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Old 01-25-2019, 02:13 PM
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Looking for any history on these good or bad. A friend uses one with great success. But we are a small club and wanted to get more input.

Thanks in advance, David
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Old 01-25-2019, 04:51 PM
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In general or that one?

Most of the time, unless you have a fairly large and complicated setup, you're fixing a problem that doesn't really exist.
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Old 01-26-2019, 07:13 AM
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I found this one on Mile High RC. My reasons for thinking I need one: It would eliminate the need for 2 Y harness on the ailes. Would give me battery redundancy on the RX and ignition. Would give me a built in kill switch. Would allow me to run a different voltage to the servos and RX.

That's my thought process anyway. It's less than $100 to do all the above, David
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I use the Smartfly versions in all my 50cc and up planes,, for the reasons you mention above,, I've never used that brand,, but the smartfly ones work excellent
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Thank you for responding.

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Dave it really depends on the use and what radio you're flying.

Most planes, it solves a problem you don't have an adds expense and unnecessary complexity.

For example I have complex warbirds with a Spektrum Power Safe rx and 2 batteries. 9 servos, electric gear and the ignition.

A more complex large A-10 uses one of the Power Box systems with integrated gyro, redundant batteries and fail safe switches.

For an average 60cc aerobat you're wasting money
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Thanks Andy. I'm still contemplating. I use a 10C Futaba and a 8ch RX. It's not the latest and greatest up to date radio. But it's hard to justify an upgrade on it. It has given me zero problems and I can program it in my sleep. As much as I appreciate you point of view I am however leaning toward one of these. I like the idea of redundancy on RX and ignition with only 2 batteries. The 50cc Extra I am replaceing was lost due to a switch failure on the ignition at a low ALT. This unit would have saved that plane.
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