Why 6 solenoid outputs

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    • #11373 Reply
      Sven
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      I’m planning on building my own drop controller. But looking into the hardware I have 1 question:

      – Why are there 6 outputs for the valves? In all examples I never see more than 3 solenoids controlled. Am I missing something?

    • #11391 Reply
      Martyn
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      The main reason; to allow for expansion and experimentation and the extra ports are handy if you get in to shoot from below where you have valves at the bottom as well as on top. The cost of the extra parts is negligible and I think having them available in case you want them later is worth it

      I occasionally play with 6 valves (sometimes more) but most of the stuff I do is 3 or 4 valves with extra valves attached with different colours ready to be swapped in. More recently, I have been doing a lot with one and two valves though.

    • #11394 Reply
      Sven
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      Thanks for the reply. Thats what i was expecting, but i thought i missed something. Could you share a picture of your setup with than 3 valves? I wonder how you align the drops

    • #11405 Reply
      Martyn
      Keymaster

      I don’t have a photo I’m afraid. I have two different methods for multiply valves:

      1 – Different length brackets. I use shorter valve brackets in the centre and longer on the outside. This means I can get the outer valves closer.

      2 – Sometimes depth alignment can be an issue (front and back) not just left and right and in cases like this I use mini ball sockets.
      Sorry no picture but the setup is longer bracket attached to the frame, ball socket attached to the bottom of the long bracket. Small bracket attached to the top of the ball socket. Valve connected to the small bracket. This gives full 360 degree movement.

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