UltraBip : User manual & FAQ

/UltraBip : User manual & FAQ
UltraBip : User manual & FAQ 2022-11-28T13:06:27+00:00

UltraBip User Manual

Setup : Make a lark’s head knot with the attachment line to secure the UltraBip.

  1. Pass the small loop of the attachment line through the handle of the UltraBip.
  2. Pass the other end of the line (large loop) inside the small loop.

Installation on shoulder strap or cockpit is recommended.

Antenna positioning : Make sure the handle is facing up to get the best satellite reception.

Note:
Even when you are getting ready, make sure nothing covers UltraBip, and the antenna (behind the handle) is facing the sky.
Track recording will start 1 minute before take-off detection (if the GPS fix is done). Otherwise, in the Configurator, you can turn off take-off detection, and recording will start at GPS fix and run as long as the device is on.

Info: UltraBip has been designed to be used in paragliding. We cannot guarantee optimal performances in a car, at home, or in any constructed area.

Searching GPS : GPS fix is done in 30 seconds, in optimum conditions. The more it blinks orange, the more satellites are being acquired. Once GPS fix is done, it stops blinking orange.

UltraBip is a low-power and solar-powered device, it needs optimum conditions in order to have a GPS fix in less than 1 min : at take-off, in a wide open area, with a clear sky, handle facing the sky.

Notes :
Without GPS fix, your track will not be recorded, nevertheless, the audio vario will be enabled.
When acquiring satellites, the battery power consumption is important.

Volume : You can select from five different volumes with a simple click on the button, at any time.

Vario silent volume : voice volume and LED behavior configurable in the Configurator.

The vario is silent on the ground. On the ground, changing the volume will activate the vario which by default is silent as long as you have not taken off (configurable, see section “sink alarm settings”).

Note: Vario volume consumes battery power : when set to maximum, the battery power consumption is important.

Lift settings : You can change the climb rate settings without the Configurator (just before take off) by following the diagram above. If you have multiple profiles enabled, you will be asked to select your profile beforehand.

To enter the lift vario settings menu :

  1. UltraBip must be switched on.
  2. Then press the button for at least 6 seconds.
  3. Then, each click changes the setting.
  4. When you have chosen the lift sensitivity, double-click to go to the integration time setting.
  5. Each click changes the setting.
  6. Confirm your choice by pressing the button for 4 seconds.

Note: Long integration time gives a more dampened, more integrated response for a better understanding of the lift information. Good for weak Winter thermals with wide turning radius.
Short integration time has an almost instant response. Ideal for chopped down thermals or lee side during Spring.

Sink alarm settings : You can change the sink alarm settings without the Configurator (just before take off) by following the diagram above. If you have multiple profiles enabled, you will be asked to select your profile beforehand.

To enter the sink alarm settings menu :

  1. UltraBip must be switched off.
  2. Then press the button for at least 6 seconds.
  3. Then, each click changes the setting.
  4. If you wish, you can enable or disable take-off detection with a triple-click.
  5. Also, if you wish, you can enable or disable the weak lift buzzer at startup with a double-click.
  6. Confirm your choice by pressing the button for 4 seconds.

Weak lift detector : brief modulations indicating a zone of very low lift, not strong enough to thermal but potentially close to a thermal (vario ranging from -30cm/s to the selected climb rate, default +15cm/s).
Threshold values can be configured in the Configurator.

To enable or disable this option, double click the button at any time when the instrument is switched on.

Note: You can also activate the weak lift buzzer always on at startup, see section “sink alarm settings”.
When vario is silent or disabled, vocal manual mode is enabled when double-click.

You can request flight information anytime by double tapping or double clicking (if vario is silent or disabled) on the device.

Note : Double-tap force, double-tap disabled on ground, and voice format can be configured in the Configurator.

COMING VERY SOON

You can enable or disable voice auto mode : announces flight information when any condition is met: distance, altitude or time trigger.

Voice flight information :

  • Ground speed from GPS (if available)
  • Altitude (ASL), calibrated from GPS at start up, barometric during flight
  • Climb rate
  • Heading
  • Time (don’t forget to set the timezone in the Configurator System menu)
  • Flight duration
  • and more…

No need to install any software. Works on Windows, Linux, Mac with a web browser, even offline.
Use Chrome or Firefox. More info on the Configurator page.

To view your flight: Connect UltraBip with a USB cable to your computer, and retrieve the corresponding IGC file (in the tracks folder), upload it on an online viewer like IGC Webview, VisuGPS, CFD, or XContest.
Also, you can upload the KML file on Google Earth to view your flight in 3D.

