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Power Supply For Layout

Peter submitted this question, and it might be helpful if would add some more details in the comments area below:

“Can someone recommend or suggest a power supply to power accessories only on a layout?”

If you can assist Peter, please add your suggestions below.

6 Responses to Power Supply For Layout

  • Troy M Simpsonsays:

    Personally I like using an old PC power supply. You have +12v for switch machines, +5v for arduinos running animated scenes or sound devices or recharging you cell phone, and 3.3 v for you Led lighting of buildings and street lamps. Amazon has a nice 24 Pin Benchtop Power Board Computer ATX Power Supply Breakout Adapter Module https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GDKZ8XC/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Or you could use those good old wall warts that you find everywhere.

  • Jim Rosensweetsays:

    I have a box full of power supplies from various computers, cell phones, etc. I just find the one that has the amps I and plug it in. Free power.

  • David Stokessays:

    I use the 16v supply from old DC controllers and surplus chargers ex phones and other devices.

  • Stewartsays:

    A computer power supply has all the benefits, easy to mount as in a solid case with mounting holes, 3 different Outputs which are all usable. 12v and 5v and 3 volt, it has a smooth supply with built in fan and it has built in protection in case of a short circuit, well at least mine has.

    I would google it and checkout the YouTube videos to get all the info needed, colour of wire to what voltage.

  • Ross Donaldson Litmansays:

    I have used a Control Master power pack which has the variable DC, additional DC taps and AC taps. Or, you can use an old computer power supply and find a plethora of U-tube videos on how to adapt them for various amps and voltages. Its really easy and I plan on using that for additional power supply since it takes less power than the packs running the trains. Keep it simple. You don’t have to have all the bells and whistles they suggest. You can hide the box; but, it does not look bad if you have to add it to your Power console.

  • Peter Tsays:

    Thanks guys,
    All good suggestions. Appreciate the feed back.
    Peter T.

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