Pulse Racing Brushless ESC with X-Drive

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Years ago an ESC was either on the gas or on the brakes, there was no such thing as timing mode, boost, dynamic adjustments, and programmable profiles. Today, ESC manufacturers are in a constant battle to offer their customers the latest and greatest in ESC technology. We have got our hands on the latest and greatest from Team Novak for a Product Test of the all-new Pulse ESC!

First Impression

Unboxing the new Pulse ESC we were pleasantly surprised to see pre-soldered wires to the ESC in all matching blue (as opposed to a rainbow of wires). The overall size of the Pulse is slightly larger than some on the market for 1:10 racing, however, upon further inspection we realized the Pulse is rated for BOTH 540 and 550 size motors running 2S LiPos. The ability to run swap one ESC from a 2wd buggy to a 4wd short course truck saves serious cash and is far more easy than purchasing and setting up a seperate 540 or 550 only ESC unit.

Build & Setup

Installing and setting up the Pulse ESC was a rather quick and easy process thanks to the pre-soldered wires, and easy to follow instructions that were written for an R/C racer...not a rocket scientist. For the test we mounted the Pulse in both a 2wd buggy (usually one of the harder vehicles to fit an ESC) and a 4wd short course (usually one of the most demanding vehicles on an ESC).

In the 2wd buggy the ESC was a little tight fitting, but with some fancy manuevers and wire routing, we were able to stuff it all in there. The capacitor that is pre-soldered onto the Pulse is designed to work flawlessly, however, it's size and short wires make finding a nice home for it somewhat difficult. In the 4wd short course, we had no issues what-so-ever finding a place for it, as the Pulse is considerably smaller than the 550/1:8 scale ESC's we are used to running in the truck. With plenty of room and a high demand on the ESC, we added a complimentary Novak fan to the Pulse to keep things cool.

Setup on the Pulse is done using the Novak light system. Calibration to the radio is simple and quick. Fine tuning your settings requires slightly more attention and can be a little time consuming, compared to others which offer a programming card or unit. We recommend making sure you know your basic colors and counting skills one through ten. We setup the Pulse using the recommended preset profiles for our application with only minor changes to settings such as drag brake, dead band, etc.




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