How Do You Set a Le Bistro Portion Control Feeder? (Explained!)

In order to set the Aspen Le Bistro Portion Control Feeder, you must use the control panel to set the clock, mealtime, meal size, and meals served. If anything is flashing on the control panel, it means you have to reconnect the power, reset the unit, or both. 

Because there are so many factors included in setting the Aspen Le Bistro Portion Control Feeder, read on for a complete explanation of how to set the device.

How do you set the Aspen Le Bistro Portion Control Feeder?

In order to set the Aspen Le Bistro Portion Control Feeder, you must first assemble the hopper, lid, bowl, and riser so that they are all connected from the base. You will also have to install batteries before you move on to the control panel installation.

From there, walk through the complete setup by setting up the clock, mealtime, meal size, and meals served information. If you still have the instruction manual with your control feeder, everything should be outlined there.

How do you set the clock on the Aspen Le Bistro Portion Control Feeder?

To set the clock on your Aspen Le Bistro Portion Control Feeder, follow the steps below:

  1. Press “-“ on the power switch down.
  2. Set the unit so that the LCD screen is right in front of you. You should see the clock flashing “12:00 AM.”
  3. Press “enter” to set the time. The hour section should start blinking.
  4. Use the up and down buttons to set the hour.
  5. Press “enter.” The minute section should start blinking.
  6. Use the up and down buttons to set the minutes.
  7. Press “enter.”

How do you set the mealtime on the Aspen Le Bistro Portion Control Feeder?

Follow the steps below to set the mealtime:

  1. Hold “enter” for two seconds until “MEALS” start flashing.
  2. Use the up and down buttons to select which meal you are programming.
  3. Press “enter.”
  4. You will have to confirm the selection. You can simply press “enter” again to confirm the selection or select the down button to choose another meal.
  5. The hour section should start blinking once you finally click “enter.”
  6. Use the up and down buttons to set the meal hour.
  7. Press “enter,” and the meal minutes section should start blinking.
  8. Use the and down buttons to set meal minutes.
  9. Press “enter,” and you will automatically be taken to the meal size section, which is outlined below.

How do you set the meal size on the Aspen Le Bistro Portion Control Feeder?

Follow the steps below to set the meal size.

  1. Use the up and down buttons to select the food quantity. Each bar is equivalent to about 1/4 cup. The maximum size is 3 cups.
  2. Press “enter.”
  3. You will automatically be re-brought to the mealtime section so that you can select times and portions for all meals of the day.
  4. After all meals are set up, press “enter.”

How do you set the meals served on the Aspen Le Bistro Portion Control Feeder?

The Aspen Le Bistro Portion Control Feeder always shows “SERVED” on the LCD screen so you can know how many meals have been served. The meal number will be tracked up to 99 and reset to zero. If you want to reset this counter manually, press the up and down buttons at the same time to reset it.

How do you set the manual feed option on the Aspen Le Bistro Portion Control Feeder?

Manual feed can be selected if you want to give treats. It’s also a good idea to try manual feed before using the portion control feeder to make sure the kibble flows smoothly. All you need to do is press and hold the down button for three seconds. Food will automatically be dispensed based on the first meal.

How do I set the Aspen Le Bistro Portion Control Feeder if no display is showing?

If no display is showing, it means that the power is off. Simply turn on the power to fix this problem. Follow the steps described above from there.

How do I set the Aspen Le Bistro Portion Control Feeder if the clock is flashing?

If the clock is flashing, it means you have either not set the feeder or it has lost its power, causing it to go back to factory mode. You will have to reset the Aspen Le Bistro Portion Control Feeder as described above if power was lost.

How do I set the Aspen Le Bistro Portion Control Feeder if “MEALS” is flashing?

When this is flashing, it means that the unit failed to deliver the full amount of programmed food for a meal. To fix this problem, begin by turning off the model. Empty out the hopper and disconnect the hopper from the base. See if there is any food jammed or dislodged. Clean the device is necessary. Reassemble the unit and reset it as described above.

How do I set the Aspen Le Bistro Portion Control Feeder if the “Low battery” light is on?

If the low battery light is on, you will need to turn the unit off. Then, remove the batteries and replace them with three new D alkaline batteries. Make sure to match the battery based on the positive and negative markings on the device. Turn the device back on and reset it as described above.

How do I set the Aspen Le Bistro Portion Control Feeder if kibble is jammed?

If kibble keeps getting jammed, clean out the device first and see if there is any excess moisture. Excess moisture will cause the kibble to become wet and stick to the sides. You want the moisture content to be below 12%.

If there are no obvious signs of moisture, check the kibble’s moisture content rating to make sure that it is within these bounds. The rating should be below 12%. 

After you clean out the kibble and figure out the problem, you will need to reset the Aspen Le Bistro Portion Control Feeder as described above.