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2014

Malibu Power Pack stopped working

Tips, Manuals, Troubleshoot-and-Instructions, Trippers, Warranty information
Malibu power pack
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How to set analog timer
ML power pack trippers
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Red = ON
Black = OFF

Replacement Intermatic tripper

Power Pack uses 107SB189 Red ON tripper, and 107SB192 Black OFF tripper
Red On tripper available at IntermaticStore.com
Black Off tripper available at IntermaticStore.com

Tripper order form
Intermatic trippers and parts
See all Intermatic timers and manuals

Push trippers down
Malibu/ Intermatic transformers/ 5 year manufacturer Warranty

Buy
Buy Malibu transformers at Amazon

Warranty resource:
Warranty claim system at Intermatic

Must have receipt... read 'advisories and tips' just below to ensure power pack installed and maintained correctly
** Power packs brands other than Intermatic generally have 1 year warranty (see other brands lower on page)
Stephen King books
PB912M10 timer module PB912M10 Timer module is NOT sold separately.
Read1 Read2 Read3
Power pack resources at Intermatic
If power pack timer no longer functions: Set power pack to override and plug power pack into cheap plug-in timer.
Check if GFCI outlet has tripped
How to install, test and replace GFCI
Do not use dual GFCI protection
Low voltage light Low voltage lights
Read 'advisories and tips' below for maintaining low voltage lights
Always unplug power pack when working on lights

Buy:
Low voltage lights at Amazon
Buy Malibu transformers at Amazon
Coleman cable 12-2 50 foot cable at Amazon
Coleman cable 12-2 100 foot cable at Amazon

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Advisories and tips so power pack lasts longer

TIPS: Prolong life of power pack:
Match bulb wattage to power pack wattage. Replace bulbs as soon as they burn out.
Unplug power pack when working on bulbs.
Unplug power pack after circuit breaker trips, or when power goes off, then wait until electricity is turned on. Surge can knock out transformer.
Do not use extension cord. Plug power pack directly into GFCI-protected outlet. Test outlet with circuit analyzer to check for polarity and wiring problems.
How to wire GFCI    Do not use double GFCI protection
Wire size is important: Use correct wire size and length:  See size chart
Keep minimim distance 10 feet of wire between first bulb and transformer. Do not coil extra wire around power pack.
Save purchase receipt for warranty.  Warranty claim at Intermatic
Power packs at Malibu: NON-Intermatic transformers from malibu have 1 year limited warranty

Wire size/ 12 gauge is larger than 16 gauge

Malibu timer cable lengths
If cable is too small in diameter or too long, it will not carry enough electricity to power the lights.
Buy:
Coleman cable 12-2 50 foot cable at Amazon
Coleman cable 12-2 100 foot cable at Amazon

Manuals

Manuals at Intermatic
Model lineup/ image   
ML44 manual
ML88 manual
ML100 manual
ML121 manual
ML200RT manual
ML200RTW manual
ML300 manual
ML600 manual
ML900 manual
Manuals at Malibu

Bulbs

Each power pack has watt rating.
ML44 has watt rating 44 watts.
ML 300 has watt rating 300 watts.
Do not exceed watt rating.
Install as many bulbs needed to reach watt rating.

Underwattage or overwattage can damage transformer.
600 and 900 watt transformers have 2 separate cables
When bulb burns out. Turn off power pack and replace bulb as soon as possible.
Buy:
Low voltage lights at Amazon
Buy Malibu transformers at Amazon
Low voltage lights at Amazon  

Connect wires to Terminals A and B/ Terminal C is only used with ML series photo eye
C is only used with ML series photo eye
Tighten screws very tignt against wire. For longest life of product, install first light 10' away from transformer. Read more tips section above.
600 and 900 watt transformers have 2 separate A-B-C terminals for 2 separate cables. Balance load so each cable carries half total wattage.
Terminal C. Not all ML series timers have terminal C. Terminal C is not used except for ML series photo eye.
Read about connecting photo eye, #6 below. Note for photo eye installation, wires to lights are moved from Terminals A and B, to terminals B and C. Read #6 below.
Intermatic ML power pack photo eye
12 Volt AC photeye has 3 wires
Photo eye for Malibu transformer/ Terminal C is used for photo eye

For ML300-600-900 series
Photo eye can connect to Intermatic power pack with A B and C terminals.
How to connect 3 wires on photoeye to power pack:
1) solid black goes to A, red goes to C, and middle wire goes to B.
2) Then wires to bulbs are moved to terminals B and C.
Troubleshoot: Disconnect photo eye to see if that is source of trouble. When removing photo eye, move wires going to lights back  to terminals A and B.

