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Afro 30a Multirotor ESC w/ SimonK

A must-have controller for your FPV multirotor.

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Hobbyking's SimonK esc's are designed specifically for multirotors, boasting increased resolution, exceptional power response and smooth PWM input.

Fresh on the scene, the new Afro series of multirotor esc's from Hobbyking are perfect for your fpv platform, thanks to a ground-up redesign with hardware and software aimed specifically at multi's.

Taken from Hobbyking's website: Developed from the ground up, we wanted to build a truly Multi-rotor specific ESC that would offer the best performance and value in the market today. We wiped the slate clean and looked to the community for inspiration and help in designing an ESC that truly could be known as “The Multi-rotor ESC”

Enter Simon and Hamasaki AKA SimonK and timecop. This combination of hardware and firmware expertise in conjunction with the Hobbyking in house engineering team gave us the edge needed to develop an ESC like no other and hence the Afro series was born.

Boasting high efficiency, all N-channel MOSFET design, jitter-free hardware PWM input, and smooth power response the Afro ESC series are set to change the expectations of multi-rotor pilots around the globe. The Afro ESC series ship with multi-rotor specific SimonK software preloaded! no need to reflash. For added convenience the Turnigy USB linker can be used via the PWM signal lead for any future software updates eliminating the need for complicated flashing jigs or the need to cut open the heat shrink.

MikroKopter I2C compatibility has also been built in as standard. A DIY port is available under the shrink wrap which allows using the ESC with MikroKopter hardware that uses I2C control.

Specs:

  • Current Draw: 30A Continuous
  • Voltage Range: 2-4s Lipoly
  • BEC: 0.5A Linear
  • Input Freq: 1KHz
  • Firmware: afro_nfet.hex
  • Discharge wire/plugs: 16AWG/Male 3.5mm
  • Motor wire/plugs: 15AWG/Female 3.5mm
  • Weight: 26.5g (Included wire, plug, heat shrink)
  • Size: 50 x 25 x 11mm

Note: A user manual is available under the files tab, these are no ordinary ESCs! please take the time to read the manual before using them. Royalties paid on each unit sold to SimonK and Hamasaki for their design work, without which the Afro ESC would never have been born, thanks guys!

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Old Jul 02, 2013, 10:55 AM
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You think they will pay the royalties to them as well as they have to KK for his board? They cut him off and now won't answer his emails. I am not sure I have ever seen ANY company as unscrupulous. Look HERE


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...someone needs a marketing department to approve names for new items.
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They have a marketing dept, a very active one actually.
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have you never looked at abusemark.com?
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Ya think?

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They have a marketing dept, a very active one actually.
...and this department decided to approve the name Afro ESC?

Well, I hope that when we build a model with one or more of these ESC's no one criticises our engineering...
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They have a marketing dept, a very active one actually.
I understand Paula Deen is the director...

Joking aside, their marketing is a good match for their lack of integrity.

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HobbyKing pays royalties

Here at HobbyKing we have always honored our royalty contracts with developers.

Rolf (the inventor of the KK boards) was paid 10 days late in June, however his royalty payments are now all up to date and paid in full. In fact, we have paid Rolf tens of thousands of US dollars to date for his invention and he will continue to receive many thousands more.

I am now about to send $1,000 to Hamasaki and SimonK for their role in the development of the Afro ESC. And this thing has only been on sale for a few days!


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...and this department decided to approve the name Afro ESC?

Well, I hope that when we build a model with one or more of these ESC's no one criticises our engineering...
Whats wrong with the name?
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Whats wrong with the name?
I'll risk the infraction by sharing this link:

http://www.urbandictionary.com/defin...o%20Engineered
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I'll risk the infraction by sharing this link:

http://www.urbandictionary.com/defin...o%20Engineered
That has absolutely zero relation to this product except for the "Afro" in the name. Afro Engineering maybe a derogatory remark... but just using the word Afro is not.

Afro is just a hair style.
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Thanks, Anthony. Yes, this is just a cool hair style. I'm sorry if you associate it with anything other than awesome. There is nothing here that should be anything otherwise (other than the weird green heat shrink ).
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Here at HobbyKing we have always honored our royalty contracts with developers.

Rolf (the inventor of the KK boards) was paid 10 days late in June, however his royalty payments are now all up to date and paid in full. In fact, we have paid Rolf tens of thousands of US dollars to date for his invention and he will continue to receive many thousands more.

I am now about to send $1,000 to Hamasaki and SimonK for their role in the development of the Afro ESC. And this thing has only been on sale for a few days!


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Thanks for clarifying this Anthony. With instant information available on the good ole interweb, it's easy to become judge and jury. Case and point: a single forum post from Rolf.

With regards to the name of the controller. It is indeed a hairstyle and definitely NOT an oppressive or racial slur as some of you have posted. I'm looking forward to acquiring a few Afros myself.
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Single post , yeah right. What about the 3dhs designs so handily "borrowed" ? Care to share how many royalty payments have been paid on them? The mini Vbar copy? Shill all you want,people aren't blind, just cheap.

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