New Product Announcement - X-BUS Telemetry Link
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In this day and age, we all know RC is not just one way communication anymore. Telemetry advancements are rapidly emerging and Castle has collaborated with the radio experts at Futaba® and Spektrum® to release two incredibly useful and easy to use Telemetry products. Air and Surface enthusiasts now have a means to receive and view telemetry data on compatible Spektrum® radios when using their favorite Castle ESC’s.*

The Castle Telemetry Links were developed based on communication protocol from Spektrum®.  They become a communication module between the Castle ESC and the radio receiver and/or telemetry module where they are attached. The Castle ESC is then easily programmed through Castle Link ™ to allow the bidirectional communication required to transmit data to the radios.

When setup and utilized properly, real-time data will aid in the overall enjoyment and safe operation of model airplanes, helicopters, and cars. Imagine the benefits of being notified by a configured vibration or sound alert when a defined threshold is exceeded, such as battery voltage, battery current or ESC temperature. Pilots can now react and avoid potentially costly repairs as well as gain insight into other parameters that can reduce the performance of an electric power system, such as excessive ripple voltage.

Let’s face it, a modeler’s time and energy should be devoted to enjoying their craft. Telemetry is a powerful addition to any RC enthusiast’s tool box and provides confidence to maximize model performance and gain the competitive edge.

Compatibility Parameters

Compatible Castle ESC*

The ESC must have the ability to accept a bidirectional communication protocol that gives it the ability to transmit real-time telemetry feedback. This feature is called Link Live™ and needs to be enabled on compatible ESC’s using Castle Link™.

Click here to view the Castle ESC Compatibility Chart.

(Telemetry is not compatible when using multirotor mode on AIR ESCs)

Compatible Spektrum AirWare Radio

AirWare supports bidirectional communication. It is also necessary to utilize a compatible Spektrum Telemetry Module. 

Compatible radio’s

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DX6G2, DX6G3, DX7, DX8G2, DX9, DX10t, DX18, DX18QQ, DX18G2, DX18t

New Product Announcement – Sidewinder Micro 2 1:18th Scale ESC Combo

  Sidewinder Micro 2 Combo

We are very excited to announce the release of the Sidewinder Micro 2. This release boasts all new updated circuitry and added functionalities. At Castle, our engineers are committed to taking full advantage of advancements in component quality and continuous improvements in software design. As a result, we are thrilled to introduce the Sidewinder Micro 2 to the 1:18th scale community at the same incredible price as its predecessor.

The Sidewinder Micro 2 is an ideal brushless power hop-up for 1:18th scale 2WD vehicles and smaller 4WD (up to 2 lbs.) such as the Team Associated RC18B2™ or Dromida SC4 SCT™.   Updated electronics and refined software will thrill users with ultra-smooth starts and high power performance. The new adjustable BEC voltage (5.5V or 7.5V) with a 2AMP peak will power your steering servo and receiver with ease.

The Sidewinder Micro 2 is ready-to run out of the box.  Programming is accessible via the transmitter, a Windows® based PC and a Castle Link USB adapter (purchased separately), or a Field Link card (purchased separately).  Castle customers will experience incredible performance enhancements using the full programming suite available through Castle Link ™.  Tuning the ESC allows for maximized performance for specific applications and track conditions with adjustable features such as brake amount, start power, punch control and torque limit. The result is an incredible driving experience that will surely outperform and overpower the competition.

The Sidewinder Micro 2 can be purchased with a perfectly paired 4 pole brushless 20mm motor in either 4100Kv, 5300Kv or 8200Kv combinations.  Each motor boasts the same 4 pole technology we use to toss around 15 pound monster trucks like rag dolls and wheelie 30 pound Baja’s on demand. With the increased efficiency and torque gained from a 4 pole design they will take just about anything the user can throw at them.  The 0808 series motors are intended for on-road and off-road applications running up to 3S LiPo and weighing in at up to 2.5lbs. For 2WD and lighter 4WD vehicles (<1.5lbs) we recommend the Sidewinder Micro 2 ESC, and for those with a bit beefier 4WD vehicle (>1.5lbs) we suggest the Mamba Micro X ESC.

