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Does this iBill cost money honey? Lol no seriously is this a thing you have to pay for?
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Here's the user manual for the iBill Reader:
The iBill, Talking Banknote Identifier
from Orbit Research.
Revision C, 14th May, 2014.
Copyright Orbit Research, 2013-2014
This manual is designed to guide you in the use and care of the iBill Talking Banknote Identifier. This specially designed unit identifies and announces
the denomination of U.S. banknotes.
2. Getting familiar with the iBill
2.1 Orientation of the unit and its Controls
This section will familiarize you with the location and functions of the controls.
Place the iBill unit on a desk or hold the unit in the palm of your hand so that the key ring is located on the BOTTOM and the raised flat surface (the
banknote slot) is on TOP. You will find two identical pushbuttons with small ridges on the right and left sides of the unit (the shorter sides). These
buttons will be used to identify a banknote, adjust the volume level or to select the desired output mode.
Now turn the unit over so that the BOTTOM side of the unit (the surface with the key ring) is facing upwards. You will feel several short ridges about
half inch in length. These identify the cover of the battery compartment and allow you to open it easily.
A standard 2.5 millimeter jack for an earphone is located on the long edge between the two buttons, towards the key ring.
2.2 Replacing the battery
The iBill uses a single AAA alkaline battery for operation and is shipped to you with a battery installed.
To replace the battery, first open the battery compartment cover on the bottom of the unit. The cover can be identified by a ridged pattern. Open the
cover, by pushing it outwards, gently but firmly. The battery cover is held securely to the unit by a hinge so that it does not separate from the unit
and get misplaced. Care should be taken to avoid applying undue force when opening or closing the cover.
Once the battery cover is open, you will find a silk cloth strip which aids in removal of the battery. The old battery can be extracted by pulling on
this silk strip. When inserting a battery, this strip should go around the underside of the battery.
To insert the new battery, hold the unit so that the battery compartment is open and facing upwards and towards you. First, push in the negative terminal
(the flat end of the battery) into the left side of the battery compartment. Then push the other end (positive terminal, with a bump), into the compartment
and ensure that the battery is secure. You may now close the cover by sliding it and begin use.
For reliable operation of the product, the use of AAA alkaline batteries from reputable manufacturers is strongly recommended.
2.3 Announcement Modes
The unit can be operated in one of three modes – Speech, Tone or Vibration.
In Speech Mode, the unit announces the denomination of the bill in a female voice. In Tone Mode, the unit announces denominations by a pattern of tones
of different pitch and duration.
In both Speech and Tone Modes, other indications, such as turn-on or low-battery warnings are in the form of unique tone sequences.
In Vibration Mode, the unit announces denominations by a pattern of vibrating pulses of different durations. Other indications are also in the form of
2.4 Announcements and Indications
The following table describes the announcements and indications the unit provides for various events in each of the Announcement Modes.
- Turning on the unit is indicated by a Single short beep of low pitch in speech and tone modes and by a very short pulse in vibration mode
- A $1 bill is announced by a ?One? in speech mode, by a single beep of low pitch in tone mode and by a short pulse in vibration mode.
- A $2 bill is announced by a ?Two? in speech mode, by two beeps of low pitch in tone mode and by two short pulses in vibration mode.
- A $5 bill is announced by a ?Five? in speech mode, by three beeps of low pitch in tone mode and by three short pulses in vibration mode.
- A $10 bill is announced by a ?Ten? in speech mode, by a single beep of high pitch in tone mode and by a long pulse in vibration mode.
- A $20 bill is announced by a ?Twenty? in speech mode, by two beeps of high pitch in tone mode and by two long pulses in vibration mode.
- A $50 bill is announced by a ?Fifty? in speech mode, by three beeps of high pitch in tone mode and by three long pulses in vibration mode.
- A $100 bill is announced by a ?Hundred? in speech mode, by four beeps in a low-high-low-high pitch pattern in tone mode and by four pulses in a Short-long-short-long
pattern in vibration mode.
- An un-identifiable bill or no inserted bill is indicated by ?Error? in speech mode, by three beeps of different pitch in tone mode and by a very long
pulse in vibration mode.