Buy
ML series photoeye at Amazon
ML series photoeye ML814DRP at Intermatic
ML series photoeye manual
Resources
Troubleshoot resource for other all photo eye


How to set power pack

Dial rotates as time passes, and trippers push small switch that opens-closes circuit to lights.
Put trippers on dial at selected hours. Red for ON and black for OFF.
Manually rotate dial around two times and then line up current time with arrowhead located on inner dial.
To test your timer, manually rotate dial and watch lights turn on and off.
Move manual override switch to each position, and then rotate dial to see how the override and timer work.
Override is temporary, and timed functions resume at next tripper. Remove trippers to override permanently.

Troubleshoot starts here

Buy: Intermatic power packs at Amazon with 5 year warranty
Other power packs have 1 year limited warranty/ Intermatic offers 5 year warranty

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1) Power pack makes humming sound. Yes. All transformers hum, and are slightly warm to touch. If power pack is not working: Check that outlet has electricity, use circuit analyzer to check outlet, check if GFCI outlet has tripped, check circuit breaker is not tripped (push breaker fully off and then fully on). Check that power pack unit makes audibe humming sound when working. Timer has not been under water or exposed to power surge (nearby lightning strike, power outage).
If timer has 120Volt electricity, and outlet polarity is correct, but power pack is not humming, then transformer has gone bad, and there is no repair. Bring extension cord from another outlet, and try timer on different outlet. You can try opening timer and see if a wire has come loose. Also read warranty information below.
Transformers are sometimes warm to touch, Yes but never HOT. Transformer that is hot, is probably not functioning correctly. Read warranty information below.
2) Test outlet:
Outlet must be wired correctly.Test outlet using cheap circuit analyzer from home center to check for polarity issues that can affect electral devices. See image of circuit analyzer    See image of outlet polarity
Check outlet with multimeter for 110-125Volts AC. Outlet must be 80% rated voltage. Undervoltage such as 88Volts can cause power pack not to perform as expected.
3) Test voltage across A-B terminals: Must be 12 Volt AC.
Use multimeter and test across terminals A and B shows 12 volts AC and nothing less. Or use spark test: You can see spark when wire is brushed across brass terminals A and B
4) Observe bulbs: Check all bulbs are good, bulbs and not broken or under water, check wire going to bulbs is not cut, check wire is connected to terminals A and B, Check that terminals are clean and wires attached firmly. Some power packs have terminal C. Terminal C is not used except when installing ML series photo eye. Make sure only copper wire, and no insulation, is under the screw terminal clamping plate. See example image
5) Bulb wattage is important: Wattage of bulbs matches power pack. For example, if you have 15 each 20 watt bulbs for total 300 watts, then use 300 Watt power pack. Mis-matched wattage can damage power pack. Replace burnt out bulbs immediately. Un-plug power pack each time working on bulbs. In the case of 600 watt power packs with two sets of A and B terminals, put 300 watts on each set of terminals.
6) ML Photo eye installation: If you have Intermatic power pack photo-eye then power pack must have A B and C terminals.
Photo-eye wiring is following: solid black goes to A, red goes to C, and middle wire goes to B. Then wires to bulbs must be moved to terminals B and C.
Disconnect photo eye to see if that is source of trouble. When using photo eye, change wire going to lights from terminals A and B to terminals B and C, when removing photo eye, move lights back  to terminals A and B.
Photo eye manual
Buy ML series photo eye
7) Check override: Check that manual override works, and turns lights on and off. Manual override is usually the knob that sticks up and is located top left of timer dial. Manual override rotates one direction only. Rotate manual override and lights should turn on and off. Override is temporary, and programming resumes at next tripper. To override permanently, remove trippers from dial.
8) Trippers: Check that trippers are not worn down. Both on-and-off trippers are present. Trippers are red and black. Trippers are pushed all the way down. If trippers are loose, worn, or are not pushed down fully, then they will not click the on-off lever. Use fingers and rotate timer dial clockwise to watch trippers click the on-off lever and watch lights turn on and off as trippers rotate around. If trippers do not  turn lights on and off, then buy new trippers. See tripper ordering link above near top of page.
9) Dial must rotate: Check that dial rotates correctly and keeps good time. If dial is not rotating, or not keeping correct time, or dial stops at tripper, then clock motor is bad:** Remove trippers, set timer to override, and plug power pack into cheap timer that plugs into outlet. Some people report taking apart timer clock and cleaning gears. Some people report that gears are worn down.
10) Set current time: Reset timer dial to current time according to manual###. Manuals at Intermatic. To set dial-type timer, manually rotate dial clockwise for two complete revolutions and then line up current time with arrowhead located on inner dial.
11) Power outage: Timer must be reset after power outage. Power outage, power surge, and nearby lightning strike can cause power pack to suddenly stop working. Power surges can affect any electrical device.*** Unplug power pack if breaker trips or power turns off. Then wait until electricity is turned back on.

