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MAMBA MONSTER X 8S, 33.6V ESC W / 1520-1650KV SENSORED MOTOR

Mamba Monster X 8S

Product #: 010-0165-04

USD $379.95 /EA
List Price: USD $463.95 /EA
  • Waterproof : Yes
  • Telemetry Capable : Yes
  • Data Logging : Yes
  • Auxiliary Wire : Yes
  • Minimum Input Voltage : 2S
  • Maximum Input Voltage : 8S
  • Sensored Capable : Yes
  • Recon G6 Certified ESC : No
  • ROAR Certified ESC : No
  • CRYO-DRIVE : Yes
  • B-Link Compatible : Yes
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MORE POWER - COOLER TEMPS - LONGER RUNS

Item Application:  1/8th, 1/7th and 1/6th scale vehicles weighing up to 18 lbs. and running up to 8S LiPo

Examples include: Losi LST2-E™; Arrma™: Limitless™, Typhon™ 6s, Kraton 6s™, Krato n EXB™, Infraction™ Felony™ 6s, Notorious 6s™, Talion™ 6s; Kyosho Inferno™, Traxxas: E-Maxx™, E-Revo™, UDR™, Summit™; Redcat Shredder™ Note: "Recommendations based on vehicle weight and motor capabilities. Verify motor fitment, may require optional motor mount."


RACER TESTED - BASHER APPROVED

Experience higher efficiency, advanced features and improved optimization for your stock upgrade or build with Castle’s legendary brushless power.  The MAMBA MONSTER X 8S, 33.6V ESC W/1520-1650KV SENSORED COMBO is a perfect upgrade for 1/8, 1/7 and 1/6 scale vehicles weighing up to 18lbs and up to 8S LiPo. The 1520-1650Kv has all of the secret sauce that the big brother 1717-1650Kv has, but in a more compact diameter, fitting into smaller spaces without modifications to your chassis.

The MAMBA MONSTER X 8S utilizes Castle’s breakthrough technology CRYO-DRIVE™.  By reducing the rate at which the ESC heats up and removing heat more efficiently, your setup will be able to handle higher gear ratios, in heavier vehicles, with longer runs.  These software advancements work in parallel with a unique open housing design to allow increased directional airflow to cool critical components. With the integration of a 40mm cooling fan and a forged elliptical fin heatsink, the design maximizes airflow throughout the system, taking thermal performance to a whole new level.

High-performance demands high quality and this ESC was designed with durability in mind. Constructed around a robust aluminum casing, the epoxy potting guarantees protection around the circuitry and ensures all-weather use. Mamba Monster X 8S is a workhorse, it will dominate in the harshest of environments.

You can easily optimize the ESC for any driving condition, from rugged terrain to smooth pavement to the perils of rock and gravel. Create, save and download setup profiles through the Castle Link Programming Suite on your Windows™ PC, or wirelessly with the convenience of the new B-Link™ Bluetooth™ Adapter and Castle Link app for Android or iOS. 

Additional tuning flexibility awaits you with on-the-fly adjustments from your transmitter via the Auxiliary wire. Simply connect the white signal wire to an open radio channel, and enable the feature in Castle Link by selecting what Auxiliary function you would like to use. Access programming parameters such as Torque Control, Max Brake or Rock Race Mode. Optimize your vehicle for any racing or bashing application you can imagine!

When paired with the newly released Castle 1520-1650Kv, users will experience controllable low-end ranges without sacrificing power, punch or speed.  SmartSense™ mode uses the motor’s sensors to start the motor to provide smooth starts, excellent torque, and low-speed drivability. Once the motor is spinning, it seamlessly transitions to Castle’s ultra-efficient sensorless mode. You’ll put more power to the ground, where it should be, instead of wasting it through raw heat and RPMs.

Whether you are burning out, dropping the hammer, trigger happy, powering out, on-the rocks, off-the-rocks, wheeling or mud bogging - MAMBA MONSTER X 8S is ready to test the limits of your R/C car or truck.

Please refer to our Surface Product Selector for recommended motor, battery and gearing for some of the more popular vehicles on the market.

