[GETTING STARTED] 1 PREPARATION Keyboard & LCD Tape Cassettes Make sure that the power is turned off when replacing a tape cassette. www.brother.com Printed in China LN7808001A 3 REFERENCE 2 OPERATION Troubleshooting Width Style Size Open the tape compartment cover by lifting up both sides at the same time. If a tape cassette is already installed, remove it by pulling it straight up. Cursor Underline/Frame Label Length Caps Insert a tape cassette, making sure that it snaps into place. Tape cutter lever Error message Message Battery Weak! Check Battery! Invalid! No Text! End of tape Toothed Wheel INTRODUCTION With your PT-1830, you can create labels for any application. Select from the many frames, character sizes and styles to design beautiful custom labels. In addition, the variety of tape cartridges available allows you to print labels with different widths and exciting colours. Read this manual carefully before starting and keep the manual in a handy place for future reference. GENERAL PRECAUTIONS • Use only Brother TZ tapes with this machine. Do not use tapes that do not have the mark. • Do not clean the machine with alcohol or other organic solvents. Only use a soft, dry cloth. • Do not touch the print head mechanism. Use a soft wipe (e.g. a cotton swab) when cleaning the print head. • To avoid injuries, do not touch the cutter's edge. • To prevent damage or breakage of the glass, do not press hard on the LCD display. • Do not put any foreign objects into or heavy objects on the machine. • Do not leave any rubber or vinyl on the machine for an extended period of time, otherwise the machine may be stained. • Do not get the machine wet, such as by touching with wet hands or spilling beverages on to the machine. • Do not expose the machine to extremely high temperatures or high humidity. Never leave it on the dashboard or in the back of your car, near heaters or other hot appliances. Keep it out of both direct sunlight and rain. • Avoid using the machine in extremely dusty places. • Do not pull on the tape being fed from the P-touch, otherwise the tape cassette may be damaged. Favourite keys Function key Tape guide Cursor/Esc/ OK key Preview key • Make sure that the end of the tape feeds under the tape guides. • If the ink ribbon is loose, use your finger to wind the toothed wheel in the direction of the arrow on the cassette. After you have installed the tape, feed the tape (see Feeding) once and then push in the tape cutter lever to cut the tape. Securely close the front cover, making sure that it snaps into place. Backspace key Character keys Tab key Caps key Shift key Enter key Shift key Accent key Space key Symbol key Auto Format key • The LCD shows one row of 15 characters; however, the text that you enter can be up to 80 characters in length. Power Supply Make sure that the power is turned off when replacing batteries. Turn the machine over and remove the battery compartment cover. If batteries are already installed, remove them. Insert six new AA-size alkaline batteries (LR6), making sure that their poles point in the correct directions. Always replace all six batteries at the same time using brand new ones. • Use while holding down Shift key to go to beginning/end of the text. Initial Setting Start your machine Supply power by using six AA batteries or the optional AC adaptor, and then press . Set the language (English/Spanish/French/Portuguese) Choose a language with Battery compartment cover and press / . Set the unit (inch/mm) Choose a unit with • Do not try to print labels using an empty tape cassette set in the P-touch. Doing so will damage the print head. • Do not use old and new batteries together or mix alkaline batteries with other type batteries, or set the positive and negative end in the wrong position. Otherwise, the batteries may leak or be damaged. Power key Print key • Do not attempt to cut the tape while printing or feeding since this will damage the tape. • Remove the batteries and disconnect the AC adaptor if you do not intend to use the machine for an extended period of time. (Note: When power is disconnected for more than three minutes, all text shown in the display and any text files stored in the memory will be lost. Language and unit settings will also be cleared.) Line Limit! Tape compartment cover and press / . • The machine automatically turns off if no key is pressed within 5 minutes. • To cancel operations, press Attach the battery compartment cover by inserting the three hooks at the bottom into the slots on the machine, then pushing down firmly on the cover until it snaps into place. . • To initialize the settings, turn off the machine and then while holding down and , press to turn the machine back on. Finally, release and . <Note> The text and formats in the display and all text files stored in the memory are erased. Also, the language and unit settings will be cleared. Creating Labels • Use only the suggested AC adaptor for this machine to prevent any damage or failure. No Cassette! Cutter Error! Full! Text Too Long! No Frame OK? Cause/Remedy The batteries are weak. The installed batteries are about to run out. • There is no text above the cursor when you set Numbering. • Invalid character is selected for Numbering. • Invalid number is selected for Tab Length or Label Length. • You tried to print a text file when there is no data stored in the memory. • The Print key is pressed when no text is entered. • You tried to set Copies, Numbering or Mirror when no text is entered. • You tried to enter a 3rd line by pressing Enter key. • You tried to print a 2 line text when 3.5mm or 6mm tape is installed. You tried to print a label when there is no cassette installed. Tape cutter lever is used in the middle of printing process. The maximum number of characters (80 characters) have already been entered. The text length exceeds the selected label length or the selected Auto Format setting length. Printing on 3.5 mm tape with invalid Frame setting ON. (Select to print with no Frame, to cancel.) What to do when... Problem The display stays blank after you have turned on the machine. The machine does not print. The printed characters are not formed properly, or the printed characters are blurred. The memory has cleared on its own. A blank horizontal line appears through the printed label. The machine has "locked up" (i.e., nothing happens when a key is pressed, even though the machine is on). Solution • • • • • • Check that the batteries are correctly inserted. If the batteries are weak, replace them. Check that the suggested adaptor is correctly connected. Check that the tape cassette has been inserted correctly. If the tape cassette is empty, replace it. The batteries may be weak. Replace them. • The batteries may be weak. Replace them. • There may be some dust on the print head. Remove the tape cassette and use a dry cotton swab to gently wipe the print head with an up-and-down motion. • The print head can be cleaned more easily if the optional print head cleaning cassette (TZ-CL4) is used. • Turn off the machine, and then while holding down and Finally, release , press and to turn the machine back on. . Specifications Item Dimensions Weight Power supply Tape cassette Specification 173 mm (W) × 222 mm (D) × 62 mm (H) 590 g (without batteries and tape cassette) Six AA-size alkaline batteries (LR6) or optional AC adaptor (model AD-5000) Brother TZ tape (width) : 3.5 mm, 6 mm, 9 mm, 12 mm, 18 mm Accessories (Supplies may differ by distribution.) Accessories Tape Cassettes AC Adaptor Stock No. See the attached TZ Tape Catalogue. model AD-5000 When using optional AC adaptor (model AD-5000) Insert the plug on the adaptor cord into the adaptor jack on the right side of the machine. Insert the plug into the nearest standard electrical outlet. For memory back up, we recommend using AA-size alkaline batteries (LR6) together when using the AC adaptor. Be sure to use scissors to cut the fabric tapes. The built-in cutter cannot completely cut the fabric tapes. See the reverse side for steps of creating labels.