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A4 - Interceptor
400 - How
do you set up the 'Soft Start' in the ESC ?
purposes of this question, I am going to assume that you have the
Acer Lab 40A ESC fitted to your helicopter, as this is what most
INT400 builders use.
Helicopters quite obviously have to get their main blades up to
flying speed, and to do so means the ESC increases power to the
motor to spin them up according to your throttle position.
However, some ESC such as the Esky standard offering do not provide
what is called a slow start option, which means that the motor
starts up very rapidly. This can and does cause stripping of the
teeth from the main gears quite easily.
The best way
to overcome this is to purchase a "decent" ESC that does
provide various settings including a slow start option. With
the Acer Lab 40A, Hobbyking Pentiums and various other clones of
this well known ESC you can buy a small card that plugs into the ESC
and lets you set everything up very easily. If you do not want
to do that, most decent ESC's provide a documented way to achieve
whatever settings they provide by using the Tx to get teh ESC into
"setup" mode, and then moving one of the sticks in certain
directions to set the options one by one in sequence.
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