During the initial track-tests of the Castle 1406 Sensored motors, Castle engineers quickly realized that these motors were much faster and provided more torque than was expected by a typical racer. Repeated testing showed that decreasing the ‘max power setting’ resulted in a ‘feel’ that closely matched existing ROAR-style 2-pole motors used in modified racing. Further lab testing using a dynamometer (dyno) compared several standard 2-pole, ROAR-style motors under load to the new Sensored 1406 series motors. This data was then verified by a professional racer to ensure the ‘feel’ was correct. These tests produced the following chart to help you pick the right Castle Sensored 1406 motor and max power for your vehicle.
ROAR-style 2-pole motors produce different speeds for a given turn-count depending on the manufacturer and series. This testing averaged data from several top manufacturers’ motors with the same gearing to create a baseline. Modification to the suggested max power below or to the gearing may be necessary to fit your personal preference.
Adjusting the ‘Max Power’ percentage allowed by the ESC, as shown in the table, will result in a setup with around the same top-speed as the desired ROAR-style 2-pole motor. You will experience the ‘feel’ you are used to while still enjoying the efficiency and performance you expect from a Castle motor. For higher efficiencies and lower motor temperatures, choose the lowest Castle 1406 Sensored Kv that fits your application. More information about the efficiency advantage of Castle Sensored 1406 motors please check here: http://support.castlecreations.com/1406-sensored-motor-competitive-testing
This is not a motor timing adjustment or a boost mode, this is simply the ESC limiting the maximum amount of throttle to the motor. In other words, if you want our 1406-4600Kv to feel like a 9.5T motor, this would be the same as limiting yourself to only pulling the trigger three-quarters of the way (74% to be exact). For even greater flexibility, you can set an input on your transmitter to adjust max power, allowing you to essentially ‘motor-up’ or ‘motor-down’ mid-race without having to change your motor.
To limit the max power percentage, use one of the following methods:
Use the AUX wire with your Castle X-Series Controller, and assign the ‘Auxiliary Wire Mode’ to ‘Max Throttle Adjustment’ in Castle Link.
Use Castle Link to set the ‘Max Forward Power’ setting in the ‘Power’ tab.
With the recent introduction of the 1406 series brushless sensored motors in a “SLATE” color, Castle is taking low RPMs very seriously. Months of hard work went into this release. We focused on several aspects to cater to the wishes of everyone who loves to run scale. Delivering monstrous torque and ultimate control, combined with the high end speeds that we are known for.
We have diverted from our traditional green color with slate colored cans making the motors less noticeable in your scale trucks. Simultaneously we wanted to mark a new product line for Castle Creations which emphasizes that we concentrate on low RPM control. Combined with any of our X series speed controllers these motors will enable you to fine tune and set the controllability of your ride to the maximum, or even use the aux wire to toggle between drag brake settings for example.
A brand new running mode is now available available on firmware version V2.02 (Click for complete summary of new features, improvements and changes) and newer for the Mamba Micro X, Mamba X, Mamba Monster X and Mamba XL X ESCs. This is a mode which is designed to allow users to get the most out of their ESC when used in Rock Race or Crawler vehicles. While it can be rather confusing initially, when it is set up correctly it can be very beneficial.
This feature is accessed through the use of the programmable Auxiliary Wire that is available on the Mamba Micro X, Mamba X, Mamba Monster X and Mamba XL X ESCs. The AUX wire function is disabled by default but is programmable via Castle Link. Once you have programmed the functionality of the AUX wire, that particular setting can then be adjusted on-the-go from a compatible transmitter. The ‘Rock Race Mode’ and ‘Crawler Mode’ allows the user to switch between two different modes on the fly: ‘Race Mode’ is optimized for either Racing/Bashing and ‘Crawler Mode’ is optimized for crawling.
Rock Race/Crawler Mode Overview
This auxiliary wire mode is designed to allow users to get the most out of their ESC when used in rock racing or rock crawling vehicles. This mode allows the user to switch between two different ‘Reverse Type’ modes on the fly: ‘Rock Race Mode’ and ‘Crawler Mode’. ‘Rock Race Mode’ is optimized for either racing/bashing and ‘Crawler Mode’ is optimized for rock crawling. It also allows you to adjust the motor’s Drag Brake based on the AUX wire signal.
Adjusting Drag Brake – While in this mode the motor’s Drag Brake percentage is controlled by AUX wire signal. At 1.1ms the Drag Brake will be disabled at 0% and at 1.9ms the Drag Brake will be set to 100%; it is proportional throughout the AUX wire signal range; IE at 1.5ms the Drag Brake will be at 50%.
