Battle Fogger Operations Manual

Battle Fogger Operations Manual
Battle Fogger
Operations Manual
Please Read Carefully Before Operating
Table of Contents
Page 1
Page 2
Page 3
Technical Specifications
Page 4
Operating Procedure
Page 5
Remote Handset Operations
Page 5
Remote Handset LED Indicators
Page 5
Remote and External Control Features
Page 6
Battle Fogger Tube Change Procedure
Page 7
Page 8
Recommended Fluids
Page 9
Page 10
Safety Precautions
Page 10
The Battle Fogger is a Microprocessor Controlled, Water Base Fog generating system.
Microprocessor Control
The Microprocessor is responsible for the following control elements Monitoring the heat exchanger temperature.
Driving the heater within the heat-exchanger.
Driving the fluid pump unit, relating fluid flow to temperature
Accepting and manipulating data from the Flow, Duration and Interval controls.
Accepting data from the Smoke Switch.
Ready Status, Heater Status, temperature .
Water Base Fog Technology
Water Base Fog technology is achieved by pumping a Glycol/Water mixture through a Heat
exchanger. The heat exchanger has been heated to the point where at the fog fluid mixture
will vaporize.
The fluids own vaporization forces the hot mixture out of the output nozzle where, when
it mixes with the ambient air, it forms an opaque aerosol (fog). The fog is made up of tiny
droplets of glycol that form around the small particles in the air. The suspended droplets
reflect the light, which is why fog will take on the colour of the light illuminating it.
Do not touch or place hands, expose skin,
within 50 cm. of discharge nozzle.
Do not remove the outer case until power has been
disconnected from the machine
Persons suffering from asthma or allergenic
sensitivity may experience irritation, discomfort, or
allergic symptoms when exposed to
fog effects
Ensure that this unit is grounded at all times.
Failure to do so may result in serious injury.
Never use alternative fluids. Toxicity free output
is your responsibility.
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Technical Specifications:
Battle Fogger
Water Base Fog generating system
Height: 9 1/2”
24 cm.
Width: 9 3/8 23.8 cm.
Length:22 1/2
57.1 cm.
Net Weight:
Weight With Fluid
11.3 Kg.
15.8 Kg.
Power Rating:
110 Volt A.C. 50/60 Hz
240 Volt A.C. 50/60 Hz
Full Timer Remote
RCT Replacement Kit
Battle Fogger
25 lbs.
35 lbs.
12 Amps
6 Amps
Operating Procedure
The Battle Fogger must only be connected to a grounded mains supply capable of
sustaining at least 15 Amps. The supply should be ‘clean’ and free of interference.
Open a container of Le Maitre fog fluid , remove cap and break foil seal (if provided).
Remove Cap from Battle Fogger fluid resevoir. Fill with fluid, being careful not to overfill
resevoir. Replace both caps securely.
3) Connect the remote handset supplied with the machine, to the connector which is located
on the rear panel.
Activate the Mains On switch located on the rear panel. The Mains On switch will
illuminate to indicate the presence of power, the handset indicator on the remote handset will also illuminate (or slow flash on startup). If the handset indicator of the remote
handset does not illuminate, ensure the connector is properly inserted.
5) The handset indicator will flash slowly as the machine heats up.The indicator will
begin flashing quickly when the fog machine is ready to operate. Fog is available at this
point, but full fog output will not be available. After approximately 9 minutes the indicator
will be solid when the fog machine has fully heated and is ready for use at full fog output if
It may now be necessary to prime fluid into the system to expel any air that might be
present. The Variflow control on the
remote handset should be set to Full
position, set the Duration and Interval
to zero and prime the fog machine
pump by activating the Fog switch on
for 1 second and off for 2 second
repeatedly until the machine is primed.
This only needs to be done if the unit
was left to run dry.
7) Activating the Smoke switch will effect a pulsing fluid flow which will Prime the machine
correctly. Once Primed (when there is no more sporadic output) the controls on the remote
handset can be set as desired.
In order to prime the fog machine, the handset indicator must be a solid red.
Remote Handset Operations
1. The fog output time is set using the ‘Duration’ control. 0 to 5 minutes, and the time between
successive fog outputs is set using the ‘Interval’ control. 0 to 30 minutes. Continual flow can
be achieved if ‘Interval’ setting is 0.
Remote Handset LED Indicator
The Battle Fogger Remote Handset was
designed to indicate operation modes . These are
as follows:
Slow flashing output: Indicates unit is not
ready to operate but still in heating mode, fog is
not available at this point.
Quick flashing output: Indicates unit is ready
to operate but still in heating mode, some fog is
available at this point.
Solid Led: Indicates that the unit is ready to fog at full output.
No Illumination: Problem. Check Remote Handset connection on the rear panel of Battle
Fogger. If this fails to correct the problem, contact your local Le Maitre dealer.
Remote and External Control Features
External Remote Connector
The standard Remote Handset cable may be extended from the machine, and operated effectively away from the Battle Fogger. The maximum recommended cable length is
75 Feet.
Battle Fogger Tube Change Procedure
Caution !
The block contains extremely hot surfaces and liquids. These will
cause severe burns on contact. Please unplug power to eliminate
electrocution hazard and allow the unit to cool before attempting to
service the block.
1. Remove the six screws from the case. Four are under the lip at mid level and two are on
top. Remove the bolt from the front of the fluid jug. Slide the upper cover forward and
remove it from the machine. Lift the jug up and out of the way.
2. Remove the two screws from the front edge of the
block cover. Slide the cover backward to release the
two back tangs from the lower cover and lift the
cover off.
3. Unfasten the tube by releasing the 7/16” brass nut
at the pump. This line may be under significant
pressure if the tube was plugged.
