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    • July 14, 2020 4:04 PM EDT
    • Richard,

       

      I'd check with Dave.... That said not sure where/why a capacitor would be employed on a battery powered engines power supply. Perhaps your looking at a Polyfuse. More often than not; their known to be yellow, round, square or rectangle. If it is a auto resettable Polyfuse/PolySwitch its protecting the battery from short circuits and/or excessive current draw.

       

      Michael

       

    • July 13, 2020 4:19 PM EDT
    • Steve Featherkile said:

      You should probably ask TOC.

       

      I agree, but unless he has changed his tune he will recommend against Li-Ion due to his fear of fire.  I disagree with his fear so long as proper protection circuits are used and only a proper Li-Ion charger is used. I prefer the programmable smart chargers, but have used the simple ones as well with no issue.

    • July 13, 2020 3:53 PM EDT
    • You should probably ask TOC.

       

    • July 13, 2020 2:44 PM EDT
    • My two in sequence NiMH batteries in my Bachmann 3-truck shay have become tired and I'm replacing it with a new Li-ion.  This is an RC/Battery install with help from TOC back a few years ago. 

      Question...do I need to keep the yellow capacitor installed with the new battery??

      Thanks,

      Richard 

       

    • July 13, 2020 7:35 PM EDT
    • Fred Mills. said:

      My first suggestion is that some of us would appreciate a real name to address you by, in case we can be of assistance.

       Thank you in advance for your kind co-operation.

        Fred Mills

      Friar Derailed ? Derailed Padre?

    • July 12, 2020 3:32 PM EDT
    • Ok, I will try that when I get a chance. Thanks.  

    • July 13, 2020 12:24 PM EDT
    • There are two "AirWire systems" threads going on at the same time and your getting overlapping post, the moderator needs to combine the two and get it all in one post.

       

      trainman

    • July 13, 2020 11:50 AM EDT
    • Michael an asking for a friend, he is RCing an engine and has a friend with a used airwire system that he was going to buy but after seeing all the ones for sale on RLD it  spurred my interest as to whether it would work so if I'm understanding you correctly it should work only problem is if it has the correct cables or not, Bill 

    • July 12, 2020 6:37 PM EDT
    • Bill, there's one transmitter (T-5000) and customized "Drop-in" receiver/decoder boards to accommodate specific USA Trains locos. The Drop-in boards make it easier to install the Airwire decoder with the battery, sound card, and speaker together. Then there are various batteries available to fit specific locos. For example, for my USAT GP-9, I have the GP-9 Drop-in decoder. a 14.8 6800 mah lithium-ion battery pack, a Phoenix P8 soundboard, a special cable to connect the decoder to the sound card, a speaker, and a charger jack/cable. The most recently released board is the G4 decoder which replaces the G3-x and incorporates automatic coupler operation.

    • July 12, 2020 2:55 PM EDT
    • While searching for Airwire RC battery systems in RLD I came across several, seems like every engine has a different part # so my ? is there really a difference between all these kits or is it just different installation instructions?

    • July 12, 2020 10:10 PM EDT
    • Jon Radder said:

      Hi George, welcome to LSC.  The Aristo U25B does not require PWC, regardless of what the manual says. PWC gives better lighting and smoke performance because those devices even out the pulses, but they will still work, just not at low throttle settings.  I think the Meanwell and an appropriate controller will serve you well.

       

      Do you realize you have purchased locomotives in three different scales?  Welcome to Large Scale Hell!!!! The U Boat is 1:29, the Delton C-16 is 1:24 and the Bachmann C-19 is 1:20.3.  The C-19 is the best loco Bachmann ever sold in large scale - runs like a dream.

       

       

      Jon,

      Thank you for that explanation.  I mostly model in S gauge and we have experienced the huge changes in smoke output when running Lionel American flyer locomotives using a Chopped Sine Wave transformer.  Glad to hear that is the only concern with the Aristo U25.

      As for scales yes I realize the differences, and it is a real PIA.  I want to build an early freight train with appropriate size cars for the C-19.  The Delton is a toy which I have only run about 15 minutes, that one may get sold.  As for the U25 I have some Bachmann cars that are ok size for it.

      Thank you,

      George

       

    • July 12, 2020 10:10 PM EDT
    • Jon Radder said:

      Hi George, welcome to LSC.  The Aristo U25B does not require PWC, regardless of what the manual says. PWC gives better lighting and smoke performance because those devices even out the pulses, but they will still work, just not at low throttle settings.  I think the Meanwell and an appropriate controller will serve you well.

       

      Do you realize you have purchased locomotives in three different scales?  Welcome to Large Scale Hell!!!! The U Boat is 1:29, the Delton C-16 is 1:24 and the Bachmann C-19 is 1:20.3.  The C-19 is the best loco Bachmann ever sold in large scale - runs like a dream.

      Jon,

      Thank you for that explanation.  I mostly model in S gauge and we have experienced the huge changes in smoke output when running Lionel American flyer locomotives using a Chopped Sine Wave transformer.  Glad to hear that is the only concern with the Aristo U25.

      As for scales yes I realize the differences, and it is a real PIA.  I want to build an early freight train with appropriate size cars for the C-19.  The Delton is a toy which I have only run about 15 minutes, that one may get sold.  As for the U25 I have some Bachmann cars that are ok size for it.

      Thank you,

      George

       

    • July 12, 2020 5:35 PM EDT
    • Hi George, welcome to LSC.  The Aristo U25B does not require PWC, regardless of what the manual says. PWC gives better lighting and smoke performance because those devices even out the pulses, but they will still work, just not at low throttle settings.  I think the Meanwell and an appropriate controller will serve you well.

       

      Do you realize you have purchased locomotives in three different scales?  Welcome to Large Scale Hell!!!! The U Boat is 1:29, the Delton C-16 is 1:24 and the Bachmann C-19 is 1:20.3.  The C-19 is the best loco Bachmann ever sold in large scale - runs like a dream.

    • July 12, 2020 5:13 PM EDT
    • Hi all,

      I am pretty much brand new to G gauge trains and DC power.  For background I am building about an 80 foot L shaped loop with a passing siding or maybe two.

      Currently I have an Aristocraft U25B, a Delton 2-8-0, and a Bachmann Spectrum C-19.

      I want to use track power and am looking for larger power supply.

      Here is where I need help:  The manual for the Aristo U25B requires a "PWC", pulse width control, power supply.  This ART-5400 1.8 Amp power supply isn't going to run my other locomotives and power a couple of switch machines etc.  

      The manual for the Delton, and the Bachmann have virtually no information on power supply recommendations that I can find.

      Can someone explain what the problem is and tell me why I can't just use a 15 AMP MeanWell 24Volt power supply?

      Thank you in advance,

      George 

    • July 12, 2020 6:36 PM EDT
    • Call Robbie and talk with him, he can answer and maybe steer you to the proper system for your locomotives

    • July 12, 2020 6:25 PM EDT
    • I would say it's just how the receiver is wired for plug and play for a particular brand and model, that is if you cut the plugs off, it should work in just about any engine out there. There is not that many wires to deal with, 12 ports for different features, I would say, most you would use is 5, or 6. The sound units (Sound Traxx, etc.) are extra and there is only two wires to plug into the receiver. If you haven't looked at the AirWire website, here it is, all is pretty well explained. I myself just purchased the AirWire 900 system and I will be using it in LGB Moguls, which they don't offer plug and play for LGB.  AirWire is CVP USA   http://www.cvpusa.com/index.php

       

      trainman