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How to clean corroded battery in nikon sb600

how to clean a corroded battery compartment for the sb 600

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zaw, Try this to clean the contacts on your flash. The best commonly available thing to clean the camera battery corroded contacts with is distilled vinegar and Q tip/cloth/small brush then very light polish with extra fine steel wool or an ink eraser on a pen, followed by a little 90% isopropyl alcohol on a clean cloth. Then dry the contacts with a dry clean cloth. You want to avoid using a cloth that will leave lint/dust behind. Finish by blowing out with a can of compressed air to get rid of any fibers or grit from polishing. Check the attached links,instruction and guides, Good luck.

I hope this helped you out, if so let me know by pressing the helpful button.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SHbimNl7...

http://cleaning.lovetoknow.com/Clean_Alk...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sDd4VkUm...

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Thanks. Was so hard to find a good solution and Nikon wants almost $200 to fix. Did the steps you described and got both of my flashes working again. Won't leave the batteries in the flash again.

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Vinegar?? Nope. Acetic acid reacts with metal - slowly but it reacts. Use some CRC contact cleaner. It's plastic safe. Small can says electrical grade, plastic safe lots of places sell it...

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I'm sorry, but Vinegar is a huge YEP!

I had a very stuck door, tried various methods and then went for the vinegar.

The key is to use VERY hot vinegar - just shy of boiling. I used a syringe and needle to force inject around the edges and waited a few minutes. I took a tool to pry the door and Bam! It slid open. Messy, ugly and rough, yes - worked fabulously with no damage to flash.

After opening the case and prying out the terribly corroded batteries, I used more hot vinegar to scrub contacts, filed of what I could and after a finish wipe down with alcohol, drying and new batteries, all is well. I saved hundreds of dollars with vinegar!

Don't listen to the vinegar protesters, vinegar WORKS GREAT. I know because I just did it. Remember the key is HOT vinegar and injecting under the cover + patience. Vinegar also removes limescale on anything - as long as it's too hot to touch comfortably. Soak it, spray it or wipe it on - it's a miracle substance if you know how to use it!

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Batteries in my SB-600 corroded years ago. I tried cleaning it then and it did not work. I am slow to surrender equipment I like so I set it aside for over a year. Today I was going to give it up and put it in the trash. I paused, did a google search, found y’all, tried suggestion of cleaning with vinegar, alcohol, and Q-tip....and, it WORKS!!!!

Thank y’all!!!

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Yup, have to agree. I figured my SB600 was a goner with one battery so corroded that the cover had popped open and was very stuck, so trying the vinegar was a no brainer I used a q-tip with warm/hot vinegar with the bottom of the compartment facing down so any runoff would drip out. It took several light applications but I could see the vinegar working, fizzing away at the corrosion. It looked like success was nigh! I tipped the SB600 upwards a bit from time to time so that SOME vinegar could seep alongside the battery.

After about 3-4 minutes, most of the white corrosion was gone, so I got a sharp pointed thin tool (I used a nut pick!) to wedge into the tip of the battery and along its side. It worked loose after only a few seconds and BINGO, there was that bad boy, in my paper towel! I thoroughly dried the compartment that the battery was in with a paper towel, let it air dry for 30 minutes, popped in some new batteries and it's good as new! EXCELLENT TIP!!!

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Magic! HOT vinegar, a couple of Q-tips, and a couple of minutes effort. My trusty SB-600 is now flashing like new! Now, the batteries get removed when the shooting session is over.

Final step to this fix (Seriously!) -- Lick the flat end of the batteries before you put them in the flash unit.

Thanks, folks!

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I have a Nikon SpeedLight SB-700 that I’ve had for years. During a recent shoot, it went dead after the first flash. I had light corrosion around one of the battery contacts, but nothing that looked like it would impede the current of the battery. But it definitely was. I tried alcohol on the contacts followed by pencil eraser, but no luck.

Here’s how I was able to fix it:

1) Lightly rubbed the contacts with a 2cm x 2cm square of 120 grit sandpaper and taped to the end of a rounded pencil eraser.

2) Spray a light amount of CRC Contact Cleaner using the red straw-nozzle on each of the battery contacts.

3) Dry the battery compartment with a bit of compressed air. (I used an air compressor so I tried to be gentle with the air, so as to dry the contacts and any residual contact cleaner, but not to dislodge anything inside the flash body.)

That did the trick! 4 fresh Alkaline batteries and voila! I’ve fired about 10 1/1 bursts and everything seems to be working just fine!

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