BLHeli on Hobbyking 40A ESC 4A UBEC 9261000003 – #3

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Following on from BLHeli on Hobbyking 40A ESC 4A UBEC 9261000003… and BLHeli on Hobbyking 40A ESC 4A UBEC 9261000003 – #2

This article documents some comparison tests of:

  • SimonK commit 1f75da384e5c83f83916aa752819ca6eed712565 bs.hex; and
  • BLHeli v11.2 commit baaa4db600b5cd78752c9b4f580fd08d15f1f1f1 for Hobbyking 40A ESC 4A UBEC.

In each case, default configuration was used, and 4s battery used for tests on a stock Hobbyking 40A ESC 4A UBEC (9261000003). Both firmwares were loaded under the SimonK bootloader.

The motors used for the test were a Hobbyking DT-750 and 4822-690Kv. Both of these motors have been mentioned in reports of sync problems with SimonK, though in my experience they have been fairly good on recent releases on other ESCs than this one.

This ESC was used for tests as it is listed as compatible with BLHeli, though it is mistakenly described as an F-40 in that list, the picture is clearly of the 9261000003.

SimonK

Both motors on SimonK had a strong tendency to chug if throttle was raised quickly. This behaviour has not been observed on several other ESCs using SimonK, but it is very evident on the 9261000003 and makes the drive system totally unusable.

CroppedEagle01

Above is a capture of the DT750 motor chugging, through all the time the current is pulsating, the throttle is stead at about 75%. The motor attempts to accelerate then it appears it loses power and restarts cyclically about 20 times per second.

CroppedEagle02

Above is a zoomed in view of the previous figure. It appears that drive is being cut off before the motor has time to accelerate, possibly caused by loss of sync.

CroppedEagle03

Above, somewhat similar behaviour on the 4822-690Kv motor. Again the drive system was totally unusable.

CroppedEagle04

Above, a zoomed view of the previous figure.

BLHeli

CroppedEagle05

Above is a capture of the same system with BLHeli installed, and rapid throttle changes from min to max. All of these current variations are a direct response to throttle changes, there is no tendency to chug or any signs of sync problems.

CroppedEagle06

Above is a zoomed in view of the previous figure. It can be seen that the motor accelerates from about 50% to 100% rpm in a little over 100ms and current doesn’t show any sign of erratic spikes, the ESC just drives high current until the motor speed reaches near max at which point the current naturally decreases. This is a well-behaved drive system.

Conclusions

  • The combination of stock Hobbyking 40A ESC 4A UBEC 9261000003 and either of these motors seems a challenge for SimonK ESC firmware.
  • BLHeli firmware on the same drive system worked flawlessly.
  • This should not be taken to indicate one FW is better than the other generally, just in this specific scenario there was a clear difference.

Update14/03/2015

See further article onĀ 9261000003 with BEMF caps removed: SimonK on Hobbyking 40A ESC 4A UBEC 9261000003.