DCC Concepts

Zen decoders are focused on decoder size reductions...fewer wires and less wiring...big performance in small spaces, "big power" decoders still small enough for smaller locos in larger scales. Settings "out of the box" that deliver a super-smooth loco drive and importantly, very affordable, higher quality yet even smaller Stay-Alives.™ BEMF that never needs adjusting.

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DCC Decoder

Code Description Image Price A$
DCD-Z218-5 Zen Decoder 218. 8 pin and 21 pin connector. 4 function. Includes Stay Alive. (5 Pack).

The Zen 218 offers both 21MTC and 8-pin connections in ONE decoder. We created the ZN218 because if you model UK or some other prototypes, then there is a fair chance that you will end up buying both 21MTC and 8-pin NEM652 locomotives, and you may never know which is inside until you decide on the loco! Zen 218 takes away the worry about decoder choice by incorporating both 21-pin and 8-pin in one decoder. It has four 100mA light functions. Of course it's also wired ready for the super-slim Stay-Alive™ that's in the pack. ZN218 has a 750mA / 1 amp motor drive.

Zen Decoder 218. 8 pin and 21 pin connector. 4 function. Includes Stay Alive. (5 Pack). $157.00
DCD-Z218 Zen Decoder 218. 8 pin and 21 pin connector. 4 function. Includes Stay Alive. (5 Pack).

The Zen 218 offers both 21MTC and 8-pin connections in ONE decoder. We created the ZN218 because if you model UK or some other prototypes, then there is a fair chance that you will end up buying both 21MTC and 8-pin NEM652 locomotives, and you may never know which is inside until you decide on the loco! Zen 218 takes away the worry about decoder choice by incorporating both 21-pin and 8-pin in one decoder. It has four 100mA light functions. Of course it's also wired ready for the super-slim Stay-Alive™ that's in the pack. ZN218 has a 750mA / 1 amp motor drive.

Zen Decoder 218. 8 pin and 21 pin connector. 4 function. Includes Stay Alive. (5 Pack). $35.00
DCD-ZN8H Zen Decoder NANO. 8 pin wired. 4 function. Includes Stay Alive.

The ZN8H is remarkably small! We started off with the world's smallest, then shrunk it even more! With the same footprint as NANO 8-pin direct, we added wires… and shrunk it in thickness by nearly 50% to create a super-small go-anywhere wired decoder. It has 2x100mA light functions and is wired ready for the Stay-Alive™ provided. ZN8H is only 15x7x2.7mm and has a 750mA / 1 amp motor drive. Our Zen Nano with NEM652 8-pin harness is the ultimate 'go-anywhere' decoder.

Zen Decoder NANO. 8 pin wired. 4 function. Includes Stay Alive. $38.50
DCD-ZN8H-5 Zen Decoder NANO. 8 pin wired. 4 function. Includes Stay Alive. (5 Pack)

The ZN8H is remarkably small! We started off with the world's smallest, then shrunk it even more! With the same footprint as NANO 8-pin direct, we added wires… and shrunk it in thickness by nearly 50% to create a super-small go-anywhere wired decoder. It has 2x100mA light functions and is wired ready for the Stay-Alive™ provided. ZN8H is only 15x7x2.7mm and has a 750mA / 1 amp motor drive. Our Zen Nano with NEM652 8-pin harness is the ultimate 'go-anywhere' decoder.

Zen Decoder NANO. 8 pin wired. 4 function. Includes Stay Alive. (5 Pack) $178.00