Rock Race Mode – The ‘Reverse Type’ in this mode will be set to the Castle Link ‘Reverse Type’ setting on the Basic tab (default is set to “With Reverse”). Refer to “Reverse Type Definitions” at the end of the document for a full description of each ‘Reverse Type’.
Crawler Mode – The “Reverse Type” in this mode will be set to the Castle Link ‘Reverse Type’ setting on the Basic tab (default is set to “With Reverse”). Refer to “Reverse Type Definitions” at the end of the document for a full description of each ‘Reverse Type’.
Please see the examples below for a better understanding of how this works.
Note: If the AUX wire becomes disconnected, the controller will default to ‘Rock Race Mode’.
Example 1: Castle Link Settings: ‘Drag Brake’ – “0%”, ‘Reverse Type’ – “Without Reverse”
‘Rock Race Mode’ is enabled whenever the AUX Wire Drag Brake is at or below 0% (? 1.1ms) and the ‘Reverse Type’ will be set to “Without Reverse”.
‘Crawler Mode’ is enabled whenever the AUX Wire Drag Brake is above 0% (> 1.1ms) and the ‘Reverse Type’ will be set to “Crawler Reverse”.
“Without Reverse” – Racing Setting. No reverse motor direction. Pressing the reverse trigger on the radio will engage the motor brake.
“With Reverse” – For bashing or racing (may not be allowed in some racing situations). When transitioning from throttle to reverse the ESC will brake the motor. To run in reverse the ESC must see a neutral signal for at least 2 seconds before the reverse will engage when reverse trigger is applied.
“Crawler Reverse” – The ESC will immediately spin the motor in reverse when the reverse trigger is pressed. The ESC will apply a brake to bring the motor RPM to zero before reversing the motor; this helps prevent potential damage to the vehicle’s drive train. This setting is recommended for low speed rock crawling; using this mode at high speed will result in an amazing front-flip, but expensive repairs.
Now that you have the lowdown on the newest features and optimizations, we hope you dig out that Castle Link and hit the trails!
Hi, my name is Laura Hoskins. As a fellow hobbyist and new team member to Castle Creations, I am excited to share with you why you should try neXt. I have been flying RC Helicopters for 3 years, and have used every flight sim out there. I can tell you from personal experience, there is no better Sim the neXt.
Of all the amazing reasons why neXt is simply the best, here are my top 10!
The most realistic flight sim on the market, neXt allows you to use your own transmitter, which is extremely helpful when learning.
You can practice on your own, or show off your skills with your friends in the interactive online play.
Want to try a new maneuver? Learning has never been easier. In the online play, simply click on your friends’ name and their transmitter pops up onto your screen. Your view will focus in on their aircraft and every stick input will be shown on your monitor; allowing you to mimic their movements and begin to learn the maneuver.
With neXt , all updates are free. New models and flying scenes are being added all the time. Currently there are over 50 helicopter, 10 multi-rotor, and 1 fixed wing available. In 18 different flying scenes.
Digging the multi-rotor scene? Race with friends in one of the multi-rotor specific maps. You can track your time and compete with others for the top spot.
Learning indoor flying is easy now too. With the indoor maps, you can test your control with all the different aircraft.
Who doesn’t love a little night flying? With the glowing heli, you can try your hand at night flying. How low can you go?
NeXt is available on Windows and MAC. This versatile sim plays on both operating systems. Here is a guide to the system requirements:
System: Apple Mac OSX 10.8 or later, Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Ubuntu Linux 12.04 or later
Languages: English, French, German
If you are a beginner, the hover flight training is great tool. Enabling more and more flight control functions to help beginners learn to hover from the four predetermined flight angles, with an inverted flight trainer to complete the course.
It progresses from beginner to advanced in the training modes, allowing you to test what you know, and learn new moves with each new level.
If you are looking for a great way to learn online, play with friends and hone your skill; then this simulator is what is neXt for you!
Visit our product page for additional information here: http://www.castlecreations.com/en/rcware/software-1/freakware-next-rc-heli-rx2sim-011-0112-00
The 2017 Castle Creations Off-Road Jam was held this past weekend at Fastlane Raceway in Kansas City, MO and was organized by T5 Race Announcing. The race was a great success, we enjoyed seeing old and new friends, had an opportunity to showcase our new 1:10 scale ESC and sensored motors and even cheer on our very own Taylor James who took 2nd in the 4WD Mod Buggy class!
