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About PocketWizard PLUS X

The PocketWizard PlusX is the simplest PocketWizard radio ever and the perfect entry into the PocketWizard Wireless System.

How simple? Attach one PlusX to your camera, another PlusX to a remote flash using an included cable, set both radios to the same channel and start taking pictures.

The PlusX is compatible with all Standard Channel-capable PocketWizard transmitters and receivers, so it's the perfect companion for your existing radios and new flashes.

10 Standard Channels
With the PlusX's 10 Standard Channels you can work in your own "zone." Claim your own channel for exclusive triggering when working with other photographers at crowded events. Use different channels for different setups or looks and select them simply and intuitively with the turn of a dial. And these 10 channels are compatible with every PocketWizard ever made* set to Standard Channels 1 - 10. (* radios of the same frequency)

Backlit Channel Dial
Setting channels is as easy as turning a dial. The backlit channel dial clearly displays the set channel and because the backlight consumes so little power, it stays on all the time for convenience.

Internal Antenna
The PlusX features a durable, side profile design with an unobtrusive, internal antenna minimizing visual obstruction between you and your subject. By utilizing an internal antenna, there's no chance to kink or break it when on location. The total height of the transceiver and antenna is less than 4.2 inches, and it weighs only 4 ounces, including batteries.

Easily Connected / Cable Port
On your camera, the PlusX slides into the hot shoe with no cables required. For your remotes, it features one do-it-all miniphone (3.5mm or 1/8") sync port. The miniphone connector is much more reliable than a PC connection and every PlusX comes complete with a miniphone-to-miniphone cable, a miniphone-to-phono (1/4" or 6.3mm) adapter for triggering the majority of modern flashes, and a miniphone to locking PC cable for triggering some remote speedlights or for using your PlusX on-camera when you can't put it in a hot shoe. Other miniphone connector cables are available for major brands of lighting equipment in a variety of lengths. Dedicated remote camera triggering cables are also available for popular camera systems.

Auto-Sensing Transceiver
With our patented Auto-Sensing Transceiver Technology, the PlusX Transceiver is one smart radio. The PlusX will instantly and intelligently switch between transmitter and receiver modes keeping setup as simple as possible. The PlusX may be set to Transmit (Tx) only when needed.

Auto-Relay Mode
Our Auto-Sensing Transceiver Technology lets you trigger a remote camera in sync with remote flashes using only 3 PocketWizard radios: the one in your hands, a PlusX cabled to your remote camera, and the one connected to your remote flash. The PlusX cabled to your remote camera will receive a radio signal and trigger the camera's motor drive, then switch to transmit mode and trigger your PocketWizard-connected remote flashes on the next channel up, all automatically. Start the sequence by simply pressing the TEST button of any PocketWizard transmitter in your hands. Remote cameras require motor drive cables. Find the correct cable for your gear using the PocketWizard Cable Finder.

Status Indicator/Battery Life Indicator
The PlusX features a tri-color LED status indicator that serves two functions. When the PlusX sends or receives a triggering signal, the LED will glow red. During normal operation, the indicator will blink a single green blink meaning it is operating normally and the battery life is above 50%. It will blink a double amber blink when the battery is below 50% but above 25% and it will blink three red blinks when the battery life is below 25% and it's crucial to replace the batteries.

Transmit Only Mode
There are times when you only want your radio to transmit, usually when two or more photographers are sharing a set of lights. By enabling transmit only mode, you disable the receive and auto-relay functions to make sure all your radio is doing is transmitting.

Range and Reliability
PocketWizard Plus radios are known for their range and reliability. Although the PlusX costs less than other PocketWizard radios, you still get the range and reliability you'd expect.

Sync Speed
Ultra-fast microprocessors allow for reliable sync speeds of 1/250 for focal plane shutters and 1/500 for leaf shutters.

PocketWizard Compatible
The PlusX is compatible with all PocketWizard transmitters and receivers including PocketWizard-enabled photo gear from Profoto, Dynalite, Norman, Photogenic and Sekonic light meters. The PocketWizard Wireless System allows for total flexibility with whatever lights or cameras you may be working with.

Made in the USA
Like almost all PocketWizard radios, the PlusX is made in the USA. We keep production close to ensure the highest quality.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Lightweight (32),Easy to use (31),Reliable (29),Packs small / compresses (21),Strong construction (13),Durable (5)
Best Uses:
Weddings (17),Family photos (16),Travel (11),Portraits (10),Landscape/scenery (8),Sports/action (8),Wildlife photos (8),Studio (7),Everyday (3),Home (3),Macro photography (3),Outdoors (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Pro photographer (11),Semi-pro photographer (11),Photo enthusiast (7),Semi-professional (3)

PocketWizard PLUS X Features

  • Auto-Sensing Transceiver: Easy to use. No settings to make.
  • 10 Channels: 1-4 Classic plus 5-10 low-traffic channels
  • Backlit Channel Dial: Easy to set channels in the dark
  • Internal Antenna: Compact, more rugged design
  • Auto-Relay Mode: Trigger remote camera and flashes simultaneously
  • Transmit Only Mode: Positive operation in large groups
  • Side View Design: Better subject view on camera
  • PocketWizard reliability: PocketWizard compatibility

