This timer is not for use with digital or electronic ballasts due to the high in-rush current of the ballast. The in-rush current can be from 10 to 40 times the rated amperage for the product and this burns the contacts inside of the timer making it inoperable. We recommend using the Apollo 4 120 Volt ballast timer to operate digital and electronic ballasts.
I'm having problems programming the Apollo 7, what do I do?
Push the little recessed button on the right hand side of the timer. You can use either a toothpick or paperclip to easily push the button. After you've done this, the timer is set back to factory condition. You'll need to reset your current time, programs and settings on the timer to make it work correctly. After resetting your timer; cycle through ON - OFF - AUTO two times and then set on AUTO to run your selected schedule.
There is a black dot on the bottom right hand side of the display what does it do?
It has no purpose regarding the functionality of the device. It is intended for use at the factory to identify the Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) being used in the product.
What is the blinking circle on the front of the display for?
This is the RANDOM mode. If you push 'week and hour' simultaneously, the display will show and 'o' above the clock symbol which will flash when functioning. The ON and OFF timing will be delayed from 2 up to 32 minutes randomly. This setting is NOT for gardening use. This setting would be used for house lighting, to deter burglars when you are away from your home. Press 'week and hour' simultaneously to delete this mode from use.
The Apollo 7 doesn't turn on or off on the correct days or at the programmed time. How do I fix this?
When you are initially programming the device, make sure that you have the days of the week you want the timer "ON" identified across the top of the display. Conversely, verify that you have the days of the week that you want the device 'OFF' noted across the top of the screen. Also, you need to set each 'ON' and 'OFF' time for each program so your equipment will activate and deactivate according to your settings.
I want to run a digital ballast on the Apollo 7. I won't exceed 1000 watts. Is this okay?
NO. Digital ballasts have a huge initial in-rush of power (from 10 to 40 times the input power) when they strike the bulb. This initial power surge wreaks havoc on the timer. The contacters inside the timer are small and can be adversely effected by this power surge. The best answer to this situation is to consider using the Apollo 4 to run your ballasts. It has a relay built into the timer that is intended to handle a power load like this from ballasts.
How long will the battery back-up last in a power outage?
The battery back-up is an internal cell style battery. It cannot be replaced because it is 'hard wired' to the printed circuit board. It will retain all timing and programmed settings a minimum of 7 days during a complete power outage. The internal cell battery will have a 5 to 10 year useful life in most normal applications.