580 II Battery Failures

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Paul Stricklin
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580 II Battery Failures
6 months ago

The last few months I have had one battery out of 4 go bad in a short period of time using this flash.  The oddity is only 1 in each set.  I have tried 3 different battery brands with the same result, the plastic sleeve/wrap on battery is slightly flared or bulged at the base.  The charger indicates a bad battery when I try to charge.  Voltage tests show 3 good and 1 bad battery.  I have ordered or new charger and a special load tester so I can track each cell over the next couple of months.  The flash terminals do not appear discolored and the internal flash compartment appears distortion free.  I do experience the flash slow down most weekends due to heavy flash use in large spaces or lots off dark non reflective walls.

I vaguely recall a remark about 580s damaging batteries due to a local heating problem.  Anyone else experiencing similar problems.

Paul Stricklin

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