FEATURES:

  • Input Voltage Range 2S-8S LiPo
  • Sensorless, Sensored and SmartSense™ Running Modes
  • Powerful Integrated 8A Peak Adjustable BEC (5.25V-8.0V)
  • CRYO-DRIVE™ Technology minimizes the amount of time the ESC’s electrical components spend generating heat, resulting in improved thermal performance during partial throttle operation where the majority of driving occurs
  • ESC is housed in a rugged CNC aluminum case and potted in waterproof epoxy to  protect the electronics and promote efficient heat transfer
  • Premium forged heatsink with elliptical fins for superior air flow and increased heat dissipation
  • Oversized factory equipped thermally controlled 40MM cooling fan
  • Compatible with S.BUS2 Telemetry Link and Futaba T4PX and T7PX transmitters
  • Waterproof design for all weather conditions
  • Data logging capability to capture and record performance data from your vehicle
  • Auxiliary wire functionality for "on-the-fly" adjustments using your transmitter
  • Audible alerts for easy diagnosis of common issues such as motor-over-temperature and low-voltage cutoff
  • Convenient transmitter programming for six common adjustable settings including cutoff voltage and drag brake
  • Easily tune and update ESC with USB and Bluetooth™ programming options
  • Castle Link USB programming kit (coupon included with purchase)
  • Optional smartphone-based programming with the B-LINK™ Bluetooth Adapter (sold separately) and Castle Link app available on Google Play or Apple App Store
  • Proudly designed and manufactured in Olathe, KS USA and backed by Castle Creations' 1-year warranty
MOTOR FEATURES:

  • 4-POLE 12-SLOT sensored design that boasts exceptional efficiency and produces less heat
  • Proprietary stator winding produces low internal resistance for a cooler running motor
  • Oversized NMB bearings and vibration dampening system ensure the longest possible bearing life
  • High-strength, high-temperature grade neodymium sintered magnets combined with high-strength Kevlar wrap ensures the integrity of the rotor is not compromised during harsh running conditions and high RPMs

MAMBA MONSTER X 8S, 33.6V ESC W/1520-1650Kv SENSORED COMES WITH:

  • Mamba Monster X 8S ESC
  • 4-POLE Sensored 1520-1650Kv Motor
  • Castle Sensor Harness Adapter
  • 200mm Sensor Wire
  • Mamba Decals
  • Coupon for free Castle Link USB
  • ESC Quick Start Guide
  • Motor Quick Start Guide

Resources
Castle X Series Drivers Guide
Mamba Monster X 8S Quick Start
 Motor Quick Start
ESC Calibration Audible Alert Reference Chart
Frequently Asked Questions
 Transmitter Programming Castle Data Logging   

Technical Specs
Controller:
Input Voltage Range: MIN: 2S LiPo , MAX: 8S LiPo 33.6V
BEC Specifications: Adjustable: 5.5V, 6.0V, 7.5V. or 8.0V (8A Peak), default 5.5V
Operating Environment: Waterproof* design allows for use in nearly any environment.
Brake: Proportional
Reversible: Yes, but may be disabled for racing.
On/Off Switch: Yes, waterproof
Cooling Fan: Yes, factory equipped (40MM), fully removable** (see Product Use Statements below)
Size: L x W x H 69.5mm x 54.1mm x 47mm
Weight (with no battery connector): 5.75 oz. (163 grams)
Connectors: 6.5mm female bullets for motor connection.
Items Needed for Operation: A high current connector designed for high-powered electric systems, rated for 120+ amps, such as Castle CC Bullet 6.5mm, CC Bullet 8.0mm, or 6.5mm Polarized Castle Connectors, soldered to the battery leads.
Product Use Statements:
  1. Recommended battery capacity for 1:6th scale vehicles is 5000mah. We recommend using 50C continuous discharge or higher LiPo batteries.
  2. Surge ratings should never be used to determine a pack’s suitability for a brushless application.
  3. We recommend a high current connector designed for high-powered electric systems, rated for 120+ amps, such as Castle CC Bullet 6.5mm, CC Bullet 8.0mm, or 6.5mm Polarized Castle Connectors.
  4. Applying voltages higher than 33.6V will cause irreparable damage to ESC.
  5. Although Mamba Monster X 8S is waterproof, it is not intended for operation while completely submerged in liquid. Always rinse the ESC with clean water after exposure to corrosives or dirt.
  6. The cooling fan must be removed prior to driving in wet conditions. It is not waterproof.
Application Guidelines: Mamba Monster X 8S and 1520-1650Kv motor is intended for use in 1/6, 1/7 and 1/8 scale vehicles weighing up to 18 lbs. and running up to 8s LiPo. Examples include Losi LST2-E™; Arrma™: Limitless™, Typhon™ 6s, Kraton 6s™, Kraton EXB™, Infraction™ Felony™ 6s, Notorious 6s™, Talion™ 6s; Kyosho Inferno™, Traxxas: E-Maxx™, E-Revo™, UDR™, Summit™; Redcat Shredder™
Programmability:
Fully programmable Castle feature set using Castle Link USB adapter (coupon for free Link included) and freely downloadable Castle Link Windows™ software, or the Castle Link iOS® or Android® app with B-LINK™ Bluetooth™ Adapter (sold separately).
Telemetry Link Capable:
Yes, with Castle Creations Telemetry Link for S.BUS2 and Futaba T4PX and T7PX transmitters.

