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MASTERCELL Error Log

Our Infinitybox system is full of tools that help you wire your car or truck faster.  There are troubleshooting and diagnostic features built in that tell you simply what is going on in your car.  This link will take you to our Troubleshooting and Diagnostic manual.  This blog post covers the most sophisticated of the troubleshooting and diagnostic tools in the Infinitybox 20-Circuit Kit.  The MASTERCELL is always watching the critical parameters for the POWERCELLs and inMOTION cells that are attached on the Infinitybox CAN network.  The MASTERCELL Error Log holds any records of problems with these critical parameters and lets you easily access them for advanced troubleshooting.  This may sound really complicated for a wiring system used in hot-rods and resto-mods, but this powerful tool lets our technicians help you when things aren’t working correctly.

Each of the cells in the Infinitybox system monitors their own health.  Every second, they tell the MASTERCELL how they are doing and report if they’re having any problems.  If there are problems, they are kept in the MASTERCELL Error Log.  You can easily access the MASTERCELL Error Log by simply pressing the “HOME” and “SCROLL DOWN” buttons under the inSIGHT screen on the MASTERCELL.  You press these two buttons at the same time, hold them down for one second then release them at the same time.  After you do this, the MASTERCELL will display any errors that it recorded on the inSIGHT screen.  The MASTERCELL can hold 8 errors in memory and displays them in order.  This video will show you all of the details about the MASTERCELL Error Log.

There are three key values that are important to the Infinitybox system.

The first is battery voltage.   The system needs a minimum voltage to operate safely.  This is set at 7 volts.  There is also a safe maximum operating voltage.  That is 20 volts.  If your MASTERCELL or POWERCELLs measure their input voltages outside of this acceptable range, they will record it in the error log.

The second critical parameter is temperature.  Each Infinitybox cell has a temperature sensor built onto its printed circuit board.  If the temperature of that board exceeds a safety limit, the cells report it to the MASTERCELL and it is stored in the error log.

The last critical value is for the POWERCELL.  It is what we call the Charge Pump Voltage.  Every POWERCELL board has a part of its circuit called a Charge Pump.  It does what the name implies.  It pumps up charge to safely turn on and turn off the MOSFETs that control the POWERCELL outputs.  If the charge pump voltage falls below a set level, the POWERCELL sends a message to the MASTERCELL and this is recorded in the error log.

As we mentioned earlier, the MASTERCELL Error Log is an advanced diagnostic and troubleshooting feature built into the Infinitybox system.  It is rare that errors occur.  You are probably never going to need this feature.  It will help our team get your system going if you do have problems with the Infinitybox system in your hot rod, street rod, kit car, restomod, race car or Pro-Touring build.

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Infinitybox Wiring Diagram for Digital Guard Dawg PBS II

Digital Guard Dawg PBS II Wiring

Digital Guard Dawg PBS II

Our Infinitybox system plays nicely with any other electrical accessory that you would want to install in your hot rod, restoration, resto-mod, street rod, kit car or pro-touring build.  This blog post is going to cover the Digital Guard Dawg PBS II wiring.  It will show you how to connect the PBS II push-button start PKE module to your Infinitybox 20-Circuit Kit.  This gets you the passive keyless entry features of the Digital Guard Dawg PBS II paired with the power and flexibility of the Infinitybox system.  We have blogged before about wiring their iKey system into our Infinitybox system.  You can see that post by clicking this link.

Before you go anywhere, it is very important that you thoroughly read and understand the manual for the Digital Guard Dawg PBS II.  You can access that by clicking this link.  Once you are familiar with their instructions, it is time to get into the Digital Guard Dawg PBS II wiring and the Infinitybox system.  This blog post is only going to cover the connections between the PBS II and the Infinitybox system.  Follow their instructions for all constant power and ground connects.  Also follow their instructions for wiring their push to start button and their training button.

