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Old 05-29-2006, 10:30 AM   #1
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Looking to buy my first ESC. What features should I be looking for? How do I go about picking the right one for me.

A little background. I'm a total newb and I'll be racing stock at first. I would like an ESC that I will be able to move up with though.
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look for a lightweight esc..with programable setting.. if your racing stock you dont have to buy those "no motor limit" esc which is a little more expensive... some offers a waterproof esc... but to be sure...buy it from a well know manufacturer. that has good warranty program...cause esc can burn anytime due to carelessness..
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What does programable mean? Can I get one that I can use one a brushed now and a brushless later or would I be better just buying a new one when I go to a brushless motor?
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What does programable mean? Can I get one that I can use one a brushed now and a brushless later or would I be better just buying a new one when I go to a brushless motor?
There are some ESCs that can run both brushed and brushless (for example, Novak GTB, LRP Sphere/Sphere Competition). Those are quite expensive though I'd get a simpler brushed one for cheap, learn all the stuff, then move up later..

Programable means you can configure throttle settings, braking options, some other stuff. I'm still learning as well..
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The most important thing is getting a speedo with a 6V BEC to power the receiver and servo. Then you won't have to upgrade your speedo when you get a 6V FET servo (not if you get one, because a fast servo is a must eventually!)
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Ignoring the price issue, you want an ESC that is either programmable or has presets that are specifically for Stock racing, which will mean you get optimal performance from which ever motor you use.
You also want a low 'on' resistance which is normally given in the spec sheets.

You might also want to consider the level of service that the manufacturer can provide, as these expensive items can be a nightmare when they go wrong and some of the companies don't seem to care about after sales service!

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make sure that it has all GOLD conectors,

my esc connectors are metal, and my controler is going into thermal shutdown with 3300's and a 27t, its gay
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Good smoke retention.
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If your in a market for an Good ESC and on a budget get the Novak GTS cost around $80. And novak have the best customer service I've been in the hobby for six years now and never had use any other ESC than novak.

But if you looking for high end ESC I have Novak GT7 for sale for $75
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one of the most important specs of a good esc is a low "on-resistance".
a lower on-resistance means the esc consumes less of the battery power...which translates into higher voltage being passed on to the motor, more runtime, and less heat.
the novak gtx has rating of .00034ohms, and funny thing, the novak gtb when in brushed mode has an even lower rating of .00013ohms!
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