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New Release: Smartfly Micro-14F PowerExpander Pig Tail Version!!
Hey guys, It's my pleasure to announce to everyone the brand new Micro-14F PowerExpander from Bob Ritchie at SmartFly. If you do not know Bob, let me just tell you straight up Bob is a great guy. He is always willing to help out with set up or programming questions. And he stands by his product 100%. And amazingly, unlike some electronic devices you can get now-a-days, Bob's products always do what they are said to do! Basically- THEy WORK! SmartFly is also a company who gives back to the hobby by supporting many IMAC contests all over the country each year.
So recently Bob had asked people what they may be looking for in a new product. He collected quite a bit of that information and here is a new SmartFly offering!
The Smartfly Micro-14F PowerExpander Pig Tail Version!!
This is the new Micro-14F PowerExpander Pigtail Version! While the original Micro-14F PowerExpander was built to plug directly into a Futaba R6014xx recievers, this new Micro-14F pigtail version is 12 channels and is designed to be conveniently used with ANY radio manufacturers receiver.
This tiny unit has most of the features of our larger PowerExpanders. It has a built in BatShare, receiver and servo signal line filtering, amplification of the servo signal to 5V and can be used with an optional failsafe switch. Furthermore all 12 channels of the receiver are passed to the output of the unit.
Some Key features of the Smartfly Micro-14F Pig Tail PowerExpander
- Compatible with battery packs up to 8.5V
- Provides full battery pack voltage to servos
- Built-in BatShare for battery input protection
- Inputs protect against cell failure or power shorts
- Filtered and regulated 5.0V power to receiver
- Dual regulators for receiver
- Full RF filtering of all signals in and out of unit
- Fully buffered outputs on all channels
- Servo signal lines boosted to 5V
- Long servo lead line matching
- Operates with optional Failsafe-switch
- Light weight, 1.3oz, 37g
- Compact design, footprint is 2.0” x 1.5”
FG member "averagebrunette" got a chance to check out the ONLY prototype in existence and she says...
Cool stuff like this doesn't just come from space. This product is a result of Bob reaching out to the community and listening to what our needs/wants/concerns are. Another good example of this is the new regulated fiber optic Ignition kill. With these two items and a few batteries you would have one of the lightest and most reliable power systems out there for your giant scale aerobat or warbird! If that isn't enough, for you quad cylinder motor guys, the regulated ignition kill is also available for applications that have 2 ignition boxes!
The original Micro-14F is available now as well as the ignition regulators. The new ponytail version of the Micro-14F will be available this summer.
Guys, make sure to check out Bob and Smartfly at the 2013 Toledo Expo or at the 2013 Joe Nall!
If you have any questions, and want a detailed very informative explanation, Bob would be happy to talk to you.
Check out SmartFly for everything Bob Ritchie has cooked up for you giant scale power management/servo matching needs!
Typical great stuff from SmartFly! My only wish for these units would be perhaps mounting lugs or velcro slotted tabs on the side of the case. I'll be ordering the 6014 version for my IMAC planes. Will make for a very small and neat install in my Carden PRO!
I like this stuff man.... Unlike the Power expander pro that I'm used to where I have programmed the interface of servo travel with a programmer ie. (Hitec) or through an onbord sync device .....THIS unit finally would allow me to USE the programing capabilities of my JR12x to program 12 servos though 12 INDIVIDUAL channels using a non-power-safe receiver in a simple compact unit. Not to say it cant be done with the Power Expander Competition 12 but I would have an awful lot of un needed ports and unnecessary expense.
I have noticed with the increasing number of people switching over to NON programmable servos such as myself...more are opting to use a capable radio to set the servo travels.
If I had a Futaba radio capable of programing all the servos on a 40% plane the Smartfly Micro-14F Pig Tail Power Expander would be my preferred method of power distribution over any other way. The simplicity, reliability and afford-ability is unmatched by any other unit on the market IMO. And the one on one CS from the owner Bob R. is un paralleled .
Its my firm belief that power distribution units (though not required) are absolutely necessary to adequately supply the power to 35% and up aerobatic planes...increasing confidence and performance .
(This has been a non profit statement by The Drunk. )
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