Castle Creations Talon ESC
What do you guys think about the Castle Creations Talon 90 ESC? Need some candid feedback on them. Thinking about using it on my T-Clips. I know it is overkill, but that is exactly what I need -overkill for safety reasons. If the Talon doesn't have a bulletproof reputation, I will have to use an external BEC. I already plan on using a Scorpion Backup System as well for safety measures.
I have a friend with an extensive collection of planes, mostly in the 48" to 60" 3D planes.
He uses a Talon 90 in almost every plane.. They have a 20 amp esc so no brownout problems. He is pulling maybe 60 amps for motor and they come back cool to the touch. He could buy whatever he wants, but the Talon 90 is his unit. I think he has 10 or more, never a problem that I have heard about.
I've got one, picked up on a real deal from Castle Creations. It has been powered up and programmed, but has not run a motor yet. This ESC is rated with a 9 Amp switching power supply type of BEC, including a 20 Amp peak current rating. That uBEC will run just about any type of plane and servos you can come up with.
It does not have the data logger that is included in the CC ICE series of ESC's. And its uBEC DC output is fixed at either 6 or 8 VDC, if my memory is correct.
If you can borrow, beg or buy the Castle Creations UBC to ESC adapter, IMHO, it's worth picking up. This UBC adapter makes programming your Talon ESC quick and easy, right from your computer. My new Talon ESC did include a coupon for a free UBC adapter. I've got several, so gave the coupon to a club member.
I've got 10 of the Castle Creations ESC's of various sizes. None have ever given me a bit of trouble. OK, one did. CC issued a recall on it, and their turn around time was near two months. The unit was a 80 Amp or So High Voltage unit. That was several years ago. It was working just fine before the recall, and has been working perfectly after getting it back.
If you're interested in a dual receiver power supply with both the Talon ESC and the Castle Creations 10 Amp uBEC (Or similar unit) let me know. These two units can not be directly parallel connected, they must be isolated with diodes. I've got three 1200 Watt models set up this way, with a pair of special 9 Amp Shottky diodes to provide the isolation between the two BEC's. These diodes go for several dollars each plus shipping from www.digikey.com. These low voltage drop Shottky diodes are wired in series with the battery plus wire of the two uBEC's.
Take a look at the attached to see how it was done. Be certain to properly reinforce all diode to lead wire connections with shrink tubing. That shrink tubing should extend at least an inch past each end of the soldered connection.
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