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#1 bradrk



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Posted 19 July 2014 - 03:52 AM

Hey Guys


SO I have a couple of strobes that are having a little trouble...... when I turn them on nothing happens,,,,,,,,, but if I tap it it turns on...... does anyone know what is going on???? are the capacitors starting to go or is it something else???


Im leaving for an overseas trip in a few weeks so would love to sort them out before I go.....





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Posted 19 July 2014 - 10:07 AM

What kind of strobes, what kind of batteries etc.?


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Posted 19 July 2014 - 02:13 PM

Once you answer Bill's questions and get the batteries charged up you will need to reform the capacitors. This done by leaving a strobe on for a while. Thirty minutes for example. Do this before firing them. BTW NiMH batteries die if they are not used, so you may need new ones. This happened to be when I bought a secondhand but virtually unused strobe.

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Posted 13 August 2014 - 04:35 PM

HI guys 

Sorry it has taken so long to get back to you, I have used new rechargeable batteries and seems to fix most of the issue. Tom I will try leaving them on for a while to reform the cap.... 


Thanks for your help