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Old 08-09-2009, 05:44 AM
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i'm going to get the tower hobbies tx/rx system, but i'm hearing different things everywhere i read and towers descriptions are not the best.

1. Does the controller use 8AA batteries or 4AA batteries
2. What is the model memory?
3. It only has 2 channels, and on my erbe i run 2 servos. How do i run that? Does someone make a 2 into 1 connector?
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If you're talking about the Tower Hobbies 224 system...

1. It takes 4 AAs.
2. It's not computerized and has no model memory feature.
3. You can either buy a standard 2 to 1 Y harness, or better yet, a reversing Y harness (which will let you reverse the rear servo and let you adjust the rear trim independently of the front.
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Ok thanks. That's the one I'm talking about.So I can just bind it to each car I run each time
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I have the same question. Does anyone physically have one and can confirm if the receiver takes a separate 4 cell battery pack ? Their spec sheet is somewhat confusing. In one place they call it a BEC and under the receiver specs says it requires 4 cell power. Thanks

SPECS: Transmitter;
Channels: 2
Frequencies: 2.403 - 2.480GHz
Modulation: Spread spectrum
Input Power: 4 AA alkaline, NiCD or NiMH cells
Output power: < 0.1W
Power on indicator: red LED
Antenna: Non-removable, folding
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Channels: 2
Receiving Frequencies: 2.403 - 2.480GHz
Modulation: Spread spectrum
Input Power: 4 AA alkaline, NiCD or NiMH cells (4.8-6.0V)
Dimensions: 1.77 x 0.98 x 0.5" (45 x 25 x 13mm)
Weight: 0.25 oz (7g)
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I have the same system in a Dtx Vendetta, the tx uses 4 AAs. The rx is powered via the BEC running off the main batts. I bought a separate rx to use in another rc with this tx.

The rx is physically smaller than the size of 4 AAs. Their ad is just confusing.
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Thanks Duster, I have the same set up with the Duratrax Rally car. 2.4ghz with BEC receiver. But before I buy the Tower 224 I absolutely want to confirm that the receiver is BEC and not powered by a 4 cell battery like their specs say. Who has one that can eyeball it and confirm yes or no. Thanks.
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I have a spare receiver for the Tower/tactic systems.If one of you guys want it , 12.00 shipped. I bought it hoping that they copied either spektrum or airtronics 2.4 ghz systems , but no dice on either.Receiver has never been mounted in a car. Drop me a PM.
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Originally Posted by Good Beer
I have the same question. Does anyone physically have one and can confirm if the receiver takes a separate 4 cell battery pack ? Their spec sheet is somewhat confusing. In one place they call it a BEC and under the receiver specs says it requires 4 cell power. Thanks

SPECS: Transmitter;
Channels: 2
Frequencies: 2.403 - 2.480GHz
Modulation: Spread spectrum
Input Power: 4 AA alkaline, NiCD or NiMH cells
Output power: < 0.1W
Power on indicator: red LED
Antenna: Non-removable, folding
Receiver;
Channels: 2
Receiving Frequencies: 2.403 - 2.480GHz
Modulation: Spread spectrum
[B]Input Power: 4 AA alkaline, NiCD or NiMH cells (4.8-6.0V)[/B] Dimensions: 1.77 x 0.98 x 0.5" (45 x 25 x 13mm)
Weight: 0.25 oz (7g)

Anybody got one ?? Does the Tower 224 receiver require a separate battery pack or is it BEC ? Thanks.
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Originally Posted by Good Beer
Anybody got one ?? Does the Tower 224 receiver require a separate battery pack or is it BEC ? Thanks.
What specifically do you need? Most receivers do not perform any BEC function, they are powered by whatever you supply them with. With electric powered cars, the ESC will regulate the battery voltage down to the 5 or 6 volts required by the receiver and servos, and for gas powered you would have a receiver battery pack anyway.
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My question is as stated. Is the Tower 224 receiver powered by the ESC or a separate battery source? As it states in my copy/paste of the Tower specifications sheet it leads one to believe the 224 receiver may take a separate 4 cell power source. Let me rephrase my question.

Who has a Tower 224 TX/RX and can confirm the power source for the receiver? Thanks.
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Bump for anyone who owns a Tower 224 2.4ghz receiver.
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Honestly, you probably aren't going to get anyone who does own one to tell you what you are looking for without any additional information.

A true BEC feature (voltage regulator) on receivers hasn't really been advertised or included since the days of mechanical speed controls ended. Any modern receiver (including the Tower 224) states the power requirements to be 4.8-6.0V. Whether that comes from an external battery or the ESC, it doesn't matter at all. It can handle both scenarios.

If you want to run your receiver directly off the 7.2 or 8.4V from the main battery and have the receiver regulate that down to 5v, then no, I'm pretty sure it doesn't have that ability.

If all you want to do is plug in an ESC without a secondary battery, then it absolutely can do that.
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[QUOTE=blanchjd;6221107]Honestly, you probably aren't going to get anyone who does own one to tell you what you are looking for without any additional information.

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Blanchjd, I appreciate your input and I fully understand everything you are saying. However before I order one for one of my play cars I want to clarify the statement Tower makes in their specs and I had hoped someone on this huge forum may have already bought one and can confirm or deny what the Tower specs leads one to believe. The question still stands:

Does the Tower Hobby 224 2.4ghz receiver, as it comes out of the box, take a 4 cell receiver pack to power the receiver or does the receiver power come directly from the ESC. As I said, their spec sheet is somewhat vague. Who out there has one and can confirm this ?? Thanks
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Does anyone here own a Tower 224 GHZ radio ?
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