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Spinfire V1/V2 – Replace the battery

The Spinfire battery is lead battery for maximum 3 hours “playtime”. After some time, especially when not charging every month (even when not using), the “playtime” will get lower. Spinfire made the replacement of the battery quite easy. You need to buy a new battery (right size, right voltage), open the machine, open the battery frame, replace the battery, lock the battery frame and close the Spinfire again.

First remove the “ball distributor” in the ball basket from the machine, turn the machine upside down on the ground and loosen the screws.

Remove Spinfire cover and battery

First, carefully turn the Spinfire back over so that it stands correctly.

Remove the cover, note that the “display panel side” of the machine is connected with cables so that it must be carefully turned over. Take a picture of the battery so that it can be connected exactly to the new battery.
First, the battery frame must be disconnected (loosen 1 and 2). Then the + (red, 3) and the – (black, 4) must be converted to the new battery. The tape must be removed and then the screws of the connection loosened.

Install new battery and connect

When the + and – wires are disconnected, insert new battery into holder and secure (1 & 2). Then reconnect the + and – connections in the right place. Please note that the red wires / connection must be connected to the + and the black to the – of the battery. Although the + and – connections are on 1 side (right on the picture), it is certain that red is on + and black is on -.

If everything is tight, first test if the machine starts up and charges. Then place tape around the + and – to protect, as it was originally.

Install cover again

When replacing the cover over the machine base, make sure that the flexible plastic holder (for guiding balls from basket to shooting wheels) is completely in front of the battery (just behind shooting wheels) and not crumpled above the battery.
Turn the machine over again and insert the screws into the holes by hand. Do not tighten with a screwdriver until all screws are in place.

Sometimes the machine does not start anymore after placing the cover, a cable has come loose somewhere during the installation. Then check the cables to the main switch (most problems, these are not so tight to the switch) and the cables to the electronic board. There may be something loose that you see soon enough.

Replace the horizontal sensor of Spinfire Pro2 V1

The Spinfire machines before 2015/2016 might get a problem after some time with shooting too much to the right (when standing behind the machine). When starting the machine, the shooting wheels should first move to the left, where a sensor detects the metal of the shooting wheels frame, and then it counts the way back to the middle. When this horizontal sensor is not working well (due to dirt in the sensor) or not working at all, the shooting wheels don’t move to the left when starting but still counts the way “to the middle” as if it moved to the left (which did not work). The possible solutions are: (1) replacing the sensor (could be done by customer self or (2) install a (more safe) magnetice sensor (by De Racketclub). The procedure for the Spinfire start is to do some tests of all motors. One test is that the horizontal motor let the shooting wheels turn to the left (seen from behind the machine at machine panel). The sensor at the left checks for the metal of the shooting wheel plate has turned to the left and then “counts” to the middle again. When the horizontal sensor is not working (properly), mostly it immediately detects the metal (while there is no metal), so from the start it counts back to the middle but, because the machine did not move to the sensor, the shooting wheels move totally to the right. Regularly the problem is that it shoots too much to the right and even touch the machine plastic while shooting.

Open the Spinfire machine

Remove the white ball divider from the top of the Spinfire. Put the Spinfire upside down and remove the 9 screws at the bottom of the Spinfire. Then, put the Spinfire in the normal position again and remove the cover part of the machine carefully, be aware that the cables are connected to the machine panel so the cover should turn at that side and should be close to the Spinfire bottom. The cables shouldn’t loosen. It’s good to take a picture of the Masterswitch so you know which cables are connected to the 6 connection switch.

Unlock the plate with shooting wheels

Unlock the big screw (size 17 wrench). The horizontal sensor is marked by red.

Put the shooting wheel parts as picture

The sensor consists of 2 parts, the real sensor connected to the frame (left at picture) and the electronic part with cable (right at picture). These 2 parts are connected to each other and “glued” for not loosing.

Put the shooting wheel parts as picture

The sensor consists of 2 parts, the real sensor connected to the frame (left at picture) and the electronic part with cable (right at picture). These 2 parts are connected to each other and “glued” for not loosing.

  • Remove the glue
  • Unlock the 2 parts of each other (lift plastic a bit to unlock these)
  • Replace the new sensor by removing the screws and connect the sensor cable to the motherboard
  • Add some glue to the 2 parts so these don’t loose easily
  • Test the sensor by starting the machine. The horizontal motor will start working and waits for the sensor to “feel” some metal inside, you can simulate this with a screwdriver. Then the horizontal motor will move the other side.

Put the shooting wheels frame back on pin and lock

Lock the big screw (size 17 wrench). Don’t lock too fixed because the frame should move horizontally (left/right)

Close the Spinfire cover

The Spinfire cover should be closed carefully so that:

  • The wires (especially to the master switch) are still connected
  • The plastic guide, for the balls moving from the hopper to the shooting wheels, is in front of the battery.

Close machine

  • Put machine upside down
  • Put screws back so that these fit in the holes
  • Lock the screws with a screwdriver

How to open/close the Spinfire Pro2 V1

There are 2 ways to open the Spinfire V1. To see the whole machine for total maintenance, open from the bottom side. For only see the main board and cable connections or remote control board, open the front panel.

Open whole machine

Unlock upper and lower part of Spinfire

Remove the “ball distributor” in the ball basket from the machine, turn the machine upside down on the ground and loosen the screws.

  • Remove the white “ball distributor” in the ball basket from the machine and turn the machine upside down
  • Unlock the 9 screws from the bottom plate of the machine
  • Turn machine in normal position again
  • Remove the upper part of Spinfire machine. Be careful with the connected cables at the front machine panel of the Spinfire
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Close the Spinfire cover

The Spinfire cover should be closed carefully so that:

  • The wires (especially to the master switch) are still connected
  • The plastic guide, for the balls moving from the hopper to the shooting wheels, is in front of the battery.

Install cover again

When replacing the cover over the machine base, make sure that the flexible plastic holder (for guiding balls from basket to shooting wheels) is completely in front of the battery (just behind shooting wheels) and not crumpled above the battery.
Turn the machine over again and insert the screws into the holes by hand. Do not tighten with a screwdriver until all screws are in place.

Sometimes the machine does not start anymore after placing the cover, a cable has come loose somewhere during the installation. Then check the cables to the main switch (most problems, these are not so tight to the switch) and the cables to the electronic board. There may be something loose that you see soon enough.

Open the front panel (for main board)

Open front panel

Open the front panel by removing the 4 screws. Then, the front panel can easily be taken forward from the machine. The main board is connected on the front panel.

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