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Battery holder for Vivitar 283 is broken. Can I get a replacement

Where can I purchase a Battery holder for the Vivitar 283 flash?

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I think there are some listed on Ebay-check it out.

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Do i need the battery adapter for my vivitar 283


The 283 and 285 require an adapter to hold the 4 AA batteries. This is because there is an available battery pack NC-3 (NiCad) that works with the Charge-15 rapid charger. Loose AA batteries cannot be used without the adapter known as AP-1. They are all over eBay and quite reasonably priced.

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Where can I purchase a new or used battery holder for a Vivitar 283 flash attachment? Mine was left in too long and the batteries destroyed the contacts.


Best place for finding Vivitar 283 anything is on e-Bay, I use a gang of them doing my location photography and have several holders preloaded with batteries so when the cycle time starts to get more then I can bare I just switch out the holders.

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My vivitar 283 flash won't turn on. I checked the


Check the contacts for the battery to make sure they are clean and shiny. Then insert 4 brand new AA batteries observing the correct polarity and try again. Also check your users manual to be sure all of your setting and connection to your camera is correct.

I hope this was a help to you and good luck!

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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

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You can get this at below 8$

http://cgi.ebay.com/Vivitar-283-285-285HV-Flash-Metal-Replacement-Foot-NEW_W0QQitemZ160359960375QQcmdZViewItemQQptZCamera_Flash_Accessories?hash=item255632cf37

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Vivitar 283 charges but fails to flash


I had the same problem with my early Vivitar 283 flash.  I discovered that the thyristor on the trigger board tested as an open circuit. 

Trying to find a replacement for a 30 year old thyristor semi-conductor proved to be fruitless. 

My solution was to purchase a broken, late model Japanese 283 flash off of ebay and transfer the trigger board to my early Japanese model. The late model thyristors could handle more heat.

Problem solved.

Mar 15, 2007 | Vivitar 283 Flash

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