Quantum, Novatron and a number of the other lighting companies use the AC (household) sync and the cables to connect them to Skyports and PocketWizards aren’t cheap . The only two manufacturers I’m aware of that produce these cables are PocketWizard and Paramount and both charge around $25-35 for a short cable! Here’s how to make a few for around $4.00 each!

Disclaimer: I will not be held responsible for any damage to your flash or radio trigger. I am not an electrician. Please try this at your own risk.

Homemade 1/8

What you’ll need

  • Double ended 1/8″ Stereo cable (you can use mono or some old headphones which will be cheaper, but this guide shows a stereo plug because I had one on hand)
  • Leviton Lamp plug found at Home Depot for less that $1.00 each (Home Depot doesn’t seem to sell them online) Be sure to get the solderless kind unless you want to solder.
  • Phillips screw driver
  • Wire cutter/stripper

Inside wiring...
Cut the Stereo cable in half. Strip the wires and attach as shown in the photo above, cut the negative wire (small black) short. Note that you can make two sync cables out of the one audio cable.

Closing up
Screw back together (was the photo above really necessary? And what’s up with all these parentheses?)

All finished!

Test it out and show off your super-ugly new sync cable!

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  2. Cream of Beats
    on October 11th, 2011

    It worked perfectly! I got the mono 1/8 cord at Radioshack for $5.29, and the AC plug at Lowes for $1.69. Really simple to make. took 5 minutes to make 2 sync cables. You saved me about $60! Thanks!

  3. Matthew
    on March 24th, 2012

    this is cool

  4. broderick G
    on July 22nd, 2012

    nice tutorial. saved me so much money. and it it looks like something store bought. spend about 6 bucks to make 3 of them.

  5. Brian H
    on August 27th, 2012

    Thanks for this! I was thinking this could be done, but it sure helped to see that you had made it work. I used some old PC speaker cords, and had to guess at the wires to use, but it only took about ten minutes — including the time needed to file down the polarized fat prong. Thanks again.