Articles - Battery Power: I) S-CAB Installations
04/29/2018
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The diagram below is my attempt at showing how all the S-CAB components are to be connected. If you have, or could potentially have track power, you can use the locomotives track power pick-up method for connecting to the BPS. This would allow the BPS to charge the battery whenever it detects 6 volts or more of AC, DC, or DCC power. The DCC decoder is powered by the battery via the BPS (note: the latest version of the BPS also allows for bypassing the battery and having the locomotive be powered by available track power whenever the battery runs empty). The DCC decoder then controls the motor, lights, and sounds, as normal. I have fully documented the installation of the S-CAB with battery power in my three engines:
S-scale NW2
S-scale FA-2
S-scale RS-1

If you do not feel comfortable doing your own electronics installations in your locomotives, there are people who can do it for you, for a fee. My recommendation is to first contact Neil Stanton. If he doesn't have the time to do it, he will be able to refer you to someone who is qualified to do it. However, if you have ever installed a DCC decoder yourself, especially a hard-wired one (as opposed to a simple plug-n-play one), this is only slightly more challenging. It is not so much the wiring (which is well-documented), but rather the fitting of the components. As you can see from my own installations above, a little creativity goes a long way.
I) S-CAB Installations