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installation guide

For your TigButton™ brand TIG amperage control set

 

Unpacking:

Upon opening your TigButton control set, check to be sure that all the necessary components are present. This includes:

1 ea – TigButton sensor with stainless steel clip and 2 hook and loop fastener strips.

1 ea – Control Box with included hook and loop fasteners

1 ea – AC Adapter – plug in type power supply

1 ea – Extension Cable

1 ea – Welder Remote Connector Cable

 

Installing the TigButton control:

 

Step 1 – Mount the Control Box

Determine where you want to locate the Control Box. Normally this will be installed close to the faceplate of your welder and within short distance of the “remote control” or “foot pedal” input jack for your welder. (this is most always on the faceplate of the welder)

The welder Remote Connector Cable which is included with your TigButton set is approximately 18 inches long. This cable is connected between the Control Box and the remote control input of your machine, which means that the control box should be mounted within that distance. Mount the Control Box in the desired location. Probably the simplest way to mount the control box is to use the included adhesive backed hook and loop type fasteners.

It is preferable but not critical that the Control Box be mounted so that the face of the Control Box can be seen by the Welder when he is looking towards the welding machine. The LED indicator light on the face of the Control Box provides useful information to the Welder so being able to see that indicator LED at a glance is useful.

To mount the Control Box using the adhesive backed hook an loop fasteners, first clean any residual oil or dirt off of the surface where the control box is to be mounted. Wiping with a wet cloth first to remove dirt and dust, followed by a wipe with a cloth wetted with alcohol to remove greases and oils, will usually insure good adhesion of the hook and loop fastener.

Peel the backing off of one half of the hook and loop fastener and apply it to the surface that the control box is to be mounted to. The adhesive on the hook and loop fastener material should adhere to the mounting surface strongly.

Peel the backing off of the other half of the hook and loop fastener material and apply it to the surface of the control box as desired. There is no drying or curing time needed.

Stick the Control Box into place as desired.

 

Step 2 – Mount the TigButton

Fasten the TigButton and attached mounting clip to the TIG torch handle using the included hook and loop straps. Place the clip along the torch handle. Usually, it will be desired to have the TigButton affixed closest to the TIG torch head. Holding the clip against the torch handle, feed the narrow end of one of the hook and loop straps through one set of slots in the clip. Normally, it works best to have the soft fuzzy side of the hook and loop strap facing inward toward the surface of the torch handle. This provides the “best grip” for the strap.

Feed the strap through the slots in the clip until the middle portion of the strap is approximately inside the clip . Wrap the strap around the torch handle and insert the narrow end of the strap though the slot in the wide end of the strap. Holding the end portion of the wide end of the strap and the end portion of the narrow end of the strap, pull in opposite directions. This will constrict the strap around the clip and the torch handle. When as snug as desired, bring the narrow end of the hook and loop strap toward the surface of the strap “underneath” it and press those two surfaces together. This will lock the strap tightly around the torch body and the clip and secure the clip with TigButton into place on the torch.

You can loosen the straps and position the TigButton as desired on the torch handle for easiest access for a particular welding job. Even without loosening the straps it is normally possible to slide the clip along the length of the torch handle without a lot of effort.

 

Step 3 – Install the Extension Cable

With the Control Box and the TigButton in place, you can now install and connect the Extension Cable to join them together.

The male end of the extension cable, with the external threads, goes on the torch end of the TIG torch lead set. Normally, you would start by connecting the Extension Cable connector to the TigButton cable connector.

Next, route the extension cable alongside the torch lead set, inside of the protective sleeve. Most TIG welders use a sleeve to protect the welding lead and hoses from damage. As there are many different types of protective sleeves in use, we cannot provide exact instructions for that bit. If you don’t use a protective sleeve, then we suggest using electrical tape wrapped loosely around the cable bundle every 8 inches or so to keep hoses leads and the extension cable together.

Once the Extension Cable is routed, be sure that there is a bit of slack cable at the torch end, so that the TigButton can be positioned on the torch handle freely without putting strain on the TigButton cable or connectors. Also, be sure to leave enough slack so that the cables are not too tight as the torch is moved and flexed during use.

At the welder end, you will likely have extra length of extension cable. We suggest wrapping or winding this into a convenient size coil securing it with a couple turns of electrical tape to keep it from getting tangled. We include extra length of extension cable to provide for variations in the working length of welding leads/hoses  and location of the control box.

Connect the control box end of the extension cable to the control box. Thread the small connector onto the jack carefully as the threads are small. Snug the fitting down FINGER tight. Don’t use any wrench or pliers.

 

Step 4 – Finish the installation.

Find a good location to plug in the AC adapter. This can be a wall outlet, a power outlet on the back of the welder, or an extension cord of some type. Route the power lead from the AC adapter in such a way that it won’t be damaged or be pulled on.

With the welder turned off, you can now plug the AC adapters power connector into the Control Box and the LED should flash at you. Press the TigButton, even with the welder turned off, and you will see as the LED goes to RED as the control activates and then to RED as maximum output is reached.

Inspect your installation once more to make sure that all cables are properly routed so that they won’t be damaged in use and you are finished.

Switch on your welder and enjoy A Better Way to Weld!

 

TigButton™ is a trademark of Arc Controls LLC 2015 – patent pending