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    Traxxas xl-5 ESC manual & programing

    Whats up with traxxas site, cant find an online (pdf) of the xl-5 manual.
    Anyway im trying to program my esc and everything works except "no brakes".[:@]
    Ive been going from runnin foward, to pumping the trigger twice (which kicks in reverse)
    this will eventually strip gears! Is my esc shot or maby not programing correct?
    My xl-5 is the blue waterproof.
    Hillbilly Racer

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    RE: Traxxas xl-5 ESC manual & programing

    Here a copy of the instructions I found ages ago
    I would try recalibrating it 1st.
    (btw read after I posted the instructions if you pump reverse 2X that will trigger reverse, push it once for brake)


    New XL-5 ESC Features

    15-turn motor limit for 540 size motors
    12-turn motor limit for 550 size motors
    Fully-proportional forward, reverse, and braking control
    Programmable with four drive profiles:
    Sport Mode – Fwd / Brake / Rev
    Race Mode – Fwd / Brake
    Training Mode – 50% Fwd / Brake / 50% Rev
    100% Fwd, 25% Rev, No Brakes
    EZ-Setβ„’ push-button setup
    Multi-color LED
    Thermal shutdown protection
    Efficient, low-loss MOSFET design
    High-capacity heat sink
    Smooth, high-frequency operation


    XL-5 SPECIFICATIONS
    Input voltage: 4-8 Cells (4.8 to 9.6 Volts DC)
    Case Size: 1.23"W x 2.18"D x 0.61" H
    Weight: 2.44 Ounce
    Motor Limit: 15-turns* (540 Size)
    12-turns* (550 Size)
    On Resistance Forward: 0.007 Ohms
    On Resistance Reverse: 0.014 Ohms
    Peak Current - Forward: 100A
    Peak Current - Reverse: 60A
    Braking Current: 60A
    Continuous Current: 14A
    BEC Voltage: 6.0 VDC
    BEC Current: 1A
    Power Wire: 14 Gauge / 5"
    Input Harness Wire: 26 Gauge / 9"
    Transistor Type: MOSFET
    PWM Frequency: 1600 Hz
    Thermal Protection: Thermal shutdown
    Profile selection: Profile 1: Sport Mode:
    100% fwd, 100% brakes, 100% rev

    Profile 2: Race Mode:
    100% fwd, 100% brakes, no rev.

    Profile 3: Patent Pending Training Modeβ„’:
    50% fwd, 100% brakes, 50% rev.

    Profile 4:
    100% fwd, 25% rev, no brakes
    Single-button setup: Yes, Traxxas EZ-Setβ„’



    XL-5 electronic speed controls are factory set and should not require
    any adjustments. These instructions are provided for your reference.
    Precautions
    β€’ Motor Limit: The XL-5 has a 15-turn modified motor limit for 540 size
    motors and a 12-turn modified motor limit for 550 size motors when the
    motor is properly geared. If the motor or speed control is overheating,
    try a smaller pinion gear. Do not attempt to use a more powerful motor
    (fewer turns) than the above mentioned motor limits or you could
    experience frequent thermal shutdown.
    β€’ Insulate the Wires: Always insulate exposed wiring with heat shrink
    tubing to prevent short circuits.
    β€’ Water and Electronics Do Not Mix: Do not operate the model in or around
    water. Never allow water, moisture, or other foreign materials to get
    inside the speed control.
    β€’ Disconnect the Batteries: Always disconnect the battery pack from the
    speed control when not in use.
    β€’ Transmitter on First: Switch on your transmitter first before switching on
    the speed control to prevent runaways and erratic performance.
    β€’ Don’t Get Burned: The transistor tabs and the heat sinks can get
    extremely hot, so be careful not to touch them until they cool. Supply
    adequate airflow for cooling.
    β€’ Always Use Heat Sinks: Three heat sinks are factory-installed on the speed
    control and must be used for maximum cooling and performance.
    β€’ 4 to 8-Cells Only: The XL-5 can only accept a maximum input voltage of
    9.6 volts. Always adhere to the minimum and maximum limitations of the
    XL-5 as stated in the specifications table.
    β€’ Use Stock Connectors: If you decide to change the battery or motor
    connectors, only change one battery or motor connector at a time. This
    will prevent accidentally mis-wiring the speed control. If the XL-5 is not
    wired exactly as shown in the diagram, it can be damaged! Please note
    that modified speed controls can be subject to a rewiring fee when
    returned for service.
    β€’ Use Neutrally Timed Motors: For reverse use, the motors must have
    0Β° timing. Modified motors (with adjustable end bells) timed to 0Β° or
    Johnson/ Mabuchi (closed end bell) motors are recommended. Using
    motors with other than 0Β° timing will draw excess current in reverse, and
    can result in the speed control overheating and premature motor wear.
    β€’ No Reverse Voltage: The speed control is not protected against reverse
    polarity voltage. When changing the battery and/or motor, be sure to
    install the same type of connectors to avoid reverse polarity damage
    to the speed control. Removing the battery connectors on the speed
    control or using the same-gender connectors on the speed control will
    void the product’s warranty.
    β€’ Motor Capacitors Required: Ceramic capacitors should be properly
    installed on every motor to prevent radio interference.
    β€’ Do Not Let the Transistor Tabs Touch: Never allow the three separate
    transistor banks to touch each other or any exposed metal. This will create
    a short circuit and damage the speed control.
    β€’ No Schottky Diodes: External schottky diodes are not compatible with
    reversing speed controls. Using a schottky diode with the XL-5 will
    damage the ESC and void the 30-day warranty
    Transmitter Adjustments for the XL-5 ESC
    Before attempting to program your XL-5 ESC, it is important to make sure
    that your transmitter is properly adjusted (set back to the factory defaults).
    Otherwise, you may not get the best performance from your speed control.
    The transmitter should be adjusted as follows:
    1. Set the throttle neutral switch to the 50/50 setting.
    2. Set the throttle trim to the middle β€œ0” setting. This adjusts the
    neutral position.
    3. Set the Channel 2 servo reversing switch to the left position.
    4. Do not change the position of any of the servo reversing switches after
    programming the XL-5 ESC.
    XL-5 Setup Programming
    Read through all of the programming steps before you begin. If you get
    lost during programming or receive unexpected results, simply unplug the
    battery, wait a few seconds, plug the battery back in, and start over. The
    default profile is Profile #1, 100% forward, 100% brakes, 100% reverse. You
    can change the profile later after setup is complete.
    1. Disconnect one of the motor wires between the XL-5 and
    the motor. This is a precaution to prevent runaway when
    the speed control is turned on before it is programmed.
    The motor does not run during the programming sequence.
    2. Connect a fully charged battery pack to the XL-5.
    3. Turn on the transmitter (with the throttle
    at neutral).
    4. Press and hold the ESC set button (A).
    The LED will first turn green and then
    red. Once the LED turns red, immediately
    release the set button. The red LED will
    turn off after one and a half seconds.
    5. Next, the LED will blink RED ONCE. Pull
    the throttle trigger to the full throttle
    position and hold it there (B).
    6. After two seconds, the LED will blink RED
    TWICE. Push the throttle trigger to the full
    reverse/brake position and hold it there (C).
    7. Finally, the LED will turn solid GREEN, indicating the
    programming sequence is complete. The LED continuously
    shines green indicating the XL-5 is on and at neutral (D).