Motor Specs
Input Voltage Range: 3s-8s LiPo
Kv: 1650
Max. RPM: 60,000
Size: Length: 3.50" (88.8mm)
Diameter: 1.64" (41.6mm)
Weight (w/wires): 508g (17.92 oz); 459g without wires.
Shaft Diameter: 5mm
Mounting Hole Specifications: M3 and M4@25.4mm (1.0") Diameter
Cooling Fan: Not available
Connectors: 6.5mm male connectors
Application Guidelines:
The 1520-1650kV motor is intended for use in 1/6, 1/7 and 1/8 scale vehicles weighing up to 18 lbs. and running up to 8s LiPo. Examples include Losi LST2-E™; Arrma™: Limitless™, Typhon™ 6s, Kraton 6s™, Kraton EXB™, Infraction™ Felony™ 6s, Notorious 6s™, Talion™ 6s; Kyosho Inferno™, Traxxas: E-Maxx™, E-Revo™, UDR™, Summit™; Redcat Shredder™
Tech Notes:
  1. This motor includes 10AWG wire and 6.5mm connectors for use specifically this ESC/Motor combo.
  2. Running modes: SMARTSENSE™, Sensored, Sensorless with Castle sensored capable ESCs.
  3. Water Resistant Design: The sensor board is coated with silicone conformal coating to protect the sensors from moisture. The sensor connections are not water resistant; water can cause signal loss which could result in loss of sensored capabilities. Castle recommended applying dielectric grease to the outside of the sensor wire connections after installation of the wire. Routine maintenance is recommended after running in wet conditions. Please refer to this document for running and maintaining motors in wet environments.

For support, frequently asked questions, technical documents, and more, visit our support site.

Castle Creations, Inc. warrants this product to be free from manufacturing defects for a period of one year from date of purchase.

This is a high power product with the potential to be very dangerous. Please read the safety information before use. This product may contain chemicals known to the State of California to cause cancer and or birth defects or other reproductive harm.

U.S. Patent # 7400103, 7492122, 7579796, 7740516, 8287328, 8678875, and 8905814 B2 - Other patents pending.

Controller designed, and circuit boards manufactured in Olathe, KS. USA
Controller assembled in Olathe, KS. USA

Motor designed in Olathe, Kansas USA.
Motor made in China.


 

Product Features
  Castle’s newest software technology, CRYO-DRIVE™ minimizes the amount of time the ESC's electrical components spend generating heat by optimally controlling which components are being used while driving the motor. This is happening thousands of times per second, which greatly reduces the rate at which the ESC heats up.  This results in significantly improved thermal performance during partial throttle operation where the majority of driving occurs. Your setup will be able to handle higher gear ratios, in heavier vehicles, with longer runs.  

When paired with a Castle 4-POLE 12-SLOT SENSORED MOTOR SMARTSENSE™ software, enabled by default in the Castle Link Programming Suite, will use the motor’s sensors to provide smooth starts, excellent torque, and low-speed drivability.  Once the motor is turning, it seamlessly transitions to Castle’s ULTRA-EFFICIENT sensorless mode with electronic timing. Smooth sensored startups and high-efficiency sensorless running makes the Mamba Monster X 8S system produce more power and less heat. QUIETSENSE™ is an innovative advancement in the design of sensored motors to deliver the highest precision and most efficient startup.

