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Old Mar 27, 2006, 02:11 PM
Conformity Kill's
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Align 35A "G" ESC on fire

I know some of you might not think this is cool but I did. After 5 min of hovering in the backyard the heli fell from about 3 ft up an landed OK. But then the ESC busted out in flames, wish I had my camera on hand. From the looks of it the FEST exploded and shorted out and the board caught fire. I don't know what happend, just hope it doesn't happen again. So it looks like I'm on my way to the LHS for a new ESC. Hope the motor still works . Anybody else have a fireball issue with the align ESC.

Motor: 430l 3550
esc: 35AG
pinion : 11t
and a park BEC 6V

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Old Mar 27, 2006, 02:31 PM
Hold my beer.....
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I had a BRAND-NEW one go up in flames, not as bad as yours - but there was evidence of fire. At this point I have had it with Align controllers (three new ones failed) and CC (crappy heli programming) - I have no idea what to do now........
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Old Mar 27, 2006, 02:51 PM
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maybe we should try the Kontronic ESC, but I can't stomach 180 - 200$ price range......I'll give the 35A "X" and try and see what happens.

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Old Mar 27, 2006, 02:53 PM
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200 bucks for an esc i think ill take my chances and keep water bottle handy!
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Old Mar 27, 2006, 04:42 PM
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People are saying the Quark ESC is very good.
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Old Mar 27, 2006, 06:12 PM
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I'd like to hear more about the Quark.
Tower hobbies has the Kontronik Jazz @$170+Shipping-$20 untill 3/31/06
It's still kind of pricey. But after seeing some of these fireball posts
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Old Mar 27, 2006, 06:40 PM
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Just went and picked up an Align BL-35X, I have this one in another trex running an AON 3500 motor and no probs. so far. So I hope this one is trouble free and work good on the 430L motor. hopefully I just got a bad one or had to many crashes on the old one and it was a total fluke. We'll see.

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Old Mar 27, 2006, 07:07 PM
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I just had a CC 35 go up in a puff of smoke without getting it off the ground, replacement on back order for 2 weeks, so no joy there either.
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Old Mar 27, 2006, 09:19 PM
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W0W, i didn't even know they could burst into flames.

So was there any other damage ? How did u put it out, or did it burn out quickly it'self ?
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Old Mar 27, 2006, 09:32 PM
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I've gone through two Quarks -- they may be electronically good units, but mine had "mechanical" problems. The programming switch pushed off of both of them making it impossible to set them up. The second one would not work at all with a BEC.

$90 ESC units should be mechanically and electrically well built. Quarks aren't in my opinion.

Kontronic?
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Old Mar 27, 2006, 09:36 PM
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yeah, puff of smoke then "flame on". I think the FETS got really really hot then caught the FR4 on fire and the heatshrink material. The actual flames only lasted about 5 sec. or so, so fire damage was very minimal. then smell of burnt fiberglass, plastic and rubber was a bit strong. I just stood there mouth a gape wondering if the battery exploded, in which case run for the hose. Oh well.

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Old Mar 27, 2006, 09:36 PM
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Hyperion looks to be the best in helis these days i mean if you dont want to pay 150$+ for an esc.
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Old Mar 27, 2006, 11:22 PM
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Old Mar 27, 2006, 11:30 PM
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Quote:
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Hyperion looks to be the best in helis these days i mean if you dont want to pay 150$+ for an esc.
have you tried this esc?
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Old Mar 28, 2006, 01:05 AM
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just fired up the "X" version of the align 35A so far so good. keep everyone posted.

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