> I'm thinking about purchasing a Command Control Launcher. It
> can get one for about $40 and I already own the R/C batteries.
I got one of these inthe NCR Phantom4K starter set being dumped by a local
Hobby Lobby for $20. All I really wanted was the rocket, but the launch
controller is worth a few bucks. I don't know if it is worth $40. Somebody
somewhere must be dumping these cheaper...
> This approach is cheaper than building my own relay launcher as
> described on ROL. Is there anything that should point me away
> from this purchase? Is the Aerotech Interlock controller better?
Given you have the batteries and charger, I'd think a custom box would be
cheaper. I usually have piles of scrounged from the trash wire. IIRC, all I
actually bought for mine was the plastic box itself, the dual banana jack,
and in the case of the mini box, the DPDTCO 7/14v switch (From American
Science and Surplus of course!). My wire is old current loop terminal cable!
> Any idea on how many Solar igniters and/or Copperheads could be
> launched on one charge from 2-1200mAh R/C batteries (14.4V)?
Solars? 5371. Copperheads? 3 :-)
> Can the charging plugs be used with any charger, or only a
> specialized one?
Well, it's not a standard RC servo/charge type jack; it's one of those round
jacks like you typically find on an AC adapter. I haven't checked the size
to see what fits, but it shouldn't be hard to find one. Check the polarity
when you connect it up.
I've got a bunch of assorted chargers. I make most of them with Deans plugs,
and then build seperate leads that plug in from there, so I can use any
charger with any lead set. And it never hurts to have a couple lead sets
with micro-clips on the end, for terminal type batteries like gel cells.
Same with my cycler, it has the same connectors and can use the same leads.
Bob Kaplow NAR # 18L TRA # "Ctrl-Alt-Del"
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