The FAQ

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Do you have questions about PocketWizard radios in general? Check out these Frequently Asked Questions, compiled by PocketWizard tech support.

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Nothing is working! What should I do?

Try the following steps:

  • Check your batteries - sometimes low batteries can affect radio performance.
  • Make sure all of your radios have been updated to the latest firmware. Connect your radio to the PocketWizard Utility and navigate to the "Update Tab." Click the “Check for Updates Button.”
  • Make sure your camera and flashes are using the latest firmware, too!
  • Perform a Factory Reset on all of your radios.
  • Take your first shot at 1/160th or 1/200th so the system can properly calibrate timing.
  • Contact PocketWizard tech support for troubleshooting help.


What cable do I need?

You can use the Cable Finder at PocketWizard.com to find the right cable for lots of different cameras and flashes.

Contact PocketWizard tech support if you still have questions.


How many radios do I need?

You will need one radio per device. That means one for each camera and one for each flash in use.


Is my camera or flash compatible with your radios?

Virtually all cameras and flashes with a standard size hot-shoe, PC socket, or sync port are compatible with Standard Channel radios like the Plus II, Plus III, PlusX, and MultiMAX.

Visit our Canon Compatibility or Nikon Compatibility pages to see if your camera or flash is compatible with our ControlTL radios like the MiniTT1 and FlexTT5.

Contact PocketWizard tech support if you still have questions.


When will you have TTL support for the Canon 1DX, 6D, and T4i?

Adding full TTL support for the 1D X, 6D, T4i, and newer Canon cameras is our firmware team's #1 priority. With its newest generation of products, Canon drastically changed the way their cameras communicate through their hot-shoes. We need to spend time reverse-engineering every signal that comes up through the shoe and writing new code for it.

Once we have decoded the information, a lot of testing occurs. Bugs may present themselves at any point in this process, delaying the schedule. Unfortunately, when dealing with beta firmware, there is no such thing as a fixed schedule. We are working quickly to include full TTL compatibility in a future firmware release.

We will be announcing on our Facebook page when we have a beta firmware and added support for any new cameras.


I can’t update my firmware. Why won’t the Utility recognize my radios?

Try the following steps:

  • Start by making sure you're connecting your radios directly to your computer, rather than through a USB hub.
  • Try disconnecting all additional USB devices from your computer.
  • Uninstall the PocketWizard Utility and reinstall the latest version, available for download on our website, http://www.pocketwizard.com/support/downloads/.
  • Attempt to update the radios using another user account.
  • Attempt the update while running your computer in Safe Mode.
  • Contact PocketWizard tech support for troubleshooting help.


I think my radio needs to be repaired. What do I do?

Contact PocketWizard tech support. Warranty and repair inquiries are handled by the distributor in the region in which the radios are purchased, so please include this information in your message.


Why does PocketWizard make radios in two different frequencies?

Our radios are sold in two different versions to comply with radio laws in different countries. In the United States, the FCC reserves the 344-354 MHz frequency for PocketWizard systems. In Europe, regulations assign 433-434 MHz. A PocketWizard sold in the USA bears the letters “FCC” on the outer shell; a European version will have the letters “CE.”


Can I buy my radios directly through PocketWizard?

Sorry! We don’t sell our radios directly. Check out our website for information on where to buy PocketWizard products: http://www.pocketwizard.com/wheretobuy/


The hot-shoe on my radio broke off! How do I get it fixed?

Contact PocketWizard tech support. Warranty and repair inquiries are handled by the distributor in the region in which the radios are purchased, so please include this information in your message. You can either send your radio in for repair or request a replacement hot-shoe to do the repair yourself.

Our radios are made from an glass-reinforced resin material, and shouldn't break with normal usage. However, the hot-shoe mounts are designed to break on serious impact. We found replacing an inexpensive hot-shoe preferable to a lengthy and potentially costly camera or speedlight repair.


Questions about your specific radio?

Check out our other FAQ pages for more information on your radios:

Plus III FAQ
PlusX FAQ
MultiMAX FAQ
MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 FAQ
PowerMC2 FAQ
PowerST4 FAQ
PocketWizard Utility FAQ
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