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    Is there a how to guide on how you actually connect a variable power supply to Carrera digital track? Does it depend on the ps purchased or all are basically the same install? I see lots of posts about how to measure amps and stuff but did not see how to actually connect it to the track.

    Thanks (again)...

    Chris

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    You have to cut the cord off of a D124 or D132 power supply to get the proper plug to connect to the CU. Don't know anyone who has ever found that plug at any electronics supply warehouses. Years ago, Carrera made an adapter to let you plug in an Exclusiv (there old name for their analog 1/24 line) transformer to a D1XX track. It was a cheap source for the needed plug. $20 range. But they no longer make it, and I've scoured the web looking for someone who still has them in stock, but to no avail.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by b.yingling View Post
      You have to cut the cord off of a D124 or D132 power supply to get the proper plug to connect to the CU. Don't know anyone who has ever found that plug at any electronics supply warehouses. Years ago, Carrera made an adapter to let you plug in an Exclusiv (there old name for their analog 1/24 line) transformer to a D1XX track. It was a cheap source for the needed plug. $20 range. But they no longer make it, and I've scoured the web looking for someone who still has them in stock, but to no avail.
      But aren't some folks using them now? If so, and the connector is unavailable, how do they hook it up? Or should I assume that if one is in use they have had it hooked up for a while when the connector was available?

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      • #4
        You have to splice the Track Power Connector end onto a wire of your choice, and then connect it to your power supply. Like this, but this is analog, same difference with regards to the power connection. The inside connectors on the track are the power connections - Left is outside lane, right is inside lane.
        IMG_8037.JPG

        Can someone share a picture of what the Digital Power Connector looks like.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by capa View Post

          But aren't some folks using them now? If so, and the connector is unavailable, how do they hook it up? Or should I assume that if one is in use they have had it hooked up for a while when the connector was available?
          Originally posted by b.yingling View Post
          You have to cut the cord off of a D124 or D132 power supply to get the proper plug to connect to the CU.
          The first sentence of my post.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by b.yingling View Post



            The first sentence of my post.
            Thank you for the reply. I did notice that but then I interpreted the rest of your post to say that no one can find the proper plug needed to connect to the CU. If I misinterpreted, my bad. Oh now I see what you meant. Apologies.

            C

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            • #7
              Originally posted by capa View Post
              no one can find the proper plug needed to connect to the CU.

              C
              Right. So you have to cut it off a D124 or D132 power supply. It seems a bit of a waste. But I now use my old D132 power supply to run the lighting on my track, so it's more than a paperweight. I just wish there were a cheaper source than expensive cannibalizing.
              Last edited by b.yingling; 02-17-2021, 05:34 AM.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by b.yingling View Post

                Right. So you have to cut it off a D124 or D132 power supply. It seems a bit of a waste. But I now use my old D132 power supply to run the lighting on my track, so it's more than a paperweight. I just wish there were a cheaper source than expensive cannibalizing.
                With all the action as of late I'm sure there are a lot of orphaned P.S out there missing their connector.
                Dave

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                • #9
                  A little off topic, but when I cut mine off, I used bullet shaped connectors [ just because they were cheap and I had some] to connect to the adjustable power supply wires, so if for some oddball reason in the future they could be reattached to the Carrera PS with no trouble.

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                  • #10
                    I believe Carrera power supply connectors can be bought from Digital Racing Solutions.

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