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Vivitar 285HV Stop Working

I bought Vivitar 285HV Flash and get it yesterday and I'm using four Energizer Nickel Metal Hydride AA batteries for it. I tried it yesterday by pressing the Open Flash button (the red button at the bottom of the flash) several times just to test it for I don't have my camera with me just to test if it is working. When I tried
the flash again tonight, I saw that it is no longer working. There is
no light (red/green) flashing at the back of my Vivitar 285V. I make sure that the batteries are arrange correctly and was in correct form as it
enters into the battery compartment, but Flash is still not working. I charge the battery and try it again and still does not wok. After that I tried the battery in my other flash (SB600) and the battery works there so it is clear that it is not the battery. I hope anyone would help me with regards to this

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  • Jonathan Mondejar Nov 29, 2008

    I put on ordinary AA batteries and it seems working. Does this mean that I cannot use my four Energizer Nickel Metal Hydride AA 1.2V batteries for the Vivitar Flash? I want to use rechargeable batteries so that I can save more on batteries. I also heard that Nickel Metal Hydride batteries have the fastest recycling ability. And also, does this mean that there is no problem with my flash and that I don't have to ship it back to Hong Kong where I bought it? What is the best batteries out there for this Vivitar Flash?

  • Jonathan Mondejar Nov 29, 2008

    Thanks lightingman. I guess, I have to stick for the normal AA battery for now. Thanks your very much helpful.

  • Jonathan Mondejar Nov 29, 2008

    Hi! I just want to ask you bout my problem with the Cactus V2s Receiver
    that I have. See, I have 2 receiver and transmitter. But one
    transmitter seems not working.

    I already ruled out some of the probable causes:

    1. It's not the Channel Setup
    Both
    receiver I set to channel 1 and the back of the transmitter I also set
    to channel 1 (at the back of the transmitter, I set Switch 1 to "1" and
    Switch 2 to "2", but only 1 Receiver is working. I first put my first
    receiver to see if it will work in my SB600 and it's working. I then
    detach the receiver that is working and tried out the other receiver.
    But when the other Receiver with the same channel set-up was put, the
    flash is not firing (although the red LED incator is ligting up as it
    was triggered. I tried all channel set-up but still I cannot put the
    other receiver to work.

    2. It's not the battery
    I
    tried to switch batteries between the receiver that is working and the
    receiver that is not working. With the same channel set-up between the
    two Receivers and the transmitters but only the one receiver is working
    (same receiver that is not working I pointed out on item#1)

    I'm
    really running out of ideas how is it possible to fire the two flashes
    using the two receivers. I really really would appreciate it if you can
    help me with regards to this issue.

  • Jonathan Mondejar Nov 29, 2008

    Hi! I just want to ask you bout my problem with the Cactus V2s Receiver
    that I have. See, I have 2 receiver and transmitter. But one
    transmitter seems not working.

    I already ruled out some of the probable causes:

    1. It's not the Channel Setup
    Both
    receiver I set to channel 1 and the back of the transmitter I also set
    to channel 1 (at the back of the transmitter, I set Switch 1 to "1" and
    Switch 2 to "2", but only 1 Receiver is working. I first put my first
    receiver to see if it will work in my SB600 and it's working. I then
    detach the receiver that is working and tried out the other receiver.
    But when the other Receiver with the same channel set-up was put, the
    flash is not firing (although the red LED incator is ligting up as it
    was triggered. I tried all channel set-up but still I cannot put the
    other receiver to work.

    2. It's not the battery
    I
    tried to switch batteries between the receiver that is working and the
    receiver that is not working. With the same channel set-up between the
    two Receivers and the transmitters but only the one receiver is working
    (same receiver that is not working I pointed out on item#1)

    I'm
    really running out of ideas how is it possible to fire the two flashes
    using the two receivers. I really really would appreciate it if you can
    help me with regards to this issue.

  • Jonathan Mondejar Nov 30, 2008

    transmitter and both receivers were all on the same channel. But when the other Receiver with the same channel set-up was put, the
    flash is not firing (although the red LED indicator is ligting up as it
    was triggered. I tried all channel set-up but still I cannot put the
    other receiver to work).I already clean the battery terminals and make sure that the batteries are in tight, making contact. The unit does not have an antenna.

  • Ed Shapiro
    Ed Shapiro May 11, 2010

    Please put ordinary AA batteries in the unit and see if it functions. The is to find out if the problem is in your rechargeable batteries ir th charger. Please get back to me. Ed

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There is nothing wrong with your flash unit. The regular AA batters are 1.5 v volts each- if 4 batteries are used that is a total of 6 volts for proper operation. The rechargeable batteries are 1.2 volts each and 4 will get you 4.8 volts- thats 1.2 volts short and that is probably the root of our problem .

Try recharging you rechargeable batteries and put the im one more time- if the same problem happens you will have to stick with standard AA batteries. There external 6 volt packs that will work with your flash unit0 the are a bit of an expense at first but you will save on replacement batteries in the long run,.

Ed

Posted on Nov 29, 2008

  • Ed Shapiro
    Ed Shapiro Nov 29, 2008

    The transmitter and BOTH receivers must be on the same channel. If that is not working, clean the battery terminals on the offending receiver and make sure the batteries are in tight and are making contact, If the unit has an external antenna make sure ti is fully extended and not broken. The batteries should also are the proper voltage.



    That is all I can suggest without servicing the circuits within the unit. Try some of the above and let me know. Ed

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