So I’m kinda taking it upon myself to help design a new pit or at least redesign of such it may be a multi-year project, however even if it doesn’t get done this summer I’d like to have it planned out by the students before the end of summer. One thing that I want to ensure is done properly to start is the electrical system. just about every team that has an established built pit such as 973’s super pit has a hard-wired custom electrical system and that’s what I’m pushing for if the funds can be arranged. But I was wondering if anyone has some critiques or possible additions to what I’m thinking.
- Probably a dual function GFCI/ AFCI breaker (haven’t figured out breaker size though because it needs to be less or equal to the incoming power so idk yet)
- Powercon true 1 connectors
- High wattage server power supply for lights, a charging bank for pit crew cellphones and scouting iPad and maybe some display stuff.
Incoming power would connect into a centralized breaker box mounted to 1 of two main workbenches then the power would be distributed back out to the bench it’s mounted then to the next bench and possibly the battery charger separate but that’s to be decided. Power connectors between places will be these powercon true 1 connectors that should be very suitable for the job and also safe to use. One of the workbenches will have a high amperage DC power supply with a distribution board for the lighting in the pit probably a few 10w LED’s overhead, also a large Quick charging bank for the scouting iPad’s (7) and a few extra for phones in the pit so chargers don’t take up any plugs. Also might put in a small motor testing station depending on the power supply size because I found one of the larger supplies can do 89A.
Please I’d love suggestions and critiques also im curious if anyone has done the math of pit power usage so i can better calculate things.