-Supplies power to the frog section of a set of points
-Automatically corrects the frog polarity for the route selected
-If a locomotive passes when the frog polarity is set incorrectly, the current is switched off and the polarity reversed
-No mechanical moving parts or switch contacts to wear
-Suitable for outdoor use when appropriately boxed
There are many ways to set the frog polarity on a set of points, including adding microswitches to points motors, or using methods of operating points where there are additional contacts available. Where this is not the case, the juicer provides another quick and easy method of automatically switching frog polarity, without the operator even needing to be aware of the polarity change.
The module works by monitoring the current flow to the frog. If the frog polarity is correct, there will either be no current flow (when the points don't have a train passing over them) or a small current due to a train. This current will usually be below 1A, but will depend on the scale of the model, speed the loco is travelling, and any accessories fitted.
If the frog polarity is set incorrectly when the train enters the points, a short circuit will occur. The juicer monitors the current flow and reacts quickly by switching off the current before reversing the polarity and returning the current to the frog. The response is so quick that the rest of the system is unaffected by the brief short.
If you are interested in the speed of operation, the short circuit is detected within 5us (five microseconds) and the short circuit is removed within 1 to 2ms (one to two milliseconds).
These modules will not work with DC systems, Bachmann EZ-DCC or Sprog II, as none of these are able to provide the necessary tripping current.