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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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  • northgagal Nov 11, 2007

    I almost the exact same problem. Been using the flash constantly - batteries wore down (not completely) - replaced with fresh set - now contact with them is flaky - can make contact with the lid - but can't sustain contact with lid properly in place

  • Anonymous Dec 07, 2007

    Yes... I had the exact same thing happen with mine. Even though my contacts looked like they were in good order, I clenaed them and the ends of the rechargable battries. Seems fine now. still would like to know for the problem though.

  • Stylephoto Jan 16, 2008

    Exact same problem - I mean exactly the same story word for word. Still can't get it to work.

  • Jaykayem Mar 03, 2008

    Almost exact same problem. In my case, if I hold the battery cover partially closed, the flash works. If I close it all the way, I get 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 behaves the same way. I'll try cleaning the contacts, though they look fine.

  • Nikonewt Apr 18, 2008

    Exactly the same problem - sometimes putting selotape round the "not quite closed" cover would solve the problem, sometimes it wouldn't. The manual says that if the flash gun doesnt work first time turn it off, take out the batteries and then replace them and switch it on again. This is all very well, but since the on/off switch doesn't actually tell you if it is on or off, when you have put the batteries back its difficult to know whether the problem relates to poor battery strength, poor contacts or the fact that it is actually switched off. I haven't tried the eraser trick yet, but how do you clean the contacts in the bottom with an eraser - one on the end of a pencil?

  • photogrl200 Apr 19, 2008

    The same thing happens to me on my flash, where I think I put the batteries in the wrong way and then I go to open it and it will flash on and stay on without me powering it up. Then when I go to shoot the flash it will work a couple of times and then the flash won't go off about 3 times, I have used the ready button to see how many times I can get it go flash consecutively, it will go a couple of times and then it won't a couple, it is very frusterating when I am shooting a wedding.

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    Rochelle Riservato Jun 26, 2012

    Well these are old comments and this EXACT problem is still going on....I have to push on the battery compartment and then I hear it fire up. I will try the eraser cleaning, but I have looked in with a flashlight and a magnifier and the contacts are squeaky clean. I also pulled up the contacts a hair and it worked on day, but the same thing happens again. I want to send all these blog entries to NIKON, what do you think?

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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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