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I am interested in obtaining a used Technic Control Center. There seems to be two different versions, the part number c Bricklink part number corresponding to the Control Center I and b corresponding to to Control Center II. It seems that the colour of the buttons are of different colours between the versions. Is it correct that the Control Center II has a power port that an AC adapter from the Train speed regulator can be plugged into to supply power to the Control Center and the attached devices rather than from C batteries?
Is there any other differences between the two versions? How does the programming work? Are the keystrokes as well as the time between keystrokes recorded in memory?
I could only view the instructions for set from Peeron as the instructions from set are not available on that website. Is the Control Center fully compatible with the power function motors if the power function extension cable is used to connect the Control Center to the power function motors?
According to Bricklink, the Technic Control Center I set came with the c unit, and the Technic Control Center II came with the b unit which seems backwards, but is true. Since Blakbird has every Lego Technic set in existence , he probably could best answer your questions. The only real difference i'm aware of besides the colour of the buttons is that the cc2 had a jack for an ac adaptor whereas the cc1 did not. Both of them can run from 6 C batteries. The program records the duration of how long you hold down a button however, if memory serves me correctly, it does NOT record the duration of the gaps between pressing buttons, commands happen immediately after each other with no gaps.
I would advise that someone please clarify that tho. My control centres are somewhat inaccessable at the moment You can store up to two programs, I think the total of both programs is commands or something like that would probably make more sence but again i'm not sure about that.
The second generation control center is a lot more useful. The AC input lets you avoid a lot of hassle with batteries and get a consistent 9V output at all times, and it also has higher current limits. It works fine on all the PF models I've tried, although I don't know exactly how much current it can output. The first gen one has very strict current limits and can only run the two old types of 9V motors reliably, often cutting out on PF motors without any load.
There is a limit of 51 commands on the second gen one, with 41 in any single program. The first gen one is probably similar. They don't normally record the time between keystrokes, but you can do that using the pause button. They aren't actually that useful for programming compared to say, an NXT, but work well as manual control hubs, especially if powered off a wall outlet.
It seems most of the questions have been answered by now. The units are physically identical except for the AC port and the color. Either of them would work with PF with the proper adapter cable and I have used each for that.
Read the two links above for more details. I discuss the fact that pauses are not recorded. The most useful kinds of programs for this kind of unit are repetitive motions were timing does not matter, like robotic arms. For example, this animation was made by programming the motions. It can be run indefinately. Since these are not servos though, there is no position feedback. Therefore the program will gradually get the arm off center and won't work any more unless you re-center the arm manually and restart.
I actually got this as a present for my 13th birthday, and left it at the attic at the age of 15 :. Anyway, what I am most pissed about is that I left the batteries inside : so you and understand the mess, but beside that it is in good shape Thanks to all those who replied to my message.
I found the photos of the control centers especially useful as other photos I have seen did not show clearly the top of the units with the studs to connect to the cables and the location of the power port.
I just wanted to add that the Control Center may seem simplistic to adults but this is not the case with a 10 year old. I want to introduce some simple examples of programming to my nephew as motivation for the greater capabilities of Mindstorm Nxt. I remember going into the shop with all my birthday money ready to buy an awesome Lego set.
I sure wasn't disappointed when I saw Control Centre 1. That set provided hours of amusement and some awesome MOCs when I was a kid. It is a good set, maybe better than the control centre 2 set. I know it had an extra motor and the flex system and the t-rex was cool, but the mechanisms in the control centre 1 just seem more interesting to me. Has anyone tried to use the power adapter with the Control Center II?
From the photo of the power adapter for the train speed regulator, it looks like the socket is too large to fit the Also, the amperage for the is mA.
So if the plug fits into the control center's socket, it should work. Edit: No harm in having more amps in the adapter either but voltage and polarity must be the same.
I use a 12V transformer with my Control Center. Get the highest current you can find. I prefer to use 1. You can get loose transformers for very cheap at second hand stores like Goodwill in the USA. The control center's port says "V" so it can presumably take anything in that range.
You should be able to use any cheap 12V transformer with it though. I like the first set better too. Three of the four models are very unique, both the concepts and the mechanisms they use. The dinosaur in is fantastic, but the other two are not as impressive. I hope replying to a 6-y. Is it possible to refill it?
Alternative option for questions 1 and 2, buy a control center 2 from bricklink, not too exspensive. From memory the pen is a fiber tip type. This is to help it move over the paper well, so if yours ends up missing or broken you can just pick one up from any good stationer.
Only problem I had is you need to ensure is that the end of memory sequence returns back at the same position as the starting point. Otherwise next time sequence is run its out of step especially the hoist and luffing rope drums which ended up in a tangle. You need to be a member in order to leave a comment. Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy! Already have an account?
Sign in here. Recommended Posts. Posted December 17, Hi, I am interested in obtaining a used Technic Control Center. I could only view the instructions for set from Peeron as the instructions from set are not available on that website Is the Control Center fully compatible with the power function motors if the power function extension cable is used to connect the Control Center to the power function motors? Share this post Link to post Share on other sites. Posted December 17, edited.
Edited December 17, by DLuders. Edited December 17, by allanp. I am a proud owner of Control Center I with Box : I actually got this as a present for my 13th birthday, and left it at the attic at the age of 15 : And recovered it after 17 years So if you have any specific questions for it let me know.
Thanks, Noam. Posted December 18, edited. Edited December 18, by dougdee. Posted December 23, Posted January 4, Posted January 5, Tobbe Arnesson. Posted January 5, edited. Make sure the polarity is correct before experimenting with other adapters Edited January 5, by Tobbe Arnesson.
Posted May 8, It's claimed to be in good condition, but I would have to buy it sight unseen. A few questions: 1 Is it possible to use NiMH rechargeable batteries in the control center this is obviously the version without a socket for a power adapter?
Needing to buy C-size rechargeables and a charger just for this would be a bit of a pain Is the pen standard sized, so most standard felt-tipped pens would work as well?
Thanks for any info -: returned to Lego this year after my long Dark Age Possible but you will get 7. Last time I checked about a year ago my original pen that came with it still works!!!!
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