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Old Sep 02, 2010, 08:23 AM
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HK 20A 18Amp ESC Programming

I have one of the HK cheapo ESC.

I seem to recall find something the other day that had the programming instructions and beep codes for it. I believe there were only three options like break, battery type, and something else.

Anyone know where the instructions are?

All I want to do is verify that mine is running in Lipo mode. I get one long beep of a few seconds when I power it up.

-l2t
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Old Dec 10, 2010, 02:20 AM
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i pulled this off hk's web sight from a post there:

Very good controller, specially for this money.
With 16A it becomes a little bit warm, no problem.

One disadvantage: there is no manual included. (5 Stars with manual!)
So I have searched in web an i found that the controller is programmable.
Possible options:
- LIPO-mode (auto selection 2/3 cells)
- NIMH-mode
- Break on / off

To program this controller you have to move transmitter throttle to full position.
Now connect battery to controller.
Wait some seconds, than you hear:
*peep* - *short pause* - *peep*
*pause*
*peep*peep* - *short pause* -*peep*peep*
*pause*
*peep*peep*peep* - *short pause* -*peep*peep*peep*
*pause*
this sequence will repeat...

When you want to use NIHM cells, you have to move throttle to off position when you hear the first *beep*beep*. Than you have to wait for a longer *beeep* and a short *beep*. That's all. You can disconnect battery now.

When you want to select LIPO mode, start from the beginning (throttle full, connect battery, listen to the beeps)
At the time when you hear the first single *beep* move throttle to off and wait for
*beeep* and *beep*.

When you want to switch Brake On or Off, start from the beginning, then wait for the first *peep*peep*peep* within one sequence and put throttle to off. Wait for *beeep* and *beep*.

Note: When you connect battery and throttle is in off position you will hear a long *beeeep* when LIPO-mode ist selected or a short *beep* when NIMH-mode is active.

good luck
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Old Jan 11, 2011, 07:06 AM
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I know this goes back a little.. but I got an art-tech 18mamp speed controller witha heat sink.. anybody seems to have is programming chart?
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Old Jan 11, 2011, 07:43 PM
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Can't remember where I found this, but it's the programing instructions for this ESC. It says SUPPO but it also works for the HK simple ESC.

Basicly there's 3 options.

Lipo
NiMH
Brake
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Old Jan 11, 2011, 09:46 PM
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thanks Ghosty
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Old Mar 18, 2011, 03:41 PM
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thanks for the great info FrostySM! You info was very helpful in resetting my programming.
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Old Oct 29, 2013, 06:56 AM
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Needed to set the brake on a HobbyKing HK HW20A very cheap 18-20Amp ESC.
Google sent me here, however, I did notice on the product Web page that Turnigy programing cards work.
I treid mine and it was perfect.
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Old Oct 29, 2013, 07:35 AM
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If reprograming a powered model ?

Make SURE YOU REMOVE the propellor FIRST.

Never have a WOT plane right in front of you chewing on your hands.
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