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.
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Battery
compartment
Smartridge™
User’s
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INTRODUCTION
V.SMILE POCKET™
AV Cable
INCLUDED IN THIS PACKAGE
• One VTech® V.SMILE POCKET™
• One Smartridge™
• One AV Cable
• One User’s Manual
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.
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PRODUCT FEATURES
Smartridge™ slot
OFF Button
ON Button
DC Power Jack
TV Indicator
LCD Indicator
Contrast control
Volume control
AV output Jack
LCD screen
DIRECTION Button
PRODUCT FEATURES
ENTER Button
4 Color Buttons
LEARNING ZONE
Button
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 Jack
Use this to connect to an adaptor.
AV Output Jack
Use this to connect the unit to a TV.
Headphone Jack Use this to connect to headphones.
NOTE: V.SMILE POCKET™ supports one-player mode only.
FUNCTION BUTTONS
ENTER Button
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Press this button to make a choice or to perform certain
game actions.
DIRECTION Button Press left, right, up, or down to direct the on-screen
cursor, or game character, to the location you wish.
4 Color Buttons Use 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.
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 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.
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.
GETTING STARTED
BATTERY INSTALLATION
• Make sure the unit is turned OFF.
• Locate the battery cover on the back of the unit.
• Remove the screws of the battery cover with
a screwdriver or a coin.
• Insert 4 “AA” batteries as indicated in the
diagram.
• Make sure battery cover is securely attached
with screws.
PRODUCT FEATURES / GETTING STARTED
DIRECTION AND ENTER BUTTON LEFT/RIGHT REVERSE
SWITCH
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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.
• Batteries that have run out of energy must be removed from the toy.
GETTING STARTED
• 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.
AC ADAPTOR
• Use a standard 9V
300mA
AC/DC adaptor. We recommend
the 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 top of the unit.
• 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.
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.
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CONNECTING TO A TV
• Make sure the unit 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 main unit.
- 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.
• 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 unit 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 unit is turned OFF.
• Make sure the TV cable is disconnected from the unit.
GETTING STARTED
• Turn on the TV
• 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.
• Turn the V.SMILE POCKET™ on by pressing the “ON” button.
• When the unit is operating properly, the LCD indicator light comes on.
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GETTING STARTED / CARE & MAINTENANCE / WARNING
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CARE & MAINTENANCE
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
LCD display but
with no sound
No LCD or sound
but TV indicator
light is ON
TV indicator ON
but no picture
on TV
Possible Reason
After some
time, the LCD
will turn off
Volume is
turned down
Solution
Press any key and the LCD should display
again.
The Headphone
is connected
Cable is plugged
into AV jack
Unplug headphones from the headphone
jack.
Unplug the AV cable from the AV output
jack.
Incorrect TV
connection
Make sure that the yellow plug of the
AV cable is connected to the Video IN
terminal (Usually yellow) of the TV.
Incorrect TV
mode selected
Make sure that the TV is set to “Video”
mode. 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.
Replace battery.
TV or LCD display Battery power
turns ON and
low
OFF immediately
Adjust the volume control.
TECHNICAL SUPPORT
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
CARE & MAINTENANCE / TECHNICAL SUPPORT
Problem
No LCD display
but can hear
sound
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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.
OTHERS INFO
Company: VTech® Electronics North America, L.L.C.
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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
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.
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.
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.
DEVELOPMENTAL BENEFITS
DEVELOPMENTAL BENEFITS
Expand your V.SMILE Smartridge™ Library with
these great games for never-ending fun!
- Spelling - Math Computation - Patterns & Logic
- Music
- Vocabulary
- Time-Telling Skills
- Vocabulary - Problem Solving
- Spelling
- Advanced Math
- Geography
- Art & Creativity
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