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NCE

Comparison Table

NCE Starter Sets


System
Name
Power
House Pro
Power
Pro
Power
Cab
Booster
Output
Current,
Amps
10 5 3
Cabs Maximum
Supported
63 3
Type Hand-Held
Speed
Control
Buttons and
Thumb Wheel
Addressing Mode Primary
and
Extended
Range 1 – 9999
Consists Maximum
Consists
127 Advanced, plus
250 Old Style
16 Advanced plus
4 Old Style
Modes
Supported
All
Consist
Address
Range
1 – 127 112 –127
Other Features Speed
Steps
14, 28/128
Functions 29
Feedback Yes
Throttle
Bus
Cab Bus
Maximum
Simultaneous
Trains
250 12
Accessory
Addresses
1 – 2044
Programming Mode Service and Operations
Programming
Track
Output
Yes
Computer
Interface
Serial USB,
Optional

Notes

Some parameters were removed as they are not relevant to these systems.

Power Cab

There are a number of limitations to the Power Cab.

With version 1.65B (the most recent) the number of additional throttles is limited to 3, using Cab Bus addresses 3 – 5, for a total of four throttles including the Power Cab. Additional Cab Bus devices are limited to addresses 8 – 10.

The maximum track power is limited to two amps. Track voltage is equal to the power supply voltage less 0.5V, measured as Voltage-Peak (Vp). Power supply specs, 10 – 15VDC, 3A. The Power Cab does not have short circuit protection and can be damaged by overheating. An external circuit breaker is strongly recommended.

These limitations are also present in the Smart Booster 5 (SB5).

Power Pro / Power House

The boosters supplied with the Power House and Power Pro systems include overcurrent protection, and track voltage is adjustable.

Consists

All: Support the Universal and Advanced consisting modes.

  1. Power House and Power Pro support 127 Advanced Consists with unlimited locomotives, and 250 Old Style consists with up to four locomotives each
  2. The Power Cab supports a maximum of 16 consists with unlimited locomotives, and four old style consists of two locomotives each. The Consist Address Range is limited to addresses 112-127.