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TrakPower TK955 ReviewTo get a job done right it is always best to have the right tool. RC hobbyists sure do a lot of solder work so it only makes sense to invest in a good soldering station.

One of the newest digital soldering stations on the market is the TrakPower TK955. We’ve spent a few weeks putting it through the ringer and here is what we found out-

* The TrakPower had more than enough power to handle everything we threw at it. The TK955 easily made short work of 10 gauge wire to bullet connectors, one of the toughest jobs we have around the BSRC Bash Compound.

* It comes with two different tips, a medium sized flat tip and a pencil tip. The flat was the tip of choice for soldering up battery connectors, while the pencil came in handy for smaller work like putting a wire back on a circuit board.

* We purposely banged the TK955 around and it still works fine today.

Overall, we found the TK955 to be a powerful and great looking solder station. From small work to large, it never failed to get the job done and we can highly recommend it to you. The TK955 is priced at $109 and comes with a 5 year warranty. Hit up This Link for full details over on TrakPower’s website.

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TrakPower Digital Solder Station
The TrakPower crew has announced a new high-zoot Digital Solder Station. As you can see in the picture, the TK955 comes with an easy to read digital display which shows selected temperature, heating status and alerts.

* 5 yr limited warranty on control unit, 1 yr on iron
* Comes with iron stand & sponge
* Power- 60 watts
* Includes chisel and pencil tips
* Size- 4.7 x 3.7 x 2.8″
* Includes security key to lock idle temp
* Temperature- 392-896° F

The part number is #TKPR0955, they have a street price of $109, and these are in stock right now. Click Right Here for complete details over on TrakPower’s website.

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TrakPower LiPo 2S 7.4V 5800mAh 90C
Square LiPo Packs are becoming more common in the 10th scale buggy scene and TrakPower has a new pack for that application. You see, square packs are advantageous because they have less connections than saddle packs and because they help provide optimal weight distribution. For power, the new TrakPower square LiPo features a 90C discharge rate and is rated at 5800mAh of capacity.

* Max Discharge Current- 504 amps
* Max Charge Rate- 1C
* Form factor- 69 x 25 x 93 mm
* Weight- 295 grams
* Uses 5mm bullets and a genuine Deans connector

The part number is #TKPC0626, it is street priced at $89, and This Is The Link you want to get more information.

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TrakPower 90C LiPo Batteries
TrakPower has announced new 90C discharge LiPo packs. The 90C discharge rate gives more power than previous TrakPower offerings and they come in a wide variety of sizes to fit your needs. All the packs come with a hardcase for more protection and are approved for ROAR sanctioned competition.

The new 90C Trakpower packs include-

TKPC0605 1S 3.7V 6500mAh 4mm
TKPC0607 2S 7.4V 3250mAh 4mm
TKPC0610 2S 7.4V 4500mAh Shorty 5mm
TKPC0615 2S 7.4V 5600mAh Deans
TKPC0616 2S 7.4V 5600mAh 5mm
TKPC0620 2S 7.4V 7200mAh Deans
TKPC0621 2S 7.4V 7200mAh 5mm
TKPC0625 2S 7.4V 6000mAh Saddle Pack 4mm
TKPC0630 4S 14.8V 6700mAh Deans
TKPC0631 4S 14.8V 6700mAh 5mm

Prices range from $59-$159 and they are in stock right now. Hit up This Link for more information on all the LiPo batteries that TrakPower has to offer.

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THE TrakPower 7.4v 2S 70C 6800mAh Lipo Battery Review

TrakPower Lipo Battery Review

What makes for a good Lipo battery? That depends on what you are looking for, but most people look for excellent runtimes, lots of voltage, and a long cycle life. We’ve been using and abusing a TrakPower 2S 70C 6800 for a few months now. How does it stack up to the competition? Does it have a lot of power? Can it take some abuse and not puff? Click the “Read More” to find out…


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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TrakPower BrushlessThe crew over at Hobbico have just announced a bunch of special offers on select products to save you some cash. The offers are good through December 31st.

One of the offers is on TrakPower Brushless Systems and motors. When you buy a qualifying model of Trakpower brushless system you can then get a $50 merchandise certificate, and on qualifying models of brushless motors the merchandise certificate is good for $20.

Brushless systems qualifying for a $50 merchandise certificate-

TKPC6015 6.5T BL MS-1 ESC/Motor System- $259.99
TKPC6025 8.5T BL MS-1 ESC/Motor System- $259.99
TKPC6035 10.5T BL MS-1 ESC/Motor System- $259.99
TKPC6040 13.5T BL MS-1 ESC/Motor System- $259.99
TKPC6045 17.5T BL MS-1 ESC/Motor System- $259.99
TKPC6050 21.5T BL MS-1 ESC/Motor System- $259.99

Motors qualifying for a $20 merchandise certificate-

TKPC5025 8.5T Sensored Brushless Motor- $89.99
TKPC5035 10.5T Sensored Brushless Motor- $89.99
TKPC5040 13.5T Sensored Brushless Motor- $89.99
TKPC5045 17.5T Sensored Brushless Motor- $89.99

For a rebate request form and full details of the TrakPower offer, visit This Link.

