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Do you have a question about your PowerMC2? Check out these Frequently Asked Questions, compiled by PocketWizard tech support.

When will the PowerMC2 be available for sale again?

The PowerMC2 should be appearing for sale online and in US retail locations this month, March 2014. To be included on our PowerMC2 mailing list for availability notifications, please contact PocketWizard tech support.

The cover came off my antenna! What do I do?

Contact PocketWizard tech support. Our technicians will install a new antenna cover, and a new method of preventing the cover from coming off. We will also install a removable USB port cover and a warning reminder label.

What’s the fastest shutter speed I can use with HyperSync?

The maximum attainable shutter speed with HyperSync that produces an acceptable image depends on a variety of factors, from the age of the camera, the age of the flashes, to the type of cameras used. You can use HyperSync with any cameras on the supported list, but to find out the maximum usable shutter speed your camera can achieve, you will need to do some testing with your gear.

Check out our HyperSync Performance with your Camera article to see example images!

Visit the HyperSync Setup page for help configuring your gear.

Why do I have to use my Einstein at 1/1 power for HyperSync?

A Speedlight, Einstein E640, or other IGBT-controlled flash will need to be used at full power with HyperSync. Power levels less than full will result in flash clipping at the top and bottom of the frame due to the way IGBT-controlled flashes adjust flash duration for power control.

To read more about how IGBT-controlled flashes differ from other types of flashes, see the IGBT-controlled flashes vs. Voltage-controlled flashes page.

What’s the difference between “CH” and “CTL” Channels on the Einstein? Which do I need to use?

When the Einstein displays “CTL#” is it configured to receive on ControlTL Channels. Use this setting if your transmitter is a MiniTT1 or FlexTT5. You need to use ControlTL Channels in order for power control with an AC3 ZoneController to work.

When the Einstein displays “CH#” it is configured to receive on Standard Channels. Use this setting if your transmitter is a Plus III, PlusX, Plus II, MultiMAX, or ControlTL radio set to Basic Trigger Mode.

The AC3 only goes to 1/64 power. How can I access the lower range of my Einstein flash?

Simply reduce the power on the Einstein’s display. This will adjust the position of the AC3 ZoneController's 6-stop range within the total power range of the flash.

To reset, power-cycle the Einstein.

I want the modeling light to turn off and stay off! How can I do this in the field?

Disable the modeling light on the back of the Einstein itself. Even if Modeling Light Control is enabled on your transmitter, the flash will ignore it and the modeling light will remain off.

The modeling light will stay off until a power-cycle is performed.

Why doesn’t the PowerMC2 have a TEST button?

It does! Push down on the PowerMC2’s LED to TEST-fire a connected Einstein E640 flash.