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  • #161080
    Croppie1Kenobi
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    351EA27E-62D8-4697-838E-E1D6500BD33E
    anyone have any experience with these from eBay? Weighing my options before I get into this.

    #161082
    randr
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    @randr
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    Never seen them before but look nice!

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    #161351
    Croppie1Kenobi
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    @croppie1kenobi

    These actually seem very well made and here in the US apparently. Image-1

    #161363
    robertms
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    @mophead
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    They look like they mean business, keep us posted how they work out for you. Are there any videos of them in action?

    #161364
    Croppie1Kenobi
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    @croppie1kenobi

    there will be ;).

    #161382
    Gwen
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    @gwen
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    Got a link for these?

    Gwen
    - Wonky builder of the steampunk Nikola Tesla cabinet & Starfighter Cabinet

    #161389
    Croppie1Kenobi
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    @croppie1kenobi

    I found them on Ebay but he included a card with a website. Michael Berry BSEE, MCSE. http://www.IronXfer.com phone: 970-210-3614

    https://www.ebay.com/itm/4-each-Virtual-Pinball-DOF-Force-Fdbck-24VDC-Contactor-Solenoid-ThunderClap/184077529796?hash=item2adbe032c4:g:02YAAOSwPsBd7~4N

    #162885
    MaMikee
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    @mamikee

    Hey that’s me!  Mike Berry here.  Someone gave me a tip about this forum and so I joined and…

    I am [somewhat casually] selling the ThunderClap DOF contactors on eBay.  Casual as in not too much promotion or marketing but I saw a need and am trying to fill it.  It is a hobby, not my path to fame and wealth.

    When I looked for DOF haptic solutions I came up empty.  Everyone was searching eBay for used Siemens contactors.  Since they aren’t very loud guys were using 2 of them to get what they wanted.  This didn’t seem right.  OEM manufacturers also can’t put in used parts.

    Also some solutions weren’t safe.  “Ford” 12V relays aren’t rated for continuous excitation and so can overheat.  Something else was really needed.

    Contactors aren’t naturally suited for the job VPin people are asking them to do.  They are designed to bring a set of electrical contacts together.  These contacts are on flexible copper and so the movement has a “soft landing”, not conducive to making noise.  The movements are also inside an enclosure which mutes noise.

    My design starts with a massive 24 VDC coil (7.2 oz copper) and adds a bottom “stator” 4.8 oz and a top “actuator” 3.4 oz.  Lose the enclosure and you have a really loud clacker.  Whole thing weighs in at about a pound.  It takes special shipping considerations which I learned the hard way.  Continuous operation is OK so no danger there.

    I’ll add more information as time allows.

    Mike

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    Black1

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    #162886
    Croppie1Kenobi
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    @croppie1kenobi

    I got these installed and I’m not disappointed. They seem like they will last for a long time. You can play around with where and how they are mounted to get the sound you want. Solid product.

    #162887
    Croppie1Kenobi
    Participant
    @croppie1kenobi

    Hey that’s me! Mike Berry here. Someone gave me a tip about this forum and so I joined and…

    I am [somewhat casually] selling the ThunderClap DOF contactors on eBay. Casual as in not too much promotion or marketing but I saw a need and am trying to fill it. It is a hobby, not my path to fame and wealth.

    When I looked for DOF haptic solutions I came up empty. Everyone was searching eBay for used Siemens contactors. Since they aren’t very loud guys were using 2 of them to get what they wanted. This didn’t seem right. OEM manufacturers also can’t put in used parts.

    Also some solutions weren’t safe. “Ford” 12V relays aren’t rated for continuous excitation and so can overheat. Something else was really needed.

    Contactors aren’t naturally suited for the job VPin people are asking them to do. They are designed to bring a set of electrical contacts together. These contacts are on flexible copper and so the movement has a “soft landing”, not conducive to making noise. The movements are also inside an enclosure which mutes noise.

    My design starts with a massive 24 VDC coil (7.2 oz copper) and adds a bottom “stator” 4.8 oz and a top “actuator” 3.4 oz. Lose the enclosure and you have a really loud clacker. Whole thing weighs in at about a pound. It takes special shipping considerations which I learned the hard way. Continuous operation is OK so no danger there.

    I’ll add more information as time allows.

    Mike

    Red1

    Black1

    I’ve dropped your name quite a bit. I really liked the product :good:

    #162888
    MaMikee
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    @mamikee

    Thanks for the validation @croppie1kenobi !

    I’m also experimenting with coil wraps.  It would be a way to personalize your VPin under the hood.

    You can see some of my wraps above, here are some other examples of “private label” wraps here.

    I’d like to get your ideas for wraps you would like.  Please let me know them and if you have bought a ThunderClap set I’ll make you a free set.  Or if you want to buy a set I can put them on, free for now.  I need the circuit drawing to stay, the rest of the area is open for grabs.

    Steve

    Mike

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    #164935
    robertms
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    @mophead
    Member

    @mamikee How about posting a short video of your contactors here? I’m sure quite a few of us would like to see/hear them in action.

    #164936
    randr
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    @randr
    ModeratorMember

    Yes I’d like to here them too.

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    #164953
    MaMikee
    Participant
    @mamikee

    Hello all,

    Yes, this is on my list to do.  Even bought a new Nikon for the task!  Nice camera, can’t wait to try it in video mode.

    I’ve dusted off my copy of Adobe Premiere CS5 (stop laughing – it’s paid for : – ) and found my notes on using it.  I’ve done video stuff before but I’m pretty rusty.

    Right now though I’m trying to close on some land for my next house in Utah.  That’s taking most of my time.

    Thanks for being diligent on me – I’ll get there!

    mcb

    TCRed1

    TCPurple1

    TCRed2

    #174821
    Mikesterz
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    @mikesterz

    I just want to confirm that using these for flippers without needing additional voltage regulating software or hardware, I can press down on the flipper for a while and it will not over heat?  I already burned out a few f150 solenoids (accidentally left them on the on position overnight during an installation, and smelled and felt it the next morning) so I’m familiar with the dangers.

    #174865
    MaMikee
    Participant
    @mamikee

    Yes, they are rated for continuous duty, 100% duty cycle.  Don’t really even get warm as only 7W dissipated.  Mike

    #177277
    MaMikee
    Participant
    @mamikee

    Someone made a video for me comparing ThunderClap! with Siemens:

    https://youtu.be/oaK6dDSuXWg

    Hope this link works, looks strange…   ( – :

    #177307
    Thalamus
    Moderator
    @thalamus
    ContributorMemberModerator

    @mamikee : Just curious. Have you considered creating 12V version ? I know it won’t be as loud, but, if you run SSF, you might very well not want it to be.

    #177451
    MaMikee
    Participant
    @mamikee

    I looked just now but don’t really see coils built for this design center.  Did find some but their price would make the end product too expensive to market.

    mcb

    #177473
    Mikesterz
    Participant
    @mikesterz

    Any chance of selling a 10 pack for a discounted price?

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