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Hello fellow haunters!!

Here's a question for all you electronics wizards out there...

I recently found some remote control switches on the WalMart web site. Here's a link:

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Generic-...-Control-Outlet-Switch-Socket-3-Pack/49122073

I would like to use these for controlling some of the props in my display and I am hoping I can get them to work with some of the battery operated props. The ones that have try me switches in particular. I was discussing this with a colleague at work and he thinks you could connect a wall wart to the try me switch wires and then plug the wall wart into the remote control outlet from WalMart. He said that as long as you used a wall wart that had variable voltage output then it would work no problem. By variable voltage output I mean a wall wart that showed something like 1.5 to 12 volts on it. He said they automatically adjust themselves to what is needed.

I am no electrician and don't want to try this before I ask the haunters out there who are hacking wizards. Will this work?

I look forward to any and all opinions and suggestions.

Happy Haunting!!!

Chuck
 

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If you have a search for Bigant on here, in particular his monster in a box prop, he uses a 12v relay board that comes with a remote. You can safely wire that to the try me switches and use the remote to trigger the try me switches on the prop. As these are simple switches, you can easily and cheaply extend from the board using speaker wire, so it is easy to have multiple props firing from the one remote spread out. Or you can buy multiple switching boards. I think I reposted it recently, when you find it, click the video thru to youtube abd in the comments bigant put amazon links to what to order. Hth.
 

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If you have a search for Bigant on here, in particular his monster in a box prop, he uses a 12v relay board that comes with a remote. You can safely wire that to the try me switches and use the remote to trigger the try me switches on the prop. As these are simple switches, you can easily and cheaply extend from the board using speaker wire, so it is easy to have multiple props firing from the one remote spread out. Or you can buy multiple switching boards. I think I reposted it recently, when you find it, click the video thru to youtube abd in the comments bigant put amazon links to what to order. Hth.
I just found what you are talking about. A four channel controller for like $8.00...you win!! Well, we all win don't we? lol

Thanks for reminding me about that.

But I still wonder if my original idea would work. It would be nice to have a controller for one prop instead of having to connect four props to a single board.

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Hello fellow haunters!!

Here's a question for all you electronics wizards out there...

I recently found some remote control switches on the WalMart web site. Here's a link:

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Generic-...-Control-Outlet-Switch-Socket-3-Pack/49122073

I would like to use these for controlling some of the props in my display and I am hoping I can get them to work with some of the battery operated props. The ones that have try me switches in particular. I was discussing this with a colleague at work and he thinks you could connect a wall wart to the try me switch wires and then plug the wall wart into the remote control outlet from WalMart. He said that as long as you used a wall wart that had variable voltage output then it would work no problem. By variable voltage output I mean a wall wart that showed something like 1.5 to 12 volts on it. He said they automatically adjust themselves to what is needed.

I am no electrician and don't want to try this before I ask the haunters out there who are hacking wizards. Will this work?

I look forward to any and all opinions and suggestions.

Happy Haunting!!!

Chuck
DO NOT DO THIS! You have been given some very bad advice about this. First off, connecting the "try me" wires to any voltage source will likely fry the electronics in the prop. The "try me" button simply connects the 2 wires together, it doesn't need an outside power source. Secondly, wall warts, or any power source for that matter, does not automatically adjust the voltage to what's needed. A variable voltage wall wart has to be manually set for the proper voltage. If you connect a voltage source that is higher than what is required, you will most likely fry the device.
 

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Ok, thanks J-Man, I will not try connecting a try me switch to one of those WalMart remote thingys.

It would work for the wiper motor in my animated coffin, though. Then I could trigger it whenever someone walked by instead of working off the motion sensor I currently use. It already plugs into a regular socket, no chance of frying anything! lol

Thanks again!!
 
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