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Old 09-24-2019, 05:20 PM
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I've found a couple of threads and some good explanations of things but I'm still struggling to figure out how to hook these gas motors up correctly. I've flown nitro for 20 years so I've never had to deal with ignitions and kill switches etc. I'm putting together a hangar 9 christen eagle with a dle20ra and spektrum dx8 that I've purchased used from different people in the classifieds. The airframe already came setup with servos, spectrum reciever etc and was originally set up as a nitro plane. The motor I purchased from another gentleman without the instructions but came with the dle20ra, ignition box and some kind of board that he had plugged into the motor. He told me I'd need to order a killswitch for it which i did (which happens to have all the same plugins that this board he had plugged in did), so i may possibly have 2 different kinds of killswitches. I've read the instructions online from dle on how to plug it in but I'm finding them confusing. I guess what I'm asking is if someone could point me to a good easy to understand diagram online or something to show me how I'm supposed to plug the killswitch in, how the ignition box is plugged in and where and if i need a seperate battery and switch for it? I'll include a picture of what I have, in this picture you can see the killswitch I ordered sitting on the fuselage, the other thing with the board is sitting on the wing in the picture. both have LED's too so I'm not sure if I just have 2 different brands of killswitches or what. The receiver is a spektrum receiver.Thanks for any help, this is my first gas plane and I'm excited to get it going.
iver is a spektrum receiver.Thanks for any help, this is my first gas plane and I'm excited to get it going.

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Old 09-25-2019, 03:50 AM
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There are some variables involved when it comes to the switches. Some will come set up to get the ign. module power directly from the receiver, others need a separate power source. Without knowing which you have, anything I can share would just be more confusing info.
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Old 09-25-2019, 02:32 PM
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I like to keep things as simple as possible but with some redundancy built in. Keeping in mind the current products that we have available now, I like to run dual LiFe batteries through a single dual input dual output Zepsus soft switch to power the receiver. If either battery was to fail the other is there, the soft switch failure mode is in the on position. LiFe batteries are nominal voltage of 6.6V which I highly recommend for Spektrum gear, any 2.4ghz system really.

As for the ignition I prefer the Tech Aero IBEC. This serves as a voltage regulator ( I usually set mine to 5.5V ) and it also serves as an ignition cut off. The IBEC plugs into an open channel in your receiver and is assigned a switch. There are other products available and other methods, these are what have worked well for me over the last 10 years.
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I also recommend the Tech Aero IBEC to power and control the ignition. Simple and they always work! Other products available but the TA is my favorite.
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Another endorsement for the Tech Aero, I use them in all my gas planes
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I recommend using whatever you have as there is very little reason to change with most modern setups, other than possibly having a set of directions!
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