Updated audible tones have been introduced with the Sidewinder Micro 2 as well. The ability to diagnose and resolve problems in the field are made easy as this ESC will communicate with audible tones when certain conditions are present. Alerts are present for start fail, voltage cutoff, radio glitch, over-temperature, over-current and excessive load detections. Users will have the opportunity to correct potential failures and diagnose pesky setup issues such as radio glitches, or when high current spikes are detected, resulting in excessive load. Eliminating the guesswork and simplifying corrective actions means more time doing what we love, rippin’ through terrain and tearing up asphalt!

Additional software enhancements include the addition of Link Live™ to the Sidewinder Micro 2 capabilities. This feature, when enabled, will allow users to experience real-time telemetry data such as battery voltage, ESC temperature and battery ripple. Current options that allow real time telemetry feedback are accessible through Castle’s Serial Link device, which is capable of communicating through several serial protocols.  Additionally, compatibility with certain Futaba® S.BUS2 and Spektrum ®X-BUS radio transmitters will be coming soon and the Sidewinder Micro 2 ESC is Telemetry READY!

1:18th scale fans will reap the benefits of the modernized Sidewinder Micro 2. Its versatility and small footprint, combined with an economical price point, will make this brushless combo a favorite for any 1:18th scale enthusiast.

RC18B2™ is a trademark of Associated and SC4 SCT™ is a trademark of Hobbico.

SIDEWINDER MICRO 2  SPECIFICATIONS
The Sidewinder Micro 2 is a perfect brushless upgrade for1:18th scale 2WD vehicles and smaller 4WD (up to 2 lbs.)
Input Voltage:  2S-3S LiPo, 4-9 cell NiMH BEC: Adjustable:  5.5V or 7.5V (2A Peak), default 5.5V
Esc Weight : 26g Motor Weight: 50g
ESC Size: 22mm x 38mm Motor Size:   38mm x  20mm
Motor Shaft Size:  0.08" (2mm) Motor Connector Type: 3.5mm gold connectors (female connectors included)
Programming: Yes, via transmitter, Windows® based PC and a Castle Link USB adapter (purchased separately), or a Field Link Card (purchased separately).
Items Needed for Operation: The Sidewinder Micro V2 has 3.5mm bullet connectors on the motor wires and the battery input wires are bare. You must add the connector of your choice to the battery leads. We recommend a high current connector rated for at least 40 amps.

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Castle Creations announces the release of Mamba XL X ESC

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Castle Creations is pleased to announce the release of Mamba XL X ESC. This extreme controller is a perfect brushless upgrade or conversion for large scale, ultra-high performance 1:5th scale vehicles weighing up to 30 lbs.

Extreme Control

The Mamba XL X combines the extreme performance that its predecessor, the Mamba XL2, is known for, as well as a host of upgrades to compliment the user’s experience. Most notable is the addition of the new, widely popular, Auxiliary Wire Technology.  This feature allows users to make “on-the-go” adjustments to several ESC settings right from their transmitter using an auxiliary channel on their receiver. Configuration of the auxiliary mode is enabled through Castle Link, and once programmed, it eliminates the need for a Castle Link connection to change those parameter settings. Several prominent settings are accessible, such as drag brake, torque control, reverse enable and data log erase. This addition will surely be a favorite of the Mamba XL X buyers.

 

The Mamba XL X features new Audible Alerts as well. The ESC will emit tones that consist of long and short sequences when certain conditions are present. This enhancement will provide users the opportunity to correct potential failures and diagnose pesky setup issues such as radio glitches, or when high current spikes are detected, resulting in excessive load. Eliminating the guesswork and simplifying corrective actions means more time doing what we love, rippin’ through terrain and tearing up asphalt!

