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Hi to all, I am new here but not to racing, I've been a fan for years and recently managed to get my kids into it by converting to digital


But, i have a problem...

I have an old type 6 car powerbase, version 1.5.

all was fine until i realised that i could go round the whole track at full trottle
at first we could only do that with 4-5 cars on the track and now it's like that with only 1 or 2

Can somebody shed any light on this as you can imagine it's not much fun like this
 

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Not enough power.

Your choices are:
1) replace the old 6 car with the new one. It has WAY better power.
2) Upgrade, or have upgraded, the old 6 car with the Simple-H power output hardware
3) perform a Master/Slave mod to add the power of another base into the power controlled by the main one.

Of all those, I would recommend getting the new 6 car base, the "APB" as it is known. C7042. It's not the cheapest, but it is the easiest, and gets you quickly up to date with the latest and greatest hardware.
The second, you have a choice between paying almost as much as the new PB, or doing it yourself. If you're handy with surface mount components and a soldering iron, you can save some money by DIY, but the Simple-H hardware isn't cheap to begin with.
The final option is the cheapest, but by no means the easiest. You'll need to be handy with the iron again, and it's a risky project if you do it wrong.

What I don't know is why it seems that the power has gotten worse over time. I can only guess that the mosfets are degrading somehow for some reason. RichG, RikoRocket, or others may have a more educated and experienced answer, though.
 

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Thanks for that Mr Flippant

I am considering the newer version but as you said...a bit pricie

A member said there may be a fuse inside or blown processor, all of which i will try to check these first.
I just have to try and find where i read it.....it's somewhere in here
 

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Probably the power stage on its way out. I have spare ones and if you are UK I will fit a new one for you if you want, that would be the cheapest option.

If you are going to stick with it then consider getting the new code inside - it adds loads more functionality. Look up PB-Pro on this forum somewhere. I can do that as well.

Cheers
 
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