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12-14-2015 05:35 AM  33 months agoPost 1
awsomechoppers

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I have a Castle 100 and when trying to download the data an error box pops up and it wont download. Does anyone know whats causing this and how to fix it?

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12-14-2015 08:02 AM  33 months agoPost 2
rcflyerheli

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Is it a parse error?

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12-14-2015 01:26 PM  33 months agoPost 3
Pistol Pete

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Seems to be corrupted. Can the memory be cleared?

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12-14-2015 02:51 PM  33 months agoPost 4
awsomechoppers

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Yeah it's the parse error. I would clear the data but I need to check it cause I had a problem last flight.

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12-14-2015 03:41 PM  33 months agoPost 5
pctomlin

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I have never been able to download the data when I get this message, just clear the log and start over.
My only suggestion would be to email Clint at Castle and see what he says.

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12-14-2015 03:54 PM  33 months agoPost 6
rcflyerheli

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It has to do with firmware changes. Clear the logs and do a firmware update, and you should be able to download the new data and view it.

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02-21-2016 07:44 AM  31 months agoPost 7
awsomechoppers

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Hey guys.

Just got time to mess with it. I did clear the log and update the esc. I flew it today and it was worse. I was probably 45sec in my flights and it cut off but sounded as if it tried to come back on when it got closer to the ground. So I didn't unplug it but took it back up in a hover and did one pitch pump and it shut off again within about 30sec. I checked my log and am not to sure what to check for, although i can tell you i didn't over amp it, didn't come close. Anyone know what to do?

Thanks!

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02-21-2016 02:14 PM  31 months agoPost 8
Pistol Pete

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Post the log. It might help us help you.

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02-21-2016 03:41 PM  31 months agoPost 9
rcflyerheli

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I had a similar issue on a couple different helis. Turns out it wasn't the ESC at all but a slipping one way bearing. Be sure to check that yours isn't slipping.

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02-22-2016 05:41 AM  31 months agoPost 10
awsomechoppers

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I checked my OWB and it seemed to be fine. Here's my logs.

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02-22-2016 12:36 PM  31 months agoPost 11
Pistol Pete

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Nothing seems odd except throttle in.

Post ESC settings.

ESC GOV:
If using...what headspeeds are programmed?

Test a flight with it disabled.

If feasable, test with a different ESC.

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02-24-2016 05:08 AM  31 months agoPost 12
awsomechoppers

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Hello, I don't have the governor enabled and I didn't get a pic of the brake setting cause I don't have anything on it. Here's the other settings.

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02-24-2016 09:29 PM  31 months agoPost 13
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Nothing I can see right off a glance that should be causing your issues. I would change your voltage cutoff to auto and set the cutoff to 3.5v/cell. It may just be me, but I feel that you could be close to damaging your packs by taking them all the way down to 18v before you get a voltage cutoff.

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02-29-2016 07:52 PM  31 months agoPost 14
awsomechoppers

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I flew it yesterday with what you said and got about 1:20 into the flight before it cut off. All I did was hover and small pitch pumps.

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02-29-2016 10:36 PM  31 months agoPost 15
jhartsock3

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You need to check throttle position to rpm. I to had a similar issue. It was also my oneway. It felt good on bench by hand but in flight it was giving way. Clint at castle told me to change it and problem went away. Was good till next crash. Then same thing again. Replaced and all good. Sold that heli. 70 dollar oneways that don't survive small tip overs from bad autos arnt for me lol.

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03-03-2016 03:17 AM  31 months agoPost 16
dkshema

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Current limit set to normal per your setup screens. For helicopter use, you MUST set it to either Insensitive or Disabled. If you don't, you will see random motor cutout problems.

Also you are using Fixed Endpoint throttle settings. Did you calibrate the ESC to your throttle stick?

Remember, even uf you have the data logger set to 100 samples per second, you aee only grabbing 100 snapshots of data every second. You are not likely to capture momentary glitch which causes the current limit feature to kick in.

Pitch pumps can cause some serious short term current spikes.

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03-03-2016 04:48 AM  31 months agoPost 17
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Dave, I agree with the concept of what you just said, but looking at the logs, I can't conceive of some kind of amp loads that would cause a load cutoff, even at the normal setting of 150a.

The max amps that it shows in the logs is only 16a. Looking at the throttle in values and the power out values I see only one little anomaly at just over 120 seconds and then the power out value drops to right in line with the throttle in value and stays there until the system is shut down.

I just don't see anything that correlates to an abnormal reading as far as the logs go. They appear to be flat line throttle curve values. The only thing I can see is that the lowest value shuts off the motor. If that is TH, then that would be expected. If that is intended to be say, a flat line normal curve, then it should be a higher setting than TH.

That is really all I can see from the enclosed logs.

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03-03-2016 05:15 AM  31 months agoPost 18
dkshema

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Castle has pretty much ALWAYS stated that the current setting needs to be insensitive or disabled for heli use.

It is a simple setup step with the Castle Link/Phoenix link SW. So why not set up your ESC as recommended by the manufacturer rather than second guess?

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03-03-2016 01:10 PM  31 months agoPost 19
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NORMAL current setting recommended for all systems EXCEPT HELICOPTERS.

That is clearly stated in the Phoenix setup instructions.

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