Originally Posted by jimmyd
ahh... so the controller has nothing to do with firing the strobes. you still need a receiver for each strobe. ergo, if you're using the controller, as well as an xmitter plus receivers for, say, 4 strobes.... datz a lotta battareez! (probly two AAs for each receiver, one or two for the controller... and some other kind of battery for the xmitter.
You may or may not need a receiver for each strobe. The best case scenario is that you only need one receiver. The other stobes could still be triggered optically. From time-to-time, I find myself in situations where not all of the strobes can reliably see each other, so wired or radio triggers are needed.
The AB RFT1RX receiver does not need batteries. It runs on AC power and sits in-line with the strobe's power cord.