50-1035 wifi explorer

For those of you who may have this. How big of layout and how many trains will it run till i need the go to the tui 50-1003 & wifi 50-1034. Im assuing its only ment for one track do to the one set of plugs.

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The jury is out...not sure they have been delivered anywhere yet.

I was also wondering about the layout size - can you still distribute power from this supply or are you limited to the one lockon?

Max,

The DCS Explorer can handle a roster of total of 3 engines and can operate all of them using the DCS App. It should be equivalent to 1 TIU channel as regards how big a layout it can support. It can handle a total of 6 amps power draw.

Barry

 

DCS Ambassador & author of The DCS Companion series of books

Train-Ca-Teers - All For O and O For All!

 

Mad,

Not that it's a big issue for a small "around the tree" layout, however, the DCS Explorer has limited functionality and will only operate mostly basic DCS functions for DCS engines only.

It will not operate some DCS engine features, and will not operate lashups, accessories, switch tracks, record/playback and other DCS functions.

Barry

 

DCS Ambassador & author of The DCS Companion series of books

Train-Ca-Teers - All For O and O For All!

 

"It will not operate some DCS engine features, and will not operate lashups, accessories, switch tracks, record/playback and other DCS functions."

I don't know if I'm like most but I have never used these features on my DCS.

Just wondering, will the trolley commands be included ?

Just some clarifications....

The DCS Explorer requires the DCS Explorer version of the app.  It's about the same functionality as the free DCS app released previously.  In fact, they are now one and the same so, there are a couple additional features in both free versions of the app.  As a reminder, there is only one DCS app to download and you can select the DCS Explorer or WIU/TIU version within the app.

The DCS Explorer has a maximum input current of 6A.  It's max output is 5A.  A practical limit for operating trains is around 4.5A average since the current varies constantly.  

Unfortunately, trolley control commands are not included in the DCS Explorer.

MTH RD posted:
The DCS Explorer has a maximum input current of 6A.  It's max output is 5A.  A practical limit for operating trains is around 4.5A average since the current varies constantly.  

 

Can the the DCS Explorer be powered by a DC power pack and what is the maximum recommended input voltage?

 

H1000

H1000 posted:
MTH RD posted:
The DCS Explorer has a maximum input current of 6A.  It's max output is 5A.  A practical limit for operating trains is around 4.5A average since the current varies constantly.  

 

Can the the DCS Explorer be powered by a DC power pack and what is the maximum recommended input voltage?

 

Yes, you can power the Explorer and track with a DC supply.  A good practical limit is 24VDC. 

And, that said, doing so enhances the overall performance of the system.   Power is power so, higher voltage for the same load (work) results in lower current draw.  Said differently, running the same train(s) at 24VDC compared to 16VDC reduces the current load all through the system.  Less current dissipation is good.  Of course, at the higher voltage you also still have the ~4.5A average current draw and so, much more overall power to run more trains!!  At 24VDC there is over 100 Watts of power available through the DCS Explorer.  

MTH RD posted:
H1000 posted:
MTH RD posted:
The DCS Explorer has a maximum input current of 6A.  It's max output is 5A.  A practical limit for operating trains is around 4.5A average since the current varies constantly.  

 

Can the the DCS Explorer be powered by a DC power pack and what is the maximum recommended input voltage?

 

Yes, you can power the Explorer and track with a DC supply.  A good practical limit is 24VDC. 

And, that said, doing so enhances the overall performance of the system.   Power is power so, higher voltage for the same load (work) results in lower current draw.  Said differently, running the same train(s) at 24VDC compared to 16VDC reduces the current load all through the system.  Less current dissipation is good.  Of course, at the higher voltage you also still have the ~4.5A average current draw and so, much more overall power to run more trains!!  At 24VDC there is over 100 Watts of power available through the DCS Explorer.  

GOOD INFO!

And I guess even though I have the standard $5 app now, I can also load the free app to use with the new Explorer.  Any difference in the free app icon so it's easy to see which one to run on my android?

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eddiem posted:
MTH RD posted:
H1000 posted:
MTH RD posted:
The DCS Explorer has a maximum input current of 6A.  It's max output is 5A.  A practical limit for operating trains is around 4.5A average since the current varies constantly.  

 

Can the the DCS Explorer be powered by a DC power pack and what is the maximum recommended input voltage?

 

Yes, you can power the Explorer and track with a DC supply.  A good practical limit is 24VDC. 

And, that said, doing so enhances the overall performance of the system.   Power is power so, higher voltage for the same load (work) results in lower current draw.  Said differently, running the same train(s) at 24VDC compared to 16VDC reduces the current load all through the system.  Less current dissipation is good.  Of course, at the higher voltage you also still have the ~4.5A average current draw and so, much more overall power to run more trains!!  At 24VDC there is over 100 Watts of power available through the DCS Explorer.  

GOOD INFO!

And I guess even though I have the standard $5 app now, I can also load the free app to use with the new Explorer.  Any difference in the free app icon so it's easy to see which one to run on my android?

Its all the same app - you just tell it what device your are using when you start the App.

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