Turnigy TrackStar 18A 1/18th Scale Brushless Car ESC
The Turnigy TrackStar 1/18th scale 18amp car ESC is the latest addition to Hobby Kings Car ESC range.
Using a Fast Silicon Labs MCU and high quality On-Semiconductor MOSFETs the TrackStar 18A ESC sets a new standard in high quality yet affordable car ESCs. With Intelligent MCU logic the TrackStar series ESCs allow extremely precise start up control and positioning feed back from the motor. This translates in to very smooth start up and acceleration.
The Turnigy TrackStar 18A ESC also boasts a host of programing options not usually found in an ESC of this size and can be programmed with ease via the Turnigy TrackStar programing card (sold separately)
Specification: Cont. Current: 18A Burst Current: 25A Car Size: 1/18th Battery: 2-3 Cell Lipo / 4-9 Cell Ni-XX L-BEC: 5V / 1A Output Motor Type: Sensorless Brushless Size: 30 x 26.1 x 13.8mm Weight: 26g (Including wires) Motor Plugs: 3.5mm Bullet type Battery Plug: Required On/Off Switch: Yes Reverse: Yes
Programming Options (Via Optional programming card) Voltage Cut off Drag Brake Brake Strength Punch Control Reverse type Motor Timing
hi i got a 18amp 1/18 hobbyking esc. i also got the program
card. for 3 or 2s lipo it has 2 cut off voltage steps
step 1 has cut off voltage
step 2it has auto-lipo cut off volts/cell
how should i ajust it.
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Can anyone make this clear to me. Here at the website it says:
Cont. Current: 18A
Burst Current: 25A.
And I got this esc for just a day ago and in the manual it says:
Cont. Current: 25A
Burst Current: 90A.
Could anyone tell me what is the right spec? Its really confusing..
It will probably be more than Hobbyking says and less than the manual says. HK is normally pretty conservative with its estimates so there is less chance of people picking an ESC that is on the edge of its performance all the time and therefore less blowing up.
I find that if I am sitting in neutral, the ESC beeps every 20secs. Is this normal?
I am running this ESC through arduino so I have tricked the ESC. I have confirmed that the values I am sending are accepted as the motor functions as expected (full forward and full reverse at 100% speed possible!)
Is the 20sec beep at neutral normal? Can it be turned off?
For onroad use "with that battery" you will get away with using a 45Amp ESC but I would get a 60Amp ESC, this would surly cover you if you use it in an off road buggy or upgrade the motor and battery later. Your battery will be a bit of a problem. The performance of your car will suffer, you will never get the most out of that motor with that battery, run times will also be short.
After programming, this regulator was blinking orange LED and no longer respond to the control panel. The manual says that I need to go back to the default settings, but does not describe how to do it. How to reset the controller to default settings?
Yes. There are three modes to this ESC. By default, the ESC will allow reverse after detecting 2 secs of neutral throttle. Another mode allows for instant reverse, once 0 RPM is detected by the ESC. I use this mode for ROV thrusters, which need to run forward and reverse many times during a run.
This ESC has reverse. There are 2 options:
Reverse Lockout:Allows use of reverse only after 2 seconds of neutral
Forward/Brake/Reverse:Reverse or forwared is accessible at any time after ESC brakes to zero motor RPM
hope this helps
assuming that is a 2 pole motor (99pcnt chance it is) it will work for sure. This esc is the same as the toro 25a esc. The toro 25a supports 6100kv 4 pole motor, which is the same (for the esc) as a 12200 kv 2 pole motor! hope this helps
is good for off-road 1/18 1/16. if you use an off-road 1/16 uses a fan to cool it uses. I suggest you use the 3s lipo batteries, fan for motor and esc. I used this esc with Hsp Sacker Sport Truggy (mini rave 1/18). 3s lipo batteries 5200Kv motor, very fast, I had to buy the metal pinion and spurgear. I purchased a year ago, still works perfectly.
Well, this ESC has a 5v BEC,so no,it won't work on 1s. It actualy says 2-3s on the product screen. The only ESC i can see for 1s here is a 160amp at the bottom of the ESC page.Don't forget,log in to credit answers please!
this ESC will handle bursts of up to at least 25a. It depends on which 3500kv motor you mean. But this ESC has very good heat dissapation. On 3s lipo, I think you'd be alright with a 300watt motor. Any chance you could click the box for was this the best answer. It's frustrating when you give up so much time to help and people don't even credit you back. It doesn't cost you anything! Anyway, good luck..
