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LENZ MINI

Posted: Tue Nov 02, 2010 4:30 pm
by locoworks
just recieved a few decoders with my new class 14 farish loco. ( very nice and fitting a decoder is going to be quite easy ) anyway i open the new lenz mini boxs ( when did lenz go cheap and put decoders in card boxes?? what happened to the useful clear plastic boxes? cheapskates ) and the decoders are smaller than the lenz mini i have on the shelf?? i have had a few of them so i do know the new one with wires, and the 6 pin new one are smaller. anybody know when this change took place?? i don't think the vendor has updated the new sizes on their website and if folks ( like me ) were going off just size alone they could be losing sales??

Re: LENZ MINI

Posted: Tue Nov 02, 2010 4:55 pm
by Essex2Visuvesi
What size are they now? I found the Digitrax DZ125 to be the smallest so far

Re: LENZ MINI

Posted: Tue Nov 02, 2010 4:59 pm
by m8internet
There are two Lenz Mini; Silver and Gold
The Silver is about the same size as the DZ125 / 36-558
The Gold is larger as it also has additional soldering points for the PSU

As for the packaging, would you rather have a 5% price increase or them swapping the packaging and retaining the same price
Personally, it does not bother me as the packaging goes into the bin once the item is over 6 months old
I retain the instructions, unless they are available in an online format
Equally, I may dispose of the instructions in due course and scan all of these

Re: LENZ MINI

Posted: Tue Nov 02, 2010 6:38 pm
by locoworks
Essex2Visuvesi wrote:What size are they now? I found the Digitrax DZ125 to be the smallest so far


my old lenz mini which is 6 pin 651 plug in type ( which was ordered as silver and arrived in packaging badged as silver ) measured in roundish numbers ( ignoring the plastic insulation on the pins, just the PCB ) is 11 x 9 x 2.8 mm, the new ones ( silver again and again just the PCB size measurements) are 11.7 x 7.5 x 2.4 mm. so a bit on the length ( maybe an issue for dapol tenders?? ) but thinner in width and depth. the extra thinness allows it to fit in the bonnet width of the new farish class 14, but due to the thickness i will use a CT elektronics DCX75 which is about the same footprint, fits in the bonnet width, but is single sided and around 1mm thinner. the smallest i have used is the CT elektronics DCX74zD. have a google, but they are hard to come by and around double the cost ( so were the mini's ) of a DZ125.

Re: LENZ MINI

Posted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 8:30 am
by Essex2Visuvesi
the DCX74zD is only €89.00 here :lol:

Re: LENZ MINI

Posted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 8:45 am
by locoworks
Essex2Visuvesi wrote:the DCX74zD is only €89.00 here :lol:


how much!! where?? thats over £75!!!! are you having a laugh? i got two of them for about £70 about a year ago. you could get 4 DZ125's for that? :shock:

Re: LENZ MINI

Posted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 11:09 am
by Essex2Visuvesi
yep that's what they are in my local model shop

I get my decoders from DCC supplies

Re: LENZ MINI

Posted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 4:59 pm
by locoworks
Essex2Visuvesi wrote:yep that's what they are in my local model shop

I get my decoders from DCC supplies


thats where i just got mine from, but i didn't see a 64 for 75 quid!! it is priced the same as the 75's i just looked.

Re: LENZ MINI

Posted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 5:51 pm
by Essex2Visuvesi
locoworks wrote:
Essex2Visuvesi wrote:yep that's what they are in my local model shop

I get my decoders from DCC supplies


thats where i just got mine from, but i didn't see a 64 for 75 quid!! it is priced the same as the 75's i just looked.


Sorry my last post was a little ambiguous.... My local model shop in Finland sells the DCX74zD for €89 so I buy DZ125's from DCC supplies

Re: LENZ MINI

Posted: Wed Nov 03, 2010 11:35 pm
by locoworks
the fog lifts and things become clear. :D

Re: LENZ MINI

Posted: Wed Nov 10, 2010 10:08 am
by BananaRepublic
Back to the OP.

Just a thought.
The change in size of the Silver Mini 's may reflect the change over to the new "Plus" range introduced last year (2009).
The Silver Mini was replaced by the Silver Mini + at that time. All the dimensions, for both old and new models, can be found on the Lenz websites.

Re: LENZ MINI

Posted: Wed Nov 10, 2010 10:32 am
by locoworks
BananaRepublic wrote:Back to the OP.

Just a thought.
The change in size of the Silver Mini 's may reflect the change over to the new "Plus" range introduced last year (2009).
The Silver Mini was replaced by the Silver Mini + at that time. All the dimensions, for both old and new models, can be found on the Lenz websites.


that will be it then, but it seems some vendors have not ammended their websites to show the new dimensions.