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    Hi all I am using two my1020 24v motors overvolting to 36v.

    Any recommendations for speed control?

    I am using an ackerman steering setup so channel mixing not necessary.

    Would these be suitable? I suspect not able to stand up to physical shocks associated with robot wars.

    https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?m...2F252932329711

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    I wouldn't recommend those controllers. The current capacity figures are hobbyamps (not true amp ratings) plus interfacing them with radio gear would be a pain.

    Some examples of heavyweight controllers used these days,

    - Vantec
    - Roboteq
    - Vex victor BB
    - Ragebridge (these probably won't take the full 36v you plan)

    In short, they aren't cheap but if you buy cheap you'll end up spending more cash when they blow.

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    That is a heap of capacitators... Don't believe that will fair well in our mechanical gladiators.

    I agree with Gary. Buy cheap is to buy a lot more. And still end up with one of the more expensive ESC's.
    On the other hand, it could be you did find a hidden gem.

    Robot Power Vypers look good too.

    Our friendly German electronics wizzard is also working on a heavyweight ESC, the IBF4.6. But that isn't commercial ready yet.

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    If your only looking for single channel and cheap, you could go old school with 4QD controllers

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    At 500w, you could keep them at 24v and possibly go with a pair of TZ85s, the chapest heavy ESC you can get (£62.50 each on Ranglebox iirc). But they can't really handle any more than that.

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    I thought the capacitors wouldn't take the kind of shocks the robots receive.
    Thanks for the recommendations.
    4qd seem to be extortionate where I see them. Where can I source cheap ones?

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    What do you call cheap? ESC's that are difficult to control? Lacking fine control, making the machine unsteerable? Or blowing up every fight some demand is placed upon them?

    A good ESC is something you don't have to replace after 2 fights (unless you did it wrong).
    Our Sidewinders survived years of abuse in Hannibal( fried 1 there, lack of current limiting on 1 channel, later rectified by Robot Power) Mantis, Obsidian, kan-Opener and Bullfrog.

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    What is your overall budget for a heavyweight because I get the feeling you may have underestimated the costs involved?

    For reference, a typical heavyweight will set you back several thousand pounds.

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    Yeh its best to give information in Quantitative rather than Qualitative terms.

    Cheap for me and cheap for you are going to be two different things, best to work out a budget and specifications and then give a rough idea of what your looking for.
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    All parts and spares I have purchased except weapon system and esc. Even the priciest ESC is within budget for me.

    What I meant by the cheap comment was all 4qd I can find are as expensive if not more so than others with less features therefore not good VALUE unless cheaper than others as was suggested by blazer.

    vyper or osmc were the two I have been looking at for a while, sabre tooth I have heard mixed reports and 4qd I have known about since 90s robot wars.

    The reason I opened this thread was because I was on eBay, these cheap kart and scooter controllers popped up and were showing surprising power handling numbers dirt cheap so seemed too good to be true.

    I really wanted to know if anyone had tried them being as that is the main uses of 4qd (golf cart controller). Thought these may be a modern cheaper 4qd.

    I am more interested in reliability over price or features but I don't want to pay for fancy features like mixing ect if I don't have to as if good value could put towards more spares
    Last edited by T00TY_FRU1TY; 13th January 2018 at 16:29.

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