OrchidBox Mini User Guide

First, we want to say welcome to the OrchidBox family!

Here are the detailed steps on how to get started.

Note, these instructions are for users who are participating in the beta program.


Setting Up OrchidBox

Getting Started

  1. Remove all materials from box

  2. Open OrchidBox lid

  3. Use the pinch points to insert the base 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

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Planting OrchidBox

  1. Pour soil bag marked (1) into container and over base.

  2. Press down the soil base layer and spray with filtered water until wet and water begins to seep into the base.

  3. Pour soil bag marked (2) into the container, pressing down gently, and shaping as desired. Remove excess soil if needed.

  4. Spray the sides of the container with filtered water to moisten soil and clean off silt from container walls.

  5. Plant plants and decorations.

  6. Add water with spray bottle until there is a thin layer of water in the reservoir (do not overwater).

Powering On

  1. Remove AC adapter from box and plug into wall.

  2. Place OrchidBox in chosen location.

  3. Connect OrchidBox power cable to AC adapter.

-Front indicator light should indicate green on boot, showing that water is present.


OrchidBox Features

Quick Reference

  • 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 LED indicates water level (light will go from green -> orange -> red -> blinking red as water level decreases). When blinking red, single tap dismisses the alert.

Features Overview

  • 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

  • Manual on/off

  • 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%)

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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.

  • When finished selecting number of on time hours, double tap the front button.

Light Cycle Timing

OrchidBox has a built in timer that turns on and off the device based on the time of day and user input.

  • 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. The on-time hours set by the user is always respected.

    NOTE: the internal time is reset when the device loses power

Watering Alerts

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

  • Flashing Blue - device is in listening mode. Single tap to exit listening mode. (WiFi version only)

  • Dim/Breathing Yellow - device is in on time hours selection mode

  • Blink Magenta - device is in light selection mode


Maintaining OrchidBox

  • Watering: 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.


You're done! We hope you love OrchidBox.


(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.

 

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4. Using your browser, navigate to 192.168.0.1

  1. Click "Scan" to scan for WiFi networks

  2. Choose your WiFi network

  3. Enter password

  4. Click "Connect"


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.

  • You assume total responsibility and risk for your use of OrchidBox outside of our guidelines.

  • 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.

  • Use caution when using fertilizer as the chemical composition 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.

  • 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.

  • Plants grow slowly and OrchidBox requires patience!

Warranty Information

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.