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Calculators: Handheld: Boots 224 Memory (type 1)

Size (approx): 77mm (max) x 136mm x 19.7mm (max)  (w,h,d)
Weight 110g excluding batteries


3V DC, 2 x AA size battery, 0.2W.  Also accepts adapter (AD-2S).  Socket on top side on the left.  Manganese batteries last about eight hours whilst alkaline will give 28 hours use.
Case: Slim design which fits in the hand well with on/off switch in thumb position on the top left side.  Cream plastic base and brown smooth plastic top inset with brushed aluminium panels above display and around keys.  Logo and model printed on the top has survived well.  Extra switch for decimal rounding control.  Very slight tilted and flush display filter makes this a nice blue shade display.  Nice design by Casio as this is a "made for a brand" calculator.
Display: 8 digit blue VFD (no ninth digit)
Features: 4 function calculator with percentages, delta percent, square root and three function memory
Age: 1978
Manufacturer: Boots.  Made in Japan (actually a Casio), serial number 0404062 on inside of battery compartment.  Also have 0118294.


You just know this is a Casio!  Only let down by the lack of a ninth digit - hence you can only have seven digit negative numbers, and you can have negative roots.  I think the blue button colour , however, is an improvement on the original Casio Memory B-1.  Original cover is soft black plastic with open top and "Made in Japan" embossed on the reverse.  There is a Type 2 which just appears to be a case change.

Components: 1 x cpu: NEC D1877C E8790D Japan - 28 pin DIL
1 x display: Single flat glass tube digitron, eight digit VFD, NEC LD8225/FIP8A5 Japan
1 x transistor
7 x diodes
12 x capacitors
3 x resistors
1 x transformer
Boards: Main board (Ref F8X-1A) is connected by 16 copper wires to the (and sits on top of the) keyboard board.  The latter is secured to the front by 5 screws.
Construction: Remove the single screw from the back and gently prize from the bottom.

Logic comments: The (C) button is used to clear last entry of a number and (AC) to clear the whole calculator.
Overflow on number input is suppressed, typing in a nine digit number ignores the ninth digit.
There is selectable automatic constant on all four function by double hitting the operator; i.e. (3)(X)(X)(=) gives "9".
An overflow error is flagged with an "E" in the first (right most) digit, negative or positive.  Number is not recoverable.
Divide by zero shows an  "E" which is also not recoverable.
There is constant on all functions by double-hitting the operator.
Square roots of negative numbers are allowed
AC cancels the memory as well, there is no indication of memory store - you have to remember it.
Negative numbers are flagged by a "-" sign in the immediate left digit, limiting you to seven digit negative numbers.  If you type in (-)(1)(2)...(8)(=), this will result in an error.


Small (106mm x 75mm) cheaply made manual (yes it is printed lop-sided like the scan).  The whole leaflet folds out to one long strip and contain 12 pages in black only.  Most of the instructions are continuous and don't match the fold lines.  Guarantee panel on this one is dated 18 - 12 - 78, a Christmas present for someone!  Sold in Boots of Altringham, Cheshire.