Carrera makes the best digital slot car track system, but all digital slot car tracks limit car selection.
Digital to high-performance analog at the flick of a switch, opens the whole world of slot racing to you.
With OmniSlotBox all digital functions and controllers work normally. In analog mode, use your favorite cars with any analog controllers.
Tested and refined for 5 years, with rock solid US construction and reliability, Omni Slot Box is now available as a plug-and-play module.
Nomad Raceway's Carrera Digital Gran Prix slot car track was the first to have OmniSlotBox technology. With 65 feet lap length in 8' by 17' table it is a great track for 6 driver digital, or ANY analog car with commercial grade power and control.
HO scale to 1/24 Wing slot cars with powerful motors and everything in between run great on a well designed OmniSlotBox equipped slot car track. We especially enjoy our vintage cars. See our video test drives below:
Run all slot car motors! (L to R) Phoenix, Pro-Slot PS4002. PIttman 85, Cox 36D , Scaleauto Boxer, Falcon 7, Super 16D, G7 Open, G12X, Pittcan, Kemtron Mustang, Pactra Hemi, Carrera Bison Digital, Mabuchi 16D, AFX SRT & Mega G, Scalextric slim can, NSR KIng. & More!
Easy to connect and use.
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OmniSlotBox can be used with a single power supply. Two power supplies give individual slot car track lane speed limitation in analog mode. Use any analog controller in analog mode and any Carrera compatible digital controllers in digital mode.
One switch to go from Digital to analog slot cars . Red/green LED confirms selection. Separate voltage and amperage meters for each slot car track lane, and resettable 7 amp breakers. Fast and reliable XLR analog controller connection, or use our adapters.
Robust 5 and 4 pin connectors and cables attach to an upgraded Carrera Digital slot car track Control Unit. Upgrades include improved current flow in both Digital and Analog modes. Use a single power supply or use two for individual lane voltage (speed) control. Separate power out for each lane for power taps for improved power distribution. Red/Green LEDs confirm correct connections.
Hand made of first quality materials in the USA by experienced slot car racers and electrical technicians. Here are Rodney and Jim in the wood shop.
Designed and built for safe reliable power control, OmniSlotBox is no toy. It serves those who want to make the most of their slot car track investment.
What it is and why.
With OmniSlotBox switched to digital mode, we enjoy all the best functionality of Carrera Digital 1/24 racing.
They may be the mutts of the slot car world, with 1/32 wheel base and 1/24 width, but "these dogs hunt" speed on Carrera track! A longtime favorite at our club. they have Inexpensive, interchangeable bodies, and they are tough and easy to repair. What is not to like? With more horsepower than handling, you WILL have to drive these puppies but you'll soon be howling with laughter.
This slot car is newly built from all 1960's era components. The chrome champion 26D motor was hot stuff in 1967. They put out out all the power one could want and are highly prized by vintage slot racers today. These motors draw more amperage than Decoder chips can supply, but it runs great with OmniSlotBox.
You do not need a huge wood track to run Wing cars! OmniSlotBox lets them fly. Who needs magnets with air control and horsepower? Just remember, speed kills!
Many HO cars will run on 1/24 scale. You may need to flip the rear axle to run the same direction as the digital cars. We recommend pushing a plastic tube on the pin guide to increase its diameter. This will keep the car centered in the slot. The car in the video in an AFX SRT with no traction magnets at 14 volts, but of course you can run with magnets and up to 18 volts. The wide, smooth stainless Carrera rails give good but not excessive downforce, and allow cars to drift more predictably without catching on tall sharp rails.
Omni Slot Box is THE true high quality, high power analog to Carrera digital switching system. The system includes modified Carrera (CU) slot car track Control Unit, a continuity tester and power supply for OmniSlotBox. Quality power supplies, controller adapters an dextension cables for your slot car track are available separately. OmniSlotBox is warrantied for 5 years for any functional failure,
On slot car tracks, voltage affects overall top speed and trigger sensitivity. Different cars controllers asn driver taste may dictate a different voltage setting to find that "sweet spot". "Wall wart" power supplies give under 2 amperes, which is insufficient to run multiple cars or hungry motors. Power fluctuation and poor performance results. You cannot have too many Amps! Our power supplies are 0-30 volt adjustable, but limited to 18 Volts to protect Carrera Digital electronics. You CAN have too many Volts! These high quality power supplies provide cleaner more stable power with regulated switching. They have 4-Digit LED Displays with coarse and fine adjustments. So you can set you Voltage preference precisely. We recommend adjusting Amperage to maximum and of course the Amp and Watt meters only read when power is flowing. Also included are a sophisticated self resetting circuit protection with There is a short circuit alarm and 5V/3.6A USB quick-charge interface useful for powering tablet or other devices like timing systems. A single 5 Amp unit is enough for running Carrera digital up to 6 cars, even six 1/24 scale cars, (Carrera standard power supplies can barely power 4) A single 5 amp unit can also power 2 mild metal chassis cars with up to 16D motors. For individual lane voltage control or more powerful cars use two of these..
