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Old Dec 14, 2011, 09:33 PM
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Esc Blow up?

I feel really stupid guys, I am new at ths hobby and i have a 3000mah 40c 11.1 volt battery and i plugged it into my 18am plush speed controller. There was a spark and smokes blew out of my esc. Can you guys tell me what happened? Is my battery ok, can i still use it or did it completely short? I opened my esc after and there was no obvious or even noticible marks of fire or heat, but smoke came out of it. Thanks guys
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Old Dec 14, 2011, 09:40 PM
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something you should know

I made a converter for my battery so i would not have to cut the wiring. I do not think this was the problem though.
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Old Dec 14, 2011, 09:54 PM
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I made a converter for my battery so i would not have to cut the wiring. I do not think this was the problem though.
I have no idea what you mean by this.
Exactly what did you do?
It sounds like the + and - were reversed.
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Old Dec 14, 2011, 09:56 PM
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I do not think so, what i did was it had a fifferent male connector that would not connect to the female so i used a female from another esc that would fit the battery and attachedthat to a male that would plug into the female connector for the esc. I think it is because i have such a geat c rating. 40c for a 18amp battery, probly just overloaded it. Thats what i am guessing, tell me if i am wrong.
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Old Dec 14, 2011, 10:45 PM
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You are wrong
If the polarity was correct then most likely there was a short.
Just plugging things in normally would not result in any real load on the ESC or any other part of the power train.
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Old Dec 15, 2011, 06:54 AM
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You are wrong
If the polarity was correct then most likely there was a short.
Just plugging things in normally would not result in any real load on the ESC or any other part of the power train.
Agreed, you could plug a 100C 10000ma battery in to your ESC and the ESC should be fine. Its the load (ie: motor or a short) on the ESC that will kill it.
Re-check your wiring..
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Old Dec 15, 2011, 04:21 PM
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Ok also i did not have my motor plugged into my esc just my reciever and battery
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Old Dec 15, 2011, 04:40 PM
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Any chance those motor wires were touching?
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Old Dec 15, 2011, 05:11 PM
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No, I do not recall them touching at all. When i made that connector i aligned the black with black and red with red, are they the same through out all the batteries in the world?
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Old Dec 15, 2011, 08:35 PM
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Red + and black - are reasonably universal.

OK. If there was no short circuit for any reason and the polarity is correct, then perhaps the ESC was faulty.
Other than that... I give up.
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Old Dec 15, 2011, 08:37 PM
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Ha ok it was wierd the other day when i tried to add power to the motor it would just start twitching and then eventually start spinning. If i took off the power again it would do the same thing, also would get very hot.
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Old Dec 15, 2011, 08:51 PM
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Yes. Some motor / ESC combinations will do that. Altering the timing may fix it, but sometimes another type of ESC is the best option.
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Old Dec 15, 2011, 09:09 PM
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Yes i tried all the timings and noine worked i think i will have to go with another type of esc i guess...
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