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Digitrax DCS240 8 Amp DCC Command Station & Booster


MSRP: $375.00

SKU: dtxdcs240 Categories: , , , Tags: , ,

Product Description

More Locos, More Capacity, Really Big Fun! The DCS240 Advanced Command Station lets your LocoNet® System run up to 400 locos and 400 throttles. Full read/write programming, route capability, USB connectivity, and separate programming output lets you run and program at the same time.

 DCS240 Command Station / Booster:
  • 5 or 8 Amps of Power
  • 400 Loco Addresses
  • 400 Throttle Support
  • Combination Advanced LocoNet® Command Station and 8 amp CTC booster
  • User selectable N,HO, and large scale operation with Voltage Trim
  • LocoNet for easy plug ‘n play installation and system expansion
  • Auto resetting over temperature and short circuit protection
  • Hardware EZ routes and Loco Reset
  • Integrated USB for Computer Support
  • Over-Voltage Protected
  • Auto shutdown when command control signal is lost to prevent “runaway” trains

Technical Note About DCC Booster Output Ratings: Digitrax boosters have maximum output current limits of either 5 or 8 amps. The actual continuous output current that your booster will provide to the layout depends on several factors including the input supply voltage, the ambient room temperature and air flow over the booster’s heat sink. Higher input voltages increase the amount of heat that must be dissipated by the booster’s heat sink. If the heat sink does not get enough air flow to allow for heat dissipation, the booster will eventually reach an over temperature state and shut down. A small fan blowing across the heat sink on your booster will increase the maximum sustained current output capacity of your booster.

Each DCC company specifies the output capacity of its boosters according to their own internal standards. Tests designed and performed by several model railroaders have shown wide variations in the actual output capacity of DCC boosters. In most cases the tests were designed to overload boosters and cause them to shut down. The conclusion based on these tests is that each manufacturer uses a different way of determining booster output capacity, Digitrax tends to be more conservative in stating booster output ratings. The factor that is most important for achieving maximum output capacity is the booster’s heat sinking ability. In these tests, Digitrax boosters have demonstrated excellent heat sinking capabilities and the ability to consistently output the advertised 5 or 8 amps when appropriate fans are added in high temperature situations.


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