Bowens Pulsar Radio Trigger Card Set

Bowens Pulsar Radio Trigger Card Set

Bowens Pulsar Radio Trigger Card Set

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Bowens Pulsar Radio Trigger Card Set

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  • For Gemini R and Gemini Pro

Bowens BW-5170 overview

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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.

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Bowens Pulsar Radio Trigger Card Set
  • Pulsar Radio Trigger Card
  • Antenna for Gemini Unit
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    Bowens BW-5170 specs

    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
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.1 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.2 x 4.6 x 0.6"

    Bowens BW-5170 reviews

    Pulsar Radio Trigger Card Set is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 14.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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 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!
    Date published: 2010-11-07
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Strange: difficult to insert Difficult to insert in Bowens Gemini 500 pro
    Date published: 2011-03-10
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2010-06-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from It works, what else can I say? 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.
    Date published: 2014-01-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing addition I use my Bowens Gemini lights for copying Fine Art, architectural interiors, portraits, just about everything. The lights I have do not have a built-in radio slave like the newer ones, so I had to break down and buy this setup after a job when my cord would not reach the unit. I am so happy with the Pulsar Radio Trigger Card. It just always works, no more am I suffering under the curse of the PC flash sync cord.
    Date published: 2015-05-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Love it. Im 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....
    Date published: 2013-09-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Must Have Upgrade 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.
    Date published: 2013-10-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple and works well 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!
    Date published: 2013-10-02
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