The Mamba Monster X 8S allows “on-the-fly” adjustments to be made through the AUX wire once enabled in Castle Link. Once you have selected an AUX wire function, that setting can then be tuned from your transmitter while driving. Torque control, max throttle, max brake and drag brake adjustments are a sampling of the available modes. This real-time tuning allows you to quickly and easily fine-tune your system. . Click here for additional information.

Enabled by default, the Monster X 8S captures and records performance data from your vehicle. This allows you to view a detailed turn-by-turn record of what your ESC actually experienced during the run. You will be able to record real-time data such as motor RPM, battery current and voltage, ESC and motor temperature, throttle input, and more. Download and analyze the collected data via Castle Link and make adjustments to maximize both performance and battery life.


For over 20 years Castle engineers have been setting the bar for industry leading software functionality. The Castle Link Programming Suite is your ticket to creating the perfect setup. To gain access to the host of tuning parameters, simply redeem the coupon for the Castle Link adapter included with your Mamba Monster X 8S purchase and download the simple to install software from our website and you are ready to personalize your controller's settings. You can now wirelessly program your ESC with the free Castle Link Mobile App and the purchase the B-Link Bluetooth Adapter. Click here for settings overview for the Mamba Monster X 8S ESC.

You can now WIRELESSLY PROGRAM settings with the free Castle-Link app available on the Apple App store or Google Play for Android devices and the Castle B-Link™ Bluetooth™ Adapter (sold separately). It is compact and lightweight installed in your vehicle, for anytime programming!



Mamba Monster X 8S is telemetry ready, which means owners of Futaba T4PX or 7PX Transmitters will be able to purchase the Castle Creations Telemetry Link for S.BUS2. Real-time data such as ESC temperature, voltages, and RPM can be monitored to ensure performance advantages and spare you the “unknown” parameters that all R/C enthusiasts experience at some point. Telemetry data provides another level of protection and can increase performance.

Housed in a rugged CNC-machined aluminum case and then potted in waterproof epoxy. This not only protects the electronics but ensures any heat generated in the controller can easily be dissipated through the case.

Mamba Monster X 8S features Audible Alerts that will notify you, via audible chimes, of possible issues with calibrations and error conditions to help diagnose problems.

The Mamba Monster X 8S is proudly designed and manufactured in Olathe, Kansas USA and is backed by Castle Creations’ 1-year warranty and unparalleled "make-it-right" customer support. Call us, email us, or walk in our front door – we’re here to help. Click here for additional information about our Tier 1 and Tier II warranty.



Optional Accessories
011-0135-00
B-Link Bluetooth Adapter supports iOS and Android App
010-0152-00
Telemetry Link S.BUS
011-0146-00
Direct Connect Sensor Wire
010-0079-00
Castle Link Quick Connect (or Quick Connect Duo)
010-0063-00
Quick Field Programmer, Surface Version
011-0053-00
6.5mm Polarized Connectors-Male/Female Single Pk
011-0068-00
6.5mm Polarized Connectors-Male Multi-Pack
011-0069-00
Polarized Castle Connectors - 6.5mm Female Multi-Pack
CC BULLET 6.5MM
6.5mm Male/Female Connector Set (3ea)
CC BULLET 8.0MM
8.0mm Male/Female Connector Set (3ea)
:010-0153-00
CC BEC 2.0 15A Max Ouput, 14S (58.8 Volts), Waterproof
011-0148-00
Castle Capacitor Pack, 8S MAX (35V)



Service Parts
011-0106-00
RECEIVER HARNESS, X-SERIES                                                
011-0108-00
X-SERIES SENSOR HARNESS
011-0136-00
200mm Sensor Wire

This FAQ is applicable to the following ESC: Mamba Monster X 8s


Special Note: Calibration/manual programming with Spektrum AR6100AT receivers. See Question 28.

1. What is the difference between the Mamba Monster X 8s and the Mamba XL X?
Both the Mamba Monster X 8s and Mamba XL X handle up to 8s (33.6v).
The Monster X 8s is waterproof, the Mamba XL X is not.
The Monster X 8s supports sensored operation, the Mamba XL X does not.
The Monster X 8s has 10AWG battery wires, the Mamba XL X has 8AWG battery wires
The Monster X 8s has 6.5mm female motor bullets, the Mamba XL X has 8mm female motor bullets.
The Monster X 8s has Cryo-Drive, the Mamba XL X does not (see question 2 for more details)
The Mamba XL X has more raw current handling power at full throttle compared to the Monster X 8s. This is important for high performance applications like drag racing and high speed runs. The Monster X 8s is NOT a direct replacement of the Mamba XL X. In terms of current handling capacity at full throttle the Mamba XL X still reigns supreme.
The Cryo-Drive feature allows the ESC to run cooler during partial throttle operation. Most RC vehicles are driven at partial throttle and only run at full throttle for short bursts.

