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I have a Vivitar 285 HV flash that hasn't been used for 15 years. Nothing happens when you install fresh batteries and turn it on, is there something else I can try? thanks Ian

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After that long without power, the main storage capacitor has likely failed. If you can find the correct model or an equivalent one, then you'll find that they're not overly expensive but you'll need good soldering skills to replace it without damaging the new one and to ensure that the new connections are sound.

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I need a battery holder for a vitiar 285 HV flash what will it cost for part and shipping


You may order the part from here. The part is USD 6.50. The shipping cost will depend on what part of the world you're in.

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I dont have any problem with Vivitar Flash.. I am currently a Nikon D3000 user and I need an external flash for shooting in low lights and portraits in my garrage-made studio..I searched ebay and found...


The Vivitar 285 HV is specified to have a trigger voltage of 12V. The Nikon DSLRs are specified to be safe up to 12V. This puts the combination right at the fuzzy point. It should be safe, but if the flash goes a little high while the camera goes a little low, you might run into trouble.

The 285 (no HV) is definitely a no-go.

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What is the diff between a vivitar 285 and a vivitar 285hv?


285 has high trigger voltage(+250v) ,where as 285 HV has less than 5.5 volts trigger voltage (which is safe to be used for any digital SLR2_bing.gif). 285 HV has a Thyristor circuitory.

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285, red/green lights blink, whines on start up, but won't fire


Hi Dave,
Try shorting out Center Pin to Outside Metal Contact after the light turned green. This must fire the flash.
If not, could be the flashtube /or trigger are defective.
Do you have a DVM?
atdlee@netzero.com

Feb 14, 2010 | Vivitar 285HV Flash

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Vivitar 285 not working


You don't need a Manual.
In 285 HV there is only one Power on/off switch.
If that switch is on and batteries are new Alkaline (like duracell-no chepo )or fully charged and working rechargebles,and yet the ready light do not come the flash has defect inside.For sure.

Jul 27, 2009 | Vivitar 285HV Flash

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Vivitar flash won't charge the capacitor.


Hello,

You can't repair the capacitor, only replacement.
Are you sure it's the capacitor or just guessing?

If you know how to put a bicycle together without using a manual, then it's not hard.

Just needs:
Phillip Screwdriver
Very thin blade to remover the round plate
Flat Blade Screwdriver
Solder and Soldering Gun.

Be very careful on the HV discharge fromm the cap.

More help: a.l9609@gmail.com

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Apr 06, 2009 | Vivitar 285HV Flash

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Vivatar 285 HV flash problems


Are you still having problems? a.l9609@gmail.com

Mar 09, 2009 | Vivitar 285HV Flash

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Can i use vivitar 285 hv flash with my canon powershot sx10 ?


It is the HV version, yes you can just put it in a color mode so the sensor on the front guesses the out put- it isn't ttl so it won't know what the camera is thinking

Feb 27, 2009 | Vivitar 285HV Flash

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