|ION ELECTRONICS ADJUSTMENT - STOCK BOARD (BASIC)|
Tech index -> Ion -> Adjusting and maintaining -> Electronics adjustment -> Stock board (basic)
This page includes basic information on how to set the electronics, and can be used as a quick-reference.
Note: This is only a guide for HOW to adjust the board. Information regarding WHAT to set adjustments at can be found on the Setting Electronics and Pressure mainpage.
Upgrading: This is the current version of the stock board. No upgrades are necessary.
Advanced Information: More detailed explanations for the stock board and how it works can be found here. Same information; more details.
· The stock board for the Ion uses two small buttons to operate: the power button and the programming button.
· The power button is accessible right behind the top of the trigger; push the ION jewel button to actuate it.
· The programming button is located on the surface of the circuit board when you remove the left side of the grips; it's only used to adjust the electronic settings on the board.
· To turn the marker on, press and hold the power button for two seconds. The LED will light red (green if UK board) and you are now in Vision mode, ready to fire.
· You can toggle between Vision on and off by pressing the power button anytime. The LED patterns are different for Vision on and off, and are explained below.
· To deactivate the board, hold the power switch in until the LED turns solid red. You can then release the button and the board will power down.
The blinking red LED behind the Ion jewel denotes the status of the board during gameplay (green if UK board).
· Non-Vision mode: two rapid blinks each second (blink blink, pause, blink blink).
· Vision mode, ready to fire: continuous blinking, four times each second (blink blink blink blink blink...).
· Vision mode, no ball loaded: one blink each second (blink, pause, blink, pause)
· To adjust any of the settings on the circuit board, you must remove the left side of the grips (or the entire grips, it doesn't matter) and push the programming button once.
· There are two additional LEDs located under the grips as well (yellow and red). When you enter programming mode, one of the LEDs will light up, signifying you're in programming mode.
· Pushing the programming button will cycle through the six adjustment modes, each with its own LED color/pattern:
Solid yellow - Dwell up
Solid red - Dwell down
Single blink yellow - Recharge up
Single blink red - Recharge down
Double blink yellow - Fire mode up
Double blink red - Fire mode down
Adjusting the board is easy to do.
· First, select which adjustment mode you want by the LED pattern and color. For example, to increase dwell select solid yellow.
· The power button is used to adjust the setting. It will adjust it by one interval in whatever direction you sleecred (up or down).
· Each time you push the power button, the opposite color LED will blink once to signify it has been adjusted one time.
· As you push the power button, at some point the LED will stop blinking; this signifies you have reached the maximum/minimum setting.
· To exit the programming mode, push the trigger once. After pushing the trigger, turn the board off to save the settings. If you pull the battery, the new setting will revert back to whatever it was last set to.
· Example: if you want to increase dwell by four, select solid yellow then push the power button four times. The red LED will to show you how many times it was adjusted. Once you count four, you're done.
To find out what the setting is currently set to, you have to decrease the setting all the way down to the bottom and count the number of times the LED blinks. When it stops blinking, you've hit the bottom. Whatever number you counted was the current setting. Now you will have to increase it back up to your new amount.
Example: to find out what your dwell is set to, select solid red to decrease it. Hold the power button and count the number of times the yellow LED blinks. Once it stops blinking you've hit the bottom. If the LED blinks 50 times, then the last setting was 50 from the bottom. If it blinked 60 times, then the setting was at 60 from the bottom. etc.
Now select solid yellow so you can set the new dwell setting. Hold the power button and count the number of times the red LED blinks, and stop once you've reached your new desired setting. For instance if you count 40 blinks, the new setting will be 40. Pull the trigger and turn the gun off. The board is now all ready to go, when you turn it back on.
Note: there is no way to "reset" the board back to the stock settings.
Dwell: LED solid
Dwell is the amount of time the solenoid remains on, which is the amount of time the bolt will remain forward.
· Dwell is required to allow the bolt to fully cycle and give the marker enough time to fire the ball.
· If you set dwell too low you will have velocity problems (dropoff, won't be able to achieve a certain velocity, etc).
· If you set dwell too high, you'll waste air each time you fire and get slightly less shots per tank.
· The stock dwell setting is 52, and will work however you may be able to decrease it to get more shots out of your tank (this varies from gun to gun).
· For information on recommended dwell settings, check the electronics and pressure setting page.
Recharge: LED single blink
Recharge is the name for the amount of time the board waits between each shot. This is used to determine the rate of fire (ROF).
· When you increase recharge, you increase the time between each shot, which lowers your rate of fire. And vice-versa.
So, if you want to increase your rate of fire, you want to decrease recharge. If you want to decrease your rate of fire, increase recharge.
· The lowest speed the marker can be set to is roughly 8.5-bps, whereas the maximum speed is 17-bps.
· If you wish to set the marker for maximum speed, simply decrease recharge all the way to the bottom. Your Ion will now be set to 17-bps.
Fire Mode: LED double blink
The stock board is equipped with four(4) fire modes, in this order from highest to lowest:
· Cycling up or down will switch the fire mode to the next one in line.
· If you know what fire mode you're currently in, you can just increase or decrease it to the mode you want to be at.
· If you don't know what mode you're in, then simply increasing it to the top will set the gun to fullyauto; decreasing it to the bottom will set the gun to semiauto. If you want rebound, decrease it to the bottom then increase it once. If you want three-shot burst, increase it to the top then decrease once.
Note: Fullyauto and three-shot are capped at 10-bps and can't be adjusted. Also, they are only available on US boards; UK boards don't have fullyauto and three-shot.