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NEW PRODUCT ANNOUNCEMENT- SENSORED MOTORS

Olathe KS, November 1, 2016 – Castle Creations Inc., the leader in electronic speed controllers (ESC) and BLDC motors for radio controlled (R/C) car, air, and multi-rotor hobby markets, as well as commercial UAV and drone markets, has been providing award winning brushless sensorless motors to R/C enthusiasts worldwide for more than a decade. In response to overwhelming requests, they have brought technological advancements together to deliver unprecedented performance in a new BRUSHLESS SENSORED motor line.

Efficiency and reliability were the key elements driving the development of a sensored motor design that could be pushed harder, run longer, stay cooler, and withstand harsh elements. To achieve all of these performance demands and more, Castle engineers integrated rotor position sensor technology with an improved high power and high efficiency motor design. Users will experience PRECISE THROTTLE CONTROL and BUTTERY SMOOTH starts plus the RAW POWER and LONGER RUN TIMES that Castle’s highly efficient brushless sensorless motors are known to produce. The higher the efficiency of a motor the more power it can produce without overheating; the less power it takes to produce the same output power; and the less energy it turns into heat. Efficiency equals performance, these motors are ready to be pushed harder, run longer and stay cooler.

Without a robust and reliable design, efficiency will only go so far. Oversized NMB bearings and a vibration dampening system were used to guarantee the longest bearing life possible. High-strength, high-temperature grade neodymium sintered magnets combined with a high-strength Kevlar wrap ensures the integrity of the rotor is not compromised during harsh running conditions. A proprietary winding technique is also used to produce a stator assembly that is the lowest possible resistance, resulting in a cooler running, and longer lasting, motor.

Key features of the new SENSORED MOTORS include:

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  • Designed and supported in Olathe, KS USA
  • IMPROVED 4-POLE 12-SLOT design boasts exceptional EFFICIENCY and produces LESS HEAT.
  • QUIETSENSE™ technology shields the sensors from magnetic field noise through the use of a FLUX SHIELD™ in conjunction with secondary Sense Magnets delivering even HIGHER PRECISION and MORE EFFICIENT
  • Fully optimized design eliminates the need for mechanical timing adjustments. Castle’s sensor alignment method delivers uniform timing and torque in both directions, automatically.
  • REBUILDABLE design allows users to replace front end bell/bearing assembly or rotor/shaft assembly.
  • ROAR standard sensor port and labeled connections.
  • Updated modern and sleek design; looks as cool as it performs.
  • When paired with a Castle Creations SMARTSENSE ™ sensor supported ESC, like the MAMBA MICRO X, MAMBA MAX PRO or MAMBA MONSTER X, you can unlock advanced tuning capabilities that Castle Link[1] provides specifically for sensored motors.

SMARTSENSE™ uses the motors sensors to start the motor to provide smooth starts, excellent torque, and low-speed drivability. Once the motor is turning, it seamlessly transitions to Castle’s ULTRA- EFFICIENT sensorless mode. Electronic timing in SMARTSENSE™ will advance timing automatically for peak performance during all driving conditions. This allows users to combine the best of both worlds in an unrivaled HYBRID between smooth sensored startups and high-efficiency sensorless drive.

“R/C is constantly evolving. Drivers in all applications demand clean starts when coming off the line. Crawler fans require high-precision low speed control and torque for climbing, racers need precision and predictability, and dragsters don’t have a millisecond to spare. Our goal was to design a motor that addressed all of the performance and reliability needs of the R/C surface market”, says Jonathan Feldkamp, Director of Engineering. “Users will reap the benefits of longer run times on one battery and a cooler running motor that can be pushed harder.”

Castle Creations’ initial release of eleven sensored motors, suited for 1:10 and 1:8 scale R/C Surface enthusiasts, will begin shipping in November from Olathe, Kansas.

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Media Information: http://www.castlecreations.com/media-kits

[1] Castle Link software requires a Castle Link USB Adapter and a computer that is running Windows. Castle Link is compatible with Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 10.

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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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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Big Savings on Big Power! Announcing the Castle RePower Program

Castle_Repower_Program_logo_APRIL_29_UPDATE UPDATE: April 29, 2015 With all the brushed vehicles being repowered with industry-leading Castle systems, we've now expanded the Castle RePower Program to cover selected vehicles that already came with  brushless systems from the factory. We've now added 81 brushless vehicles to the list of vehicles eligible for the special pricing available through the Castle RePower Program.

UPDATED LIST OF VEHICLES HERE!

We've also added a listing of the Castle ESC and motor combinations based upon the vehicles they can RePower and a list of specially priced Castle Accessories to help you complete the RePower of your vehicle.

It's time to RePower with a Castle Brushless Power System

For a limited time, we are offering a unique opportunity to upgrade selected R/C vehicles through the Castle RePower Program. ARRMA_Web_Gallery_Image_1

The Castle RePower Program is simple. Our product specialists have developed a list of more than 70 "upgradeable" vehicles (Arrma, Traxxas, HPI, Kyosho, ECX, Vattera, etc). Simply locate your current vehicle from this list, decide which Castle "RePower Option" you want to go with, then give us a call to place your order at special RePower Program prices. We will be adding more vehicles to this list - so if your current vehicle isn't there, check back in a couple of weeks for an updated listing.

During your call to our sales team, you will receive the special RePower Program price and instructions on trading-in your existing brushed power system. Once we receive your functioning, but "old and slow" stuff, we'll ship your industry-leading Castle ESC and motor combination out to you.

Please note: the brushed system you "trade-in" must be functioning. Trust us, we know the smell of burned up stuff!

Not sure which Castle RePower Option is right for you? question

Fear not Skippy, just give our Tech Support team a call at 913-390-6939 #1 and they'll help you decide which Castle system is best for you and your specific vehicle.

Isn't it time you make the upgrade to an industry-leading, high-performance Castle brushless power system for your vehicle? Don't delay - this is a limited time program.

How the Castle RePower Program works

Step 1: Review the list of Castle RePower Program eligible vehicles* to see if your vehicle is on the list. Step 2: Review the Castle RePower Options available for your vehicle and decide which one is right for you.

Step 3: Contact Castle Sales by calling 913-390-6939 #3 to get your special RePower Program pricing or email sales@castlecreations.com

Step 4: Once you've made your purchase, Castle will send you a unique trade-in code for your brushed power system. Remove it from your vehicle and send it back to us with your trade-in code.

Step 5: Once you've received it, install and set up your new Castle brushless motor and ESC in your vehicle. You can even tune it using our proven Castle Link Programming software.

Step 6: Enjoy your Castle RePowered vehicle responsibly. (Castle is not responsible for shredded or split tires, damaged grass, flying rocks and dirt or that ear-to-ear grin on your face from all that incredible Castle POWER!) * Vehicle list will be periodically updated.

The Castle Brushless Advantage Traxxas_StampedeWhen compared to brushed power systems (brushed motor and controller), Castle's industry-leading brushless power systems provide a number of tire-shredding advantages.

  • Improved reliability and durability - no motor maintenance
  • Improved system efficiency = longer run times
  • Insane off-the-line torque
  • Higher speeds
  • Programmable Electronic Speed Controller (ESC) - tune the performance of your vehicle
  • Greater power-to-weight ratio for your vehicle = more fun When it comes to high-performance brushless power systems, Castle has been overpowering RC since 1997.

SWSCT ComboWhen it comes to high-performance brushless power systems, Castle has been overpowering RC since 1997 - there's never been a better time to RePower with Castle! story_separator3_1200