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    pentaxpete
    20 May 2011 - 12:30 PM

    I have been GIVEN four of the older BOWENS Monolites from the 1980's but two of them do not flash -- they have the same problem as my original one I bought, the Bowens 750W Special -- the charge light comes on but the unit will not flash. There is one Monolite 200 and one 400 E which will not flash -- I believe Bowens of Clacton no longer service the older models -- are they worth paying out for and where would you suggest please ?

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    mad-dogs
    mad-dogs  122201 forum posts England
    20 May 2011 - 2:26 PM

    Sent you a PM with details where you can get a quote for repairs.

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    muzzeyman
    muzzeyman  10293 forum posts United Kingdom
    20 May 2011 - 10:55 PM

    If you are ok with a soldering iron, then you could try a repair yourself. I bought a couple of Bowens monolites a few years back with the same problem. After opening them up I found the the actual flash tube connections had suffered from 'dry solder joint'. Soon fixed and had them up till last year. Sold them but they are still working now! It could be yours have got the same fault.

    The only other problem would be worn capacators which I would recommend having replaced by a specialist repairer.

    HTH
    Phil.

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    pentaxpete
    21 May 2011 - 10:16 PM

    The only worry is that I have had the duff ones plugged into the mains and there may be a charge in the capacitors which coud fry my fingers if I was not careful !

    muzzeyman
    muzzeyman  10293 forum posts United Kingdom
    26 May 2011 - 12:13 AM

    You should be ok as the capacators are set back from everything else. Failing that leave them switched off and unplugged from the mains for about 12 hours to be safe. This is the recommended time for capacator discharge.

    Good luck
    Phil

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    pentaxpete
    26 May 2011 - 9:42 AM

    Well, I gingerly unscrewed a couple of bolts on one unit and one bolt went all 'wobbly' then when I got off the reflector with the flash tube I found a NUT must have dropped inside somewhere which attached the 'Earth' wire to the back of the reflector ! I had a look at a solder joints but all OK - then I had to hunt around in my drawers in my darkroom for a NUT to fit and ended up having to use a plastic thing or I could not have screwed the Earth wire back -- so much fo my 'DIY' efforts at 'Flash Repairs' !!!!! SadSadSad

    muzzeyman
    muzzeyman  10293 forum posts United Kingdom
    26 May 2011 - 11:57 PM

    Ah well twas worth a shot. Sounds as though it could be that the capacators are not charging and need replacing.

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