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Offline rodga

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Re: Opensprinkler boards Round 2 Q & A
« Reply #105 on: May 15, 2018, 08:48:54 PM »
Thanks, my board arrived today. Now to get the rest of the items to convert my manual system to an automated one.

Can setup the board and Pi without actually connecting any of the channels?

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Re: Opensprinkler boards Round 2 Q & A
« Reply #106 on: May 16, 2018, 08:25:17 AM »
Thanks, my board arrived today. Now to get the rest of the items to convert my manual system to an automated one.

Can setup the board and Pi without actually connecting any of the channels?

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No reason why you can't have it running on your desk. will work just fine like that.


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Re: Opensprinkler boards Round 2 Q & A
« Reply #107 on: May 16, 2018, 08:27:04 AM »
No reason why you can't have it running on your desk. will work just fine like that.
Cool I'll be playing around with it then lol

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Re: Opensprinkler boards Round 2 Q & A
« Reply #108 on: May 16, 2018, 10:54:03 AM »
Hi ALL

I have decided to work with smartkit regarding the sales and stocking of these boards.

So any stock availability questions and sales questions should be directed to them.

I will try my best to answer technical questions and by all means keep posting them and your photos and your installs in this thread.

My own board has been running for more than 3 years 24/7.

Through smartkit there will also be made available extra options , including IP rated enclosures etc.

Obviously this WILL include extra costs including VAT etc.

The cost at which I was providing these with the small production runs was never going to be a sustainable model time wise for me especially , taking into account packaging etc etc.

I will not be able to supply these at a cheaper cost than Smartkit ,please don't ask. :)

Link to new place to order:

http://www.smartkit.co.za/product/smartkit-openirrigation/

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Re: Opensprinkler boards Round 2 Q & A
« Reply #109 on: May 18, 2018, 02:51:17 PM »
Found this power lying around, will it work?



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Re: Opensprinkler boards Round 2 Q & A
« Reply #110 on: May 18, 2018, 03:27:41 PM »
Nope, the amps are too low, you need at least 2A @24VAC min. Buy the correct transformer at any irrigation house.
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Re: Opensprinkler boards Round 2 Q & A
« Reply #111 on: May 18, 2018, 03:30:05 PM »
OK cool
Will probably get one from smartkit guys

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Re: Opensprinkler boards Round 2 Q & A
« Reply #112 on: May 18, 2018, 04:24:48 PM »
Depending on which pi you use you need around 0.5 to 1.5 amps for the pi. Remember the pi runs on 5v. You could easily for testing purposes run the board with just the pi on 16v AC. (Not DC). Solenoids all run on 24vac so you should get 24vac transformer for the final product. You could easily run a system including 1 solinoid at a time with a 1 amp. 24vac transformer.


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Re: Opensprinkler boards Round 2 Q & A
« Reply #113 on: May 18, 2018, 04:32:29 PM »
 If that transformer is AC you could bench test it with it. It just has too low voltage for irrigation taps.

Never power the pi from micro usb while plugged into the board. Board supplies pi with 5v from AC input