I was impressed by the video; and intended to buy that type of smoke unit. But at first, I want to test the smoke unit of the NW2-USA trains locomotives, and I was disappointed by how much the smoke unit actually takes up power. Usually, for that NW2 locomotive; it runs several hours on a full battery. This morning, the locomotive was fully charged and with the smoke unit turned on, it could run less than 15 minutes. Anyone has experience with the USA trains-NW2 smoke unit, please share your experience. I am afraid the Habor Models smoke unit will do the same.
So the early USAT smoke units take about 1/2 amp, heater only, no fan, etc:
Or do you have the later fan driven ones?
The first one takes under 1/2 amp, the second can take almost one amp.
The Harbor Models ones can take 2 amps.... no offense, but did you read their site and the specifications?
If you are running battery, you will be one of the few that uses smoke... You can use MORE power for the smoke unit than the motor.
You cannot get something for nothing in this world, and boiling lamp oil takes power.
As my pal discovered. I went round to see his Mallet run with its new Harbor Models smoke unit, and the batteries died after 1/2 hr [although I think he'd been running it before I turned up, so the run time is suspect.] He was surprised.Yep, it really uses a lot of power..