Keyboard & LCD
Tape Cassettes
Make sure that the power is turned off when replacing a tape cassette.
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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.
Label Length
Insert a tape cassette, making sure that it snaps into place.
Tape cutter lever
Error message
Battery Weak!
Check Battery!
No Text!
End of tape
Toothed Wheel
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.
• Use only Brother TZ tapes with this machine. Do not use tapes that do
not have the
• 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
• 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
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
Set the language (English/Spanish/French/Portuguese)
Choose a language with
Battery compartment
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
and press
• The machine automatically turns off if no key is pressed within 5
• 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
, press
to turn the machine back on.
Finally, release
<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!
Text Too Long!
No Frame OK?
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
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.
to print with no Frame,
to cancel.)
What to do when...
The display stays blank
after you have turned on
the machine.
The machine does not
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).
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
Finally, release
, press
to turn the machine back on.
Power supply
Tape cassette
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.)
Tape Cassettes
AC Adaptor
Stock No.
See the attached TZ Tape Catalogue.
model AD-5000
When using optional AC adaptor (model
Insert the plug on the adaptor cord into
the adaptor jack on the right side of the
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.
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