The New Ion Board
The new Ion Board from Smart Parts is a tournament level, upgrade circuit board with many new features. It gives you full operational control and a wider range of adjustment of your paintball marker. We have included a fully adjustable Rebound and NXL modes, a D-bounce adjustment, Bolt Stick Adjustment (BSA, to eliminate any first shot drop problems), kick in rate adjustment, sustaining rate adjustment, # of Shots to Kick In, and a short cut key for ROF. Also you will notice the addition of a new speaker to make the on/off and board-mode-adjustments more user-friendly as well as more identifiable.
Installation: Follow your Ion Owners Manual for instructions on removal of stock board and installation of the new board. It has been designed to fit in your Ion with no modifications. You must use the banjo fittings from your stock board assembly on the new upgrade board.
1. After pressing and holding the on/off button for two seconds the board will chirp and turn on in its vision state of firing mode.
2. The on/off button can be used to switch back and forth from base mode to vision mode pressing the button quickly and observing the change in light pattern from a steady blink to an interrupted blinking light sequence.
3. You must unscrew rubber grip screws and open up your grip to access the mode button. By pressing this mode button (the button below the on/off button) once, the board will enter into the adjustment mode. The first thing you will see is a solid yellow light indicating you are in “Dwell Adjustment”. As you continue pressing the mode button, you will cycle through the modes which are each defined by a specific color and flash sequence (see chart A below).
Adjustment Color Codes (Chart A)
Modes Light Color Mode Button On/Off Button Range
Dwell Solid Yellow Down Up 1 to 89
ROF(Rate of Fire) Solid Red Up Down 1 to 91
Firing Modes Single Blink Yellow Down Up 1 to 4
Debounce Single Blink Red Down Up 1 to 25
BSA (bolt stick adjust) Double Blink Yellow Down Up 1 to 26
Kick In Rate Adjust Double Blink Red Down Up 3sps-10sps
Sustain Rate Adjust Fast Blink Yellow Down Up 3sps-10sps
# Of Shots to Enter Firing Mode Fast Blink Red Down Up 3 pulls-10 pulls
Short Cut Key * Yellow and Red Both Pressed Both
*Short Cut Key- When both buttons are depressed for 1 second, the red and yellow lights will stay on to identify that your fire rate has been set to 14.7 sps (shots per second)
4. While in any of these categories if you wait 4 seconds the speaker will chirp to identify what that range is set too. For example if it was in the dwell setting mode and the dwell was set to 30, after 4 seconds the speaker would chirp 30 times.
5. If you decide to leave the adjustment table without making any changes, simply pull and release the trigger one time, and the board will go back into its base (non vision) firing mode. ***Note that if there is air charged in the gun, it will not be able to fire while in adjustment mode. However, be careful because as soon as you release the trigger, you will be able to fire the gun***
6. If you decide to change one of the settings, while the board is in any of the categories listed above, pull and hold the trigger for 3 seconds, in which case the speaker will chirp 5 times (to let you know that you can make adjustments), and then while the trigger is still being held you can adjust a setting by pressing the mode button to adjust down or the on/off button to adjust up. While adjusting, the speaker will still make a high pitch chirp for each adjustment up and a low pitch chirp for each adjustment down.
7. As long as you hold the trigger, you can adjust the setting up or down. Once you have reached your desired setting, releasing the trigger will put the board back into base fire mode and save your new setting. The board will chirp a very fast beep when it can’t go any higher or lower in the adjustment mode.
8. To turn your marker off, simply press and hold on/off button until the board chirps (approximately 2 seconds) and the light ceases to blink.
• Dwell- This adjusts how long the bolt stays forward on each firing cycle. Too low of a dwell will not allow the marker to fire and if the dwell is set too high you will loose a lot of gas efficiency. Refer to your Ion manual on how to properly set your dwell.
• Rate of Fire (ROF) - This can also be labeled pause time because with every adjustment, you are increasing or decreasing the pause time between each shot. This is why this mode is the only mode where you press the “down” mode button to increase the setting. Adjusting up (increasing the pause between shots) will turn your ROF down and adjusting down (decreasing the pause between shots) will increase ROF.
• Firing Mode – There are 4 different modes that you can cycle through while in the Firing Mode adjustment stage. Here are the different modes and their descriptions:
Semi-Auto- This mode is strictly semi-auto only. The kick in rate and sustain rate are not applicable in this mode. This mode would be the ideal setting if playing in the NPPL Super 7 or any other tournament which doesn’t allow any ramping software. NPPL IDEAL SETTING: Debounce-as low as you can get it without the gun shooting itself from the bounce of it firing. If you can pull the trigger slowly and if the gun kicks, causing it to fire more than one ball it, might be deemed illegal. ROF- 20/maxed
• Rebound- In this mode, when you pull the trigger a set amount of times, the gun will “kick in” into assisted-type of firing as long as you continue to pull the trigger a set amount of times per second. This is where you can use the kick in rate and the sustain rate. This is the best mode for the Millennium Series. MILLENNIUM SERIES IDEAL SETTING: Kick In Rate- 8, Sustain Rate- 8, ROF- 14.7
• NXL Full-Auto- The name is just what it suggests, it is full auto after you pull the trigger the set amount of times and then continue to hold the trigger. If you happen to release the trigger, you have just under one second to pull it again before you would have to pull it the set amount of times again. NXL IDEAL SETTING: Kick In Rate- 3, Sustain Rate- 1, ROF-14.7
• Tournament Rebound- This mode is best used in PSP’s X-ball divisional play. The rules are similar to the NXL except that you have to continue to pull the trigger at least 1 pull a second at all times. They do not allow complete full auto. This mode can be fully adjusted to comply with any league that allows ramping such as the PSP and the Millennium. TOURNAMENT REBOUND IDEAL SETTING: PSP: Kick In Rate- 3, Sustain Rate- 1, ROF- 14.7. Millennium: Kick In Rate- 8, Sustain Rate- 8, ROF- Check current Millennium Series rules.
