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I left my Vivitar 285hv on for over 6 hours. I turned it off and when I turned it on the pilot light alternates between red and green and will not fire.

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Sounds like something overheated and fried. I suppose you could take it apart to which part looks black.
Prolly needs a new circuit board and/or capacitor. Not sure what the repair cost would be, since it seems Vivitar is no longer in the flash business.
Best bet:
buy another 285HV on Ebay, either broken, for parts, or for replacing your dead one. Keep your old one fer parts.

Posted on Oct 19, 2009

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