There is no doubt the 2017 race season is officially kicked off. Make sure to subscribe to the Castle Creations YouTube channel for more in depth footage of this event and more!
From the trusted manufacturer of BECs comes the next generation of voltage regulators. Designed and assembled in the USA1, Castle Creations’ CC BEC 2.0 gives users higher voltage ranges in two unique packages. For pilots there is a smaller, lightweight (0.7 oz.) design capable of 14 amps peak, perfect for sport flying, helicopters, and UAVs. Racers, crawlers, and other splashers can now integrate a 15 amp peak power regulator in a waterproof (WP), CNC machined, aluminum case. Both versions handle up to an impressive 14S without brake enabled or 12S with brake.
The CC BEC 2.0 complements our established line of BECs hobbyists have relied on for years. With hundreds of thousands in the field, users can count on this new design to power today’s high-power, digital servos and accessories safely. The CC BEC 2.0 features heavy duty, dual output wires that will provide clean power to sensitive radio equipment. Castle Link2 can be used to set the output from 4.75 to 12 volts and power today’s power hungry servos, cameras, and other accessories. Do it right the first time, invest in the CC BEC 2.0 to protect expensive electronics for the long haul.
Assembled in the USA with foreign and domestic components.
Adjustable Output Voltage may be set with Castle Link (sold separately).
Ratings are determined with a 5mph airflow at 25° C (77° F). Ratings for CC BEC 2.0 are dependent on both input and output voltage as follows in chart below:
Weight with full length wires, power wires may be shortened to save weight depending on application.
Olathe KS, November 1, 2016 – Castle Creations Inc., the leader in electronic speed controllers (ESC) and BLDC motors for radio controlled (R/C) car, air, and multi-rotor hobby markets, as well as commercial UAV and drone markets, has been providing award winning brushless sensorless motors to R/C enthusiasts worldwide for more than a decade. In response to overwhelming requests, they have brought technological advancements together to deliver unprecedented performance in a new BRUSHLESS SENSORED motor line.
Efficiency and reliability were the key elements driving the development of a sensored motor design that could be pushed harder, run longer, stay cooler, and withstand harsh elements. To achieve all of these performance demands and more, Castle engineers integrated rotor position sensor technology with an improved high power and high efficiency motor design. Users will experience PRECISE THROTTLE CONTROL and BUTTERY SMOOTH starts plus the RAW POWER and LONGER RUN TIMES that Castle’s highly efficient brushless sensorless motors are known to produce. The higher the efficiency of a motor the more power it can produce without overheating; the less power it takes to produce the same output power; and the less energy it turns into heat. Efficiency equals performance, these motors are ready to be pushed harder, run longer and stay cooler.
Without a robust and reliable design, efficiency will only go so far. Oversized NMB bearings and a vibration dampening system were used to guarantee the longest bearing life possible. High-strength, high-temperature grade neodymium sintered magnets combined with a high-strength Kevlar wrap ensures the integrity of the rotor is not compromised during harsh running conditions. A proprietary winding technique is also used to produce a stator assembly that is the lowest possible resistance, resulting in a cooler running, and longer lasting, motor.
Key features of the new SENSORED MOTORS include:
Designed and supported in Olathe, KS USA
IMPROVED 4-POLE 12-SLOT design boasts exceptional EFFICIENCY and produces LESS HEAT.
QUIETSENSE™ technology shields the sensors from magnetic field noise through the use of a FLUX SHIELD™ in conjunction with secondary Sense Magnets delivering even HIGHER PRECISION and MORE EFFICIENT
Fully optimized design eliminates the need for mechanical timing adjustments. Castle’s sensor alignment method delivers uniform timing and torque in both directions, automatically.
REBUILDABLE design allows users to replace front end bell/bearing assembly or rotor/shaft assembly.
ROAR standard sensor port and labeled connections.
Updated modern and sleek design; looks as cool as it performs.
When paired with a Castle Creations SMARTSENSE ™ sensor supported ESC, like the MAMBA MICRO X, MAMBA MAX PRO or MAMBA MONSTER X, you can unlock advanced tuning capabilities that Castle Link provides specifically for sensored motors.
SMARTSENSE™ uses the motors sensors to start the motor to provide smooth starts, excellent torque, and low-speed drivability. Once the motor is turning, it seamlessly transitions to Castle’s ULTRA- EFFICIENT sensorless mode. Electronic timing in SMARTSENSE™ will advance timing automatically for peak performance during all driving conditions. This allows users to combine the best of both worlds in an unrivaled HYBRID between smooth sensored startups and high-efficiency sensorless drive.
