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Cooling off flippers with a fan?


By KurtWehrli

2 years ago



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    Post #41 Explanation of why the flippers heat up to being with. Posted by xTheBlackKnightx (2 years ago)

    Post #50 More technical points and analysis. Good discussion. Posted by mbwalker (2 years ago)


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    #7 2 years ago

    I have mounted 2 computer fans in my LOTR, works perfect. 12V fans, mounted at the alu rails of the playfield, connected with the reserve power supply in the cabinet. Easy to install and reversable. There should be more threads in the forum already, search for it.

    #9 2 years ago
    Quoted from wayout440:

    IMHO, why add a fan at all? Fix the problem, a fan is a patch. These games are designed to run for years without them, and many exceed those expectations with the type of care we give them. Flipper coils should never get hot. They should survive plenty well even if they should get warm....but this is usually the sign of a lurking issue. Fans themselves draw in extra dirt and dust, they add noise, add current draw, and they'll need attention sooner or later. Even when I add supplemental power supplies, I avoid fans and go for open frame fanless supplies. The only game I know of that requires a fan is Pin2K, because the design uses an off the shelf computer system.

    Generally I agree with you. However, LOTR is famous for heated up coils and then they loose power dramatically. So before you do not make the ring ramp, add a fan. Additionally the fans Keep the coil temperature constant and you have no changes in the flipper strength. The fans are not noisy, you won't notice them at all. And I had no issue with them at all.

    But I am not fighting for the fans. Everybodies decision.

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