 

Data Logging enhancements include adding the ability for users to erase the log utilizing the auxiliary switch. Enabling the data logging feature will maximize performance and setup optimization. Who hasn’t wondered if they’re pulling more amps than their battery spec or been baffled by battery usage? Data Logging will record important power system information during use, turn-by-turn. Once the data is uploaded to the Castle Link Graph Viewer, users can view and analyze parameters such as battery voltage, battery ripple voltage, amp draw, motor rpm, and controller temperature. Ensuring a setup is performing within its limits is required to maintain a healthy power system.

The new Castle Quick Connect Duo (sold separately) offers users access to both wires into the single Castle Link connection, without opening the receiver box!  The Quick Connect Duo detects the presence of a Castle Link adapter on the free lead and will then will switch the controller's signal line from the receiver to the Castle Link.

Additional software enhancements include the addition of Link Live™ to the Mamba XL X capabilities. This feature, when enabled, will allow users to experience real-time telemetry data such as battery voltage, battery current and ESC temperature. Compatibility with the Futaba S.BUS® T4PX transmitter is coming soon and this controller is Telemetry Link READY!

Extreme Power

The new Mamba XL X is capable of running from 3S to a maximum of 8S LiPo power, and now features an upgraded heavy-duty 20A peak Battery Eliminator Circuit (BEC). The output is adjustable from 5.0V to 8.5 and this beefed up version will provide plenty of power for today’s power hungry servos. Additionally, the 40mm ESC cooling fan provides superior heat dissipation, which is needed to withstand the loads required to power these heavy vehicles to high speeds.

Extreme ESC and Extreme Combos Mamba XL X is available as an ESC only purchase or as a combination package. The combo includes the ESC, Castle’s 2028-800kV extreme brushless motor and a motor cooling fan (which is a must have for any hardcore basher). The cooling fan is powered by the receiver and can drop motor temperatures as much as 30 degrees! Both the ESC and ESC + Motor Combo feature all-new package designs as well. There will be no mistaking the new Mamba XL X from the previous Mamba XL2 once they’re on the shelves of your favorite R/C hobby shops.

 

MAMBA XL X SPECIFICATIONS & FEATURES
Input Voltage:  3S – 8S LiPo (33.6V Max) BEC Output Amperage:  20A peak
Weight : 10.4oz (w/ wires)    Size:4.81in x 2.06in x 2.75in BEC Voltage:   Adjustable from 5V to 8.4V
Motor Connector Type:   8.0mm or 6.5mm motor bullets ESC Cooling Fan:   Yes, included
Data Logging:   Yes, enabled through Castle Link Motor Cooling Fan:   Yes, included in Combo
AUX Wire Technology: Yes, enabled through Castle Link Audible Error Codes: Yes
Programming: Yes, via transmitter, Windows® based PC and a Castle Link USB adapter  (free with enclosed coupon), or a Field Link Card (purchased separately).
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Announcing the 30 Day Powered By Castle Sales Event

Throughout their history, Castle Creations has never had an “all inclusive” sale – until now! Powered-By-Castle-Sale_logoFrom October 22 through November 22, 2015, surface and air R/C enthusiast can purchase authentic Castle Creations products at significant savings off of Castle’s suggested retail prices. “As we wrap up the 2015 year, we want to make sure that our loyal customers have an opportunity to help us celebrate another year of leadership in the R/C electronics and power systems industry,” says Jeff Lacina, marketing manager at Castle Creations. “This sale is on every Castle Creations product that our distributors and resellers carry, as well as for all the regular inventory items listed on the Castle Creations website.”

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“It’s been a very busy year-and-a-half for everyone at Castle that has seen the introduction of the Talon and Mamba X Series ESCs,” notes Lacina. “We have incredibly loyal customers so we wanted to come up with a program that would reward everyone: air and surface R/C enthusiasts.”

The 30 Day Power By Castle Savings Event is being made available to all customers via Castle’s distribution and reseller organization. “If your favorite reseller or hobby shop isn’t participating in the 30 Day Power By Castle Savings Event, please ask them to contact their distributor for information about the special promotion,” explains Lacina. “Or, products can be purchased via CastleCreations.com if you don’t have a local retailer selling Castle products.”

