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Flex Expansion Board System with AlphaPix Evolution or HinksPix Pro CPU - E1.31 Modular Lighting Controller System
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Product Code: 951

CPU Board (Controls Up To 3 Flex Expansion Boards)

1 of AlphaPix Evolution CPU Board [Add $159.95]
  ^ This product available at a lower price as part of an Ready2Run Controller system
1 of HinksPix Pro CPU Board V2 [Add $249.99]
  ^ This product available at a lower price as part of an Ready2Run Controller system
No Flex CPU Board - I Already Have a AlphaPix Evolution or HinksPix Pro CPU
   - CPU board requires Expansion Board(s) for operation
   - Click here to see a table of technical differences between both CPUs
   - Note: The AlphaPix V3 4 or 16 are NOT CPU boards
Expansion Board #1

No Expansion Board #1
1 of Flex 16 Port SPI Expansion Board / 4 Wire Plug-In Euro Connector [Add $56.95]
1 of Flex 16 Port SPI Expansion Board / 3 Wire Push-To-Connect [Add $51.95]
1 of Flex 4 Cable Output / Long Range Differential Expansion Board [Add $49.95]
   - Controls up to 4 REGULAR Long Range Receivers (HinksPIX PRO or AlphaPix Evolution CPUs)
   - Ready2Run REGULAR receiver package / Bare DIY REGULAR receiver boards

   - Controls up to 192 SMART Long Range 4 Output Receivers (Requires HinksPIX PRO CPU)
   - Ready2Run SMART receiver package / Bare DIY SMART receiver boards

   - Controls up to 48 SMART Long Range 16 Output Receivers (Requires HinksPIX PRO CPU)
   - Ready2Run SMART receiver packages Up to 350w / Up to 700w / Bare DIY SMART receiver boards
   
   - Long Range Receivers not included with this product and are required for operation
   - Ribbon Cable & Spacer Hardware Included With LR Expansion Board Purchase
Expansion Board #2

No Expansion Board #2
1 of Flex 16 Port SPI Expansion Board / 4 Wire Plug-In Euro Connector [Add $56.95]
1 of Flex 16 Port SPI Expansion Board / 3 Wire Push-To-Connect [Add $51.95]
1 of Flex 4 Cable Output / Long Range Differential Expansion Board [Add $49.95]
   - Controls up to 4 REGULAR Long Range Receivers (HinksPIX PRO or AlphaPix Evolution CPUs)
   - Ready2Run REGULAR receiver package / Bare DIY REGULAR receiver boards

   - Controls up to 192 SMART Long Range 4 Output Receivers (Requires HinksPIX PRO CPU)
   - Ready2Run SMART receiver package / Bare DIY SMART receiver boards

   - Controls up to 48 SMART Long Range 16 Output Receivers (Requires HinksPIX PRO CPU)
   - Ready2Run SMART receiver packages Up to 350w / Up to 700w / Bare DIY SMART receiver boards
   
   - Long Range Receivers not included with this product and are required for operation
   - Ribbon Cable & Spacer Hardware Included With LR Expansion Board Purchase
Expansion Board #3

No Expansion Board #3
1 of Flex 16 Port SPI Expansion Board / 4 Wire Plug-In Euro Connector [Add $56.95]
1 of Flex 16 Port SPI Expansion Board / 3 Wire Push-To-Connect [Add $51.95]
1 of Flex 4 Cable Output / Long Range Differential Expansion Board [Add $49.95]
   - Controls up to 4 REGULAR Long Range Receivers (HinksPIX PRO or AlphaPix Evolution CPUs)
   - Ready2Run REGULAR receiver package / Bare DIY REGULAR receiver boards

   - Controls up to 192 SMART Long Range 4 Output Receivers (Requires HinksPIX PRO CPU)
   - Ready2Run SMART receiver package / Bare DIY SMART receiver boards

   - Controls up to 48 SMART Long Range 16 Output Receivers (Requires HinksPIX PRO CPU)
   - Ready2Run SMART receiver packages Up to 350w / Up to 700w / Bare DIY SMART receiver boards
   
   - Long Range Receivers not included with this product and are required for operation
   - Ribbon Cable & Spacer Hardware Included With LR Expansion Board Purchase
CAT5 Ethernet and Long Range Data Signal Cable

