Tireless off-camera flash enthusiast and educator David Hobby of Strobist fame has a fine post regarding the use of quality extension cords for plug-in strobes. Hobby is all about spending a few extra dollars and getting a quality, although often overlooked, piece of gear.
“Cords are cheap and strobes are expensive,” Hobby sums up. He also explains how some voltage is always lost across the thinner cables, which inherently have more resistance. Do this and you’ll get dips in voltage, which is, of course, bad for your flash units.
Do yourself and your expensive gear a favor. Read this Strobist blog post to see why it’s smart to invest in some quality extension cords to power your lights.
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