• Debounce – This setting is best used with the normal semi-auto mode. The lower you set the debounce, the gun will feel like it shoots a lot smoother and easier. You have to be careful of rules and regulations because if you take the debounce too low, and you pull the trigger slowly, the kick of the gun might make it shoot more than one time. In many leagues and tournaments, that would be an illegal gun. Also, if you drop the debounce down all the way to 1, it will be in full auto which is not legal at many fields and tournaments.
• BSA (Bolt Stick Adjustment) - This mode is to help compensate for any first shot drop (when a guns first shot is very low in velocity compared to the shots following the first one) that you might be experiencing. After the gun sits for a period of time, the board will increase the dwell setting (amount depends on your current BSA setting) to alleviate any first shot drop. If you do not experience any, then, obviously you would be at the lowest setting within the BSA to avoid any hot gun penalties.
• Kick In Rate- This refers to the shots per second you must reach by pulling the trigger before the board will “kick in” to NXL Full Auto or Tournament Rebound. The higher the setting, the harder it will be to kick into either of the modes. The lower the setting, the easier it will be to kick in.
• Sustain Rate- This refers to the shots per second you must sustain by pulling the trigger to keep the board “kicked in” to NXL Full Auto or Tournament Rebound. The higher the setting, the faster you will have to pull the trigger to sustain the NXL Full Auto or the Tournament Rebound. The lower the setting, the slower you will have to pull the trigger to sustain the NXL Full Auto or the Tournament Rebound.
• # of Shots to enter Fire Mode- This mode adjusts how many shots are needed to be pulled in order for it to kick in to full auto or rebound modes. You can adjust it from 1 to 10 pulls to kick it in. This means that if it is set to 10, no matter what, you have to pull the trigger 10 times before it will ever kick in to its mode.
• Short Cut Key- This is actually not a mode but a handy feature on the new board. If you had been playing in different tournament series or messing around at your local field, and you had adjusted your rate of fire to something higher than the tournament legal 15 balls per second, all you have to do is hold the mode and on/off button together for one second, the board will chirp and both lights will stay on. This will put your rate of fire back to 14.7 balls per second. This can be convenient if you are in a hurry and/or don’t have the device handy that tells you your rate of fire. No one wants a major penalty right?
The Smart Parts Blackheart Ion Board is newer, so it should be commonly available, both new and used. Check out the Places to Buy links below for places to purchase it new.
ion black heart bored new desigzn trigger all american barrel
3 balls faster woot woot
Lights your gun up blue
Cool noise when turend on
Could be faster
Hard to program if your a newbie (you know who you are)
well when you first get the board it comes in a nice neat box. you open it up and it loks like the one in your gun. you have to reuse the banjo fittings but that is easy so all you do is unhook every thing then slide the old one out and the new one in hook it back up and you are ready to shot. almost..... you have to program the gun which is kind of easy
but it is too hard to explain over the computer so just buy the part and read the manual
READ IT VERY CLOSE LOL......
have fun a rip emmmm up
If you need 3 more balls get it
But is you dont go very often dont get it
Lucky Stage 5, Lucky aluminum bolt, pipe kit, Uni mount, lucky no rise,ndz detents, vp scythe trigger, t-board, clippard qev w/QD, BL torpedo reg, angel arsenal grips, element 85 frame
Strange body, Lucky LBM bolt, freak, aa tip, lucky stage 2, S-rail, cp on/off, ccm low rise, NDZ detents, NDZ s-treme trigger, Blackheart board, planet eclipse QEV, Cp long reg, system x nme grips
ease of use
Capped at 20 bps
Simple drop in board. barbs, hosing, solenoid, eye wire harness and new eye board already there so it is a true drop in. it was the first board out so i decided to buy one. it's capped at 20bps which is enough. blue led was a nice addition. is so much easier to see than the red.but i wanted more just because you can. the changing of modes and settings was extremely easy. the speaker is actually more helpful than people give it credit for, not just bells and whistles. manual was very helpful( yes, read it). you can adjust everything on this board you would ever want to. dwell, debounce, rof, modes etc. after a few days use i have come to the conclusion that this board is sufficient enough for any ion owner. however recently a board was released that was cheaper and sounds like it is all around better. have yet to actually get it in my gun. will let everyone know how they compare
If you need to replace your stock board or are looking for a widely available upgrade than this is the board for you. i gave it an 8 due to the cap on the board and other boards will be released that are more adjustable and uncapped