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What would cause a Vivatar 283 to not power up? See details below for additional info.

My Vivatar 283 flash was left in the on position for years. I've cleaned the battery contacts and put in fresh batteries, but the unit does not power up. Do you have any suggestions on what the problem is? Update: There are contacts on the outside of the battery holder also. I overlooked them. After cleaning them the unit works great. Thanks for all of the suggestions.

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Anonymous

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SOURCE: No Sound/No Power

I used your site to research the problem further. I found an answer which recommended rubbing the suspect terminal lightly with a pencil eraser. It worked! I now have battery power and my headset works fine.

Posted on Nov 30, 2008

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Anonymous

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SOURCE: Won't turn on.

Soak the internal contacts of the battery holder with WD40 electrical spray and leave for a while say an hour it will not harm the electronics but wipe suplus off after giving further cleaning with fibre tipped pen available from most electronic firms the contacts have to be very clean as I found with my flash gun Vivitar 283 and I nearly give it up for lost after the above it is now working fine

Posted on Feb 01, 2009

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Anonymous

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SOURCE: Flash on Nikon SB600 won't turn on

there are tabs in the battery wells you may have to put something in there to bend it back up so it will make both contacts on top and the bottom

Posted on Mar 20, 2009

SOURCE: won't start after cleaning battery terminals

Sounds like you have an aftermarket alarm with starter disable. By disconnecting the battery the alarm reset and the defualt setting is usually to set the alarm automatically (active arming). You have three options..
A. If you have the key fob that went with the alarm you can disarm the alarm.
B. If no key fob is available you can disconnect the battery again, turn the ignition key to the on position and reconnect the battery. This usually doesn't allow the alarm to set and allows the car to start.
C. Remove the aftermarket alarm system. This is usually the long term fix i recommend if the fob isn't available. Option B should get you going though.

Posted on May 09, 2009

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SOURCE: Canon A720IS flash problem/low battery indicator

cudgegong said in another forum:

To resolve the annoying "change the batteries" problem. Goto menu, choose yellow menu, select
file No. reset to ON. Turn camera off and back on.

Voila fixed.

Posted on Aug 21, 2009

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