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Radio/Battery Powered DCC Decoder
« on: January 30, 2012, 06:25:36 PM »
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Saw this on another forum from Tam Valley Depot:


Very interesting and while I know some of the larger scales have similar items, I don't recall them being able to integrate with DCC so easily,

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Re: Radio/Battery Powered DCC Decoder
« Reply #1 on: February 03, 2012, 04:20:07 PM »
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Wow. Pretty impressive. And like you said I too have seen the radio systems, like LGB, but never integrated with DCC.
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Re: Radio/Battery Powered DCC Decoder
« Reply #2 on: February 03, 2012, 04:34:09 PM »
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Pray your battery doesn't die with your locomotive in a tunnel.... There is no neutral when the worm is always engaged, so fishing out the loco is a little tough. I wonder how they charge it? You'd either need to have a connection underneathe or disassemble the locomotive.

Nice in theory, tough in application among the smaller scales.

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Re: Radio/Battery Powered DCC Decoder
« Reply #3 on: February 03, 2012, 04:55:28 PM »
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The battery they showed in the tender in the video looks like one of the typical RC batteries that I have in my park flyers. You just unplug it and plug it into a wall wart and its good to go in about 15-30min.

It will be interesting to see how it is implemented in hood units.
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Re: Radio/Battery Powered DCC Decoder
« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2012, 02:52:53 AM »
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The battery they showed in the tender in the video looks like one of the typical RC batteries that I have in my park flyers. You just unplug it and plug it into a wall wart and its good to go in about 15-30min.

It will be interesting to see how it is implemented in hood units.

Kinda figured it was the same as EPO planes. Swapping/charging requires potential disassembly. Disassembly leads to fingering your model, wearing out or breaking parts. Just not practical in small size.

Conceptually it's pretty cool!

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Re: Radio/Battery Powered DCC Decoder
« Reply #5 on: February 04, 2012, 06:58:31 AM »
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Kinda figured it was the same as EPO planes. Swapping/charging requires potential disassembly. Disassembly leads to fingering your model, wearing out or breaking parts. Just not practical in small size.

Conceptually it's pretty cool!

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What about one of those charging mats, like for cell phone ..


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Re: Radio/Battery Powered DCC Decoder
« Reply #6 on: February 04, 2012, 10:22:12 AM »
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What about one of those charging mats, like for cell phone ..

Interesting. Wonder if you could put that under and engine terminal for recharging while a your train is cut down/made-up,

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Re: Radio/Battery Powered DCC Decoder
« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2012, 05:43:37 PM »
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What about one of those charging mats, like for cell phone ..

That could work, with the inductive pads in service areas. I'll finance it, keep coming up with ideas.

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Re: Radio/Battery Powered DCC Decoder
« Reply #8 on: February 04, 2012, 06:37:52 PM »
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Maybe charge the onboard battery from the on track DCC power. That way, it charges as it runs.
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Re: Radio/Battery Powered DCC Decoder
« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2012, 07:04:47 PM »
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He says lipo battery. You need a charger for those. I just bought one for a RC truck and you have to match the charging amps with the discharge rate of the battery. Plus if it is a 2 cell battery you need to match them while charging.

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Re: Radio/Battery Powered DCC Decoder
« Reply #10 on: February 05, 2012, 07:14:35 AM »
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It's all about the battery and charging system to make this a reality.
This is a cool idea and might just be the future of model railroading.

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