The PBS II will give you passive keyless entry (PKE) capability for your car.  As you approach the car, the PBS II system detects the presence of the key fob in your pocket.  It engages the ignition and lets you start the car.  The PBS II connects to the MASTERCELL of your 20-Circuit Kit and replaces the need for a traditional ignition/start switch.  This diagram shows the necessary connections that you need to make.

Infinitybox Wiring Diagram for Digital Guard Dawg PBS II

Infinitybox Wiring Diagram for Digital Guard Dawg PBS II.

The PBS II will send the signals to the MASTERCELL for the ignition and the starter.  When the MASTERCELL sees these inputs turn on, it will send the required signals to the POWERCELLs to power your ignition and starter outputs.  The PBS II wires for the ignition and starter are positive signals.  The MASTERCELL requires ground triggers for the inputs so you will need to wire in our inVERT Minis to buffer their positive signal.  You can learn more about the inVERT Mini and purchase them at this link.  The diagram above shows where to put the inVERT Minis in the circuit.

The PBS II also needs a signal to know that you are stepping on the brake pedal.  This signal must be positive 12-volts.  Since our MASTERCELL inputs work by being triggered to ground, you cannot get this positive brake signal from the brake pedal switch directly.  You need to get this from the POWERCELL output for the brake lights.  You can simply splice into the brake light output on the rear POWERCELL.  Alternately, you can use an OPEN output on the front POWERCELL as the brake pedal trigger.  You would wire the corresponding input to your OPEN output to the brake pedal switch, in parallel with your usual brake light input.  Doing it this way keeps the run of wires in the car short.

The PBS II also has provisions to control door locks and trunk poppers.  If you purchased inMOTION for your Infinitybox system, you can wire the MASTERCELL inputs for your door locks to the Unlock and Lock signals on the PBS II Accessory Harness.  We recommend using a diode to isolate the MASTERCELL from any stray voltages that may exist in the PBS II.  This diode should be a 1N4001 and must be oriented per the diagram above.  These inputs will not work if the diodes are installed incorrectly.

The PBS II also has provisions to control a trunk popper from their key fob.  You can take any of the OPEN outputs on your rear POWERCELL to control you trunk popper.  You would wire the corresponding MASTERCELL input to the white Trunk wire in their accessory harness.  Just like the signals for the door locks, we recommend isolating the MASTERCELL inputs from the PBS II with a 1N4001 diode as shown in the wiring diagram.

You can download a PDF version of this wiring diagram by clicking this link.

Please contact our team if you have any questions about this Digital Guard Dawg PBS II Wiring diagram.  You can reach out team by clicking this link.

 

Infinitybox Express Kit Video

Our Infinitybox Express Wiring Kits are a powerful but simple way to wire any race car.  We have versions for track cars and drag cars.  They give your the power and control to switch your ignition, starter solenoid, fuel pumps, electric water pumps, cooling fans, telemetry, data acquisition, lights, trans brake and line lock solenoids plus other accessories.

The kit includes one of our solid-state POWERCELLs, a pre-engineered switch panel plus an IOX switch interface.  You also get all of the universal wiring that you need to complete the harness.  Check out this video to see the details of our Infinitybox Express Kits.

You can contact our team for more information by clicking this link.

inMOTION Video

We just released a new video that covers the features and benefits of our inMOTION Motor Controller Cell.

Infinitybox inMOTION Motor Controller Cell

inMOTION is a unique module that connects to the CAN network of your 20-Circuit Kit.  It looks like a POWERCELL but acts differently.  Instead of turning 10 things on and off like a POWERCELL, it reverses the polarity to 5 things.  We originally designed inMOTION to control power windows and power lock actuators.  Instead of relying on a switch, inMOTION has special h-bridge relays that reverse the polarity.  This lets you change direction of things like power windows, power locks, linear actuators and valves.

That is just the beginning.  inMOTION is smarter than a POWERCELL which means that you can get express features on your windows with no limit switches.  You can also get wireless control through inLINK or a smart phone attached to inTOUCH NET.

