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10-29-2006 08:34 PM  12 years ago
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crew

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My Align ESC caught on fire. Any advice on a new ESC. Should I talk to Align? Is my battery OK? Any on else had this problem and survived?

CREW
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10-29-2006 09:34 PM  12 years ago
jh4db536

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i hope you speak chinese...probably useless to call align, maybe better to call the place you ordered everything from.

did the battery get hot at all during this incident? if not, it's probably okay.
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10-29-2006 09:53 PM  12 years ago
crew

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Should I get another Align or is there a better ESC?

I'd like to get one that doesn't catch on fire again.
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10-29-2006 11:03 PM  12 years ago
Rogan

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cc45 is the best value (but you need to buy a usb cable for $15 or so, also). jazz is the best quality (the 40A one is good for t-rex 450).
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10-29-2006 11:22 PM  12 years ago
crew

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I need one for the T-rex 600. I'm not resally on a budget, I just don't want this to happen again.
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10-29-2006 11:25 PM  12 years ago
caseyjholmes

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you don't NEED to buy a usb cable to program the phoenix 45..
I've been programming phoenix for years without the cable still
you only have to do it once per model..
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10-29-2006 11:39 PM  12 years ago
Remyrw

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I'd go with the Jazz, once you get into the 40's and 45's it seems reasonable to go with the higher quality and performance of the Jazz line. I really like the computer interface for my CC35 and it did influence my choice but I also didn't want to spend enough money on it to get the jazz and I was only putting it in a 450xl, not a 600. If (ok, when) I get a 600, trex or otherwise, I expect I'll go with the suitable Jazz. Everyone who has one and has posted about esc's sings their praises. Considering the cost it says something for no one to say "it's nice but I'm not sure it's worth twice the money..."
Remy
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10-30-2006 12:02 AM  12 years ago
rtp70

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I have been using a CC 125 on both of my 600's. Have a new Align ESC but decided not to risk the possibility of a fire or failure. Just bought another used 600 this week I will setup for AP. I'll ditch the Align ESC and install the CC 125 first thing.

Rick
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10-30-2006 12:05 AM  12 years ago
blackkat98

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Got any pics of that big 125 mounted on your 600? Has anyone figured out what the issue is with CC ESCs and stock Align motors?
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10-30-2006 12:14 AM  12 years ago
rtp70

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Here's a picture of the CC125 ESC mounted in my T-Rex 600.

Rick

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10-30-2006 12:23 AM  12 years ago
blackkat98

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OOOOOH....I was thinking it was much bigger than that with that green heat sink.
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10-30-2006 02:49 AM  12 years ago
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I also had a fire with my 600 ESC. I called Align http://www.alignrcusa.com/ and talked to Noel gave them the serial number from my kit and they replaced all damaged parts

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10-30-2006 04:02 AM  12 years ago
Rob_T

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Remember the regular Castle ESCs are for a maximum of 6 cells. If you have ambitions beyond 6S, you'll need one of the high voltage (HV) controllers.
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10-30-2006 02:13 PM  12 years ago
Jon the Rooster

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You guys running an Align ESC on your 600 are Brave!! If I were Ever to get a Raptor 600 or 550 eHeli I surely would get another Jazz to control it!and one more thing "DON'T BE AFRAID!"
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10-30-2006 03:48 PM  12 years ago
crew

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The Jazz doesn't seem large enough by spec. Is anyone using them? I really don't want another fire, I got lucky on the first one.
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10-30-2006 04:31 PM  12 years ago
Dakine

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The 80 amp Jazz works AWESOME!

Spool up is smooth.

Governor mode is even smooooother!

However, it does not give as much punch as the Align ESC. Though, I never used governor mode with the Align ESC so it's not a fair comparision. How I see it:

Align = Raw power

Jazz = Smooth consistent power

I've had four Align ESC's and none has caught fire yet. I went with Jazz out of personal preferrence. Though, no CC for me please. I don't like the hit or miss ratio .

If you want a plug and play solution and focus on your flying, then go with Jazz. You'll probably crash before one would catch fire. Ask me how I know

But, if you want to get the best value, then stick with Align's ESC, the latest version. It doesn't make sense when the TRex 600 is such a great value and a great heli straight out of the box and we start throwing $350 here and there on top of things. By the time you know it, you'd had spent the same amount as a Joker.

I've got four 600's (well maybe five ), and if I were to start over, I'd keep everything stock and fly the $hit out of it until it breaks. The bird can do anything you throw at it before you start upgrading. Save your money for a second or third 600 for your fleet. If you crash, throw it away and pickup the second 600 in your fleet and fly the snot out of it some more

The stock 600 will make you a better pilot. The upgrades won't.

As a hypocrite though, I've got 4 stock Align ESC's laying around
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10-30-2006 04:58 PM  12 years ago
Grant H

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My Align ESC caught on fire.
As song plays in the back ground. "And another one bites the dust......."

Align should just stick to making sub-standard metals and plastics and not fuss with the electronics side of the house.
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10-30-2006 05:18 PM  12 years ago
Dakine

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Grant,

Here's my quote:
I've had four Align ESC's and none has caught fire yet.
And I wouldn't hesitate using these.

Even the supposedly ESC specialists, Castle Creation and Hacker, are putting out crap after all these years. Oh wait, there's a firmware upgrade for them

I'm very pleased with what comes out of Align's 600 box. It is one of my favorite helis to date, and I've owned almost all that's available on the market (nitro, gasser, electric, and turbine) And no, I'm not an Align Rep. I pay retail
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10-30-2006 05:56 PM  12 years ago
lowflyer101

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If you crash, throw it away and pickup the second 600 in your fleet and fly the snot out of it some more
where are you throw them ... , i better start tail you everywhere you going out fly .

i got a 600 crash and in coma lying ( 8s emoil on stock 600l) in garage waitting for me to sum up enuff $ and recues her
<-freedoom flyer->
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10-30-2006 06:05 PM  12 years ago
crew

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So is my fire incident because of a first generation Align ESC? I expect to have breakage even to the point of replacement. I do feel that there should be some responsability from the manufacturer, what if this happened in ones home or garage?
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