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Electronic Speed Controllers Technology

Castle Creations makes the best electronic speed controllers in the industry, possibly the world!  Our engineers have spent countless hours integrating features and firmware that no other manufacturers can match.

SMART SENSE

Our Speed Controllers enabled with SmartSense use the motor’s sensors 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 with electronic timing. When running, a motor must transition between different load points and a different timing advance is required for optimal efficiency at each. Electronic timing in SMARTSENSE™ will advance timing automatically for peak performance during all driving conditions. This combines the best of both worlds in an unrivaled HYBRID between smooth sensored startups and high-efficiency sensorless running. Your motor will produce more power and less heat.

Synchronous Motor Drive

Castle Engineers developed software features specifically for the crawler market called Synchronous Motor Drive.  This feature allows crawler drivers to have complete control on inclines when going from forward to reverse and back to forward.  Think of it like having a drag brake engaged at all times.  So relax next time you're on a near vertical rock face...you're in control with Castle!

Auxiliary Wire

Some of our newer speed controllers allow users to make on-the-fly adjustments through the AUX wire enabled in Castle Link. Once you have selected an AUX wire function, that setting can then be tuned from your transmitter while driving. Torque control, max throttle, max brake and drag brake adjustments are a sampling of the available modes. This real-time tuning allows you to quickly and easily fine-tune your system without having to end your run to make the changes.

Data Logging

This feature captures and records performance data from your vehicle which allows you to view a detailed turn-by-turn record of what your ESC actually experienced during the run. You will be able to record real-time data such as motor RPM, battery current and voltage, ESC and motor temperature, throttle input, and more. Download and analyze the collected data via Castle Link and make adjustments to maximize both performance and battery life.

 
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introducing

CRYO-DRIVE

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Cryo-Drive technology is the result of Castle Creations' software and electrical engineers putting their heads together to improve the thermal performance of the well-known Sidewinder 3 electronic speed control. Castle has developed new software that minimizes the amount of time the ESC's electrical components spend generating heat by optimally controlling which components are being used while driving the motor. This is happening thousands of times per second, which greatly reduces the rate at which the Sidewinder 4 heats up.  Overall, the Sidewinder 4 generates heat much slower than previous versions.  

This software breakthrough has been coupled with a completely re-designed case. A great deal of time was spent studying fluid dynamics simulations in order to optimize the airflow through the case. Improving the airflow into and out of the case, allows the cooling fan to become more effective. In order to take full advantage of the improved airflow efficiencies, a 44% larger, higher flowrate 30mm fan was selected. The improved case coupled with the 30mm fan significantly increases the Sidewinder 4's ability to remove heat from critical components, such as MOSFETs and capacitors.

By reducing the rate at which the Sidewinder 4 heats up and removing heat more efficiently, Cryo-Drive takes thermal performance to a whole new level. The Sidewinder 4 allows users to push beyond the limits of previous generation Sidewinders by handling higher gear ratios in heavier vehicles with longer runs. 

 
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Brushless Motor Technology

For more than a decade Castle has been providing award winning brushless sensorless motors to R/C enthusiasts worldwide. In response to overwhelming requests by our customers, we have brought technological advancements together that will deliver unprecedented performance in our new SENSORED motor Line. 

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  • Our IMPROVED 4-POLE 12-SLOT design boasts exceptional EFFICIENCY and produces LESS HEAT.

  • QUIETSENSE™ technology shields the sensors from magnetic field noise generated from the motor coils and keeps your motor and ESC in sync at all times. Use of a Flux Shield™ in conjunction with secondary Sense Magnets delivers even HIGHER PRECISION and MORE EFFICIENT startups.

  • Our OPTIMIZED design eliminates the need for mechanical timing adjustments. Our 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.

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Castle offers 4 different motor size families for a wide range of vehicle scale applications. The first two digits in our motor names refer to the diameter of the stator in inches, while the second two digits refer to the stator length.    The size of motor you choose will depend upon the size of your vehicle, the drivetrain (2wd/4wd) and how much it weighs.  Our 08 series motors are great for small 1:18th scale buggies, trucks and on road cars.  Our 14 series motors are offered in the widest range of rpm and motor length for 1:10th scale vehicles.  The longer the motor, the more torque it has.  A 1415 is our longest 14 series while the 1406 is our shortest with the 1410 landing right in the middle.  1:10th scale vehicles vary greatly in size and weight so pay close attention to the specs provided by both castle and the vehicle manufacturer.  We have two 15 series lengths - 1512 and 1515 the longest of the two.  15 series motors are perfect for 1:8th scale buggies, truggies and monster trucks.  The biggest of them all is the 2028 which is our only 20 series motor made for giant 1:5th scale buggies and monster trucks.  Be careful, this motor is known for insane burnouts, backflips and jumping buildings!

WHAT MAKES AN EXCEPTIONAL MOTOR?

