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Power consumption of a Scalextric car

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Hi there,
I am setting up a 12 meter (roughly) long track for a local Charity event and it needs to be powered by means other than the mains.
I am thinking of a car battery or a small generator such as this one.

Does anyone know the maximum consumption of power from a scalextric car? I know there are many many variables but I am trying to get an idea of what I need to run 1 car at a time (time trial) one and off throughout a day.

Many thanks,
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i would go for the above mentioned, you are not going to run out of sparks with the leisure battery.

A standard scalextric car wich is fine fettle ie no binding or carpet fluff flying round will draw a max of 1amp, so a 10 amp battery should run the car for around the 10 hrs mark..

I use a psu with a visible amp meter and with 6 cars upto speed the meter hovers round the 3-4 amp mark.

When they all take off the line then the amp draw is a little higher but not much.also the scaley digital powerbase only supplies 8 amps to the track and that is enough to run all 6 cars and the lane change sections...

So a 80 ah battery will easily do a days running and some...
an in line fuse round the 3 amp range should work well if there is only one car running at any given time...
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