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Nikon Speedlight SB600 will not switch on

I have changed the batteries (a few times), cleaned the contacts and the thing still will not turn on. I have tried it on and off the camera, but nothing happens.

Any suggestions or recommendations for where it can be repaired in London?

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  • yegster Feb 13, 2009

    Completely dead. Won't switch on

  • Anonymous Feb 15, 2009

    so frustrating!! i am having the exact problem and can not figure it out?

  • Anonymous Feb 17, 2009

    Exactly the same problem, all of a sudden it's dead.

  • rsky Feb 27, 2009

    Hmmm, that's exactly what happened to my SB 600. I had just purchased new batteries a month or two ago and it was working fine. Yesterday I pulled it out cause I needed a self portrait and it wouldn't even turn on. Placed 4 new batteries in it and no luck.

    Makes it hard to even think of buying another if this happens so normally!

  • Anonymous Mar 14, 2009

    Same exact problem

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2009

    Well, in search of answers, here I came and me too.  It had good batteries in about a month ago, may have been left on, but I have put fresh in and nada.  Checked twice to make sure polarity of batteries correct.

  • cloud9photos Apr 06, 2009

    Unit will not power on at all, checked battery compartment, and it appears to be clean and free of corrosion.

  • Anonymous Apr 12, 2009

    This flash has problems... goes dead after no use for awhile... quickly opening and closing the door wakes it up somtimes...poorly made flash.


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I'm sure this won't work for everyone but I used a long thin flathead screwdriver to scrape some corrosion off of the contacts that would be touching the positive side of the battery and then it fired up fine.  I'll use some swaps dipped in alcohol to give them a better cleaning later but after the scraping (gentle) it fired right up.

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  • pelube Sep 18, 2010

    Worked like a charm for me too. The corrosion can be very subtle to he eye, but obvious when scraping gently.

  • tcfire
    tcfire Dec 30, 2012

    WOW!! Mine crapped out a yer ago and I was ready to replace it...did the screw driver trick and it's like new!!! Thanks!!!

  • Michael Leiber
    Michael Leiber Nov 25, 2013

    excellent , same here. Invisible but after a little screwdriver treatment turned on again


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