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Running a solenoid valve off wall power

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Running a solenoid valve off wall power

Unread postAuthor: skyjive » Mon Sep 20, 2010 9:46 pm

Hi there,

Has anyone had success with running a solenoid-piloted sprinkler valve off of wall power, presumably with the appropriate converter? I have a large stationary system actuated by a solenoid valve about a foot from a socket. Currently I am using 3 9-volt batteries in series, which works fine, except that they drain reasonably fast (this is a high-use system). More importantly, it is critical that the range of the device be very consistent, and I suspect that as the batteries run down the valve performance changes, screwing everything up. So does anyone have any advice on running the valve off USA wall power?

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Unread postAuthor: Crna Legija » Mon Sep 20, 2010 9:53 pm

you can buy solenoid that are for 110/240 volt and just swap it for the one you already have.
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Unread postAuthor: skyjive » Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:14 pm

i figured, but it would be quite difficult to replace the valves at this point so if there's any other way...
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Unread postAuthor: hi » Mon Sep 20, 2010 11:22 pm

Why not use like a lawn tractor battery and just use a car charger. This is really only practical if you already have a car battery charger though....
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Unread postAuthor: Technician1002 » Tue Sep 21, 2010 12:07 am

Pick up a transformer for a Sprinkler System control box. They are not expensive and output the proper ~24VAC the valve was designed to run on.
http://www.amazon.com/Rain-Bird-UT1-Sprinkler-Transformer/dp/B000DCN8LS
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