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Its not loading the Capacitor when switched on.

It,The 1900 Flash, does not load the capacitor when the switch is switched ON. The batterys are placed in properly and new.Also, there is no burned out components or signs of burnt PC Board, So something is not connecting, as in an open circuit.

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My solution is to stop being stupid and buy a Nikon Flash, instead of trying to save a few bucks.

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SOURCE: How to open case to perform tests

Remove the metal circle oposite to dial (it's glued). Under the circle you will find a metal clip connecting halfs of the flash - pull it out. Flash is ready to open.

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SOURCE: Charging problems

Try to check that capacitor by parallel it with a good capacitor.
Any uf capacitor that is close will do. Just make sure you have a 300v or more cap.

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SOURCE: Vivitar flash won't charge the capacitor.

Finally try with 4 fresh Alkaline by DURACELL.
It will turn green.
If not the capacitor needs to be replaced

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