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Old Dec 10, 2007, 10:59 PM
Moncho
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Best 50-60 A ESC that won't break the bank

I'm looking for a 50-60 A ESC for brushless motor that won't put me in the poor-house. I want something that can handle 4s and has a BEC. There are sooo many out there... The phoenix 60 looks like the standard, but it so expensive. Anyone have ideas of a less expensive alternative???
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Old Dec 11, 2007, 12:59 AM
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Shop around. (hint!) The Phoenix 60, brand spankin new can be had for a fair discount.

Buy cheap, and you may buy several times! That can get really expensive.

Go with your gut on this. Castle won't let you down.

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Old Dec 11, 2007, 01:24 AM
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You'll get what you pay for...

If you plan to actually push 50 to 59 amps through the ESC you'll want to get a good brand (Jeti, Castle... or similar price range reputable name brand ESC makers) or you'll need to get one rated for 120 amps.

The Jeti 60 amp 4 to 6 cell Lipo rated ESC only needs reasonable airflow over it to keep it from overheating when drawing 55 amps using 6S LiPo.

The Dynam 60 amp 2S to 6S LiPo rated ESC needs a huge heat sink added and VERY GOOD airflow to keep it from overheating when pulling 30 amps at 4S LiPo...
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Old Dec 11, 2007, 06:45 AM
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I vote for the CC Phoenix 60. I have one and itís well worth the money. The other big advantage of CC ESCís is the fast and usually free repair if anything goes wrong. Some other brands take many months and cost about the same as a new ESC to repair.
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Old Dec 11, 2007, 07:51 AM
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If you are going 4s, you want OPTO [which have no BEC, so are cheaper anyway], and to be honest, I rarely use "expensive" ones, because Iv'e never really had a problem with some "less expensive" ones, Pulso I personally reccomend, and if you need 60A, you don't need to go over 60A.....I think flea bay cheap 'n' nasty's have tainted people's opinions.
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Old Dec 11, 2007, 08:07 AM
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I'm a big fan of United Hobbies for...

Batteries
Speed Controls
Motors

Just size them correctly.
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Old Dec 11, 2007, 11:18 AM
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Hi,

Take a look at E-Flights new 60 amp unit. At $80.00 it out does the Castle Phoenix 60 in capability.

Good luck! Mickydee
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Old Dec 11, 2007, 11:51 AM
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http://www.hackerbrushless.com/x-pro-controllers.shtml

I'm running several of the new X-70 SB pro controllers. They have a switching BEC in them (hence the "SB" designation) and are capable of powering more servos. I'm using the 70's at way above 70 amps peak, and they're rated for 85 peak (yes, i'm well above that). The 55 might be just what you need, rated for 55 continuous, 65 peak, and it has a switching BEC in it also rather than just a linear regulator..
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Old Dec 11, 2007, 03:20 PM
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How about the Great Planes/Electrifly silver series??
Anyone have experience with this one?
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Old Dec 11, 2007, 03:34 PM
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No experience with the new silver series... but I was very disappointed with the GP brushed ESCs that I did try.

For example: Just changing from the GP C-10 ESC to a Castle Pixie 7P gave a large improvement in power and durration. The Pixie weighs much less also... There was vitrually no cost difference in the 2 ESCs.
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Old Dec 11, 2007, 04:29 PM
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http://www.hackerbrushless.com/x-pro-controllers.shtml

I'm running several of the new X-70 SB pro controllers. They have a switching BEC in them (hence the "SB" designation) and are capable of powering more servos. I'm using the 70's at way above 70 amps peak, and they're rated for 85 peak (yes, i'm well above that). The 55 might be just what you need, rated for 55 continuous, 65 peak, and it has a switching BEC in it also rather than just a linear regulator..
I have to agree with Gary. (none of this is recommended by the way ) I'm running the X55 SB pro with 5 digital servos hooked to a A30-10XL on 4S swinging a 15 x 4 APC E3D prop at 68A at full throttle and it has performed flawlessly.

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Old Dec 11, 2007, 07:44 PM
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The SCORPION brand is about the best combination of value and performance, IMHO. www.innov8tivedesigns.com or neoplanes.com are sources. The latest release of HV ESC will come with a RF programmer card - yep, that's right - no touch, no plug in, no taking your plane apart - just push buttons on the programmer and it's done by RF.

No association with these guys- other than as a satisfied customer.

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Old Dec 11, 2007, 08:43 PM
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I just bought a Castle Creations Tbird 54 for $41 shipped on ebay....cant beat that IMO. Great controller for a great price.
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Old Dec 12, 2007, 01:09 AM
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I just bought a Castle Creations Tbird 54 for $41 shipped on ebay....cant beat that IMO. Great controller for a great price.
That price makes it a "no brainer" to go with the Castle T-Bird.

I've been very happy with my T-bird 9. I paid a bit more for it at the local hobby shop. (about 18 months ago)
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Old Dec 12, 2007, 08:47 AM
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I'm with JimNM.....I bought a 35A Scorpion controller and the price was right, comes with a programmer, and seems to perform as advertised so far. I think the larger ones have a 3 or 4 amp 5V BEC.
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