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02 - PB Touch Getting Started

Registration

So that Racelogic can continue to provide you with notification of the latest software releases, firmware upgrades and to offer technical support, please register your Performance Box Touch.

Register your unit here.

Power

Performance Box Touch is powered by the supplied USB cable (USB2-007241), which can be inserted in to a vehicle's 12 V cigar power socket using the supplied Cigar Plug USB Adapter (RLACS184) and plugs in to the Power socket on the right hand side of the unit.

Performance Box Touch can also be powered using the available battery (RLACS290), more information on this is available below.


On boot up, the Performance Box Touch will display a splash screen and automatically look for satellites and media.
 

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The first time that the unit is booted up, the Display Mode screen will be presented. Every time after this, the last used display mode will be opened.

 

Mounting

Performance Box Touch is supplied with a Swivel Neck Suction Mount (RLACS277) for mounting on to a vehicle windscreen. It is attached to the Richter mounting system on the back of the unit or the back of the Battery if installed on the unit.

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Richter mounting system on rear of Performance Box Touch

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Richter mounting system on suction mount (RLACS277)

Insert the prongs from the mount in to the back of the unit, or the back of the battery if installed on the unit and then push upwards to secure. Attach the suction cup to a suitable location on the windscreen and adjust as necessary.
 

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Battery

A Battery (RLACS290) is available for use with Performance Box Touch, allowing you to use the unit without connecting to a power source. When installed, the Power button on the battery can be used to turn the unit on or off; to turn on or off, press and hold the Power button for a few seconds. 

If the power cable is plugged into the unit when the battery is already attached to the unit, the unit will automatically turn on. 

The battery will provide a minimum of 6 hours of battery life, however you can increase battery life to up to 9 hours by using minimum brightness settings.


When the battery is installed and Performance Box Touch is on, a Battery Status Indicator PB Touch Battery Icon.png is displayed on the top right of the screen, providing a visual representation of the remaining battery charge. The indicator is split in to 10 bars, each representing 10% of charge.  When charging, a charging symbol will appear over the battery symbol.


When the battery has less than 10% of charge remaining, a warning screen will appear on screen for 10 seconds, to cancel the warning, press the screen.

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Full battery specifications are available here.

Installation

The battery is connected to Performance Box Touch using the Richter mounting system on the rear of the unit. Insert the prongs from the back of the battery in to the rear of  Performance Box Touch and then push upwards to secure. 

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Richter mounting system on back of Performance Box Touch

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Richter mounting system on rear of battery (RLACS290)

Charging

The battery can be charged whilst installed within Performance Box Touch if the unit is being powered via a power source, or can be charged when removed from the unit using the USB port located above the Power button and the supplied USB cable (USB2-007241).
 

The battery will take approximately 3.5 hours to charge. For fastest charge, it is recommended to charge the battery from a mains power source when disconnected from Performance Box Touch.


If you are having issues charging the battery, please take a look at our troubleshooting page.

Auto Power Off

When the unit is determined to be 'idle' (tracking zero satellites, is not logging and has had no screen interactions for 5 consecutive minutes), Performance Box Touch will power off to preserve battery.

Before powering off, a warning screen will appear, allowing you to press the screen to cancel the auto power off within 10 seconds.
 

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Auto Power Off Warning Screen

LED Behaviour

The battery includes an LED next to the Power button which constantly provides battery status information.
 

LED Description
Green (flashing when charging, unless charge ≥90%) >20% charge
Orange (flashing when charging) 10–20% charge
Red (flashing when charging) 0–10% charge
Red flash five times before turning off 0% charge

Satellite Reception

Performance Box Touch has an internal patch antenna, meaning that in many circumstances, where the unit has a clear view of the sky without any interference (e.g. roof bars, athermic windscreen, windscreen wipers) an additional antenna is not required. However, if you are struggling to maintain a stable satellite lock (indicated by a flashing red satellite icon VBOX Touch No Sats.png), an external antenna (RLACS284) can also be used.
 

IMPORTANT - The first time that the unit is used, it may take up to 10–15 minutes to fully acquire satellites. After this, it will usually take 1–2 minutes to acquire satellites.

External Antenna (If Required)

Placement of the GNSS antenna is crucial to the quality of the data recorded by Performance Box Touch. Any metal close to a GNSS antenna can disturb the signal in an unpredictable way due to interference from reflections of weak GNSS signals.

For the best results, use the antenna in the centre of a metal roof at least 5 cm away from any roof bars or radio antennas. Do not mount the antenna close to the edge of the roof as reflections from the ground may interfere with the signals. Avoid the edges as reflections from the A-pillars will cause problems.

Mount the antenna as high up as possible and keep above any roll bars. Pieces of metal close to and above an antenna will badly disrupt the GNSS signal.