- Progress of identification process is indicated by a single short beep of low pitch in speech and tone modes. No indication of progress is provided
in vibration mode.
- When changing mode or volume level, the speech mode volume is indicated by a single beep of low pitch, at the volume level set.
- Tone mode is indicated by two short beeps of different pitch.
- Vibration mode is indicated by a single short pulse.
- The first Low Battery Warning is indicated after the bill is announced by two short beeps of high and low pitch in speech and tone modes and by three
very short pulses in vibration mode
- The second Low Battery Warning is indicated after the bill is announced by four short beeps of high and low pitch in speech and tone modes and by three
very short pulses in vibration mode
- If the battery is too low to operate, in speech and tone modes this is indicated by three short beeps of different pitch, and in vibration mode by three
very short pulses. The unit turns off after this indication
3. Using the iBill
3.1 Identifying a Bill
Insert the banknote into the slot, under the raised flat surface, such that the short edge of the banknote is parallel to the long side of the unit. Proper
insertion is achieved when, with the use of light force, the banknote cannot be pushed any further inwards. Press and release either one of the two buttons
located on the shorter sides of the unit. Turn-on is indicated by a short beep or vibration pulse. The unit will announce the denomination of the banknote
and turn itself off. The banknote should be held firmly in the slot when the button is pressed.
The banknote may be removed once the unit acknowledges the button press with a beep or vibration pulse. If there is no beep or vibration indication upon
pressing one of the buttons, it is likely that the battery is too weak and should be replaced.
The unit will identify most bills within one second. However, if the bill is in poor condition, it may require more time for identification. The unit
indicates the progress of the identification process by means of a short, low-pitched beep after one second. In Vibration Mode, the unit does not provide
indication of the progress to avoid confusion.
In case the bill is severely damaged and the unit fails to identify the bill, it announces an Error. In this event, the bill should be inserted in a different
If you choose, you may remove the bill and insert it in a different orientation at any time, and identification can be restarted by pressing either one
of the buttons.
If either of the buttons is held continually pressed, identification progress tones are suppressed. If a volume or mode change operation is performed,
the denomination of the bill is announced when both buttons are released.
The unit turns itself off automatically after completion of bill identification or a volume or mode change.
3.2 Canceling the current identification cycle
Once the identification cycle has begun, you may wish to cancel the current cycle and restart it due to several reasons, for instance, realizing that the
bill was not properly inserted, or if the identification is taking long due to poor condition of the bill. The bill can simply be re-inserted and identification
re-started by pressing one of the buttons.
Upon pressing the button, the unit indicates the start of identification just as in the case of normal turn-on, by providing a beep or vibration pulse.
3.3 Changing the Output Mode and Volume Level
The unit provides three output modes: Speech, Tone and Vibration. Three volume levels are available in the Speech output mode. The modes and volume levels
are selected by using both push-buttons together. The loudness of the tones in tone mode is fixed and cannot be increased or decreased. It will decrease
at low battery levels automatically to extend the life of the battery.
Pressing and holding any one button, and then pressing and releasing the other button changes the volume or mode. Each time the second button is pressed
and released, the Output Mode setting cycles between Speech Mode volume levels 1, 2, 3, Vibration Mode and Tone Mode, and then back to Speech Mode volume
A tone of appropriate volume is emitted at each volume setting to indicate the level chosen. For the Tone Mode, a double-tone of different pitch is emitted.
For the vibration setting, a short vibration pulse is emitted.
The Output Mode and volume level can be changed at any time while the device is turned on, even while the unit is in the identification process. The unit
continues the identification process upon completion of the mode or volume change.
If either one of the buttons continues to remain pressed after the mode or volume change, the unit will wait until it is released before continuing operation
and announcing the denomination.
3.4 Low Battery Indication
The unit continually monitors the battery level during use. A warning is provided when the remaining capacity of the battery reaches approximately 10%
of the full capacity. The warning is in the form of two short beeps of high and low pitch in Speech and Tone Modes or three very short vibration pulses
and is provided at the end of each denomination announcement.
