Tortoise & Power

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by nolatron, Feb 10, 2005.

  1. nolatron

    nolatron Member

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    Howdy all,

    Quick question to clarify something for me.

    I'm planning on using tortoise switch boxes for my upcoming layout, about 20 of them.

    I have a 12V power adaptor I got from Radio Shack to use with my old Atlas remote turnouts. Can I use that same 12V supply to power all the tortoise boxes? or do they require something specific for power?

    I plan on using this wiring diagram to build control panels as well if it matters:
    http://www.moctezuma-us.com/bonkyrail/tutorials.htm

    Thanks
  2. Roger Hensley

    Roger Hensley Member

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    I use a 9v 500ma AC Adapter – Radio Shack 273-1651D to supply power for my home made Torty and LED power supplies. I drive my LEDs at just short of 4v DC and the Torties at about 7v. This produces a great slow motion and I have never had any problems with either the LEDs or the Torties. I have currently 8 Torties in operation with 4 more to go. The advantage of the power supply other than control over the voltage? The source is isolated from the usage.

    12 volt should not be a problem, but your Torties will move along quickly. :)
  3. CalFlash

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    Use of a "wall wart" sounds like a good idea esp as I have plenty of them around. I powered the ones on my lower hidden level with DCC stationary decoders so I could call up routes with macros but plan on conventional power for the upper visible level.