|Andy C||27/07/2019 21:30:28|
|158 forum posts|
I am slowly growing my IC fleet, and read a lot on here warning of poor and low quality switches for RXs. So, where should I buy decent ones from please?
|Richard Wills 2||27/07/2019 21:36:53|
184 forum posts
Futaba genuine HD switches used to be my favourite, but alas now no longer made. I am now using the Hitec HD switch which seems to be doing the job well.
|Phil 9||27/07/2019 22:18:30|
4284 forum posts
I have been toying with the idea of buying some quality switches such as switchcraft but then you need to solder then up yourself. but it might be a good way to go to get something of a high standard
|Chris Walby||28/07/2019 07:02:31|
1028 forum posts
I have used this from 4-Max
or HK do a dual supply version, only problem is which warehouse it comes from (import tax adds a lump).
Others are available but seem more expensive...until your model goes into failsafe and you collect it with a bin liner
Little or no soldering required!
PS - If you are running petrol or more complicated setup, George at 4-Max can give phone advice of other products in his range.
|Jason Channing||28/07/2019 08:07:55|
|96 forum posts|
If the switch fails it cant go into failsafe but can cause loss of control.
1700 forum posts
If you do some research there are several "failsafe" switches available ie should the switch fail it will fail in the on position, maybe more expensive but worth it
|Rich too||28/07/2019 09:30:08|
3054 forum posts
I source mine from the US, for larger models
Edited By Rich too on 28/07/2019 09:30:42
|John Lee||28/07/2019 12:25:21|
|683 forum posts|
Inwood I used the 'JR/Spektrum switch with DSC/Charge Lead Black& Silver Front', for decades when I flew IC, not cheap now but I've never had a failure, albeit I replaced them every 2/3 years as part of routine maintenance.
|2810 forum posts|
Did you ever dismantle an old one that you'd changed just to see what was justifying the high price?
Decent mechanical switches are becoming difficult to get hold of, thankfully I have a couple of Futaba HD's to keep me going for a while. The electronic ones worry me, both as to their quality unless you go for the very expensive types and perhaps an unnecessary complication.
The cheapy switches are not to be trusted, I bought one for a couple of quid for a non modelling use and it was intermittent in use and would go O/C when a little pressure was applied to the operating lever when in the on position. Stripped it down to take a look and it was 'orrible inside.
Edited By Cuban8 on 28/07/2019 13:01:05
|stu knowles||28/07/2019 14:05:04|
|575 forum posts|
I have a couple of the GT Power switches but haven't used them because, as I read it, if they were inadvertently set in the LIPO mode, then they will cut the power as the voltage falls, saving the battery and killing the model.
Murphy's Law is strong and sooner or later it will happen...…. or have I got that bit wrong?
|Martin Harris||28/07/2019 14:49:58|
8965 forum posts
Good quality switches are readily available - but not necessarily made up for model use. My larger/faster models have twin battery/switch harness set-ups to minimise the chances of a critical failure point resulting in loss of control.
I'm afraid I have a (maybe unjustified) distrust of electronic "smart" solutions, preferring the simple approach to critical systems wherever possible.
|Steve Balaam||28/07/2019 16:01:19|
110 forum posts
What about something like this:
|Martin McIntosh||28/07/2019 17:06:26|
2974 forum posts
The JR switches were probably the best available but sadly no more. Futaba are very similar but most may be copies now. Twin batteries/switches are a good idea but when using these I now fit HK Failover ones which are identical to the eye wateringly priced Powerbox offerings. No problems with these as yet.
8817 forum posts
Excellent statistics and no moving parts...
|John Lee||28/07/2019 19:23:32|
|683 forum posts|
I never did but the cost at the time was under a fiver & they were often on offer at the shows. I was surprised to see how expensive they have become when I looked them up for the link.
|SIMON CRAGG||29/07/2019 07:30:31|
|490 forum posts|
I have been using the E-tronix Futaba switches, good price and good product.
|Bruce Collinson||29/07/2019 13:28:07|
|410 forum posts|
+ 1 for Cymaz. Lots at NLMFC. 3 second ones are falling out of favour. They are local to us.
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