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Impact PowerSync16-80 Transceiver

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Impact PowerSync16-80 Transceiver
Key Features
  • 80-Channel Wireless Control
  • 4 Individual Groups
  • Sync up to 1/250s
  • Range: up to 720'
The PowerSync 16-80 Transceiver from Impact is a combination wireless transmitter/receiver with 80 channels for elimination of interference, as well as 4 groups that can each handle multiple devices that can be triggered individually or simultaneously. Besides remote flash triggering, with the appropriate optional cable, the PowerSync 16-80 can focus and trigger your camera in single, continuous, and bulb modes or be used as a wireless shutter release.
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Impact PowerSync16-80 Overview

  • 1Description
  • 2Digital Wireless Transceiver
  • 380 Digital Channels
  • 4Digitally Coded 2.4GHz Signal
  • 5Four Individual Groupings
  • 6Ideal for Long Exposure and Macro photography
  • 7Extended Wireless Range
  • 8Auto Syncing

The PowerSync 16-80 Transceiver from Impact is a combination wireless transmitter/receiver with 80 channels for elimination of interference, as well as 4 groups that can each handle multiple devices that can be triggered individually or simultaneously. Besides remote flash triggering, with the appropriate optional cable, the PowerSync 16-80 can focus and trigger your camera in single, continuous, and bulb modes or be used as a wireless shutter release.

The PowerSync 16-80 is used with at least 1 other unit. In its most basic mode, one transceiver slides onto the camera's hot shoe or is mounted to a bracket's cold shoe and is connected to the camera using the included 2.5mm to PC cable. A second transceiver acts as a receiver and accepts a shoe mount flash using its built-in hot shoe or is wired to the flash in the case of power packs or monolight. The connected flash will fire at distances up to 720'. You can even extend the range further by adding a third intermediate transceiver to extend the range to 1,440'.

A similar technique is used to fire your camera remotely by connecting a transceiver to it using an optional dedicated cable - a handy feature for macro photography. Add another handheld PowerSync 16-80 to trigger the camera remotely, like a wireless cable release. Pressing the release button halfway focuses the camera; fully depressing it triggers the shutter. Taking this a step further, you can fire the camera and a flash remotely with just 3 transceivers - one connected to the camera, one to the flash, and one handheld acting as a transmitter.

The long exposure mode brings you into the realm of the unit's additional features. With a wired transceiver or a wireless 2-tranceiver setup, depressing the bulb button activates a digital stopwatch on the LCD screen that indicates elapsed time. Stop the exposure by depressing the button fully.

Ideal for surveillance or wildlife photography using a remote camera, Continuous Focus Lock minimizes triggering lag time by locking the camera into focus mode, similar to depressing the camera's focus release button half way. With the PowerSync 16-80, you'll never have to miss a shot because you had to wake a sleeping camera.

The grouping function allows you to assign each light in a portrait setup to one of the 4 groups allowing you to use all of the lights in unison or to add or subtract an accent, hairlight or backlight, for example, at will for different effects. Alternatively, you can assign a channel to 4 different lighting setups in a large studio and move from setup to setup for different looks or products. Each setup would require at least 1 transceiver wired to a master light to set off the optical slaves on the other units. With its reasonable cost you could, of course, wire a transceiver to each flash in the studio.

The PowerSync 16-80 runs on 2 included, easily-sourced AA batteries. Also included are 2.5 mm to PC and 3.5 mm to 3.5 mm flash sync cables, a lanyard, pouch case, self-adhering accessory shoe, and a 3.5 mm to 1/4" phono adapter. The PowerSync 16-80 is backward compatible with PowerSync 16 but limited to 16 channels.

