QUOTE Problem is that no one makes a dedicated plug for slot tracks they all seem to be mains plugs adapted for our use, this is a dangerous practice because if someone [a child for instance] was to pick up a controller not knowing what it was and then decided to plug it into the mains socket to find out the results could be very serious indeed!
An excellent safety point.
But I think the simple answer would be to ensure that the female socket was attached to the controller and the male plug in the track board. Thus no plug on the controller to stick in the wrong socket. This seems so obvious, yet it doesn't appear to be done. Maybe there is a practical reason why not?
Whether transposed or not, I think that the ideal plug/sockets would be the small ones used for PC power supplies or alternatively, cannon XLRs.
If the male socket is on the track would it not be powered when the transformer is on? So then easily shorted by unsuspecting fingers? IF you've got a a proper transformer you might have a few ampere - or more and this would certainly be a noticable 'experience'.. - or did I miss something here???
QUOTE (Mecoprop @ 5 Apr 2004, 17:09)Whether transposed or not, I think that the ideal plug/sockets would be the small ones used for PC power supplies or alternatively, cannon XLRs.
Over here in the Netherlands most of the clubs use XLR-plugs, they are indeed rock-solid and give you a more than decent connection...
In fact, thay are so good I even use them at home...
Imagine the power you have at hand from separate 15 V 3 A supplies (stabilized, one per lane) through XLR-plugs to the controller... very impressive indeed...
Thanks, John, for the link to the Italian racing federation, all the info I need.
I think that the XLR plugs are the best, they lock, they are metal and the are available evrywhere.
Don, Ezio does have a few spare controllers, but they are of variable quality and you can never seem to find the right ohmage for your car, or someone else wants the one you want as well, so you have to share, difficult when you are in the same race
Best to take your own.
here is a proper link to the Italian site
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