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.
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!
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!
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.
HBB in Phoenix, Arizona Nikonian Team Member
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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.