TCS WOW decoder being superceded....(or supplemented?)

 
  Roachie Chief Commissioner

Location: Kadina SA (formerly NSW)
Apparently the "issues" that have been experienced by owners (including me) with the initial supply of WOW decoders have been deemed to be heat related due to the inclusion of the Keep Alive capacitor/s on the main board.

Accordingly, TCS has now introduced WOW v101 which is physically smaller and doesn't included a KA or LED resistors.

Disappointing after all the fanfare!!!

Roachie

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  Aaron The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: University of Adelaide SA
They weren't overheating, if the KA is overheating clean your track, when they encounter no volts on the track is the only time they 'do work'.
  Roachie Chief Commissioner

Location: Kadina SA (formerly NSW)
I dunno mate....my decoder was still working as far as operating the motor.....it was just the sound effects that died.

It must have been a pretty universal problem if they've decided to ditch the on-board cap/s and resort to a smaller one (looks like the ones Tsunami use), which the buyer can elect to cut-off and replace with a KA1 or KA2.

The removal of on-board resistors for LED lighting doesn't bother me at all, as I don't need lights on my 36 class.

Roachie
  Captain Underpants Train Controller

They weren't overheating, if the KA is overheating clean your track, when they encounter no volts on the track is the only time they 'do work'.
Aaron

There were some heat issues but I don't think it was related to the KA. The main issue was the size of the decoder not fitting in many locomotives. By removing the KA and LED resistors the were able to make it smaller around the same height but slightly bigger than the Tsunami Micro and with a 1.0 amp rating instead of the Tsunami 0.75 amp and there has been a lot of testing for heat issues and apparently it passed with no issues.
When they were first released I was tempted to get some but thought I would wait and see what issues may occur and what changes may be made. TCS has been listening to the public responses an have acted accordingly and plan to continue to improve it.

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