Question re: MRC Prodigy Advance

Discussion in 'FAQs' started by hooknlad, Jul 20, 2005.

  1. hooknlad

    hooknlad Member

    Hello all,
    It's been quite some time that I have included any input in "The Gauge" forums. My question for you technical savvy model railers, If I were to purchase the MRC Prodigy Advance dcc controller, Would I be able to upgrade the "current" output from 3.5 amps to roughly 5 or more amps, by utilizing a transformer rated for not more than the output engineered by MRC? I do not have the MRC unit in my posession, Nor do i have the Maximum specs allowable for doing this. I understand that I could purchase a mated power supply for this system, but I'd like the personal modification aspect of this hobby.

    Thanking you all in Advance for your constructive criticism and engineered input.
  2. fifer

    fifer Active Member

    Mike , the instructions say you can boost up to 8 amps using their power station 8. But the PS8 says it connects between the orig. booster and the track.
    I can not see why you could not use any 5 amp supply in the same manor as the 3.5 that comes with it. I guess the question would be is 3.5 amps not enough for your size layout? That should easily run 8-10 locos at once.
    Thanks , Mike
  3. CN1

    CN1 Active Member

    I have the PA.

    My layout occupies a room 33 feet X 12 feet. I have 7 locomotives including 1 with sound.

    I have two cabs (Throttle) and 7 plugin. I haven't notice any change in the "power draw/consumption" with the power supply provided.

    There's instruction on how to add more "power" if required. IMHO: I guess you need a pretty big layout and lots of locomotives before it becomes an issue

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