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Impact PowerSync16 DC Radio Slave System

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Impact PowerSync16 DC Radio Slave System

Impact PowerSync16 DC Receiver Impact PowerSync16 Transmitter Impact PowerSync16 DC Radio Slave System

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Product Highlights

  • Radio Remote Control
  • Includes Transmitter, DC Receiver
  • Effective to 590' Indoors, 200' Outdoors
  • Sync Up to 1/250s
  • Transmitter Uses One 3V CR2450 Battery
  • Receiver Uses 2 AA Batteries (Included)
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You Pay: $149.99

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The Impact PowerSync16 DC Radio Slave System is designed for triggering flash units and cameras up to 590' (180 m) away indoors, or 200' (60 m) outdoors using the included battery-operated transmitter and receiver.

PowerSync16 has 16 digitally coded channels available so you can even work at events with other photographers without flash or radio interference. You can trigger as many flashes or cameras as you like from one transmitter, as long as they're all on the same frequency and have this PowerSync16 DC or optional AC receiver. Flash sync speeds of up to 1/250 second are possible with PowerSync16.

The transmitter operates on one 3V CR2450 battery, and the receiver uses 2x AA batteries (included). Included in the kit are a mini to mini cable, a mini to phono adapter, and a submini to pc cable. Impact offers a selection of other compatible sync cables and camera release cables as well. The PowerSync16 system is not designed to perform in TTL mode with flash units - camera and flash must be set to Manual Mode.

Kit Items
    PowerSync16 DC Receiver
  • Sync Cord
  • 3.5mm to 3.5mm Cable
  • 3.5mm to 1/4" Adapter
  • Adhesive-Backed Accessory Shoe (2-Pack)
  • Locking Adhesive-Backed Accessory Shoe
  • 2 x AA Battery
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty


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ImpactPowerSync16 DC Radio Slave System
 
4.9

(based on 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (18)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (8)
  • Attaches securely (6)
  • Lightweight (5)
  • Long-lasting (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Portraits (5)
    • General purpose (4)
    • Outdoors (4)
    • Indoors (3)
    • Low light (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Semi-pro photographer (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (7)

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    5.0

    Work horse unit

    By Batista

    from Miami Florida

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Durable
    • Good Color Value
    • Lightweight
    • Long-Lasting
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General Use

      Comments about Impact PowerSync16 DC Radio Slave System:

      I've been using pocketwizard for many years but they misfire a lot. The new pocketwizard plus iii is really bad. This unit works like a horse and its worth every penny. It seems to me that powersync 16 never misfire

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      • No

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good Value, but lacks flexibility

      By Marc Jacobs

      from New York, New York

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Durable

      Cons

      • Loses Charge Quickly

      Best Uses

        Comments about Impact PowerSync16 DC Radio Slave System:

        The item is excellent but lack flexibility to change settings through the camera or anything on the flash without having to fix both

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        • No

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        5.0

        Simply great

        By NMB

        from New York

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Impact PowerSync16 DC Radio Slave System:

          Sure you can spend a couple of hundred more but why? It's VERY reliable, triggers 100% of the time, has incredible (understated) range, both indoor and out and has proven itself time and time again. As a result, I have purchased more receivers.

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          • No

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          (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Impressed

          By Russ

          from Albany, NY

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Affordable
          • Attaches Securely
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Impact PowerSync16 DC Radio Slave System:

              This item delivers bang for the buck. If you are making any money as a photographer, go buy a PocketWizard. For everyone else, I'm suprised by the build quality and test results so far for the price.

              I was nervous buying this due to it's lower price point and country of origin, but the reviews on BH were not fluff...

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              • No

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              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Nothing but praises for this unit.

              By yg713

              from Quebec City, QC, Canada

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Pros

              • Attaches Securely
              • Durable
              • Reliable
              • Sturdy

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Impact PowerSync16 DC Radio Slave System:

                  I shoot portraiture and use these on my studio flashes and sometimes on my Speedlite when on location. I bought my unit over 8 months ago and although I have shot over 8000 frames with it, I have never had a failure.

