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USER'S GUIDE
English
/ Español
www.brother.com
LN7504001
Printed in China
INTRODUCTION
With your PT-1830, you can create labels for any application. Select from the
many frames, character sizes and styles to design beautiful custom labels. In
addition, the variety of tape cartridges available allows you to print labels with
different widths and exciting colors.
Read this manual carefully before starting and keep the manual in a handy
place for future reference.
FCC NOTICE
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1)
This device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause undesired operation.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to
Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful
interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency
energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to
radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular
installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be
determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by
one or more of the following measures:
- Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
- Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
- Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
- Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
- Changes or modifications not expressly approved by Brother Industries, Ltd. could void the user's
authority to operate the equipment.
GENERAL PRECAUTIONS
• Use only Brother TZ tapes with this machine. Do not use tapes that do not have
the
mark.
• Do not clean the machine with alcohol or other organic solvents. Only use a soft, dry
cloth.
• Do not touch the print head mechanism. Use a soft wipe (e.g. a cotton swab) when
cleaning the print head.
• To avoid injuries, do not touch the cutter's edge.
• To prevent damage or breakage of the glass, do not press hard on the LCD display.
• Do not put any foreign objects into or heavy objects on the machine.
• Do not leave any rubber or vinyl on the machine for an extended period of time,
otherwise the machine may be stained.
• Do not get the machine wet, such as by touching with wet hands or spilling beverages
on to the machine.
• Do not expose the machine to extremely high temperatures or high humidity. Never
leave it on the dashboard or in the back of your car, near heaters or other hot
appliances. Keep it out of both direct sunlight and rain.
• Avoid using the machine in extremely dusty places.
• Do not pull on the tape being fed from the P-touch labeler, otherwise the tape
cassette may be damaged.
• Do not attempt to cut the tape while printing or feeding since this will damage the tape.
• Do not try to print labels using an empty tape cassette set in the P-touch labeler. Doing
so will damage the print head.
• Remove the batteries and disconnect the AC adapter if you do not intend to use the
machine for an extended period of time. (Note: When power is disconnected for more
than three minutes, all text shown in the display and any text files stored in the
memory will be lost. Language and unit settings will also be cleared.)
• Do not use old and new batteries together or mix alkaline batteries with other type
batteries, or set the positive and negative end in the wrong position. Otherwise, the
batteries may leak or be damaged.
• Use only the suggested AC adapter (AD-30) for this machine to prevent any
damage or failure.
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1
MAKING TEXT
Switching Upper Case/Lower Case
Upper case (
ON)
Lower case (
OFF)
Making Two Line Text
Move the cursor to where the second line starts and press
.
Use either 3/8" (9 mm) or 1/2" (12 mm), or 3/4" (18 mm) wide tape for two line text.
Display
Label image
Entering Symbols
>
Group
Symbols
Group
Symbols
1
7
2
8
3
9
4
10
5
11
6
12
• To go to the next group, press
.
• To cancel operations, press
.
Entering Accented Characters
>
>
>
/
/
Accented Characters
Accented Characters
A
a
C
c
D
d
E
e
G
g
I
i
K
k
L
l
N
n
O
o
R
r
S
s
T
t
U
u
Y
y
Z
z
• To cancel operations, press
.
• The order of accented characters differ by the selected LCD language.
To Clear
By pressing the Backspace Key, the letters will be deleted one by one.
All text and settings will be cleared.
+
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1
PREPARATION
Unpacking Your P-touch Labeler
Check that the package contains the following before using your P-touch la-
beler.
P-touch 1830
TZ tape cassette
User's Guide
Accessories Guide
Warranty Card
Included items may differ by distribution.
Tape Cassettes
Make sure that the power is turned off when replacing a tape cassette.
Open the tape compartment cover by lifting up both sides at the same time.
If a tape cassette is already installed, remove it by pulling it straight up.
Insert a tape cassette, making sure that it snaps into place.
End of tape
Toothed Wheel
Tape compartment
cover
Tape guide
• Make sure that the end of the tape feeds under the tape guides.
• If the ink ribbon is loose, use your finger to wind the toothed wheel in the
direction of the arrow on the cassette.
After you have installed the tape, feed the tape (see Feeding) once and then push
in the tape cutter lever to cut the tape.
Securely close the front cover, making sure that it snaps into place.
Power Supply
Make sure that the power is turned off when replacing batteries.
Turn the machine over and remove the battery compartment cover.
If batteries are already installed, remove them.
Insert six new AA-size alkaline
Battery compartment
batteries (LR6), making sure that
cover
their poles point in the correct
directions. Always replace all six
batteries at the same time using
brand new ones.
Attach the battery compartment cover by inserting the three hooks at the
bottom into the slots on the machine, then pushing down firmly on the
cover until it snaps into place.
When using optional AC adapter (model
AD-30)
Insert the plug on the adapter cord into
the adapter jack on the right side of the
machine.
Insert the plug into the nearest standard
electrical outlet.
For memory back up, we recommend using
AA-size alkaline batteries (LR6) together
when using the AC adapter.
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2
DESIGNING LABELS
Setting [Size]
(
+
>
>
[
]
[
]
Size
Large
[Large]
[Medium]
[Small]
[MAX]
Automatically adjusts the text size according to the tape width.
Select MAX to print with maximum text size when using 18 mm (3/4") tape, all
texts are in upper case, the Style setting is [Normal], and the Underline/Frame
setting is [Off].
Setting [Width]
(
>
>
×2
[
Width
]
[
]
×
×
[Normal]
[
2]
[
1/2]
Setting [Style]
(Vertical)
(
>
>
[
Style
]
[
Vertical
]
[Normal]
[Bold]
[Outline]
[Shadow]
[Italic]
[Italic Bold]
[Italic Outl](Italic Outline) [Italic Shadow]
[Vertical]
Setting [Underline/Frame]
(
+
>
>
[
Underline/Frame
]
[
Underline
]
[Off]
[Underline]
[Round]
[Candy]
[Callout]
[Banner]
[Wooden]
[Vine]
[Hand]
[Flower]
Frames cannot be printed on 9/64" (3.5 mm) tape.
Setting [Tab]
(
+
You can make aligned texts by setting tabs.
Example: To set a tab between "ABC" and "D"
The cursor should be positioned where you set a tab.
>
>
[
Tab
]
Display
Label image
ABC
D
Tab
• You can also set a tab by using the Tab Key on the keyboard.
Setting [Tab Length]
(Auto / 0.0" - 4.0")
(
>
>
[
Tab Length
]
• You can also select the length by entering the length with Num keys.
• To return to [Auto], press
.
Setting [Label Length]
(Auto / 1.2" - 12.0")
(
>
>
[
]
Label Length
• You can also select the length by entering the length with Num keys.
• To return to [Auto], press
.
Setting [Auto Format]
(
You can choose label length from six formats to create labels for various ap-
plications.
>
>
[
]
Auto Format
[VHS Spine]
Application
Length
Application
Length
VHS Spine
5.5"
CD Case Spine
4.4"
MiniDV Spine
1.6"
File Tab
3.2"
Audio Tape
3.5"
Divider Tab
1.6"
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2
OPERATION
Keyboard & LCD
Size
Cursor
Caps
Tape cutter lever
Print key
Preview key
Character keys
Tab key
Caps key
Shift key
Symbol key
Auto Format key
• The LCD shows one row of 15 characters; however, the text that
you enter can be up to 80 characters in length.
• Use
with Shift key to go to top/end of the text.
Initial Setting
Start your machine
Supply power by using six AA batteries or the optional AC adapter, and then
press
.
Set the language (English/Spanish/French/Portuguese)
Choose a language with
and press
/
.
Set the unit (inch/mm)
Choose a unit with
and press
• The machine automatically turns off if no key is pressed within 5
minutes.
• To cancel operations, press
.
• To initialize the settings, turn off the machine and then while
holding down
and
, press
to turn the machine back on.
Finally, release
and
.
<Note> The text and formats in the display and all text files stored
in the memory are erased. Also, the language and unit set-
tings will be cleared.

