User Guide | Quick Start | Resources | APH Tech Home

Orbit Reader 20™ Quick Start Guide

©2017, The American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.

Export BRF version

This quick start guide provides instructions for charging the device, orientation, powering on and off, selecting and reading content, and entering and exiting menus. Consult the Orbit Reader 20 User Guide included on the SD card or online at for more complete instructions and information.

Note: It is important to upgrade your device to the most current version. Please refer to the Device Upgrade Procedure section of the User Manual for instructions.

In the Box

Check that the listed items have been included. Contact Customer Service at 1-800-223-1839 or [email protected] with any problems.


With the device on a flat surface in front of you, the proper operational orientation is with the row of braille cells closest to you. The panning controls are at each end of the braille cells.

Above the row of braille cells is the Dot 7 key (left), Space bar (middle), and Dot 8 key (right).

The six Braille Input keys are located close to the edge furthest away from you. The navigation pad containing the four directional buttons and the Select button is located between the Space bar and the Braille Input keys.

The Power button (left), SD card slot (middle), and Micro-B USB port (right) are located in a recessed area on the left side of the back edge.

Charge the Device

APH recommends fully charging the device before or during first use.

To charge the battery, plug the small end of the USB cable into the USB port with the bumps facing down, and insert the other end into a PC or the AC adapter.

Powering On and Off

To power on the device, press and hold the square Power button for 2 seconds. While turning on, the Orbit Reader flashes the first cell on the display.

To turn the device off, press and hold the Power button for 2 seconds. If the device is running on batteries and you do nothing with it for 10 minutes, it goes to sleep automatically to conserve power.

Selecting and Reading Content

The device comes with an inserted SD card with the User Guide and translated braille material already on it.

To... Press
Open a File in the list Select
Read a File Panning buttons (move forward or back through the content)
Exit a File Dot 7
Scroll through the file list Up or Down Arrow buttons

If the SD card is removed or there is no SD card, when the unit is turned on, the Orbit Reader 20 displays “No SD card.” When inserting an SD card, the card connector fingers must face down.

Entering and Exiting Menus

To... Press
Open the Menu Select + Up Arrow button
Move through the Menu Up or Down Arrow buttons
Select Menu Options Right or Left Arrow buttons, Select
Exit the Menu Dot 7

Further Information

For the latest information, specifications, care and use, troubleshooting tips, warranty information, and more detailed instructions, see the Orbit Reader 20 website at

For further questions or concerns not covered in this Quick Start Guide or the User Guide, please contact APH Customer Service as follows:

The American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.
1839 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, KY 40206
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 800-223-1839

Notice: Accessibility of APH Websites