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Jul 20, 2018 07:32 |  #1

Purchased a Godox AD200 last summer, mostly used the Fresnel lens...was using the barebulb attachment last night in a softbox and it died on me...probably have less than 500 pops with the barebulb. Never been dropped, never been overheated...is this common or did I just draw a bad bulb?




  
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Jul 20, 2018 08:55 |  #2

jwilson wrote in post #18666617 (external link)
Purchased a Godox AD200 last summer, mostly used the Fresnel lens...was using the barebulb attachment last night in a softbox and it died on me...probably have less than 500 pops with the barebulb. Never been dropped, never been overheated...is this common or did I just draw a bad bulb?

I have done 500 in an evening on many occasions so maybe put this one down to bad luck

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Jul 20, 2018 09:58 |  #3

First, make sure you don't have the accessory knob tightened down on the bulb itself.

Second...yeah, I have heard a number of complaints about the life of the bulb.

I have two, and after hundreds of flashes, I haven't had a problem with either.

I'd like to think it was a bad batch.


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Jul 20, 2018 14:40 |  #4

jwilson wrote in post #18666617 (external link)
Never been dropped, never been overheated...is this common or did I just draw a bad bulb?

No for casual use I'd expect years out of a flash tube. While the AD200 hardly has the most heavy duty tube going there should be a lot more complaints if they were dying that quickly.

Most likely you have a faulty piece of equipment, tubes are not super complicated things though, are you sure it doesn't have a crack somewhere?




  
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Jul 23, 2018 14:01 |  #5

RDKirk wrote in post #18666677 (external link)
First, make sure you don't have the accessory knob tightened down on the bulb itself.

Second...yeah, I have heard a number of complaints about the life of the bulb.

I have two, and after hundreds of flashes, I haven't had a problem with either.

I'd like to think it was a bad batch.

I agree with the first points, but a lifetime in engineering and the tech support leads me to believe its user error that causes the failures.


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Jul 25, 2018 04:07 |  #6

My ad200's bulb stopped working after 30 pops. All it does when pressing the button is a clicking noise and a little spark in the bulb. The fresnel head works fine. Is there a fix ?




  
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Jul 25, 2018 05:43 as a reply to  @ mihaikolf's post |  #7

That sounds familiar.

https://www.dpreview.c​om/forums/thread/42550​84 (external link)


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Jul 26, 2018 03:30 |  #8

I took it back today and the verdict was that the bulb died. They replaced it and I also bought a spare one for backup.. so yeah the life span is really short or it was just bad luck




  
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