Triggering Studio Strobes

I tried using the V5 to trigger both my Balcars and my Alien Bees but it would not fire the strobes.  Are there some issues that I need to know about or are they not compatible with these brands.  The units work well with my Canon speedlite but I need to use them for my studio strobes as well.


  • Hey there @PatrickSK

    It should work right off the bat unless the studio strobes have reversed polarity? 

    Alien Bees should have a standard polarity. Not sure about Balcars though.

    As standard checkss, make sure the sync cord is plugged in securely on both ends - on the strobe sync port and the V5's. The V5 with the strobe should be switched to RX mode. Make sure channel match up with the TX.

    Also, does half pressing the Test Button on the V5 light up the status LED in orange on both TX and RX units?

    Full press should light up in green and flash should fire.

    Hope the above helps!
    Antonio Lao
    Brand Manager

    To help us better help you, always state the exact firmware version installed on your Cactus device(s), such as: "1.1.013", "FUJ.1.002", "NIK.A.001", "v.103".

    For the time being, Cactus V6 (MK1) running on firmware version 2.1.001 can be triggered by a V6 II (MK2) running on Multi-brand HSS firmware (e.g. 1.1.013) but not by X-TTL firmware versions:  PEN.A.001 NIK.A.001 OLY.A.001.  No schedule has been released yet for an "A" version firmware on the V6 (MK1). 

    Cactus RF60X / RF60 Firmware versions A04 and A03 currently ONLY works with PEN.A.001 NIK.A.001 and OLY.A.001.  Other "A" version of X-TTL firmware will be released soon. For both Multi-brand HSS and X-TTL firmware versions (FUJ, SIG, SON), install firmware version 103 / 205 on your RF60X / RF60.

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