Creating Labels

See the under side for steps of creating labels.
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3
PRINTING LABELS
Text Preview
)
You can preview the text before printing.
• The LCD shows the whole text and the label length (inch/mm), then returns to the
original text.
• Only the text can be previewed, not the font, style, size, underline/frame or any
additional features.
Printing
+
)
• To cut off the label, push in the tape cutter lever on the upper-left corner of the
machine.
• To prevent damage to the tape, do not try to cut while the message "Print" or "Feed"
is displayed.
Feeding
(Tape Feed)
+
)
+
• The machine will feed (put in amount) of tape, which may be needed when installing
a new tape cassette or when using the [Chain Print] feature.
Setting [Margin]
(Tape Margin)
>
>
[Margin]
[Full]
[Full]/[Half]/[Narrow] is for leaving equal margins on both sides of the text.
NOTE: Cut along the printed dots (:) with scissors so the text is centered in the label.
Full
Half
Narrow
)
ABC
:
ABC
1"
1"
1/2"
1/2"
[Chain Print] is for printing more than 1 copy of a label with minimum margin
<e.g. 1>. You can also create a label containing text in various styles; print a
text in one style, and before feeding, enter the second text in another style
<e.g. 2>.
FEED THE TAPE BEFORE USING THE CUTTER (see Feeding/Printing).
Otherwise A PART OF THE TEXT MAY BE CUT OFF. Do not try to pull the
tape since this may damage the tape cassette.
Chain Print
)
<e.g. 1>
<e.g. 2>
ABC
ABC
ABC
ABC
ABC
DEF
(feed & cut)
Using [Print Option]
[Copies]
You can print up to 9 copies of each label.
>
>
[
]
[
]
Print Option
Copies
+
)
You can also select the number of copies by entering with Num keys.
[Numbering]
You can print many copies of the same text while increasing a selected
number by 1 after each label is printed.
Example: To print copies of a label containing a serial number (0123, 0124 and 0125)
+
)
>
>
[
]
Print Option
>
[
]
Numbering
Select the highest number you wish to be printed when setting the number.
[Mirror]
+
)
>
>
>
[
Print Option
]
[
Mirror
]
Use clear tape in [Mirror], so the labels can be read correctly from the oppo-
site side when attached on glass, windows or other transparent surfaces.

