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Orion Vortex R8 Pro X
If you have a big application (8th scale buggy/truggy, monster truck), you need a big speed controller. Team Orion has just announced their new brushless ESC for 8th scale applications, the Vortex R8 Pro X. The R8 Pro X comes with a new aluminum case and fan to help keep it running cool, while new and improved software makes it easier to drive.

* Maximum cell count 6S
* Adjustable BEC from 6 to 7.2 volts
* Works on both sensored and sensorless motors
* Comes with Deans connectors
* Forward/brake/reverse, forward/brake, and forward/reverse (Crawler) modes

The part number is #ORI65129 and you can get complete details by clicking on This Link.

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GForce ESC Wi-Fi Link
Wouldn’t it be cool to make adjustments to your esc from your smartphone? Sure it would! GForce has recently announced their Wi-Fi Link for just that purpose. The GForce Wi-Fi Link allows you to view and make changes to select models of GForce speed controllers from your Android or Apple device. That sounds a lot easier than counting lights or beeps to us. The part number is #G0034 and it is expected to have an August release date. Get more details At This Link over on the GForce website.

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Axial AE-5 Waterproof ESC
Axial’s AE-5 ESC is affordable and loaded with features for the crawling/scaler crowd. To make it easier to program while out on the trail, the AE-5 uses jumpers instead of a traditional programming button. These jumpers are used to change settings for battery type and drag brake. The AE-5 is also waterproof, something that is a must for all those long trail drives, or for general bashing.

* Laser etched logo on heat sink
* Comes with Tamiya style connector
* Max cell count is 3S LiPo
* 5 volt 2 amp BEC
* Motor limits are 12 turn on 2S and 18 turn on 3S
* 1.8 x 1.3 x 1.1″ in size

The AE-5 has a part number of #AX31144, they are street priced at $38, and it is expected to start shipping in August. Click Here for full details over on Axial’s official website.

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Build Title PicPart 1 of the Mega Multirotor build can be found Right Here.

The frames are built, and now it is time to get the right motors and speed controllers for each of our three multirotor setups. Don’t be afraid, with every kit/frame there is available for purchase there are always suggested motor and speed controller combos that go well with that particular frame. Even easier, theses combos can be purchased with the frame company to take out the legwork in finding the perfect match, but normally that adds a leg (or at least an arm) to the price.

I did all my shopping a la carte, so ideally this should cut down on costs, which we will sum up at the end of each part of the series. Let’s start with motors and finish with ESCs.


Motors:

As I stated, motors are usually suggested by the manufacturer of the frame. Now these are only suggestions; you can install any size motor you want, but going smaller risks labored performance of the multirotor aircraft, and bigger motors may have large power or ESC requirements.

Lynxmotion 400: In this case a 2830 (28mm stator diameter, 30mm length respectively), was suggested so I was able to acquire 4 11-turn, 1000kv motors from Turnigy (via eBay), with a maximum draw of 22amps (more on why that matters in a minute). All four motors shipped cost $84.

Armattan 258 V-Tail: This quadcopter was by far the smallest of the 3 frames, so this frame required the small 2208 motor (22mm diameter, 8mm length). I picked up Suppo 2208 14-turn, 1450 kv motors from RCPlaneBuilder. These motors have a maximum draw of 14amps, and cost $62 after shipping

DJI Flamewheel 450: This frame was a little more open for interpretation for required motors, so I picked a midrange size: 2212 (22mm diameter, 12mm length). I also relied on RCPlaneBuilder and acquired more Suppo motors, this time 2212 10-turn, 1400kv. These have a maximum draw of 14.5 amps, and only cost a little more than the 2208 with $66 after shipping.

Speed Controllers (ESCs):

The ESC is the barrier between battery and motor, giving us the power to control all that is the multirotor. Most important is that there must be a fast response between Transmitter and/or Multicontrol board (gyro). With that in mind, we need a more responsive ESC, which is found in flashed ESCs. Like updating a program or hardware on the computer, an ESC is flashed to update to a faster data transfer rate as well as modify various settings. The most common firmware programming set is called SimonK. This is the common programming in all the ESCs I acquired.

When it comes to choosing the amperage of your ESC, we refer back to our motors. The standard rule I’ve come to live by is round the maximum amperage of the motor to the nearest 10, and that’s a good ESC for your purposes without frying/overheating anything. So if the max amperage of a motor is 14amps, then a 20amp or higher ESC is sufficient.

Lynxmotion 400: With the maximum draw of 22amps for the Turnigy motors, I needed 30amp ESC which I found from BuddyRC. The DYS SimonK Multirotor 30A ESC was a perfect fit and reached me for about $66 shipped.

Armattan 258 V-Tail: The current draw of the 2208 motors only requires a 20amp ESC, but I decided to get adventurous (READ: shipping error). I picked up Afro 30A ESCs from -Redacted- for $62.

DJI Flamewheel 450: 14.5amps would required 20amp ESCs like the Armattan, and this time I did pick up the right ESCs. For this quad I also purchased Afro 20A ESCs from -Redacted- for $56.

At this point, it’s all just assembly for these electronics (soldering may or may not be required depending on the motor/ESC). Don’t forget your power distribution for each quad. The DJI Flamewheel has an integrated distribution board, so all I needed was a whip with a battery plug (Eflite EC3 Device Whip, $4). For the Lynxmotion 400 I soldered up a power distribution wire set with 3.5mm and a battery plug I had laying around (about $7). The Armattan was a perfect setup for a Turnigy Power Distribution Board w/ XT-60 plug I bought for $5. Below you will find pictures of the motors, ESCs, and some snippets of their install for some of the quadcopters.

