VTech V.Smile Pocket Power Pack User`s manual

Dear Parent,
VTech®, with the introduction of our V.SMILE POCKET™, offers parents a
fun, healthy alternative to the world of hand-held video games. We know that
children enjoy the “big kid” feeling that comes with owning one’s very own
hand-held system, and we also understand parents’ reluctance to put these
toys into their children’s hands. Children want more independent play as they
get older, and parents want to feel comfortable that this play is providing
healthy, fun and educational benefits to their children.
With V.SMILE POCKET™ – an educational hand-held video game system
designed for 5-8 year-olds – VTech® continues its tradition of providing
unique and fun alternatives to the existing video game systems. The V.SMILE
POCKET™ combines age-appropriate educational content with high-tech
graphics and fun game play to provide a state-of-the-art experience that kids
and parents will both love. Also, V.SMILE POCKET™ can be played both
on-the-go as a hand-held unit, or plugged directly into your TV for a shared,
at-home game play experience.
Both the V.SMILE POCKET™ and the V.SMILE™ TV Learning System
work with the full library of VTech® Smartridges™, each based on popular
children’s characters that engage and encourage your child to play while
learning. The library continues to grow, as VTech® seeks to provide parents
with an almost endless selection of wholesome video games that meet the
individual needs and likes of their children.
At VTech® we are proud to provide you with a much-needed solution to the
video game dilemma, as well as another innovative way for your child to learn
while having fun. We thank you for trusting VTech®, with the important job of
helping your child explore a new world of learning!
Sincerely,
Your Friends at VTech®
To learn more about the V.SMILE POCKET™ and other VTech® toys, visit
www.vtechkids.com
INTRODUCTION
Thank you for purchasing the VTech® V.SMILE POCKET™!
This unique handheld video game device was created especially for young
players. With the VTech® V.SMILE POCKET™, children can play exciting,
educational games on the go, or plug the V.SMILE POCKET™ directly into
a TV for great at-home play. Either way, children will enjoy the fun and
rewards of great educational video game play, all the while playing along
on adventures with the characters that they love best.
V.SMILE POCKET™
Wrist Strap
Battery
compartment
Smartridge™
User’s
manual
AV Cable
Introduction
4AA batteries
Included in this package
•One VTech® V.SMILE POCKET™
•One Smartridge™
•One AV Cable
•One Wrist Strap
•One User’s Manual
•4 “AA” heavy duty batteries included. Alkaline batteries are recommended
for longer life and optimum performance.
WARNING:All packing materials such as tape, plastic sheets, wire ties,
vacuum form and tags are not part of this toy and should be
discarded for your child’s safety.
PRODUCT FEATURES
Contrast control
Smartridge™ slot
Volume control
OFF Button
ON Button
AV output Jack
TV Indicator
ENTER Button
LCD screen
LCD Indicator
Built-in Microphone
DIRECTION
Button
DC Power Jack
Microphone Indicator
Microphone On
& OFF Button
4 Color Buttons
LEARNING ZONE
Button
PRODUCT FEATURES
Headphone Jack
HELP Button
EXIT Button
“ON” Button
“OFF” Button
LCD indicator
TV indicator
Press this button to turn the unit ON.
Press this button to turn the unit OFF. Always do this
before removing a Smartridge™.
Light flashes on when the unit is turned on.
Light appears when the unit is connected to the TV
screen and the unit is turned ON.
Function JACKS
DC Power JackUse this to connect to an adaptor.
AV Output JackUse this to connect the unit to a TV.
Headphone JackUse this to connect to headphones.
NOTE:V.SMILE POCKET™ supports one-player mode only.
Function Buttons
ENTER Button
Press this button to make a choice or to perform
certain game actions.
DIRECTION Button
Press left, right, up, or down to direct the onscreen cursor, or game character, to the location
you wish.
4 Color ButtonsUse these buttons to choose answers in certain
activities, or to perform certain game actions.