Check out this video for a deeper dive into what inMOTION can do.

Click on this link to get in touch with our team with questions.

 

1970 Mustang Wired with the Infinitybox System

1970 Mustang Infinitybox Wiring

Here’s another great example of a customer car wired with our Infinitybox system.  Paul L. wired this beautiful 1970 Mustang with our 20-Circuit Kit, inLINK and inMOTION.  Paul just sent us pictures showing off the finished car and how he installed his Infinitybox system.

This picture shows the center console of his car.  You can see the MASTERCELL and the inMOTION cell located in the frame of the center console.  The MASTERCELL connects to all of his switches.  The inMOTION cell controls the motion of his power windows and door locks.

Center Console of 1970 Mustang wired with the Infinitybox System

Center Console of 1970 Mustang wired with the Infinitybox System

You can see in this picture how seamlessly these cells disappear into the interior of the car.

Interior of 1970 Mustang wired with the Infinitybox System

Interior of 1970 Mustang wired with the Infinitybox System

His engine looks great under the hood.

Underhood shot of 1970 Mustang wired with Infinitybox System

Underhood shot of 1970 Mustang wired with Infinitybox System

He relocated the battery to the trunk of the car.  He used this space for his ignition system and his front POWERCELL.  This POWERCELL location is great because it makes most of his front wiring short and easy to install.  His headlights, high-beams, turn signals, running lights, starter solenoid, ignition power, cooling fan and horn are all powered from this location.

Front POWERCELL mounted in 1970 Mustang.

Front POWERCELL mounted in 1970 Mustang.

His rear POWERCELL is located in the trunk.  This makes wiring his brake lights, turn signals, rear running lights, fuel pump, trunk popper and other accessories very easy.

We did some simple customization of this code to get him extra features.  He’s controlling his door locks from outputs on inMOTION.  His doors lock and unlock when he enables and disables security from his inLINK key fob.  He is also using a POWERCELL output to operate a solenoid to pop his trunk.  We programmed a button on his inLINK key fob to pop the trunk.  He also wanted an output on his rear POWERCELL to turn on with ignition.  These are all very simple changes to our system.

The finished wiring is simple and elegant.  We thank Paul L. for sending these pictures.  We’re proud to be a part of his project.

Click this link to contact our team to learn more about wiring your car or truck with our Infinitybox system.

POWERCELL

Our 20-Circuit Kit is the core to the electrical system in your car.  It is more than just a wiring harness.  It is a universal wiring system that gets you the most advanced, functional and reliable electrical control on the market.  The 20-Circuit Kit starts with our MASTERCELL, which connects to your switches.  It also includes two of our POWERCELLs, which we call the muscles of your system.  The MASTERCELL sends commands to the POWERCELLs to locally power your lights, ignition, starter solenoid, cooling fans, fuel pumps, horn and other accessories.  We’ve talked about the MASTERCELL in more detail in a recent blog post.  You can link to that here.  This post is going to cover more details about our POWERCELL.

The 20-Circuit Kit includes 2 POWERCELLs.  Each POWERCELL can control 10-outputs.  One POWERCELL is for the front of the car, the second is for the rear of the car.  The front POWERCELL is set up to control your headlights, high-beams, turn signals, front running lights, horn, cooling fan, ignition power, starter solenoid and dash power.  The rear POWERCELL is set up to control your rear running lights, turn signals, brake lights, fuel pump, back-up lights, dome lights and other accessories.

Connecting your loads to the POWERCELL is very easy.  You run the output harness from the POWERCELL to your light, fan, pump or other accessory.  You cut our universal harness to length.  You connect our output wire to the wire on your load.  That’s it.  Click on this link to get more details on connecting your POWERCELL outputs to the electrical loads in your car or truck.

You put the POWERCELLs in the car were you need them.  This lets you eliminate size and weight of the wiring harness in your car.  The installation is simpler because the runs of wire are shorter and troubleshooting is easier.

