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Castle Crawler & Scaler Series – Get the Lowdown on Rock Race/Crawler Mode!

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”.

Click here for a diagram of Example 1.

Example 2: Castle Link Settings: ‘Drag Brake’ – “10%”, ‘Reverse Type’ – “With Reverse”

  • ‘Rock Race Mode’ is enabled whenever the AUX Wire Drag Brake is at or below 10% (? ~1.2ms) and the ‘Reverse Type’ will be set to “With Reverse”.
  • ‘Crawler Mode’ is enabled whenever the AUX Wire Drag Brake is above 10% (> ~1.2ms) and the ‘Reverse Type’ will be set to “Crawler Reverse”.

Click here for a diagram of Example 2.

Example 3: Castle Link Settings: ‘Drag Brake’ – “50%”, ‘Reverse Type’ – “With Reverse”

  • ‘Rock Race Mode’ is enabled whenever the AUX Wire Drag Brake is at or below 50% (? ~1.5ms) and the ‘Reverse Type’ will be set to “With Reverse”.
  • ‘Crawler Mode’ is enabled whenever the AUX Wire Drag Brake is above 50% (> ~1.5ms) and the ‘Reverse Type’ will be set to “Crawler Reverse”.

Click here for a diagram of Example 3.

‘Reverse Type’ Definitions:

  1. “Without Reverse” – Racing Setting. No reverse motor direction. Pressing the reverse trigger on the radio will engage the motor brake.
  2. “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.
  3. “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!

 

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The 2017 Castle Creations Off-Road Jam

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!

 

For the official recap of the race, check out Red RC Networks Report here: http://www.redrc.net/2017/01/2017-castle-creations-off-road-jam-report/#more-126240

 

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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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Click here to compare Castle Creations Voltage Regulators!

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 – Sidewinder Micro 2 1:18th Scale ESC Combo

 

Sidewinder Micro 2 Combo

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 Creations announces the release of Mamba XL X ESC

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Castle Creations is pleased to announce the release of Mamba XL X ESC. This extreme controller is a perfect brushless upgrade or conversion for large scale, ultra-high performance 1:5th scale vehicles weighing up to 30 lbs.

Extreme Control

The Mamba XL X combines the extreme performance that its predecessor, the Mamba XL2, is known for, as well as a host of upgrades to compliment the user’s experience. Most notable is the addition of the new, widely popular, Auxiliary Wire Technology.  This feature allows users to make “on-the-go” adjustments to several ESC settings right from their transmitter using an auxiliary channel on their receiver. Configuration of the auxiliary mode is enabled through Castle Link, and once programmed, it eliminates the need for a Castle Link connection to change those parameter settings. Several prominent settings are accessible, such as drag brake, torque control, reverse enable and data log erase. This addition will surely be a favorite of the Mamba XL X buyers.

 

The Mamba XL X features new Audible Alerts as well. The ESC will emit tones that consist of long and short sequences when certain conditions are present. This enhancement will provide users 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!

 

Data Logging enhancements include adding the ability for users to erase the log utilizing the auxiliary switch. Enabling the data logging feature will maximize performance and setup optimization. Who hasn’t wondered if they’re pulling more amps than their battery spec or been baffled by battery usage? Data Logging will record important power system information during use, turn-by-turn. Once the data is uploaded to the Castle Link Graph Viewer, users can view and analyze parameters such as battery voltage, battery ripple voltage, amp draw, motor rpm, and controller temperature. Ensuring a setup is performing within its limits is required to maintain a healthy power system.

The new Castle Quick Connect Duo (sold separately) offers users access to both wires into the single Castle Link connection, without opening the receiver box!  The Quick Connect Duo detects the presence of a Castle Link adapter on the free lead and will then will switch the controller’s signal line from the receiver to the Castle Link.

Additional software enhancements include the addition of Link Live™ to the Mamba XL X capabilities. This feature, when enabled, will allow users to experience real-time telemetry data such as battery voltage, battery current and ESC temperature. Compatibility with the Futaba S.BUS® T4PX transmitter is coming soon and this controller is Telemetry Link READY!

Extreme Power

The new Mamba XL X is capable of running from 3S to a maximum of 8S LiPo power, and now features an upgraded heavy-duty 20A peak Battery Eliminator Circuit (BEC). The output is adjustable from 5.0V to 8.5 and this beefed up version will provide plenty of power for today’s power hungry servos. Additionally, the 40mm ESC cooling fan provides superior heat dissipation, which is needed to withstand the loads required to power these heavy vehicles to high speeds.

Extreme ESC and Extreme Combos
Mamba XL X is available as an ESC only purchase or as a combination package. The combo includes the ESC, Castle’s 2028-800kV extreme brushless motor and a motor cooling fan (which is a must have for any hardcore basher). The cooling fan is powered by the receiver and can drop motor temperatures as much as 30 degrees! Both the ESC and ESC + Motor Combo feature all-new package designs as well. There will be no mistaking the new Mamba XL X from the previous Mamba XL2 once they’re on the shelves of your favorite R/C hobby shops.

 

MAMBA XL X SPECIFICATIONS & FEATURES
Input Voltage:  3S – 8S LiPo (33.6V Max) BEC Output Amperage:  20A peak
Weight : 10.4oz (w/ wires)    Size:4.81in x 2.06in x 2.75in BEC Voltage:   Adjustable from 5V to 8.4V
Motor Connector Type:   8.0mm or 6.5mm motor bullets ESC Cooling Fan:   Yes, included
Data Logging:   Yes, enabled through Castle Link Motor Cooling Fan:   Yes, included in Combo
AUX Wire Technology: Yes, enabled through Castle Link Audible Error Codes: Yes
Programming: Yes, via transmitter, Windows® based PC and a Castle Link USB adapter  (free with enclosed coupon), or a Field Link Card (purchased separately).