LEARNING ZONE Button Push this button to enter the Learning Zone play
mode.
Press the microphone button to turn the mic
on. The Mic Indicator lights up to indicate that
you can now use the built-in Microphone for any
sing along or microphone-related activities.
If you connect the unit to a TV and hear feedback
when using the microphone, try lowering the
volume setting on the TV.
EXIT Button
Press this button to exit or pause a game.
HELP Button
Press this button to hear helpful hints in
certain games.
Smartridge™ slot
Slide in a Smartridge™ here for game and
activity play.
NOTE:Do not hold the unit by the Smartridge™ as it may cause the unit to
become disconnected.
DIRECTION AND ENTER BUTTON LEFT/RIGHT REVERSE
SWITCH
The V.SMILE POCKET™ accommodates both right and left-handed players.
To switch the ENTER and DIRECTION buttons from one side to the other:
•Slide up the switch on the back of the unit as shown in the diagram.
•Roll the DIRECTION and ENTER buttons from up to down until you hear
and feel a locking sound. The DIRECTION and ENTER buttons will now
appear on opposite sides from where you started.
•To return the buttons to their original positions, perform this same
maneuver again.
PRODUCT FEATURES
Microphone Button fix handstrap / gettomg started
HOW TO ATTACH WRIST STRAP TO THE
V.SMILE POCKET
Getting Started
BATTERY INSTALLATION
•Make sure the unit is turned OFF.
• Locate the battery cover on the back of the
unit.
• Locate and remove the battery cover on the
back of the unit as indicated in the diagram.
•Insert 4 “AA” batteries as indicated in the
diagram.
•Make sure to replace the battery cover.
BATTERY NOTICE
•Do not try to recharge non-rechargeable batteries.
•Rechargeable batteries are only to be charged under adult supervision.
•Do not mix different types of batteries. Do not mix new and used
batteries.
•Only use batteries of the recommended or equivalent type.
•Always insert batteries properly matching the plus (+) and minus (-)
signs.
AC ADAPTOR
AC/DC adaptor. We recommend the
•Use a standard 9V
300mA
use of a VTech® 9V AC/DC adaptor.
•Make sure the unit is turned OFF.
•Plug the power jack into the 9V socket at the lower part of the
handheld.
•Plug the AC adaptor into a wall socket.
NOTE:The use of an adaptor will override the batteries. When the toy is
not going to be in use for an extended period of time, unplug the
adaptor.
Getting Started
•Batteries that have run out of energy must be removed from the toy.
•Do not short-circuit the supply terminals.
•Do not use more batteries than recommended.
•Remove batteries from the toy if it will not be used for an extended period
of time.
NOTE:When the V.SMILE POCKET™ is running on batteries, you may see
this icon appear on the screen
. This indicates that battery
power is low, and you should replace the batteries soon. Battery
time remaining once the icon first appears is approximately 10-30
minutes, depending on the type of batteries in use. After that, the
handheld will show the screen below for 5 seconds, and then will
turn OFF automatically.
Standard Guidelines for Adaptor Toys
•The toy is not intended for use by children under 3 years old.
•Only use the recommended adaptor with the toy.
•The transformer is not a toy.
•Never clean a plugged-in toy with liquid.
•Never use more than one adaptor.
•Do not leave the toy plugged-in for extended periods of time.
CONNECTING TO A TV
•Make sure the handheld and TV are turned OFF.
•Slide a Smartridge™ firmly down into the slot located on the back of the
unit, matching the label on the Smartridge™ with LCD screen facing out,
to assure that it is inserted correctly as shown in the diagram.
•Connect the purple AV cable plug to the TV jack on the handheld.
-Connect the yellow plug on the V.SMILE POCKET™ cable to
the yellow video input terminal on your TV.
-Connect the white plug on the V.SMILE POCKET™ cable to
the white audio input terminal on your TV.
Getting Started
yellow white
•Turn on the TV.
