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ascastil

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Just got my L1 so I need a longer wire going out to the pad. Maybe a stupid question but can I add 70ft to my Aerotech launch controller?
 

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You can, but you'll be taking your voltage drop from X to nearly 3X ( AT controller has 40ft to begin with ).

My guess is you'll be fine for simple H/I, but if you're clustering (200ft total) I'd probably use a 4s LiPo pack.
 

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You can minimize any voltage drop concerns by using larger gauge wire.
 

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Maybe i should open up the at controller and try and make a new one. It sure as hell wont be pretty because i am not an electrical guru. What gauge would I use for 100ft of wire going to the pad?
 

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Maybe i should open up the at controller and try and make a new one. It sure as hell wont be pretty because i am not an electrical guru. What gauge would I use for 100ft of wire going to the pad?
IMO - 16 gauge. Something like this:


2 wire
2-wire 100ft.png


3 wire
3-wire 100 ft.png
 

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I put the battery and an automotive 12volt relay at the pad and use speaker wire for to connect the controller. This way you borrow a little bit of the current to close the relay and the rest of the current only has to travel a few feet to the igniter(s). I have lit 4x clusters, mid-power motors and yes even the dreaded Copper-Head off of 8 AAs.
 

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I put the battery and an automotive 12volt relay at the pad and use speaker wire for to connect the controller. This way you borrow a little bit of the current to close the relay and the rest of the current only has to travel a few feet to the igniter(s). I have lit 4x clusters, mid-power motors and yes even the dreaded Copper-Head off of 8 AAs.
That's the smart way.


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