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Old Jan 31, 2015, 08:16 AM
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100MPH Electrolyte ARF by Hobby King Owners Thread

Do you feel the need for speed? The HobbyKing™ Electrolyte mini jet will fill that need quite well. Originally developed by US designer Dr. Bret Becker and sold as a limited production kit, it is now available as an almost ready to fly version, saving you time and effort. Working closely with the designer on both the airframe and power system, the Electrolyte you see here is one of the fastest micro jet's around. The original prototype was the first micro EDF to exceed 100mph and is currently on display at the AMA Museum in Muncie Indiana.
The Electrolyte features a beautiful pre-painted fiberglass fuselage, with balsa wings and tail. Included in the box are two different vertical fin options. As this is a high performance jet, it needs to get into the air quickly, so we have even included a mini bungee launch kit in the box. The heart of the Electrolyte is the included aluminum shroud, 8 blade impeller, Dr. MadThrust 40mm EDF unit with 8000kv inrunner motor. This is the power system developed by Dr. Becker specifically for this model to give the best performance without excess current draw.

Building the Electrolyte will take a few evenings of work. Though it is an Almost Ready to Fly model, we do suggest some previous model building. You will need a few tools such as a rotary tool with assorted bits, various drill bits, epoxy, clear tape, CA glue, sand paper, hobby knife, scissors, and some patience.

Flying the Electrolyte is the real treat. We recommend using the included bungee kit for best launches. From there, its full throttle the whole way! High speed passes, point rolls on the deck, either way, its an adrenaline ride the whole time. Check out the HobbyKing™ Electrolyte 40mm EDF, a small model that is big fun!

Download Electrolyte Instruction Manual Here

Features:
• Almost Ready to Fly - Complete final assembly, install electronics and fly!
• Pre-painted molded fiberglass fuselage
• Includes Alloy Dr. Madthrust Fan and 8000kv motor optimized for airframe
• Magnetically secured access hatch
• Pre-covered wing and tail surfaces with two vertical fin options
• Mini bungee kit included to aid in launching
• Ultra high performance, capable of 100mph+ speeds
• Bungee hook and plastic landing skids

Specifications:
Wing Span: 508mm
Length: 533mm
Weight: 210g (w/o electronics)
EDF Unit: Dr. MadThrust 40mm EDF w/8000kv Motor

Requires:
3+ Channel transmitter and receiver
25~30amp ESC
3S 11.1V 850~1300mAh Lipoly
3 * 4.7~5g servos
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Old Jan 31, 2015, 08:20 AM
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This thread is for all the Electrolyte owners to share their experiences, modifications, and achievements. This post will be maintained and will include links to useful info that other owners may find helpful. Suggestions for this thread are welcomed.
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Old Jan 31, 2015, 08:42 AM
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Electrolyte launch made easy (0 min 11 sec)


Test flight video by Choopi
HobbyKing Electrolyte Maiden (11 min 5 sec)
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Old Jan 31, 2015, 08:55 AM
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Can't wait to have mine! Hopefully the quality is good from Hobbyking and reflect your amazing design Pdawg. I still have souvenir of my viperjet from HK with paint peeling off... Did you see any of the production model?

Mine is going to be with the YEP30, HXT900 for the tail and I will maybe try the Corona DS633BP
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKzikfQkJnQ
Awesome...that looks a lot easier than hand launch Now I need to find a fly buddy willing and able... Bill are you listening
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Cruising through my HDD archives, I just came across a bunch of raw video of Dr Bret and I flying the E-lytes. It was when he and I met up for the maiden flights of my short kit, and Bret had one of the early HK prototypes too. Quite a few clips of them coming off the bungee (ramp). I will have to edit something down and add it to this thread.
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Old Jan 31, 2015, 01:16 PM
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That would be great if you could put those launches together into a video! Seem to remember recording it from a variety of different angles.
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Fedex just dropped this off at my door
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Curious...is the motor/fan balanced from factory?
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They will normally run ok, especially the smaller fans like this, but can almost always be fine tuned to run a little smoother.
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They will normally run ok, especially the smaller fans like this, but can almost always be fine tuned to run a little smoother.
Right! I just found the setup in HK and I does mention that it is balanced...we'll see Cheers!
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Looking forward to hear about quality / build impressions. It looks GREAT!
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How did they do the airfoil,? A jet this size will fly fine with just a basic plank wing, but a little more shaping is beneficial.
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Glad to see your kit arrived Abjets! The beauty of this fan is its fully serviceable. There is a metal shaft adapter and the rotor can be removed if needed. This is not standard practice on most micro EDF units. I am very appreciative that HK supported this more expensive approach. The common practice press fit rotors is cheaper to produce but they are often out of balance with no way to fix.
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Glad to see your kit arrived Abjets! The beauty of this fan is its fully serviceable. There is a metal shaft adapter and the rotor can be removed if needed. This is not standard practice on most micro EDF units. I am very appreciative that HK supported this more expensive approach. The common practice press fit rotors is cheaper to produce but they are often out of balance with no way to fix.
Thanks Pdawg! Fan looks like a very nice setup! Excited to put some power to her and see how she sounds/balances. I need to dig through the archives and come up with a ESC...my 30A Plush is a bit big...may even drop down to a 25A if I can find a nice light one that is more compact (ZTW Mantis 25A maybe?).

No issues with cooling of the ESC? She is a pretty tight airframe and with the full ducting and little airflow over the esc, maybe I should go 30A to be safe??? I love this hobby
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