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Ready lamp on 283

I haven't use my unit in over 3 to 4 years. The unit charges up and the ready lamp comes on. But after a few seconds, the ready lamp starts to blink off and on. Is the ready lamp suppose to stay on solid or is it suppose to blink.

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  • carusoswi May 11, 2010

    I just purchased a used 283. The ready light on my old 283 purchased back in the mid '70's blinks after the unit powers up. The blinking is very steady.

    This new unit blinks very quickly for a few seconds, then, the light goes out for five seconds, then comes on steady and remains that way until I turn the unit off.

    I did some testing by leaving the unit on overnight. From what I can tell, the batteries last as long in this unit as they do in my original, so I guess this anomaly presents no problem.

    Any comments?

    Caruso


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When the flash goes into battery saver mode, which it does automatically, the light will blink.
If you are using the external power source, the light should remain steady.
Jeff

Posted on Nov 15, 2008

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