2. What is Cryo-Drive and how does it help the ESC?
Castle’s newest software technology, CRYO-DRIVE™ minimizes the amount of time the ESC's electrical components spend generating heat by optimally controlling which components are being used while driving the motor. This is happening thousands of times per second, which greatly reduces the rate at which the ESC heats up.  This results in significantly improved thermal performance during partial throttle operation where the majority of driving occurs. Your setup will be able to handle higher gear ratios, in heavier vehicles, with longer runs  


3. How do I utilize the sensored mode on the Mamba Monster X 8s?
You will need the Castle X series sensor harness to connect to a standard sensor wire and your sensored motor; the sensor harness is included with the Mamba Monster X 8s. Make sure the A, B and C wires between the ESC and motor are correctly aligned. There are no settings that need to be changed on the ESC to utilize the sensored function of the ESC.

4. Is there a special color sequence I should plug the motor wires into the Mamba Monster X 8s?
There is no polarity with a sensorless brushless motor (all Castle motors). This means the color coding does not matter at all. Simply plug the wires into the speed controller. If it runs the motor the wrong direction simply swap any two wires between the motor and ESC or plug the ESC into your Castle Link and reverse the rotation of the motor using the software. If you are running a sensored motor then you MUST keep A, B and C orientated properly. To change the motor direction with a sensored motor you must change the Motor Direction setting on the Castle Link USB programmer, B-Link Bluetooth adapter or using the built-in manual programming (see Driver’s Ed Guide for instructions)

5. Why does the fan on my Mamba Monster X 8s stop running when the ESC arms?
The fan on the Mamba Monster X 8s is thermally controlled. When you first power up the ESC it will do a power on self-test to show you the fan is functional. When the ESC arms the fan will stop running and then only turn on when the ESC reaches 140° F/60° C.


6. What is the auxiliary wire and do I need to hook it up to my receiver?
By default the auxiliary wire is disabled and does nothing. If you are not utilizing this function you can leave the auxiliary wire (white wire) disconnected from the receiver. The auxiliary wire gives you the ability to adjust 1 of 7 ESC settings from your transmitter, via an auxiliary channel and dial/toggle switch, while you are operating the vehicle. To use this function you must program the auxiliary wire to one of the 7 available setting on the Castle Link; it is located on the “Advanced” tab. The 7 selectable settings are:

 

  • None (Default) - AUX wire does not affect controller parameters.
  • Max Throttle Adjustment - The controller's max power is controlled by the AUX wire signal. The power is scaled from 10% at 1.1ms signal received on the AUX wire to 100% at 1.9ms. If the AUX wire becomes disconnected, the controller will use the max forward power set in Castle Link.
  • Max Reverse Adjustment - The controller's max reverse power is controlled by the AUX wire signal. The reverse power is scaled from 10% at 1.1ms signal received on the AUX wire to 100% at 1.9ms. If the AUX wire becomes disconnected, the controller will use the max reverse power set in Castle Link.
  • Max Brake Adjustment - The controller's max brake is controlled by the AUX wire signal. The brake strength is scaled from 10% at 1.1ms signal received on the AUX wire to 100% at 1.9ms. If the AUX wire becomes disconnected, the controller will use the brake strength set in Castle Link.
  • Drag Brake Adjustment - The controller's drag brake is controlled by the AUX wire signal. The drag brake is scaled from 0% at 1.1ms signal received on the AUX wire to 100% at 1.9ms. If the AUX wire becomes disconnected, the controller will use the drag brake value set in Castle Link.
  • Reverse Enable/Disable - Reversing is disabled when the AUX wire receives a signal above 50% (>1.5ms). When the controller receives an AUX wire signal below 50% or the cable becomes disconnected, reverse capability is enabled.
  • Torque Control Adjustment - The controller's torque limit is controlled by the AUX wire signal. The torque control is scaled from 0.1 at 1.1ms signal received on the AUX wire to 5.0 at 1.9ms. Torque control is disabled when the input exceeds 1.9ms. If the AUX wire becomes disconnected, the controller will use the torque limit set in Castle Link.
  • Idle Datalog Erase (Auxiliary Wire) - The controller will clear its data log when the AUX wire signal quickly alternates between greater and less than 50% (1.5ms) for a few seconds. This will only occur while the controller is idling
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  • 7. I’d like to make sure I’m getting everything I can out of my Mamba Monster X 8s system. What are the best batteries to use?
  •  A high power brushless system requires high power battery and connectors. We recommend running a minimum 5000mAh capacity and 50C continuous discharge rating; there is no such thing as too much mAh or C rating, the higher the better. Using batteries below these ratings will results in reduced performance and could potentially damage your batteries and/or ESC. We also recommend using a connector rated for at least 120 amps; E-Flite EC5, Spektrum IC5, Castle 6.5mm bullet and Castle 6.5mm polarized connectors are recommended.
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  •  8. I’ve calibrated, but the car goes backwards with forward throttle.
  •  Make sure the green LED is showing when you give forward throttle. If it is, then just swap any two of the ESC to motor wires to reverse the rotation direction of the motor (see note below for sensored operation). You may also reverse the direction of the motor using the Castle Link USB programmer, B-Link Bluetooth adapter or using the built-in manual programming (see Driver’s Ed Guide for instructions). If the ESC shows the red LED with forward throttle, you will need to reverse your throttle channel on your transmitter (via a micro switch, or within the programming of the radio) and recalibrate.