4. Be careful not to damage any exposed wiring. Remove the upper steel plate by loosening the five
nuts with a 1/2” socket. Gently lift the plate back
out of the way leaving the high temperature switch
5. Lift the aluminum plate up cautiously to avoid
damage to the Thermal sensor.
6. Remove the copper tube and two thin aluminum wear plates.
7. When replacing the parts ensure all mating surfaces are flat and clean to promote good
thermal conduction. Note that the hole pattern of the plates is not identical. One of the
four outer bolts is offset more than the other three. Place the larger wear plate on the
block. Place the copper tube on the wear plate. Adjust the runs of tube so they don’t
touch the bolts. Place the smaller wear plate on and set the heavy aluminum plate on.
Next add the upper steel plate while checking that the wires are not pinched or shorted.
Move the tube side to side as required to allow the squeezing plates to rest only on the
flattened area of the tube.
8. Thread the five nuts and lock washers on finger tight. Check alignment of the layers.
Tighten the center bolt down snug with a 1/2” socket. Repeat with the other four bolts.
Move to the center bolt and pull tighter by a quarter turn. This will give 5-7 foot pounds
of torque. Repeat this on the remaining four bolts.
9. Install top insulation and plug in fog machine and allow to heat up fully. Run fog
through the fog machine until it reaches its lowest output. Turn off fog and disconnest
power to unit. Remove the upper insulation and allow the unit to cool further (approximately 15 minutes), then all five bolts tighten another 1/2 turn and the thermal couple
screw until snug. Caution: The heat exchanger is still extremely hot, care must be
taken not to burn yourself while tightening the bolts.
10. Replace the upper insulation and cover by inserting the tangs into the slots and slid the
cover forward. Fasten the cover down with the two screws.
11. Replace the jug and check the tubing is not pinched or touching the copper tubing.
12. Slide the lid into place and fasten with the six screws.
13. Plug the machine in and allow it to come to full heat. You are now ready to fog away!
The casing of the Battle Fogger is steel with a powder paint coating. To clean simply wash
with mild soap and warm water.
Heat Exchanger:
With normal use we do not recommend flushing or cleaning the heat exchanger, with the
use of genuine Le Maitre fluids. Using high quality Le Maitre fluid should result in a long
heat exchanger life. (See warranty policy later in this manual).
Recommended Fluids
Fog Fluid
This fluid has been our long standing blend. It is a clean, white, practically odourless fog.
It is used for many applications where a cloud of fog is required with a medium hang time.
Pro Beam (Long Lasting )Fluid
This is a brand new blend. We have had many compliments on our fog fluid but many
of our customers would like it to hang longer so we introduced the "Long Lasting Fluid". It
is still odourless but a little less white than our "Fog Fluid". It hangs in the air 2 - 3 times
longer than the above "Fog Fluid".
Quick Dissipating
We have been mixing this for some time for our special effects people working in the
movies. We have decided that there are many other applications for this fluid. When using
this in the LSX or LSG you will find it works very well if you are having problems with the
smoke rising too quickly. It has also been used for quick burst-of-steam effects, nitrogen
bursts, etc. It will dissipate at about twice the rate of the "Molecular Fluid".
Extra Quick Dissipating:
It is very similar to the "Quick Dissipating" but dissipates at about twice the rate of the
"Quick Dissipating".
The "Molecular Fluid" was originally designed for use in the LSG and LSX, however,
many other applications were found very quickly. It is a clean, white, thick fog, practically
odourless and dissipates as it begins to warm.
Maxi Fluid:
Maxi Fog Fluid was developed for our high volume users requiring an excellent balance
of price and performance without compromise.
All of our Fog Fluids are water base and leave NO residue. Permanent damage will
occur if Haze Fluid is used in Battle Fogger for any length of time.
All warranty is one year parts and labour unless specified and is on manufacturer defect only. Abuse or poor maintenance is not accepted. Le Maitre
fluids must always be used. Any trace of other fluids will automatically void
ALL warranties. Accept no substitutions as there are no exceptions to this
rule. Proof of purchase or proof of sale must always accompany any
warranty returns. An RA (return authorization) number must be noted on the
outside of any box returned to our facilities. Any packages without a clearly
marked RA number will not be accepted by our receiving department.
Freight on warranty items are freight prepaid to our facility and we will prepay
freight back to your facility after repair, by the most economical means
available. Should you require the item express-returned, then you are responsible for any difference in freight cost.
Return Policy:
Return of any product must be done within 30 days of purchase. The package must be returned freight prepaid and the RA number clearly marked on
the outside of the box. A restocking charge of up to 25% may be levied. Only
credits are issued to the dealers account. Any product not returned within 30
days is considered purchased.
Le Maitre Special Effects Inc. considers all it's product to be safe for use in
the application it was intended. Le Maitre Special Effects takes no responsibility for misuse or incorrect use. Always refer to equipment owners manual
for proper use.
Safety Precautions
1. Ensure that operation of the machine is supervised by suitably trained and authorised
2. Do not modify the machine or use a machine which has been damaged in any way.
3. Allow sufficient air circulation around the machine at all times.
4. Protect the Battle Fogger from direct weather effects and wet locations.
5. Only use fluids recommended by the Le Maitre Special Effects.
6. Do not continue to produce Fog output in an enclosed area when visibility is reduced
below 50cm.
7. Avoid direct Fog output continuously at persons, structure or objects within close prox
imity of the discharge nozzle.
8. Ensure that adequate exhausting arrangements are available in the event of an
9. Do not place hands, or exposed skin within the first 50cm of the discharge nozzle at
any time during fog production.
10.) Fog effects can trigger smoke alarms and detectors. Please take suitable precautions to
prevent false alarms
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