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- Correctly set the Brake to OFF on the ESKY
stock ESC (V1 or V2)
This information applies to the ESC's
provided with the Belt
CP V1 & V2
They say that a picture is worth a thousand
words, so below a little way is an image taken from an Esky "manual" if
one can call it such, with all it's Chenglish words and phrases.
(I have to ask exactly how little would it cost them to have the
translated properly for their massive sales to the the English speaking world.....)
The Esky ESC (Electronic Speed Controllers)
are quite famous for being awkward to program their very limited
programmable settings, and also for catching fire or simply failing far
However, all Esky helicopters come with
these ESC's, so it is very important for us to be able to set them up
correctly for use with a helicopter.
I had a Belt CP come into the ChopperAddict Heli-Hospital as a patient recently ,
It was only ONE week old, but had been involved in a
crash. When I came to check the mainshaft after having removed the
damaged blades etc etc, I noticed that it took about 25% throttle to get
the motor to start turning, and worse yet, if you pull the throttle
back down all the way, it stops absolutely dead, with no spool down
This is not a good thing for any
helicopter, so I first checked the motor itself, but found no problems
I then moved to the ESC, and decided to
reprogram it to ensure that the BRAKE setting was OFF, which is the
setting all helicopter SHOULD USE.
I tried one of my spare stock ESKY motors
with this errant ESC and it then also stopped dead, which it doesn't do
normally, so I felt I had proved that it was the ESC that was at the
root of the problem.
But no matter what I did, it simply refused to
change it's settings, despite my having the official ESKY documentation
alongside me. The number of beeps were different to those stated
in the ESKY document, and although it
appeared to change the brake setting, it still stopped dead on me.
I was determined not to be beaten by this,
so did a great deal of research on the Web, and finally came up with
this little gem, as shown below. It is a different
"official" ESKY document, and the CHENGLISH translation is
totally appalling, but if you very carefully read it over several times,
you start to become aware of what the magic trick is to achieve the simple operation
of changing the BRAKE setting on these ESC's...
I followed these instructions, and presto, I
now definitely have the BRAKE OFF
To avoid your having to go
through that painful process, I have translated it into real English
1 - Set the throttle on the TX to maximum
2 - Turn the TX on
3 - Connect the LIPO to the ESC in the
helicopter - BUT BE READY TO MOVE REALLY QUICKLY.
4 - As soon as you hear the first BEEP,
SLAM THE THROTTLE down to zero again
5 - Wait for the beeps to signal it has reset successfully.
You should hear 3 beeps - BI BI BI.
This means the ESC has the BRAKE OFF
If you still hear 3 beeps - BIBI BIBI BIBI,
it has not worked, so repeat the process.
The real trick behind all of this is the
fact that you ABSOLUTELY MUST pull the throttle
ALL the way down BEFORE
THE ORIGINAL BEEPS STOP.
All other documentation on these ESC's tell
you to wait until the beeps have finished before moving the stick - THEY ARE ALL TOTALLY WRONG
HAPPY FLYING - WITH
YOUR ESC BRAKE OFF as it should be