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@Jack B posted:

I am running two loops with Lionchief steam and F3.  Question, can I connect the Z1000 directly to the center and outside rail, basically like a wall wart?  My switches and accessories are powered by the 14v outlet on the brick

If both locomotives are LionChief, then yes, the fixed 18VAC output can be connected directly to the center and outside rails.

Since the 14VAC is connected to the switches, make sure that the same polarity is maintained for both (14V and 18V) output connections.  The switches' Ground/common and the outside track rails share the Common connection, so make sure both outputs from the Z1000 brick are phased when connected to track and switches.

It may also be helpful to know that the 18VAC barrel connector's inside "tip" is Hot and the outside is Common.

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@SteveH posted:

If both locomotives are LionChief, then yes, the fixed 18VAC output can be connected directly to the center and outside rails.

Since the 14VAC is connected to the switches, make sure that the same polarity is maintained for both (14V and 18V) output connections.  The switches' Ground/common and the outside track rails share the Common connection, so make sure both outputs from the Z1000 brick are phased when connected to track and switches.

It may also be helpful to know that the 18VAC barrel connector's inside "tip" is Hot and the outside is Common.

Thanks, now I don't have to take the barrel connection apart to find the hot side and I can just get a female barrel connector and wire it to my track buss

@Tom Tee posted:

Most of my toggles are rated at 6 amp at 120 volts.  What would the amp rating be at 12% of that voltage?  My understanding the amp capacity increases as the voltage decreases.

Some of my toggle housing even state different capacities as the voltage used is changed.

Did you mean to post this question in another topic about mini toggle switches?  You are correct, generally, the current handling capacity of switches increases with decreasing voltage.  However, that relationship as stated by different manufacturers is non-linear.

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