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I would love to take a look at them for sure.
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Sounds to me like you'll be needing some dilithium crystals to bring the warp drive back online Jim…er…I mean Andy.
You guys make my head hurt.
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Default DIGITAL CLOCKS for Olde Wanderlodges

Andy and fellow gadgeteers:

If you want some really nice LED clocks that are crystal controlled and work on 9-12v with nice bright digits AND lots of COLORS to choose from, take a look at BangGood. Some read temperature, some are bare boards, some come with nice acrylic cases, and some are assembled. Many are kits with a parts count of less than 50 and prices range from sub $5.00 to a little over $10.00. Delivery to my mailbox on the East coast is typically 15 days with FREE shipping for the small packages that these come in.

The kits are nice because you can modify them easier. Its a good way to brush up on your soldering skills or let the kids (or grandkids) start out on something easy.

In my SP36 all the old factory clocks need continuous 12Volts or they "lose their mind". Just replacing these with crystal controlled clocks that have a lithium "button cell" to keep the timebase alive is a step forward. If you choose a kit with a thermistor you have a thermometer function too. I bought a bunch of these kits to scatter around the house and coach
to avoid "time and temperature anxiety". Browse the website to get an idea on all the other stuff they carry (18,000 products).

See the following to get the clock selection (kits and assembled):
http://www.banggood.com/search/led-clock.html
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Default BACK IN THE DAY

Bob (cap'n PegLeg):
I remember when dinosaurs walked the earth, but there was no electronicky
stuff to tinker with. I had to wait til somebody invented vacuum tubes that needed 100-250volts. Those are transistors with a "built in light" that double as a heater. 250 volts hurts.

A lot safer nowadays to work with integrated circuits that run on 5v or less
which keeps me from getting lit. You get a lot of functionality with millions and billions of transistors on inexpensive chips.
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I know what you mean. Those tubes and transistors and diodes will really get you. I found a tried and true method for repair/replacing the clock in the bedroom. If anyone would like instructions I can attach a PDF.
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I know what you mean. Those tubes and transistors and diodes will really get you. I found a tried and true method for repair/replacing the clock in the bedroom. If anyone would like instructions I can attach a PDF.
Attach a PDF?! Now you're just showing off.
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Default ELECTRONIC vs non-ELECTRONIC clocks

Stick:
The ol "double-dinger" mechanical clock we used to use to get my step son
up and off to school. These days, my wife can't sleep with annoying sounds and we wouldn't remember to wind the thing and she can't read it in the dark (do we get spoiled or what).

The whole idea behind getting a motorhome was is that my wife likes to camp and I don't like tent camping and I would rather bring the "indoors outdoors". The additional benefit you get from a Wanderlodge is that there is all sorts of stuff to "tinker" with (and/or customize).
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Carry on Men,i will continue to read about all of these marvelous things.
Its just like the worlds fair! (do they still have those?)
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When I used to work on water cooled mainframe computers they operated at 1.2 volts. Low volts but millions of transistors meant lots of high current power supplies (600 amp or more each). Well, high power low voltage means real smooth dc power requirements. Sixty cycle takes a lot of effort to smooth out, so we used a motor/generator to ramp it up from 440 volt 60 cycle to 208 volt 415 cycle. The power would kind of 'sing' rather than hum.
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Here's a pic of the still-covered Volt battery pack as it is removed from the car. I'll get some more pix when I get it moved around and get it disassembled. It will be broken down into 8 modules of 48v each. I will probably build a rack to stack them up on the back wall of that lower compartment. I have to draw up the heating and cooling for them. You aren't supposed to charge them under 32F, among other things.

For scale, each 48v module is about 10" square and 11" high. That whole thing weighs 430lbs and there's a good sized steel plate underneath, so I figure 400lbs worth of battery.

Gardner - thanks for the scans, good stuff! It should save me a bunch of time!
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