Win a Scootronics diagnostic CDI | COMPETITION
Electrics are like Black Magic, you connect a load of multi-coloured spaghetti up in the correct order (if you’re lucky) and it makes stuff happen, sparks fly, lights shine and scooters miraculously run. One man who seems to know more than most about the subject is Anthony Tambs of Scootronics. In case you don’t know, he’s the man behind the Gamma speedo, the Lambretta external pick up, Intelliconverter and numerous other items, like his very high quality, hand-built stator plates.
Recently he’s been making universal CDIs and regulators to his own design (also having his own mid weight flywheels made, complete with trigger mount for the external pick up) and his latest product has just arrived. It’s a universal CDI for Lambretta or Vespa, housed in a familiar blue housing (people like things to look familiar), complete with the Scootronics logo embossed into it.
The big difference with this CDI though is that it can give you an instant diagnosis if either your pick up (red LED) or low tension coil (green) has gone down. That’s thanks to the flashing LEDs – if they’re illuminated all is good. The CDI also has a voltage controlled boost circuit incorporated into it which makes use of the unused negative half cycle of the low tension coil, that signal is usually blocked and can cause false triggering of the thyristor (I told you it was Voodoo). Anthony said “The voltage boost circuit is stabilised to 320 volts. This should give you a power rating of just over 100 millijoules.”
We paid the mad scientist a visit at his workshop to fit one of the new CDIs, see his test rig and pick up a CDI to give away to a SLUK reader. If you’ve ever wondered how a spark is generated check out the video above. One interesting point worth noting is that a B8 plug is audibly snappier than a spark from a B9 rated plug. Anthony recommends a B8 for most roadgoing scooters. His CDI also starts generating a spark at lower RPM than a standard CDI, meaning scooter starting is easier (even lower RPM when using his external pick up).
Buy one from SLUK
Anthony has also agreed to let us sell the CDI through the SLUK Shop, they’re available now at £45 including postage by clicking this link. We’ll be adding more of his products over the next few months but if you can’t wait until then give his Facebook page a look.
Please note the first batch of CDIs arrived this week (August 6th) and work with BGM and Scootronics stators, but not Indian stators. The second batch is being made now and will work with all stators. You can choose which one you want at checkout.
Win a Scootronics CDI
We’ve got one Scootronics universal CDI with LEDs (worth £45) to give away in our free to enter competition. To be in with a chance of winning just answer this simple question by commenting on the post on the website (don’t comment on the Facebook post).
What is the name of Anthony Tamb’s well known multifunction speedo?
We’ll pick one winner at random on Monday the 13th of August.
New products always in development…