ElectriFly Triton ChargersHobbico is also offering a deal when you buy a new Electrifly Triton series charger. When you buy a select model you then get a $30 merchandise certificate. The models that qualify for the $30 certificate include-

GPMM3155 Triton EQ AC/DC Balancing Programmable Charger/Discharger/Cycler- $99.96
GPMM3156 Triton EQ2 AC/DC Balancing Programmable Charger/Discharger/Cycler- $184.98

For more details on the ElectriFly offer, simply click This Link.

O.S. Brushless MotorsO.S. Brushless Motors are primarily used in rc airplanes and Hobbico has some special offers on them as well. They are offering $5 and $10 merchandise certificates when you buy select models of brushless motors. If you have never tried an O.S. brushless motor in your airplane or heli now would be a great time. The models include-

Motors qualifying for a $10 merchandise certificate-

OSMG9450 600-650 Brushless Heli Motor 4535-560- $159.99
OSMG9460 550-600 Brushless Heli Motor 4535-1260- $149.99

Motors qualifying for a $5 merchandise certificate-

OSMG9505 .05 Brushless Airplane Motor 3805-1200- $54.98
OSMG9510 .10 Brushless Airplane Motor 3810-1050- $54.98
OSMG9515 .15 Brushless Airplane Motor 3815-1000- $54.98
OSMG9525 .25 Brushless Airplane Motor 3820-1200- $74.98
OSMG9526 .25 Brushless Airplane Motor 3820-960- $79.98
OSMG9530 .30 Brushless Airplane Motor 3825-750- $79.98
OSMG9538 .52 Brushless Airplane Motor 5010-810- $104.98
OSMG9540 .40 Brushless Airplane Motor 5020-490- $109.98
OSMG9550 .50 Brushless Airplane Motor 5025-375- $97.11

To get more information on the O.S. Motor deals simply Click Here.

OS 4 stroke engineFor all you 4 stroke flyers, O.S. has offers on engines too, up to a $100 merchandise certificate. These offers include-

Engines qualifying for a $100 merchandise certificate-

OSMG1307 FR7-420 Sirius-7 7-Cylinder – $3,499.99
OSMG1320 FF-320 “Flat 4” – $1,649.99
OSMG1330 IL-300 Inline 4-Cylinder – $2,599.99

Engines qualifying for a $50 merchandise certificate-

OSMG0800 GF40 Gasoline 4-Stroke – $799.99
OSMG1160 FT-160 Twin – $939.99

Engines qualifying for a $30 merchandise certificate-

OSMG0877 FS72-a – $349.98
OSMG0930 FS-120S-E – $414.99
OSMG0935 FS-120-III (P) – $449.97
OSMG0981 FS81-a – $369.99
OSMG0982 FS81-a (P) – $429.99
OSMG0990 FS110-a – $414.99
OSMG0991 FS110-a (P) – $479.97
OSMG0998 FS155-a (P) – $499.98

Engines qualifying for a $20 merchandise certificate-

OSMG0830 FS-30S – $179.97
OSMG0898 FS-62V – $279.99
OSMG0900 FS-95V – $299.97
OSMG0956 FS56-a – $309.99

For more information on the O.S. Engine merchandise certificates Click Here.

TrakPower TK60 Soldering Iron
TrakPower has an affordable new 60 watt iron called the TK60. The TK60 should have enough power for most of the soldering jobs you come across in the rc hobby and has a street price of only $15. The part number for the TK60 is #TKPR1000.

To go with the TK60 soldering iron, TrakPower has announced a new deluxe iron holder and cleaning wire. These are both affordable accessories that will come in handy while working on your trucks. Part number for the iron holder is #TKPR1020 and it has a street price of $5. The part number for the cleaning wire is #TKPR1015 and it comes with a street price of only $8. To get more information on all things TrakPower THIS is the link to their official website.

Want to see more cool TrakPower gear? Check out THIS LINK right here on BigSquidRC.

THE TrakPower MS Series 8.5 Turn Brushless Racing System Review

TrakPower MS Series 8.5 Turn Racing Brushless Power System

We reviewed the TrakPower 10.5 MS Series system a few weeks and found out it was indeed a high quality product. Today we’ll be taking a closer look at the 8.5 turn version. Is it a lot faster than the 10.5? Is it the best sensored system money can buy? Hit the “read more” button and lets find out…


TrakPower Hard Case Lipo Batteries
Thankfully April Fools day is over and we can switch back from “Racer” news to what we are all about, covering the bash scene.

If you are looking for a high-end battery to power your bash machine the crew over at TrakPower has a new line-up of hard case Lipo’s. These new Lipo’s pack more punch with 80C discharge rates and they come with either 4mm bullet or genuine Deans connectors.