** People report taking apart timer, and cleaning gears and applying bit of white grease or vaseline to fix timer. Replacement PB912M10 timer module is not available. Read1 Read2 Read3
***Nobody reports they fixed low-voltage transformer once it stops functioning.
If lights still turn on, then plug power pack into another timer. For example an outdoor timer with photo-eye, or any plug-in timer. Example1 Example2 More examples
Whole house power surge is recommended today since many expensive electronics are not protected, such as timers, tankless water heaters, gas water heaters with blowers and electrionic controls, energy-smart electric water heater. Also recommend surge protection for co-ax. How to wire whole house surge protector


3 possible repairs
1) Take apart timer and clean gears and apply white grease or vaseline, and timer function might restore if motor did not overheat and gears are good. Take photos for ez re-assembly.

2) If manual override can turn lights ON, then buy cheap plug-in timer, set power pack to override, and plug power pack into cheap timer. Example timers

3) If manual override can turn lights ON, and power pack has A-B-C terminals, you might operate lights by installing photo-eye.

Plug in photo control Plug power pack into photo-eye

Buy:
Photo eye plug at Amazon
Buy ML series photo eye


Photo eyes at Amazon
motion sensor plug

Plug power pack into motion sensor

Turn on low voltage lights with motion sensor
Remove trippers on dial, then rotate override so lights are ON.
Plug power pack into motion outlet.
Might work.
Buy:
Buy at Amazon
Motion sensor outlets at Amazon

Plug power pack into photoeye timer

Compare photo eye timers
Plug power pack into photo eye timer.
Set power pack to override, and plug power pack into timer.
Timer turns ON at dusk, and tuens OFF 2-4-6-8 hours later.
Woods 32555

Plug power pack into remote control

Arrives with 12 volt battery that lasts 2 years
I use the Woods 32555 and it works through the wall and through door to control outdoot lights
Use remote control to turn power pack on-off

Resource:
Outdoor remote controls
Buy:
Woods 32555 at Amazon
Skytronic remote and receiver
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Control power pack with remote wall switch

Receiver can be operated as ON-OFF or Countdown device
Up to 500 feet open unobstructed distance

Wireless wall mount transmitter TB-318
At Amazon
Wireless on-off receiver PA-318 plug-in 1500 watt
At Amazon
PA-318 manual
Intermatic plastic tripper

Intermatic parts

Intermatic trippers and parts
OR Contact Intermatic

Dawn to dusk transformers

Power packs shown below have 1 year warranty and are not from Intermatic (except ML100).

To set multiple on-off times each night, choose Intermatic power pack and put more trippers on dial
Intermatic power packs at Amazon with 5 year warranty
Portfolio transformer
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Portfolio 1-year warranty digital transformer

Dawn/dusk operation with selections to turn timer off after 1-9 hours after dusk
These timers have 1 year limited warranty from Malibu, and are not Intermatic products.
Contrast: Intermatic analog, non-electronic, power packs sold through Malibu have 5-year limited warranty

Buy:
Portfolio transformers at Amazon
At Lowes
Intermatic power packs at Amazon with 5 year warranty

Manual/ resources:
Protfolio 200 watt transformer manual
Read advisories and tips at top of page
Hampton Bay transformer manual

Portfolio transformer Connect wires on bottom
Plug transformer into GFCI-protected outlet
Instructions

Press up-or-down arrows to select timing chioce
O - lights stay ON until turned OFF
A - Auto: lights ON at dusk and OFF at dawn
1- ON at dusk and OFF 1 hour later
2- ON at dusk and OFF 2 hours later
3-9 - ON at dusk and OFF 3-9 hours later
F - check circuit, power to transformer is off.
Malibu 8100 9045-01
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Malibu 1 year warranty digital transformer (Not 5-year warranty power pack from Intermatic as shown top of page)

