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    Quote Originally Posted by jim appleyard View Post
    The adapter? I'm afraid you lost me on this one.
    By "adapter" I mean the plug on the end of the cord from the Quantum pack. It plugs into the battery bay of the 283. You close the battery cover to hold it in; you can cut out a notch to accommodate the cord if you wish.
    Oh, I remember, the official name of it is "module."
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    Quote Originally Posted by jim appleyard View Post
    I don't know about the voltage for the turbo, but I think it's 510.

    The 283 does accept an external power source: Turbo ( with a CV cord) and the Vivitar HVP-1; perhaps others as well. This may have been an added feature in later models?

    I'll have to look into the battery adapter.
    Yes, all the 283's will use the same module/adapter/plug etc.
    The original battery box/tray/fitment is removed, a notch cut into the battery compartment cover and the Quantum battery with the correct module/adapter/plug is used.
    The Turbo will not work with the 283 because it has a 9V output. The 283 uses 6V.
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    FWIW....

    I have a Vivitar HVP-1 to offer for shipping charges, alone. The dry cell is fairly pricey for me, as I shoot few frames. If you shoot 35mm or digital, it may be another story.

    530 volt battery, if I recall correctly. Instant recharge, hundreds of cycles.

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    If the external battery uses a "module" that fits into the battery compartment of the flash in place of the internal batteries, then the flash would work as normal, as all the circuits are being supplied voltage from the external battery. The flash wouldn't know it did not have internal batteries.

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    Phototone.
    That is true, the flash works as normal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jolefler View Post
    I have a Vivitar HVP-1 to offer for shipping charges, alone. The dry cell is fairly pricey for me, as I shoot few frames. If you shoot 35mm or digital, it may be another story.

    530 volt battery, if I recall correctly. Instant recharge, hundreds of cycles.

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    LEt me know est of shipping charges. I will take if charges are not too much. I am in SOuthern Ohio so perhaps not too bad. My Zip is 45068

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    Sorry , Doug. I sent it off to Ralph quite a while ago. Hey Ralph...ever find that M.O.?

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    All of the Differences Between Vivitar 283's & 285's

    WOW ! It's hard to know where to begin. There's so much mistaken information, here. So let's try this;

    1. There are 2 different 283's as there are 2 different 285's.

    2. All of these models can use 6 volt low voltage Quantum 1's, or 1+. Any modules, that fit into the battery compartment are for the low voltage Quantum battery.

    3. The L.V. 285's, CANNOT use a Turbo. They weren't designed to use the H.V. pack, so they can't use a Turbo.

    4. Aside A., when they came out with 285 H.V., they redesigned the 283's to lower the flash synch voltage. Only older 283's have a high synch voltage. All 285's have a low flash synch voltage.

    5. I don't believe that you need to install AA batteries, to use a Turbo. I still own 2, 1 of which still works fine. I remember, Vivitar telling me, that only the flashes, that used an LCD, display, require AA's.

    6. Stay away from the Vivitar H.V. 1 pack. The 510 volt battery is hard to find. The turbo's were invented as a substitute for the Vivitar H.V. 1 pack. The Turbo puts out about 300 volts. www.qtm.com

    7. Aside B., All 283's & 285 H.V.'s use the same AC adapter. Because when they redid both flashes, they made them both similar inside. All 283's & 285 H.V.'s se the same Turbo power cord. Only the 285 L.V., uses a different AC adapter, which Vivitar promptly discontinued, when they discontinued the 285 L.V..
    But here's a secret, the 285 L.V., AC adapter was also used for the Vivitar Polaroid Instant Printer.
    So the joke was on them.

    8. I was always worried I would fry the camera circuitry, because of the single ball connector in the hot foot. If both, the camera & flash are switched on, dragging the ball across multiple contacts on the hot shoe, could short the camera. So to avoid that, I changed the foot to the one made by Lindahl. It uses a HouseHold synch cord, instead of the little pin & the metal foot, required me to use a flash bracket, the best thing I could have ever done.

    9. You can tell the difference, between 285 L.V.'s & 285 H.V.'s by the front label. The L.V.'s used Black lettering, on a Silver background, the H.V.'s used Silver lettering on a Black background. While it does say H.V. on the front, it can be easy to miss & if your eBay, hunting, this may be a more reliable way to spot, what you want.

    10.. You must power up all Vivitar flashes every once in a while or the capacitor goes dead. It's hard to fix now, due to a lack of parts from Vivitar.

    11. I'm told that the Chinese one's are junk, ( no pun intended ). Here's a web site that explains all about the new models. But even he has some of the facts wrong, about the older models. I owned, both L.V. & H.V. 285's. I still have the H.V.'s as back up. www.AlJacobs.com

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    Apparently the Vivitar 285 H.V. does require 3 batteries.

    UPDATE:
    apparently B&H sells a dummy battery for the Vivitar 285 H.V.. So, it MUST require one. I'll have to try mine, as I just got my Turbo fixed, it's been a while. Heres the link:

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc...rgy_Saver.html

    I'm sure the 283's are similar.

    I stand corrected. But I'd rather sit.

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