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Old 13-07-2018, 01:39 PM   #11
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I've often wondered if anyone has tried the battery operated coach lights that come on with movement. Are they any good? They would appear to answer a lot of challeneges with converting coaches to track powered set ups.
Yes. It has successfully been tried. The little watch type batteries can be bought cheaply these days so it becomes a viable option.
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Old 13-07-2018, 02:59 PM   #12
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Given the time to convert wheels to pick ups and other troublesome aspects of my plan, I'm thinking that battery power may be a better option, I've noticed that the very cheap 12v LED lighting strips work well off three CR2032 batteries (also very cheap) as per my photo. Just need a strip of 12V LED lighting, a small on/off switch or latching reed switch, somewhere to put the batteries and job's a good 'un.

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Old 13-07-2018, 03:07 PM   #13
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Yes. It has successfully been tried. The little watch type batteries can be bought cheaply these days so it becomes a viable option.
Thanks MG, I might just give one a test.
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Old 13-07-2018, 03:09 PM   #14
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Seems like a good plan. I still recommend you change to metal wheels though.

Not a good idea to hold that type of battery each side. It can drain them pretty quickly.

Good luck with your project.
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Thanks once again - I’ll build a little test rig just to see how long the batteries last before going flat!
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Old 16-07-2018, 04:57 PM   #16
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How about rechargeable battery? if your using 3 of those buttons in four coach sets its not going to be long before the cost adds up. its just how small and how would it be easily recharged
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Did think about rechargables but the advantage of button cells is I can mount them under the chassis so easy to change. Awaiting for some battery holders to do a test to see how long they last but at 10p a battery doesn't seem too much to worry about but will report findings when I'm done.
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Old 16-07-2018, 09:39 PM   #18
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I was still thinking of button batteries just if it was possible to achieve something like the faller car system with auto charging, something else to fit in the fiddle yard. good luck with the tests
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