Spike 2 Advanced Control Box Instructions – Software Version 1.5

Below are the instructions on how to operate the Spike 2 advanced control box running software revision 1.5. Note this version is only compatible with control boxes R1.4 and above.


Your control box contains 3 main buttons.

  • BACK
  • DOWN
  • UP

We will reference these buttons in the instructions below.

Note: When operating the buttons please keep your hands away from any HIGH VOLTAGE areas of your Stern Spike pinball back-box. Even if the coin door is open a shock could occur!


Press any button to wake the screen.

If you are still on the welcome screen, press enter to show the menu.

Use the up and down keys to select the function name you wish to edit. Press enter to select the function.

OrderFunction Name
1Select Pattern
2Select Color Pallet
3Select Speed
4Select Brightness
5Toggle Sound Activated

Once you have selected a function, you will then be able to modify the function by using the up and down keys. The below section will indicated what you can modify using the up and down selectors.


Use the up and down keys to select a pattern of LED lights:

OrderPattern NameDescriptionPalletsSoundSpeed
2Fire SynchronizedYesYesYes
3Fire Full FrameYesYesYes
4Fire Full Frame SynchronizedYesYesYes
5Fire with StarsYesYesYes
5Rainbow w/GlitterNoYesNo
10Rotating RainbowNoNoNo

Color Pallet

Use the up and down keys to rotate between different color pallets if enabled for the mode.


Use the up and down keys to change the speed of the mode. You can adjust the speed from 1 to 10.


Use the up and down keys to adjust the brightness of the lights. You can adjust the brightness From 25 to 250.

Sound Activated

You can toggle sound activation on / off by pressing either the up or down keys. The frames will light up to indicate the status of the mode:

Sound Activation ON
Sound Activation OFF

Note not all modes are impacted by sound activation currently.


Why does my pattern appear to move really slow (especially the fire pattern)?

You will need to set the speed to increase the speed of the design updates. We recommend a speed of 9 or 10 for the fire patterns.

How is the pattern for the under-cabinet lights selected?

Currently the under-cabinet lights will match the same design as the speaker patterns.

What is the expansion port for?

Shhh… nothing yet, but we will be sure to let you know when it is available.

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