Compatible with all cameras that feature the standard universal hot shoe (incl. Sony Multi-Interface Shoe).
Compatible with all flashes (set to Manual mode), except for Sony brand Multi-Interface Shoe series flashes (e.g. HVL-F60M etc.)
Digital Wireless Transceiver
Powerful multi-purpose transmitter/receiver can act as a flash trigger and remote shutter release for multiple devices simultaneously
80 Digital Channels
Ideal for operating multiple devices wirelessly without having to worry about radio or flash interference
Digitally Coded 2.4GHz Signal
A stronger and more reliable radio signal that allows the units to communicate, even with barriers between them, eliminating the need for a line-of sight between devices
Four Individual Groupings
Provides the user with the ability to wirelessly bundle multiple units in clusters, creating separate groups with alternate settings
Ideal for Long Exposure and Macro photography
The hands-free shutter release features of the device make it ideal for photographic situations where eliminating camera shake is desired
Extended Wireless Range
The PowerSync 16-80 has the ability to extend its signal range using multiple units for flash and camera triggering
Auto Syncing
Synchronizes your remote flashes with a camera's shutter release using only 3 transceivers
UPC: 847628577954

Impact PowerSync16-80 Specs

Wireless Range720' / 220 m
Radio Frequency2.4 GHz
Sync Speed1/250 Sec
Inputs/Outputs1 x 2.5 mm (Flash)
1 x 1/8" / 3.5 mm (Camera Shutter)
1 x Mini-USB
Battery Type2 x AA
DimensionsTransmitter: 4.75 x 1.75 x 1.25" / 120 x 44.5 x 31.7 mm
Weight2.9 oz / 82.2 g
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.605 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)5.55 x 5.35 x 2.05"

Impact PowerSync16-80 Reviews

Light where it's needed

By Michael
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2020-02-07

This is a great solution for getting a flash off of the camera and putting it where you want it. With 80 channels it's easy to find one that isn't bothered by other radio waves in the area where you work. Very easy to use and reliable. This should be in every photographer's kit.

WOW?Couldn't be Happier

By Tommyboy
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-10-20

I've wanted a set of radio transmitter/receivers for a good long while, but they always seemed so expensive. I found the Powersync 16-80s and decided to give them a try. I couldn't be happier with the results. I was able to operated them without any trouble at all. Controls and menu are very intuitive. Works at any distance (I think the max is 700' or something crazy). I am using these with manual speed lights. Very easy to use and get the right balance of light. I purchased two of the two-packs, for a total of four slaves. Two on flashes in umbrellas, one on my camera and a fourth that can operate as a remote control! Each transceiver comes in a case with multiple cables, none of which I use; however, the little divided case (durable, padded nylon with velcro close cover) that will hold two transceivers. It appears to be designed that way. So carry four transceivers in two small pouches. the other thing I love about these is how the mounting is designed. They can be attached to a 1/4-20 thread or to a hot/cold shoe. If attached to a shoe, the flash unit can be lying down so that the flash head is pointed directly into the umbrella's center. That, I love, and truthfully, is part of the reason that I chose these units. Buy them. You won't regret it.

good product

By Celebrations
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2017-05-10

good radio, works all the time

very good item!

By waka
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2016-03-13

The correspondence of the shop was able to do shopping well in peace, too.

little with a lot of bunch

By Red
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2015-12-14

these work great. works behind walls, ovens, stone walls and from inside washing machine. I was supprised on the reliability of this transceiver.

Best Bang for your Buck

By Jaybe
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2015-11-09

I needed a wireless option to use in my photography business. I use speed lights on location but strobes in the studio. I wanted something that I could use with both types of lights. After much research I found these and the price couldn't be beat. I purchased the two transceiver set that also included the cord to trigger a Canon camera. They were easy to set up and to use. The only issue I have had is sometimes they won't fire my flash. When this happens changing the channel always does the trick.They come with a nice case that will hold the transceiver, cables and bracket. The jacket is a nice addition as it will allow you to attach the transceiver to the light stand. I use this with my Canon 600EX-RT speed lights, Alien Bees, White Lighting and Westcott lights. It works reliably with them all.

Simple Affordable Excellent

By John
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2019-08-23

A really sleek packed device which fits the bill. Replaced four aging radio sync devices. 80 channels and the ability to individually select transmit/receive or both makes for a great choice.