Capacity 45 watt, 120 watt, 200 watt
50 foot long cord. Use cord lengths and tips at top of this page.
These timers have 1 year limited warranty from Malibu, and are not Intermatic products.
Contrast: Intermatic analog, non-electronic, power packs sold through Malibu have 5-year limited warranty
At Malibu

Buy:

Malibu 45 watt 8100-9045
                          8100-9045 timer at Amazon

Malibu 120 watt 8100-9120
                          8100-9120 timer at Amazon

Malibu 200 watt 8100-0200
                          8100-9120 timer at Amazon

Intermatic power packs at Amazon with 5 year warranty

Instructions

Large image of dawn dusk instructions printed on face of timer
Choose: Dawn-to-dusk -or- programmed functions by rotating dial.
For dawn-dusk operation, rotate selector to 6 for example. The timer automatically turns ON at dusk, and OFF 6 hours later.

To program timer: rotate selector to Timer, then use clock set button, and timer on button, and timer off button to set on-off times for each day.
Read advisories and tips at top of page

Paradise GL22730BK transformer
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100 watt power pack

Buy:
GL22730 at Amazon
Transformer and 4 lights at Amazon

Manual and resources
Paradise GL22730 - 100 watt transformer manual
Manuals at Paradise
Read advisories and tips at top of page
Malibu digital transformer

200 watt, 300 watt, 600 watt Paradise power pack / 1-year warranty

Ryco low voltage transformer
Timer turns ON automatically at Dusk and OFF at Dawn.
Optional settings:

Buy:
Paradise transformers at Amazon
       Paradise GL22772 200 watt at Amazon
       Paradise GL2230 300 watt at Amazon
       Paradise GL22007 600 watt at Amazon

Intermatic power packs at Amazon with 5 year warranty

Manuals and resources
Paradise GL227772- 200 watt transformer manual
Paradise GL22300 300 watt transformer manual
Paradise GL22007 600 watt transformer manual
Manuals at Paradise
Read advisories and tips at top of page

Instructions

Paradise GL22772- 200 watt transformer manual
Paradise GL22300 300 watt transformer manual
Paradise GL22007 600 watt transformer manual
Paradise GL22730 - 100 watt transformer manual
Paradise transformers at Amazon
Malibu digital transformer

Moonrays 1-year warranty power pack/ identical to Paradise shown above

Moonrays 95431                  120 Watt Power pack
Moonrays 95432                  200 Watt Power pack
Moonrays 95433                  300 Watt Power Pack
Moonrays 95436 600-Watt Power Pack

Buy:
Moonrays transformers at Amazon
At CCI
At CCI
Intermatic power packs at Amazon with 5 year warranty


Instructions:
Read advisories and tips at top of page
ML 100 power pack

Intermatic ML100 THM 8100-9100-10 dawn-dusk 100 watt power pack

ML100 at Amazon

* f = OFF

* o = Power pack on all the time

* d - On at sunset, off at sunrise (dusk till dawn)

* 1-9 - On at sunset, off after 1-9 hours

ML100 THM 8100-9100-10 manual
Cal pump trt 150

Cal Pump TRT 150

4-button timer
Unknown manual
Toggle switch is override button
12 volt output.
75-150 watt output
Use 14 gauge wire maximum 50 feet length

Send information if you find manual.


Woods 95432/ 300 watt Power pack
Buy:
Woods at Amazon
Power packs at Amazon
Coleman cable 12-2 50 foot cable at Amazon
Coleman cable 12-2 100 foot cable at Amazon
Max wire length for 300 watt is 100 feet

Manual:
Intermatic ML300 manual
Kitchler power packs
Kichler
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Kichler transformers/    Select 12-13-14-15 volt output
Buy
Kichler at Amazon
Kichler 600 watt at Amazon

Kichler manuals/ resources
Kichler sell sheet
Kichler lights
Kichler wiring/ pdf
Set analog timers
Intermatic-grasslin FM1 timer
Kichler transformer sell sheet. pdf
Kichler warranty/ pdf
Kichler instruction manual.pdf
Kichler instruction manual2.pdf
How to wire Kichler transformer/pdf
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Kichler model comparison
international@kichler.com
Kichler transformer at Amazon
Kichler and Intermatic pool transformers (shown below) have selectable 12-13-14-15 volt output.

Output selection depends on total watts of lights connected, size and length of wire going to lights, and household voltage output.

If household voltage is low, use 15V output.

If total watts of connected lights is less than half transformer rating, use 13V

For brighter lights use 15V.

