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Bowens Pulsar Radio Trigger Card Set

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  • For Gemini R and Gemini Pro

This Bowens Pulsar Radio Trigger Card Set represents another step forward for remote control triggering of flash units--instead of the usual radio receiver temporarily attached to the outside of your monolight, this card plugs into a slot designed for it on the Gemini R or Gemini Pro monolight, creating a more secure connection. Fit the included antenna into the socket provided on the monolight, and you've got remote control (up to 300' away) using the Pulsar radio trigger system.

Dimensions 1.25 x 1.5 x 0.375" (3.17 x 3.81 x 0.95 cm)
Weight 0.3 oz (8.5 g)
Range 300' (91.44 m)
Batteries None required
Antenna Length: 3.25" (8.25 cm)
Frequency 433MHz
Bowens Pulsar Radio Trigger Card Set
  • Pulsar Radio Trigger Card
  • Antenna for Gemini Unit
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    BowensPulsar Radio Trigger Card Set
     
    4.4

    (based on 12 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    92%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (5)
    • Good power output (5)
    • Attaches securely (4)
    • Lightweight (4)
    • Long-lasting (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors (9)
      • General purpose (7)
      • Night time (7)
      • Outdoor events / games (6)
      • Outdoors (6)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (5), Semi-pro photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (10)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great Accessory to Simply My Shoot Setup

      I accidentally first posted my review under the PocketWizard version, but I actually use this -- the Pulsar version.

      I read the other review before, and I sympathize with the...Read complete review

      I accidentally first posted my review under the PocketWizard version, but I actually use this -- the Pulsar version.

      I read the other review before, and I sympathize with the user.

      When I bought my first Pulsar card, I too had issues. However, after emailing Bowens (who responded virtually immediately), I realized I had my Transceiver switched to "ALL CHANNELS" when I programmed my lights.

      As a result, my Pulsar Trigger Card was never was never programmed correctly.

      Make sure you set your Bowens Pulsar Transceiver to Channel 1, Channel 2, Channel 3 or Channel 4 (whichever you choose), when programming, and the card will work great.

      Since reprogramming my card, it's worked with zero glitches, so I went back to B&H and bought another one a few weeks back.

      The new card, however, is an updated design.

      According to the new packaging, it now operates at 433 Mhz, and the bottom of the card as a knob making it much easier to pull out of your monolight, should you ever need to move it to another light.

      What I love so much about Pulsar Trigger Cards is that I no longer have to plug a sync cable into my lights to a separate receiver/transceiver, thereby reducing my setup time.

      My lights are ready to go the moment I turn them on, every time.

      I'm sure any photographer reading this will agree with me that anything to simply a shoot is a plus.

      As far as my equipment goes, I currently use a Pulsar Transceiver with Pulsar Trigger Cards in Gemini 500 Pro and Gemini 750 Pro monolights.

      I use these both in studio setups and on location, primarily for editorial work and recommend these without reservation.

      For you PocketWizard users reading this, they make a version to work with PocketWizard as well.

      Happy shooting!

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Wouldn't recommend at all!!

      I expected a lot more from these trigger cards from Bowens. I have years working with Bowens equipment, and before I got new set of equipment and these Pulsar Radio Trigger Cards I used...Read complete review

      I expected a lot more from these trigger cards from Bowens. I have years working with Bowens equipment, and before I got new set of equipment and these Pulsar Radio Trigger Cards I used the Slave Transceivers. I was expecting these cards where gonna be much more reliable and easy to use, but the truth is they su*k! The signal reception is terrible and the constantly fail to trigger. The way to establish communication between the card and the transceiver is also pretty bad. I've used them on studio and on location.

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      4.0

      Simple to set up, great working distance

      By In Studio

      from Michigan City, IN

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors

          Comments about Bowens Pulsar Radio Trigger Card Set:

          Once you understand how to get the card to "learn" the transmitter the set up is simple. You can have different lights on different channels and then use channel 0 to combine them all.

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          • No

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          5.0

          It works, what else can I say?

          By Army Squint

          from Woodbridge, VA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Works

          Cons

          • Bit Over Priced I Think

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Indoors
          • Night Time
          • Portraits

          Comments about Bowens Pulsar Radio Trigger Card Set:

          I purchased this for the second strobe in a 2 light Bowens kit I purchased. I haven't tested them as far as how far away can I be and they still fire, but I have had them hidden behind walls and other objects and they work just fine. I like the idea of being able to replace this if it goes bad compared to the option of having it hard wired into the strobe. For the money I'm very happy with this and my Bowens lights.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Must Have Upgrade

          By oopwah

          from Statesville, NC

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          See all my reviews

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Securely
          • Durable
          • Lightweight
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Indoors
            • Low Light
            • Night Time
            • Outdoors
            • Portraits
            • Special Events

            Comments about Bowens Pulsar Radio Trigger Card Set:

            These wonderful little cards are pricy but worth it in convenience. I used Cactus remote triggers before which worked well but it was just another thing to plug up and set up on location. With the cards , a couple of min. to install and set up and you are finished. Time saved and no bad cable connection to worry with.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Good product

            By Cris

            from Fort Collins, CO

            Verified Buyer

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              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Bowens Pulsar Radio Trigger Card Set:

                  Works great with my Bowens lights!

