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F.C.

3,150 posts

93 months

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Monday 8th October 2012 quote quote all
I like that idea, are the rotating boss contacts and pick-up available commercially?

coffeepot

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48 posts

78 months

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Monday 8th October 2012 quote quote all
That's a nice bit of kit but I dont have the equipment to make it, so i'll wait for the IR ones to arrive and test the coverage.

Re the IVA, I've only had a quick read of the manual and I saw nothing on having switches illuminated only having the correct warning lights most of which are contained in the SPA dash I'm using, and when you think about it on normal cars the stalks which control indicators lights etc aren't lit.

Phil

craig7l

989 posts

151 months

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Tuesday 9th October 2012 quote quote all
F.C. said:
I like that idea, are the rotating boss contacts and pick-up available commercially?
i have a spare and cnc drawings/assembly for it, if anyone is interested. The ball bearings on the pick up side are spring loaded for max contact and should last without maintenance for the mileage life.

Lee Mack

34 posts

30 months

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Wednesday 16th January 2013 quote quote all
This is rather nifty and quite a bit cheaper. Uses RF too smile

www.summittech.co.uk

F.C.

3,150 posts

93 months

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Friday 18th January 2013 quote quote all
Lee Mack said:
This is rather nifty and quite a bit cheaper. Uses RF too smile

www.summittech.co.uk
I like the RF bit but a bit too limited in functionality with two latching and two momentary switches, a hybrid of this system and the Cartek 8 button IR would be good, the RF summit unit with the choice of latching or momentary for each button.
Good for a budget build at £250 though.
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Lee Mack

34 posts

30 months

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Thursday 24th January 2013 quote quote all
F.C. said:
I like the RF bit but a bit too limited in functionality with two latching and two momentary switches, a hybrid of this system and the Cartek 8 button IR would be good, the RF summit unit with the choice of latching or momentary for each button.
Good for a budget build at £250 though.
The Summit Unit does all 3 modes. All Momentary, All Latching or 2 of each. smile

hedgefinder

2,580 posts

55 months

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Thursday 24th January 2013 quote quote all
Lee Mack said:
The Summit Unit does all 3 modes. All Momentary, All Latching or 2 of each. smile
it certainly has me interested atm..

F.C.

3,150 posts

93 months

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Thursday 24th January 2013 quote quote all
Lee Mack said:
The Summit Unit does all 3 modes. All Momentary, All Latching or 2 of each. smile
What about 3 momentary 1 latching?

Lee Mack

34 posts

30 months

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Friday 25th January 2013 quote quote all
For a combo, it's 2 of each (2 latching and 2 momentary). If you need 3 latching, i'd put them all in latching mode and just 'double press' the button you wanted to be momentary.

Steve_D

9,350 posts

143 months

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Friday 25th January 2013 quote quote all
Lee Mack said:
For a combo, it's 2 of each (2 latching and 2 momentary). If you need 3 latching, i'd put them all in latching mode and just 'double press' the button you wanted to be momentary.
Or use momentary buttons and latching relays.

Steve

Lee Mack

34 posts

30 months

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Friday 25th January 2013 quote quote all
All of the buttons are momentary, Steve. The latching states are selected in the receiver with a switch. smile


Lee Mack

34 posts

30 months

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Thursday 29th May quote quote all
Folks,

I am resurecting this topic with this. It has been redesigned from the ground up to give 8 independant channels so that you can program each button individually.

Each relay has 4 selectable modes (Momentary, Latching, Momentary Flashing and Latching Flashing).

Thoughts?


V8Dom

2,718 posts

87 months

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Thursday 29th May quote quote all
ouch!!

Max_Torque

7,717 posts

102 months

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Thursday 29th May quote quote all
10amps continuously on 8 channels = 80Amps? Wow, what connectors do you use, and how is this derated for ambient temperature??

F.C.

3,150 posts

93 months

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Thursday 29th May quote quote all
How big is the receiver and relay unit?
Not on the web page.

Lee Mack

34 posts

30 months

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Friday 30th May quote quote all
Yep, 10 amps continuous load on each relay (Same as the CarTek one). The connection to the receiver is made by an 18 pin Terminal Block (Similar to those used in a PC ATX Power supply). We supply the connector with 30cm flying lead as part of the kit.

You connect a 12v and GND to the receiver, then each relay has 2 dedicated wires for NO and COM connection up to 10 amps. Nice and simple.

The receiver unit is 150mm x 76mm x 48mm excluding flanged mounts.

