Re: Power Pack Question
- Merci Dominique,
My Tech II is indeed pulse so maybe I should not use it as a
precaution. I believet that I will be wanting to go DCC anyway but
for now I need a simple pack and Jay Greer suggested the Lajos Theck
Snail Speed Controller which looks very good but may be more
suitable to very small layouts (???).
For DCC I know that Digitrax has some decoders suggested for Z. Is
their power system suitable, do you know?
-- In firstname.lastname@example.org, de Champeaux Dominique
> --- "Terry J.N. Rowsell" <terryrowsell@...> a
> écrit :
> > Hi everyone,
> > Besides Marklin, are there recommended power packs
> > for Z?
> > I have a Tech II power pack I used to use for N. I
> > know that I can
> > only turn it up so high so I have used a voltmeter
> > and marked that
> > spot. Beyond that is the power pack safe? It seems
> > to run the trains
> > fine.
> Hi Terry, as far as I know, besides Marklin there
> isn't any powerpack that gives only 8 volts DC.
> So if you want to be sure not to exceed the
> recommanded voltage indeed it' s worth to use a
> BTW, average Z locos are pretty fast under 8 volts
> (except maybe the MTL F7). That means that if you
> wan't to operate your trains under a prototypical
> speed (especially on switching operations) you'll be
> far from the 8, 9 or 10 volts limit (depending on the
> model and manufacturer).
> That said, all I've heard and what myself I stick on,
> is that one has to avoid pulse power, that should lead
> to engine overheating with their tiny motors.
> So when choosing a power pack, you have to ensure with
> the dealer it's not pulse power technology.
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- I actually asked this very same question when I got my first MTL
F7. The response was that the snailspeed controller is safe to use
as the pulses don't go over the 9V maximum recommended for z scale
engines. The pulse power that they were referring to was the pulse
power packs in which the voltage exceeds the 9V. That's what cooks
So if you like it, don't be afraid to buy one, it's perfectly safe.
I've used mine with my MTL F7 and on my AZL too.
--- In email@example.com, "soyboy" <soyboy@...> wrote:
> Isn't the snail controller pulse power technology? MTL doesn't
recommend pulse power for
> F7's and GP35s. So I'm wary of buying it and cooking my engines. i
did see the video and it
> looks neat. I do want one of the switchers too!
> For DCC I know that Digitrax has some decodersUnfortunately I'm not yet in the process of DCC, so
> suggested for Z. Is
> their power system suitable, do you know?
I'm unable to give you an answer.
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