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The HERO Junior RT-1 Charger Adapter is a Power Supply replacement to be installed by the end user.  It was conceived, created, and designed by Henry of [[ReActiveMicro]] and released for sale on September 14th, 2016.
 
The HERO Junior RT-1 Charger Adapter is a Power Supply replacement to be installed by the end user.  It was conceived, created, and designed by Henry of [[ReActiveMicro]] and released for sale on September 14th, 2016.
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<strong>Project Status:</strong> Complete.  In production.  Actively sold by ReActiveMicro.
 
<strong>Project Status:</strong> Complete.  In production.  Actively sold by ReActiveMicro.

Revision as of 19:34, 14 September 2016

The HERO Junior RT-1 Charger Adapter

The HERO Junior RT-1 Charger Adapter is a Power Supply replacement to be installed by the end user. It was conceived, created, and designed by Henry of ReActiveMicro and released for sale on September 14th, 2016.


Project Status: Complete. In production. Actively sold by ReActiveMicro.

Support: Post on the Discussion page (link above) or email ReActiveMicro Support.

Sales: Visit the ReActiveMicro Store.




Features Of The Charger Adapter[edit]

The Charger Adapter replaces the old HERO Junior RT-1 AC Power Supply with a new, modern solution for Robot.

The main advantage of the Adapter is it utilizes a standard 5.5mm (2.1 x 5.5mm) plug for the DC connections. This allows a standard Universal AC to DC Regulated Power Supply to be used unlike the original design.

The AC to DC Power Supply included with the Charger Adapter is 12v at 1 Amp. It accepts universal AC input voltages and frequencies so it can work both domestically and internationally. The 1 Amp rating also means the unit will operate cool and be under less stress which should allow long life.


History[edit]

Mike Maginnis from Open Apple Podcast contacted Henry on August 8th, 2016 about possibly creating a new charger for his HERO Junior RT-1 robot. Operational chargers are hard to find and no other options existed. So Henry had an idea and went to work to design a replacement charger.


Review[edit]

HERO Junior RT-1 Charger Adapter In Action

On September 8th, 2016 Mike Maginnis recorded a test of the ERO Junior RT-1 Charger Adapter connected to his Robot. The Robot is fully powered and operational.









Pinouts[edit]

C146 4-Pin Connector Pinout

The 4-Pin Screw-Lock connector has numbers on the mating face (see pic). With the "Key" or "Notch" facing up and the mating face toward you the pinout is:

  • Top Left: Pin 4
  • Top Right: Pin 1
  • Bottom Left: Pin 3
  • Bottom Right: Pin 2


Pins 1 and 4 TOP are connected together. This tells the Robot the Charger Adapter is connected. Without this jumper the Robot will can move around and possibly disconnect the Charger Adapter. Pin 3 is DC Negative: Bottom LEFT as looking in to the FACE of the connector. Pin 2 is DC Positive: Bottom RIGHT as looking in to the FACE of the connector.

The 5.5mm (2.1 x 5.5mm) DC Connector has DC Positive in the CENTER and DC Negative on the RING or outer connector.