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HelicopterAfter Market Accessories › On Board Glows
10-20-2009 05:39 AM  8 years agoPost 21
GimbalFan (RIP)

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Big Coppitt Key, FL

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Eventually all fads die and people go back to a minimalistic approach. - Dood
Yeah -- which explains why everyone is tossing their gyros and governors. - ???
hey, I'm going to build a Cricket that'll resemble that remark (at least the gov. part )
- really, I already have the kit. Once my basement project is done ... - jschenck
RC hobbyists will begin tossing out their On Board Glow units right after they start tossing their gyros and governors, eh? Yeah -- of course.

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10-20-2009 07:42 AM  8 years agoPost 22
aceisback

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Terre Haute, IN

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Plain and simple, they are a costly luxury and that is about it. We were fine before they were invented, and we can still live without them. My glow igniter with meter does everything I need it to do and one less thing to fail on the heli itself or get damaged in a crash. If the cost of the onboard igniters were less then they might be worth using.

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10-20-2009 08:14 AM  8 years agoPost 23
wws2010

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La Cresenta, California - United States

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I dont see why they have to be so expensive, they are basically a regulator and a couple of wires right? A little 555 timer and a battery and we got it taken care of! I am gonna make one and it is gonna be cheap!!! for everyone!

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10-20-2009 08:41 AM  8 years agoPost 24
Bob Wales (RIP)

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Lebanon CT

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If you are running the higher voltage with lipo's and you have to get a regulator anyway then why not get the 2in1 regulator with glow ignitor built in.

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10-20-2009 01:57 PM  8 years agoPost 25
Thi-rex

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Michigan

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I use Perfect Regulator's onboard Push-button glow driver and I like it a lot. It doesn't take any channel from your receiver, but can be Y-ed off to get power from there. Also, Matt's support is the best. I lost some parts from not applying loctite to the screws, and he sent me 2 spare ones for free to fix it !!!

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10-20-2009 03:30 PM  8 years agoPost 26
rstacy

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Rochester, NY

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... but for some reason they're quite popular amongst the noobie crowd. Thats true with all new gadgets. Eventually all fads die and people go back to a minimalistic approach.
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We are one of those newbies.
I guess that I am one of those newbies too Benny

At first I was probably on Dood's side of the fence but BW finally convinced me to try one.
Now they all have it!

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10-20-2009 03:40 PM  8 years agoPost 27
Ed1955

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Pocono Mountains, PA USA

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Call me a Noobie, but............

I couldn't own a Nitro without one. When I switched from T600 electrics to 600 Nitros, the first thing that bugged me was how much support crap I had to haul to the flight line just to get the heli in the air. I have switch glows on both of my 600 Nitros and now I've got it down to three pieces of equipment; the heli, the starter and my radio, the fuel bottle, heli bags and cases stay on the pit tables. For what it's worth the second thing that bugged me and I pretty much knew it was coming was how messy these machines are. I miss the days of just putting my heli inside my car or truck and driving away from the field. Those days are over with, believe me! Now I have to spend 10-15 minutes just cleaning it enough to put them back into their bags. I do kind of like the smell though!
Respectfully,
Ed

Progression of Addiction, CX2, T-Rex 450's (2) & finally a T-Rex 600E, Electric Bliss!

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10-20-2009 03:47 PM  8 years agoPost 28
Mike Fortin

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SwitchGlo all the way!

Have Rotors, Will Fly!

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10-20-2009 03:57 PM  8 years agoPost 29
Darren Lee

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Woodstock, GA

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Until you have a Switchglo, you don't know what you're missing.

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10-20-2009 04:54 PM  8 years agoPost 30
flyboy907

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woodstock, ga

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I have seen both sides of the fence. Beeflyer2's switch glow is nice and convienent however seen it jack up a ar7100r endpoints and does add weight and wires. I prefer my glow driver and extension, but not sure if building new what I would do, both have pros and cons. Personal preference.

