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I pulled my nikon 550 range finder out of my bow case were it has been since the end of last hunting season when it was working perfectly the last time i used it. it would not read any ranges what so ever i replaced the battery with a brand new from the store and the range finder says it is almost dead it would read ranges everyother time and it has stopped reading ranges agian only thirty minutes later. buy the way the range finder is only two years old and has never been dropped.

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For the "Guest" who needs a manual, down load one at http://www.nikonusa.com/pdf/sportoptics/rangefinders/LASER800Instructions.pdf

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Go to; www.nikonusa.com.

On that home page, look down the left side of the page and you will see a variety of choices to click on. You will click on 'DOWNLOAD CENTER'. Then, on this SAME page, look in the middle of the page and you will see a choice 'SPORTS OPTICS' which you will click on.

This will take you to the NIKON ANSWER page.

Scroll down the page until you find the 550, there's two(2) models of the 550 determine which is yours, then look over to the right hand side of the page and you will see the PDF/ADOBE logo which you will click on and in turn this will show you the OWNERS MANUAL which you can download and there you have it.
Good luck. :)

Posted on May 05, 2009

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On my laser 500 G I held both buttons down together for a short time and it began reading again. See if that works with yours.

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SOURCE: MY NIKON 550 RANGE FINDER

Same problem. Conclusion: just because it has the NIKON name does not mean it is not a piece of Chinese junk.

Posted on Nov 09, 2010

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Go to; www.nikonusa.com.

On that home page, look down the left side of the page and you will see a variety of choices to click on. You will click on 'DOWNLOAD CENTER'. Then, on this SAME page, look in the middle of the page and you will see a choice 'SPORTS OPTICS' which you will click on.

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