Go Speed Go!
This was my first FT purchase for an FT Alpha build. This was also my first venture into electric in 30plus years had a small foam cessna and promptly went back to a gasser Times have now changed. Coming back into RC I scratch built a FT Alpha. I underestimated initially this motors rating. It hauls that plane through the sky so make sure you have a huge area to fly it in or get a smaller motor. It was a beast getting it dialed in properly. I did manage 4 small duration flights in before the ESC crapped out. Smelled the BSOD(blue smoke of death) but never saw it. I connected a battery to it on my work bench after powering up my TX and never heard the bee boo beeps. After systematically testing all my components this thing was dead. I opened up the shrink wrap and noticed one of the motor leads solder point was also connected to two legs of a near by chip. Not sure if that was why it poofed or not. I'm not going to lower the rating for this as the component is so small and does so much. A replacement is inexpensive and Im sure FT is going to replace it for me anyways even though I already ordered a replacement one. They may want to consider an esc 1 step above this one for this motor though as it gets super hot really quick under medium load in my opinion. I'll have to do some benchmark testing when my replacements come. I'd almost rather take the hit in more weight than burn one of these ESCs up every 4 flights or so though.