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Old 05-02-2003, 05:41 PM   #1
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I was wondering if anyone knew how important it is to use a schottky diode in a high performance ESC. I want to get one ASAP, but will i damage my ESC if i go without one for a few days.

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Old 05-02-2003, 07:49 PM   #2
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Most escs will come with a schottky diode. Even if it doesn't, I highly doubt it will damage the esc.
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It is really more of a drivers preference if you want to run one or not. Basically using a shotky diode on the motor will increase braking. Depending on the track conditions, I have run up to 4 shotky diodes on my motors. It wont hurt anything if you decide not to run it though.
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Great than i'll keep running it without the diode. I was just worried when i put on the brakes that i might damage it after a while.
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No damage will happen as a result of not running a diode, if it were going to, it would have already.
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Old 05-03-2003, 07:17 PM   #6
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So don't bother with the diode at all?
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A schottky will also help battery regeneration, and so basically you will have a longer run time.
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Old 05-04-2003, 02:20 PM   #8
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If you dont run a shottky diode you might overheat and damage your brake transistors in your speedo.
If you are running a GM speedo you must use a shottky, if you dont your brake will be gone faaast.. (did it to 2 gm speedos..never again)
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crap, i hope i didn't already do any permanant damage. I won't run it untill i get one. Any recomendations on wich one? Novak, reedy
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They are all the same, just buy the brand that offers the cheapest diodes...
GM has a stronger type , looks like a transistor. Have never tried it myself, but i have heard that its good (over 2 times stronger than a standard shottky)
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where would i get it horizon?
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Old 05-04-2003, 04:07 PM   #12
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I have no idea...
Just buy a standard shottky and use that, you should be able to get one in any hobbyshop
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I thought the same thing until i called four local hobby shops and not one of them carried any. They pretty much deal almost all nitro. No bid deal i'll just get one of tower by novak.

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What kind of ESC are you using?
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GM v12
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