Shortly after the Mark II version of the YongNuo YN-568EX flash was released, a number of people experienced issues with the tabs holding the battery door in place breaking off.
This issue with weak battery door material was fixed in flashes and battery doors produced from October 2013. So if you’re considering purchasing a YN-568EX or YN-568EX II this shouldn’t be a problem now as far as I’m aware.
Though I have just experienced the same issue with one of the original YN-568EX, produced all they way back in October 2012. And a number of other people have reported this with YN-568EX as well.
This flash has been handled very gently, and with fairly little use. So its fair to expect anyone with a YN-568EX or YN-568EX II produced before October 2013, may (and probably will) eventually experience this issue.
I first noticed the battery door was not sitting quite flush with the flash body at the lower left corner. But by the time I had taken the photos here, the batteries had already forced the door open to the point the flash will not even power-on without some help to try and hold the door closed.
The battery door has a series of 3 small tabs on each side, which normally lock it in place securely when the door is closed properly.
Though as you can see bellow, the first tab is still intact, while the second tab is in the process of breaking away, and the third tab is completely broken off.
The 3 tabs on the opposite side of the door are currently still in tact, though the rest likely won’t last long without some solid rubber bands or similar securing the door.
The Solution -
New battery doors with improved plastic can be purchased from YongNuo to fix this issue. And its reportedly a fairly simple mater of sliding the old door off, and sliding the new one back on. So at least you don’t have to send the flash back for repair.
The new battery door comes with instructions on how to release the old door, and slide the new one on.
Price and Availability -
YongNuo do not currently list the YN-568EX / YN-568EX II battery doors in their official Ebay Store, so you will need to contact them through the Store to order. I’m not sure why the don’t simply list them.
The price is around $5.99 per door including postage, so you’re mainly paying for postage really.
I don’t want to start a mass panic, but its probably a good idea to start looking at ordering a back up door if you have pre October 2013 YN-568EX or YN-568EX II flashes, and don’t want to be caught out. As this one at least let go pretty quickly once it started.
You can likely get away with using rubber bands etc to try and keep it going in a pinch if needed, but that can be a bit of a hassle.
I haven’t heard of this issue happening with any of the other YongNuo flash models (even though they use very similar battery door tabs). The YN-560 III have had a fair amount of abuse with no issues. And I haven’t had any other issue with the YN-568EX otherwise.