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Need battery holder for Vivitar 285 flash

It hods 4 aa batterys

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Easiest way to get these is search for them on Ebay. they are usually very plentiful. If that fails, most on-line camera stores (B&H Photo is a good one) have them on line to order

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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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I need a battery holder for a vitiar 285 HV flash what will it cost for part and shipping


You may order the part from here. The part is USD 6.50. The shipping cost will depend on what part of the world you're in.

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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.

All my stuff came off e-Bay.

Feb 21, 2011 | Vivitar 283 Flash

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Does the TR-2000 work with a vivitar 285? What cable do I need to buy?


TR 2000 gives two output ^ volt and 330 volts.
Whereas 285 HV uses 6 volt and 110 volt AC
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?O=details_accessories&A=kitInfo&Q=&sku=638035&is=REG
I am running my 285HV with external 6volt battery pack.sort of this type.
http://cgi.ebay.com/6V-1-3AH-SLA-Sealed-Lead-Acid-Rechargeable-Battery_W0QQitemZ390166216699QQcmdZViewItemQQptZLH_DefaultDomain_0?hash=item5ad7b7fffb
I added 2 standard diodes in series (IN4001 type) and placed inside the dummy battery pack which reduces some voltage and safeguards against wrong polarity.
more details? bforbay@gmail.com

Apr 05, 2010 | Vivitar 285HV Flash

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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!

Nov 13, 2009 | Vivitar 283 Flash

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Vivitar 285 not working


You don't need a Manual.
In 285 HV there is only one Power on/off switch.
If that switch is on and batteries are new Alkaline (like duracell-no chepo )or fully charged and working rechargebles,and yet the ready light do not come the flash has defect inside.For sure.

Jul 27, 2009 | Vivitar 285HV Flash

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Vivatar 285 HV flash problems


Are you still having problems? a.l9609@gmail.com

Mar 09, 2009 | Vivitar 285HV Flash

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Need help with Vivitar 285 voltage


You should not put AC voltage into DC circuits.

A better directions:

Open open the 285 and solder two wires(red = positive; black = negative) then snake it out to AC connector(this needs to be removed).

Buy 7.2V plug set from Radio Shack or remote control car stores.
Buy 7.2V Battery and Charger.

This will be better than buying the Quantum & cable battery.
It will also wake up the flash faster than using the Quantum.
The total cost should be less than $85.00.
The battery is about 5X stronger than those 4 AA and they do last longer.

eltroman
atdlee@netzero.com

Jan 02, 2009 | Vivitar 285HV Flash

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Vivitar 285HV Stop Working


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

Nov 27, 2008 | Vivitar 285HV Flash

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