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SArc Pro Powerbase - 2 Power sockets

kbjb

6 posts

Hi there - brand new to Scalextric, although as a kid I had Faller AMS and my kids had Aurora AFX, diving straight into digital with Arc Pro. So a dumb newby question ... why are there 2 power sockets on the powerbase?

 

cheers kbjb

Blagard-01

173 posts

Because you need two when running more than 3 cars

eMongoose

6 posts

Part number on the power supply that came with the upgrade kit is P9303. Searching on this site's shopping section it says they are out of stock, and don't expect to get any more. Yes, I can search online and find some retails that still show to have the standalone power supply, but are we to assume that Scalextric is planning to add a new power supply to their parts list?

Blagard-01

173 posts

Scalextric will always have power supplies but may be out of stock from time to time. There are a number of 15V 4A power supplies by Hornby incl P9300 , P9301, C7024. I have no idea how different they are but they have have the same connectors and they all have been used with C7042 Digital APB. So if ARC Pro requires a specific transformer it should say so as those earlier ones are going to get used by people upgrading to ARC Pro unless told they shouldn't!

gorp

608 posts

currently 9300 has brit connection

currently 9303 is usa plug

without looking through more of brit and usa scaly catalogs on this site

figure 7024 was original pack for each

kbjb

6 posts

@Blagard-01

Because you need two when running more than 3 cars

Thanks Blagard-01. I did in the end manage to find this out on the forum. Currently just getting into Arc Pro and at this stage only have the Powerbase (upgrade), 2 controllers and 2 cars with chips, however my proposed track will be close to 25m when complete (even longer if I make the pits larger). Will I likely also need a second controller due to the length of my layout or is it really based on the number of cars you're running at any time? cheers kbjb

gorp

608 posts

yes , since the dawn of the slot age,  it is really based on number of cars running , analog or digital

1 controller controls any 1 car on the track

kbjb

6 posts

@gorp

yes , since the dawn of the slot age,  it is really based on number of cars running , analog or digital

1 controller controls any 1 car on the track

Sorry gorp - knew the 1 car = 1 controller ... was meaning power controlerl ... given I will have over 25m of track am I likely to need another power (transformer) due to track lenght or will that only be needed if I increase cars/controllers past 2? cheers kbjb

Blagard-01

173 posts

@kbjb

The two transformers for more than 3 cars will be fine.

 

What you will need is booster cables to put the power into the track directly at some distance away from the base. This helps overcome the drop in voltage due to the track to track connections not always being perfect and keeping the voltage up all the way around. Very simple to do as you connect one end of a cable to the track by the powerbase and the other end to the same lane further around the track. Repeat for lane 2.

 

If necessary do even more cables so you could have say 2 pairs with each a third of the way around the circuit

e.g.

http://www.jadlamracingmodels.com/scalextric-c8248-sport-track-power-booster-cable-2x

https://www.scalextric.com/uk-en/track-power-booster-cables.html

kbjb

6 posts

Thanks Blagard-01 for the reply and the info. cheers kbjb

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