Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/09/19

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Re: Autoflash reliability
From: Bud Cook <>
Date: Sat, 19 Sep 1998 08:23:56 -0500

The capacitor must be reformed every few weeks (or months at the latest)
or it will die.  If your flash has a built-in rechargeable battery, it
also must be reformed/recharged on a regular basis.

When you recharge the capacitor, turn on the flash and leave it on for
about 30 minutes.  Then fire the flash several times at maximum power
before storing it.


Doug Richardson wrote:

> Akhil Lal <> wrote:
> I have in my closet four dead autoflashes (Rollei, Agfa, Minox &
> Sunpak).  All four were used lightly and died without any apparent
> cause.
> >Of all the photographic apparatus I own, flash units seems to be the
> most unreliable. Comments anyone ?
> Hello Akhil,
> The magic words are "used lightly". Some of the components used in the
> circuitry will die if they don't have voltage applied regularly. The
> manual which came with my Metz flash says if it's not being used
> regularly, switch on every few months and fire off half-a-dozen
> flashes.
> Regards,
> Doug Richardson