OrchidBox Mini User Guide
First, we want to say welcome to the OrchidBox family!
Remove all materials from box.
Open OrchidBox lid.
Insert the base insert assembly (shown below) into the OrchidBox container and press snugly.
NOTE: you must ensure that the the foam side faces the BACK direction.
NOTE: we do not recommend using activated charcoal inside the base as it can cause lasting pH spikes up from our tests.
Make sure you have installed the base insert first. See section titled “Getting Started” for instructions.
Pour soil bag marked (1) into container and onto base insert. Press down the soil base layer and spray with filtered water until wet and water begins to seep into the base.
Pour soil bag marked (2) into the container, pressing down gently, and shaping as desired. Remove excess soil if needed.
Spray the sides of the container with filtered water to moisten soil and clean off silt from container walls.
Plant plants and decorations.
Add water with spray bottle until there is a thin layer of water in the reservoir (do not overwater). It may take some time for the water to seep to the bottom.
Remove AC adapter from box and plug into wall at chosen location.
Place OrchidBox in chosen location.
Connect OrchidBox power cable to AC adapter.
Front indicator light should indicate green on boot, showing that water is present.
You're done! We hope you love OrchidBox.
Keep Your Plants Thriving
To water, open the lid and add water. Do not pour water on the OrchidBox exterior.
Trim plants and add additional soil every 4-12 weeks as desired to make up for lost biomass.
Water once every 1-3 weeks, or as needed or indicated by sensor.
It is strongly preferred to water with purified water, not tap or spring water.
OrchidBox works well even without fertilizers.
You can fertilize with very diluted fertilizer, but be careful not to stain the clear plastic. We recommend seaweed extract 5-10x more diluted than recommended by the label.
Single tap - turn on and off the device. It features a built-in timer and will remember this as a sunset/sunrise event.
Double tap - enter brightness selection mode. Single tap again to select brightness setting.
Triple tap - enter light on-hours selection mode. The count starts at 0 hours on, and each subsequent tap indicates one hour. Double tap again to confirm.
Front multi-color LED: indicates water level. Light will change from green -> orange -> red -> blinking red as water level decreases. When blinking red, single tap dismisses the alert.
Front LED light shows current water level (red/orange/green)
Enters plant saving mode (flashing red) when water is critically low
Programmable light brightness
Programmable on duration
Built-in internal clock
WiFi connectivity (WiFi version only)
Front Button Control
All device configuration is setup through the multi-function button in the front of the device. When in normal operation, OrchidBox has the following functionality:
Single tap - turns the grow light on or off (when there is a watering alert, single tap dismisses alert)
Double tap - enters brightness selection mode. Single tap again to select brightness.
Triple tap - enter on/off duration (hours) selection mode.
Programmable Light Brightness
Grow light brightness can be dimmed in 10% intervals. The maximum PPFD is 860 μmol/s/m², and can be dimmed in 10% intervals.
Double tap the front button to enter light brightness selection mode, where the grow light will cycle through light level stops.
Single tap to select the desired light level.
NOTE: if no brightness is selected, OrchidBox will be set to the max value (100%)
Programmable On/Off Duration
OrchidBox operates by turning on for a set number of hours, and is off the remainder of the 24-hour day. The on-time duration is programmable. To change number of on hours:
Tap the front button 3 times. The front LED will breathe yellow, and then dim.
After the light has dimmed, tap the front button once for each hour you want the device to be on, or simple double tap again to set it to learning mode. There are two modes:
Learning Mode: OrchidBox will learn when to turn on and off based on your input.
Fixed-On-Hours Mode: The on-time hours set by the user is always respected. Manually turning on or off the light (single tap) resets the internal clock and OrchidBox will learn this time as the "sunrise time" (or “sunset” time if turned off), and will remember this time for the subsequent days.
When finished selecting number of on time hours, double tap the front button.
NOTE: the internal clock is reset when the device loses power but on/off duration will be preserved.
NOTE: in learning mode mode, the min and max on-hours are 7 and 17 hours, respectively.
OrchidBox features a water sensor that monitors the water levels in the device.
Unless in a special device mode, the front LED will indicator Green/Orange/Red to show current water levels
When the device detects a low water condition, the lights will dim and the front LED will flash red.
When light is flashing red, single tap to dismiss alert
Front LED Indicator Modes
Green - normal operation, water level is good
Orange - water level is getting low
Red - water level low
Blinking Red - water level critically low
Dim/Breathing Yellow - device is in on time hours selection mode
Solid White - device is in light selection mode
Flashing Blue - device is in listening mode. Single tap to exit listening mode. (WiFi version only)
(WiFi Beta ONLY) Connecting OrchidBox to WiFi
This is important so that we can run diagnostics on the device and flash new software updates when necessary.
1. Plug in the device.
2. Hold the front button for three seconds until the front light starts to flash blue.
Note: Use caution when removing the lid. Press and hold the setup button as shown. After holding, the device will begin to flash blue indicating it is in WiFi listening mode.
3. Use your smartphone to connect to the OrchidBox WiFi access point "OrchidBox-XXXXX"
OrchidBox sets up its own WiFi listening access point so that you can connect directly to it and configure it. The network name will look like "OrchidBox-XXXXXX" where XXXXXX is a random serial.
4. Using your browser, navigate to 192.168.0.1
Click "Scan" to scan for WiFi networks
Choose your WiFi network
F.A.Q. + Troubleshooting
The lights seem to be turning on/off at random times, or I can’t seem to figure out how to program the lights.