UltraBip can connect via Bluetooth to your favorite flight app on Android or iOS (XCTrack, FlySkyHy, FlyMe, SeeYou, LK8000, and more)

In order to establish the connection between UltraBip and your flight app, there is no need to pair UltraBip to your smartphone in the Bluetooth menu.

Bluetooth connectivity:

  1. Turn on the Bluetooth on your smartphone
  2. Open your flight app
  3. Turn on UltraBip
  4. In your flight app, go to the menu, and find “external sensors” or “connections”
  5. Choose Bluetooth sensor
  6. In the list of Bluetooth devices, choose UltraBip

Make sure to do this within 2 minutes after turning on UltraBip, as after 2 minutes UltraBip stops advertising in Bluetooth.

Note: UltraBip works also as a standalone instrument. Connectivity is not necessary, as UltraBip records your track and gives you all the useful flight information by voice output.

The solar charge while in flight is guaranteed with the default parameters (volume mini or medium, default vario settings, voice auto, sink alarm and weak lift detector deactivated, …).

UltraBip runtime depends on the amount of sunshine and the activated options in the Configurator (see energy info for each parameter).

Note: If the battery is completely empty, UltraBip will do one beep when switched on, then play the shutdown melody, and the LED will flash red for a few seconds.

More info on USB charge

You can either connect the device to your computer as a USB flash drive, or charge it using your smartphone AC charger. Any source from any rating (from 200mA to 4A) can be used: laptop, wallwart, cigarette lighter adapter, powerbanks (of any capacity).

Note: The device has a standard USB connector (USB-C) and can be charged with any cable. You can use any USB charger, standard 5V or Quick Charge (QC), Power Delivery (USB-C PD) as the device is fully USB standard compliant.
When charging via USB, the device will sink about 200mA maximum, full charge is done within 2 hours.

When charging via USB, the charge level is indicated by the LED (when the device is OFF):

  • When it is charging, the LED glows red.
  • When charging is complete, the LED lights up steady green, and after one hour turns off completely.

More info on solar charge

UltraBip is always charging while under the sun (both when ON and OFF) ! There is no solar charge signaling in order to save energy. It will take about 20h of direct full sun to charge it at 70%.

Note: Solar charge will give the best results under direct full sun (not overcast/cloudy). Do not place the device behind a window, or the windshield of a car, UltraBip won’t charge, and the battery will be damaged.

Proceed to a factory reset anytime : default settings will be applied and language selection requested.

Note : your previous configuration file will be saved under the name before-reset-config.ultrabip.

Languages : extra languages can be downloaded here.

Default parameters :

  • 1 profile
  • Voice manual mode : ON
    • announcement : altitude, speed, average climb rate
  • Voice auto mode : OFF
  • GPS : ON
    • take off detection : ON
    • Recording format : IGC et KML
  • Instant Vario : ON
    • Up sensitivity : 15cm/s
    • Integration time : 50%
    • Sink alarm : OFF
    • Weak lift buzzer : OFF
    • Vario silent on ground : ON
  • Connectivity : ON
  • Auto power-off : after 30min of inactivity

Here, download the printable user manual version

Download manual page 1

Download manual page 2

UltraBip FAQ

Bluetooth connectivity :

I can't get UltraBip to connect via Bluetooth. What should I do?

In order to establish the connection between UltraBip and your flight app, there is no need to pair UltraBip to your smartphone in the Bluetooth menu.

Bluetooth connectivity:

  1. Turn on the Bluetooth on your smartphone
  2. Open your flight app
  3. Turn on UltraBip
  4. In your flight app, go to the menu, and find “external sensors” or “connections”
  5. Choose Bluetooth sensor
  6. In the list of Bluetooth devices, choose UltraBip

Make sure to do this within 2 minutes after turning on UltraBip, as after 2 minutes UltraBip stops advertising in Bluetooth.

Is it possible to connect UltraBip to an iPhone or Android phone?

Yes, UltraBip can connect via Bluetooth to any Android and iOS smartphone or tablet!

Does UltraBip still record tracks when connected to a tablet or smartphone?

Yes, UltraBip records tracks whenever track recording is enabled in the Configurator web-app.

Configuration :

Do I need to install any software on my computer to retrieve my tracks or to configure the device?

No, there is no need to install any software!
When connected to a computer, UltraBip works just like any other USB flash drive. You can access its files and folders with your file manager.

Tracks (both IGC and KML files) can be located in the UltraBip flash drive folder named “tracks”.

The Configurator uses your existing browser and allows you to configure UltraBip. The Configurator web app is available here, or on the flash drive of the UltraBip itself. The Configurator web page does not require an Internet connection to operate.

