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Title: Plugging a DC controller into a E-Z Command control unit
Post by: Oakley on June 07, 2017, 10:42:26 AM
What are the requirements for a DC controller if I want to use it to input into the "DC controller" input socket of my E-Z Command centre? Is it only the "#44212 power pack" Bachmann accessory product?
Nobody who offers that for sale seems to include the "Black Interconnecting Power Cable" to plug into the E-Z unit, does anybody know what type of plug that lead has?
Finally, what input requirements and restrictions are there likely to be? Quick research so far suggests that these supply units work at 12V and less than 1Amp, is there any danger of doing damage to the E-Z unit?


Title: Re: Plugging a DC controller into a E-Z Command control unit
Post by: Joe Satnik on June 09, 2017, 01:00:58 AM
Dear Oakley,

You can make up a cable with two 3.5mm (1/8") TRS (Tip-Ring-Sleeve) plugs and a 3 conductor cable.

Solder it together Tip to Tip, Ring to Ring, and Sleeve to Sleeve. Use Ohm-meter to assure no shorts between Tip, Ring and Sleeve.

A short "Aux Cord" or "Aux Cable" would work, though its skinny gauge wire may cause some power loss to the command unit and the locos on the tracks.

Hope this helps.

Sincerely,

Joe Satnik


Title: Re: Plugging a DC controller into a E-Z Command control unit
Post by: kmcsjr on June 09, 2017, 07:33:49 AM
Is this the elusive part? I hope it is.
http://estore.bachmanntrains.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=66_74&products_id=7542


Title: Re: Plugging a DC controller into a E-Z Command control unit
Post by: Oakley on June 09, 2017, 08:30:35 AM
Thanks you two, i'm embarrassed to see the part for sale on this very website.... But since it isn't obviously available from the UK site i'll buy myself some plugs like you said. Thanks again.


Title: Re: Plugging a DC controller into a E-Z Command control unit
Post by: kmcsjr on June 09, 2017, 09:04:29 AM
Embarrassed?!?
I asked for a similar cord (controller to track) I couldn't find it. Asked here. Someone posted link. And I'm in the states. It's listed under "General parts" or something.... It wasn't an obvious find.