Power for Fast track Timer

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Wheeler
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Power for Fast track Timer

Post by Wheeler » Sun Jun 19, 2016 12:53 pm

I am looking for information on using battery power for a fast track timer system.

I would like to know what voltage and amperage I need to last several hours of racing.

This is something I can make my self, I just thought some one out there has made there own and can give me some advice.

I figure having a small battery pack at the finish line would eliminate the need to run another drop cord.

Ken Wheeler :scratching:



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Re: Power for Fast track Timer

Post by Speedster » Sun Jun 19, 2016 2:38 pm

Ken, Micro Wizard sells battery packs for their timers. The pack holds 6 - "C" cell batteries and they're so cheap they're not worth your time making them. We start with new batteries each year and run them all day. Never had a problem. I keep 2 extras on hand in case a wire would get kicked but it hasn't happened in 20 years. I highly recommend them. I also use them in my garage on my timer for my new Best track.



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Re: Power for Fast track Timer

Post by Wheeler » Sun Jun 19, 2016 7:44 pm

Ill check this out
Thank you for responding

Ken Wheeler



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Re: Power for Fast track Timer

Post by Speedster » Sun Jun 19, 2016 8:15 pm

The battery pack is shown under Timer Accessories and listed as PB - Battery Pack, $8.00.



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Re: Power for Fast track Timer

Post by Wheeler » Mon Jun 20, 2016 8:54 am

Fantastic, I will order a couple of them today.

Thank you for the info.
you folks on this web site are very knowledgeable and friendly too.

Thank you again

Ken Wheeler



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Re: Power for Fast track Timer

Post by PinewoodNuts » Fri Feb 10, 2017 10:52 pm

I know you probably went with the C cell battery pack, but I wanted to mention something I've been doing this year. I use a USB battery bank with a special cable that converts the 5v from the USB to the 9v my timer needs. It has a 2.5mm barrel jack, so I also needed an adapter to 2.1mm. I am able to recharge it between races if needed, but since I'm using a 20,000mah battery bank, it only ever got down to 75%. That was after running 9 races, each lasting around 3 hours with the timer turned on and an average of 40 cars run per race.

You can find everything on that big website named after a river. There are also battery banks that come with the correct cable connector for a timer and can choose the output voltage. I just used what I already had and I can use the battery bank for other stuff too. The whole setup cost me about $40.

For me, I just didn't want to deal with batteries that couldn't be recharged.

David
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