The new models include-

* TKPC0505 2S 7.4V 4600mAh 80C Hard Case 4mm ($69)
* TKPC0395 2S 7.4V 5600mAh 60C Hard Case 4mm ($99)
* TKPC0510 2S 7.4V 6000mAh 80C Hard Case Deans ($99)
* TKPC0515 2S 7.4V 6000mAh 80C Hard Case 4mm ($99)
* TKPC0520 2S 7.4V 7200mAh 80C Hard Case Deans ($119)
* TKPC0525 2S 7.4V 7200mAh 80C Hard Case 4mm ($119)
* TKPC0530 2S 7.4V 6000mAh 80C Hard Case Saddle Pack ($99)
* TKPC0535 4S 14.14V 6800mAh 80C Hard Case Deans ($199)

For more information just hit up the Official TrakPower Website, and to read more TrakPower news here on BigSquidRC THIS is the link you want.

THE TrakPower MS Series 10.5 Turn Brushless Racing System Review

TrakPower MS Series Brushless System

You don’t see a lot of sensored 10.5 brushless systems being used by hardcore bashers. Why? Because they typically don’t have the yank needed for the bashing crowd. Today we’ll be taking an in depth look at the latest sensored system from TrakPower, their MS Series 10.5, to see if it is bash worthy or if it should be left for track use only. Let’s jump right in shall we?


THE TrakPower DPS 12 Volt 25 Amp Power Supply Review

TrakPower DPS 25 Amp Power Supply Review

If you are into the rc hobby to stay there are a few items that you use all the time where spending the extra money on a high end item is worth it. For example, a good transmitter will last for years and be worth every extra penny. On that same note, if you are a serious hobbyist you need a good 12 volt power supply. A good power supply is well worth the extra cash as the years pass by.

When TrakPower introduced their new VR-1 Battery Charger they also introduced a mating power supply called the DPS 12v 25 amp. When we reviewed the VR-1 the DPS worked as a perfect mate for it, since then we’ve been running the tar out of it on a variety of other battery chargers to see how it stacks up. Let’s get on to the review shall we?


THE Cub Report QuadcopterHey guys, welcome to THE Cub Report, your weekly dose of rc bench racing and shoot’n the rc bull.

25 days, 1 hour and 42 minutes until the cars roll off in Melbourne, “sigh”. It seems like it takes forever for the F1 season to get started.

The “big” story from Dallas last night (Saturday) was why rookie Honda/Geico rider Zach Bell was allowed to race after literally crashing his brain out in his qualifier. Bell’s crash in his qual was one of the worst crashes I’ve ever seen (massive face plant after a triple), and from my big-screen it looked like he was knocked unconscious. Yes, racing is important, but not as important as actually breathing, remembering your name, etc. Seeing crashes like that (and Bell’s other big crash in the main) makes me feel good that I’m only climbing drivers stands now days, not swing’n a leg over a 450.

And on to rc…

WireGate 2013 rages on, last week Jeff from Fantom sent out another response to the ROAR banning of Trinity D3.5 based 17.5 motors. It seems Fantom sent out a wire sample to an independent lab who used a Smart Scope MVP OGP and it was determined the diameter of the wire was .031556″ (.8015 mm). ROAR posted a now infamous pic showing they measured .84173 mm. One of the two doesn’t know how to measure the diameter of a piece of wire, and at this point it doesn’t really matter who, Trinity is the big winner here regardless of how thick the wire might or might not be. Congrats ROAR, the exposure you’ve given Trinity on this one is priceless.

In more rc news…

It seems a lot of consumers believe that the Champaign based behemoth Hobbico has “bought” HPI USA. We first “broke” the news a few weeks ago during one of our Google+ LIVE shows, but the news is that Hobbico/Great Planes is the exclusive distributor for HPI in North America, not that they own the entire HPI USA company. We’ve spoken to multiple Hobbico people at length (in person) on the subject and they assure us they did NOT buy HPI USA, they simply bought up their inventory and got exclusive distribution rights. It sounded like HPI USA was having some financial ills so Hobbico stepped in and bought their inventory to shore them back up. That is the official word right now folks, but we can expect to learn more on March 1st when the “official” PR goes out.


Last week we posted our BigSquidRC Transmitter Shootout #2. If you haven’t checked it out HERE is the link. We certainly dig shootouts as we feel they are the best way of truly finding out how a product stacks up. Who won? The Futaba? One of the Turnigy’s? The Spektrum? Hit the link!

We’ve been working on a Quadcopter Shootout for some time now. We grabbed the Traxxas, HeliMax and Ares quads and have been bashing them like escaped mental patients (all in the name of science of course, LOL). We finished up our testing at Slot and Wing Hobbies in Champaign Illinois on Saturday. Our categories were- 1. Price, 2. Looks, 3. Durability, 4. Payload, 5. Ease of Flying, 6. Run-time, and 7. Features. The quadcopter shootout goes up Tuesday February 26th, even if you are a surface guy you’ll have a blast reading this one.


Another big week here on BigSquidRC, we’ll be posting our review of the Vaterra Kalahari and TrakPower DPS power supply (plus another surprise review), we’ll be posting all sorts of cool rc news during the week, and of course we’ll be talk’n the rc smack on our BigSquidRC LIVE Google+ show at 9 pm CST on Wednesday night.

That’s it for this week guys, have a fantastic week and support your local hobby shops and bash spots when you can.

YOUR Cub Reporter