Programming the ESCs
Don't panic! You don't really have to program the
ESCs. The program card simply allows you to change
the settings on them. Both the Plush and MultiStar
ESCs are set by default to LiPo (lithium-ion polymer)
batteries. The problem with this setting is that the
ESCs will cut off when the battery voltage reaches a
certain level. This is done to keep from damaging the
LiPo battery. A fixed wing plane can still be landed
with the ESC cut off; a multi-rotor will flip and crash
when one or more of its ESCs cut off.
To fix this, we simply need to tell the ESCs we
are using a NiMh (nickel-metal hydride) battery, even
though we are not. This is the main setting we must
change; the other settings are just tweaks.
First, Let's Look at Programming
a Plush ESC
Start by plugging one of the ESCs into the
programming card as shown in Figure 1. Notice the
black lead on the ESC cable is mated with the lead
marked with the negative symbol. The white lead is
mated with the lead marked Signal. Make sure the
battery is disconnected when you attach the ESC to
Plug the battery into the battery connector on
the power distribution board as shown in Figure 2.
It will take a second or two, and then the card
will light up as shown in Figure 3. The LEDs shown
are the default settings for the ESCs. To change a
setting, move the cursor to the row you want to
change by pressing the up/down arrow button (first
button). The cursor is represented by a flashing LED.
To change the setting, use the
right/left arrow button (second
button). Once you are happy with
the setting, move to the next row.
When you are satisfied with all the
settings, hit the OK button. Once
complete, your settings should
look like the ones in Figure 4.
The Plush settings are as
• Brake: Off
• Battery Type: Ni-xx
• Cut-off Type: Soft
• Cut-off Voltage: Low
• Start Mode: Normal
• Timing Mode: Middle
• Music: All Off
• Governor: Off
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