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If the vehicle being used does not have a metal roof, then place the GPS antenna on a flat piece of metal at least 10 cm in diameter. If this is not possible, copper or aluminium foil can be used to create a shaped ground plane underneath the antenna. For example, on a fibreglass roof, mount the antenna on top of the roof, and place some adhesive backed metal foil underneath, on the inside of the roof.
 

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Acquiring Satellite Lock

Tall buildings or trees can block GNSS signals, causing a reduction in the number and quality of satellites being tracked, leading to inaccurate position measurements and a noisy velocity signal.
 

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GNSS works best in open areas/ Avoid tree lined roads

GPS Coldstart

If Performance Box Touch is struggling to acquire satellite lock, a GPS coldstart may be required. This may be necessary when the unit hasn’t been used for a number of days or has dramatically moved location since its last use.
 

To perform a coldstart, press the COLDSTART button within the Diagnostics Settings menu.
 

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When the button has been pressed, the unit will make an audible sound and a ‘PLEASE WAIT’ message will be displayed on the screen which will count down from 3. The number of satellites will then be displayed as '00' and GPS status will show ‘SEARCHING FOR SATELLITES’ until satellite lock has been acquired. It will take approximately 25 – 30 seconds for the unit to reacquire satellite lock.

Logging

Performance Box Touch logs data via an SD card inserted in to the Side of the Unit. Dependent on the Logging Strategy selected within the General Settings area, the unit will either log continuously or when movement is detected (default).

Tapping on the SD Card Icon when green VBOX Touch SD OK.png will manually start or stop logging data, overriding the Configured Logging Strategy.

The Record Icon VBOX Touch Recording Button.png will show when the unit is logging data to the SD card.
 

If you have come to a stop, but the Record Icon is still on, press the SD Card Icon to stop the logging before removing the card.

Sometimes, due to poor satellite visibility in a garage or close to a building, the box may start recording, even if the car is stationary. Always check the Record Icon before ejecting the card.


IMPORTANT – The SD card shouldn't be removed when the Record Icon is on as you may lose data.

Note: If for some reason the SD card is removed whilst still recording, it may need to be repaired using a PC before it can be reused.

SD Card Format

Performance Box Touch is supplied with an 8 GB SDHC card in a FAT32 file format, which is the only file format supported.

If you are looking to purchase a new SD card, it is recommended that any card used has a write speed of above 7 MB/s (4 MB/s absolute minimum) and a speed class of 10 (4 absolute minimum). Racelogic recommend SD cards from quality brands such as Transcend, SanDisk, Kingston or Lexar to ensure best results.
 

IMPORTANT – If an SD card is formatted in the exFAT or NTFS file formats, it will need to be reformatted into a FAT32 file system before it will work with a Performance Box Touch unit.

SDHC cards (2 GB to 32 GB)

Supplied or purchased SDHC cards are formatted in the FAT32 file format. This format is supported by Performance Box Touch.

SDXC cards (64 GB and above)

Purchased SDXC cards will be formatted in exFAT or NTFS file formats; these formats are not supported by Performance Box Touch (please reformat as per instructions below).

SD Card Reformatting

  • FAT32 reformatting for media with sizes up to 32 GB can be done directly within Windows by right clicking on the media and selecting 'Format'.
     
  • If you would like to format media with sizes above 32 GB in to a FAT32 file system, this isn't something that can be done directly within Windows as it is not the standard formatting for the file. However, many third party software programs can be used to reformat media to allow them to work correctly with our products - we can recommend  This Tool as a free option from the SD card organisation.

Logged Channels

Performance Box Touch logs channels to an inserted SD card within a .vbo file, channel information is available below:
 

  • Satellites: This is the number of satellites in use.
  • Time: This is UTC time since midnight in the form HHMMSS.SS.
  • Latitude: Latitude in minutes MMMM.MMMMMMMM +ve = North e.g. 3169.30644410M = 52D, 49M, 18.4S.
  • Longitude: Longitude in minutes MMMMM.MMMMMMMM +ve = West e.g. 00040.18164742M = 00D, 40M, 10.9S.
  • Velocity: Velocity in km/h.
  • Heading: Heading in degrees with respect to North.
  • Height: Height above sea level in meters based on the WGS84 model of the earth used by VBOX GNSS engines.
  • Vertical velocity: Vertical velocity in km/h. +ve velocity uphill, -ve velocity downhill.
  • Long accel: Longitudinal acceleration in g, +ve for forward acceleration.
  • Lat accel: Lateral acceleration in g, +ve for acceleration to the left.
  • Solution type: Indicator for what the unit is currently using to derive position: 0 = No sats; 1 = Standalone using GNSS only; 2 = SBAS.

More information on the VBO file format can be found here.

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