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Old 04-27-2014, 09:35 PM
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Smartfly EQ6 vs Powerbox Cockpit

Hello All,

So I'm starting to order up the bits and pieces for my PAU 100cc Extra 300 project and I'm wondering how these two power distribution systems compare. I have the Smartfly EQ6 in one of my current airplanes, and I've found it to be an excellent system, and have no complaints. That being said, I tend to like to try different setups and products when I can. I would like to get some opinions of the Powerbox system, especially regarding to its strengths, or weaknesses when compared to the Smartfly.

Thanks,
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Old 04-28-2014, 08:36 AM
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I wouldn't change a winning horse.
So many advantages with the EQ 6 over PB.
The only thing that PB can win with is marketing.
SF is an excellent definition for KISS method. Keep It Simple and SMART.
Have fun and fly safe.
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Old 04-28-2014, 08:51 AM
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You say many advantages so what are they in your opinion?
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Old 04-28-2014, 08:59 AM
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I have owned the Smartfly and now have a Powerbox Competition and Champion. I personally think the Powerbox is a much more advanced system.

-Support for both are great, that's a non factor. Powerbox has a great forum where questions are answered ASAP, Smartfly PMs are quick.
-Build quality goes hands down to Powerbox. Solder seems better and you don't have the exposed pins like Smartfly.
-Powerbox will isolate a fried servo.
-Controls line voltage to the different surfaces.
-Set up of a multiple servo ail aircraft was easier with the Powerbox.
-Powerbox has an LCD menu which helps in set up and shows voltage.
-You can use a mag switch with the Powerbox units.

Just off the top of my head.
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Old 04-28-2014, 10:20 AM
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I have a pb royal and an eq6. The pb is bigger, heavier, more expensive, and might be considered overkill. The sf is cheaper, has servo matching, and is lighter.

One thing I love about the pb royal is the ability to see peak amps drawn at the end of a flight. I also like the onboard screen, and battery voltage indicators. But, it's big, heavy, and would be better suited to a jet or monster scale plane. The sf is easier to program, and is lighter.

In the end, do you want bling, or functionality? Pb has more features, no doubt, but you pay
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The Royal and Champion are bigger. The one the OP is referring to is quite a bit smaller.
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SF
Lighter
Simpler to use
Pilot friendly
All programming and servo calibrating are on board
Higher servo matching resolution
Customer service
Price is much much lower, considering all the aftermarket add on's you'll need to buy to complete your purchase with PB (fail safe switch for only 15$ or the friendly pin plug and not all the Digi switch etc)
Much durable for my opinion
Can work with 2S batteries since they made them, no need to send it to the PB for recalibrating, the new ones are already 2S matched though/
Built in fail safe switch
Built in engine cut off
built in turbo reg
and more...
Again, PB has some awesome products but, this is the big but, they are too much complicated, over kill ... just one look at the switch they are using can tell you what i think, 3 buttons to turn off/on the system, being said, its no monkey brain to me.
It today's world where almost every TX is computerize I think that systems like PB are too much, price and handling.
If you like to watch the screen for graphs and over thinking / calculating date then I cant argue with that.
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Thanks for the replys. I am also wondering if anyone has had any issues running a smart fly ignition cutoff, or tech-aero IBEC with Power Box products. Thanks again.
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The only issue's I've had with SF ignition cutoff is,,, remembering to turn it back on so my engine starts
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Hello All,

So I'm starting to order up the bits and pieces for my PAU 100cc Extra 300 project and I'm wondering how these two power distribution systems compare. I have the Smartfly EQ6 in one of my current airplanes, and I've found it to be an excellent system, and have no complaints. That being said, I tend to like to try different setups and products when I can. I would like to get some opinions of the Powerbox system, especially regarding to its strengths, or weaknesses when compared to the Smartfly.

Thanks,
Whay radio do you use?
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Whay radio do you use?
I have a Futaba 10C
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