Originally Posted by Tommy R
I know asking about electronics preferences is second only to discussions on religion or politics, but I'm venturing into uncharted waters (for me) and I'd like to ask for your suggestions.
I'm coming from a background of rock crawlers and onroad racing. In both of which, ESCs are pretty much wide open. I'm very unfamiliar with most of the brands that are allowed in USVTA.
Of the available selections, do any of them offer easy drag brake changes w/o additional software? In other words, I want to be able to make drag brake changes w/o needing to bring my laptop to the track.
What about the need to purchase different software or datalinks of some form? That would be helpful info. as I budget for this purchase. I'm also looking for something with a small footprint as space is fairly tight on my car. Of course, if any are known for particularly good or bad reliability, please share your experiences there, too!
Given my list of criteria, does that rule out any of the available ESCs? Do any of them stand out as a good option compared to the others? I've been researching, but talk about a time consuming process!
Thanks in advance!
Club Brushless ESC (#1852)
EDGE 2S Brushless ESC (#1850, 1851)
Mongoose Micro Brushless/Brush ESC (#1718)
GTB 2 Racing w/X-Drive (#1749)
GTB 2 Racing w/X-Drive- Low Profile (#1748)
GTB 2 Sportsman Racing Brushless ESC (#1708, 1709)
GTB series part numbers:1710, 1711
Havoc series part numbers:1732, 1733, 1735
Slyder part number: 1712
XBR (DISCONTINUED) part number:1720
A.i. Brushless Reverse part numbers: LRP80100, LRP80150
Cirtix Stock Club Race ESC part number: 12280
Reventon Stock Club Race part number:SP000048
JUSTOCK Club ESC (same esc, but differing part numbers)-
Falcon Sekido Part #
Hobbywing Justock Black: 81020001 (Black)
Hobbywing Justock blue 81020000 (Blue)
CRC Part #
7014 - Hobbywing XERUN Juststock Club No timing ESC - Sensored
I'll take a stab at this and try my best.
The smallest of the group in order of adjustability
Novak Club- very limited adjustments (similar to the SP Cirtix)
Novak Edge/Mongoose- full range of adjustments through the "one touch" button. The mongoose was originally intended to be run with Novak's 380 brushless motors. It was found to be able to handle Novak 540 size 25.5/21.5's as well.
Speedpassion Cirtix- very limited adjustments and requires the program box.
Reventon/Justock- Full range of adjustments, I beleive they also will require a box.
The XBR/Havoc/Slyder are all about the same size and have basically the same adjustments through the "one touch" button. (The XBR was my personal favorite)
The GTB series as well as the LRP are the largest foot print of the bunch. The LRP was limited in adjustment, and is now a discontinued item.
The entire Novak line of esc's have thermal protection built in for the motor as monitored by the "blue wire" from the motor timing sensor. There is a note in each of their sport esc's mentioning specifically that they will only work with their motors.
Some of these esc's have a lower amp rating in the BEC circuit and may require the use of a "glitch buster" when used with certain radio and servo combo's. If it doesn't specifically say it has a 6V/3A BEC, then be safe and use a "glitch buster".
If your looking to piece together a system, then the under $80 NIB esc's would be the Club,Cirtix,Reventon,Justock with the Club at the high end and the Cirtix at the low end.
The best budget starter is the Club combo at around $120 for an SS motor and esc. Then the Edge combo with the Ballistic at $160. The Edge/Ballistic combo will give you the most overall adjustability and the esc is rated to be able to run down to a 10.5 motor as well as being suitable for the 2 wheel of road clases.It does however, fall into that 2 amp category.
Hope that helps