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Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:53 pm

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I'm hoping you can help me out...

I have an Ultra Zap 2400 and 1600 that have been sitting in a case in my garage for a few years. I remember reading somewhere online a year or so ago something about after a flash has been unused for a long period of time, that you should not just fire it up and start popping off flashes right away.

The article said to set it at a low setting and pop off a bunch of flashes..... the reason had something to do with the gasses in the flash tube.... or that they need to be re-coated... (with what, I don't know) I cant remember exactly the reason.

Does this make any sense to you, or am I sounding like a crazy person? Is there anything that should be done to used flashes that have been sitting on the shelf for a long time?

I'm selling the units to a friend and I want to make sure that they're in the best shape possible.


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Mon Apr 24, 2017 4:47 pm

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You would be reforming the capacitors.

Yes, you would want to turn the lights on at minimum power, and let them sit and fire them some over a period of time. Ideally, the total time would be about an hour per year of non-use.

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