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Ebay deception?
Posted by Santa Fe all the way! on Saturday, February 09, 2019 10:34 PM

I am trying to find a replacement power supply for my MRC Prodigy Advance squared DCC unit. I went to eBay and there are several listed as OEM replacements. On closer inspection of the pictures provided, the output amperage is either blurred or scratched off. This leads me to believe that these are not 3.5 amps, probably a lot less. So far my messages to the sellers have gone unanswered. Does anybody know where I can buy a legitimate 3.5 amp, 15 volt power supply?

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Posted by mbinsewi on Saturday, February 09, 2019 10:59 PM

You could buy the power supply from MRC that belongs with the system.

https://www.modelrectifier.com/product-p/0001504.htm

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Posted by wvg_ca on Sunday, February 10, 2019 3:19 AM

i bought one on ebay a few years ago, don't have the info right now ..

i -think- it was a 4 amp unit, came with adjustable end pieces ....chose the one that fit ..

 

the MRC link showes the adapter is 13.8 volt at 4 amp, just a fYI

worked well, was around 15 dollars or so ..

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Posted by richhotrain on Sunday, February 10, 2019 4:00 AM

mbinsewi

You could buy the power supply from MRC that belongs with the system.

https://www.modelrectifier.com/product-p/0001504.htm

Mike.

 

I agree with Mike. Buy the one designed to go with the rest of the system. Remember that old adage, you get what you pay for.

Rich

 

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Posted by RR_Mel on Sunday, February 10, 2019 8:15 AM

I have my Prodigy Power Supply in the back of my control panel and I have to drop the hinged panel to remove it.  I frequently bring the Prodigy controller into my hobby room to work DCC stuff on my bench.  I don’t go to the trouble to remove the power supply.  I have a 12 volt 15 amp switching power supply on my bench for testing.  I have two DC to DC converters glued to the top of the power supply, I tweak one of the converter to 15 volts and the Prodigy works as good on that as the MRC power supply.  Any filtered 15 volt DC power supply with the capacity of 3½ Amps or more will work on the Prodigy.  Been doing that for years with no problems.
 
 
 
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In the picture above the converters are adjusted for working on my Arduinos.  I simply tweak the blue V pot to 15 volts for my Prodigy.
 
 
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Posted by Santa Fe all the way! on Sunday, February 10, 2019 1:11 PM

richhotrain

 Sorry, I didn't realize you could purchase one directly from MRC, THANKS! 

 
mbinsewi

You could buy the power supply from MRC that belongs with the system.

https://www.modelrectifier.com/product-p/0001504.htm

Mike.

 

 

 

I agree with Mike. Buy the one designed to go with the rest of the system. Remember that old adage, you get what you pay for.

 

Rich

 

 

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Posted by Lone Wolf and Santa Fe on Sunday, February 10, 2019 1:32 PM

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On closer inspection of the pictures provided, the output amperage is either blurred or scratched off. This leads me to believe that these are not 3.5 amps, probably a lot less. So far my messages to the sellers have gone unanswered.

Blurry images are a red flag. So are messages not being answered. Beware!

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Posted by garya on Sunday, February 10, 2019 1:56 PM
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Posted by mbinsewi on Sunday, February 10, 2019 2:05 PM

garya
Trainworld sells it, too:

Even at a better price.

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Posted by Santa Fe all the way! on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 4:28 AM

MRC wants $39.99 + shipping I will check out Train World  Thanks! 

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Posted by joe323 on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 6:47 AM

For $39.95 I am not wasting my time on ebay.

Joe Staten Island West 

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