On slot car tracks, voltage affects overall top speed and trigger sensitivity. Different cars controllers and driver taste may dictate a different voltage setting to find that "sweet spot". "Wall wart" power supplies give under 2 amperes, which is insufficient to run multiple cars or hungry motors. Power fluctuation and poor performance results. You cannot have too many Amps! Our power supplies are 0-30 volt adjustable, but limited to 18 Volts to protect Carrera Digital electronics. You CAN have too many Volts! These high quality power supplies provide cleaner more stable power with regulated switching. They have 4-Digit LED Displays with coarse and fine adjustments. So you can set you Voltage preference precisely. We recommend adjusting Amperage to maximum and of course the Amp and Watt meters only read when power is flowing. Also included are a sophisticated self resetting circuit protection with There is a short circuit alarm and 5V/3.6A USB quick-charge interface useful for powering tablet or other devices like timing systems. A single 5 Amp unit is enough for running ANY Carrera digital cars including 1/24 with 6 driver controlled cars, plus up to 6 autonomous and safety cars simultaneuosly. Yes even 1/24 scale cars, (Carrera standard power supplies can barely power four!) A single 10 amp unit can also power 2 metal chassis cars with up to super 16D motors. For individual lane voltage control or the most power hungry motors use two of these..
Our favorite Controller! Smooth, maintenance-free action, advanced features & wide adjustment make this the one controller for all car and track types. Includes high amperage and XLR connection to run all motor type and instant, positive connection for OmniSlotBox.
Install these conntectors on your slot car controller for fast positive connection to OmniSlotBox or XLR cable extensions. Soldering required. Attach Black controller wire to Pin 1, white to 2 and red to pin 3.
Converts XLR equipped controller to traditional alligator clips. Bring your XLR controller to tracks with traditional old-school connections.
For connecting controllers with alligator clips or banana plugs to OmniSlotBox XLR port or extension cables.
3 foot long extension cable to position your analog controllers further from your OmniSlotBox., Longer cables are available by request.
These 3' extension cables extend the distance from your OmniSlotBox to our modified Control Unit. Standard OmniSlotBox cables are 4' long.
Included Free with any OmniSlotBox order. Applied sparingly (complete instructions included) this product improves traction for all tire types and reduces dust attracting static charge on plastic track. Instead of collecting on your tires, dust and tire rubber stay on the track and improve the surface as you drive. Long lasting and easy cleanup when used as directed.
Our fast track secret sauce purchased separately.
OmniSlotBox was created by the folks at Nomad Raceways, specialists in custom Carrera track design and use since 2001.
They offer track design, track kits, cars and accessories.
OmniSlotBox is built by Slot Racers and electrical technicians who race slot cars. Every unit is assembled and tested in our shop. Each unit is individually serial numbered and we retain a build sheet and photos for each one. We use the best components and assembly techniques. If you ever have any difficulty with your OmniSlotBox, we are here for you. You can access owner's manual and tech specification below:
You are welcome to visit to test drive and maybe race on our slot car track. Message us for an appointment or ask your OmniSlotBox. questions. We have a huge collection of slot cars. Let us demonstrate why it is so much better to be high amperage and vintage slot car compatible.
If you already own one of our systems feel free to contact us with any questions, or just to tell us how much you love it!
604 Indian Bay Dr, Sherwood, Arkansas 72120, United States
Yes when in the Digital mode, all Carrera functions work as they should. Of course you cannot use the switches in Analog mode. Normal Analog function is one car per lane. Race formats are typically "round robin" so any number of drivers can be accommodated. All drivers run all lanes for equal time. Most laps wins.
No. OmniSlotBox provides true high power analog. So you can use any analog controller that suits your car. Also using a variable power supply you can tune the track power to the speed and sensitivity to a sweet spot. With two power supplies you can adjust each lane independently to match them or to slow down cars for young drivers.
Through careful design, robust construction, years of testing easy installation asn accessible support. OmniSlotBox makes switching between carrera Digital and true high amperage Analog practical.
Mixing standard Carrera analog and Carrera systems without OmniSlotBox will definitely cause failures. Complex rewiring or using decoders in boxes to power analog lanes cars is also fragile and unreliable. Early Carrera Pro-X era lane switches had jumpers that connected the two lane into one circuit. For analog to work correctly lanes must be on separate (Isolated) circuits.
It seems all recent Carrera product is wired for isolated lanes. The only exception seems to be on curved switches. For this reason, we include a tool to confirm isolation and instruction on how to easily isolate your lanes if any lane jumpers exist. It is as simple as removing the screws in a plastic cover and unplugging a jumper wire. This voids the Carrera warrantee on the switch, but damage has never resulted from use in 5 years of heavy actual race testing.
