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I am new to gliders and wondering if anyone has added an elect. motor to this plane. Any links would be helpful.
12-21-2006, 04:41 PM
Hello Phaz, here's a thread on a "Spirit" (not Elite) motor upgrade;
With a 2 meter glider you'll be looking at either a geared 400 or a speed 600 brushed motor, a 30a speed controller and about 8 cell 1000-15000mAh NiHh battery. LiPos will work also, the problem is most 6.0volt brushed motors have a short lifespan with 3s LiPos (11.1V) and are a little underpowered with 2s (7.4v).
Just about all the recommendations for 2 meter glider e-conversions you'll find here in Sailplanes will power your airplane. Try a search for Easy Glider, Speed 600, Spirit, Electra.
12-26-2006, 11:46 AM
A brushless will be a better choice, but at a higher cost. It will typically be lighter and more efficent so you get more climbs per charge.
I would look for a brushelss motor that provides between 150 and 250 watts of power depending on how strong of a climb you want.
Lipos are always preferable for their superior power to weight ratio, especially in TD sailplanes. I have a 2 cell lipo in my Easy Glider driving 160 watts, at WOT, into a brushless motor on a 3:1 gearbox. All up weight is around 36 ounces I believe, or about 75 watts per pound. I climb very quickly, most of the time at 3/4 throttle, and get many climbs out of a 2100 MAh pack.
12-26-2006, 01:47 PM
A friend of mine have had a Spirit Elite electrified for some years, works good.
Will ask him as soon as we meet which motor/battery he is using.
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