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ASK Cubby

“Charger Comparison

Hi, I just wanted your thought since you’re the only website I have seen conduct reviews on these two chargers. I am looking at the Hitec X1 Pro with power supply and the Hitec X1 Touch.

These are two very different chargers and wanted to know if you had to choose between the two which one would you recommend?

Thank you,
Curt H.”

Cubby- Yo hey Curt, thanks for the email and be sure to shoot us your snail mail for a pretty dern slick BSRC sticker pack.

About the Hitec battery chargers, I use the X1 Pro on a daily basis. Why? Because it takes up very little space on my pit table and can charge at a fairly high rate, 16 amps. I am one of those guys that hates to wait for batteries to charge so the extra power is a big plus to me.

The X1 Touch gets a lot of use by Iron Mike. Mikeee is very different than myself, he doesn’t really care about power, what he does care about is ease of use. The X1 Touch is one of the easiest to use chargers on the market, making it easy for Mikeee to charge a bunch of different types of packs at different rates without having to reach for the manual.

So there ya have it, both are solid chargers in their own way, the best one for you depends on your personal tastes.

“Pro-Line PRO-MT

First off, I love your page. I wish I had a group like you on the west coast. I’ve been into RC for a couple of years now (aka I’m poor,) and I really want to pick up a Pro-Line Pro-MT. In your review of the Pro-MT, you list a Savox SV-1270TG which is 361 oz/in of torque at 6.0V. I know the crawler guys really say anything over 200 oz/in of torque from a servo and you should install a higher end BEC (like castle creations for $20) and bypass the ESC internal BEC.

Would that be the same in the case for the Pro-MT? I couldn’t find any data on what the output is from the Castle internal BEC.


Northern CA”

Cubby- Yes, we definitely threw a beast of a servo in our Pro-Line PRO-MT for the review. The PRO-MT is a high-end bash machine and we wanted to make sure there was more than enough crank on those big front tires. We ran the big Savox (which are known to be power hungry) off a Castle Creations Max Pro SCT speedo and didn’t experience any issues with brown-outs or glitching. And no, we didn’t run any extra caps or a separate BEC, we just hooked it up and drove the tar out of it.

And ya I know, so many internet experts will say, “OMG, use a 300oz Savox and you will HAVE to use a separate BEC!!!”. And while yes, in some applications you would, I’m from the school of ignoring people like that and simply trying it first. If you hook it up and get some glitching or your ESC falters, go ahead and put a BEC in, if you don’t have any issues just keep on truck’n. An ounce of first hand knowledge is worth more than 10,000 pounds of internet speculation.

That’s it ya bunch of lunatics, shoot your emails to Cubby at Make the big time like Dave and Curt did today and you’ll get a free sticker pack, be declared as “Letter of the Month” and we’ll even send you a free BSRC t-shirt (one of the new uber cool ones).

YOUR Cub Reporter

HRP Distributing
HRP Distributing is one of the biggest distributors of hobby products here in the states, so we dropped by their room at the HobbyTown USA Convention to take a look around.

On the air side of things, we found out that HRP now distributes Hubsan and Walkera quadcopter/drones. If you are a local hobby shop looking for a good source of these products, get in contact with HRP for pricing and more details.

On the surface side of things, their had displays for many of the lines they carry like Savox servos, Hobbywing electronics, Spaz Stix paints, G Made trucks, and CEN. Of note from Spaz Stix was their no shine exterior matte clear coat finish that easily turns a glossy paint color into a matte type of look. The “matte” look is all the rage right now, the Spaz Stix clear coat makes it super easy to attain.

If you are a dealer wanting to pick up some of their products, or if you just want more details on HRP, simply Click Here to visit their official website.

Get more HobbyTown Convention coverage at This Link on BigSquidRC.


It’s Giveaway Time! We have teamed up with the folks from HRP Distributing to give away a new SAVOX Servo and Multi Tool. The servo is a SAVOX SC-1258TG which is their Corless Digital Servo. These things are like $80! Added into the prize combo is the SAVOX 12 in 1 Multi-tool.

We have a total of Five (5) sets to give away! The deadline for entries is July 7th at Midnight cst. The following day we will announce the 5 winners chosen at by our giveaway software.

You know the drill by now, get those daily entries in for your chance to win!

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Good Luck!

HRP Hookup Program
The good folks over at HRP Distributing have a few announcements they would like you all to know about.

The first up is their new HRP Hookup Program. The Hookup program is for people in the hobby industry and qualified enthusiasts. The program gives members special discounts in exchange for feedback on the latest rc products. You can get more information Right Here.

HRP has also announced a price drop on their popular Racers Edge PRO 4 Enduro short course truck, and 25% off of select LiPo batteries. The price on the Enduro has been dropped by $60, down to $299. Check out the savings at This Link.