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10-20-2009 05:01 PM  8 years agoPost 31
bmapope

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TN

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perfect regulators has an awesome on board with led and push button as well. doesn't eat a channel and no annoying beep, just a red led when the glo plug is bad. the 2 n 1 switch has been a problem for some when the nitro eats at it after a while, but overall i've been satisfied with both...i'm such a newbie!

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10-20-2009 05:04 PM  8 years agoPost 32
J2M

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Beeflyer

Super-neat radio installation on your Velo 50. Nice one

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10-20-2009 05:20 PM  8 years agoPost 33
Swoop

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Newark, DE USA

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I had a flying buddy nearly lose his heli during a bad night flying auto. Thanks to that loud beeps from his switchglow, he found the heli out in the middle of the corn. Just an added bonus. I personaly don't use them but they do look convenient at times.

Chris
X50, B320, Radix, Spartan
Titan,Kasama,MP5,Radix,JR770
Trex450SE,MavrikkG5,Phoenix35

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10-20-2009 08:24 PM  8 years agoPost 34
Carey

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Allentown USA

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Meh, I just ordered 2 more switchglows. This thread reminded me, thanks!

I hit a switch, it glows, and it starts. What's not to love, besides the cost?

Most of the time I just say 'buy more fuel' when it comes to 'alternate purchases' but I really like to flip a switch and start the damn thing.

RC Helicopters?
Serious Business!

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10-20-2009 08:27 PM  8 years agoPost 35
norsman

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paradise PA

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Well I went a bought an align 2-1 regulator which comes with a 2 s lipo.My question is and I know every body is going to scream,but I like my 5s NiMh 4500 pack it's 6 volts I can fly easy 5 or 6 flights on it and it's brand new.Can I use this NiMh pack with the Align regulator????

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10-20-2009 08:53 PM  8 years agoPost 36
bart2546

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Canal Winchester, OH - USA

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I am starting to get a little frustrated. Everyone I know bought the align 2-in-1 regulator and got a battery with it......I did not get one and I bought mine brand new in package. Both "Align" stickers on the lid were in tact....what gives....

Regards, Brandon Bartolomucci; Team Synergy; Team Scorpion; & Team Bavarian Demon; AMA# L939231

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10-20-2009 08:59 PM  8 years agoPost 37
Darren Lee

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Woodstock, GA

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They package the 2-in-1 with and without the lipo.

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10-20-2009 09:42 PM  8 years agoPost 38
bkervaski

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Birmingham, AL, USA

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Just search for SwitchGlo and you'll see it's the only way to glo!

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10-20-2009 09:57 PM  8 years agoPost 39
Tyler

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Chicagoland area

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If a switchglo happens to fail, it can not cause a crash.

If an Align 2-1 fails, it has caused MY heli to crash and may do the same for others.

Also, I have used the switchglo with straight A123's with no problem.

As far as the comment about saving grams and ounces on the latest and greatest only to add weight from a switchglo, I think that makes sense to save weight where you can to afford the weight penalty of luxuries like the switchglo.

The new switchglo doesn't require an extra channel from your receiver, they have an optional push button to engage the glow.

The switchglo weight is not much more than that of a remote glow extension. Some, sure, but not much in the grand scheme of things.

I set my switchglo to ignite in a second throttle hold position. Throttle hold-1 for autos. Throttle hold-2 for starting. I find this a great safe solution to avoid hotstarts. I hate hot starts!!

The swithglo does reduce canopy wear as well. It also eliminates cutting large holes for glow plug access on some birds. Less holes equates to more strength.

Most people in this hobby can sacrifice one nice steak dinner to offset the cost of a switchglo.

If you can't afford a switchglo for every machine, you have too many machines.

Tyler

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10-20-2009 10:00 PM  8 years agoPost 40
rcjon

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Macon, GA

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Switchglo. Don't need it, don't want it.

Ask your doctor if your heart is healthy enough for Radio Control Helicoptering.

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