The HobbyKing On-Board Smart Glow Driver is one of the most useful gadgets any IC pilot could have in their arsenal. This lightweight on-board glow driver unit is ideal for model aircraft, helicopters and cars alike and features an LED on/off switch and a voltage regulator all in one.
Simple to install, at the push of a button the glow driver will ignite your glow plug and keep on heating the element for 15 secs. The unit will automatically adjust the output current to ensure the best working temperature for your glow plug.
• 4.5v ~ 16v input voltage
• Continuous output 1.4V, max current output: 6A
• 10 individual modes including, manual, remote control and constant trigger
• Short circuit and overheat protection
• Glow plug broken circuit detective
• Auto current output adjustment
• 96% Power transfer efficiency
• Extremely lightweight system at only 17g
• LED trigger button indicates mode
Dimensions: 32mm x 23mm x 7mm
I used a 3-way switch on my Futaba TX and plugged it in channel 5 of my Futaba 7 channel RX .I powered the glow plug with a separated 2S Lipo battery and connected a switch on the main lead to shut off the power supply when not flying.
Works great and gives a reliable feeling while the engine is in idling mode.I bought one of these a while back and it worked great. I have it on a plane and it is controlled from a switch on the transmitter just like the instructions say. So I ordered four more for my other airplanes. None of the four worked. They do not respond to commands from the transmitter/receiver. I filled out an RMA to return them. I sent them a picture but they told me to make a video. What a pain. Not worth the trouble.
Starts off I will have to say it only has 3 modes, Not 10. If HK can put up a manual that shows how there are 10 it would be Great. As all I can get is 3. I'm run it as a on/off on a OS 120 4 stroke. Use it with my RX and powering it with a separate battery. It does work good this way. Turn it on ( RX ) and after 30 seconds it pulsates on and off, at about every 1/2 second. It is really light wight. I pulled the red wire out of the plug and plugged it in to a separate plug and solderer a black wires together. If that makes cents.
Thanks DanI purchased three of these. I have mounted two and used one fairly extensively.
I'm using mine in transmitter controlled mode with no limit on glow run time (so I can run half power indefinitely should I need to idle for a while). To set that up required shorting two wires on the 'control button' which was an easy task.
I also added a ferrite ring to the receiver line to help filter out the noise from the switch mode converter.
I needed to extend both wires, the driver works normally with 6 inch extensions.
During installation the ground wire's mounting ring broke off when I tightened the engine mount bolt. I had to attach a second terminal, soldered and shrink tubed it uneventfully.
After several runs the plane came back indicating a broken glow filament (3 quick flashes). I discovered the positive lead's solder had failed allowing it to disconnect from the glow head locking mechanism. I disassembled the positive lead's connector and was able to rebuild, solder and again heat shrink it. The unit is working normally again.
If you aren't afraid to work on this unit should you find some substandard stuff going on I think you'll be happy with it. Hopefully this helps some people out there!Dispositivo elettronico da installare a bordo del vostro modello Aereo, Elicottero, Barca, Auto, Moto provvisto di interruttore Led per l'accensione della vostra Candela . Lo stesso puo' anche essere attivato da un canale libero della vostra ricevente.No information provided with the product as to the 10 modes and how to identify which mode if any you are inGood device! But there are no instructions.
I use it on the helicopter. Very short:
When you connect the power, led starts blinking seldom. It is standby.
When you press the button - there are five frequent flashes and then the led is illuminated constantlyfor about 30 seconds. In this time the power is supplied on the glow and you can start the engine. After 30 seconds the device will return to standby mode. Do not connect the signal wire from the connector, if you do not plan to include "keep on heating" from the transmitter.Received 5 units a week ago. No manual, no instructions, no other info than that found from the product description on the webshop.
Customer Service's Product Specialist mailed that they do not have manual or instruction booklet which is rather ridiculous. Got the impression that they do not even intend to make one...
Putting those units to my bottom drawer until a proper manual is released on the files section.
Until then: can not recommend. Considering this as a wrong "investment".
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