Here's some other fun stuff that the website doesn't mention;

Each button on the Raptor can be set to either a Momentary or Latching action, the flashing mode can be set in combination with this (Momentary Flashing (headlights) or Latching Flashing (Indicators).
The Raptor button plate is an integrated circuit board, made from 3.2mm FR4 and coated in 2 layers of black resist (Not painted).
It's water, Oil and fire resistant (self extinguishing).
The rear of each button is completely covered in a resin filled platic cap, there are no wires on show at all.
All of the transmitter components are housed in the horn press area, so there's no box on the back.
It takes a 3v CR2032 Battery, which can be changed in seconds by twisting of the centre cover cap (No screwdriver involved).

It's taken 3 years of R&D to bring the Raptor to the market. It's been tested solidly on the road, track and in real racing situations. In closed cockpit cars, open cockpit cars, with all types of radio communication equipment to ensure reliability.

Here's the previous version installed into our own Demo / Endurance Race car;



Same build quality, same transmission technology but the Raptor is a bit smaller and doesn't have the box now smile

It's a beautiful bit of kit for the price and any alternative product is at least £150 more expensive.

Anyway, that's enough shameless plugs from me wink

Happy to answer any questions on it. It's available to pre-order now and the first batch of deliveries will be early August.

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Max_Torque

7,717 posts

102 months

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Friday 30th May quote quote all
Lee Mack said:
Yep, 10 amps continuous load on each relay (Same as the CarTek one). The connection to the receiver is made by an 18 pin Terminal Block (Similar to those used in a PC ATX Power supply). We supply the connector with 30cm flying lead as part of the kit.

You connect a 12v and GND to the receiver, then each relay has 2 dedicated wires for NO and COM connection up to 10 amps. Nice and simple.

The receiver unit is 150mm x 76mm x 48mm excluding flanged mounts.

Here's some other fun stuff that the website doesn't mention;

Each button on the Raptor can be set to either a Momentary or Latching action, the flashing mode can be set in combination with this (Momentary Flashing (headlights) or Latching Flashing (Indicators).
The Raptor button plate is an integrated circuit board, made from 3.2mm FR4 and coated in 2 layers of black resist (Not painted).
It's water, Oil and fire resistant (self extinguishing).
The rear of each button is completely covered in a resin filled platic cap, there are no wires on show at all.
All of the transmitter components are housed in the horn press area, so there's no box on the back.
It takes a 3v CR2032 Battery, which can be changed in seconds by twisting of the centre cover cap (No screwdriver involved).

It's taken 3 years of R&D to bring the Raptor to the market. It's been tested solidly on the road, track and in real racing situations. In closed cockpit cars, open cockpit cars, with all types of radio communication equipment to ensure reliability.

Here's the previous version installed into our own Demo / Endurance Race car;



Same build quality, same transmission technology but the Raptor is a bit smaller and doesn't have the box now smile

It's a beautiful bit of kit for the price and any alternative product is at least £150 more expensive.

Anyway, that's enough shameless plugs from me wink

Happy to answer any questions on it. It's available to pre-order now and the first batch of deliveries will be early August.

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Edited by Lee Mack on Friday 30th May 11:16
What happens to the outputs in the case of an RF link failure and does it warn the driver of such a failure??

Lee Mack

34 posts

30 months

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Friday 30th May quote quote all
If there is an RF communication failure - Due to a dead transmitter battery or some kind of serious RF interference, the receiver maintains is current set state until the power is disconnected (Battery Master or Ignition turned off depending on how it is wired up). Once the power is cycled, it will reset to default NO (Normally Open) states on all relays.

The Transmitter has a power status LED which changes colour based on remaining battery transmitter power, so you'll know when it's time to pop another battery in smile The LED only comes on when a button is pressed.

Max_Torque

7,717 posts

102 months

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Friday 30th May quote quote all
Lee Mack said:
If there is an RF communication failure - Due to a dead transmitter battery or some kind of serious RF interference, the receiver maintains is current set state until the power is disconnected (Battery Master or Ignition turned off depending on how it is wired up). Once the power is cycled, it will reset to default NO (Normally Open) states on all relays.

The Transmitter has a power status LED which changes colour based on remaining battery transmitter power, so you'll know when it's time to pop another battery in smile The LED only comes on when a button is pressed.
I bet that dam power indicator LED uses more power than the sending device...... ;-)

Lee Mack

34 posts

30 months

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Friday 30th May quote quote all
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We haven't changed our battery in 6 months.

I like the questions though, Guys. It double checks our 'Have we thought of everything' mentality !

It's appreciated smile
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