The light cycle clock has two modes: learning mode and fixed-hours mode. In learning mode, the device will learn when to turn on and off based on user input. In fixed-hours mode, the device will always respect the selected number of on hours. For example, if in fixed-hours mode, and the number of on-hours is set to 8 and the user turns on the device, it will stay on for 8 hours and then turn off again. Conversely, if the device is turned off, it will stay off for 16 hours and then turn on again for 8 hours. In both cases, the user is required to turn on and off the device manually until the desired timing is achieved.
To change which mode the device is in, see the section titled “Programmable On/Off Duration” for instruction.
How do I change the main light brightness?
Tap the front button twice. The device will enter light brightness selection mode and it will cycle through the available light brightness settings. Simply tap the front button again to select the brightness level, or wait until the light selection mode has ended to select the max brightness.
Help! The front LED is flashing red and the lights have dimmed.
This means that the water level is low! To dismiss the alert, just tap the front button once or add water to the device. The lights will return to normal, and the flashing will stop.
Is the lid waterproof?
NO. The lid is not waterproof, please be careful when cleaning, watering, or rinsing.
Important Safety Warnings
For indoor use only in ventilated areas. Do not expose to the elements, excessive moisture, dust, heat, liquid or flame.
Indoor rated operating range: 12ºC to 30ªC (55ºF to 85ºF).
Place OrchidBox on an even, level solid surface.
Do not place any objects on top of OrchidBox.
You may not use OrchidBox for any purpose that is unlawful or dangerous.
Cord should be placed in a location that will not be walked on or pinched.
Do not strain the connecting wires between the lid and the spine by applying excessive pulling force to the lid.
Only use the supplied power adapter or an OrchidBox-authorized replacement. Incompatible power supplies can create a electrical or fire safety hazard.
Do not place in direct sunlight.
Precautions should be made to prevent OrchidBox from falling over. Do not allow OrchidBox to tip over when contents (including water) are inside.
Fertilizer or other chemicals may damage OrchidBox components or plastics.
Ensure that the power cable is firmly connected.
Do not pour water onto the top of the device. To water, open the lid and add water.
Rated for plants only. Use with other contents at your own risk. Do not place flammable or other items inside the grow chamber.
The removable lid is not waterproof. When rinsing or otherwise watering the device, be careful not to get the lid wet. If the lid does get wet or submerged in water, power off immediately. Do not pour water on the OrchidBox exterior.
Do not drop, shake, knock over or otherwise damage the device.
The device features a self-resetting fuse. In the event of a short, please contact support and do not power on the device.
Do not ship or transport the device with contents inside the chamber.
When storing or otherwise not using the device, remove contents, clean and dry the interior chamber.
Interior clear plastics can be scratched with normal usage. Use caution when wiping the clear container.
LED lights can cause retina damage. Do not look directly into the light. Turn off light before opening lid.
Plants grow slowly and OrchidBox requires patience!
Limited Warranty Information
OrchidBox, Inc. “OrchidBox” hereby warrants each of its products and all components therein contained, with the exclusion of live plant material, to be free from defects in materials and/or workmanship for a period of thirty (30) days from date of purchase. In the event of the occurrence of a malfunction, or any other indication of failure attributable to faulty workmanship and/or material, then upon return of the product to OrchidBox, company will at its option, repair or replace said product to proper operating condition. All such repairs or replacements shall be rendered by OrchidBox. without charge to the customer.
The responsibility for failure of any OrchidBox product or component thereof, which, at the discretion of OrchidBox, shall have resulted either directly or indirectly from accident, abuse, or misapplication of the product, shall be assumed by the customer, and OrchidBox shall assume no liability as a consequence of such events under the terms of this warranty.
While every effort, on the part of OrchidBox, is made to provide clear and accurate instruction on the use, implementation, and application of its products, OrchidBox shall assume no liability in events which may arise from the application of such instruction, nor shall OrchidBox be held liable for the for the quality, suitability of purpose, or application of other products including plant material, which may have been recommended by OrchidBox, but which have not been supplied as part of the product.
This warranty contains and embodies the limits of responsibility of OrchidBox, with regard to its products, and no other liability is expressed, implied, or should be assumed by the purchaser, and in no event shall OrchidBox be held liable for the loss of time, effort, or transportation costs, nor for loss of potential profits or other consequential losses which might arise from the purchase, assembly, use, application, or subsequent sale of the products of OrchidBox, nor from any instructions and/or technical information thereto related.
For support, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
At this time, there is no warranty, express or implied, for beta units. However we will do our best to accommodate you (and we usually do!)
NO OTHER WARRANTIES ARE EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE, AND ORCHIDBOX EXPRESSLY DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES NOT EXPRESSLY STATED HEREIN. THE ACTIONS PERFORMED UNDER THIS AGREEMENT ARE FOR END-USER PRODUCT EVALUATION PURPOSES ONLY.
IN NO EVENT SHALL ORCHIDBOX BE LIABLE FOR ANY SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES (INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, LOSS OF BUSINESS, DWELLING, REVENUE, PROFITS, GOODWILL, USE, DATA OR OTHER ECONOMIC ADVANTAGE) ARISING OUT OF OR RELATED TO THIS AGREEMENT, WHETHER IN BREACH OF CONTRACT, BREACH OF WARRANTY OR IN TORT, INCLUDING NEGLIGENCE, AND EVEN IF THAT PARTY HAS BEEN ADVISED IN ADVANCE OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
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