The POWERCELL is a remote fuse and solid-state relay box.  The fuses that you need to properly protect your wiring harness are built into the POWERCELL.  You do not need to add separate fuses.  Also, the solid-state relays that control your loads are built into the POWERCELL.  Each output can carry up to 25-amps continuously so you do not need to add external relays to control your lights, fans, pumps and other accessories.  Also, we don’t use mechanical relays in our POWERCELLs.  Our outputs are controlled by solid-state MOSFETs.  This are rugged and reliable and give you tons of benefits over traditional relays.  Check out this link to learn about some of the advantages of a MOSFET.

This video walks through more of the details of the Infinitybox POWERCELL.

You can easily add extra POWERCELLs to your 20-Circuit Kit if you need to expand the output capacity beyond 20.  Each additional POWERCELL gives you 10 more outputs to your Infinitybox system.  The POWERCELL kit includes the POWERCELL plus all of the harnessing required to connect to your existing 20-Circuit Kit.  You can learn more about the POWERCELL kit by clicking this link.

If you want to purchase our Infinitybox system or have technical questions, you can click on this link to contact our team.

MASTERCELL

The MASTERCELL is the brain of our Infinitybox system.  It is the core of our universal 20-Circuit Kit.  It connects to all of the switches in your car and decides what should be turning on and off in your electrical system.  The MASTERCELL connects to the POWERCELLs, inMOTION cells and other Infinitybox accessories through our CAN network and sends commands to control everything in your car.

All of your switches wire to the MASTERCELL.  Examples include you headlight switch, ignition switch, brake pedal switch and turn signal stalk.  You can even connect the MASTERCELL inputs to your ECU directly to take signals to control your cooling fans and fuel pump.  The MASTERCELL inputs work by being grounded to turn the input on.  There is no power at the switch.  Instead of having to bring power to the switch, you simply connect the MASTERCELL input to one terminal of the switch and you ground the other side of the switch.  When the switch is turned on, the MASTERCELL input gets connected to ground.  The MASTERCELL sees this ground signal and sends the commands to turn things on and off on the POWERCELLs.  Check out this blog post for a more detailed description of how the MASTERCELL inputs work.

The MASTERCELL also has the capability to include our optional inLINK radio.  This accessory gets you remote control of your Infinitybox system through a key fob.  You can control your lights, pop your trunk and access our power security and immobilizer features by pushing a button.  The receiver for the inLINK radio gets installed inside the MASTERCELL so there is no separate box that you need to install, wire or conceal.  This link will take you to more details on inLINK.

The MASTERCELL also has our inSIGHT display installed in it.  This LCD screen is your window to the Infinitybox system.  It lets you see what the system is doing and it lets you easily troubleshoot problems if you have them.  This link will take you to our diagnostics and troubleshooting guide to learn more about what you can do with the MASTERCELL inSIGHT screen.

This video will walk you through the details of the MASTERCELL.

You can watch our entire video series on YouTube.  Be sure to subscribe to our channel to see new videos as they post.

Click on this link to contact our team with questions about buying our Infinitybox system to wire your street-rod, hot-rod, resto-mod, race car, kit car or Pro-Touring build.

What’s In The Box?

Our Infinitybox 20-Circuit Kit is a universal wiring harness.  You can wire practically any street rod, resto-mod, restoration, hot rod, kit car or Pro-Touring car with it.  It gets you all of the electrical control of lights, ECU’s, starters, fans, pumps and accessories that you need plus it gets you the capability to get the latest and greatest control of your car.

The 20-Circuit Kit is a universal wiring system that includes all of the components that you need to wire your car.  It includes our MASTERCELL, two of our POWERCELLs, the primary power harnesses to connect your battery to the POWERCELLs, the primary fuses to protect these power harnesses, the output harnesses from the POWERCELLs, the input harnesses to go from your MASTERCELL to your switches and the CAN cable that connects the cells together.  The kit also includes the manual for the system and the configuration sheet that is your road map to wiring your car.

