Can I add a remote to a Silent Partner Lite Machine?

I did it on my Lite machine. Look up a 12v remote module on the bay site and mount it inside the machine. Connect it to the battery, but add a little switch on that connection to turn on or off the remote module so it doesn't drain the battery when not in use.
The ball hopper obviously is the most important connection to interrupt with one of the relays on the module, so just pull one wire off going to that hopper motor and feed it into the common on the relay and run a wire off the normally open terminal back to the motor. That turns the hopper on or off.

I did add 12v automotive relays to the machine to turn the wheels on or off to save power and it really helps along with a much bigger battery. But the hopper remote is a very important feature to add.
 
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dolphinsrus

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I did it on my Lite machine. Look up a 12v remote module on the bay site and mount it inside the machine. Connect it to the battery, but add a little switch on that connection to turn on or off the remote module so it doesn't drain the battery when not in use.
The ball hopper obviously is the most important connection to interrupt with one of the relays on the module, so just pull one wire off going to that hopper motor and feed it into the common on the relay and run a wire off the normally open terminal back to the motor. That turns the hopper on or off.

I did add 12v automotive relays to the machine to turn the wheels on or off to save power and it really helps along with a much bigger battery. But the hopper remote is a very important feature to add.
IdrinkYourMilkshake,
Thanks so much for your input. I was looking for the thread that Chotobaka suggested, but couldn't find it. I saw threads from rjw in which he did a wonderful job of adding power elevation and drills to the machine, but the links to his videos are down. I also saw the pics of your battery replacement in an old post.
I do not have experience doing electrical stuff, so certainly it would be awesome if you can put detailed steps or pictures that can guide me. I found the remote that you mentioned on the bay, but not sure how many channels I need (1,2,3 or 4), what type of switch do I need to buy or how to add the relays for the wheels. I am excited to learn and upgrade my machine, so thanks in advance. By the way, what about installing a solar cell to recharge the battery while playing?
 

Chotobaka

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Thanks, unfortunately the pictures on the tutorial are not visible anymore. Wish me luck
You can always try to email rjw if you really need pics. He is still active. The step by step instructions from him and momolabs are very specific, though.
 
IdrinkYourMilkshake,
Thanks so much for your input. I was looking for the thread that Chotobaka suggested, but couldn't find it. I saw threads from rjw in which he did a wonderful job of adding power elevation and drills to the machine, but the links to his videos are down. I also saw the pics of your battery replacement in an old post.
I do not have experience doing electrical stuff, so certainly it would be awesome if you can put detailed steps or pictures that can guide me. I found the remote that you mentioned on the bay, but not sure how many channels I need (1,2,3 or 4), what type of switch do I need to buy or how to add the relays for the wheels. I am excited to learn and upgrade my machine, so thanks in advance. By the way, what about installing a solar cell to recharge the battery while playing?
If you put a big battery in, you'll want to stop playing before the battery ever goes dead. Come to think of it, cutting the launch wheels probably isn't really that big of a deal either.
I don't have the time to put a detailed tutorial together on this, sorry. If you have no experience with a soldering iron, heat shrink, basic wiring, just stick to trying to control a wire going to the hopper motor. Showing pictures isn't going to help because it's a rat's nest when you get to mounting 12v relays in to control motors and leave the existing big hard switch on the panel.

All you really need is 1 channel, but might as well get a two channel. Mine has 4, but use three of them because I also control the oscillate, but never use it. The best feature to add is a little 12v light in the circuit so you know if the hopper is on or off when there is the inevitable ball jam. Remember, you're just interrupting one of the wires going to the hopper motor. You hook the module up directly to the battery and interrupt that with a little on/off switch mounted on the machine. A little switch I'm talking is like something you will see on a car electrical panel. A basic radioshack switch that will control 12 volts. That's it. Good luck to you.
 
Here is what my remote module looks like, but with 4 buttons and a 4 relay module. This auction has 1 relay and two buttons. You can set the thing to push on push off with separate buttons. Very simple. Big terminal block there to just strip the wires and secure with the screws clamping down.

Item number: 351149403897
But do a search and get a US seller so you don't have to wait maybe.


Regarding the light I talked about. What I did was on my 4 relay module, that 1 one relay was not being used on the board, I simply cut the PCB trace going to the relay so I could use it without it being controlled by the board. You know relays have two wires/traces on the board to control it? Ok now follow those from the relay being used to control the hopper to the dummy relay that was isolated so that both relays are on and off at the same time. Like jumping a car. Now you have a separate relay for controlling lights. When the relay to turn on the hopper is activated, so is the other relay on the board. Run 12v lighting through that "dummy" relay. I wired mine so the light is off when the hopper is on. The light is on when the hopper is off. My light is red. That also indicates to me that power is on and ready for me to hit the remote from the other end of the court.
 

dolphinsrus

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Here is what my remote module looks like, but with 4 buttons and a 4 relay module. This auction has 1 relay and two buttons. You can set the thing to push on push off with separate buttons. Very simple. Big terminal block there to just strip the wires and secure with the screws clamping down.

Item number: 351149403897
But do a search and get a US seller so you don't have to wait maybe.


Regarding the light I talked about. What I did was on my 4 relay module, that 1 one relay was not being used on the board, I simply cut the PCB trace going to the relay so I could use it without it being controlled by the board. You know relays have two wires/traces on the board to control it? Ok now follow those from the relay being used to control the hopper to the dummy relay that was isolated so that both relays are on and off at the same time. Like jumping a car. Now you have a separate relay for controlling lights. When the relay to turn on the hopper is activated, so is the other relay on the board. Run 12v lighting through that "dummy" relay. I wired mine so the light is off when the hopper is on. The light is on when the hopper is off. My light is red. That also indicates to me that power is on and ready for me to hit the remote from the other end of the court.
Thanks so much, I really appreciate your input
 

dolphinsrus

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I finally received my Silent partner. Here is a drawing of the inside of the machine (my best try) as well as the remote module. Can anyone tell me how to wire it, so I can add a remote to the machine? I just want to make sure I don't screw it up. Thanks.
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Positive terminal on the battery, to positive terminal on the module.

Negative terminal on the battery, to switch, then to negative terminal on the module.

Do not screw this part up.
 
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