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08-11-2010 02:41 PM  7 years agoPost 1
big scott

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hello all, im looking for a remote glow wire with the plug on one end the other end has a slip on plug that goes on the engines glow plug.
i hope you now what im talking about.
need a link please.

i have seen some that have a hard wire (looks like a body clip) that goes on the glug and i dont like them.

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08-11-2010 02:45 PM  7 years agoPost 2
puma1824

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Is this the kind you're talking about? LINK

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08-11-2010 02:49 PM  7 years agoPost 3
big scott

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thats it, thanks very much.

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08-11-2010 03:57 PM  7 years agoPost 4
Aaron29

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I don't recommend that style
The one in the picture above is the one I've had fail the fastest. I've owned 2, and will own no more.

It may seem the coolest at first, but soon after you start using it, the vibration chews at the little thin metallic cylinder in the rubber cap. The chewed up metal cylinder then makes it difficult to remove and reapply, especially as the rubber boot starts to deteriorate. Every glow plug change was a lesson in pain. Then, to add insult to injury, eventually the little metal cylinder fails completely and renders it incapable of doing its job.

I frikin HATE that style remote glow after my experiences with them.

The one you don't like with the little loop is marginally better, but I totally agree it is still in the major irritation category.

The best luck I've had is with the one that uses a little alligator clip.

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08-11-2010 04:06 PM  7 years agoPost 5
RPM 1.5

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Hate them!!!!!
Get Switchglow and never look back
Ray

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08-11-2010 04:10 PM  7 years agoPost 6
big scott

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what is a switchglow?

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08-11-2010 04:16 PM  7 years agoPost 7
Aaron29

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It's an onboard glow ignition system. Sort of a neat gadget. I've never tried one but seen it in use.

Downfall is it is a lot more pricey than a traditional remote glow. But you get to toss your ignitor.

FWIW if you go with the alligator clip it works pretty well. It's what I've settled on.

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08-11-2010 04:20 PM  7 years agoPost 8
rotormonkey

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That style of remote glow is the only one they have available at the LHS, so that's what I use. Aaron is right though, they fail in pretty short order in exactly the way he's talking about.

My solution? Once it fails, then just cut the stupid boot off, strip the wire a little, and use some fuel tubing to hold the exposed wire over the end of the plug. It stays on until you take it off too.

If it can't hover, it ain't worth flying.

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08-11-2010 04:20 PM  7 years agoPost 9
puma1824

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+1 on remote glow driver from any vendor (Switchglo, PerfReg, etc) are awesome. One less battery to charge Will never go back to using a glow stick again. Always ready to glow!

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08-11-2010 04:26 PM  7 years agoPost 10
cudaboy_71

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i run a switchglo. one of the best $65 you'll spend. it runs from your RX pack and provides power to the glow plug without the need to remove a glowstick after you start. additionally, you can control it from a free channel on your radio. mix that with throttle and you have a hot-start safety feature (the switchglo won't turn on if you're above idle). you can also set it to come on at a given throttle setting--for example have it come on at idle to prevent flameout.

this is a similar product from perfect regulator and gives you simple push-button glow. no ability to run it from the TX, add a hot-start mix, or idle heat. but, otherwise the same functionality.

FWIW, the switchglo can be run as a simple push-button like the perfect reg unit. but, if you don't want to use the TX features, save some $$$ and get the perfect reg version.

if it ain't broke, break it.

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08-11-2010 04:40 PM  7 years agoPost 11
Aaron29

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Once it fails, then just cut the stupid boot off, strip the wire a little, and use some fuel tubing to hold the exposed wire over the end of the plug. It stays on until you take it off too.
I wouldn't even wait for the thing to fail, because the danged boot/cylinder gives you grief when removing/installing from about the second time you change a glow plug.

It doesn't even have to be broken to start bugging the crap out of you. If I couldn't get one with an alligator clip and simply HAD to get the one you show, I'd just chop the thing off before I ever even use it once, solder on an alligator clip where that stupid thing was, and toss the frikin boot/cylinder in the trash.

Good riddance.

Except in buying this bad one and modifying it, you are helping the company that created it create more. I say stop buying them. They are complete trash. Then the company can change the product or go under.

The thing should have been culled by the market years ago. Maybe not enough people know that it's junk. Our hobby never has been very good at culling bad products. Which is why I felt the need to sling mud at it here. They need to stop putting that thing on the end and get a danged alligator clip instead.

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08-11-2010 04:55 PM  7 years agoPost 12
big scott

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thanks guys, i dont have the money for that switchglow right now so ill just get that remote glow and put a clip on the end.

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08-11-2010 05:00 PM  7 years agoPost 13
Aaron29

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PMed you.

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08-11-2010 05:13 PM  7 years agoPost 14
big scott

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thanks for the link in your pm.

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08-11-2010 05:20 PM  7 years agoPost 15
Aaron29

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Basically every remote glow product has its shortcomings.

The one in the picture above has the best mounting bracket on the driver side, but a crappy connection on the glow plug side.

The one I PMed you has a crappy flimsy bracket but has an alligator clip.

You can't win. Every remote glow adaptor sucks.

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08-11-2010 06:36 PM  7 years agoPost 16
chopper_crazy

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I always had problems with those styles that is in the picture. I went to the alligator clip style and had better luck. It was also a lot easier to get off if you needed to change a glow plug. I've been using the Align 2in1 for awhile and really like it. Another option is the SwitchGlo

It's a complex, costly, glow powered anti-gravity machine!

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08-11-2010 06:40 PM  7 years agoPost 17
tadawson

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I use the one pictured, and in about 8 years (and 4 helis) have had only one fail, and after about 3 minutes with a soldering iron, it was back to as good as new. Myself, I *LIKE* the fact that they don't come off easily - you shouldn't have to dink with the plug that often anyhow, and I like the insurance that it won't fall off. Having said that, I have never needed more than about 10 seconds to get one off when I did want to - the trick is simply to know how. Myself, I will continue to purchase and use these on anything I fly . . . the ones with the simple little wire loop clip, now *THOSE* I won't ever touch again . . . they like to shift and short out against the head way too easily!

- Tim

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08-11-2010 06:42 PM  7 years agoPost 18
CX1

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I've been using the Align 2in1 for awhile and really like it.
+1
they should call it 3 in 1 it has a battery monitor as well

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08-11-2010 07:29 PM  7 years agoPost 19
rotormonkey

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It also comes with an Align sticker on it. That right there is reason enough not to put one on my helis! :P

If it can't hover, it ain't worth flying.

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08-11-2010 07:34 PM  7 years agoPost 20
cudaboy_71

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haters gotta hate take the sticker off.

if you're using it purely for a onboard glow (like i do on one heli), what is the worst that could happen?

Oh NOOOs!!!...i have to break out my old glow stick (which has never happened by the way). In fact after 100+ flights on a 600N the 2-in-1 never so much as hiccuped being used as the primary reg.

if it ain't broke, break it.

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