 

 

Running Totals:

Quad Frame Motor/ESC/Wiring TBA TBA Total
Armattan $125 $129 $0 $0 $254
Lynxmotion $90 $157 $0 $0 $247
DJI $32 $122 $0 $0 $154

 

 

 

And with that, we are one major component away from having the electronics complete, which leads us to the title of the next installment: ‘If I Only Had a Brain

Until then, Stay Shiny and Keep Flyin’!

 

Core RC Pace 60R Speed Control
Core RC has a new speed controller aimed at the 1S LiPO pan car crowd. The Pace 60R ESC can be run on sensored or sensorless motors and features multiple programming options.

* Zero timing Blinky mode
* 2S maximum cell count
* 6.5 turn motor limit
* Adjustable LVC
* Reverse can be locked out for racing
* Easy to set up

The part number for the Pace 60R is #CR199 and you can get more information at This Link over on Schumacher’s website.

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Speed Passion Reventon Pro 1.1 EX
The latest brushless ESC from Speed Passion is the Revention Pro 1.1 EX. You can run either sensored or sensorless motors with the 1.1 EX, and it now features a smaller footprint for those tight installs. Continuous current is stated to be 140 amps and it has a maximum cell count of 2S LiPo.

The part number is #SP000150, the street price is $125, and they are available right now. Hit up This Link for complete information.

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Novak Brushless ESC
The “top-of-the-line” Pulse V2 Pro from Novak has received updates to both hardware and firmware to be more adjustable and to increase performance. The Novak crew has designed the Pulse V2 Pro to be robust, able to handle the heaviest of loads while on track. It has a part number of #1756, a street price of $209, and should start hitting hobby shops in mid March. Hit This Link for complete information.

The Novak GTB 3 has been redesigned as well. A host of hardware changes, including on-board power capacitors, help make the spec racing GTB 3 more powerful and efficient than before. The GTB 3 has a part number of #1747, a street price of $129, and will also start hitting dealers in mid March. For more information simply click This Link on the official Novak website.

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Castle Creations 8th ESC 2200 motor combo
The crew over at Castle Creations have a new 1/8th scale waterproof esc and motor combo. The new speed controller is called the Sidewinder 8th and the combo comes with a 1515 2200kV brushless motor. The BEC on the Sidewinder 8th is fixed at 5.5 volts and the ESC has a maximum cell count of 6S LiPo.

The part number is 010-0139-00 and they should have a street price of just under $200. Hit up This Link for more information over on the Castle Creations website.

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RPM ESC Cage Traxxas VXL-3S
Ever broken off the mounting tabs on your Traxxas VXL-3S speed controller? Yes, we have too. Thankfully the folks over at RPM RC are good at solving such problems. RPM has created a new ESC Cage to make sure you esc stays firmly in place, even if you have an older one with the tabs broken off already. Made from engineering grade nylons right here in the USA, the RPM ESC cage can withstand even the toughest of bashing sessions.

The cage comes in two different colors, blue, part number #70605, and black, part number #70602. Street price is $9 and they have a release date of February 13th. Click Here for more information over on the RPM website.

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Team Orion R8.1 Pro ESC
Team Orion has a new ESC for all you hardcore 8th scale drivers out there. Their Vortex R8.1 Pro was made just for 8th scale applications and even comes with a machined aluminum case. Some of its other specifications and features include-

* Works with sensored and sensorless motors
* Includes reverse and crawler mode
* Comes with Deans connector
* Comes with cooling fan
* BEC output of 6 or 7.2V
* Rated for 180amps continuous
* Maximum cell count- 4S Lipo

The Team Orion Vortex R8.1 Pro has a part number of #ORI65125. For more Orion news check out This Link on BigSquidRC.

Dromida Brushless Speed Kit
Dromida now makes it easy to add a brushless power system to your SC4.18, MT4.18, or BX4.18. Their new brushless power kit has much more power than the stock brushed unit, and comes with everything you need to make the switch. The Dromida brushless power kit includes-

* BE18 25 amp brushless ESC
* 20mm 5300kV brushless motor
* RX18 receiver
* All necessary hardware and accessories
* Comes with 2 different pinion options (12 and 13)

The part number is #DIDC1150, it has a street price of $99, and you can expect them to hit hobby shops any day now. For more information hit up This Link.

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HPI Racing Flux EMH-3S Brushless ESC
The latest speed controller from HPI Racing is their Flux EMH-3S. The EMH-3S is made for 10th scale applications and is rated for 80 amps. This non-sensored ESC can handle up to 3S Lipo batteries and has a motor limit of 6000 kV on 2S, and 4000 kV on 3S.

The part number for the HPI Flux EMH-3S is #112851, it has a street price of $89, and you should expect to see them start hitting hobby shops in late February. For more information hit up This Link.

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TrakPower MS Connect
For all you TrakPower ESC owners, they have announced a new programming adapter called MS Connect. The MS Connect Adapter makes it easy to tap into all of your ESCs tuning options from your computer.

* Plugs into your computers USB port
* Allows you to load firmware updates to your TrakPower ESC
* Allows you to set current limits and drag brake parameters
* Allows throttle curve and turbo timing adjustments
* Four screens- settings, throttle, timing & brakes

The part number for the MS Connect is #TKPM0050, it has a street price of $25, and you should be able to lay your hands on them in late January. For more information hit up This Link.

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