Tracks are stored in a single folder by default, in order to allow easier export to a flight logging software. However, they may also be organized in folders by year, month and day.

I have a Linux / Mac / Windows computer, does it work with UltraBip?

Yes, UltraBip works with any Linux, Mac or Windows computer.

My computer is asking me to format the UltraBip disk, what should I do?

UltraBip should never be formatted at any time.
In case it is accidentally formatted, you will need to install at least one voice-pack to restore operation. Voicepacks may be downloaded here.

Update :

My instrument does not turn ON, what should I do?

You just need to charge it overnight with direct AC power connection. Do not use a powerbank nor a computer to charge from an empty battery. Check first to make sure the cable works by testing it on another device. It is normal for the LED light to remain unlit.

How to update the voicepack?

Click here for the voicepack download page.

There must always be at least one voicepack in the “voices” folder.

It looks like there are unnecessary files. Can these be deleted?

When the UltraBip is connected to a computer, it appears as a USB flash drive with the following contents in its root folder:

If the “voices” folder is deleted, then the device will not be working anymore. “voices”, “tracks_IGC”, and “tracks_KML” folders should not be renamed. And the UltraBip disk should not be formated at any time.

Only the “config.ultrabip” file may be deleted. Deleting this file causes UltraBip to perform a full reset, equivalent to a 20 second press of the button.

The “voices” folder must contain at least one voicepack. Unused voicepacks may be deleted provided at least one remains.

The “tracks_IGC”, and “tracks_KML” folders contain recorded tracks organized as shown below. “ON_GROUND” KML sub-folder contains the same KML tracks, but with all recorded points clamped to ground. Useful for hiking tracks.

Folders and files within the “tracks_IGC”, and “tracks_KML” folders may be deleted, provided the “tracks_IGC”, and “tracks_KML” folders remain.

What is my current firmware or voicepack version?

To locate your version information, follow the following steps:

  1. Switch off your UltraBip
  2. Connect it to your computer
  3. Open the Configurator
  4. Click on “load config”, and follow the instructions
  5. The version number is available under the System > more menu as shown below

Screenshot_firmware_version_number

Vario :

When I turn ON my instrument and want to try the vario, it doesn't beep. Why not?

The vario is silent on the ground by default: you need to takeoff to enable the vario (variation of more than 1,5m/s).
Alternatively, changing the volume will unmute the vario.

While flying, UltraBip volume changed to the minimum setting. Why does this happen?

When the battery is very low, sound is automatically minimized to consume as little energy as possible. This allows UltraBip to continue tracking for as long as possible.

Once UltraBip has recharged enough battery from its solar cell in flight, the volume will return to normal.

My instrument is making curious noises all the time while it is not moving. What should I do?

It’s not a bug, it’s a feature : the zero lift indicator !

It is designed to tell you when you are in or near potential lift. This is not strong enough to climb, but will help you find nearby thermals.
The tone is made up of short modulations. The zero lift indicator sound starts at -30 cm/s and occurs until your positive lift threshold, defaulted to +20 cm/s.

To activate or deactivate it, you simply need to double-click on the button.

What is the integration time of the average climb rate given by UltraBip?

When activated in the Configurator, UltraBip can tell you the average climb rate. It is integrated using the last 10 seconds preceding the voice announcement.

GPS :

How many flights can UltraBip record?

UltraBip can store more than 10 000 flights!

Can I use UltraBip to record my path during hiking, cycling, skiing or other non-paragliding related activities?

Yes, UltraBip can record your path during these activities. However we only offer support for paragliding usage.

As UltraBip is designed for paragliding, it relies upon clear skies for satellite reception. For ground activities where the sky may be blocked by trees or buildings, there may be “holes” or “gaps” in the recorded track.

UltraBip is not waterproof and should therefore not be used on a boat.

Does UltraBip still record tracks when connected to a tablet or smartphone?

Yes, UltraBip records tracks whenever track recording is enabled in the Configurator web-app.

Is UltraBip accepted at FAI events?

The IGC files recorded by UltraBip are FAI-CIVL certified and are therefore accepted at FAI events.

Charge :

Can Stodeus instruments handle strong charging power? Is it safe to charge them from any charger?

Yes, any source from any rating (from 200mA to 4A) may be used to charge UltraBip. This includes laptops, wall chargers, cigarette lighter adapters and powerbanks of any capacity.

Stodeus instruments have standard USB connectors and can be charged with any cable. You can use any USB charger, standard 5V or Quick Charge (QC), Power Delivery (USB-C PD) as the Stodeus instruments are fully USB standard compliant.