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CC BEC 2.0 – The Next Generation of Voltage Regulators (BEC) from Castle Creations!

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 UAVsRacers, 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.

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Footnotes:

  1. Assembled in the USA with foreign and domestic components.
  2. Adjustable Output Voltage may be set with Castle Link (sold separately).
  3. 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:
  4. Weight with full length wires, power wires may be shortened to save weight depending on application.
CC BEC 2.0 and 2.0 WP peak current rating detail.
CC BEC 2.0 and 2.0 WP peak current rating detail.

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NEW PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT- SENSORED MOTORS

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 quietsenseFLUX 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[1] 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 smartsenseSMARTSENSE™ 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.

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Media Information: http://www.castlecreations.com/media-kits

[1] Castle Link software requires a Castle Link USB Adapter and a computer that is running Windows. Castle Link is compatible with Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10.

 

New Product Announcement – Sidewinder Micro 2 1:18th Scale ESC Combo

 

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We are very excited to announce the release of the Sidewinder Micro 2. This release boasts all new updated circuitry and added functionalities. At Castle, our engineers are committed to taking full advantage of advancements in component quality and continuous improvements in software design. As a result, we are thrilled to introduce the Sidewinder Micro 2 to the 1:18th scale community at the same incredible price as its predecessor.

The Sidewinder Micro 2 is an ideal brushless power hop-up for 1:18th scale 2WD vehicles and smaller 4WD (up to 2 lbs.) such as the Team Associated RC18B2™ or Dromida SC4 SCT™.   Updated electronics and refined software will thrill users with ultra-smooth starts and high power performance. The new adjustable BEC voltage (5.5V or 7.5V) with a 2AMP peak will power your steering servo and receiver with ease.

The Sidewinder Micro 2 is ready-to run out of the box.  Programming is accessible via the transmitter, a Windows® based PC and a Castle Link USB adapter (purchased separately), or a Field Link card (purchased separately).  Castle customers will experience incredible performance enhancements using the full programming suite available through Castle Link ™.  Tuning the ESC allows for maximized performance for specific applications and track conditions with adjustable features such as brake amount, start power, punch control and torque limit. The result is an incredible driving experience that will surely outperform and overpower the competition.

The Sidewinder Micro 2 can be purchased with a perfectly paired 4 pole brushless 20mm motor in either 4100Kv, 5300Kv or 8200Kv combinations.  Each motor boasts the same 4 pole technology we use to toss around 15 pound monster trucks like rag dolls and wheelie 30 pound Baja’s on demand. With the increased efficiency and torque gained from a 4 pole design they will take just about anything the user can throw at them.  The 0808 series motors are intended for on-road and off-road applications running up to 3S LiPo and weighing in at up to 2.5lbs. For 2WD and lighter 4WD vehicles (<1.5lbs) we recommend the Sidewinder Micro 2 ESC, and for those with a bit beefier 4WD vehicle (>1.5lbs) we suggest the Mamba Micro X ESC.

Updated audible tones have been introduced with the Sidewinder Micro 2 as well. The ability to diagnose and resolve problems in the field are made easy as this ESC will communicate with audible tones when certain conditions are present. Alerts are present for start fail, voltage cutoff, radio glitch, over-temperature, over-current and excessive load detections. Users will have the opportunity to correct potential failures and diagnose pesky setup issues such as radio glitches, or when high current spikes are detected, resulting in excessive load. Eliminating the guesswork and simplifying corrective actions means more time doing what we love, rippin’ through terrain and tearing up asphalt!

Additional software enhancements include the addition of Link Live™ to the Sidewinder Micro 2 capabilities. This feature, when enabled, will allow users to experience real-time telemetry data such as battery voltage, ESC temperature and battery ripple. Current options that allow real time telemetry feedback are accessible through Castle’s Serial Link device, which is capable of communicating through several serial protocols.  Additionally, compatibility with certain Futaba® S.BUS2 and Spektrum ®X-BUS radio transmitters will be coming soon and the Sidewinder Micro 2 ESC is Telemetry READY!

1:18th scale fans will reap the benefits of the modernized Sidewinder Micro 2. Its versatility and small footprint, combined with an economical price point, will make this brushless combo a favorite for any 1:18th scale enthusiast.

RC18B2™ is a trademark of Associated and SC4 SCT™ is a trademark of Hobbico.

SIDEWINDER MICRO 2  SPECIFICATIONS
The Sidewinder Micro 2 is a perfect brushless upgrade for1:18th scale 2WD vehicles and smaller 4WD (up to 2 lbs.)
Input Voltage:  2S-3S LiPo, 4-9 cell NiMH BEC: Adjustable:  5.5V or 7.5V (2A Peak), default 5.5V
Esc Weight : 26g Motor Weight: 50g
ESC Size: 22mm x 38mm Motor Size:   38mm x  20mm
Motor Shaft Size:  0.08″ (2mm) Motor Connector Type: 3.5mm gold connectors (female connectors included)
Programming: Yes, via transmitter, Windows® based PC and a Castle Link USB adapter (purchased separately), or a Field Link Card (purchased separately).
Items Needed for Operation: The Sidewinder Micro V2 has 3.5mm bullet connectors on the motor wires and the battery input wires are bare. You must add the connector of your choice to the battery leads. We recommend a high current connector rated for at least 40 amps.

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Castle ESC cages available from RPM R/C Products

Looking to update your Traaxas Slash, Stampede 4×4 or Rally car with one of our legendary Castle Sidewinder ESCs? Our friends at RPM R/C Products have just released a couple of ESC “cages” that make it easier than ever to “Power Up” with Castle.

rpm-castle-sidewinder-cage_BLACKThe RPM ESC Cage for both the Castle Sidewinder 3 and the Sidewinder SCT ESCs fit in the stock location on the Traxxas Slash 2WD, Slash 2WD LCG, Slash 4×4, Slash 4×4 LCG, Stampede 4×4 & Rally, while also working on other Traxxas 1/10th scale vehicles.

rpm-castle-Sidewinder_ESC_cage-installedThe RPM Cage simplifies ESC installation and maintenance by providing two screw locations that hold the entire assembly in the vehicle, eliminating the use of double-sided tape or hook/loop fasteners to secure your Castle Sidewinder or SCT Sidewinder.

To fan or not to fan, those are your choices
RPM lets you decide if you want to run a fan or not. Because the cage only encases the ESC body, there is plenty of room to install a Castle ESC cooling fan. This clever design leaves the sides of the ESC open, allowing air to reach them.

rpm-castle-sidewinder-cage-3The folks at RPM also include a separate, encased on / off switch mount that bolts directly to the cage in one of four locations for even more installation versatility. And because the switch mount attaches directly to the cage, no extra time is needed to remove it. Or if you choose, you can mount the switch anywhere you’d like simply by drilling and tapping two 2mm holes.

These cool ESC cages retail for $9.95 and are available directly from PRM R/C Products.RPM_logo

 

 

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.