PocketWizard PLUS X Specifications

FCC/IC: 344.04 MHz
CE: 433.62 MHz
10 channels
Reverse compatible with all PocketWizard radios using Standard channels using same frequency.
Single zone
Precision tuned internal coil
Channel Setting:
Backlit rotating dial
Up to 500 meters (1600 feet)
(Actual range is dependent on multiple factors including equipment, mode, environment, positioning, orientation and interference)
Synch Speed
Up to 1/250 for focal plane shutters
Up to 1/500 for leaf shutters
Triggering Speed
Up to 14.5 frames per second (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)
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)
Mac Current 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
High impact plastic with captive battery door
3.9 ounces (110 grams) with batteries installed
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)
3.5mm (1/8") stereo miniphone jack, hot shoe
Hot shoe, lanyard/D-Ring loop, 1/4-20 threaded insert
RoHS Compliant
Optional Accessories:
Isolation bar, trigger buttons, camera motor drive cables, PC cables and adapters, flash sync cables and protective case
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PocketWizard PLUS X Reviews

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(based on 36 reviews)


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Reviewed by 36 customers


Pocket wizard rocks


from York Pa  -  Photo Enthusiast

Used this in shooting first year football practice of my grandsons. I t was so easy to use right out of the box, no hours of reading to learn how to use it. Quality product for a first time radio trigger user. I was used to using the corded remote control.. enjoying the freedom of movement and off camera flash.


I would buy this again


from York PA  -  Photo Enthusiast

I love this product it is so simple to use and works every time no more trying to capture a family shot - run to get in the shot and you waiting for the self timer to fire. now I get to take as many as I want knowing It will work .


All I need


from Los Angeles, CA  -  Semi-Professional

Simple, well made (in the USA, no less). Tried the various popular "cheap" triggers and, while they worked OK, was always put off by the correspondingly cheap build quality. The Cactus V6 was the last one I had and the battery door couldn't even stay shut. Bit the bullet and went PW. The Plus X doesn't have TTL or any of the other bells and whistles but to me that's its strength: virtually guaranteed compatibility with virtually any lighting system.


Simple, easy to use


from St Augustine, FL  -  Semi-Professional

I used a pair of these transceivers to use my flash "off-camera". I have to say that the units were very simple to set up with my flash and worked as needed every time I tripped the shutter.


Worked Like A Charm


from St Augustine, FL  -  Semi-Professional

Used 2 Pocket Wiz Plus X to do some off-camera shots and both worked like a charm. My first use of the product and I was most impressed at the ease of use and the fact that they always fired the flash.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Not for Shallow Pockets


from Weslaco, TX  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Ok I am not a professional photographer so why did I buy expensive wireless triggers. Well I did not buy the most expensive. I bought Plus X, the stripped down cheaper version. But did I get my money's worth? I don't know because my Cactus V5's do basically the same thing. The problem is that when you put them on a hot shoe and you tighten the knob it pulls up and away from the hot shoe contact on the camera and you get misfires. So you have to not tighten. Here is the truth. Almost any wireless trigger will work if you have fresh batteries and good contact at the hot shoe and the connectors. Otherwise, for what I paid, I think that PocketWizard is still too high for a hobbyist like myself. I will never know if the product will stand up to hard use because I don't use them daily to make a living. So take what I say with that in mind.


Top product


from Odenton, MD  -  Professional

Works as it should


I would buy this product again


from Jacksonville, FL.  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I was amazed at how easy it was to use the Pocketwizard Plus X. I used them right out of the box. Connected them to my monolights, and camera then set the chanel and started shooting, that simple. They just work, nothing else to say.


PW X is a winner!


from Tempe, Arizona  -  Pro Photographer

PocketWizard does it again with this new Radio.


Just what I needed


from NY,NY/San Fran  -  Pro Photographer

So glad I bought these. Frees me up (no cords). Easier when taking set-up/test shots, especially for big groups. Works very well with no miss fires/very reliable. Price was good. Wish I had bought them years ago. I had bought another brand many years ago and was never happy with them, these with the AA batteries and that they can be a receiver or transmitter make it simple to use.


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Shopper  will this work with a Nikon SB 600?
JOEL S  it probably will. I have canon equipment so I can't verify that it will absolutely work with your Nikon. check out the manufacturer's site they can tell you for sure.?
Buck W  I have a Canon 20D DSLR. A Pentax *1st DS2 DSLR. A Canon 430EX Speedlight. Finally I have a set of 3 Smith Victor Strobes. I know to fully utilize the strobes I'll need 4 Plus X units. Question, "Can I use these triggers with any combination of my existing equipment?
LEE P  Been full line Nikon owner .... will have to pass.
Sandra K  sorry this is a dumb question, but to trigger a flash off camera do I need two of these, one to go on the camera (as transmitter) and one to go on the flash (as receiver)?
ZHIGANG Q  Yes, you need two of them to trigger an off camera flash.
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