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Current on vacation in the Philippines, and unfortunately it seems to be one of those trips where everything breaks down. :D Just before leaving one of my Inon Z240 stopped working and now my Sola Photo 1200 seems to have joined that unfortunate club.

 

This is what happened. Two days ago I left the Sola to charge overnight. Not sure if this is relevant, but at some point I could see red or possibly orange lights blink rapidly in the corner of my eye. At that time I didn't think much of it as I was preparing for a night dive. Once the Sola was attached to the arm I tried it out - not working. It ended with me renting a light from the dive shop. Once back I started troubleshooting, and unfortunately the Sola seems to have gone completely dead. I've done some researching on this and other forums and I've tried the following:

 

1. It's not in locked mode (holding the slider in unlock position more than 4+ seconds makes no difference)

2. With the charger plugged in the wall, I've tried to rapidly tap the charger's contacts against the light's charging contacts

3. With the charger connected to the light, trying to plug/unplug the charger to the wall.

4. Tried another Sola charger

 

Nothing seems to make any difference. None of the above make the indication lights go on. Any other ideas, or is this the end of my Sola? :(

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It sounds dead unfortunately. This won't help you right now, but I recently solved all my Sola problems by switching brand. I've gone through 4 Sola 4000s in three years and enough is enough. I will never buy a main light again which has non-replaceable batteries.

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My Sola 800 didn't want to accept a charge after sitting for a few months. Seemed like it didn't want to start charging. I don't recall exactly how the lights were blinking, but it never settled into charging mode.

 

Initially, I also had no luck rapidly tapping the charging contacts to the light, but then I attempted flipping the charger plug over and tapped the light a few times. In essence, tapping the Positive charger terminal on the Negative contact on the light (and vise versa). After tapping a few times, I flipped the charger back to normal and plugged it in normally. Viola, the light started accepting a charge.

 

Hope it helps?.?

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You could also try unplugging the battery for a few minutes. This has helped mine in the past. From what I remember you just have to remove that plastic piece under the led module to gain access to it.

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We have had these troubles with our Sola lights, both the 800 and the 1200. What I think is happening is that the third prong on the plug isn't making contact. But by working the plug back and forth along the narrow axis we can always get them to charge. After wiggling it a bit and getting a steady red light indicating a charge I carefully sit down and watch a bit because sometimes it takes another application of wiggling. Awesome right, well not so much but it's worked so far.

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Much appreciated everyone! Will try it all tonight and let you know how it goes. Planning another night dive tomorrow, would be great to be able to bring the Sola.

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