Hobbywing have introduced the 1S 1/12th scale version of their popular Xerun XR10 speed controller. 6mm shorter and 12g lighter than is predecessor V3.1 1S, the controller, that made a first public appearance at the recent IFMAR Electric On-road World Championships, allows for better placement within the chassis while also granting for easier weight distribution adjustments. The machined black alloy case houses a built-in switch and a capacitor module to further save weight and space while in terms of software the 1S variant sports five pre-sets commonly used in 1/12th scale racing while the optional LCD Program Box and WiFi Module make further adjustments of the parameters easy. The 1S-only speedo is usable without an external receiver battery as it sports a switched 6V/3A BEC system.
Carisma have released first images and information on their all-new V70R sensored micro brushless speed controller and motor. Purpose-designed for 1/14th to 1/16th scale mini and micro buggies the speed controller is of very compact dimensions with the sensored design allowing for exceptional low-speed throttle smoothness and thus car control without sacrificing performance when it is needed. The software supports blinky and turbo timing options, meaning the speedo is usable in stock and open class racing and the throttle and brake settings can be fine-tuned to the driver’s liking. Depending on the gearing the controller can be used with up to 3S LiPo battery packs and it fully support Carima’s new Racing Mini sensored brushless motors that are available in a milder 4600kv variant and also as high-power 5350kv motor. The motors measure 24×43.6mm and they utilise a 3mm shaft. In addition a programming box is available separately for easy adjustment of the controller. The new motors already prove their performance by taking the top 3 spots at the recent MicroX race with the controller obtaining P2 and P3 overall in the hand of Craig Harris and Keith Robertson.
SkyRC have introduced their Ultimate Duo 400W AC/DC multi-chemistry charger with dual charge outputs. Thanks to smart power distribution capabilities the charger offers up to 400W of charge power in total with channel 1 being the 400W unit while channel 2 provides up to 200W. On top of this the device is equipped with two adjustable voltage 150W DC outputs that provide up to 10A of current, ideal to power motor testers, tyre lathes and more. The charger is usable with up to 7S LiXX batteries including the new LiHV cells and delivers up to 20A charge current. Also part of the package are two internal balancers as well as 4-button operation and one backlit display per channel. A temperature controlled fan unit keeps the temperatures at bay even in hot ambient temperatures or under heavy load.
Coming from Horizon Hobby are the new Dynamite Reaction HV LiHV hardcase battery packs. Made using high-quality 50C cells the battery packs are ideal for bashers and also outlaw racing classes as their high-voltage LiPo cells offer increased overall voltage over standard cells. The batteries can be charged up to 4.35V per cell versus the standard 4.2V, using a HV-compatible charger, and they are available in a range of configurations including a 4000mAh 7.6V/2S shorty pack with EC3 connector, a 5000mAh 7.6V/2S standard-size pack, a 5000mAh 11.4V/3S 35mm height pack with EC5 connector and a 5000mAh 15.2V/4S battery. The standard 2S and 4S packs are available with EC3, EC5, Deans and Traxxas compatible connectors.
Hitec’s X4 AC Pro AC/DC multicharger is building on the popularity of the X4 AC Plus but it offers a total of four charge outputs. The powerhouse exudes a charge circuit power of 200 watts with power distribution capability in AC mode and a 300-watt output when in DC mode. The device allows to connect up to four batteries of varying chemistries, including the latest LiHV batteries, to any of the charging channels with each channel performing independently of one another. Additional features include the Charge Master software, providing the ability to operate the charger via a personal computer plus a built-in Bluetooth for smartphone app operation.
Coming from Arrowmax is their latest high-performance LiPo battery pack in the form of a 4500mAh 3S variant. Built using the latest generation of heavy duty 40C/80C cells with improved electrolyte composition and new high-density stacking the battery offers exceptional performance and durability even in demanding applications such as 1/8th and 1/10th on-road and off-road cars. What makes the 11.1V battery special is the reduced height of 25.1mm, making the 3S pack as large as a standard 2S battery. This leads to weight advantages over a standard 3S pack, allowing for higher performances especially in 1/8th scale vehicles. Another feature is the unique balancer power that is hidden behind a removable silicone cover. The features list is rounded out by 5mm bullet-type tube connectors for improved power supply.
Reedy have announced the release of their new Zappers high-performance LiHV and LiPo battery packs. At 7.6V the LiHV pack offers a higher voltage than the standard 7.4V pack, meaning increased performance during bashing or when racing “outlaw” classes. The battery can be safely charged to 8.7V and even when the typical 8.4V charging limit is enforced, the battery still offers a significant advantage thanks to a flatter discharge curve, which results in more voltage deeper into the race. Available as 4800mAh 7.6V LiHV and also as 4400mAh 7.4V standard LiPo pack, both make use of 5mm bullet-type connectors with the standard voltage pack built to meet ROAR, EFRA, BRCA and IFMAR specifications.
Horizon Hobby have introduced the new Dynamite Passport Duo 400W dual output AC/DC touch charger. The device builds on the previous non-touch version and adds an intuitive easy to use touch screen interface and HV charging capabilities. It is usable with up to 6S LiXX and 15 cell NiXX battery packs and offers up to 200W of charge power per output which allows for 10A charge current, meaning swift charging processes with dedicated batteries. Furthermore the charger features a range of safety features such as over temperature, over current and low input voltage protection.