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Old Dec 30, 2010, 6:38 PM   #1
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Hello, I just got this flash used and it appears to be in order, no damage or signs of mis handling.
I am not up to speed on all it can do by any means but have noticed that the battery strength level never shows on the LCD and I have no way of knowing where I am on battery power.
Is there a setting for this in the flash somewhere to turn it on and off.
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Old Dec 30, 2010, 9:20 PM   #2
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Hi Flying Fossil, congrats, that is a very nice flash. I have the HVL-f42AM. The battery life indicator does not show on mine until the batteries get weak. Then it flashes. I have never witnessed this, maybe because I use rechargeable eneloops, and have never used up the set in the flash at any one shooting. As a practice, I always recharge my batteries before a shoot. By the way, these eneloops seem to last forever, I have shot at family reunions, Thanksgiving, and Christmas for several days without seeing the blinking light. And, these flashes will go to sleep after a few minutes of inactivity, so saving the batteries.
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Old Dec 30, 2010, 9:38 PM   #3
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Thanks for the comeback. Perhaps I'll intentionally run these puppies (Duracell 2000mAh rechargeables) down and see if the indicator lights up.
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Old Jan 25, 2011, 7:33 PM   #4
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I have the 42 and it's the same. what a funny design. i've never seen it blink cause i've never run the batteries down but i suppose it'll give me fair warning to back off a bit.
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Congratulations on your new to you flash. I have the 58 and and mine is also the same.

Has anyone ever run one totally dead to give us an idea of how long we might have one the indicator starts flashing? Is it only telling us that it is now dead or do we get a bit of notice?

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I had that experience once when the battery indicator (F42AM) flashed on the LCD screen just before it died ( a couple of flashes later). If your batteries still have enough juice to function, the indicator won't even appear. Best insurance is to have a spare set of batteries just in case you need them.
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I had that experience once when the battery indicator (F42AM) flashed on the LCD screen just before it died ( a couple of flashes later). If your batteries still have enough juice to function, the indicator won't even appear. Best insurance is to have a spare set of batteries just in case you need them.
Thanks for the info. Good to know!
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