Strobe troubleshooting

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  1. kanticoy

    kanticoy TPF Noob!

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    I apologize if I am doing this wrong. I'm new on here and I'm trying to figure how this community works.

    I need some help troubleshooting my strobe light. When I turn the unit on, the light bulb flashes but when I push the test button or try to take a picture, it doesn't flash. It only flashes when I turn the unit on. Does anybody have any ideas what is wrong?


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    Vtec44 Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    Brand and model?
     
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    I would check the fuse, make sure it's still good. You might have already done that. Sad to say, but this type of monolight does not tend to have a really long life. Replacements are in the $49-$69 price class if needed.

    You do not mention HOW you are triggering the light; hard-wired PC synch cord? Optical slave? Radio trigger? Infrared trigger; the triggering mechanism/fire-command chain is one area that the problem could be in. I would try another, different method of triggering the flash unit, to see if there might be a solution.

    The optical slave might be defective, or turned OFF; the PC synch outlet might have a bad connection; the master flash might not be synchronizing with the optical slave due to TTL flash issues.; CORDS can always have bad connection, and each cord has TWO ends, plus TWO connections!
     
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    Is it the the modeling light or the flash tube that's flashing when you turn it on? I'm not aware of any type of strobe that does that, so it sounds like a malfunction to me, and given the price, I would concur with Derrel - just replace them.
     

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