“R/C is constantly evolving. Drivers in all applications demand clean starts when coming off the line. Crawler fans require high-precision low speed control and torque for climbing, racers need precision and predictability, and dragsters don’t have a millisecond to spare. Our goal was to design a motor that addressed all of the performance and reliability needs of the R/C surface market”, says Jonathan Feldkamp, Director of Engineering. “Users will reap the benefits of longer run times on one battery and a cooler running motor that can be pushed harder.”
Castle Creations’ initial release of eleven sensored motors, suited for 1:10 and 1:8 scale R/C Surface enthusiasts, will begin shipping in November from Olathe, Kansas.
Olathe KS, September 14, 2016 – Castle Creations Inc., the leader in electronic speed controllers (ESC) for radio controlled (R/C) car, air, and multi-rotor hobby markets, as well as commercial UAV and drone markets, is excited to announce the release of the brand new, high performance, DMR 30/40 ESC for use in high performance and demanding applications such as FPV racing drones, battle drones, large camera carrying multi-rotors, and heavy lift multi-rotors.
Loaded with features, the DMR 30/40 boasts an impressive power to weight ratio and is ready to fly right out of the package. The DMR 30/40 is controlled by Castle’s innovative Multi-Rotor V5 firmware released in July of 2016. The Multi-Rotor V5 firmware includes Castle’s proprietary Adaptive Timing SystemTM (ATSTM) which maximizes efficiency and power output across the entire throttle range and results in increased flight times and noticeably more torque.
Key features of the new DMR 30/40 include:
Adaptive Timing System™ (ATSTM) technology
Ultra-low internal resistance design
Ready to fly out of the package with exclusive Castle “Turbo Sound”
High power to weight ratio: Over 1kW from a 5.2g ESC1
Advanced rotorSENSE2 allows elegant simplicity in throttle calibration and setting motor direction
Auto-Detecting Input Signal selects between Servo PWM, OneShot, and OneShot125
Dynamic motor PWM frequency
High maximum electrical RPM to support some of the fastest motors available
Improved Active Braking algorithm
Wide input voltage range for a variety of applications and flight times
Programmable via Castle Link USB Adapter or Castle Field Link
Designed, manufactured, and supported from Olathe, KS USA
Released in July 2016, Multi-Rotor V5 firmware is a free upgrade to existing multi-rotor products and available for download through Castle Creations’ website, www.castlecreations.com.
“We are very excited about the release of our new DMR 30/40 ESCs to the growing FPV drone and multi-rotor markets”, says Brian O’Donnell, Director of Marketing and Sales. “The market has been asking Castle to provide a robust design that is easy to use, has outstanding performance and support. Bringing this new innovation to our FPV drone and multi-rotor customers is only the beginning. It is an exciting time to be in RC and at Castle Creations.”
Olathe KS, July 15, 2016 – Castle Creations, the leader in electronic speed controllers (ESC) for unmanned aircraft systems, is excited to announce the release of a brand new, state-of-the-art and feature rich firmware, Multi-Rotor V5, for FPV racing and multi-rotor drones (UAV’s).
Castle Creations’ ESC’s are designed for use in high performance and FPV racing and multi-rotor drones and have a unique Adaptive Timing System to maximize efficiency and power output across the entire throttle range, increasing flight times and maximizing power. Multi-Rotor V5 features an extremely fast throttle response and allows for very high throttle input frequencies, resulting in increased vehicle stability.
When FPV racers upgrade to Castle Creations’ new, industry-leading Multi-Rotor V5 firmware, they will experience thrust, precision and agility like never before. Multi-Rotor V5 is a free upgrade to existing CastleLink software users and available for download through Castle Creations’ website, www.castlecreations.com.
Additional key features include:
Wide input voltage range (6-25.2V)
High Maximum electrical RPM (300,000 eRPM) – a must have for FPV racers!
Adaptive Timing System for Increased Power and Efficiency
Low Internal Resistance for Maximum Efficiency
Low Latency Throttle Response – provides better stability and control!
Auto Detecting Servo PWM (500HZ) and OneShot 125 (4Khz) input options
Very Linear Throttle Response – improves “feel” in flight!
Active Braking – quicker throttle response when decelerating!
Programmable via Castle Link USB Adapter – the Castle Link software suite offers industry-leading software functions and programming capability as well as access to all firmware updates and new features at no cost!