No Data Cable - I'll Provide My Own
7 Foot / 2.1 Meter Green CAT5 Data Cable for Data Signal [Add $2.79]
10 Foot / 3 Meters Green CAT5 Data Cable for Data Signal [Add $2.99]
25 Foot / 7.6 Meter Green CAT5 Data Cable for Data Signal [Add $5.79]  - Save $.50
50 Foot / 15 Meter Green CAT5 Data Cable for Data Signal [Add $9.79]  - Save $.70
100 Foot / 30 Meter Green CAT5 Data Cable for Data Signal [Add $14.95]  - Save $2.00
200 Foot / 60 Meter Green CAT5 Data Cable for Data Signal [Add $22.49]  - Save $2.00
Click Here For Complete CAT5 List and Accessories

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[Product Description Page]
 
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Flex Expansion Board System Overview
Whats in the Flex Expansion and CPU Boxes?
How Long Range Works
AlphaPix Evolution vs HinksPix Pro
Product Features
  • General Information
    • The Flex Expansion system allows you to combine any combination of CPU and expansion boards to build the exact controller that meets your project requires and budget
    • Available in Ready2Run Assembled controllers with or custom assembly
    • The AlphaPix Evolution and HinksPix Pro CPU board and Flex Expansion Boards stack vertically to utilize the most space in the enclosure, allowing the following configurations in the following enclosures:
      • HC-2500
        • 3 Flex Expansion Boards (SPI, Long Range) for up to 48 SPI outputs
          • Note: A maximum of two SPI and one long range or three long range boards
      • CG-1500
        • 2 Flex Expansion Boards (SPI, Long Range) for up to 32 SPI outputs
          • Note: A maximum of one SPI and one long range board or two long range boards
    • The lowest cost multi-expansion board based system on the market today
  • Overall Board Dimensions
    • Dimensions
      • AlphaPix Evolution CPU board
        • Width: 6.22 Inches / 158mm
        • Length: 2.32 Inches / 59mm (includes protruding CAT5 jacks)
        • Height (thickness / height): .85 Inches / 21.6mm (includes OLED and button daughter board)
        • Weight (board only): .2 pounds
      • HinksPix Pro CPU board
        • Width: 7.7 Inches / 195mm
        • Length: 2.7 Inches / 70mm (includes protruding WiFi antenna)
        • Height (thickness / height): .85 Inches / 21.6mm (includes OLED and button daughter board)
        • Weight (board only): .185 pounds
      • Flex Expansion Board - SPI (Both Euro Plug and Push to Connect)
        • Width: 7.4 Inches / 188mm
        • Length: 4.09 Inches / 104mm
        • Height (thickness / height): .79 Inches / 19.9mm
        • Weight (board only): .4 pounds
      • Flex Expansion Board - Long Range Differential
        • Width: 6.22 Inches / 158mm
        • Length: 1.92 Inches / 48.8mm
        • Height (thickness / height): .64 Inches / 16.2mm
        • Weight (board only): .13 pounds
      • Flex Expansion Board - Long Range Differential Receiver
        • Width: 3.2 Inches / 81mm
        • Length: 2.45 Inches / 61.7mm
        • Height (thickness / height): .86 Inches / 21.8mm
        • Weight (board only): .12 pounds
      • Flex Expansion Board - 16 Output AC Board
        • Only for purchase in Ready2Run Assembled
      • CAD (.DXF) Drawings available upon request for board and hole locations
    • Waterproof Enclosures and Mounting Kits Available for DIY Installations
  • Board Information
    • CPU Comparison by Feature
    • Flex SPI Expansion Board (4 Wire Euro Plugs)
      • Video:
      • Per Output - Up to 340 pixels on AlphaPix CPU or 680 pixels on HinksPix CPU / (exclusive of power, see chart below)
      • Each output features euro style plugs for easy assembly and removal
      • Each output is clearly marked on both sides of the connector with the output number so it is always easy to find the output.
      • Each output is marked with + / - / Data / Clock order to make assembly easier and error free
      • Blown fuse indicators (Red LED light will go out when fuse is blown)
      • Each SPI board has a dedicated temp and voltage sensor visible from the screen or web interface
      • Included accessories:
        • Ribbon Data Cable (good for any position from 1-3, see video on how to customize length)
        • 6 Brass 30mm / 1.18 Inch Spacers with screws and nuts
        • 6 Brass 40mm / 1.58 Inch Spacers with screws and nuts
      • Power Output
        • 5 Amps Maximum (mini fused blade) per output
          • Wattage per output
            • 5 Volts: 25 Watts
            • 12 Volts: 60 Watts
        • Note that the number of amps per output (5A) over 16 outputs is 80 amps and this requires a duty cycle of 20% - see "Power Input" above
        • Power Input
          • Heavy duty screw down connections that support spade terminals (four total, two per bank)
          • 60 Amps Normal / (30 Amps per bank / two individual bank inputs
            • Wattage per bank (1-8 and 9-16)
              • 5 Volts: 150 Watts
              • 12 Volts: 360 Watts
            • Wattage per controller (1 - 16)
              • 5 Volts: 300 Watts
              • 12 Volts: 720 Watts
          • 80 Amps with 20% Duty Cycle + Automated output shut down enabled
            • Wattage per bank (1-8 and 9-16)
              • 5 Volts: 200 Watts
              • 12 Volts: 480 Watts
            • Wattage per controller (1 - 16)
              • 5 Volts: 400 Watts
              • 12 Volts: 960 Watts
          • Voltage Range: 5 to 24v DC (two separate voltages can be run on each bank of 1-8 and 9-16)
          • Up to 10 AWG wire (we recommend a minimum of 16 AWG for power inputs - see our website)
          • Controller is powered by power input on bank 1 - no separate power connection is required
          • Polarity reversal input protection
          • Note that many customers run controllers at levels below 100% using the output limiting function in the firmware settings
    • Flex SPI Expansion Board (3 Wire Push-To-Connect Connectors)
      • Video:
      • Video coming soon
      • Per Output - Up to 340 pixels on AlphaPix CPU or 680 pixels on HinksPix CPU / (exclusive of power, see chart below)
      • Does not work with 4 wire pixels that require a Clock wire (HolidayCoro sells only 3 wire pixels)
      • Each output features color coded (red = Positive, black = Negative, yellow = Data) push-to-connect inputs for pre-stripped and tinned wires
      • Each output is clearly marked with the output number so it is always easy to find the output.
      • Each output is marked with + / - / Data order to make assembly easier and error free
      • Blown fuse indicators (Red LED light will go out when fuse is blown)