If lanes remain connected, analog will not work correctly as both lanes would be powered by one controller, but even then, there would not be any damage to Carrera components.
Here is why: Carrera lane switches and accessories connect to the positive rail of one lane and the negative of the other. This works because in digital mode, both lanes are in the same circuit. OmniSlotBox separates the two lanes so no current flow through the Carrera electronics at all in analog mode..
Good question, because the curve switches seem to be the only Carrera parts that still have a jumper between lanes. To run analog on any track the two lanes must not share a connection between positive rails. All OmniSlotBox kits include a conductivity test tool so you can easily check for and find any connections between positive rails. Usually this is only found on curve switches and some older switch sections. On removing the plastic cover, the jumper is easily removed. We recommend it be repositioned to join the rail in the curve to the same rail in the next section. Easily done with, NO special tools, parts or soldering required. Full instructions are included in the owners manual. Thanks for asking!
On most of our power supplies we limit top voltage modifying the adjustment knob and adding a rubber bumper that prevents turning the voltage knob beyond
18 volts. The bumper could be peeled off or the knob could be removed and
repositioned, if one wanted to use the full 30 Volts, but as you know, that
risks damage to the Carrera CU. Also there is no application for slot cars
above 18 volts. The voltage meter will always show the current setting. When in Digital Mode Voltage must always be set between 12.5 and 18 volts. or damage to Carrera component could result.
When using a variable power supply with Carrera digital is important to always set voltage between 12.5 and 18 volts. In the unlikely event that you do use voltages out of this range for analog (why would you?) adjust voltage before switching to Digital mode. Carrera electronics and switches will not work properly at lower or high voltages and failures could occur. The most common failure is a switch flipper getting bent due to an incomplete or slow switch. This sometimes occurs with normal Carrera use, but the most likely cause is insufficient voltage to the switch. For best performance and reliability we recommend multiple power taps on large tracks and running 18 volts when in digital mode. Most customers with good power taps like running 14.5 volts at all times with both modes. Carrera 1/24 scale cars are slow on 14.5 volts, so either adjust to 18vlts when running them or fit your 1/24 cars with RMS motors and they will be plenty fast on the same 14.5 that the 1/32 like. When running 18 Volts in digital mode 1/32 cars will be too fast but you can slow them with the CU speed control or in race control software.
OmniSlotBox has connections for two analog controllers and outputs for two analog lanes. More analog lanes can be added with wiring and driver panel kits from Slot Car Corner or Professor Motor. To run more than two lanes with ALL being Analog/Digital switchable will require a special unit. We are designing a 4 lane unit, but delivery date is uncertain. We are not convinced yet that there is demand for this as most clients feel that two lane Digital/Analog with any additional lanes Analog only is fine. There is in no problem with more digital lanes such as pit lanes or wide tracks, but sharing those lanes as independent analog lanes is more difficult. If that is what you need, let us know, as we could do a custom unit or front burner the 4 lane project.
Several things... Chipping a fleet of cars can really add up, and installing chips in some cars is difficult and time consuming. Most track owners i know have an average of 25 cars. Chipping 25 cars $40 per car is $1,000.
Chips limit motors that can be used. They can only carry so much current before overheating. With true "chipless" analog and a good power supply you can run a whole universe of cars that would kill chips including vintage cars that often have less efficient motors and more powerful motors including those used in metal chassis commercial cars.
If you really want to scratch build, you can even wind your own armatures and prepare motor set-up as the racers of the 1960's did and top racers still do today. Tp quality motors are tunable and rebuildable. You are not limited to generic disposable motors.
We really like Digital racing, but true "chipless" Analog has other advantages too. There are a huge variety of analog controllers from very inexpensive to extremely exotic for analog racing. They make a real difference in driving experience and lap times.
Finally, not everyone always enjoys the traffic that sharing lanes in digital brings in. It is nice to chase the perfect lap without being blocked by slower cars, running into cars stopped in your lane, or being crashed in imprudent switches. This is especially true with driving rare vintage treasures or a scratch built car you have spent many hours perfecting!
Jim Cunningham, creator of OmniSlotBox answers: I am a fan of all forms of slot racing. I started with Aroura Model Motoring HO in 1962. When I started racing at large commercial tracks in the mid 1960's I experienced slot cars "Golden Era". When I began winning races I learned that if I won the Wednesday night race 3 weeks in a row on the fourth week few wanted to race, so I developed a habit or retiring winning cars and starting a new series to work my way up. In this way, I have raced about every scale and style of slot car over the past 50 years. I have kept most of my "retired" cars, maintained and ready to run. the high detail f recent 1/32 cars seduced me and they form the bulk of my 1500 car collection now. I developed OmniSlotBox, to enjoy all that the hobby offers. I think the variety of forms and the challenges they offer is what has kept my passion for slot cars alive.
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