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10-02-2017 08:49 AM  73 days agoPost 1
grimthenoble

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Ketchikan, Alaska

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I have a question regarding using Deans connectors on a Castle 160HV. Is it safe to use? I bought an align series connector as pictured and think it makes the set up look clean but can the deans connector handle the amps? Only reason I bought this is I seen that Alan Szabo uses it. Seems kind of hard soldering such bit gauge wires on a deans. Any info on a better setup would be appreciated, need to get this heli airborne.

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10-02-2017 09:43 AM  73 days agoPost 2
EEngineer

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I've been using EC5s on a Kosmik 200HV rather than Deans nowdays. Much cleaner.

If one really needs total power, have been using 8mm CC bullets on my TDR2.

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10-02-2017 09:59 AM  73 days agoPost 3
grimthenoble

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Yeah was thinking of switching to EC5s since I have a bunch of them but I do have some CC 6.5s. Now that I got a nice soldering station it should be a breeze to solder them up. I'm new to the large electric machines so want to make sure I cover all bases.

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10-02-2017 09:54 PM  72 days agoPost 4
rcflyerheli

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Granbury, TX USA

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I ran Deans on my 160s for the first 4 years after I entered this area of the hobby, and never had any issue with them. If you get plenty of solder on the wire and plug they don't even get warm (at least with the type of flying I do).

I don't know about that series plug, though. I always made my own series wire setups, using 10 or 12 ga wire, and again made sure they were well soldered onto the Deans plugs.

For the last 3 years, I have started using (and changed everything over to) the EC5 plugs. Again, I never had any issues with the Deans, though.

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10-05-2017 03:39 PM  69 days agoPost 5
Richardmid1

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Leeds, England

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Alan Szabo doesn't pay for his helis and he has to use Aligns series connector and therefore Deans because he is sponsored by Align.

Deans connectors are good for 60A continuous and if you fly hard on a 700 you can average 60A quite easily.

Yes it will work but you better make sure they are well soldered because if you fly hard they will get hot!

You are also going to reduce your helis power as current will be restricted and you will get more voltage ripple which ESC's don't like! (Cough..Castle Cremations!).

For what they cost I would recommend changing to at least a 5mm bullet for a high powered 700, 6-8mm would be better actually.

HOWEVER, if you don't and never will fly hard and your flight times are usually at least 5 minutes then you will be ok with Deans, just be careful.

60% of the time, it works every time!

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10-06-2017 12:51 AM  69 days agoPost 6
NQNA

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USA

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I have used Deans exclusively for all of my helicopters. No issues. I've seen tests on YouTube and by the time a Deans plug fails the wire is so hot it has burned off all of the insulation.

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