Loco Remote Guide and Shop

The Loco Remote system is made up of a small electronic module that fits in the loco, and a controller interface that the module generates on a Wi-Fi device such as an Apple or Android smartphone. There are two families of modules for either 3V to 6V or 6V to 12V motors.




Click on the links to view or download the installation and setup guide for each type of module, advice on battery selection, and the Wi-Fi connection and controller operation guide common to all modules.
The Mini, Mini B and Slim are suitable for 3V to 6V motors only.
The Mini B is the default controller in this voltage range. It can be powered by any type of battery with a suitable voltage including NiMH, NiCd, Alkaline, Li-ion and Lipo. The absolute maximum battery voltage for the Mini B is 6V.

Only choose the Slim if it is the only module that will physically fit the space available and the total motor under load and lights current requirement is less than 350mA. The Slim (and original Mini) can only be powered by a 3.7V (1s) Lipo, 3 x 1.2V NiMH (AA or AAA size) or 3.7V 18650 Li-ion batteries - nothing else. The battery voltage must not be below 3.1V. The absolute maximum battery voltage for the Slim and original Mini is 4.3V. Do not use other types such as 1.5V AA Alkaline batteries.

The Mini, Mini B and Slim are supplied with a cable for a 3.7V (1s) Lipo battery of this type. Search eBay for "Syma X5C battery". 4 x 600mAh batteries and a mini charger are available from UK sellers for under £12 and ideal for many small 3V locos. 1200mAh batteries give twice the run time.

Loco Remote Mini B

26mm wide, 43mm long, 10mm high

3-6V 1.6A maximum
motor current

£35 inc UK p&p

Loco Remote Mini B
with lights

26mm wide, 43mm long, 21mm high

3-6V 1.6A maximum
motor and lights current

£39 inc UK p&p

Loco Remote Slim

26mm wide, 49mm long, 10mm high

3V 350mA maximum
motor current

£35 inc UK p&p

Loco Remote Mini
original

26mm wide, 43mm long, 19mm high

3V 800mA maximum
motor current

Only available
to special order
The Maxi and Mega are suitable for 6V to 12V motors only.
The Maxi and Mega 2 can be powered by any type of battery with a suitable voltage including NiMH, NiCd, Alkaline, Lead Acid, Li-ion and Lipo. The absolute maximum battery voltage is 15V. Note that a fully charged nominal 1.2V NiMH battery has an initial output voltage of up to 1.45V so do not use more than 10 AA NiMH batteries or equivalent in series. Nominal 7.4V (2s) or 11.1V (3s) Lipos are suitable. Do not use 14.8V (4s) Lipos as they have a fully charged voltage of 16.8V. A 12V Lead Acid battery is also fine and has an initial output voltage of up to a 14.7V. The Maxi is able to supply up to 2A current to the motor and lights at the full battery voltage.

The Mega 2 is a 2 motor driver version of the Maxi and has 2 outputs each capable of supplying up to 2A current. The outputs of the Mega 2 must be connected to 2 separate motors. They must not be put in parallel in an attempt to provide more current to a single motor. Trying this will damage the module. Versions of the Mega 2 with lights, and with sound and lights are available as a special order.

Loco Remote Maxi

26mm wide, 43mm long, 13mm high

6-12V 2A maximum
motor current

£39 inc UK p&p

Loco Remote Maxi
with lights

26mm wide, 43mm long, 21mm high

6-12V 2A maximum
motor and lights current

£43 inc UK p&p

Loco Remote Maxi
with sound & lights

26mm wide, 43mm long, 21mm high

6-12V 2A maximum
motor and lights current

£49 inc UK p&p

Loco Remote Mega 2

26mm wide, 43mm long, 21mm high

6-12V 2x2A maximum
motor current

£49 inc UK p&p

Battery, motor, lights and sound card cables are included as appropriate. Add 9mm to the length of the modules to accommodate connectors. The minimum length space on the loco for a Slim is 58mm and for a Mini B and Maxi is 52mm.
If you are trying to squeeze a Loco Remote module into a very small space, the Mini B and Maxi are both available with wires soldered directly to the board in place of connectors. This is a special option. If you are interested please enquire before ordering. This is not available for the Mega 2 or modules with lights or sound.
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Buying a Loco Remote

Modules can be purchased securely using PayPal

Prices shown below include free 1st class postage to the UK only.

If you are purchasing from outside the UK please contact us by email first so we can confirm the price and send you a PayPal invoice for the total. We can ship Loco Remotes to many countries worldwide and there are already owners in the USA, Japan, Germany, Sweden and France. Royal Mail International Airmail postage for a Loco Remote is just £3 to the European Union and £4 to the USA, Japan, Australia and New Zealand. Royal Mail tracked and insured services are also available at extra cost.