Throttle Calibration and Motor Direction can be easily set in the field
Two versions – one with a low noise 5.6V 5A switching Battery Eliminator Circuit (BEC) and one with no BEC to reduce weight
Best Suited For:
FPV Racing Drones
Large Camera Carrying Multi-Rotors
Large Payload Carrying Multi-Rotors
“We are very excited about all the performance improvements this new, innovative technology presents to the ever-changing FPV drone and multirotor markets”, says Castle Creations’ President Jonathan Feldkamp. “The new Multi-Rotor V5 firmware is optimized for multi-rotor applications – incorporating the latest technologies and advanced motor control algorithms. Consumer demand continues to increase as the market becomes more innovative. We are dedicated to providing market leading ESC products to our customers.”
Olathe KS, June 23, 2016 – Castle Creations, the leader in electronic drive solutions for unmanned aircraft systems, welcomes the new Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulation announced this week. The new rules will make it easier for American businesses, farmers, nonprofits and government agencies to use drones in their work.
Tuesday, the Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration finalized the first operation rules for routine commercial use of small unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or “drones”), opening pathways towards fully integrating drones into the nation’s airspace.
“These new regulations open up a world of exciting possibilities for not only Castle Creations, but our commercial customers as well. We are quite pleased that the FAA is forming a more accepting policy in the industry,” said Castle Creation’s President Jonathan Feldkamp.
The new rule (outlined here) will become effective in 60 days, replacing the current FAA scheme that requires commercial drone operators to spend months waiting for an FAA exemption and to employ a pilot with a manned aircraft license from the FAA. It offers safety regulations for unmanned aircraft drones weighing less than 55 pounds that are conducting non-hobbyist operations.
The tough regulations have been a thorn in the side of business owners for years and have made it difficult for them to take a deeper dive into the benefits of utilizing drones in the industry.
“The innovative work we will be able to provide for our customers is endless,” said Brian O’Donnell, Director of Sales and Marketing for Castle Creations. “Our customers in the agriculture, energy and rescue industries are very excited about these new rules and what it is going to do for their bottom line. Castle Creations is excited about this growing opportunity and pleased to be a part of it.”
According to industry estimates, the rule could generate more than $82 billion for the U.S. economy and create more than 100,000 new jobs over the next 10 years.
For Castle Creations’ customers, it couldn’t be better timing. This week Castle Creations has released a firmware update that gives our commercial customers some much needed features such as reverse thrust and improved failure recovery technology. This will be followed by a release for FPV racers and a new platform shortly thereafter. Castle Creations continues to invest in R&D that will lead the industry for years to come.
About Castle Creations
Castle Creations, Inc. is a global manufacturer that has challenged the limits of technology since 1997. Based in Olathe, KS USA, Castle continues to pioneer high-performance electronic speed controls (ESC) and motors for the radio controlled (R/C) air, multi-rotor and car enthusiast markets as well as commercial UAV and drone markets. Our custom products continue to deliver high-performance electric drive solutions that are commonly used in motion control applications.
In this day and age, we all know RC is not just one way communication anymore. Telemetry advancements are rapidly emerging and Castle has collaborated with the radio experts at Futaba® and Spektrum® to release two incredibly useful and easy to use Telemetry products. Air and Surface enthusiasts now have a means to receive and view telemetry data on compatible Spektrum® radios when using their favorite Castle ESC’s.*
The Castle Telemetry Links were developed based on communication protocol from Spektrum®. They become a communication module between the Castle ESC and the radio receiver and/or telemetry module where they are attached. The Castle ESC is then easily programmed through Castle Link ™ to allow the bidirectional communication required to transmit data to the radios.
When setup and utilized properly, real-time data will aid in the overall enjoyment and safe operation of model airplanes, helicopters, and cars. Imagine the benefits of being notified by a configured vibration or sound alert when a defined threshold is exceeded, such as battery voltage, battery current or ESC temperature. Pilots can now react and avoid potentially costly repairs as well as gain insight into other parameters that can reduce the performance of an electric power system, such as excessive ripple voltage.
Let’s face it, a modeler’s time and energy should be devoted to enjoying their craft. Telemetry is a powerful addition to any RC enthusiast’s tool box and provides confidence to maximize model performance and gain the competitive edge.
Compatible Castle ESC*
The ESC must have the ability to accept a bidirectional communication protocol that gives it the ability to transmit real-time telemetry feedback. This feature is called Link Live™ and needs to be enabled on compatible ESC’s using Castle Link™. Click here to view the Castle ESC Compatibility Chart.(Telemetry is not compatible when using multirotor mode on AIR ESCs)