[GETTING STARTED]

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3
REFERENCE
Troubleshooting
Error message
Width
Style
Message
Cause/Remedy
Battery Weak!
The batteries are weak.
Check Battery!
The installed batteries are about to run out.
Invalid!
• There is no text above the cursor when you set Number-
Underline/Frame
ing.
Label Length
• Invalid character is selected for Numbering.
• Invalid number is selected for Tab Length or Label Length.
No Text!
• You tried to print a text file when there is no data stored in
the memory.
• The Print key is pressed when no text is entered.
• You tried to set Copies, Numbering or Mirror when no text
is entered.
Line Limit!
• You tried to enter a 3rd line by pressing Enter key.
• You tried to print a 2 line text when 9/64" (3.5 mm) or 1/4"
Favorite keys
(6 mm) tape is installed.
No Cassette!
You tried to print a label when there is no cassette installed.
Function key
Cutter Error!
Tape cutter lever is used in the middle of printing process.
Power key
Full!
The maximum number of characters (80 characters) have
already been entered.
Cursor/Esc/
Text Too Long!
The text length exceeds the selected label length or the
OK key
selected Auto Format setting length.
Backspace key
No Frame OK?
Printing on 9/64" (3.5 mm) tape with invalid Frame setting
ON. (Select
to print with no Frame,
Enter key
Shift key
What to do when...
Accent key
Problem
Space key
The display stays blank
• Check that the batteries are correctly inserted.
after you have turned on
• If the batteries are weak, replace them.
the machine.
• Check that the AD-30 adapter is correctly connected.
The machine does not
• Check that the tape cassette has been inserted correctly.
print.
• If the tape cassette is empty, replace it.
The printed characters
• The batteries may be weak. Replace them.
are not formed properly,
or the printed characters
are blurred.
The memory has
• The batteries may be weak. Replace them.
cleared on its own.
A blank horizontal line
• There may be some dust on the print head. Remove the
appears through the
tape cassette and use a dry cotton swab to gently wipe the
printed label.
print head with an up-and-down motion.
• The print head can be cleaned more easily if the optional
print head cleaning cassette (TZ-CL4) is used.
The machine has
• Turn off the machine, and then while holding
"locked up" (i.e., nothing
down
and
, press
happens when a key is
Finally, release
and
pressed, even though
the machine is on).
Specifications
/
.
Item
Specification
6.8" (W) × 8.8" (D) × 2.4" (H)
Dimensions
(173 mm (W) × 222 mm (D) × 62 mm (H))
Weight
1.29 lbs. (590 g) (without batteries and tape cassette)
Power supply
Six AA-size alkaline batteries (LR6) or optional AC adapter
(model AD-30)
Tape cassette
Brother TZ tape (width) :
9/64" (3.5 mm), 1/4" (6 mm), 3/8" (9 mm), 1/2" (12 mm), 3/4" (18 mm)
Accessories
(Supplies may differ by distribution.)
Accessories
Stock No.
Tape Cassettes
See the attached "Supplies and Accessories Guide".
AC Adapter
model AD-30
Carrying Case
CC3000
[CREATING LABELS]
4
4
COMPLETED LABELS
Peel the printed label from backing and apply the label.
USEFUL FUNCTIONS
Memory
(Favorites)
You can save and print your favorite label in seconds at the touch of a button.
There are five Favorite Keys (
~
) to store your five favorite labels.
To Save:
>
>
To Print:
(
+
)
To Open:
>
>
When the saved text contains more than 8 characters, use
through the text.
:
ABC
Function Shortcuts
1/6"
1/6"
In addition to the basic steps to search for a function, the PT-1830 provides
you with function shortcuts so you can easily jump to a frequently used func-
tion just by pressing
and the shortcut key shown in the table below. To
confirm, press
.
Key
Function
Key
[Size]
(feed & cut)
[Width]
[Style]
(
+
)
[Underline/Frame]
[Tab]
>
>
Should you encounter any problems with your product, please do not
return your product to the store!
After referring to the User's guide, if you still need assistance, call Brother
[Mirror Print?]
Customer Service at:
Voice :
1-877-4-PTOUCH
Web :
www.brother.com
Fax
:
1-901-379-1210
If you need to locate a service center, please call 1-800-284-HELP or visit
us at www.brother.com
to cancel.)
Solution
to turn the machine back on.
.
to scroll
(
+
)
Function
[Tab Length]
[Label Length]
[Auto Format]
[Margin]
[Print Option]

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