Decoder

Post all your DCC only problems, solutions and discoverys here.
crazypotter
Posts: 83
Joined: Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:15 pm

Decoder

Postby crazypotter » Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:35 pm

Hi all. I am about to order a class 122 "bubblecar" from Rails. This is a Dapol model in oo gauge. Now to control all the lighting functions a five function decoder is the minimum. Dapol recommend their Imperium (well they would wouldn't they) which is 21 pin, 6 function. Prefer a lenz myelf but all their 21 pin state 4 functions. Anyone know of other options or experienced the Imperium. Cheers guys.

RFS
Posts: 869
Joined: Tue Jan 12, 2010 3:09 pm
Location: Derbyshire, UK

Re: Decoder

Postby RFS » Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:51 pm

The Lenz 21-pin decoder has 5 functions so will be OK. About 1/3rd cheaper than the Lenz is an equally good decoder, namely the Zimo MX638D which has 6 functions. Coastal DCC have the Lenz for £28 and the Zimo for £20. I'd go for the Zimo.
Robert Smith

Paul-H
Posts: 208
Joined: Fri Jun 05, 2009 3:00 pm

Re: Decoder

Postby Paul-H » Wed Jul 10, 2019 9:49 pm

Or the Laisdcc for £9.99 and it's identical to Dapols Imperium, which makes it easier to setup using Dapols lighting setup guide which needs quite a few CV's set yo get the lights working correctly.

Paul

User avatar
SRman
Posts: 1001
Joined: Fri Oct 03, 2008 2:26 am

Re: Decoder

Postby SRman » Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:06 am

I have tried one of Dapol's Imperium decoders and so far it does what it says on the box, albeit the instructions were almost non-existent when I bought it (not sure if that has changed now). I like the Lenz Silver+ 21, but as RFS said, Zimo's 6-function MX638D is also fully featured and considerably cheaper to buy - at £20 it is quite a bargain. The Zimo decoder can also be altered with a CV change to provide power for full-powered or logic auxiliary outputs, meaning it can be used in a few of the more 'difficult' locomotives. Mind you, the Imperium is also around the same price as the Zimo, so also represents a good bargain.

I have three Zimo MX638s in service (in a Dapol class 22, Kernow class 41, and Bachmann H1 Atlantic), and 26 Lenz 21-pin decoders in service, but you have to remember the Lenz one has been available for a lot longer.

I have no axe to grind as all three of the above-mentioned brands feature in my collection with excellent results. To that, I would add one more brand as being ultra-reliable and fully-featured, ESU, although I'm not sure if their decoders would fit the requirement here for the class 121/122, at least, not for the price and value for money.

Bigmet
Posts: 6851
Joined: Tue Aug 14, 2007 2:19 pm

Re: Decoder

Postby Bigmet » Thu Jul 11, 2019 8:26 am

The Zimo for the drive refinement on offer, they have long been the leaders in offering adjustments to cope with whatever a mechanism throws up; and now at a price competitive with the Lenz standard which has been my 'old faithful' for a good many many years on modern drives. And Zimo document properly. So many features that the documentation is halfway to an airport novel, but it is all there.

There's a cautionary note on ESU, now that coreless motors are becoming common - no idea what is in this Dapol model - unfortunately ESU's BEMF design is often poor with coreless motors so probably best restricted to iron core motors.

crazypotter
Posts: 83
Joined: Tue Nov 28, 2017 10:15 pm

Re: Decoder

Postby crazypotter » Thu Jul 11, 2019 10:23 am

Thanks for you're input guys. I am tending to favour the Zimo. The price and the favourable comments made by yourselves have swayed my decision. Thanks for you're help.


Return to “DCC Forum”

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 7 guests