When the remaining capacity of the battery reaches approximately 5% of the full capacity, the warning tone changes to four short beeps of high and low
pitch at the end of each denomination announcement. In Vibration Mode, this warning is in the form of three very short vibration pulses. The 5% and 10%
warnings are the same in vibration mode.
If the battery level is deemed to be critically low and insufficient to permit accurate operation, the unit emits 3 short beeps of different pitch or three
short vibration pulses and shuts itself off. This can happen when the unit is first switched on or when the volume or output modes are changed. If one
of the buttons is kept pressed when the battery is critically low, the unit will emit an intermittent series of beeps. You should not attempt to operate
the unit once it starts giving critical low-battery warnings and should immediately replace the battery with a fresh one.
Battery Warning and Volume Level
Battery life and low battery warning signals are highly dependent on the output mode and volume level at which the device is being operated. You may therefore
get low-battery warnings at volume level 3 for instance, but if the volume level is adjusted to lower levels, the warnings may stop. This is because higher
volume levels and Vibration Mode consume more power.
When the battery weakens, the unit will automatically reduce the volume level in Speech Mode to allow continued use and to extend the life of the battery.
Therefore, even if you attempt to set a higher volume level, the unit will limit the volume to the maximum level possible with the weak battery. To restore
full volume, the battery must be replaced.
If there is no beep or vibration indication upon pressing one of the buttons, it is likely that the battery is too weak and should be replaced.
4. Care of the device
The unit should be protected from dust and liquids. When not in use, keep the unit in a protective water and dust-proof case.
Periodically wipe the unit with a slightly damp, soft, lint free cloth to remove accumulated dust, especially from the area near the bill insertion slot.
Do not drop the unit or subject to forceful impact.
Do not insert foreign objects into the bill slot.
If you encounter difficulty in using the device, it might be due to one of the following reasons.
5.1 The unit does not turn on
If you are not able to turn on the unit by pressing one of the buttons, the battery should be replaced. You should also check and confirm that the battery
is inserted correctly.
5.2 After turning on, the unit turns off without announcing the result
If the unit turns off abruptly without announcing the result, the battery is weak and should be replaced. If the unit gives progress beeps but doesn’t
announce the result within 3 seconds after turning on, this also indicates that the unit turned off due to a weak battery.
5.3 The unit is not able to identify the bill
1. Try inserting the bill in a different orientation. Often one corner of the bill may be damaged but other corners might be fine.
2. Check to make sure that the bill is fully inserted and properly aligned with the edges of the insertion slot.
3. Try inserting the bill in a slightly different position in the slot, by pushing it a little bit towards one of the two sides of the slot.
4. Check to make sure that the corners of the bill are not folded during insertion. If the corner being inserted does have a fold, unfold it and try again,
or insert a different corner.
5. Ensure that the bill is not moved during the identification process.
5.4 The unit does not announce the denomination
The denomination is not announced by the unit if either of the buttons is kept pressed after a volume or mode change operation. Once both buttons are
released, the unit will announce the denomination.
If the unit still does not work, please call the U.S. Currency Reader Program Information Line toll free at 844-815-9388 for further assistance.
The iBill Talking Banknote Identifier is designed to assist in the identification of United States Federal Reserve Notes. It does not guarantee the authenticity
Orbit Research is not be responsible for any direct or indirect consequences following the utilization of the iBill Talking Banknote Identifier.
7. FCC Notice
This device complies with part 15 of FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference (2)
this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
iBill is a registered trademark of Orbit Research
iBill User Manual Version C
© 2014 Orbit Research
3422 Old Capitol Trail, Suite 585
Wilmington, DE 19808
Stay safe & take care. Mike.
Just once, I want a username and password prompt to say: "Close Enough!"
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Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Question about money reader.
To adjust the volume level or select the output mode
press and hold one of the two buttons
. then press and release the other button until the desired selection is achieved
. Each time the selection button is pressed and released, the unit will switch to
the next mode or volume level in the following sequence:
Speech volume 1
Speech volume 2
Speech volume 3
Back to vibration mode.
Do any of you know how to get the money reader back to talk from vibrate? I think it has something to do with pressing both sides, but so far, I’m not getting it back. I don’t know how I got it off talk, but I did. Thanks for any help, much appreciated.