The higher the efficiency of a motor the more power it can produce without overheating, which allows you to safely run higher gear ratios. The higher the efficiency of a motor, the less power it takes to produce the same output power, which allows you to run longer on a single charge. The higher the efficiency of the motor, the less energy it turns into heat; keeping it cool under extreme loads. Efficiency equals performance

  • You can push it harder (gear it up)

  • You can run it longer (with the same battery)

  • It stays cool under extreme loads

Without a robust and reliable design, efficiency will only go so far. RC enthusiasts love pushing their equipment to the edge. The Castle engineers know this and spared no expense when developing a design that could hold up to the harsh conditions that the RC community will throw at it. Oversized NMB bearings and vibration dampening system ensure 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. Our proprietary winding techniques allow us to produce a stator assembly that is the lowest possible resistance, resulting in a cooler running motor. A cooler motor has a longer lifetime. Construction of our motor required careful component selection; each verified through internal testing to ensure the highest efficiency possible. In the end, the result is a motor with unmatched quality, performance, and reliability. We wouldn’t put our name on anything less.

  • Ability to withstand the harsh demands of any RC application

  • Long-life, high-quality components

  • Proven manufacturing techniques

 

Thermal Performance

Thermal performance and power handling are two of the most important aspects of any motor design.  Both of these were key design considerations for the engineering team at Castle during the development of our 1406 Sensored motor line.  Near the end of our development, we designed and completed a series of tests that was a direct comparison of thermal performance between our 1406 Sensored motor and a number of competitor’s 2-pole modified 7.5T motors.  The competitor’s motors were chosen because they represent a popular setup that is similar in Kv (or top speed) to the Castle 1406 4600 Sensored motor.  

In these tests, we used a motor dynamometer‎ (dyno) in order to simulate two real-world loads that these motors are likely to encounter during a typical run.  We set up the dyno so that it held the output power of the motor at 200W and 300W for the two series of tests we performed.  This means that through a 5-minute test the motor output a constant and equal amount of power.  We did this because we wanted to make sure our test was a fair comparison of real-world loads and was not affected by slight differences in motor Kv or speed under load.

The temperature of each motor was monitored throughout the test.  Some of the motors tested have better or poorer thermal connection between the internals of the motor and the outside of the motor can.  In order to keep the test fair we monitored the temperature of each motor on the motor coils directly.  The motor coils are a good representation of how close the motor is to actual failure.  In practice, most people measure the outside of the motor can because it is convenient.  Temperatures on the outside of the motor can are always lower than those of the coils, often by more than 60ᵒF (33ᵒC).  In the results you will notice the temperatures are higher than you would expect on the motor can, and this is why. 

After running this test on all of the motor samples, we averaged all of the competitor’s motors together into a single line to compare to the Castle 1406 Sensored motor.

  The test results were  very definitive .  The graph above shows a constant 200W power output.  This would be representative of a very mildly geared race setup.  As you can see, by the end of the 5-minute test, the competitor’s motor temperature (red line) increased much faster the Castle 1406 Sensored motor (green line).  This means you can run longer without worrying about your motor temperature with the Castle motor.  This also means that the Castle motor is more efficient, losing less power into wasted heat, and using less of your battery’s charge giving you a longer runtime.    

The test results were very definitive.  The graph above shows a constant 200W power output.  This would be representative of a very mildly geared race setup.  As you can see, by the end of the 5-minute test, the competitor’s motor temperature (red line) increased much faster the Castle 1406 Sensored motor (green line).  This means you can run longer without worrying about your motor temperature with the Castle motor.  This also means that the Castle motor is more efficient, losing less power into wasted heat, and using less of your battery’s charge giving you a longer runtime.

 

  What happens when we add a few more teeth to the pinion?  We wanted to find out, so we increased the power output to 300W to simulate a higher geared race setup.  The results were even more dramatic.  The competitor’s motors increased in temperature at over twice the rate of the Castle 1406 Sensored motor.  The competitor’s motors could not even finish the test.  At around 2 minutes into the test, the motors were near their failure temperature (300ᵒF/150ᵒC).  At that point, we had to shut down the test and air out the testing facility.  Meanwhile, the Castle 1406 Sensored motor was able to power through the entire 5-minute test and remained within acceptable temperature limits.

What happens when we add a few more teeth to the pinion?  We wanted to find out, so we increased the power output to 300W to simulate a higher geared race setup.  The results were even more dramatic.  The competitor’s motors increased in temperature at over twice the rate of the Castle 1406 Sensored motor.  The competitor’s motors could not even finish the test.  At around 2 minutes into the test, the motors were near their failure temperature (300ᵒF/150ᵒC).  At that point, we had to shut down the test and air out the testing facility.  Meanwhile, the Castle 1406 Sensored motor was able to power through the entire 5-minute test and remained within acceptable temperature limits.

In conclusion, the results of this test are clear.  The Castle 1406 Sensored motor simply out-powers the competition.  The Castle motor will allow you to gear your setup higher without overheating, generate more power for longer, give you more torque when you need it, and extend your battery life.  Another example of Castle taking OVERPOWERING RC seriously.

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Brushless motor speed is measured in Kv which is how many revolutions per volt.  For example, a 2S battery is 7.4 volts which means at full throttle, a 4600Kv motor would turn 34,040 RPMs.  That same motor with a 3S battery would turn 51,060 RPMs.  However, some hobbyists and manufacturers measure motor speed in turns which is a reference to the number of copper windings in the armature of a brushed motor.  The lower the turns, the faster the RPMs.  This chart shows how four of our Castle 4-POLE brushless motors compare to 11 different 2-POLE motors.  Castle offers computer software which allows you to connect your Castle Speed Controller to a computer and customize the power settings.  As you can see in the chart, one Castle motor is capable of similar performance to at least four 2-POLE motors.  That's versatility!

 
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