 

Sensored motors: If you are running a sensored motor then you MUST keep A, B and C orientated properly. To change the motor direction with a sensored motor you must change the Motor Direction setting on the Castle Link USB programmer, B-Link Bluetooth adapter or using the built-in manual programming (see Driver’s Ed Guide for instructions).

9. What do the flashing LEDs mean?

If you are not calibrating and have not applying throttle or reverse (trigger at neutral) then:

 

  • Flashing Green OR Red = Speed control has not been calibrated and is not armed; or throttle sub-trim is not at 0.
  • Yellow LED flashing - ESC is armed and logging data.
  • Yellow LED is solid – Data logger is full. Use the Castle Link to clear the data logger, and download your logged data. Or hold full reverse on start-up, wait for a ~2 second long tone and go to neutral.
  • Flashing yellow, occasional red with beeps – ESC is generating an error code. Please refer to the Quick Start Guide for more details.
  • Solid Green OR Red = should not happen when at neutral, indicates full throttle/reverse
  •  If you are applying throttle or reverse when NOT calibrating:
  • Flashing Green OR Red = indicates partial throttle (green) or reverse (red)
  • Solid Green OR Red = indicates full throttle (green) or reverse (red)
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  •  If you are applying throttle or reverse WHEN calibrating:
  • Flashing Green OR Red while beeping = indicates speed control is looking for full throttle (green) or full reverse (red). If it continues for more than ~ 8 seconds, indicates speed control is seeing partial throttle (green) or reverse (red), increase endpoints on transmitter so speed control sees full throttle/reverse.
  • Flashing Yellow = ESC is armed and seeing a neutral signal. Radio is not sending throttle or reverse commands.
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  • 10. My battery pack is plugged into the ESC, and nothing is working - no steering, and no throttle.
  •  Make sure the ESC is plugged into channel 2/throttle on the receiver, and that it's plugged in with the correct orientation. Double check your solder connections on the battery plug. Generally if you have no steering with everything plugged in correctly, then your receiver is either not getting power or not getting a signal from your transmitter. 
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  •  11. My ESC calibrates for the full throttle and full brake positions, but won't calibrate to the neutral throttle position (yellow LED keeps flashing and ESC is beeping).
  •  The ESC should flash the yellow LED when it is armed; this indicates the ESC is logging data. If it is flashing yellow AND beeping, try moving the throttle trim one way, then the other (usually towards the throttle side is best). If your transmitter has a 50/50 and 70/30 setting for the throttle, set it for 50/50 and retry calibration.

 


12. My ESC may or may not arm, but it will not calibrate to my transmitter.
Most calibration issues can be solved by settings on the transmitter. Make sure you have both your throttle and reverse endpoints (called EPA, ATV, or Travel on your radio) on the throttle channel out to 100 to 120%. If you have a Spektrum transmitter and have an “A” and “B” slider switch near your thumb, adjust the throttle dual rate slider out to the maximum value as well. If you have a Futaba or Futaba made transmitter, set the throttle channel to the reversed position.