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Simple and works well

                  By Frank

                  from Montreal, Qc

                  About Me Photography Student

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Securely
                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Long-Lasting

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Indoors
                    • Low Light
                    • Night Time
                    • Outdoors
                    • Portraits
                    • Special Events

                    Comments about Bowens Pulsar Radio Trigger Card Set:

                    Just put these cards in my Gemini lights and the've been working perfectly, just important to wait that 10s boot up time after programming, and everything just works! Highly recommended!

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Absolutely Love it.

                    By Tim Ward

                    from Beaverton, OR

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Securely
                    • Lightweight
                    • Long-Lasting
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors
                      • Low Light
                      • Night Time
                      • Outdoors
                      • Portraits
                      • Special Events

                      Comments about Bowens Pulsar Radio Trigger Card Set:

                      I"m a pro wedding photographer... I use Bowens 400&500Watt monolights.. and nothing sucks more than Uncle-Bob or Grandma Judy triggering my strobes with their pocketcamera flashes. Putting one of these recievers in each light ensures only I trigger the lights and no one else. They so far work flawlessly... couldn't be happier....

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Accurate and Reliable

                      By JoeBlow

                      from California

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Bowens Pulsar Radio Trigger Card Set:

                            This trigger card system performs accurately and reliably.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            5.0

                            wonderful product

                            By Darren

                            from China,Maine

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Securely
                            • Durable
                            • Lightweight
                            • Long-Lasting
                            • Powerful

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use
                              • Indoors
                              • Low Light
                              • Night Time
                              • Outdoors
                              • Portraits
                              • Special Events

                              Comments about Bowens Pulsar Radio Trigger Card Set:

                              I use these to trigger my new light set

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Good Gear

                              By Maso

                              from Australia

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attach Securely
                              • Durable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use
                                • Indoors
                                • Night Time
                                • Special Events

                                Comments about Bowens Pulsar Radio Trigger Card Set:

                                Only new at this but so far its great

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                3.0

                                Strange: difficult to insert

                                By Daniel Machete

                                from Monterrey, México

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Powerful

                                Cons

                                • Difficult to insert

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use
                                • Indoors
                                • Low Light
                                • Night Time
                                • Outdoors
                                • Special Events
                                • Studio

                                Comments about Bowens Pulsar Radio Trigger Card Set:

                                Difficult to insert in Bowens Gemini 500 pro

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • Yes

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                                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Great Accessory to Simply My Shoot Setup

                                By Davey

                                from Brooklyn, NY

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy to Use
                                • Powerful
                                • Reduces setup time

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • General Use
                                  • Indoors
                                  • Location Work
                                  • Outdoors
                                  • Studio

                                  Comments about Bowens Pulsar Radio Trigger Card Set:

                                  I accidentally first posted my review under the PocketWizard version, but I actually use this -- the Pulsar version.

                                  I read the other review before, and I sympathize with the user.

                                  When I bought my first Pulsar card, I too had issues. However, after emailing Bowens (who responded virtually immediately), I realized I had my Transceiver switched to "ALL CHANNELS" when I programmed my lights.

                                  As a result, my Pulsar Trigger Card was never was never programmed correctly.

                                  Make sure you set your Bowens Pulsar Transceiver to Channel 1, Channel 2, Channel 3 or Channel 4 (whichever you choose), when programming, and the card will work great.

                                  Since reprogramming my card, it's worked with zero glitches, so I went back to B&H and bought another one a few weeks back.

                                  The new card, however, is an updated design.

                                  According to the new packaging, it now operates at 433 Mhz, and the bottom of the card as a knob making it much easier to pull out of your monolight, should you ever need to move it to another light.

                                  What I love so much about Pulsar Trigger Cards is that I no longer have to plug a sync cable into my lights to a separate receiver/transceiver, thereby reducing my setup time.

                                  My lights are ready to go the moment I turn them on, every time.

                                  I'm sure any photographer reading this will agree with me that anything to simply a shoot is a plus.

                                  As far as my equipment goes, I currently use a Pulsar Transceiver with Pulsar Trigger Cards in Gemini 500 Pro and Gemini 750 Pro monolights.

                                  I use these both in studio setups and on location, primarily for editorial work and recommend these without reservation.

                                  For you PocketWizard users reading this, they make a version to work with PocketWizard as well.

                                  Happy shooting!

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

                                  Share this review

                                  (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  1.0

                                  Wouldn't recommend at all!!

                                  By HNRR

                                  from Miami, FL

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Reviewer

                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                    • Weak

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Bowens Pulsar Radio Trigger Card Set:

                                      I expected a lot more from these trigger cards from Bowens. I have years working with Bowens equipment, and before I got new set of equipment and these Pulsar Radio Trigger Cards I used the Slave Transceivers. I was expecting these cards where gonna be much more reliable and easy to use, but the truth is they su*k! The signal reception is terrible and the constantly fail to trigger. The way to establish communication between the card and the transceiver is also pretty bad. I've used them on studio and on location.

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