I have noted the strong advice to use 22uh inductors when using MTH DCS. Is there a mandate use wound over axial color code inductors? Also what amp or wattage recommendations for the different applications of the inductors. I'm new to DCS. Thanks in advance.
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I am sure experts will jump in with some specific information, it will help them if you describe in more detail your applications. I read all the threads on the inductors too when planning my first DCS system - OBTW, it is fine with no inductors.
For LED lighting, a couple of hundred milliamps is more than sufficient. If you want to use the inductor internally for locomotive track connections, I recommend going with one that's rated at 4-5 amps. For track connections, I pick one rated at 10 amps or more.
- Here's a suitable 285ma 22uh Inductor.
- Here's a suitable 6 amp 22uh Inductor.
- Here's a suitable 10 amp 22uh Inductor.
Note that these can frequently be found cheaper on eBay or overseas sources, you just have to wait a few weeks.
My solution was to convert all my MTH to Legacy, no need for chokes. All kidding aside, John's recommendations are the way to go. When I ran DCS, what ever TMCC engine killed the signal I would add a six amp inductor. Funny how some would effect signal others would not.
Thank you for the response Hokie71. I am going to use isolated rail modules to control signals, etc.; install led lighting in passenger cars; flashing led's on cabooses and observation cars, etc.
Sounds like a plan... please post pictures as you progress. I have a number of the 285ma (extras from GRJ so they are guaranteed to be foolproof) I plan to use on passenger cars when I finally get a roundtuit.