DCC Booster was designed to solve two issues that putting a lot of DCC accessory
decoders on your layout brings up. 1) They are a drain on your precious loco amps
and 2) When a loco causes a short all the accessories lose power. To solve this
problem we have made a DCC booster that can be used for accessories on any brand
of DCC system. It can provide about 5 Amps of power to run the DCC accessories
independent of the track power from your command station. During a short on the
layout, when the DCC signal dies, the booster continues to deliver full power.
This is a so-called "dumb" booster in that it does not need a cab bus
- it connects directly to the track output of your existing command station.
can also use the booster as a "powered circuit breaker". It fills all
the functions of a circuit breaker but provides its own power. Each of your power
districts puts no load on the command station as it is fully buffered. I use several
of these with 16 V power supply which gives about 14.5 Volts on the track to power
my own layout with just a single NCE PowerCab.
shutdown - the unit shuts down after 5 minutes of no DCC signal (accessory mode)
or immediately (power district mode). When the DCC signal returns it wakes up
immediately. Just plug the booster in and forget about it.
booster has protection against shorts and overheating. The input is optically
Efficient - this
booster uses the latest in efficient power electronics and as such it does not
get hot in normal operation - the power supply is a highly efficient switching
power supply that also stays nice and cool. A heatsink is provided although in
normal use it never becomes warm unless the track is continuously shorted.
use the booster with Loconet you can connect it to the railsynce lines (the outer
pair in the loconet cable) or to the rail outputs of your commend station. The
Loconet method has the advantage that the signal can be sent farther without significant
degradation in quality.