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A little OCD.

Postby Ahab79 » Sun Apr 07, 2013 12:06 pm

O.k. So forgive the obvious question here. But before I start putting this together I want to make sure I got it right.
This is what I have for my dive module.

Water pump with forward and reverse.
ESC for pump.
Rubber bladder
Solenoid to stop backflow and hold water in. (Is the solenoid necessary if I have a rolling pump? Is it better to play safe and have one just in case?)
And last do I need a ESC for the solenoid? I don't believe I do. Its just a simple on/off right? Electricity activates the valve. Lack of electricity opens the valve.
Oh. One more thing. I don't believe I need to place a second battery in with the ESC for the pump? I have BEC already hooked up.

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Re: A little OCD.

Postby JWLaRue » Sun Apr 07, 2013 1:18 pm

Mark,

I believe that you will need some sort of electronic switch (e.g. like a SubTech SES) to be able to control the pump and the solenoid. Alternatively, you could build the equivalent using a servo and some micro switches.

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Re: A little OCD.

Postby Ahab79 » Mon Apr 08, 2013 8:18 am

So when it gets to a certain pre-set state it triggers the micro switch and engages the solenoid? I have an extra channel on my radio. I was just going to set the solenoid to that. And manually trigger it. Bad idea?
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Re: A little OCD.

Postby JWLaRue » Mon Apr 08, 2013 7:51 pm

I'm not sure what you mean by "gets to a certain pre-set state", but let's see if this helps....

Take a servo and mount one of the included servo arms on it. Then position a switch such that when the servo is commanded to move the arm it pushes against the switch to actuate it. You (also) can place a switch on each side of the servo arm so that you have two functions (plus the neutral 'off').

Here's a photo that I found on the 'net that should help:

http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://static.rcgroups.net/forums/attachments/1/6/9/6/a198114-155-156%2520rudder%2520and%2520elevator%2520servo%2520with%2520micro%2520switches.jpg%3Fd%3D1079594060&imgrefurl=http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid%3D198114&h=480&w=640&sz=55&tbnid=HcCeBm1S2qw1OM:&tbnh=99&tbnw=132&prev=/search%3Fq%3Dservo%2Bmicro%2Bswitch%26tbm%3Disch%26tbo%3Du&zoom=1&q=servo+micro+switch&usg=__hT3kt_l8V6LNBB6oVE2V0vbeTBs=&docid=l9WGdRQja05vzM&sa=X&ei=31ZjUaqLIrO64AO76IDACw&ved=0CEwQ9QEwAg&dur=2138

Each switch would then be used to turn on the ballast pump and/or the solenoid. Of course, the polarity of the wiring to the second switch would be reversed to the pump to get get both fill and empty.

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