•Set your TV mode to accept input from the port in which your V.SMILE
POCKET™ is connected. In some cases this will involve setting the TV to
“video” mode. However, since all TVs vary, please refer to your TV manual
for further details.
•Turn the V.SMILE POCKET™ on by pressing the “ON” button.
•When the handheld is properly connected, the TV indicator light will come on.
TO BEGIN PLAY
When the V.SMILE POCKET is not connected to a TV
•Make sure the handheld is turned OFF.
•Make sure the TV cable is disconnected from the handheld.
•Slide a Smartridge™ firmly down into the slot located on the back of the
handheld, matching the label on the Smartridge™ with LCD screen facing
out, to assure that it is inserted correctly as shown in the diagram.
•Turn the V.SMILE POCKET™ on by pressing the “ON” button.
•When the handheld is operating properly, the LCD indicator light comes on.
1.Keep your V.SMILE POCKET™ clean by wiping it with a slightly damp cloth.
Never use solvents or abrasives.
2.Keep it out of direct sunlight and away from direct sources of heat.
3.Remove the batteries when not using it for an extended period of time.
4.Avoid dropping it. Never try to dismantle it.
5.Always keep the V.SMILE POCKET™ away from water.
WARNING
A very small percentage of the public, due to an existing condition, may
experience epileptic seizures or momentary loss of consciousness when
viewing certain types of flashing colors or patterns, especially on television.
While the V.SMILE POCKET™ does not contribute to any additional risks, we
do recommend that parents supervise their children while they play video
games. If your child experiences dizziness, altered vision, disorientation, or
convulsions, discontinue use immediately and consult your physician.
Please note that focusing on a television and LCD screen at close range
and handling joystick controls for a prolonged period of time may cause
fatigue or discomfort. We recommend that children take a 15 minute break
for every hour of play.
TroubleShooting
Problem
No LCD display but
can hear sound
Possible Reason
After some time,
the LCD will turn
off
Solution
Press any key and the LCD should display again.
Volume is turned
LCD display but with down
no sound
The Headphone is
connected
Adjust the volume control.
No LCD or sound but Cable is plugged
into AV jack
TV indicator light
is ON
Unplug the AV cable from the AV output jack.
TV indicator ON but
no picture on TV
Make sure that the yellow plug of the AV cable
is connected to the Video IN terminal (Usually
yellow) of the TV.
Incorrect TV
connection
Unplug headphones from the headphone jack.
Incorrect TV mode Make sure that the TV is set to “Video” mode.
selected
Some TVs have several video inputs – please
make sure you selected the video input that
matches the video port connected to the V.SMILE
POCKET™ unit.
Care & MAINTENANCE / warning / troubleshooting
Care & Maintenance
troubleshooting
TV or LCD display
turns ON and OFF
immediately
The LCD or TV
light on the unit is
ON, but there is no
picture (or incorrect
picture) on the TV
or LCD, and pressing
the OFF Button has
no effect.
Battery power low Replace battery.
The picture on LCD
is correct but the
pictture on TV is
black and white
Non-matching
color system
Make sure that the TV is set to the correct TV
system (e.g. NTSC or Auto).
Cable connection
problem
Make sure that the video cable is firmly connected
to the video input of the TV and video setup of
V.SMILE POCKET™ .
Program needs to
be reset
Press the ON Button.
If the problem persists, remove the Smartridge.
Inspect the inside of the Smartridge by pushing
up the protective sleeve on the bottom of the
Smartridge. Clean the inside piece with a dry, soft
cloth. Then, re-insert the Smartridge and press the
ON Button.
There is a picture on TV setting
the TV, but no sound.
Raise the volume of the TV, and make sure it is
not set to “Mute.”
Cable connection
problem
Make sure that the white and/or red plug is firmly
connected to the audio input of the TV.
Program needs to
be reset
Disconnect all power supplies (batteries and
adaptor), then reconnect all power supplies.
