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Nikon Speedlight SB-600

The only way to bring my Speedlight to life is to squeeze the battery chamber lid. My speedlight's batteries had run out and I didn't use it for a couple of month and I just left the old batteries in it. But when I changed them, it acted like it didn't have any batteries in it. When I started to open the battery chamber lid, the LCD panel flashed on for a split second. then I found that the LCD panel would stay on it I squeezed the battery chamber lid. Even then, I can't get it to flash. I tried cleaning the battery contacts with an eraser, but with no success. The speedlight isn't even two years old and is stored in a safe container. I am stumped.

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I had the same problem - used an eraser to clean the contacts and it worked perfectly

Posted on Apr 16, 2008

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Exact same problem. Bent the contacts inside the flash to push the batteries up closer to the lid. Also cleaned the lid contacts. Seems to be working now.

Posted on Apr 13, 2008

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Almost exact same problem. In my case, if I held the battery cover partially closed, the flash worked. If I closed it all the way, I got no power. The contacts weren't bent or flattened, but I tried bending them up to increase spring pressure with no luck. The flash still behaved the same way. I then cleaned all contacts thoroughly with a brand-new eraser, blew out the eraser dust, and the flash seems to work fine now. I cleaned both the contacts on the cover and the contacts at the bottoms of the battery wells.

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Are the contacts corroded or bent?

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