This review and advice article covers the use of the surpass hobby/racerstar/goolrc brushless ESC programming card which can be used on most in not all power systems from these suppliers. It is a simple <$10 device that allows you to easily change the parameter of the ESC.
One of the easiest ways to upgrade your brushed RC car is to change the brushed motor and ESC with a brushless ESC and motor as I did here with the Surpass Hobby 3650/ 60a ESC combo (click here to see full review). If you are lucky like me the drive train (gears, differentials, driveshafts) are designed to take brushless power but even if you don't there is a way to tame you power and still get the benefits of fast acceleration, higher top speed and better battery life. This came as a surprise to me as I thought the $40 combo I bought surely wouldn't have this functionality.
There are several cards that can be used to program these ESCs but the one I recommend is the Racerstar LED Program Card that works with all of the ESCs and motors branded as surpass hobby, goolrc, racerstar and probably more. For the record I accidentally bought the surpass LED program card for brushed crawlers and after initially thinking I couldn't use it it turns out I can, more below.
In order to use the program card disconnect the plug that connects the ESC to the receiver, plug it into the program card instead, plug in your lipo and turn the switch on. The arrow buttons allow you to highlight the parameter and settings you wish to adjust and the "programme" button allows you to set that adjustment. Reset changes all settings back to default. Easy!!
Closeup of the Racerstar program card adjustable parameters
There are 5 set of parameters that can be adjusted using the programming card and Ill run through those now:
Low voltage cutoff, maximum reverse force and neutral range will likely never need to be adjusted again once set as there are clear 'best' settings here.
Maximum brake force could be change if you switch the same car between high and low grip surfaces e.g. gravel vs tarmac or carpet where the high grip surfaces allow you to have more braking power available without losing traction. But the most important setting available I believe is starting power (also called punch). If you have a car with and older or weaker drivetrain designed for brushless motors the you well definitely want to set this to soft. You will probably find acceleration is still much stronger than the brushed setup it replaced plus you get the benefit of top end speed and efficiency. Conversely if you have a tough, reliable drivetrain the the 'strong' setting will be your best chance of wheelies and impressing kids in the neighbourhood :D
I mentioned earlier that I bought the wrong card. It turns out the car I got is electrically identical to the correct racerstar card mentioned above, they just have a different sticker and parameters on the front. However, when I use the racerstar picture with my surpass card the setting work as expected. Phew!
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