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Hello all - I have just re kindled an old Interest In RC boats and have an Aerokit Sea Commander at the electrics stage. I have a two ch. Futaba controller and a Electronize 43HX esc. The thin red, black & white leads from the esc connect to channel 2 of the Futaba receiver. How do I know which of the three pins to connect the three coloured leads to as they are not pre fitted with a correct polarity plugin ( like the plugs already fitted to the servo unit) ? Many thanks, Keith.
HI Keith It Is very Important to connect the correct polarity to the RX. Electronize used to supply two plug blanks on for Futaba with a small tang along one side and another without. The white lead (signal pulse) need to go to the socket nearest to the tang end of the plug, the red Is In the middle ( ve) and the black (-ve) next. You can use either type of socket plug but the Futaba helps you Insert the plug correctly. You will not damage the Rx by putting the black to the pulse Input, It just won't work. The red wire Is always In the centre pin with Futaba equipment. Dave
Thanks Dave - that clarifies things nicely. I got It to work on the bench today but then It stopped. I did some checks but no go ! The back of the esc was quite hot - Too much so for my liking. I have had the esc for 12 years but It was never out of the box so It should be ok. I am using the Caldercraft 750s motor supplied and a 12v 7amp lead acid battery to set It up. I hope I haven't cooked something !
HI Keith The ESC should not be getting hot If the motor Is not loaded. I would check that you can turn the prop and motor freely and correct any binding. If I remember correctly your ESC has a built In BEC, and you should not connect a separate battery (4.8v) to the receiver. The ESC has a power MOSFET and Voltage reg attached to the back plate so heat suggests this may be damaged. You have switched on the ESC? (assuming It has the BEC circuit) Did you use a battery with the ESC and have the black (-ve) wire connected to the middle pin during your tests? Could you have reversed the main battery connection? The MOSFET and Internal IC can both be damaged by even momentary wrong connection. Dave
No Dave my esc does not have bec and Is powered by 4 AA's. Motor and prop shaft are free but, on carefully reading your reply, I am concerned that I may have stupidly reversed polarity when connecting esc to rx this morning - further Investigation underway In the shed this evening !
HI Keith There Is good news and not so good. From your description the IC Is OK as you can hear the relay switching from fwd to rev. The bad news Is your MOSFET has blown. Your ESC Is no longer supplied by Electronize but I believe It may have a max current of 15 amp. Your motor Is rated at 1amp unloaded so the ECS should have been ample for your purpose. I have used many Electronize ESCs and repaired those I have blown. The company used to offer a repair service but I believe this may be discontinued. If you have a friend who Is Into electronics It Is a fairly simple job to replace the part with a similar rated component costing under £5. If you have a model boat club near you may be able to find someone local to help. I hope this won't stop you rekindling your Interest In restoring the model. Dave
Thanks Dave - looks like you were correct about the mosfet (about which I know nothing) but I gave the damaged esc to a friend of a friend etc. and he Is repairing. In the meantime I just ordered a new 15amp Electronize unit and will use the repaired one In the next build. Thanks for all the contributions. Regards, Keith.
HI guys - just received the new 15A Electronize esc. I still have to get the battery pack and am thinking 8.4 V 3800AH. Nimh. How will this set up work. I'm not well up In electronics. My spec Is ... Aerokits Sea Commander with supplied 750 12v motor and 40mm 2 blade prop. Should I have gone for a higher amp esc ? Would you expect the model to plane and how long should It run on a charge ? I had originally Intended to use 12v lead acid but hull space Is a bit too restricted and It Is probably too heavy anyway.
HI Keith What exactly Is the 750 12v motor? We need to know so that the specs re amps etc can be determined. I can't find any details on the web for a 750. Regarding the battery It should really be 12v for the motor to work at max efficiency, weight Is always a problem and a lighter battery will help In getting the model on the plane. You can get 12v NiMhs and the higher the amps the better. Your ESC should be fine for most motors usually fitted to this model but more details will enable us to confirm. Cheers Dave
Good morning Dave - thanks for getting back to me and sorry for not being clear. The motor Is a Caldercraft 750s which Is supplied as part of the Aerokits Sea Commander kit. On the motor housing Is CEM750S and the code S-2191AE134. The model kits are manufactured by Jotika as you are probably aware and their recommendation Is 7.2v nicad or 12v6ah lead acid using the supplied two blade 40mm plastic prop. I emailed the company who supplied the kit re. esc and power source to be told that their recommendation would be Viper 25amp with either 11.1v lipo or 8.4v nimh. Quite contrary to the manufacturer I think !
In coming back to rc boats after many years I had purchased the particular kit partly because It came Including matched motor, shaft, prop etc. Nice and straightforward with no confusion ?
Ok - my main concern Is the 15amp esc. should I send It back In favour of a 25 or 30amp ?
ps the motor spec Is --
Nominal v 12 Range 6 - 12 Max rpm at 12 - 18,800 No load 2.6 amp Current at 12v - 12.78 Stall 92.08 amp
HI Keith The stats I found on the Caldercraft site were: CEM-750S
Nominal Voltage: 8.4V Operating Range: 4.8-12V RPM at Nominal Voltage: 18800 No Load Current: 1A
Fairly similar to what you quote so the 15amp Electronize will be Ideal. As with any electrical kit a fuse Is always a good Idea to protect the model and equipment should a fault develop and the motor gets stalled. According to your figures the stall Is 92Amps but you ESC will shut down well before then. I would use a 15 amp fuse In the positive connection from the main battery. I suspect the advised battery Is more to do with what's commonly available and the fact that many ESCa (not yours) are limited to <12v. I would go with the 8.4v NiMh you suggested as this will probably give you sufficient performance. You can always buy another battery later If you seek more speed. Cheers Dave