Good Performance @ a good price

By Joseph
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2018-02-23

I've been using the Impact PowerSync16 system for a few years now and never had an issue.� I've been wanting to add more strobes to my tool kit which meant more receivers.� The 16-80 system was on sale for a two unit package, so from past experience with the PS16 system, I didn't hesitate on the purchase of the PS16-80. The PS16-80 does not support TTL or HSS. I shoot completely manual so that's a non issue with me. HSS would be a "Nice to Have", but still not a deal breaker for me, but if considering these units, you should keep that in mind.� The Grouping feature with the 16-80 is one of the reasons I wanted to upgrade.� Although is 16-80 is backward compatible with the PS16, you cannot work in groups if some of your receivers are PS16 models. Grouping is limited to PS16-80 transceivers only.� Range seems to be good,� more than enough to cover my working area.� Build quality is quite good. Feels solid and has some weight in your hand. Interface is intuitive, but it does help to read the manual. For the money, a better buy than the Pocket Wizards. I'll probably purchase two more in order to have grouping capability. I would recommend to a family member or a friend.

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I have a HVL-F60M flash that I use with the Sony A7r. Will this trigger be compatible to use with both the flash I have and the A7r? I am assuming I will need to purchase 2 units - one for the camera and the other for the flash, right? Thank you,Nicholas Lutfi
Asked by: Nicholas L.
I bought two after reading about other's experience.
Answered by: Wendy W.
Date published: 2018-08-25


is this compatible with Pocket wizard?
Asked by: James S.
This product is not compatible with Pocket Wizard.
Answered by: Heather S.
Date published: 2018-08-25


Asked by: Anonymous
This radio sync transceiver will work with most cameras that have a standard hotshoe.It is not TTL so the flashes will be manual only.It comes as one unit so you need at least two, one for the camera and one for the off camera flash.
Answered by: Robert K.
Date published: 2018-08-25


is it work for sony alpha 6000 Impact PowerSync16-80 Transceiver ?
Asked by: manju n.
Depends what flashes you want to trigger. Impact PowerSync 16-80's work fine as a transmitter in the Sony Multi-Interface shoe to trigger THIRD-PARTY flashes like Profoto, Elinchrom or Bolt. The problem is Sony HVL-Flashes won't connect to third party triggers via their flash foot.
Answered by: Brian S.
Date published: 2018-08-25

Good day, will it be synchronized if I put it on ...

Good day, will it be synchronized if I put it on Nikon D850 with Godox Professional Studio Flash?
Asked by: Lilya
If you are using 2 units of the 16-80 it should work just fine. Godox studio flashes have built in wireless sync capability and I would suggest getting the Godox XPro TTL flash trigger for Nikon to use with the with your D850.
Answered by: Michael
Date published: 2020-08-19


I have a PowerSync10 transmitter. Is this compatible?
Asked by: Phillip
Unfortunately, this unit is not compatible with the Impact PowerSync 10 transmitter.
Answered by: Kirk
Date published: 2019-07-30


Can I use this transceiver with Elinchrom D-Lite 400W/s RX 4 Flash Head?
Asked by: Juan H.
Don't know. However mine works fine with an AlienBees 800 light as well as LumoPro and Yongnuo flashes. I bought the PowerSync because I had heard that it worked with the Sony a7II cameras, which have a unique and notoriously difficult to match hot shoe design. Best of luck.
Answered by: Richard A.
Date published: 2018-08-25


I bought the Impact PowerSync16-80 Transceiver because it's backward compatible, but it will not fire my Speedlite 430 EX or my Travelite 750's... I can see that it is triggering on the display, but nothing happens. Any advice?
Asked by: William S.
The PowerSync 16-80 is backward compatible with the Impact PowerSync 16. The PowerSync 16-80 will only trigger PowerSync 16-80 and PowerSync 16 receivers. When using the PowerSync 16-80, which has 80 channels, with the PowerSync 16, which has only 16 channels, use the dip switch guide found inside the battery door of the PowerSync 16-80. The PowerSync 16-80 uses channels 65-80 to correspond to the 16 channels on the PowerSync 16. Additionally, make sure all groups are shut off on the PowerSync 16-80.
Answered by: Lawrence C.
Date published: 2018-08-25
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