FIVE BASIC STEPS TO GO FROM BOX TO WATER

RC boats are more popular than ever before and for many great reasons. From the fit and finish to the outstanding performance, the quality of today’s RTRs is better than ever. While RTRs don’t require any significant assembly before running them for the first time, but there are several steps you’ll need to take before you can hit the water.

Lube the Prop or Flex Shaft

Lube the Prop ShaftBefore you run your boat for the first time, you should remove the main prop shaft and lube it with a generous amount of marine grease. The marine lube helps to reduce friction, as friction heat is the # 1 cause of the breakdown in RC boats. You should always lube the flex shaft and other moving parts if you’re going to be storing the boat for an extended period.

Properly Charge Your Batteries

Properly Charge Your BatteriesWhether you’re running an electric boat that uses the main battery pack or a fuel-powered boat that uses a rechargeable receiver pack, you’ll need to charge your batteries up before the first use. Many RTRs include a basic wall charger that will charge your battery up in anywhere from 60minutes to a few hours. If you’re using a NiMH battery pack, it should be slightly warm to the touch when it is completely charged. You can also purchase a separate battery charger that can charge your batteries up more quickly, charge more than one battery at a time or even charge the latest generation of Li-Po and LiFE batteries. For more information on these battery chargers, you can check out our battery charger basics article found here.

Configure Your Speed Control

Many of the latest Pro Boat models include a brushless motor system and programmable electronic speed control, or ESC. The programming allows you to alter the cutoff voltage of the ESC to protect your batteries from over-discharging. There’s nothing you’ll need to do if you are going to use Ni-MH batteries. If, however, you’re going to use any of the latest generation of high-performance Li-Po battery packs, you’ll need to program the ESC with the proper profile for Li-Po batteries. There are two different ways you can set up and configure your ESC, thanks to the fact that Pro Boat makes this a simple process. There are two different programming methods depending on your ESC. One is a simple toggle switch that allows you to quickly switch from a NiMH to Li-Po cutoff. The other option is to program your ESC through the use of their ESC Programming Module. This module will also make it possible for you to activate braking, set cutoff preferences and choose throttle curves. Even if you’re not using Li-Po batteries, this is still a helpful tool to have at your disposal.

Properly Charge Your Batteries Whether you’re running an electric boat that uses the main battery pack or a fuel-powered boat that uses a rechargeable receiver pack, you’ll need to charge your batteries up before the first use. If you’re using a NiMH battery pack, it should be slightly warm to the touch when it is completely charged. You can also purchase a separate battery charger that can charge your batteries up more quickly, charge more than one battery at a time or even charge the latest generation of Li-Po and LiFE batteries. For more information on these battery chargers, you can check out our battery charger basics article found here.

If, however, you’re going to use any of the latest generation of high-performance Li-Po battery packs, you’ll need to program the ESC with the proper profile for Li-Po batteries.

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