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    flstclasic
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    Hi everyone,

    I was reading through @Gwen topic “Advice on DOF devices, enhancing my cabinet”  @Zeb commented “solenoids will heat quickly and burn out their coil in the process, usually taking the controller output driver with them.”. This made me wonder, is their a circuit that could be made or bought that could stop the electric flow to the solenoid after a set time(turn it off)? So if you were to hold your flipper button on for a long time, the circuit would cut the power to the solenoid after a couple of seconds and reset itself to be ready for the next flipper press.

    #142957
    themotherbrain
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    Zeb has a solenoid watchdog timer that does exactly that

    https://shop.zebsboards.com/Boards/DIY_BOARDS/Solenoid_Watchdog

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    #143008
    flstclasic
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    Awesome! Thank you. Just what I was looking for.

    #143013
    flstclasic
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    Actually, what I’m looking for I think I found in the pinscape build guide. It says

    “Search for “relay timer board”, and look for the type that has multiple programmable modes. The specific mode you need is “on, delay, off, reset”.”

    Im just not exactly sure what one to buy when searching eBay and Amazon.  I think this would turn my flipper solenoid off after a set time if the flipper button has not been released yet, then reset itself for the next flipper button press.

    Appreciate it if anyone could tell me if I’m correct on this? Also a link (if allowed?) to the correct timer board I need on eBay or Amazon would be great. Thanks everyone.

    #143042
    Tom
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    The problem is still the same, if you hold the flipper the solenoid will turn off and it will sound like you released the flipper even though you may still be holding it.

    #143050
    flstclasic
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    Correct Tom. What I don’t like is the continuous hum when the solenoid is held on. I’m going to get the board from Zeb and hook it up to all solenoids, chimes, knocker. But for flippers, I’d like for them to automatically turn the solenoid off very quickly after engaged. I think this is what mjr is talking about in his build guide under coil timers. I just don’t know what one to buy as their are hundreds of versions all with different modes.

    #143068
    outhere
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    Cost effective
    https://www.vpforums.org/index.php?showtopic=39587&p=399236

    #143070
    flstclasic
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    Cost effective
    https://www.vpforums.org/index.php?showtopic=39587&p=399236

    I would use this function correct?

    INTERVAL ON:

    Upon application of input voltage, the output is energized and the time delay (t) begins. At the end of the time delay (t), the output is de-energized. Input voltage must be removed to reset time delay relay.

    #143072
    outhere
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    Sounds right to me

     

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