1410RE: [AirWire] Adding Proline Smoke Unit
- Jul 16, 2013Tommy: if you connect it as described, it will work but will not pulse if
the fan is connected to #9. Unless the Train li can pulse the fan on its
own-not likely. What are the electrical specs of the fan unit? You can
indeed connect the fan to one of the lighting outputs and set the cv on that
function to a pulse of some sort. It will not be synced to the drivers but
will still be a good effect- provided the fan current - or inrush at start-
\does not exceed the light driver capability. Electric motors- such as the
tiny one on the fan of the smoke unit- present a near short circuit for the
millisecond they start- or change from no motion to rotation. The G3 light
drivers are designed for LED, so they have failry . Page 20 shows how to
connect a relay. A relay is a better way, but may not keep up with pulses as
the train speed increases. It will work well at very low speeds, which is
where the pulse effect is best anyway. Note page 20 shows rather than pin
10, the connection is straight to the battery positive.
Now, with all that said, the light drivers have a one amp output. Most smoke
units I have seen can go from a max of 500- 600 ma(at cold start) down to
300ma or so when hot and operating continuously. It is also not likely the
fan will pull more than 1 amp at stall. No guarantees however.
From: AirWire@yahoogroups.com [mailto:AirWire@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
Sent: Monday, July 15, 2013 11:20 PM
Subject: [AirWire] Adding Proline Smoke Unit
I am installing a Train-Li USA Proline pulsed smoke in a Bachmann 4-6-0 with
Barry's Drive, 14.8 battery, Airwire G3, Phoenix P8 and LED front and rear
lighting. All the wiring has been replaced. I am using a reed switch and
magnets on the tender wheel to generate the chuff sound.
The smoke unit has has 4 wires, 2 for the smoke and 2 for the fan. Do I hook
up the positive fan and smoke wires both to Airwire TM1 #10 and the neg fan
and smoke wires both to TM1 #9 Smoke Module Driver. This will drive both the
fan and smoke from the Airwire Smoke Module Driver - correct?
Can you run the smoke only from the airwire smoke driver and hook up the fan
to an unused lite driver like #8 and trigger the fan by assigning a CV value
to the #8 output?
If that is possible, is there a way to get pulsed smoke from the Airwire G3
unit by triggering the fan off and on?
Thanks for any insight you can provide.
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