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Won't turn on.

Unit doesn't turn on. Have cleaned contacts as well as I can, and checked batteries. Any suggestions for better contact cleaning...or other advice?

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  • Anonymous May 06, 2009

    I have same problem Will the WD40 treament


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Soak the internal contacts of the battery holder with WD40 electrical spray and leave for a while say an hour it will not harm the electronics but wipe suplus off after giving further cleaning with fibre tipped pen available from most electronic firms the contacts have to be very clean as I found with my flash gun Vivitar 283 and I nearly give it up for lost after the above it is now working fine

Posted on Feb 01, 2009

  • vairnut62 Dec 20, 2010

    Ah..Yes! I just came across this answer. I just noticed little greenish deposits on internal contacts inside the battery holder. I am glad I didn't throw my good faithful flash unit away! Thanks! Steven


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