                  Before that, I had been using a much cheaper brand with very mixed results. They would only sync at 1/60th and even then, they would sometimes fail giving me half exposed frames which is very bad when you just think you made a great shot and look in the display and see a part of the picture in black...

                  If you are a new Strobist with a limited budget and are looking for a trigger, I would urge you to not get the cheapest out there wait a few extra weeks and get this one.

                  This unit will give you the peace of mind of knowing your equipment will not fail. The few extra bucks will be well worth it.

                  And another plus is that it can also be used as a shutter release with an accessory cable.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Better than you'll except

                  By Preston House Photog

                  from New York

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Lightweight
                  • Long-Lasting

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Impact PowerSync16 DC Radio Slave System:

                    I bought the radio triggers to use with my strobe heads as well as my strobist kit. I have fired over 2000 shots with them without a single misfire. Very reliable, very compact and about 1/4 the price of some other leading triggers. I would highly recommend them to those that need to get the job done but my not have the monry to shell out for other brands.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    You will NOT be disappointed

                    By Eye of the Photographer

                    from Ft. Lauderdale, FL

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Pros

                    • Affordable
                    • Attaches Securely
                    • Durable
                    • Lightweight
                    • Long-Lasting
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                    • NONE

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Impact PowerSync16 DC Radio Slave System:

                    If you're looking for something affordable, durable, reliable and dummy-proof; this is for you. I recently purchased this kit for my outdoor shoots and I am beyond satisfied. No matter what stands between the transmitter and receiver, my strobe still goes off, even if it's down the hall in another room (I tested it). The distance covered indoors and outdoors are outstanding and my strobe fired EVERY single time I needed it to. Not mention, they're small and lightweight. This is a really great product and I'm happy with my purchase. I will be buying more receivers in the future.

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                    • No

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    PowerSynch 16 DC Radio Slave System

                    By MS Photography

                    from New York

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Securely
                    • Durable
                    • Lightweight
                    • Long-Lasting

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Impact PowerSync16 DC Radio Slave System:

                      For the money, it doesn't get better than this. The combo of receiver and transmitter ae easy to use and make it a walk in the park to fire off your big guns in-synch. If you don't want to be a "slave" to PocketWizard (and the high price) this product is a perfect surrogate. Highly recommend this to any serious photographer.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • Yes

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                      5.0

                      FLASH this product works great

                      By albie

                      from nyc ny

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about Impact PowerSync16 DC Radio Slave System:

                      use it to fire strobes
                      with diff code use another set to remotely fire camera

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                      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      I love these!

                      By Dry Gulch Dave

                      from Albuquerque, NM

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Connects Securely
                      • Fair Price
                      • Functions as described
                      • Light Weight
                      • No prob 250th sec
                      • Very easy to use

                      Cons

                      • No high speed sync

                      Best Uses

                      • Portraits
                      • Products

                      Comments about Impact PowerSync16 DC Radio Slave System:

                      I have 1 Powersync 16 transmitter and 2 Powersync 16 receivers. I connect the transmitter directly to my camera hotshoe and I connect each receiver directly to my Speedlites (you can also connect with sync cords if you have the proper connections on your camera and flash units). I shoot home studio portraits and products and also shoot a little outdoors in the field. I've had the system about 2 months. Please keep in mind if you opt for this system, you'll be shooting in manual flash mode, which is my preference with off camera flash. Right out of the box I was very pleased with this system. The receivers were about the size I expected, but I couldn't believe how small and lightweight the transmitter was. Basically, you install the batteries, which come with the units, attach the transmitter to you camera, attach receiver to your light, turn the power on, and you are ready to shoot. Other than making sure the transmitter and receiver are on the same channel, there are no other adjustments. I've taken about 2,500 shots with these units and I've had maybe 10 failures to fire. I've had no problem shooting at max sync of 1/250sec. I've tried shooting at 1/320 sec but I start to get a little darkness on the frame edge. I haven't had a chance to test the range yet, but they have handled at least 40ft outdoors no problem. So far I couldn't be happier with the system.

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                      5.0

                      Reliable!

