Tivoli Audio IPAL Portable Radio User Manual

4. HEADPHONE OUTPUT: Connect a headset to this stereo output for private listening. The head
phone volume will be controlled by the iPAL’s volume knob. Connecting a pair of headphones will
mute the iPAL’s main speaker. This jack accepts a 1/8" stereo male mini plug. You may also record
from the iPAL or use it as a high quality stereo tuner by using this output. Keep the rubber plug
inserted when this output is not in use.
5. BATTERY COMPARTMENT: Stores the Nickel-Metal-Hydride battery pack. Do not load any other
type of batteries in the compartment. See “Replacing the battery pack.”
About the battery pack:
The iPAL uses a sealed pack of 6 high capacity Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) cells. Unlike Nickel
Cadmium (NiCd) batteries, NiMH batteries have no memory effect, provide a longer operating time, and
do not use toxic metals. The front panel green LED serves both as a power indicator and battery power
and charge status indicator thanks to the PAL’s innovative Power Management System.
Fast Charge Mode: With the iPAL turned Off but plugged in, from full discharge, the batteries will be
completely charged within approximately 3.5 hours. During this period, the green LED will blink with a
long off/short on cycle. The LED will turn off when the batteries are fully charged. Once the iPAL has
been fully charged using the Fast Charge Mode, do not unplug it and then immediately plug it back in
again, as this will restart the Fast Charge Mode even though the batteries are fully charged. Doing
this repeatedly will damage the batteries. See also “Before You Begin”.
Trickle Charge Mode: With the iPAL On and plugged in, the batteries will be completely charged in
approximately 24 hours. During this period, the LED will remain On continuously.
Low Battery: With the iPAL turned On but not plugged in, as the batteries become discharged, the
Power Management System will cause the green power indicator LED to blink with a short off/long
on cycle, indicating the batteries are in need of being recharged. The blinking will grow faster as the
batteries get closer to discharge until the iPAL shuts itself off to protect the batteries. The remaining
playback time from the moment the blinking begins until the iPAL shuts off is estimated between 20
minutes and several hours. It is difficult to be more precise due to many factors including how long
and how loud the radio is played, and the remaining charge left in the batteries. For instance, the
iPAL will likely play longer off of the batteries at a low volume than at higher volume levels. As you
use your iPAL, you will develop a better idea of how much playback time you have before recharging
is necessary.
If the iPAL is turned on to FM or AM and the power indicator is off, then the batteries require recharging.
However, it is normal for the radio to play for a brief period if turned on after the LED has gone out.
If the iPAL is to be used away from an AC or other power source for an extended period of time, it is
wise to top-off the charge before use, especially if the LED is blinking. To do this, follow the procedure
described under Fast Charge Mode.
Note that the power indicator LED will blink with a different cycle during Fast Charge Mode while the
batteries are charging. Because the iPAL’s NiMH batteries have no memory, it is not necessary to wait
until the batteries are exhausted before recharging, although recharging from complete discharge will
also do no harm.
Leaving the iPAL plugged in, even when not in use, ensures the batteries will be charged when you
need them. If the iPAL is not plugged in, the batteries will self-discharge as a safety measure. There
is no harm in continuously operating the iPAL with the power supply.
Note: It may take up to 4 charge/discharge cycles before the batteries are operating at full capacity
when new or left unused for several weeks.
Replacing the battery pack:
When it comes time to replace the battery pack, lift the FM antenna up, remove the two
screws that hold the battery cover in place with a small Philips-head screwdriver. Lift the
battery cover off, disconnect the lead from the battery pack and replace the batteries, making sure to
correctly connect the leads. Replace the battery cover by inserting the bottom lip first, then screwing the
cover back on. CAUTION: To reduce the risk of fire or personal injury, use an exact replacement MA-1
battery pack, available through Tivoli Audio or its authorized dealers, and dispose of the spent battery
pack according to your state/country’s regulations.
Handling the iPAL:
The iPAL is weather resistant, but it is not weather proof. It should not be immersed in water or held
under running water. It also should not be exposed to extreme temperatures.
The iPAL is designed to be portable, but it is not indestructible. Do not drop it or subject it to strong impacts.
Always grip the iPAL using the side indentations.
The iPAL’s weather resistant cabinet is durable, but it is not impervious to scratches.
The iPAL’s speaker is magnetically shielded, permitting use near a computer monitor or a television set.
It is normal for the power supply to become warm during use.
Exposing the iPAL to extended periods of direct sunlight or heat could damage the rubber coating.