13. I’m setting up a new car. How do I know which speed controller/motor to buy?
That’s what our expert technical support staff is for. Give them a call at 913-390-6939 or send them a message. They’ll be more than happy to assist you in deciding on a product.


14. Is my Mamba Monster X 8s speed controller waterproof?
Yes! Although Mamba Monster X 8s and Castle brushless motors are waterproof, they are not intended for operation while completely submerged in liquid. They are designed to handle normal wet conditions like driving through puddles, wet grass and snow; they are not designed to be submerged like a submarine. The ESC can corrode when exposed to corrosive materials, such as salt water. Always rinse the ESC and motor with clean water after exposure to corrosives or dirt. While the motor and controller may be waterproof, we suggest users confirm that the rest of their vehicle, including the batteries, servos, radio and chassis are also waterproof before exposing them to liquids of any kind.
The fan must also be removed when exposed to wet conditions as it is not waterproof.
The motors require additional maintenance to prevent rust and corrosion. Please refer to our Running and Maintaining Castle Motors in Wet Conditions document for more details.

15. What is the brushed motor turn count limit on my Mamba Monster X 8s ESC?
Any 540 or 550 brushed motor in forward only or forward with reverse. With brushless the limit is the equivalent kv, motor size, and voltage as the Castle combos.


16. My fan has stopped working on my Mamba Monster X 8s. What can I do?
Replacement fan offerings are coming soon.

17. What brushless motors can I use my Mamba Monster X 8s with?
You can use the Mamba Monster in a variety of situations and with a variety of motors. They will handle any of our CM36 2 pole motors (4600, 5700, 6900, 7700, 9000), 1406 4 pole motors (4600, 5700, 6900, 7700), 1410-3800, 1415-2400, 1512-2650, 1515-2200, 1512-1800, 1518-1800, 1520-1600, 1717-1650, 2028-800. Our ESCs will also drive ANY manufacturer’s sensorless and sensored motor provided the kv, size of the motor can, and application are all at or below the recommendations for the equivalent Castle motor. With the sensor harness you can use any 550 or 1/8th scale sensored brushless motor. If you have questions about using another manufacturer’s motor with your Castle ESC please give our technical support department a call at 913-390-6939 or send them a message. They’ll be more than happy to assist you.


18. I broke my Mamba Monster X 8s, and it was my fault. Am I stuck with a dead controller?
No, all Castle speed controllers have a core value. You can visit our Repair Center for details on how to send in your ESC for non-warranty replacement. Or you can contact our repair department regarding details. 913-390-6939, or send them a message.

19. When I plug in my Mamba Monster X 8s into my Castle Link it doesn’t connect. What’s up?
First, make sure that on your Castle Link screen in the lower left hand corner you have a green USB connection status. If you do, the next step is to plug the ESC into the Castle Link. On the Castle Link circuit board just behind the three pins there are marks for positive (+), negative (-), and signal (?). The orange signal wire goes where the ? pin is, the red goes where the “+” is, and the brown wire goes where the “-“ is. If you have disabled the red (+) wire going to the receiver you will need to plug in a battery pack to power the ESC. Anything above 2s LiPo will do. Plug the ESC in first, then the battery pack. The ESC should then connect. It will not work in the other order (battery first, then ESC to computer) so be sure to connect in the proper order.


20. When I plug in my Castle Link I do not get a green USB connection status, thus making it impossible for me to connect my Mamba Monster X 8s to my computer. How do I fix this?
Please refer to the Castle Link FAQ section on loading the driver software onto your computer. This will solve your USB connection status issue, and get you connected to the computer.

21. I’m getting an error whenever I try to update settings or update the firmware on my speed controller. What is wrong?
There may be an issue with the processor on the speed controller. Try un-installing the Castle Link firmware on your computer or another computer, try downgrading to a different version of firmware, try unplugging the Castle Link chip from the end of the USB cable and plugging it back in, and see if any of these resolve the issue for you. If you are still having issues please contact Castle Creations tech support at 913-390-6939 or send them a message.

