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Topic Title: DS-3400 Batteries Corroded
Topic Summary: The batteries and battery area for my Olympus ds-3400 were corroded. Can't power up
Created On: 01/21/2020 07:38 PM
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 DS-3400 Batteries Corroded   - lloydgarver - 01/21/2020 07:38 PM  
 DS-3400 Batteries Corroded   - Lunis Orcutt - 01/22/2020 12:42 PM  
 DS-3400 Batteries Corroded   - lloydgarver - 01/22/2020 02:24 PM  
 DS-3400 Batteries Corroded   - lloydgarver - 01/25/2020 01:01 AM  
 DS-3400 Batteries Corroded   - Walt-Talks - 01/22/2020 12:48 PM  
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 01/21/2020 07:38 PM
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lloydgarver
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After not using my Olympus ds-3400 for quite a while, I decided to give it a try.  It wouldn't turn on.  I opened up the battery area and saw that the batteries were corroded. I removed them and put in new batteries, but the recorder still didn't work. I could also see that the area where the batteries sit (or lie down) also had those little corrosion shavings. I googled what to do about battery corrosion and the suggestion I got was to dab some baking soda on the area. It didn't do anything, and I still can't get any power.  Any suggestions?

Thanks-- Lloyd

 



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 01/22/2020 12:42 PM
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Lunis Orcutt
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Your DS-3400 is more than 10 years old so this is not surprising. You could try cleaning the corrosion with 94% pure rubbing alcohol and Q-tips but you may have to toss your unit. The equivalent replacement is the Olympus DS-9000 but you might want to additionally check out the Olympus DS-9500 which includes a cradle and Wi-Fi downloading. If you're looking for equivalent accuracy but less expensive, check out the new consumer Olympus DS-2600



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 01/22/2020 02:24 PM
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Thank you for the recommendations.



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 01/25/2020 01:01 AM
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Just tried using the alcohol to clean up the battery corrosion, and it worked!  I could turn on the power, listen to the recordings I had made, and make new recordings. Thanks for suggesting that I try this little trick.

Lloyd



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 01/22/2020 12:48 PM
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Walt-Talks
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Did you mix the baking soda with some water before "dabbing" it on the corrosion?
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