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Nikon sb-600 changed batteries can not get it to turn on. What I'm I not doing right?

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  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2008

    got exactly the same problem. just changed the batteries and nothing is happening.

  • Adrian168 May 19, 2008

    My SB-600 wont turn on also. I've put fresh batteries several times but I still cant get it to turn it on. What could be the problem?

  • Anonymous Jul 05, 2008

    Went out of country without camera, came back and now SB600 will not power up. It is not the batteries. Tried several sets, even Camera's West store could not get it to start up with working batteries in another unit. Don't think I dropped it. Just stopped working. Tried the pencil eraser trick to clean contacts, but no difference. It is about 2 years old and fired perfectly about 2000 times I would guess.

  • Anonymous Jul 24, 2008

    Same Problem. It just stopped working.

  • Anonymous Sep 05, 2008

    I too am having the same problem with my SB-600 - it just stopped working. I brought it to a Nikon dealer and they thought it may be the capacitor and it would need to be sent to Nikon. I'm thinking it may be cheaper to just replace for $175

  • animatorul Oct 09, 2008

    i have the same problem , next week i will go in nikon service for repair

  • Anonymous Nov 08, 2008

    used the sb-600 2 weeks ago for the last time..working perfect.

    Yesterday I connect it to my camera(d70s)and it doesn't work.??

    There is light in the screen...and that's all...nothing appears.

    Try new batteries but nothing changed.Just the light in the screen (permanently)Have to send it to a servicecenter I guess.

  • jjmiller5 Dec 03, 2008

    Same problem as others. Haven't used the flash for a couple months now it won't turn on. Tried new batteries, no difference.

  • dbhazjack Dec 17, 2008

    I have the same problem. SB 600 used very little. I the past, new batteries, cleaning the contacts, and while holding the on switch, pressing down on the batt door and sliding it gently back and forth would eventually power it up. But not any more. Pretty shabby for a Nikon product.....

  • Anonymous Dec 31, 2008

    same story. Who knows?



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Does the flash turn on when you push the battery door down? By push it, I mean HARD... If so, you might be able to cure this by getting some jewelry screwdrivers and flexing IN the metal contacts in the battery compartment door to increase the battery contact.. just be careful not to break the metal (but if you do, a replacement battery cover is about $16)

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SOURCE: flash is not working for a nikon sb-600 speedlight

zoom the flash all the way in so you can see if the flash bulb is broke

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SOURCE: Nikon Speedlight SB-600 keeps firing

I believe that there is a safety feature built in that if the voltage in the capacitor gets too large the flash will fire, to prevent damage, could be this that is faulty, if it is a new main circuit board is required.

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SOURCE: Nikon SB-600. No power on / turn on even changed

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SOURCE: my nikon speedlight sb-600 doesnt turn on. The

Try cleaning them with some alcohol first. If this doesn't help. If this doesn't help then,
Try PhotoTech Repair Service, in NYC. They are Nikon authorized for all repairs, and are able to do warranty service in house. You can ship them your unit and, they are usually faster than the manufacturer, and cheaper! Plus if you join their facebook fan page they give you a 10% discount.

Here in the link to the facebook page, it has all the info you need.
Hope it helps!

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SOURCE: Nikon Speedlight SB 600, Batteries leaked and can

clean all batterie compartment contacts thoroughly.

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