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Why is my sb-800 melting my batteries?

My sb-800 melting my batteries, i was just using duracell AA's and i noticed the flash was overheating, so i checked the batteries and they fried.

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Thre is a non-repairable short in the capacitor charge circuit that puts a big amp load on the batteries.

May be repaired by Nikon service... but the electronics contain high voltage. Do not attempt to repair yourself and I wouldn't trust it even if Nikon repairs it. Why risk burning your camera and equipment!?!

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