Powerbox Champion info

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  1. Dec 15, 2013 #1

    marksextra

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    I've have a chance to pick up a Powerbox Champion with batteries/switch for $75 from a guy I know. I'd have to buy the programmer for another $75. I doubt I'd use the batteries, but.... $150

    Is it worth it?

    Are they limited to 5.9v output? I know nothing about them.
     

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    Bunky f. knuckle

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    I have no experience with any type of powerbox. So, $75 does soumd like a good deal. Dont discount those batteries for the unit. They are incredibly expensive, for 2800mAh each. I have seen guys use them and have excellent results with them.

    Thats probably a $4-500 unit. That would solve your matching dilema. But so would a SmartFly, MatchBoxes, etc....
     
  3. Dec 21, 2013 #3

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    I have been using FUTABA for 20 years.... NEVER needed any power distribution accessories.....

    They work, and if your Tx is limited on channels... maybe they are OK....

    But with todays 12+ channel radios... there is no advantage to these things....
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    Bunky f. knuckle

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    Agreed, Mike. Flown both major systems in 24 years. Futaba for 10, JR for the balance. Tried several things over the years, and just keep coming back to the KISS method.
     
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    Well, I'm the same way up until today when I bought the Smart Fly Competition 12 today. I've only done KISS in the past. My Carf Yak doesn't even have switches.

    That said, I did get a good deal on the SF and it does handle a couple pretty important things that aren't not froo froo.

    Like:
    power distribution: Too bad futaba doesn't make a powersafe RX. This can be accomplished by making a splitter but it's just easier with a board.
    servo matching: can be done on the TX if you have enough channels
    battery share; could use a jumper I guess
    ignition cutoff ; separate piece of electronics needed
    failsafe switch;
     

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