After 10+ years, we have retired our flagship product, the Lightning Bug™, and are proud to introduce our next generation product, the Lightning Bug Plus™.

All of the great features that have made our product an indispensable for nature photographers are still there, along with a host of modifications including:

  • Firmware Can Be Field Updated; Firmware; each Lightning Bug Plus unit comes with a USB-C cable that allows users to install firmware updates from MK Controls, Inc., and to allow custom 'tweaking' of internal settings.

  • Longer Battery Life; the Lightning Bug Plus™ has improved circuitry to extend battery life. The original Lightning Bug™ circuitry operated at a nominal 5 Volts, the Lightning Bug Plus™ circuitry operates at 3.3 Volts. In addition, automatic dimming of the LED display reduces current consumption.

  • Rechargeable Battery Capability; the Lightning Bug Plus™ is compatible with any 9V battery type.

  • External Battery Support; the USB-C connector can also be used to power the Lightning Bug Plus™, allowing external battery packs to be used.

  • Improved Detection of Lightning Strikes; technology has changed since the original Lightning Bug™ was released 10+ years ago. The Lightning Bug Plus™ has a completely re-designed sensor system that increases the overall sensitivity of the unit.

  • Automatic Sensor Calibration; during power-on, the Lightning Bug Plus™ senses ambient light, and sets baseline sensitivity. Future firmware updates will incorporate real-time calibration.

  • LIFETIME Product Warranty; we now offer a full Lifetime product warranty for the Lightning Bug Plus™. Please see for more information.

Already a Lightning Bug™ owner? We have an upgrade program for existing users, regardless of warranty. Please see for complete details and instructions.

The Lightning Bug Plus™ is designed to take pictures of lightning strikes and get the shot, day or night. It has features not seen before, such as water resistant soft touch buttons. The Lightning Bug Plus™ is sure to be a must have for any photographer.

MK Controls, Inc. is proud to offer an unparalleled LIFETIME no-fault replacement policy in addition to our LIFETIME product warranty.  See for complete details.  The Lightning Bug Plus™ is proudly manufactured in the USA from foreign and domestic parts.

For a video showing what the Lightning Bug Plus™ can do for you, click here.

Photo by Bill Lea © taken with the Lightning Bug™


$199.00 Includes Cable

MK Controls, Inc. may, on occasion, release changes to the firmware in the Lightning Bug Plus™. These updates are free of charge to all of our customers, regardless of where the unit was purchased. If you'd like to sign up for email notifications of any firmware changes, please click here to complete our sign up form.

We are also working on a number of new products. If you'd like to sign up for new product announcements, please click here to be notified.

Upcoming Trade Shows:

None on our schedule at this time.