I dropped my SB-600

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  1. EASmithV

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    Well, I dropped it once, from a height of about two feet.

    It fell off a lighting stand from a height of 7 feet.

    It finally stopped working after it fell off the lighting stand for the second time. Now it won't even turn on...

    I have all the documentation that came with the flash EXCEPT the receipt/proof of purchase. The flash is still within it's one year warranty. What do I do?
     
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    I don't think that dropping it is covered by warranty. :<(
     
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    See if you can get the ladder fixed first.
     
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    Get a copy of the receipt from the seller.

    I do not think dropping will come under the warranty.

    Steve
     
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    Well, the unit looks perfect, it just won't turn on.
     
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    gift :rolleyes:
     
  7. Sirius Glass

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    Call Nikon, tell them it was a gift received about ... . Now it does not work. How should you proceed. They can tell how old it is by the serial number and the aging of the flash tube.

    Also, if you sent in the warranty card, you are covered for the start date.

    Steve
     
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    Oh, come on. You broke it and you want to stick Nikon ?

    Nice.
     
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    How dare Nikon for making a flash unit that's not child proof!!!
     
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    It obviously failed the drop test :sad:
     
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    They'll know that it was dropped as soon as they open it up. It's a lot easier to just be honest with them and see what they can do for you at the service center. It could be something simple and easy to fix, but I'd consider keeping a better grip on the next one....
     
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    That was at 1 g. I wonder if it would have passed at 0.75 g's.

    Steve
     
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    I dunno. I had a lens slip out of my hand and hit the deck from three feet and it now resides in the trash. :sad: Tile floors and lenses are not compatible, and sometimes I am about as graceful as a three legged giraffe with a trick knee. )
     
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    SB600 internal weakness to shock

    When a Nikon SB600 is dropped and no longer turns on, it is probably because the inductor has been broken, as in: http://www.nslms.com/2009/09/07/like-a-flash-in-the-pan/

    The battery assembly free-floats in the case and has a nice little tight cutout area that fits just over the inductor. So if it is full of batteries and shocked, this inductor can easily be sheared and broken.

    All is not lost- I just fixed mine for under $25 - but that's because I ordered the wrong size inductor to begin with and also ordered a copy of the repair manual and parts list off eBay. I've posted details of the repair at the link above, although it is not for the unequipped or faint of heart...