This is the Mamba Max Pro 1/10 Sensored/Sensorless ESC with SmartSense. SMARTSENSE brings the best of sensored as well as sensorless ESC technology together to create the ideal controller for serious 1/10th scale enthusiasts. Operating at up to 6S, Mamba Max Pro can handle nearly twice the power of the market standard Mamba Max!
SmartSense uses the motor sensors to start the motor and then it switches over to Castle’s ultra powerful and efficient dynamic sensorless mode which boosts motor efficiency. Simply put, you’ll get more power and less heat from your motor. Sensored Only mode runs sensored motors using sensored timing only.
CHEAT MODE, Castle’s High Energy Advanced Timing allows users to electronically advance their sensored motor’s timing to extreme settings. This can often yield just that extra bit of power needed to win the race. Be careful–extra power comes with extra motor heat!
Castle’s Sensorless controllers offer best in class start up and braking which are fine for most users. Sensored only motor operation cannot deliver maximum efficiency. Sensors are also terribly inaccurate for motor timing purposes because the motor’s magnetic fields change under load or at speed; that’s where Sensorless operation shines. Sensorless is also more dependable. There are fewer wires and connections that need to survive the incredibly rough treatment most RC cars and trucks endure.
Sensored operation is required by the racing world’s rules, but it also offers slightly better start up and braking performance. Because of this, the Mamba Max Pro has been designed to offer the ultimate in flexibility and can be used with sensored motors as well: use it with all your 1/10th motors, sensored or sensorless!
- 6S (25.2 volts) max input voltage
- Switching BEC powers your radio and servo all the way up to the 6S max input. Users may select the output for any voltage between 5V and 7V.
- Durable case and cooling fan to protect and cool the controller during hard off-road action
- Ready to Run: Mamba Max Pro is ready to run out of the box.
- Castle Link Compatible: Like all Castle controllers, the Mamba Max Pro may also be “tuned” for the drivers’ preferences in the throttle curve, brake strength, reversing modes and more. Access these features with the CASTLE LINK USB connector (sold separately) and a PC for even more versatility.
- Sensored/Sensorless ESC 10th scale; ROAR legal
- Switching BEC allows up to 6S lipo
- Built-in Cooling Fan
Cells: 6s LiPo
Brake: Proportional w/adjustable curve
Reversible: Yes w/lockout
Low Voltage Cutoff: Programmable
Size (LxWxH): 1.79x1.44x0.85” (45.5x36.5x21.5mm)
Weight w/wires: 81g (2.8 oz)
Connector: 4mm bullet
This product was added to our catalog on February 8, 2010
When it comes to build quality, tech support, and customer service, I can't think of anyone who equals Castle Creations. I've found tech support and customer service to be two very weak links in most RC parts manufacturers, but not at all with CC. If I have a question, they stick with me until I truly understand why they're telling me what they're telling me. They WANT their customers to be informed and, unlike most companies I've dealt with, they have never once acted annoyed that I had the audacity to use their "contact us" button to ask a question. CC always gives me a complete answer and they have never once dismissed me with some condescending answer like, "You can find the answer in one of the forums."
It is Castle Creations' solid business model and friendly help that makes me an increasingly loyal CC customer.
As far as the MM Pro goes, I'm not sure what it would take to kill it. The thing is a tank, overkill for most any RC out there, and I love that about the MM Pro. CC's Castle Link software works flawlessly every time and it's so simple to operate and make adjustments that even a living brain donor like me didn't need instructions to figure it out in just a few minutes.
For what it's worth, the solder CC uses to attach the five lead wires to the circuit board is a close cousin to granite. I hit it at 480-C and it didn't even wince. CC tech said they use a very high temp solder and some specialized irons. So much for going with lighter gauge wire.
I'd buy another MM Pro in a heartbeat.
I would still recommend this ESC just look into to your servo choice and see if you too need an External BEC.
The ESC fan never seems to come on but I know it works because I've given it power directly. Basically the ESC has ran so cool it never needed to come on. My truck goes very fast and smooth. I haven't had issues with this ESC which is more than I can say for the one I used to have.
The only extremely minor thing was one of the bullet plugs was a tad too tight of a fit and it was very difficult getting the male bullet plug to plug in.
I run it in smart sense mode, the motor never gets too hot. I haven't measure the temp but I can hold my finger on it indefinitely after 10 minutes of straight speed runs.
For the money I highly recommend this ESC.
It has outlasted my 2S kinetic.. Havoc Pro SC.. I did notice however a little more kick from the latter two ESC's so I think there maybe some resistance in the materials used but... I love this ESC
One of the cars I have is an Associated B44 which does not have enough room for cooling with the Mamba Max Pro. This caused the early demise of the Pro though I am now running a Tekin RS and it is working great.
Not sure if I should give the Mamba Max Pro 2 stars or 3 though I opted for 3 as I do like them.