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Mixing it up: Sensored ESCs and motors

Old 08-16-2007, 04:43 AM
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Default Mixing it up: Sensored ESCs and motors

I recently picked up a Novak GTB ESC and of course a natural choice would be to go with a brushless Novak motor, but I'm wondering how well non-Novak sensored motors interface with the ESC. Novak states that their ESC and motors are optimized for maximum performance, but what happens when you use a Team Orion brushless motor? Is there some possibility that the sensor data and/or signal won't be 100% compatible with the ESC - or that the readings could be off. Have these issue been addressed? Is there some standard that manufacturers follow? Is there some way to verify or calibrate these things?

I really would like to try different brand sensored motors with the GTB, but don't want to be wasting my time if there are known interoperability issues.
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Old 08-16-2007, 05:16 AM
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I think in the Aug. issue of RC Car Action there was a test of the Ultima RB5 buggy and they installed a Novak GTB I think with an Orion brushless motor and it worked fine.

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Old 08-16-2007, 06:30 AM
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running a GTB with an Orion 10.5 at the moment. runs fine and very well, imho.
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I know its not what you asked, but I run Spheres w/ Novak 10.5 , 13.5, and 6.5. And also ran a Neo One w/ a GTB. Its all good
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Old 08-16-2007, 08:48 AM
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The GTB works great with the new production Hacker Brushless motor.
I imagine the ESC works great with all sensored motors.

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As reported by Charlie, sensored motors are designed under the same specs as detailed by ROAR. They may tweak them a little differently (you can adjust timing on LRP for example) to seperate themselves, but for the most part, they are all very similar. I have heard that the GTB/Neo motors and vice versa LRP/Velociti combos do very well. If one of your buddies has a motor of a different manufacturer that he isnt using, pop it in and take a swirl. Jot down a few notes and then put a motor in from the same brand of the ESC. It may be a bit time consuming, but it'll bode well for you in the long run......
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I run a LRP TC Sphere on a novak 13.5

But pretty much or all of the sensored motors should work fine on the GTB
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There are basically three types of sensored motors on the market at the moment, the Novak, LRP, and Feigao (Orion, Checkpoint, GM, Speed Passion) and we have run them all with our ESC and have not encountered any problems with what we have tested and raced thus far.

Like what was mentioned earlier: to be a ROAR approved sensored brushless motor certain design features must be present and this helps make the motors and ESCs universally compatible with one another.
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Thanks guys!
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