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I've been out of the forum for a while but have just ordered a C7042 power base and I'm deciding if I will be doing the higher power mod. I currently have a C7030 with PB Pro and Simple H and use a 10amp regulated PS which powers the rails only. The LC's are on seperate power. I'm fairly handy with a soldering iron but certainly not a pro and I'd rather not do the surgery if my gains will be minimal. So my question boils down to...

Am I likely to see a performance hit (compared to my C7030 w/ mods) if I run the C7042 (no mods) with the above mentioned PS? I'm planning to wire up the PS cable to use both power jacks on the base. Also as mentioned the LC's are out of the picture and on seperate power. I usually run right at 15v and have no need to try to go higher or much lower. The track is about 50 ft or 17 meters and I do run with 4 or 5 cars frequently.

Thanks for any input !
I've read through the post regarding the new base but couldn't come up with an obvious answer. I have a club date coming up which will be the first time it really gets put to the test. I don't want to find out that it's not up to the task with a room full of eager racers on hand.
 

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From what I have read, the new APB is very good power wise right out of the box.
Also, since you have the C7030 + PB-Pro + S-H you can use SSDC version 5 on both and use the older one when you need more power.

I would suggest holding off doing "surgery" until you are sure you need to.

I am sure that others will be giving their 2 cents/pence worth as well.

Cheers!
 

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hi
i changed from pbpro +simple H wich was fed with a 25amp psu to a standard C7042(apb) and have not noticed any loss in power.

Unless you are running ssdc i would save the cash and stick with your pbpro unit,C7042 works better than pbpro when connected to ssdc and has more features with more to come.....
 

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I'm running SSDC which is a big part of the switch. I also really like the idea of 2 lane analog and variable braking. How well does the variable braking work? I've always hated the dynamic braking in C7030 and almost never use it. Way too strong! And no brakes is almost just as annoying with certain cars. I'm surprised that the variable braking is not more talked about. It's a big plus in my book. Unless it doesn't work very well that is


Thanks for the input
 

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I agree with Gordon and Ade. The APB has great power out of the box. From what you said, it's unlikely you'll feel the need for more power. Also, with SSDC5, which was written for the APB, you get all those cool features. Worse case scenario is that you decide to mod the APB later on down the road instead of right away. Also, with SSDC, you have much finer control of power levels than the 4 levels in the c030 PB-Pro.
 

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hi
if your running ssdc then i would go for the C7042(apb.

My undrstanding of the variable breaks is that you need the chips re_flashed to mih V3.3 and the long awaited wireless scaley throttles along with C7042(apb) running V1.06 firmware,also they are not available with the C7030 powerbase.????
 

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There is variable braking in SSDC v5 even if you aren't using the InCar-Pro (MIH) firmware for the chips. It works like ABS, with the brake signal being sent less frequently the softer the brake setting. One way to use it is to keep the power on, and press the brake button at the same time - you will see the effect.
What the InCar-Pro code does is to make the actual brake effect variable. This takes it to another level. The wireless throttles provide the user control for adjusting the brake settings on the fly.
 
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