Savox Servos are also getting some love, HRP has announced a March Madness sale where you can save 25% off of normal pricing. You can never have enough servos and you can click This Link to check out which ones are on sale.

Click Right Here for more HRP news on BigSquidRC.


In the not-so-distant past, it was a pain to get a quality waterproof servo. You had to either fork over a king’s ransom or try to do it yourself (usually with messy adhesive plastic). Thankfully, that isn’t the case anymore as manufacturers are finally starting to pump out affordable gear for those of us that want to play in the wet stuff.

Big Squid recently received a Savox Waterproof Digital Metal Gear HV Servo (Part #SW-0230MG), so I decided to throw it in my new Gmade Sawback and give it a thorough torture test. I spent a good amount of time crawling the local creek, submerging it multiple times attempting to short it out. Not only did it keep trucking without so much as a single glitch, it also had no problem turning the lead weighted (and now completely soaked) front tires with the suspension at full bind. For those not familiar with crawling, that scenario has smoked many a servo. The Savox never even got warm during these dunk & crawl sessions. I came away impressed. At a street price of $43.99, it’s a great choice for the budget-conscious basher looking to take the (literal) plunge.

Savox SW-0230MG Specifications:

  • Dimensions (mm): 41.8×20.2×38.0
  • Weight (g): 59
  • Speed:
    • @6.0V: .16 sec/60
    • @7.4V: .13 sec/60
  • Torque:
    • @6.0V: 90.3 oz-in
    • @7.4V: 111.1 oz-in
  • Gear: Metal
  • Bearing: 2BB
  • Case: Plastic (Light Blue Color)
  • Output Shaft: 25 Tooth Spline

Hit up This Link for more information on all the products that Savox has to offer.

Click Here for more Savox news on BigSquidRC.

Savox 12 In 1 Driver Tool
When you bash hard, you break a lot of parts, therefore tools are of great importance to the BigSquidRC Bash Crew. We recently came across a 12 in 1 tool from Savox and had to give it a spin.

Inside the Savox 12 in 1 you’ll find-

* 1.5, 2, 2.5, and 3mm hex tips
* 1/16″, 3/32″ hex tips
* 1.5 and 2.5mm straight slot tips
* PH00 and PH0 Phillips tips

All the tips are held inside the wrench until needed, then you slide out the one you need and get to work. We found the Savox multi-tool saved a bunch of space in our pit box and had a nice feel in the hand. It was a very handy tool that was higher quality than other “multi-tool” products we have tried in the past. If you are looking for one multi-tool to save some space in your pit box, the Savox worked well for us.

Street price for the Savox 12 in 1 is $19, the part number is SAVST1001, and you get one from your local HRP/Savox Dealer. Hit up This Link for more information on all the products that Savox has to offer.

Click Here for more Savox news on BigSquidRC.

HRP ihobby

HRP Distributing was out in force at iHobby with lots of new product on display.

HRP distributes Gmade and the new Sawback scaler Jeep was featured in the booth. From looking over the Sawback it looks like it will be a lot of fun out on the trail.

For short course fans the Racers Edge Pro 4 Enduro was on hand, and Viper RC had all their motors and speed controllers out on display.

HRP has recently started to distribute Team C gear here in the states and they had numerous models on display. The Team C vehicles looked like high end race machines for flying around a high bite track.

Spaz Stix paints and JQ Products were also in the HRP booth. The Spaz Stix paints have really taken off this year, and the JQ vehicles keep getting more popular. A bunch of Savox servos were also in the booth, look for our review of one of their waterproof models very soon.

To get more information on everything from HRP simply click This Link. To read more HRP news here on BigSquidRC THIS is the link you want.

Savox 540 Brushless Motors
Savox might be known mostly for their servos here in the States, but they make a lot of motors too. Savox has recently announced a new line-up of 540 sized sensored brushless motors. These motors are from their 36Ø Series and come in winds from 4.5 turn up to 23.5. Some of the features include-

* Cooling vents
* Made for 1-2S use
* Adjustable timing
* Fully re-buildable
* 3 pole design
* Weight- 180 grams

These motors have a street price of $89 and you can get more information by hitting THIS LINK over on the Savox USA website.

Looking for more Savox news? Check out THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.

HRP Distributing iHobby 2012
The folks from HRP Distributing are in full effect at the iHobby 2012 Expo. Their booth showcases the latest products from Savox servos and motors, Racers Edge, Viper, and G Made crawlers. If you are interested in more information on the products and lines they carry hit them up on their official website.

Looking for more Racers Edge news? THIS is the link you want.

Savox has a bunch of new servos that are out now or are coming down the pipe soon, sometime around the first of the year. No matter what kind of servo you’re looking for, Savox probably has a new one for you. From budget minded to super high end brushless and high voltage. They even have a direct drop-in replacement for Losi’s new 5IVE-T.