22. What Auto-LiPo Volts/cell cutoff should I be using with my Mamba Monster X 8s?
You should use whatever your battery manufacturer’s recommendations are. Your speed controller came with a factory cutoff of 3.2v/cell. If you need to adjust this you can use a Castle Link or Field Link to program the speed controller for anything from 3.0v to 3.5v per cell.

23. Can I change the BEC output voltage on my Mamba Monster X 8s?
The BEC can be set to 5.5, 6.0, 7.5 or 8.0 volts via the Castle Link; the default is 5.5 volts.


24. My speed controller beeps approximately every 15-20 seconds. What is that?
That is a feature we added called the “Power On Warning Beep”. It lets you know that your battery pack is still plugged in whenever the speed controller is seeing zero throttle or no throttle from the transmitter at all. This is a safety feature implemented due to the advent of LiPo technology. You can disable it if you would like using the Castle Link software, but it is recommended that it be kept enabled.


25. Will cutting the switch off my Mamba Monster X 8s ESC void my warranty?
No, it will not void the warranty as long as you only cut off the switch, solder the wires together, and cover them with shrink tubing on the outside the controller. Opening the controller and bridging the connection on the circuit board WILL void your warranty. ANY soldering on the speed controller will immediately void the warranty, no exceptions. You can also purchase a replacement receiver harness which includes a new switch.


26. What is the maximum voltage for the Mamba Monster X 8s ESC?
The maximum input voltage is 33.6v (8s LiPo). NiMH use is not recommended except in very specific applications (such as when a Castle product is powering another manufacturer’s vehicle as these applications have been thoroughly tested). Nearly every other application will draw too much current and can cause speed controller failure using NiMH cells.

27. Why does my ESC beep 4 times at neutral?
This is an “error” code that indicates the on-board data logger is full and the ESC has stopped recording new data. To stop this error you must clear the data log. re are 4 options to clear the error or prevent it from happening in the first place.

Option 1: You can clear the data log by powering up the ESC at full reverse and after you hear a long beep it will clear the data log; go to neutral and the ESC will arm as normal. When the log fills up again it will generate the error code again.
Option 2: You can connect the ESC to the Castle Link and click the “Clear Logged Data” button on the logging tab. This will clear the error code until the data is full again.

Option 3: You can force the ESC to reset the data on start-up which will clear the data every time it is powered up; it can still fill up during the run and generate the error code. To do this you will need to set the “Automatic Data Reset” setting on the Logging tab to “100% (Always)”.

Option 4: You can disable the data logging completely and it will never fill up because it is not logging and will not generate the error. To do this set the “Sample Frequency” on the Logging tab to “Disabled”.
 

28. Why does my ESC not beep and show a solid red when trying to calibrate with a Spektrum SR6100AT receiver?
We have found that Spektrum has added a safety feature that interferes with our normal calibration and manual programming process. Our ESCs require you to power up the ESC at full throttle; the Spektrum AR6100AT receiver will not boot up properly until the throttle trigger is at neutral.
The solution we have found is to power up the ESC at neutral, wait for the receiver LED to turn solid amber, then apply full throttle; this allows the receiver to boot up properly.
WARNING: REMOVE Pinion gear or disengage motor from spur gear! You must apply full throttle BEFORE the ESC arms (double chime after LiPo cell count), but AFTER the receiver boots up and goes solid yellow. If the ESC arms and then you apply throttle the motor will run! We have found that waiting until the Auto LiPo feature counts the 3rd cell the receiver is operational and full throttle can be applied.

29. Will cutting the switch off my Monster X 8s ESC void my warranty?

No, it will not void the warranty as long as you only cut off the switch, solder the wires together, and cover them with shrink tubing on the outside the controller. Opening the controller and bridging the connection on the circuit board WILL void your warranty. ANY soldering on the speed controller will immediately void the warranty, no exceptions. A replacement switch can be purchased by replacing the receiver harness; you can purchase a new receiver harness here (p/n 011-0106-00)

30. I'm trying to calibrate my ESC in my X-Maxx with the stock Traxxas 2.4GHz radio system, but it won't calibrate. Why?

Make sure you have the stock temp sensor and voltage sensor installed in the receiver. The grey plug needs to be in the V/T slot at the top right corner of the Traxxas receiver, the red plug in either channel 3, 4 or 5. Without these plugged in the ESC will not receive the proper signals from the transmitter & receiver


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