Finally had time to assemble the Ice Tube Clock kit I purchased recently.
I took my time, made sure all parts were correctly installed and made sure to do a good job soldering and each test during board assembly passed.
Here are a few tips for those new to building the clock that might help out:
The clock when first built and turned on has the brightness defaulted (set) to the dimmest setting making it very hard to see to set in normal room brightness.
The Brightness setting is the 4th menu in. Press the Menu button 4 times, then press the + button 3 or 4 times to raise the brightness to 50 or 60, then press the set button to save the setting before trying to set other options. This makes it easier to read the clock while initially setting and getting used to how the tube displays the menu options. The brightness can adjusted again later as desired.
The Ice Cube Clock blinks the display after a power loss. This is normal, Go to the "Set Time" option to stop the blinking.
- This how it's supposed to work.
If the clock does not keep time while on battery. The FET Q3 is likely to be installed backwards, take it out and turn it around.
I have found that the current FETs in the kit match the silkscreen (rounded side of FET with writing on it to rounded side of silkscreen) when installed properly. This is contrary to the assembly instructions
Make sure to get all of the buttons and the switch flat to the circuit board and keep them flat before soldering them in place.
They won't fit through the case holes if they are not flat, so pay attention to that detail.
Now off to make some mods