable I´m now confident that I will not miss that great shoot.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great design

                      By Henk

                      from South Africa

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Pack
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Portrait

                        Comments about Bowens Pulsar Radio Slave Tranceiver:

                        Great for portrait shooting. Ideal for portrait photography

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                        • No

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                        3.0

                        Triggers itself, fails to fire flash

                        By Mate

                        from Virginia

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Unreliable

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Bowens Pulsar Radio Slave Tranceiver:

                        I purchased 3 of these radio slaves about 3-years ago. I use them for event photography and to fire off my two strobe lights. Sometimes they will trigger the flashes unexpectadly or sometimes they fail to trigger the flash when I trip the shutter on my camera.
                        I photographed a function recently and the radio slaves would not work even after I replaced all of the batteries. I had to resort to using a sync cord from my camera to my strobe. This was a nuisance because I nearly tripped over the cord several times. When I got home I tried them, and off course, they worked.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Awesome

                        By Maz

                        from Australia

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Pack
                        • Easy to Use

                        Cons

                        • Bulky

                        Best Uses

                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about Bowens Pulsar Radio Slave Tranceiver:

                        It has complete my radio TRNX set,I used it on my studio lights,my flash,all worked perfect,love it

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Great bit of gear

                        By Maso

                        from Australia

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Pack
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Bowens Pulsar Radio Slave Tranceiver:

                          Only just begun to use but so far no probs

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          The best option: quality & price

                          By Daniel Machete

                          from Monterrey, México

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Pack
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Location
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Studio
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Bowens Pulsar Radio Slave Tranceiver:

                            Powerful transceiver, easy to use, all purpose to triggering in studio, outdoors and other locations, short and long distances. You need an Pulsar Trigger Insert Card in one of the Bowens Gemini and the other flash-head you must to use like "slave" option "cell".

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • Yes

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                            5.0

                            Very Reliable & Dependable

                            By Photos by LDB

                            from Baltimore, MD

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Reliable
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Weddings/Events
                              • Wildlife Photos

                              Comments about Bowens Pulsar Radio Slave Tranceiver:

                              This product is very reliable. prior to owning this i always was concerned if the flashes went off, so i was focused on the equipment not the creative process. Now i focus on the creative process and the Pulsar radio units take care of the technical part. First time every time. It shows in my work.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Fabulous -- I love it!

                              By Live & Laugh Photography

                              from Nevada

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Pack
                              • Easy to Use
                              • Lightweight
                              • Reliable
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Family Photos
                                • Studio Photography

                                Comments about Bowens Pulsar Radio Slave Tranceiver:

                                I use this to sync wirelessly between my Nikon D300S and my Bowens Gemini 500 lights. My set of 2 does the job fabulously from whatever angle I happen to be at, no matter what is in the way. Love it!

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                                • No

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                                4.0

                                Good Value

                                By Pablosnaps

                                from San Diego, CA

                                About Me Professional

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                • Bulky

                                Best Uses

                                • Portraits
                                • Studio
                                • Traveling

                                Comments about Bowens Pulsar Radio Slave Tranceiver:

                                These units are dependable and easy to use. The only thing I don't like about them is the stubby antenna. It sticks out in a way that makes the item cumbersome to pack. Instead of just being able to put 3 or 4 in a lens compartment of your camera bag you'll have to get an extra case just to protect that stubby little antenna. It's also unfortunate that a hot shoe isn't included in the design. If they got rid of the antenna and added a hot shoe it would be perfect!

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                                • No

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                                4.0

                                Works Flawlessly!!

                                By Craig with CBImage

                                from Minneapolis, MN

                                About Me Semi-Professional

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                • Bulky

                                Best Uses

                                • Home
                                • Portraits
                                • Studio
                                • Traveling

                                Comments about Bowens Pulsar Radio Slave Tranceiver:

                                I recently purchased a Bowens Pulsar transceiver and I love it. The product works exactly as it should and set up is incredibly easy! I would recommend this product to virtually anyone.

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                                5.0

                                Reliable for the most demanding shoots

                                By Kelvin Chong

                                from Perth, Western Australia

                                About Me Professional

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Portraits
                                  • Studio

                                  Comments about Bowens Pulsar Radio Slave Tranceiver:

                                  I've been using the bowens pulsar triggers for years at my studio. They work a treat, very reliable and last forever!

                                  However, when they aren't taken care of, the plastic at the base tends to break too easily and the batteries fall out. Which is why we'll be taking more care of our new ones.

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                                  4.0

                                  Great Product

                                  By PhotoRandy

                                  from Shelby, Ohio

                                  About Me Semi-Professional

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Reliable

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Portraits
                                    • Studio

                                    Comments about Bowens Pulsar Radio Slave Tranceiver:

                                    I use the Pulsar radio slave with my studio lights. I have been tethered by a cord for so long, it was a tremendous step up for me. The Pulsar's are easy to use, and allow me to roam anywhere int he room and still have control over my lights. No more worrying about someone else tripping my strobe with their camera flash. Great product, I'm glad I spent the money.

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                                    5.0

                                    I would buy this product again and again

                                    By RMRJ

                                    from Rialto,CA

                                    About Me Semi-Professional

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Home
                                      • Portraits
                                      • Studio

                                      Comments about Bowens Pulsar Radio Slave Tranceiver:

                                      This is an excellent product. I have not used every feature, but this product definately serves its purpose ..... I recommend this product ....

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                                      4.0

                                      Good so far.

                                      By Roar

                                      from Breckenridge, CO

                                      About Me Semi-Professional

                                      Verified Reviewer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Reliable

                                      Cons

                                      • Weak construction

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Action Photography
                                      • Night photography
                                      • Portraits
                                      • Sports Photography

                                      Comments about Bowens Pulsar Radio Slave Tranceiver:

                                      This is the first product of its kind that I've used and so far so good. I took these babies out last night for some test shots and so far I've had no problems.
                                      I'm still wondering how they will work in extreme cold weather. No mis fires so far. And they were easy to set up. The only thing I could comment on as for now is the housing. They don't seem fragile but they also don't look very durable. I'll update once I've used them for a while.

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