New Castle Link version available: 3.57.12

There is a new firmware update available for ALL brushless aircraft Electronic Speed Controllers (ESCs), including the Phoenix, Phoenix HV, Phoenix ICE, Phoenix ICE HV, Phoenix Edge, Phoenix Edge HV, Talon, Talon HV, Multi-Rotor and Thunderbird. This latest update is V4.22

Castle_LinkThis latest release of Castle Link addressed the following issues:

  • Bug fix for firmware version 4.20. Some users experienced problems reengaging the throttle after the brake was turned on at zero throttle. This issue only occurred when the brake feature was utilized.
  • Adjusted software to improve performance under heavy load.
  • Talon 15, Talon 25 and Multi-Rotor 25 had their current limit setting removed due to inconsistent operation. The software has been adjusted to measure excessive current using other means.

This latest version gives all ESCs access to features that were added to firmware version 4.20.

Firmware version 4.20 for aircraft ESCs has been “broken arrowed”. This means that any ESC that is currently utilizing firmware 4.20 and is connected to the new version of Castle Link (3.57.12), the program will NOT allow you to change ESC settings and you MUST update the firmware to version 4.22.

We also made some edits to the text of the “connection status” boxes to make it easier for users to determine whether their status is connected or disconnected. This was done to help red/green color blind users determine the connection status of the Castle Link and ESC.

For more information, visit the Castle Link page from the Castle Creations website (click on the Downloads tab). And don’t forget, our Tech Support page has a number of documents and FAQs to help you with the tuning and setup of your Castle Creations ESCs.
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Big Squid RC’s “mini-review” of Castle’s Polarized Connectors

The gang at Big Squid RC – and specifically, Iron Mike, the self-proclaimed “connoisseur of the destruction of rc cars” – recently installed some of our innovative Castle Polarized Connectors and completed a “mini-review” of them. What did they think? Here are couple nuggets we pulled out.

“The Castle connectors are no joke for power handling.”
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“Some connectors can’t quite handle the high current demands of 8th scale applications, while others can, but wear out too quickly. We found the Castle 6.5mm connectors easily handled the current demands of 8th scale monster trucks while showing very little wear after a couple months of use.”Big_Squid_Castle_Polarized_Connector_Review2

They also showed the recommended soldering method and put the 6.5mm Castle Connectors to the test in a Thunder Tiger MT4 G3, a Durango DEX408 V2 buggy, and an ARRMA Kraton (along with a Mamba Monster 2 and 2650kV motor upgrade), and the 4.0mm units in a Pro-Line PRO-MT and a Vaterra Halix.Big_Squid_ARRMA_Kraton_Electronics_Upgrade

Zip on over to Big Squid RC to read the full mini-review of the Castle Creations Polarized Connectors or here for their step-by-step installation of the Mamba Monster 2 and 2650kV motor into their ARRMA Kraton.