Yes this is what I use in my swampdawg and it is perfect doesn't take up to much room and I use the hobby king 2.4ghz 2ch transmitter n receiver combo I think it was around $17.00 in it works flawlessly plus the tiny receiver you can stick to the top of on inside of seats cover in run the antenna wire out of the hole just modify a slot so wire doesn't get pinched when you close it you'll see what I mean
so which is is, does it work with the regular turnigy programming card or not. Has someone actually used it with the regular turnigy one? Would not be an issue if HK had it in stock, but their out of stock situation is terrible.
it WILL NOT work with any other than the Trackstar programming card. this is not a hobbywing product like the other 18a esc. this is a Toro Micro esc. if you can get a hold of one of those, it will work just fine.
so i just slapped this esc in my HPI mini recon and it seems to stutter/hesitate to get going with a 2030 motor rated at 5200kv. is that just the nature of the esc or whats going on? otherwise great esc.
the stutter can be caused by a number of things. first, the cheapest* check your gear mesh. a too-tight gear mesh will cause cogging ( that condition you described aas stuttering). the 2nd option os to check your battery. with the size of that car, a 1500 mah 2S battery that is rated to 30C is required. the third thing is that you want to obtain a 18/100/150A trackstar programming card. you want to raise "punch control" to 50pcnt or more. the esc is not perfect with any sensorless motor and sho
Well I will check all of those things. I have a 1300mah battery rated at 20 but that's fine since It can give me 26amps constant plus this stuttering happen when I'm very light on the throttle.... I have the track star programing card for this specific esc too but I will try to modify the settings as you said. Thanks for the help I will let you know what happens
brushed motor does not rely on estimated electromagnetic feedback either. it is a direct conductive connection. the only way to get rid of cogging in brushless motors/escs is to get sensored. and to my knowledge, nobody makes a 370 sized sensored motor. i now know why you are having the issue. you were basing your observation and expectations on experience rather than research. i hope that if you have any other questions, that i can answer them to your satisfaction.
I have the programming card and it works well but it does not have the option for 100% forward and reverse. Default is only 50% power in reverse and although it lists 100% as an option with programming via the transmitter. I really realy hate programming that way as I find keeping track of the beeps and flashes almost impossible. Can anyone confirm that it really is possible to get this esc to run 100% in reverse before I spend frustrating hours trying to get it to do something it can't do?
there might be an issue with your motor in that it is designed to be run in one direction over the other and has an intrinsic timing built in. the liklihood of you knowing what motor will have it is nearly nil. i have had 3 of the same kind of 4 different motor, and 1 motor did that. took it apart ( only because i demagnetized the rotor) and found out that some of the windings had a ramp-like arrangement that seemed to induce current at a non-tangential angle.
as far as possible to get 100% reverse, i have not tried it. i just left mine alone and it seemed to be good enough, but then again, i had the system in a 1/24th scale losi micro rally 4x4 so it never needed 100% throttle.
I ask you help because I need two esc to control the two motors a tank. I need a esc with forward and reverse? without the brake function. Is possible with this esc? In the programming card ''reverse type''what it means Proportional ''rev. lock-out'' thanks
no this esc cant heres what it says in manual
REVERSE LOCKOUT allow the use of reverse only after the esc senses two seconds of neutral throttle
FORWARD/BRAKE ONLY no reverse function
FORWARD/BRAKE/REVERSE reverse or forward is accessible at any time AFTER the esc brakes to zero motor rpm (meaning your have to wait for the motor rpm to completely stop before reverse, total stand still)
You can turn off brake option and you can setup instant reverse. Just check User`s Manual.
Also, be very careful with switch. Its not turning off completely and drains battery. I already have one lipo puffy.
you can use 2 of these in a tank if you get a 4 channel air radio with 2 sticks. you will need to use channel 2 for the left esc and channel 4 for the right esc. then you will need to reprogram the left esc to reverse motor operation. you will also want to program drag brake to 100pcnt. this will give you the best result with a tank.
I bought one of these last week, using it in my RC18R with a 4200 brushless motor.
Problem is the esc just cogs, it won't take off from stand still, just sits there and jitters.
I have reset the throttle range 5 times.
Tried changing settings with the program card, but nothing fixes the problem.
I'm waiting to hear back from support, any help would be appreciated.
try adjusting the timing settings that may be what your problem is you might just need a new onw these can somtimes jsut be **** when you get them but hey for the price if you get one and it doesnt work its still worth it to get anouther one
check the following: pinion/spur mesh* wheel, drivetrain bearings (bushings, god forbid) to make sure they spin freely)* battery rating ( should be CAPABLE of providing 45-90 Amps of current)* and motor leads. color matching or near matching is optimal (if your motor leads are black yellow and red* red goes to orange, black to blue and yellow to yellow.
What Brushless motor are you running. If it is a Castle they can be picky at times. You should also try another battery pack. It could be a number of things. If everything was good before the new ESC I would say its incompatibility or the ESC is bad.? When dialed in the 18r is a beast on 3s brushless!! better stock up on spur gears though!!
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Mine just arrived in the mail today... Looks to be good quality, and a bit shorter than the Turnigy 18A Car ESC... Will be dropping this lil puppy into my Losi Micro SCT on 3S lipo and a Turnigy 3850kV 1230 motor... After I build a carbon fiber chassis of course!!! Will update this review when truck is completed...