                      By Chas3

                      from Atlanta, GA

                      Comments about Impact PowerSync16 DC Radio Slave System:

                      Works reliably- didn't misfire once in my initial testing. Admittedly, I haven't tried it at more than about ten feet, which is usually all I need.

                      Very well conceived as a system. Nice touches like the two adhesive holders for attaching it to two different power packs, or mono lights. Suggestion: don't drive yourself crazy trying to figure out the lanyard. If you want to use it, throw out the little loop of string and attach the lanyard to the receiver with the c-ring. The strange little pointed device works well for throwing the frequency switches and can be slipped onto the lanyard. You'll see what I mean.

                      Very well built with one exception: I don't think the tiny plastic catches on the transmitter battery compartment cover will last long. I would ignore the manufacturer's suggestion to use the cover as a tool to throw the frequency switches. Best to leave it in place and remove it only when you need to change the battery, which shouldn't be often. To switch frequencies use the fore-mentioned pointed tool on the lanyard.

                      I use a radio trigger exclusively with AC strobes, so I'm thinking that perhaps I should have chosen the AC-powered receiver instead of the battery-powered version. Perhaps I'll buy an AC receiver separately.

                      I heartily recommend this system. If you balk at paying hundreds for the "professional" model, this is your choice.

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                      5.0

                      Well rounded set of Triggers!

                      By Jim John

                      from Gadsden AL

                      Pros

                      • Easy to use
                      • Has on and off switch
                      • No misfires to date
                      • Older flash friendly
                      • Rugged build

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Portrait
                        • Stills

                        Comments about Impact PowerSync16 DC Radio Slave System:

                        I am new to off camera flash and after checking out the lighting up and shoot website and youtube videos, i was sold. The number one thing that i like about the receiver is the multiple functionality. I am able to use either the hot shoe or the 3.5mm jack to connect my Vivitar 285 and Vivitar 283. Another neat feature is that you can run 2 flashes off one receiver. The way i connected them was one mounted on the hotshoe the other was connected to the same receiver via the 3.5 mm jack, both fired spot on. I know i am pleased with the purchase and would buy this item again and again. Just stay creative and never settle for second best.

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                        5.0

                        no more hassle

                        By kai liu

                        from new york

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                        Verified Reviewer

                        Comments about Impact PowerSync16 DC Radio Slave System:

                        before purchase this..I used those cheap radio trigger..omg..gonna cause me heart problem if I continues use it...sometimes fail during mid of the shoot..so I have to took it out and replug in and it will work then..but never know when it goona fail again..

                        so I pruchase this based on great review..
                        wow..no more hassle...never fail single shot during these three month of use..

                        it has very good build quality..much better than cheap one..

                        one thing I really like is the switch on-off on the trigger..usually they have it on recevier..but not on trigger..it really come in handy..

                        overall I am very happy with this purchase..

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                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Fantastic accessory - a must!!

                        By JK

                        from Mobile, AL

                        Pros

                        • Easy to use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Impact PowerSync16 DC Radio Slave System:

                            I added this to my bag and the first day out, it worked perfectly. I was doing an on site glamour shoot and needed the flexibility / mobility.
                            I shoot with Canon gear, attached it, and didn't look back. I connected it to my studio lights, then even tried it with my EX480 flash.

                            I would definitely recommend this.

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                            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            WORKS BETTER THAN ANY OTHER TRIGGER

                            By THORCAT

                            from NEW YORK

                            Verified Buyer

                            Comments about Impact PowerSync16 DC Radio Slave System:

                            I HAVE HAD NOTHING BUT PROBLEMS WITH INFRARED TRIGGERS I HAVE
                            TRIED SEVERAL BRANDS AND THEY ALL HAVE HAD ONE PROBLEM OR
                            ANOTHER.
                            I BOUGHT THE IMPACT POWER SYNC SYSTEM AND IT HAS WORKED
                            EVERY TIME NO MATTER WHAT THE LIGHT SITUATION
                            I HAVE TWO RECEIVERS AND ONE TRIGGER AND PLAN TO BUY AT LEAST ONE
                            MORE RECEIVER

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                            (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            No Workie with My Sunpak PZ42X

                            By STONEY XL

                            from NYC/NJ

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • cheap
                            • Strong signal

