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Using the N8200 Planner
To use the Planner, make sure the power switch is in the OFF position, and connect a standard 9-volt alkaline battery to the snap-connector at the end of the power cable.
Inspect both rotary LED selector switches and if necessary, turn their selector shafts so they are at the “0” position. The top of each shaft has an arrow pointer. In the “0” position the left-bank rotary switch selects the N1011 LED (closest to the Intensity select switches). The right-bank rotary switch in the “0’ position selects the N1021C LED (right-side board corner).
Set the Bank selector switch to either the right or left bank.
Choose the LED Intensity level by sliding the two intensity switches to the appropriate positions. The switch with “Hi” printed near its left side is the primary switch controlling LED brightness when set at either the 1, 2 or 3 setting. When set to the “arrow-down” position, the secondary slide switch (“Low” printed near its right side), is enabled and has 4 additional LED intensity settings with 7 being the dimmest.
Turn the power switch on and, depending on which bank is selected, the appropriate LED will light.
If the left bank is selected, turning that rotary switch clock-wise from “0” moves LED selection along the left side of the board from N1011 (front) to N1021 (rear) in the “9” position.
If the right bank is selected, turning that rotary switch clock-wise from “0” moves LED selection along the right side of the board from N1021C (rear) to N1039 (front) in the “9” position.Each LED is marked with Ngineering’s corresponding part number. They are as follows:
Note: As of 02/15/2016, all Planner boards will use the new, brighter "A" version of the N1015 LED
The Planner’s circuit board is manufactured using FR4 glass-epoxy resin material and is quite durable. It is coated with a baked black solder mask that is fairly impervious to most chemicals, however certain precautions should be observed during normal use.
The Planner is intended for indoor use only. Outside moisture and direct sunlight can have damaging effects to the on-board circuitry and LEDs.
If, over a period of time the Planner becomes soiled (fingerprint grease, dust, etc.), it can be cleaned with a tissue or swab and rubbing (Isopropyl) alcohol. Avoid the LEDs as alcohol attracts moisture, which can become trapped and cause short-circuiting. Do not pour the cleaner directly onto the board, apply it to a tissue of swab.
The Planner is quite durable, but the LEDs are easily damaged if bumped against any hard surface. With the exception of the 2x3mm LEDs, all others have a small square epoxy capsule that is bonded to a tiny circuit board. Any sharp “bump” can separate the capsule from the circuit board, destroying the LED..
Battery life for a Planner in continuous use can be expected to be approximately 5-6 hours depending on the milliamp-hour rating of the battery. In addition to the current drawn by the LEDs, the board’s control circuitry adds to the battery drain.
It is recommended to turn off the power switch whenever the board is not in use, and disconnect the battery from the cable when storing the Planner.Whether you are right or left handed, we have found that holding the connected battery in the palm of your left hand and holding the Planner with your left hand (thumb on top, first finger underneath) makes using the Planner very easy.
Complete user documentation is included with the Planner along with several tables listing the Planner’s LED current settings at 4 different voltages: The on-board regulated 5-volts, using a 9-volt source, a 12-volt source and an 18-volt source. These tables have common current settings and show the different resistor values required for the different voltage sources.
Additionally, there is a sheet showing the Planner, identifying the on-board resistors (both the intensity setting and trimmer resistors).
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