When I was doing my last studio session for the review of the Geckota G-01 pictures I was a bit concerned that I couldn't activate (bring them out of standby or sleep mode) my Mutliblitz flash heads with the TriggerHappy remote - time for new batteries I thought as when I switched them on manually I also couldn't get them to trigger. I was horrified when I took off the battery hatch to find that one of the 'AA' cells was leaking and there was a white sticky deposit and some liquid in the battery compartment! Now I do check installed batteries every few weeks and I have to say that I've had a few surprise leaks over the years and always from the same brand - Duracell - which was what was fitted here. Cleaning the battery compartment thoroughly didn't resolve the issues, so in the end I stripped down the trigger to look at the circuit board and found the leaked fluid had seeped through and there was some furring around some of the surface mount components. Now I don't know if this is going to be detrimental long term, but I cleaned the circuit board initially by using a brake cleaning aerosol. This dries very rapidly and seems to leave no residue, this was followed up by a liberal spray of switch cleaner and a soft brushing over the surface and everything was put to one side to dry. Finally the next day I used my fiberglass pen to remove the corrosion that had built up on the battery tags and installed a fresh set of (non-Duracell) AA's and all was back to working perfectly. Now I can't endorse this cleaning method as I've no notion of how this will workout long-term, but in this instance the unit was dead so as far as I was concerned I had nothing to loose. One thing is for certain I no longer buy Duracell batteries as I've stated above these are the only brand in the last ten years I had problems with. Over the last year I used to buy Maplins own brand ones as they seem to last the longest and have never leaked, but alas Maplins is no longer :-( so now I generally buy IKEA packs and recently decided to try Tesco own branded ones with Energizer being the only 'big' commercial brand I now use.
Born in 1956 (so getting on a bit now) I'm married and have two wonderful children we all live in Devon in the South West of England - on the Cornish border.