      • Each SPI board has a dedicated temp and voltage sensor visible from the screen or web interface
      • Included accessories:
        • Ribbon Data Cable (good for any position from 1-3, see video on how to customize length)
        • 6 Brass 30mm / 1.18 Inch Spacers with screws and nuts
        • 6 Brass 40mm / 1.58 Inch Spacers with screws and nuts
      • Power Output
        • 5 Amps Maximum (mini fused blade) per output
          • Wattage per output
            • 5 Volts: 25 Watts
            • 12 Volts: 60 Watts
        • Note that the number of amps per output (5A) over 16 outputs is 80 amps and this requires a duty cycle of 20% - see "Power Input" above
        • Power Input
          • Heavy duty screw down connections that support spade terminals (four total, two per bank)
          • 60 Amps Normal / (30 Amps per bank / two individual bank inputs
            • Wattage per bank (1-8 and 9-16)
              • 5 Volts: 150 Watts
              • 12 Volts: 360 Watts
            • Wattage per controller (1 - 16)
              • 5 Volts: 300 Watts
              • 12 Volts: 720 Watts
          • 80 Amps with 20% Duty Cycle + Automated output shut down enabled
            • Wattage per bank (1-8 and 9-16)
              • 5 Volts: 200 Watts
              • 12 Volts: 480 Watts
            • Wattage per controller (1 - 16)
              • 5 Volts: 400 Watts
              • 12 Volts: 960 Watts
          • Voltage Range: 5 to 24v DC (two separate voltages can be run on each bank of 1-8 and 9-16)
          • Up to 10 AWG wire (we recommend a minimum of 16 AWG for power inputs - see our website)
          • Controller is powered by power input on bank 1 - no separate power connection is required
          • Polarity reversal input protection
          • Note that many customers run controllers at levels below 100% using the output limiting function in the firmware settings
    • Flex Long Range Differential Expansion Board (Expansion Board)
      • Video:
      • Maximum of 5,440 Pixels or 32 Universes / 16,384 DMX Channels (Up to Four Long Range Differential Receiver Boards per Expansion Board)
      • Per Port / CAT5 Output - Up to 1,360 pixels
      • Supports only pixels that have data wire - this includes support for all HolidayCoro 2811/1903 pixels (no clock wire is present)
      • 300 Feet / 91 meters or greater from expansion board output to receiver input using stand CAT5 network cable
      • Note: Receiver boards must only be used with data input from the Long Range Differential Expansion Board - they cannot be used with DMX 1.11/1990 or E1.31 directly
      • Included accessories:
        • Ribbon Data Cable (good for any position from 1-3, see video on how to customize length)
        • 4 Brass 30mm / 1.18 Inch Spacers with screws
      • Long Range Differential Receiver Board (up to 4 per Expansion Board) - Required for operation
        • Bare Board
        • Assembled Ready2Run
        • Video:
        • Blown fuse indicators (Red LED light will go out when fuse is blown)
        • CAT5 Data Input (requires Long Range Differential Expansion Board for operation, will not work with E1.31 or E1.11 signals)
        • Power indicator light
        • Standard Cable Guard TA-200 mounting hole pattern (3 screw terminals)
        • Power Input
          • 20 Amps
          • Voltage Range: 5 to 24v DC
          • Heavy duty screw down connections that support spade terminals
          • Positive and negative clearly marked on board
        • Power Output
          • 5 Amps Maximum (mini fused blade) per output
          • Wattage per output
            • 5 Volts: 25 Watts
            • 12 Volts: 60 Watts
          • Up to 10 AWG wire (we recommend a minimum of 18 AWG for power inputs - see our website)
          • Polarity reversal input protection
          • Voltage Range: 5 to 24v DC
  • Warranty
    • 1 Year Warranty on CPU and Expansion Boards
      • Excludes:
        • CPU Board / Ethernet Port damage as a result of connection to an LOR network or any other non-Ethernet connection
        • Board damage due to improper mounting including to non-conductive surfaces, carpet or other static bearing surfaces
        • Environmental damage (water, snow, etc)
        • Physical damage (broken connectors)
        • Fuse replacements
        • Improper hookup or operation (over current, shorting, wrong voltage ranges)
  • Support
    • The majority of our setup and troubleshooting information and videos can be found on our setup page
    • Support options:
      • Normal Support - Email / Phone where required, no additional cost
      • Priority Support - Dedicate phone number / Remote Control to PC / Email where required, additional cost
    • HolidayCoro offers support in the following areas with the this controller system:
      • General wiring and troubleshooting
      • Testing of pixels (some non-HolidayCoro pixels may have limited support)
      • General setup of the networking needed to support the connection of the CPU to a Windows PC
      • Basic configuration of sequencing applications
      • Basic configuration of output to the RS485 output ports
    • HolidayCoro does not support the following with respect to the Flex Expansion System:
      • Controllers mounted in an enclosure that does not include static dissipative materials. This includes such mounting enclosures such as:
        • Gun ammo boxes (polypropylene)
        • Food containers (polypropylene)
        • See this website for information about static electricity
      • All power supplies must be grounded feeding the controller system
      • Power injection
      • Sending data over wireless networks
        • Controller to control sync on HinksPix Pro is supported
        • Access to controller via built-in wireless interface on HinksPix Pro is supported
      • Use of third-party or extended data ribbon cables used with expansion boards
      • Homemade CAT5 cables for Ethernet or RS485 long range connections
      • Configuration of some applications (due to the huge number of applications, we may refer you to your application vendor for instructions on setting up their application)
      • Configuration or troubleshooting of individual sequences - please contact your vendor for application specific questions
  • Physical
    • Operating Temperatures - Negative 4f (-20c) to 158f (+70c)
  • County of Origin / Assembly
    • China (from globally sourced components)
  • Country of Design
    • USA / China
How to build a Flex Expansion based system from scratch:


How to install and trim expansion board cables:

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Average Rating: Average Rating: 4.5 of 5 4.5 of 5 Total Reviews: 21 Write a review »

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5 of 5 Spread the light! July 13, 2022
Reviewer: JOHN CREED from Albertville, MN United States  
Love these little expansion boards they boldly go where no large controller has gone before!  I have these on my roof and in my yard to help avoid distance limitations of pixels.  These work great with HinksPix Prp CPU and Long Range expansion boards.

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5 of 5 Awesome June 22, 2022
Reviewer: peter calvelo from Sanford, NC United States  
Well made. I have some that are eight years old that have never had any issues.

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1 of 5 Bad Customer Service December 22, 2021
Reviewer: Ted Kotsakis. from Richland, WA United States  
Holidaycoro has horrible customer service except for Joe.  It took them over a week to get back to me.  If they are having that many problems that they cannot deal with them in a timely way, they need to hire more people. They need better people that know how to give good customer service.

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5 of 5 Straightforward December 19, 2021
Reviewer: Chuck from MA, United States  
I accidentally ordered one of the 32-port controllers without the long range add-on board, so I ordered one of the cards to put in.

It is easy to install, comes with everything you need (and then some) and the documentation / video is easy to follow.

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5 of 5 Awesome November 9, 2021
Reviewer: Myckel Wiggers from Ellisville, MO United States  
Awesome people and products

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