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Old 06-09-2020, 11:33 AM
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I haven't seen any discussion here on the pros and cons of the DS Electric Speed Controller. It sounds like what I have been hoping for for a long time. I thought that the Hacker system might be the ticket but never heard of anyone trying it. I'd be interested in knowing more about the DS.

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Old 06-09-2020, 11:40 AM
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Hi Jim. Are you asking about the D3 or DS esc? Maybe I've missed something because I am not aware of a DS Electric Speed Controller as it relates to pattern use. Thanks in advance.
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Hi Jim. Are you asking about the D3 or DS esc? Maybe I've missed something because I am not aware of a DS Electric Speed Controller as it relates to pattern use. Thanks in advance.
It might officially be D3 Motors and there has been some discussion on the NSRCA list. Sounds as though some were in use at the 2019 WC. It sounds as though they control RPM as a function of throttle stick position and won't let your prop wind up in vertical downlines or slow down on uplines.

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Jim is correct on the D3. Adam is very helpful and can answer any questions you might have. The unit is very well made and probably the lightest weight anywhere. He will set the specs to your motor/prop setup. It is used by a couple of the Japanese team pilots and numerous European contestants. My experience with Adam was first rate and costs/shipping were very reasonable. You can reach him at [email protected]
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Jason (down under) sells these units and has 6 different (motor type) variants shown on his website
https://www.precisionaeroproducts.co...ed-control-esc
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Hi Jim,

Yes it is the D3 controller, Adam Debowski produces them out of Poland. There were a few in use at the WC in 2019, Onda from the Japanese team was using it, I was using it, as well as a number of others from a number of European countries. It definitely gained a lot of popularity during that event. I only got it about 3 weeks before leaving for the WC, so I had limited time to set it up, but I do think it was a benefit for me at the WC.

Adam really developed it initially for his D3 contra systems which has two motors to drive the props, and then adopted it to operate for various other drive setups. Its a pretty simple unit, there is no programming, you need to order it specific for your motor. To set it up you just need to ensure that full throttle is 2000 us pulse output from the Rx, and arming is 1000 us pulse output. Beyond that all the setup is in your transmitter tcurve, and the esc essentially just trys to hit a target rpm based on the pulse input it gets from the rx. RPM is determined from the motor commutation rate as I understand it. Its not an instant response, it does take a short time for the esc to hone the rpm, but it is very good and provides a more exact control of your motor than you are used to. Adam mentioned he has a slightly slower response just to ensure the esc does not hunt for the rpm. Due to this the setup takes a bit of getting used to, as the motor wont unload so you need to be fairly deliberate in your adjustments. Small tcurve changes of a couple hundred rpm at your cruise or idle position has a noticeable impact to the flight speed/braking.

People I have spoken to that have used them and taken the time to get adjusted to it really like them. It does take a bit of time though, the first few flights you may find you are flying too slow because you are used to the reduced braking and motor unloading you get with a normal esc.

The only negative is that if you want to run a different motor you can't and you either need to buy a new one or send it back to Adam to get reprogrammed. Otherwise there is not much to find wrong with it, they are light (~80g), and lower cost than the Jeti's. Since they are tuned for a specific motor as long as you stick with that motor there is no need for any programming anyways.

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Old 06-11-2020, 11:29 AM
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I haven't come across any negative reports on this ESC. However, those considering giving the D3 a try should note that 1) there is no BEC so primary and backup power for equipment will be needed, and 2) the ESC must be mounted in direct air flow to keep from burning up. I believe I read (unfortunately, can't find the reference) that without direct airflow/cooling, the unit can burn up at 50 amps. With adequate cooling, it's a 120 amp speed controller.
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Manual for ESC with F3A Governor V1.2
FLYERSG, You read that sentence at the end of the first paragraph in the instruction "Manuel for ESC with F3A Governor V1.2". This set of instructions was written by Adam DeBowski and was posted at the bottom of an ad on Precision Aero Products website approximately 1 month ago. At that time, the original price for the unit was $169 USD and has since been raised to $229 USD! Thanks for the additional information, it helped me make up my mind.

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Thanks guys. It sounds like a step in the right direction. I thought the Hacker version would take off but it never did. I'm going to have to give it a try.

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I'm gonna give one a try. I am curious if the governor helps me with the up and down line speed consistency. Seems popular in Europe. I just hope it holds up in the Texas heat...lol

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Thanks guys. It sounds like a step in the right direction. I thought the Hacker version would take off but it never did. I'm going to have to give it a try.

Jim O
What powerplant are you using?
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What powerplant are you using?
That could be a problem. I have three Contra V3s with Neu F3A Motors. Kind of obsolete stuff. I'm hoping they have firmware for that combination.

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It wont be a problem Jim, Just tell Adam the KV of the motor, pole count and the gear ratio of the drive and he will do all the clever stuff in the firmware for you.



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