Lacina notes that Castle-branded apparel and NeuMotors products are not included in this special, limited-time promotion.

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AUX What?!?

Adjective: auxiliary - providing supplementary or additional help and support. Okay, we all get that. But what does it have to do with my speed controller?

When the Castle Phoenix Edge line was introduced for heli and plane applications, we announced the addition of the user programmable auxiliary wire. Our car enthusiasts will now have a taste of the simplicity and convenience if this feature with the Mamba X Series Electronic Speed Controllers (ESC).

In short, the auxiliary wire is an extra white wire, that when connected to an open channel on your radio, allows users to take advantage of on-the-fly adjustments (using your transmitter) that would otherwise be modified or set using the Castle Link Programming Suite. The feature is enabled through the Castle Link Programming system and one mode may be selected at a time.

Let’s take a look at the available options, we are certain you’ll find a favorite or two.

Mamba X Series ESCs (Mamba Micro X and Monster X)

Max Throttle Adjustment The ESC’s maximum power is scaled from 10% to 100% depending on the signal received on the AUX wire. Perfect for passing the controls to children, neighbors or your boss.

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Mamba X Series AUX wire

Max Reverse Adjustment The ESC’s maximum reverse power is scaled from 10% to 100% depending on the signal received on the AUX wire.

Max Brake Adjustment The ESC’s maximum braking power is scaled from 10% to 100% depending on the signal received on the AUX wire.

Drag Brake Adjustment The ESC’s drag brake setting is scaled from 0% to full brake depending on the signal received on the AUX wire.

Reverse Enable/Disable (Only works in modes with reverse) Reversing is disabled when the controller receives an AUX wire signal above 50% (>1.5ms). When the controller receives an AUX wire signal below 50% (<1.5ms) or if the AUX wire is disconnected, reverse capability is enabled.

Torque Control Adjustment The ESC’s torque control setting is scaled from 0.1 to 5.0 depending on the signal received on the AUX wire. Torque control is disabled when the input exceeds 1.9ms. Great for finding the perfect torque control setting for your track and tires. (Motor test must be performed before using this setting.)

Datalog Erase Enable When the vehicle is stopped, toggling the AUX signal for a few seconds will erase the datalog. The motor will emit a long beep to indicate the log was erased. This feature can be added to any of the other AUX wire modes by checking the Idle Datalog Erase box in Castle Link.

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Gain Input (ESC must be in a governor mode) Connect the AUX line to an open channel on your receiver and use this mode to adjust the governor gain in real time. 0% TX signal equals a gain of 1 (min) – 100% TX signal equals a gain of 50 (max).

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Phoenix RX+AUX wire

Tech Tip: Once the gain has been tuned via the Tx its value can be displayed on the data logger. Permanently save that value in the Edge via Castle Link programming and use the Aux. wire for another feature!

Audible Beacon Connect the AUX line to an open channel on your receiver and this mode will use the motor to emit an audible locator signal when the AUX line is above 50%. The beacon is only emitted if the motor is not running.

RPM Out Connect the AUX wire to 3 axis gyros that support RPM sensors and the ESC will toggle the AUX line at every electrical commutation. Divide this number by your number of magnetic pole pairs for mechanical RPM.

Arm Lock Key – requires ARM LOCK HARNESS When the ARM LOCK key is in the socket, the controller will be incapable of arming. Once removed, the ESC will arm when it receives the low throttle command on the traditional throttle line. RX Arm Lock The controller won’t arm or run when the auxiliary channel is below 50% throttle.

Tech Tip: Loss of Aux wire signal during use reverts selected mode to default status.

So there you have it, the quick and dirty on Castle AUX wire functionality. Its sheer purpose is to provide at-your-fingertips options and adjustments to give you great flexibility, versatility and most importantly, the competitive edge!

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