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Help with decoder selection

Discussion in 'DCC & Electronics' started by kmcsjr, Apr 28, 2012.

  1. kmcsjr

    kmcsjr TrainBoard Member

  2. markwr

    markwr TrainBoard Member

    You need to remove the capacitor connected to the motor leads because it will interfere with the pulse width modulated signal that decoders use to control the motor.

    The link for the decoders is several years old. Most manufacturers have released updated decoders. I would suggest either the Lenz Silver Mini+ or the ESU Lokpilot micro version 4. Both have excellent motor control.
     
  3. lexon

    lexon TrainBoard Member

    Capacitors

    The EU requires filters on the locos that are two inductors and anywhere from one to three capacitors. Most remove the caps as decoders today have slow speed characteristics that the caps cause slow speed issues with.

    Rich
     
  4. kmcsjr

    kmcsjr TrainBoard Member

    soooo, if I post a pic of the decoder, will someone identify the proper cap to remove?
    thx
     
  5. markwr

    markwr TrainBoard Member

    You're not removing any capacitors from the decoder. The capacitor that is being removed is connected across the motor leads of the locomotive prior to installing the decoder.
     
  6. kmcsjr

    kmcsjr TrainBoard Member

    Folks, I'm ready to do this tonight! FAVORITE loco ( its in my Avatar), but I do have a backup mechanism, if I blow it up! Not that I think I could!
    Markwr - thanks, I see the cap I'm removing from the board (compared my loco to the pic).
     
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