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285hv bulb blew out

How would i go about getting a new bulb

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The flash tube for these kinds of units are not user changeable- high voltages and electronics technical expertise are required for safe and successful replacement. Find a qualfied service facility through your dealer.

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How to remove sensor from Vivitar 285HV Flash


Pull it straight out from the body. See the instructions on page 9 of the manual.

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Why does it take more than 20 seconds to change up in order to fire the flash strobe on the vivitar 285hv


My first impression is that you are using the flash at its maximum capacity and completely draining the charge each time. I'd also say that you are only going to get about a dozen flash burst before the batteries are exhausted. I use several Vivitar 283's 285's and a couple 285HV's in a portable studio set up I have and the 285 HV's have got to be tuned down about 1/3 before I can get them to match the other flash outputs. If I need all out brute power then the 285HV's are used on full inside a softbox. I generally work with a 16 batteries between the two 285HV, also they need good fresh batteries off the charger. On a photo shoot I'll get maybe 15 shots before the power is down enough that I change then, I'd say powering back up it'll take about 15 to 20 seconds before they come out.

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My one year old vivitar 285hv flash fires intermiiently (every 3 or so flashes) when the flash is connected by pc cord??


PC cord might get minor short circuit and got faulty.
You can confirm this by removing it.

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I left my Vivitar 285hv on for over 6 hours. I turned it off and when I turned it on the pilot light alternates between red and green and will not fire.


Sounds like something overheated and fried. I suppose you could take it apart to which part looks black.
Prolly needs a new circuit board and/or capacitor. Not sure what the repair cost would be, since it seems Vivitar is no longer in the flash business.
Best bet:
buy another 285HV on Ebay, either broken, for parts, or for replacing your dead one. Keep your old one fer parts.

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Battery pack for 285hv


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This means Battery is low to charge the capacitor.
I suggest you test this with unused new Duracell.

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Sevice manual for 285HV?


Most probably find a Vivitar service manual here. Just send them a search request.

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Will a Vivitar 285HV fry my Canon EOS 40D? I'd like to experiment with a Vivitar 285HV as an on-camera hot shoe flash. However, I'm reluctant to proceed because of conflicting reports about voltage...


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