For longer wire going to lights, use 15V

American magnetic transformers

Kichler 15E120BK transformer
Model 15E60

Kichler
Kichler


     
PX series low-voltage swimming pool light transformers/ Nema 3R enclosure
120Volt Input
Choose 12-13-14 Volt output
Box must be bonded to earth ground

Buy
PX100 watt beige box at Amazon
PX100S watt stainless box at amazon
PX300 watt beige box at Amazon
PX300S stainless box at Amazon
PX600  watt beige box at Amazon
PX600S  watt stainless box at Amazon
Resources:
Pool and spa transfomer manual/ pdf
PX series with control panel/ sell sheet/ pdf
PX100-300 parts sheet/ pdf
Intermatic PX 300 transformer wiring
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PX600 wiring diagram
PX300 wiring illustration
If total watts of connected lights is less than half transformer rating, use 13V
For brighter lights use 15V. For longer wire going to lights, use 15V
Square D transformer
Square D 500 watt output transformer/ 120 Volt to 12Volt or 24volt
120Volt input > choose 12 or 24 Volt output

Buy:
Square D 120V input/ 12-24V output 500 Va (watt) transformer at Amazon
Buy 120-240V input/ 16-32V output > 1500 watt at Amazon
Resources:
Va + watts
Volts x amps = watts
Electrical formulas

Square D transformer
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Square D 1000 watt output transformer (high voltage)
Buck-boost transformers buck voltage down, or boost voltage up. This transformer bucks down voltage.
Convert 240Volt to 120Volt without neutral wire from breaker box.
Convert 480Volt to 240Volt or 120Volt
Type 3R outdoor enclosure

Wiring:
480Volt input connects to H1 H4, and then H2 and H3 are connected together
240Volt input connects to H1 H4, and then H3 connects to H1, and H2 connects to H4

240Volt output connects to X1 X4, and then X
2 and X3 are connected together
120Volt output connects to 
X1 X4, and then X3 connects to X1, and X2 connects to X4

Buy:
Square D transformers at Amazon

Resources:
Read about household single-phase electricity
Read about 3-phase
How to wire 3-phase timers
Check polarity of outlet to ensure timers, and digital equipment and digital water heaters etc work correctly.
Outlet polarity Test outlet with inexpensive circuit analyzer from hardware
Read circuit analyzer

Test and install GFCI outlet

How to test and wire GFCI outlets and switches

Malibu power pack should be plugged into GFCI-protected outlet
Check if GFCI has tripped.
If power pack is tripping GFCI, then use extension cord to temporarily connect power pack to different outlet. If temporary connection works, then check and replace GFCI outlet.
If power pack does not work correctly with new connection, then power pack has gone bad. Check warranty information on this page.
Intermatic IG1240RC3
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Whole house surge protector

Protect electronics such as timers, TV, water heater, water softener, treadmill, microwave.
Consider that almost all appliances and electrical devices today have electronics succeptible to power surge. Lightnighting does not have to strike directly. Nearby lightning strike can spike voltage throughout house by energizing electric wires This can ruin electronics and short out entire breaker box. Prevent damage with whole house surge protector.
How to wire whole house surge protector
More resources

Additional links

How to wire Intermatic T100 series and T170 series timers
How to wire Intermatic Sprinkler timers
How to wire WH40, EH40, EH10, WH21 timers
How to wire Intermatic ET series timers
How to wire Intermatic GM40 and WHQ timers
How to wire T1906, T1905, T1975, T1976 timers
How to wire Intermatic ST01C, Ei600, EJ500 timers
How to wire Intermatic/Malibu timers
How to wire Intermatic FM1 timer
How to wire Intermatic PB300 series timer
How to wire Intermatic whole house surge
How to wire remote control timer
How to wire 3 phase timer
Intermatic Timers and Manuals
How to wire Intermatic Timers

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Intermatic timer enclosures

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    Water heater
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Brinks timer Brinks
Westek TE06WHB Woods  Power pack
Timex
 Countdown
Westinghouse timers
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Omron
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Westek
Woods 49028
Outdoor timers

Power strips
3-phase timer
3-phase timer
Diehl timers
Diehl timers


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Wire T1906 and T1905 timers
  
Wire T-101 T103 T104 timers
Paragon timers and manuals
Tork TU universal timer
Westek box timers
Wire EH40 and WH40 timers
  
Tork timers and manuals
Tork TU universal timer
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Intermatic GM series
Pool timers and manuals
Intermatic T104P201
Wire GE 15207 timer

3-phase timer
3-phase timer
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Anode rods

Cost to run water heater

Replace circuit breaker

Clean sediment from tank

Low hot water pressure

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