                            Cons

                            • Mediocre Construction

                            Best Uses

                            • Off cam lighting

                            Comments about Impact PowerSync16 DC Radio Slave System:

                            [...] these don't seem to give enough voltage to power my Sunpak PZ42X. They trigger the flash but it only looks like .005% of the light is leaving the flash. I see a thin rectangular blip in the flashes' actual light tubes when I press the shutter or test button, nothing else. Tried this with and w/o the Impact Sync Hotshoe Pc cord for Pocket Wizards. No biggie tho', I've been planning on upgrading to a Metz or Canon 580, now it's just sooner than I wanted to. I've had 2 of the Sunpaks lose their tension, I'm done with them. Thought I could squeeze one last job out of them. These are a little frail buildwise but otherwise the trans fires the receiver every time so far.

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                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Better than I thought

                            By tech9

                            from Trinidad and Tobago

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Just get it

                            Cons

                            • None at all

                            Best Uses

                            • Creative lighting

                            Comments about Impact PowerSync16 DC Radio Slave System:

                            All i have to say is : it's my first time using triggers and these worked excellent everytime for what i do, if jobs get technical in the future then i will just upgrade,but for now i'm just loving photography more and more because of these.... hey i bought 2 sets plus 2 extra receivers for a 2 photographer shoot at a large function and they all worked fine. I know i'll be using these for a long time as long as they don't malfunction.

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                            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great product

                            By Rob

                            from Guatemala, Guatemala

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Light Weight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Outdoor
                              • Portrait
                              • Studio

                              Comments about Impact PowerSync16 DC Radio Slave System:

                              This is a great product, it works just as expected and for the price of one pocketwizard you get the job done, it works great with tripods and hot shoes.

                              Perfect for studios or outdoors.

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                              (13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Great Improvement Over PowerSync10

                              By IJG

                              from Miami

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Batteries
                              • Construction
                              • Operating range
                              • price
                              • Sync-speed

                              Cons

                              • No group or zones
                              • No high-speed sync
                              • No lighting ratios
                              • No remote power settings

                              Best Uses

                              • Indoors - Outdoors
                              • Manual Flash

                              Comments about Impact PowerSync16 DC Radio Slave System:

                              This is one of the best value-for-the-money triggers in the market. Range is exceptional, getting farther and more reliable triggering than with PocketWizards, indoors and outdoors (must be the 2.4GHz at work). Better construction than Impact's PowerSync10: improved on-off switch, casing, and more compact size. Uses same AA batteries as Canon Speedlites, no need to carry spare AAA batteries like I used to with the PS10. Great improvement in Sync speed, matching Canon's 1/250, almost 2/3 stop gain there (PS10 had a 1/180 limit, but I typically shot at 1/160 for better results). Easy visual set-up for selecting any of 16 channels. Feels more sturdy when connected to speedlite via hotshoe. Nice sleek design. Overall, a great product. My only wish? That it could also control groups and power outputs/ratios remotely on manual flash settings for as many as 3 units or groups and high-speed sync above 1/250.

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                              (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Great alternitive to pocket wizards

                              By Bo Smith

                              from Upstate, NY

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Comments about Impact PowerSync16 DC Radio Slave System:

                              Can't afford pocket wizards, they also don't work with my Panasonic GH1. But these do the job, and at an affordable price, love em.

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                              Batteries & Power

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                              Don't get caught in middle of a shoot without power.

                              Duracell - CR2450 3.0 V Lithium Battery (620 MAh)
                              • You Pay: $2.99
                               

                              Additional Transmitter battery

                              Brackets, Support and Cords

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                              Increase your working flexibility with additional mounting options.

                              Impact - Umbrella Bracket
                              • You Pay: $17.99
                               

                              NOTE: This product has specific compatibility limitations. Please see full product description for further details.

                              Light meters

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                              A light meter will verify the proper exposure for a photograph.

                              Interfit - Flash Meter
                              • You Pay: $48.50
                               

                              Misc Accessories and Adapters

                              Additional Receiver for multi Flash

                              Impact - PowerSync16 DC Receiver
                              • You Pay: $94.99
                               
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