Vivitar Flash with Mains Power

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7 Oct '11 Fri Oct 07, 2011 12:50    
Radar
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Post Vivitar Flash with Mains Power

I have an old Vivitar Series 1 600 C/R flash gun which I've accquired a SB-4 mains power adaptor. Does anyone know, when you use the power adaptor do you or do you not fit the batteries as well? I'm not worried about trigger volts etc. as it will be used off camera as a wireless slave.

 
 
 
 
  
7 Oct '11 Fri Oct 07, 2011 15:19    
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Post Re: Vivitar Flash with Mains Power

As a rule of thumb when using a mains lead the batteries come out Wink


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7 Oct '11 Fri Oct 07, 2011 16:34    
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But recharge time is very slow on mains charger - get the highest power AA's you can fine! A few extra sets and a fast charger will be much esaier to work with thna waiting, waiting, waiting.

Pays to have spare battery holders through, as they can be hot when they first come out - flash or fast charger! Wink


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8 Oct '11 Sat Oct 08, 2011 04:02    
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ni-zn batteries are very power full and rechargeable.
You can't get them here but you can order them on amazon.com, look for powergenix.
You will need a special charger as well btw.

On YouTube there are some videos showing the differences in reload times.

 
 
 
 
  
10 Oct '11 Mon Oct 10, 2011 12:07    
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Any good to you ? :-

www.butkus.org/chinon/..._units.htm


Bernard

 
 
 
 
  
18 Nov '11 Fri Nov 18, 2011 09:45    
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Post Re: Vivitar Flash with Mains Power

In the case of the Vivitar 283, the act of plugging the SB-4 mains unit into the flash unit operates an internal interlock switch in the socket which disconnects the battery pack.

The SB-4 is in fact a high voltage power supply and is intended to generate directly the high voltage needed to charge the reservoir capacitor within the flash unit.

Therefore the flash unit operates on the 200+ volts from the SB-4 and not from the internal high voltage generator. The internal batteries are not charged and can be left in place.

John

 
 
 
 
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