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Old 08-27-2007, 01:56 PM
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Hello everyone, I saw this unit in the new RC heli magazine. They show it on Erich Stolz Trex 600N. It is an Align 2-in-1 RCE-B6N BEC.
It is a regulator and comes with a Lipo rec pack. ANd what I really like is it has an autoglow feature. I think Barracuda Hockey mentioned he is using one in an earlier post. Anyone else using this? How is it working? How long of a flight times is the 1900mah lipo giving with 4 digital servos? What kind of setup is the Autoglow? Will it last longer than the normal glow extensions? Last where can I find one? I have looked on a ton of Trex sites and no luck. Approx price? And if anyone has one who can post some pics. Thanks
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Esprit Models has them.
http://www.espritmodel.com/index.asp...OD&ProdID=5960

Works fine. Economical alternative to the Fromeco Arizona regulator. Although I prefer using the Fromeco Lion batteries as Rx batteries since they are metal cased.
I go with a safe estimate of 500mah used per flight so I'd recharge after 3 flights with the Lipo. You can get Fromeco 4800mah Lion and fly 8 times at least.

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Ditto. 4 flights, enough for me to call it a day.
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I want one!
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Old 08-27-2007, 11:19 PM
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Fritzthecat Thanks for the link. I searched for at least 45 mins trying to find a website with the BEC. What type of end are they using for the glow plug? I am guessing you will not be able to replace it if it becomes damaged. Also will I check the voltage with a standar ESV? Barracuda are you trusting the included voltage display or are you using an external meter? I am a voltage checking nut, I have to check it before and after every flight. I would hate to have a crash due to a low battery. Last thing is that they are recommending it be mounted at least 2 inches from the receiver. Seems like a proble on a Raptor where do I mount this thing? I have seen some Arizona Regulators mounted on the side of the frames but I like to keep a clean look and keep it in the canopy to avoid cras damage.
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The reg is under the servo frame. Then the battery then the rx. No issues yet.

The glow plug is two wires, one with a round lug I mounted to the engine mount and the other has a complicated mechanisim with a rubber boot that looks just like an aligator clip

I checked it with a meter the first couple weekends I flew it but the lights have been right on so as long as I have green lights I dont worry about it.

Its nice tapping the button, hitting the heli with the starter and walking out to the line.
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You can also get them at Grand RC [link=http://www.grandrc.com/inc/sdetail/88836]with[/link] or [link=http://www.grandrc.com/inc/sdetail/84155]without[/link] the battery, in case you would rather use a battery more like [link=http://www.grandrc.com/inc/sdetail/60058]this[/link] for a little extra flying time.
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I want one!
I GOT ONE!! Picked one up a couple weeks ago and I got it for $40.00 with no battery. That was at a hobby shop that I typically see some higher than average pricing on items. I put on a 4000MaH Li-Po from Flight Power. The Flight Power Battery is 2P-2S, and it has two set's of power leads and a balance lead on it as well. I took a damaged e-flite Lipo that I had laying around and stole the plug from it, installed it on one of the power leads and used that to connect to the Align BEC, the other lead I use for charging - I don't have a balancer at this time. The "Flight Power" battery pack is specifically designed for use with BEC regulators on RX's. The complete BEC and Battery together weighed 3 Oz. less than my 5 cell 2700 Mah Ni-Cad. Last Sunday I put in 8 flights at the field and another two later on that day on my Raptor Titan running all digital HiTec servos and I was still in the green.

Overall - I am very satisfied and impressed. I used to cringe when I saw my volt-watch drop a light every flight, and really bad when I got near yellow. With this unit - I have absolutely no fear of it. With my Ni-Cad I used to see the volt-watch flicker every time I moved my servo's around - With this unit - It's rock solid green at all times. The auto glow feature is awesome. You should of seen the look on everyones faces when I pulled out my shaft starter and fired it up with no glow driver. I left my old remote glow adapter on for back-up in case something went wrong, but I think I'll soon take it off because I'm pretty confident with this unit after having used it extensively with no problems. Last week I had a glow plug burn out (Finally) and the lights on the unit indicated immediately what the problem was.

Five Stars from me! Great Value, and worth every penny. I have the Lipo on the front RX Tray, the regulator banded to the underside, and beleive it or not, I have my AR7000 RX mounted in the empty Tail Servo Slot. Fit's perfectly.


I'll include some pics soon.
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Glad to hear you're so happy with it. I was looking at them yesterday contemplating ordering one for my Titan, which runs Hitec digital servos. They were a little hard to find information on, seems not a lot of people use them. I thought it looked like an awesome idea. As for a charger/balancer, I was thinking of getting the [link=http://www.grandrc.com/inc/sdetail/66740]e-Station BC6[/link] which combines both and can discharge and storage charge Li batteries and cycle Ni batteries. Not much more a person could ask for unless they had to charge large (more than 5S or 6S) batteries.

What I need to know is if I need the 5.1V stepdown regualtor for my S9254 tail servo or not. I think I do, since the Regulator shows 5.8V output, but I wanted to make sure.
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Hmmm seems that there's a new version coming out the RCE-B6T ([link=http://www.thetrexforums.com/index.php?topic=1592.210]a little info here, not much though[/link]) that is more resistant to fuel and such. BH, you ever have problems with fuel on yours?

Here's the [link=http://www.align.com.tw/shop/product_info.php?products_id=1938]Align Product Page[/link]
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No problems with fuel and such, its up in the nose under the servo tray, the switch is next to the needle valve on the frames.

Yes you need to run a step down between the gyro and tail servo.
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Thanks for the info BH. So, even though I shudder at the thought of putting Align parts on my Raptor, I guess I'll order one up. :P
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