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philm35 Registered since 25th Jan 2004Sun 13-Jan-13 10:56 PM
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"SB-600 Battery leak"


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The batteries in my SB-600 leaked and have corroded the terminals. I cleaned everything out as well as I could, and have scraped the terminals clean. Now the flash will only power up intermittently, maybe about 25% of the time.

Any suggestions on how to repair the terminals? I would prefer not to send the Speedlight to Nikon for repair, because they will likely charge more than the flash is worth.

Thanks

--Phil


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philm35 Registered since 25th Jan 2004Mon 14-Jan-13 12:22 AM
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#1. "RE: SB-600 Battery leak"
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Answer to my own question:

I found this advice on another site: Clean the terminals with white vinegar. 5 minutes later, the Speedlight is working again!

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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Mon 14-Jan-13 05:45 AM
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#2. "RE: SB-600 Battery leak"
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Hi Phil,

I have always used 50% white vinigar 50% water and Q-Tips.
After cleaning the corrosion, make sure you throughly rinse the vinigar off with 100% water and Q-Tips. Then allow it to completely air dry.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

  

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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Mon 14-Jan-13 05:48 AM
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Hi Phil,

I have always used 50% white vinigar 50% water mix and Q-Tips.
After cleaning the corrosion, make sure you throughly rinse the vinigar off with 100% water and Q-Tips. Then allow it to completely air dry.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

Best Regards,
Marty

  

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cliddell Silver Member Nikonian since 10th Oct 2006Mon 14-Jan-13 09:02 AM
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#4. "RE: SB-600 Battery leak"
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Following advice on this Forum to always remove batteries from Speedlights after use helps to avoid this kind of damage.

Also, it gives one an opportunity to examine each cell to check for impending leaks.

Regards,
Clive Liddell
Pietermaritzburg
South Africa

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HBB Moderator Hal is an expert in several areas, including CLS Awarded for his excellent article contributions to the Resources. Charter MemberMon 14-Jan-13 04:18 PM
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Phil:

On my night shoots with law enforcement agencies, I load the batteries into twelve SB800s and thirteen Pocket Wizards prior to departing, and always unload them when returning home, next morning at the latest. Yes, it is a time consuming chore, but I have never had a battery leak in my photographic equipment.

You never know when a battery will leak. Some people leave batteries in their units for months with no problems, while others are hit with leakers in much less time.

Additional battery protocol:

1) Always use the same kind of batteries in a unit. Do not mix rechargeables, alkaline, lithium, etc.

2) Always use the same brand of batteries in a unit. Do not mix Duracell, Energizer, etc.

3) Do not mix new batteries with partially drained units. Change all batteries in a unit when recycle times become too long.

Regards,

HBB in Phoenix, Arizona
Nikonian Team Member

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philm35 Registered since 25th Jan 2004Mon 14-Jan-13 08:15 PM
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Thanks for the tips, everyone. Yes, I have learned my lesson... I will not store batteries in the Speedlight (or any of my other electronic devices). I was asking for trouble, because I use my Speedlight very infrequently. I'm glad the vinegar trick worked... Really didn't want to send it to Nikon for repairs.

--Phil

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