A New Favorite – Hitec HFP-30 Field Programmer

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Hitec has released a new field programmer that will sure to become the new favorite tool to anyone using their extensive series of servos. The HFP-30 keeps the same streamline design approach of the HFP family of Hitec field programmer and servo tester and expands the functionalities to support a wider range of servo voltage and the latest servo series introduced by the brand.

 

Overview

the HFP-30 is lightweight and very compact. It features a very large backlit screen, which is a great improvement over the previous generation HFP-25. The setting wheel is new and helps to navigate through the menu. The pulse potentiometer-like scroll wheel was kept for testing and adjusting the travel of the servo.

The most notable change over the previous design is removable of the internal battery. The HFP-30, unlike the HFP-25, must be powered by an external source. This has the great benefit of being able to test the servo at the voltage it will be used in the plane. The HFP-30 operates at voltage from 3.5V to 8.4V, which is covering most of the RC need, whether you are using the high-power, high-voltage servo for a giant plane, or you need operate on a weight-saving 1-cell lipo for a Discus Launch Glider.

 

Functions

 

Test Mode

Manual test

The manual test does exactly as its name suggests: it allows to move the servo to any point within the range of the servo using the analog dial. This is the most common way to test a servo and adjust the throw of an aircraft.

AUTO – E/S/S Test (Extreme, Sweep, Step)

Extreme:

The servo cycles between the minimum position, neutral and maximum positions. It pauses at each position for an adjustable period of time

Sweep

The servo continuously sweeps the whole range at an adjustable rate.

Step

The servo covers the full range in step increments. The steps are measured in micro-seconds, referring to the servo pulse width.

Programming

 

D-series 5xxx/7xxx Description
Set EPA/Neutral X X This is to adjust the neutral position and the end point in both direction
Servo Sync X X Used to match two servos together. The servo in the SYNC slot moves to its preprogrammed EPA and neutral position as the servo in the standard port is being programmed. It makes it easy to match a double-servo per moving surface configuration.
Set Rotation CW / CCW X X Define the direction of rotation of the servo
Set Deadband (DB_Width) X X Adjust the deadband of the servo. it may reduce the power consumption, at the expense of the precision
Set Speed X X Adjust the speed in 1/64 increment from the slowest setting to the maximum speed
Set ID (ID_Read) X Assign the individual ID of the D-series servo
Set Failsafe X X Preset position when the signal is lost
Set Soft Start X Allow the servo to move either quickly or slowly to the received signal when first turned on.
Set Resolution X For the 7xxx series – The resolution is higher, but the total throw is reduced from 180 to 120 degrees.
Set Overload Protection X For the 7xxx series – shut the servo off is the load is too high. It prevents on servo to pull the voltage down if it is in a bind.
Factory Reset X X Restore factory settings

 

Conclusion:

The Hitec HFP-30 is a well-engineered, compact and robust servo tester and programmer. The wide range of voltage inputs, the intuitive user interface, and the easy-to-read and backlit wide screen makes for a polyvalent and convenient device. The servo programmer is designed to get the most of the Hitec digital programmable servo. It has found a permanent place in my field toolbox!

 

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