The harnesses included in the kit are universal.  They have the mating connector for our system on one end.  The other end is a pig-tail.  You run this harness to your switches or your accessories.  You cut it to length and make the connection.

This video features Jay Harris, president of Infinitybox, walking through the contents of a 20-Circuit Kit.


With the 20-Circuit Kit as your electrical foundation, you can add any of our accessories to get a powerful and functional electrical system.

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Click on this link to contact our team to purchase the Infinitybox system or to ask technical questions.

Fingernail for 2019 Infinitybox Introductory Video

Infinitybox Introductory Video

Infinitybox is excited to announce a new series of videos going through the details of our Infinitybox system.  We’ve shot them in a very simple and effective way to get the point across.  Jay Harris, the president of Infinitybox, will take you through every piece of our system.  He will also walk you through the process to wire your car with our Infinitybox system.

In this introductory video, Jay describes how our Infinitybox system works and how it is different from traditional wiring harnesses.  Until Infinitybox came onto the scene in 2009, little had changed in the way you wire a car since the Model T.  Our system revolutionized the way restorations, kit cars, resto-mods, street rods, hot rods, race cars and Pro-Touring cars were wired.  Instead of a single, central box of fuses and relays, the Infinitybox gives you separate modules that you put in the car where you need them.  The separate Infinitybox modules are connected with a simple and thin data cable.  You can watch the introductory video here.


This is the first video in the series.  There are more coming that go through each of our specific products.  Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel Infinityboxllc and click on the bell icon to get notified when we post new videos.

Click this link to contact our team with any questions about our Infinitybox system.

BMW E9 built by John Ward of Bespoke Fuel Design.

Custom BMW E9

Here is another great example of what our customers can do.  This car is stunning and we can honestly say that we’ve never seen another like it.  John Ward of Fuel Bespoke Design in Australia just had a great article published in Silodrome magazine.  The article covers the details of his stunning restoration of a 1970 BMW 2800CS lovingly named “Von Trapp”.  The article covers the car in detail and the pictures are awesome.  Andrew Jones shot the pictures and we heartily thank him for their use in this blog post.

BMW E9 built by John Ward of Bespoke Fuel Design.

BMW E9 built by John Ward of Bespoke Fuel Design.

John started with a pretty rough car for this project.  It took a ton of body work, straightening and reinforcing to get the car to what you see today.  John wanted to do this car as a true restomod:  keep it original on the exterior and interior but put modern features under it.  For example, he replaced the original powerplant with a modern E46 M3 3.2 litre 330HP S54 motor and the E36 M3 5-speed manual transmission.

BMW E9 built by John Ward of Bespoke Fuel Design.

BMW E9 built by John Ward of Bespoke Fuel Design.

He also wanted to use the latest and greatest for his electrical and wiring system.  He wired the car with our 20-Circuit Kit, with inMOTION, inLINK and inRESERVE.  The end product is seamless.  You can see no trace of the modern electrical system in this car.  For example, check out the trunk-mounted rear POWERCELL and inMOTION cell.

BMW E9 built by John Ward of Bespoke Fuel Design. Wired with Infinitybox.

Shot of rear POWERCELL and inMOTION cell mounted in trunk.

When the trim piece is installed in the trunk, all traces of the electrical system disappear.

BMW E9 built by John Ward of Bespoke Fuel Design. Wired with Infinitybox.

Shot showing how neatly the rear POWERCELL and inMOTION cell can be hidden.

John has a detailed build history on his website.  You can see all of the details on the building of “Vonn Trapp” by clicking this link.

You can also read the full article featured on Silodrome by clicking this link.

We want to extend thanks to John Ward at Fuel Bespoke Design, Ben Branch at Silodrome for the great article and Andrew Jones at Lens Flare Air for the awesome pictures.

Click on this link if you want to learn more about how you can use our Infinitybox system to wire you car or truck project.