    01-09-2007, 10:18 AM
    Selecting Profile #1 (100% Forward, 100% Brakes, 100% Reverse):
    1. With the ESC off and the battery
    plugged in, turn on the transmitter
    with the throttle at neutral.
    2. Press and hold the set button. The
    LED will turn green, then change
    to red and then turn off. Continue
    holding the set button (A).
    3. When the LED blinks red ONCE (B),
    release the set button (C).
    4. The LED will turn solid GREEN
    (D), indicating the profile
    programming is complete.


    Selecting Profile #2 (100% Forward, 100% Brakes, No Reverse):
    1. With the ESC off and the battery
    plugged in, turn on the transmitter
    with the throttle at neutral.
    2. Press and hold the set button. The
    LED will turn green, then change
    to red and then turn off. Continue
    holding the set button (A).
    3. When the LED blinks red TWICE (B),
    release the set button (C).
    4. The LED will turn solid GREEN
    (D), indicating the profile
    programming is complete.


    Selecting Profile #3* (50% Forward, 100% Brakes, 50% Reverse):
    This profile is provided to reduce the
    power output allowing beginning
    drivers to better control the model. As
    driving skills improve, simply change to
    profile #1 or #2 for full-power operation.
    1. With the ESC off and the battery
    plugged in, turn on the transmitter
    with the throttle at neutral.
    2. Press and hold the set button. The
    LED will turn green, then change
    to red and then turn off. Continue
    holding the set button (A).
    3. When the LED blinks red THREE times (B), release the set button (C).
    4. The LED will turn solid GREEN (D), indicating the profile programming
    is complete.
    With great speed comes greater repair bills.
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    RE: Traxxas xl-5 ESC manual & programing

    Thanks a ton SyCo VeNoM, ill give it a shot and get back later !


    P.S.
    (btw read after I posted the instructions if you pump reverse 2X that will trigger reverse, push it once for brake)
    when I push once theres no brakes, Ill try to re program.

    Hillbilly Racer

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    RE: Traxxas xl-5 ESC manual & programing


    ORIGINAL: Smiff 24

    Thanks a ton SyCo VeNoM, ill give it a shot and get back later !


    P.S.
    (btw read after I posted the instructions if you pump reverse 2X that will trigger reverse, push it once for brake)
    when I push once theres no brakes, Ill try to re program.

    hmm you could also be in profile 4 it seems (fwd, and rev no brake)which I don't got the info on.
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    RE: Traxxas xl-5 ESC manual & programing

    Ok finally got it !
    It must have been in the no brake mode (dont know why you wouldnt want brakes)
    after reading instructions I ran each profile, they all worked as described.
    Thanks again SyCo_VeNoM
    Like Bill Murry in scrooged...I GET IT NOW !!
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    RE: Traxxas xl-5 ESC manual & programing

    Finally?, lol sounds good get out there and rip it
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    RE: Traxxas xl-5 ESC manual & programing

    Thanks Chuck, the link is now saved on my computer for future refrence!
    Is it me or has Traxxas taken all their manuals off their web site ?
    Hillbilly Racer

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    RE: Traxxas xl-5 ESC manual & programing


    ORIGINAL: Smiff 24

    Thanks Chuck, the link is now saved on my computer for future refrence!
    Is it me or has Traxxas taken all their manuals off their web site ?
    who knows I dislike traxxas site in all honesty.

    When I needed to recalibrate my nephews XL-5 it took me like 2 hours to find the instructions that I pasted, which I found on another forum.
    With great speed comes greater repair bills.
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    RE: Traxxas xl-5 ESC manual & programing

    I used to visit their site pretty regular because I have several traxxas vehicles.
    I never joined there forums thou,
    Now they dont have Jack Squat!!
    Hillbilly Racer


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