Tapnetic Target

You can safely shoot at a distance of 8 yards from the Tapnetic targets. Always make sure the deflector and paddle surfaces are flat and even without any pits or maring. Always wear eye protection.
Only shoot lead ammunition at Autonomous Alloys targets. Steel and bimetal ammunition can bounce back towards the shooter(s) and will pit and deform the deflector and paddle surfaces. The uniform and flat surface of the deflector and paddle is designed to fragment and disperse the lead evenly. If the surfaces become pitted, there is a potential for the bullet or bullet fragments to loop back towards the shooter.
Before turning the Tapnetic target on, be sure the deflector is bolted in on both sides. Flip the power switch up and you will see the LED's light up white for a second. The target is now ready to be connected to the basestation.

This is one of the most important topics for users new to LiPo's so we'll cover some those topics here. Before removing a battery from the target chassis for charging, you will want to put on latex or similar shop gloves. The electronic/battery housing collects lead dust. After you have gloves on, make sure the power is switched off, then take a 14 mm socket and remove the bolts holding the deflector in place. Once removed, open the deflector carefully. Unhook the battery from the yellow XT-60 connector.

Now is a good time to wipe down the battery and internals with a disposable shop towel.

Plug the male end of the battery connector into the female end of your LiPo charger while the charger is plugged into your wall socket. Plug the balance charging cable, which is the 5-wire cable on the battery, into the appropriately sized female balance port on the your charger. If you're using the Turnigy B4 charger supplied from Autonomous Alloys, the charger will beep after a few seconds inicating it has detected the battery and has started charging. The charging unit will beep again when the charge is complete.

Note: Never charge LiPo batteries unattended. And if you do, ensure you are charging in a fire safe location.

Always remove your LiPo batteries from the targets when they are not in use. Never leave your batteries plugged in for more than 24 hours, even when the target is turned off. LiPo batteries are finicky and require more attention than most other battery chemistries. It is also recommended that you not store your batteries at full charge. There are optional charging systems in our store and available online that can discharge your batteries to a voltage level optimum for storing.

If an LED has been shot out, follow the steps for replacement. Using latex or similar shop gloves to prevent repeated lead exposure, switch the power off and unbolt the diffuser. Remove the steel shelf in front of the LEDs and set aside. Find the release tab on the connector LED cable and while pressing in, disconnect the broken LED board from the LED cable.

Fit a new LED board on the LED cable's connector until you hear it positively lock. Gently fit the new LED board securely onto the LED shelf. It may be a tight fit, so fitting it in sideways at first may help. Re-fit the steel shelf in front of the LED boards. Ensure all wiring is neat and out of the way, drop a new diffuser into the diffuser slot, then close the deflector ensuring none of the wiring is getting pinched.

Mobile app

Once the basestation is on and the green LED is blinking once per second, go to the WiFi settings of your mobile device and connect to AutonomousAlloys network. Once connected, open the Autonomous Alloys app. The top of the main screen will tell you if you are connected to the basestation.

If you are on an Android device, your wifi settings may use the steps below to connect to the Autonomous Alloys WiFi.

Step 1: Click the Autonomous Alloys WiFi network or the "Sign in to the network"


Step 2: Click the "More" button at the top right


Step 3: Click "Keep Connection"


Step 4: Connection established

If you have the Tapnetic targets switched on before powering up the basestation, the basestation will automatically connect to the targets. If you have powered on the basestation before turning the targets on, then click the button "Discover targets" on the home screen of the app. You will see the targets that you have turned on begin to connect in just a few seconds.
From the main horizontal menu in the app, click "Games & Drills", then click "Choose Game or Drill". Selecting an option from the list will load the game attributes. You can leave the defaults selected or modify at your choosing. Clicking "Play" will load the main game window. At the bottom of the game window you have a green start button and a red stop button. Pushing the green start button will initiate the countdown sequence and the game will begin.
Unless otherwise noted in the game menu of the app, most game and drill modes will operate with two targets.

Basestation

To turn the basestation on, simply press the button on top of the basestation case. One green LED will indicate power is on. After a minute or so, a second green LED will begin blinking once per second indicating that the network is up and it is ready to connect to it from the mobile app.
The basestation comes included with a micro USB cable that can be charged from any USB charge port. A fully charged basestation will last at least 4.5 hours. If it is required to power your basestation longer, we recommend plugging it into a portable power bank such as the inexpensive RAVPower.
If the iPhone drops while in a game, From Settings -> Wifi, Click the "i" icon for the AutonomousAlloysXXXXX wifi connection and toggle "Auto-Join" to On. If the WiFi connection continues to drop, go to Settings -> Cellular and toggle "Cellular Data" to Off.

Repeater

The repeater is used to relay RF signals from the basestation to the Autonomous Alloys targets. The repeater is required in most environments because RF signals cannot travel through steel. To position your repeater in the field, place it behind the targets outside of the line of fire while ensuring it has a direct line of sight to the basestation. When placing it out of the line of fire, it is usually best to place it 10 yards or more to the left or right side of the targets.
The repeater uses one 9 volt battery. The battery should last about 10 hours before needing replacement. A warning message box will appear in the mobile app if is not detecting a repeater in the network. This may be an indication that either the repeater is not turned on or the battery is dead.

General Tips

The following items are required for your system to operate

  • Tapnetic targets
  • Basestation
  • Repeater
  • Autonomous Alloys mobile app
  • Target stands

The following items are essentials to include in your field kit

  • Charged LiPo batteries
  • Gorilla tape
  • 14mm socket wrench
  • Optional portable power bank to provide longer uptime for basestation
  • Extra 9 volts
  • Spare LED's and light diffusers
  • Latex gloves
  • Disposable shop towels
There is a troubleshooting section in the mobile app that details troubleshooting tips on the target, basestation and repeater.