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just wondering whether anyone has tried mounting a resistor inside a controller (specifically for kids) to reduce the max power and a simple solution if you don't have a variable power supply ....In theory it should work...shouldn't it ?

the rubber band round the controller has dis-advantages in that they get hot and most kids soon work out if they move the rubber band they go faster!!!(funny about that)

 

graeme

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Most home controllers are about 45 ohms. So how far are the kids pressing down on the controller? Half way or 2/3 of the way? If about half way then put a 20 ohm resistor in series with the wire wound resistor. If 2/3 of the way then get a 12 or 15 ohm resistor. A ceramic wire wound 5W resistor should be OK and not too big so that you should be able to find somewhere to place it in a controller.

 

How old are your kids? My 3 year old has got the hang of it after a while. He actually realises that the position of his finger influences the speed of the car and has slowed down so that he doesnt come off in the corners. Mind you it took a few broken spoilers before he got the concept of slowing down.

 

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rick1776


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................Mind you it took a few broken spoilers before he got the concept of slowing down.

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rick1776

 

Rick, there's plenty of the "big kids" that don't seem to made that association yet............................ :unsure::P

 

As to the inline resistor/pot, depends on whether it's plastic/magnet or wood track, I would have thought about 5 ohms for plastic with magnets, 10 for wood, SHOULD be enough in series.

Think of the "start speed" of a 10 ohm controller for the sort of cars they are driving, that's perhaps about half speed for a scaley car on wood, and maybe 5 ohms when you have the magnets holding the car on, and slowing it down, so if they are getting zip throgh to max half speed, that should do most kids.

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More for friends and visitors kids who are only going to use it occasionally

because all kids want to have a go, and i never want to discourage a future enthusiast!!

 

...but it sounds feasible

 

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how would a old volume knob thingy from a old stereo work put in the hand control line-wire itself work ?

 

 

...or maybe an old light dimmer....

...would that work??

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I installed such a device in the drivers station on the rally track ...... works a treat, i call it the "wimp switch" ........ It's just a pod connected to the power coming in, and with it you can adjust the voltage on some of the more uncontrollable cars.

 

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I use a rotary switch, CAT. NO. SR1210, that I got from Jaycar wired up with diodes. Placed in the circuit on the +ve it limits the maximum speed and as they get better you can turn it down to increase the speed in small increments.

 

I found the idea on the forum in Reducing Power To The Track in Workshop. The link in slotbakers message gives full details.

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I use a rotary switch, CAT. NO. SR1210, that I got from Jaycar wired up with diodes. Placed in the circuit on the +ve it limits the maximum speed and as they get better you can turn it down to increase the speed in small increments.

 

I found the idea on the forum in Reducing Power To The Track in Workshop. The link in slotbakers message gives full details.

 

 

Here's a link on how to make the rotary switch using diodes, they work well.

 

http://homepage.mac.com/pmarchand/cheap_an..._adjustable.htm

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I just turn the voltage down at the power box.
if you don't have a variable power supply

 

graeme


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I just turn the voltage down at the power box.
if you don't have a variable power supply

 

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I solved my problem with ARTIN cars . There cheap and practably indestructable.My kids have one each ,that way they learn how to handle power and set up of there own car, there friends to only drive the Artin cars , if there good enough you determine if to let them loose with your FLY cars :huh::):o

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I use a brass rod drilled through the parma casing, its good cause I just remove the pin and adults can use it.


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I use a brass rod drilled through the parma casing, its good cause I just remove the pin and adults can use it.

 

wouldn.t the controller still get warm?the same as if you use a rubber band ...i was thinking more of fitting a small resistor (or something) inside a controller so it still works the same but max throttle is reduced to say 10 volts ...

 

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