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Maintenance & Operation

Battery-Powered Maintenance and Operation

Your Lobster battery Tennis Ball Machine should work trouble free provided you follow basic guidelines:

Battery Maintenance: Always charge your machine after each use until the LED on your control panel turns solid green or the fast charger LED turns from amber to green. Sealed-lead acid batteries should be charged after every use, do not allow them to drain all the way. This will lengthen the life of the battery and shorten the amount of time it takes to charge the battery. Never charge the battery for more than 36 hours with a Basic Charger.

Battery Capacity: If you plug in your machine and the machine appears to charge, but it doesn't...check your battery connections and ensure the thick black or red wire leading to your battery hasn't come disconnected.

  • Battery Troubleshooting: If your machine runs for 10-20 minutes and then shuts down, you need a new battery.
  • Fast and Premium Chargers:  Remember, the fast/premium chargers bypass the LED on the control panel for the Elite Freedom, Elite 1-3; therefore, when using the fast or premimum charger, the only light that matters is the LED on the charger itself.
  • Fast Charger Troubleshooting: If your fast or premimu charger LED light blinks red or doesn't light up at all, you need a new charger.
  • Storage: Never store a battery machine in a closed car trunk, where temperatures can reach upwards of 180 degrees.
  • Inclement Weather: Never store your machine outside. Rain and moisture will shorten the life of your ball machine.
  • Cleaning: Turn the power off. The inside of the ball machine can then be vacuumed to remove the tennis ball fuzz.
  • Battery-Powered Oscillation Instructions

    Electric-Powered Maintenance and Operation

    Your Lobster electric Tennis Ball Machine should work trouble free provided you follow four basic guidelines:

    1. The detent, the last six inches the tube encased in metal with a rubber bladder inside it, must be replaced on average every three to four years, regardless of the amount of use. When the balls shoot out with less velocity or get stuck inside the detent, it's time for a new detent.
    2. Your extension cord must be 16 gauge or heavier, and no longer than 100 feet. Please do not connect two cords together or use any other major appliances on the same electrical line. This will affect the performance of the ball machine
    3. Replace worn out balls. Old balls consist of flat or dead balls and balls that have been used to the point where there is no longer any fuzz left. When using these, you may experience problems as the ball tries to pass through the machine. It is also advisable to use standard playing balls that are used in match play and are the same size.
    4. Never store a ball machine without blocking up the end of the firing arm and the hole underneath the black disk with steel wool or a sock. This keeps any unwanted insects and animals from making a home in it.
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    Why does a 2-year warranty matter?

    Does the 2 Year Warranty Really Matter?

    Why would one company offer a two-year warranty and another company offer a 1 year warranty? Lobster has so much confidence in its products that it can afford to offer a 2 year warranty. Ask yourself why our competition doesn't have equal confidence in the durability of its products.

    When comparing purchase prices between machines, you should consider the two year warranty carefully. The cost of ownership will quickly rise if the machine breaks down soon after the warranty expires. Imagine owning a machine for 14 months, it malfunctions and now you are out $50 to ship it to the factory at least $100-$200 to fix it and $50 to ship it home. A $300 repair bill might make you think twice about the true cost of purchasing that 1 year warranty machine.

    Finally, consider that Lobster Sports, Inc has been in business for 39 years – that means we were in business for 20 years before our competition even considered opening its doors. Quality isn't some new found commitment, it is part of who we are and have been for generations. When you buy a Lobster ball machine, you purchase peace of mind because you know you have bought a product built for life.

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