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This is for the Barracuda CONTROL BOX ONLY. The Barracuda Kit with Thrusters and Tether is available here.
The new SeaMATE Barracuda ROV Kit is an ROV kit featuring analog or digital joystick control of four motors. This is the Barracuda control box assembly only; this kit does not include frame materials, the tether, nor thrusters for your ROV.
The control system is housed inside a compact, Seahorse brand protective equipment case. Like the Triggerfish, the two joystick controls of the Barracuda make piloting easy and logical. The Barracuda includes sensor input points, relays, and a Bluetooth module. An Arduino is incorporated into the system which can be programmed to interpret sensors or control relays. The joystick inputs can also interface with the Arduino to provide digital control of the Barracuda’s motors. The Barracuda comes video ready with two video input channels and easy power out for monitors and cameras (sold separately). A volt and ammeter, along with multiple LED indicators, display vehicle status and make the Barracuda easier to troubleshoot. Modular connections mean that Barracuda control boxes and vehicles are interchangeable. These connections are the same as the Triggerfish connections, meaning Triggerfish and Barracuda control boxes and vehicles are interchangeable.
Detailed assembly instructions are available for the Barracuda kit, including video lessons, classroom activities, and many more topics here. You will need to register to access our lesson plans, however, registration is free.
Barracuda Control Board Component Bag
Control Board Hardware Bag
Cameras are not included with this kit, however there are video system add-on available here.
A POWER SUPPLY is not included with this kit
The Angelfish kit does not come with a power source. You will need to provide a power source to power your vehicle. We offer three different solutions, depending on your budget and how you intend to use the ROV.
For a solution that never needs recharging, we recommend an AC to DC, 30 amp power supply that plugs into an AC outlet, and provides a constant source of 12 volt DC power that the ROV needs. This power supply can operate two Angelfish vehicles at once without issue.
SAFETY NOTE: Since this converter is being used near water, you must plug this converter into a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) protected outlet or have a GFCI plug on the end of the converter. DO NOT PLUG THIS INTO A STANDARD WALL SOCKET WITHOUT GFCI PROTECTION.
We also recommend keeping the AC to DC converter in a splash proof container or case. A small plastic tub turned upside down will work to keep splashes off the power supply.
Power pack with Powerpole adapter:
Powerpacks are battery packs that will provide the power your ROV will need. Powerpacks are often kept in vehicles to jumpstart a dead battery. They will run down over time but can be recharged by plugging them into a wall socket. The length of time a power pack can run an ROV depends on the ROV's power demands. Here is an example of a jumpstarter power pack with a 12V socket (external link)
The power packs will need an adapter for the Powerpole connector to plug into. This adapter plugs into the 12V lighter outlet found on the power packs, and the Powerpoles from your ROV plug into the adapter.
12 volt Deep-Cycle Marine/RV car battery with alligator adapter:
Large lead acid batteries are another way to power the ROV. We recommend the Deep-Cycle Marine / RV battery, as they are designed to be run down and recharged many times (a standard 12-volt car battery is not designed for this). The battery should be able to run a Triggerfish ROV for 3 to 5 hours or you can run 3 ROVs at a time for about an hour. The battery will need to be recharged after that. To recharge a car type battery, you will need to purchase a charger.
The battery will also need an adapter for the Powerpole connectors from your ROV to plug into. This adapter has Alligator clips that connect to the battery posts on one end and has Powerpole connectors at the other end.