Press the ON Button.
If the problem persists, remove the Smartridge.
Inspect the inside of the Smartridge by pushing
up the protective sleeve on the bottom of the
Smartridge. Clean the inside piece with a dry, soft
cloth. Then, re-insert the Smartridge and press the
ON Button.
No sound coming
The microphone is
through Microphone turned OFF
Disconnect all power supplies (batteries and
adaptor), then reconnect all power supplies.
Press the microphone ON/OFF Button to turn the
microphone ON. The sound from the microphone
can only be heard when the V.SMILE POCKET™ is
connected to either A. a TV or B. earphones. The
microphone sound will not be heard through the
speakers of the V.SMILE POCKET™.
If you have a problem that cannot be solved by using this manual, we
encourage you to visit us online or contact our Consumer Services
Department with any problems and/or suggestions that you might have. A
support representative will be happy to assist you. Before requesting support,
please be ready to provide or include the information below:
•The name of your product or model number (the model number is typically
located on the back or bottom of your product).
•The actual problem you are experiencing.
•The actions you took right before the problem occurred.
Internet : www.vtechkids.com
Phone : 1-800-521-2010 in the U.S. or 1-877-352-8697 in Canada
Other Info
DISCLAIMER AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY
VTech® Electronics North America, L.L.C. and its suppliers assume no
responsibility for any damage or loss resulting from the use of this handbook.
VTech® Electronics North America, L.L.C. and its suppliers assume no
responsibility for any loss or claims by third parties that may arise through
the use of this software. VTech® Electronics North America, L.L.C. and
its suppliers assume no responsibility for any damage or loss caused by
deletion of data as a result of malfunction, dead battery, or repairs. Be
sure to make backup copies of important data on other media to protect
against data loss.
Company: VTech® Electronics North America, L.L.C.
Address: 1155 West Dundee Rd., Suite 130, Arlington Heights, IL 60004 USA
Phone : 1-800-521-2010 in the U.S. or 1-877-352-8697 in Canada
TECHNICAL SUPPORT / OTHERS INFO
TECHNICAL SUPPORT
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OTHERS INFO
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NOTICE: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the
limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules.
These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful
interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses
and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in
accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio
communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will
not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful
interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by
turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct
the interference by one or more of the following measures:
-- Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
-- Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
-- Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to
which the receiver is connected.
-- Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
Caution : changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party
responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate the
equipment.
Language Development &
Phonics –
Introduces the alphabet and
letter sounds.
Spelling & Advanced Phonics –
Introduces age-appropriate
spelling words to enhance reading
readiness.
Word Building –
Expands vocabulary through
age-appropriate words.
Cognitive Development –
Stimulates critical thinking skills
through challenging memory and
logic games.
Basic Math Skills –
Enhances basic math skills,
including counting, number
identification and arithmetic.
Discovery & Exploration –
Two different learning
modes heighten curiosity and
encourage exploration at a
child’s own pace.
Independent Play –
Interactive games and
instructional voice prompts
allow children to control the
pace and difficulty of play.
Letter Names & Sounds –
Teaches letters and their
sounds, the building blocks of
reading.
Visualization & Memory –
Engaging graphics and
visualization activities help
build memory skills.
Problem Solving –
Develops logic skills and
strategic thinking through
various gaming situations.
Science Facts –
Introduces early science concepts
through exploration of various
environments and associated
vocabulary.
Social Studies –
Introduces concepts of community,
safety, geography and cultures.
Cooperative Play –
Encourages sharing and
cooperation through “take-turn”
activities.
Motor Skills –
Interactive right- and left-handed
joystick controls help strengthen
fine motor skills.
DEVELOPMENTAL BENEFITS
DEVELOPMENTAL BENEFITS
Imaginative Play –
Stimulates imagination and
exploration through interaction
with popular children’s characters.
Musical Creativity –
Enhances music skills and creativity
with music and sound activities.
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