I whole heartedly applaud Traxxas for all they are doing to make RC a mainstream thing, but all of their focus seems to be on marketing and little on actual product development. I mean how many variations of the 1/16th E-Revo/Slash can there be? All have zero differentiation other than the bodies and some other ancillary things. I was hoping for a 1/5 scale RTR short course truck or something else ground breaking and new. Lets hope things change and they release something cool at the next hobby expo.

Keep up the good work! I really enjoy reading your website!

Cubby- What’s up Jon, great email, an welcome to the front page.

Personally… I really don’t have a problem with Traxxas running old platforms into the ground, financially it’s the best call and it actually works out best for the “typical” basher. For example, the Pede platform is a solid base with no glaring issues, there are parts Everywhere for that sucker, and because they produce so many of them parts are quite affordable, a perfect blend for the bashing crowd.

Traxxas popped the big bucks a few years ago for the new 16th scale platform and you just know from their history it will still be in service until well into the 2020′s. If it’s not broke, don’t fix it, I see no problem with that.

Now obviously Traxxas is sitting on top of the world totally dominating their (our) industry. So… when sitting in that position why not update the older platforms like the Pede? Would that help sell trucks? To the core rc’er yes, to the typical Traxxas buyer, probably not. So… it makes perfect financial sense to keep running the old molds until the heat death of the universe is upon us. Can’t blame Traxxas for doing what’s in their best interest and for making a good living off of good products.

But…. what really drives me batty is that Traxxas has no problem cutting huge checks for the TORC series but they can’t fix their shock caps that pop off every time the wind blows the wrong direction? I mean seriously, just how much could that possibly cost? I have no idea, but it’s gotta be less than what they spend feeding their employees during a typical TORC series race weekend. Those caps have been an issue since the Thompson Twins were on the top of the charts, come on Traxxas, cut the check and fix’em. I’ve lost literally gallons of shock oil onto our precious Mother Earth due to those shock caps popping off, multiply that by thousands of users and we are slowly turning the Earths surface to one covered with stock Traxxas shock oil! But to be serious, the biggest issue on pretty much every Traxxas truck has to be those caps, just fix’em already.

Hi just wanted to know about Savox brushless systems. Are they any good? Just about every one knows about their servos but not so much about there brushless systems. Can the BIGSQUIDRC test them or do a report to see what the pros and cones are on there brushless systems?

Thanks for any help you can give,
Riley B.

Cubby- How’s it hang’n Riley? Thanks for the email….

Ya know… the forum types can’t seem to give enough props to Savox servo’s, unfortunately every one I’ve ever used had issues pop up. And no, I don’t think I’ve ever used a full production unit, but still, their servos have left a bad taste in my mouth.

About Savox brushless systems… who’s to say you haven’t already driven one? Savox is known more for being an OEM than an actual product line so I’d be incredibly surprised if you haven’t already driven one of their units while not even knowing it.

My personal experience with Savox labeled non-sensored motors has not been good, but once again I don’t think I’ve ever used full production units. I will say one of our guys was running some crazy kv Savox 2 pole in his Slash at iHobby a couple years ago and I don’t think I’ve ever seen tires turn into that big of pizza cutters before, it was just nutz.

Anyways, just for you Riley we’ll hit up the powers that be and see if we can get hooked up with a Savox BL system for review. Till then… we had been planning on doing a short course brushless shootout, but due to the manufactures sending us an incredible different variety of systems we have deemed a shootout impossible to be “fair” to everyone, so instead we’ll be reviewing each of the systems individually. Look for reviews of multiple brushless sc systems to start popping up any Tuesday now.

Can you believe it, you’ve suffered through yet another “ASK Cubby” column. Send me your questions, sub-questions, and micro-questions to Cubby at BigSquidRC dot com!

YOUR Cub Reporter

You saw it here first! The guys from Savox have tipped us off on a new Savox SA-1283SG Super Torque Steel Gear Digital Servo they are planning to release in the next few weeks. This servo looks just totally bad@$$! Super high 12bit resolution with steel gears, coreless motor, full aluminum case, all while remaining totally green – from materials to production. This beast will be awesome for rock crawlers, monster trucks, and other 1/8th scale applications. .16 sec/60 @ 4.8V and almost 350 oz-in of torque! Bump that up to 6.0V and you’re looking at a speed of .13/60 and just over 416 oz-in of torque. Like I said… Beast!

Be sure to check out the Savox website for more information that should be coming soon!

Savox SB-750TG Digital Servo Review

From: Savox USA
Review by Cubby.

Savox Brushless Servo Last week I had the pleasure of reviewing one of the most uber servos on the market, the Hitec 7950, this week I’m testing a servo from a little known company called Savox. Savox may be little known to the masses, but they make a lot of servos (and brushless motors) for some of the most popular selling rc car manufactures in the USA. So while Savox makes most of their bones with OEM work, they also sell product under their own badging.
First off, the specs…