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02-18-2011 11:07 PM  6 years agoPost 1
jonathancassar

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Mtarfa, Malta -​Europe

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Hi guys. I have just got the fright of my life! I hooked up my new Castle Creations HV 160 speed controller for the first time to the receiver and a 12S lipo setup. On the other side I connected a Scorpion HK 4035-400Kv motor. First I was going to teach the esc the high and low throttle positions. I reversed my throttle channel as it says on the instructions for Futaba transmitters. Set end points on the transitter to 30% up and down. Switched on transmitter and receiver and connected the ESC to the lipos. I got a blinking red light and no initialisation sound from the esc. Tried this several times with no success. Then I thought I would try setup through castle link software. Updated the firmware to the latest one. Set Helicopter, Governor mode, Set my gear ratio, lipo cells, motor kv and motor magnet count. Then I went to set the initial spool up rate. Chose custom and as soon as I started to go down towards 0 value there was a loud pop and a ball of fire. At first I paniced but then I reached for the batteries and quickly unplugged them and extinguished the flame. Luckily no harm was done to the mechanics! But the esc is total loss. Hopefully I didn't do any harm to the motor! Can someone explain what happened? Was this a bad esc??!

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02-18-2011 11:10 PM  6 years agoPost 2
Anthony.L

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Wow, WAY too many stories of Castle HV160's going up in flames lately. This is the third one in a couple weeks posted on RR.

I would call Castle and hopefully they will replace it no questions asked. It doesn't sound like you did anything wrong.

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02-18-2011 11:26 PM  6 years agoPost 3
Supercoolheli

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Sorry to hear that man . Castle has excellent support though, i'm sure they can get you back in the air!

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02-19-2011 12:03 AM  6 years agoPost 4
LONEWOLF2440

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Another castle bites the dust sorry about your bad luck

MIKADO LOGO 600 TREX 550

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02-23-2011 07:56 AM  6 years agoPost 5
monyet

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Singapore

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My castle 80 ICEHV also went up in smokes during maiden flight. Plugged it in and Heli lifted off but loss power after 30secs. Castle was smoking after heli landed. First time an ESC did this. Lucky I was outdoors when it happend.

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02-23-2011 04:52 PM  6 years agoPost 6
Pistol Pete

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Switched on transmitter and receiver and connected the ESC to the lipos.
Rx on its own battery?

ESC red wire disconnected?

~~Enjoying the hobby one flight at a time~~

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02-23-2011 05:05 PM  6 years agoPost 7
Solmanbandit

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I am starting to wonder if I ever want to to use Castle. I've been hearing too many horror stories lately of their ESC's burning up. I know a guy with a EDF jet and he uses castle. His burned up one time and you can still see the damage.

Trex 700E / Trex 500 ESP - Ikon/ HD 500 - Ikon 2/ Goblin 500 Ikon 2

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02-23-2011 05:22 PM  6 years agoPost 8
Pistol Pete

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yes...hearing about them as well as reading about them with further details taught me to discern the problem from the actual symptom of the problem...sometimes.

any details on the jet you mention? link to story?

Thanks.

EdITED:
still enjoying the swift?

~~Enjoying the hobby one flight at a time~~

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02-23-2011 10:13 PM  6 years agoPost 9
jonathancassar

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@ Pistol_Pete
Yes receiver was on its own battery and the red wire was not removed. No need to remove the red wire on the Ice 160HV since it does not have an internal BEC. In fact in the manual it specifically states not to remove the red wire on the Phoenix Ice HV.

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02-23-2011 11:14 PM  6 years agoPost 10
Pistol Pete

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Thanks for reply...kudos on swift action. Good to know nothing else suffered burns.

As it seems you never got it calibrated, it never received a low stick reading and did not initialize even with factory defaults.

I doubt any signal was sent to motor at all as its part of one of its safety feature.

But, consider testing motor prior to using any other ESC on it, even if being new.

~~Enjoying the hobby one flight at a time~~

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02-24-2011 05:08 PM  6 years agoPost 11
jonathancassar

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Yes it would be good to test the motor before connecting the new esc. Any tips on how I can do that? Have no idea how to check a brushless motor.

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