To clean the iPAL, use water and a soft cloth and do not rub hard. Use a mild soap only when necessary.
Avoid using headphones (not included) at high volume levels to prevent possible hearing damage.
Do not wear headphones while operating a motor vehicle.
Tivoli Audio manufactures its products to very high standards and we are confident our products will
perform well. Accordingly, we warranty the Portable Audio Laboratory against manufacturing defects
in material and workmanship to the original owner, for a period of one year from the original date of
This warranty does not extend to damage caused by improper use/installation, faulty ancillary equipment,
modifications, unauthorized repair, shipping damage or loss, abuse, accidents, use on improper volt-
age/current, lightning or other acts of God, normal wear and tear, commercial use, scratches to exterior
surface, or purchases from unauthorized dealers. Proof of purchase as evidence the unit was purchased
from an authorized dealer within the warranty period may be required for warranty service. Should service
be necessary, DO NOT return the product without first contacting your dealer or Tivoli Audio. This warranty
is non-transferable.
With the exception of replacing the batteries, please resist the temptation to take apart your radio.
There are no user serviceable parts, and any attempt at modifying or repairing your radio will void the
Tivoli Audio will not pay for costs incurred due to correction of reception problems, elimination of externally
generated noise/static, loss of time, inconvenience, loss of use of your product, or damaged caused by
this product.
This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights which vary from state to
state. Some states do not allow limitations on implied warranties or the exclusion of consequential damages,
therefore, these restrictions may not apply to you.
If you purchased an extended warranty from your dealer and service is required after the manufacturer’s
warranty has expired, you should contact your dealer to obtain service.
Please complete and return the enclosed card within 30 days of purchase to register your product for
warranty coverage, or you may register on-line at: www.tivoliaudio.com
For Service outside of the USA, please contact your local distributor.
Model: Portable Audio Laboratory (iPAL)™
Type: Portable, weather resistant, portable audio playback system and AM/FM radio
Driver: 1 x 2.5" treated, magnetically shielded, full range driver
Power: 12VDC nominal - 15VDC maximum, 500mA
Battery Pack: Model MA-1, NiMH, 7.2V, 1200mAh
Battery Current: 500mA
AC Adaptor: Model PAL-PS:
UL: 120V-60Hz, 18W, 12VDC, 500mA, 6VA
CE: 230V-50Hz, 15W, 12VDC, 500mA, 6VA
Dimensions: 3 11/16"W x 6 1/4"H x 3 7/8"D
Weight: 2lbs
All specifications subject to change without notice.
Tivoli Audio reserves the right to make product changes without notice.
Tivoli Audio, the Tivoli Audio logo, iPAL and The Henry Kloss Portable Audio Laboratory are trademarks
of Tivoli Audio, LLC. iPOD and iPOD MINI are trademarks of Apple Computer,Inc.
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aboratory (iPAL)
1. AUXILIARY INPUT: This is one of the two primary sources of input for your iPOD
/MP3 or other
portable audio player. This input routes the audio through the iPAL’s main speaker. Just connect
the iPOD
/MP3 device’s audio output to this input. This jack accepts a 1/8" stereo male mini plug.
Note that you may need to adjust the volume level differently for an auxiliary device than the level
normally used for radio listening. Keep the rubber plug inserted when this input is not in use. The
second input option is wireless, via any third party FM transmitter (not included) in conjunction with
the iPAL’s FM tuner.
2. FM ANTENNA: When listening to FM, adjust this telescoping antenna and position it for best reception.
In strong FM signal locations, reducing the antenna’s length may provide better reception. When the
unit is not in use or when listening to AM, keep the antenna retracted to protect it. This antenna has
no affect on AM reception. For AM, rotate the iPAL itself to align the internal antenna for improved
reception. Buildings made with concrete, steel, or aluminum siding will hinder reception. Household
appliances, electric blankets,computers, CD players, and other electronic devices can also adversely
affect reception or inject noise. If you experience this, move the product further away from the offending
device, or plug it into an electrical outlet not shared by another device. Metal surfaces may hinder
AM reception.
3. AC/DC INPUT: Use this input to operate the iPAL using its included iPAL-PS Tivoli Audio AC power
supply or an optional 12VDC nominal, 500mA fused source. Should the power supply be damaged
or misplaced, use only a like replacement. The connector is a 5.5mm/2.1mm center positive connector.
Keep the rubber plug inserted when this input is not in use. When unplugging the power supply from
the wall outlet, do not pull on the cord.