The Cycle and Soak feature allows you to split a station’s run time into more usable, shorter watering durations. This feature is useful when applying water to slopes and tight soils because it automatically applies water more slowly, helping to prevent runoff from occurring. You should enter the Cycle time as a fraction of the station's watering time, and the Soak time as the minimum number of minutes required before watering can occur again for the next Cycle. The total number of cycles is determined by taking the total programmed station run time and dividing it by the Cycle time.
The Cycle and Soak feature is accessed by placing the dial in the RUN position, pressing and holding the button for 3 seconds; while holding the button rotate the dial to the RUN TIME dial position, then release the button.
Setting the Cycle Time:
Initially Station 1 will be displayed. To access other stations, press the or button.
Once the desired station is displayed, use the or button to increase or decrease the Cycle time. The user can set the time from 1 minute (0:00) to 4 hours (4:00) in 1 minute increments or to OFF if no Cycle is desired.
Before 1 hour, only minutes are displayed (e.g. 36). At 1 hour or above, the display will change to include the hour digit (e.g. 1:13 and 4:00). If a station's Run Time is less than or equal to the Cycle time, then no Cycle will be applied.
Once the desired Cycle times for each station have been programmed, the Cycle time can be accessed by pressing thebutton.
The station will remain the same as was previously displayed under the Cycle time (i.e. if station 2 is displayed in the Cycle menu then Station 2 will be displayed upon pressing thebutton).
The Soak menu cannot be accessed without a programmed Cycle time.
To access the other stations, press the or button.
When changing the stations, if a station without a Cycle time is encountered, the screen will revert back to the Cycle time. Move to the next station with a Cycle Time and press the button to return.
Once the desired station is displayed, the user can use the or button to increase or decrease the Soak time. The user can set the Soak time from 1 minute (0:00) to 4 hours (4:00) in 1 minute increments.
Before 1 hour, only minutes are displayed (e.g. 36). At 1 hour or above, the display will change to include the hour digit (e.g. 1:13 and 4:00).
Station 1 requires 20 minutes of watering, but after 5 minutes, runoff occurs. However, after 10 minutes all the water is absorbed. The solution would be to program 20 minutes for the station run time, 5 minutes for the Cycle time, and 10 minutes for the Soak time.