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PocketWizard Announces Their New Plus X Triggers with a 1,600 Foot Range

by Chris Gampat on 03/01/2013

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Fastest. Refresh. Ever. Last year, PocketWizard announced their very good Plus III radio triggers and today they’re announcing a refresh–the company’s fastest refresh in their history it seems. The new Plus X retains the Plus III’s body style despite not featuring the digital display that the Plus III triggers did, and they also boast a ridiculous range of 1,600 feet. The new triggers also automatically sense whether they should be in transmitter or receiver mode–which is a big improvement over the previous version. It also claims a 100 hr battery life–and the previous triggers still eat batteries like a hungry baby. Other features of major interest are 10 channels that can be controlled via the retro twist dial, a 3.5mm sync port, tri-color LED for a battery life indicator, camera triggering with another remote (which the Plus IIIs had) and more.

Thankfully, the new triggers are backwards compatible with the older ones. Specs are after the jump; and they’re available for $99 at B&H Photo Video.

 

 

Tech Specs

Frequency                    FCC/IC model:  344.04MHz
CE model:  433.62 MHz

Channels                      10 standard channels; Reverse compatible with all PocketWizard radios using Standard Channels

Zones                             Single zone

Antenna                       Precision tuned internal coil

Channel Setting       Backlit rotating dial

Range                            Up to 1,600 feet (500 meters) (Actual range is dependent on multiple factors including equipment, mode, environment, positioning, orientation and interference)

Sync Speed                 Up to 1/250 for focal plane shutters; Up to 1/500 for leaf shutters

Triggering Speed    Up to 14.5 FPS

Contact Time            62 milliseconds in normal operation

Status Indicator     LED: Green, Amber, Red status indications

Solid Red:  Triggering signal sending or receiving

Single Green Blink: Status OK, > 50% battery life

Double Amber Blink:  Battery life < 50% but > 25%

Triple Red Blink:  Battery life < 25%, change batteries

Transmit Output Power Less than 1 milliwatt (0.001 watt)

Power                        Two (2) AA (LR6) 1.5v alkaline recommended. NiMH, NiCAD, NiZn, Lithium acceptable (these chemistries may not report battery life accurately). DO NOT USE 3.6V Li-Ion AA cells!

Battery Life             Up to 100 hours (with alkaline batteries)

Max Port Sync Voltage 300 Volts (Camera/Flash Port)

MaxCurrent Handling 1.0 A peak, 0.2 A (1/5 Amp or 200 milliamp) continuous current limited

Voltage Present 3 volts, safe for use with all digital and film cameras

USB                           None

Housing                  High impact plastic with captive battery door 

Weight                      3.9 ounces (110 grams) with batteries installed

Dimensions         Height: 4.2 inches (10.7 cm)
Width: 2.1 inches (5.3 cm)
Depth: 1.2 inches (3.0 cm)

Operating Temperature Above 5° F (-15° C) and below 120° F (50° C).

Storage Temperature Above -22° F (-30° C) and below 185° F (85° C) (without battery)

Input/Output 3.5mm (1/8”) stereo miniphone jack, hot shoe

Mounting Hot shoe, lanyard/D-Ring loop, ¼-20 threaded insert

In the Box Quick Guide

Stereo 3.5mm (1/8”) miniphone to miniphone cable

Mono 3.5mm miniphone to locking PC cable

Stereo 3.5mm miniphone to 6.3mm (¼”) adapter

Lanyard

RoHS Compliant Yes

Optional Accessories Isolation bar, trigger buttons, camera motor drive cables, PC cables and adapters, flash sync cables and protective case

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