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XL-10M (Marine) Electronic Speed Control (ESC)
The XL-10M is a powerhouse that’s equipped with super-efficient MOSFET transistors, high-frequency output, and microprocessor control. The real-world continuous current rating is 30 amps. Peak current is 150 amps. It wasn’t that long ago that an electronic speed control with this kind of muscle was at the top end of the scale and required big, big bucks to own. Now, it’s standard issue in the Villain RTR.
In addition to raw power output, a couple of additional benefits you get with the XL-10M are proportional throttle control, easy set up, customizable profiles, and thermal shutdown protection. The XL-10’s high frequency output allows for the smoothest transition from a crawl to full speed, or anywhere in between. With the XL-10M, the Villain makes dockside maneuvers with extreme precision. The XL-10M uses a single button and a 2-color LED for all of it's setup and programming functions. The XL-10 comes preset at the factory, but if for some reason the settings are lost, programming is a snap. Out-of-the-box, Villain is configured to provide 100% forward speed and 25% reverse speed. Slow-speed reverse is there to allow for maneuvering in tight quarters. Two additional profiles are provided for full-speed reverse or disabling reverse completely. The XL-10M helps prevent runaways by maintaining steering and throttle control even when the main battery is almost completely dead. It’s a great safety feature you don’t want to be without. Note: the XL-10M speed control does not feature Low Voltage Detection and is not compatible with LiPo batteries.
The XL-10M is one super-efficient speed control, however when you’re generating enough power to run two mod motors, some heat is going to be a natural by-product. On top of that, having a speed control mounted in a sealed compartment to protect it from water makes it difficult for the heat to escape. Solution? The Villain uses a clever water-cooled heatsink to cool the power transistors on the speed control. Keeping the speed control cool improves efficiency and run time.
High pressure water is picked up at the rear of the boat, circulated past the speed control, and then exits out the side of the boat (you can see it in the video clips and in this photo). The ingenious part is the water-cooled heatsink itself. There are three separate banks of transistors on the XL-10M speed control. The banks cannot be connected or touch each other, or a short circuit will result. So how come the heatsink can work without causing damage? The secret is in the advanced material used for the heatsink that only conducts heat, but not electricity. This technology is exclusive to Traxxas boats.
Thermal Shutdown Protection
You might be asking why a speed control that can deal with high current, and is watercooled, would need to be equipped with thermal shutdown protection. It’s there as a safety net in case something goes wrong. An example might be a piece of entangled fishing line that increases the drag on the drive system, and in-turn increases the load and heat build up inside the XL-10M. If it gets too hot, it will simply shut down. You may never need this kind of protection, but it’s good to know it’s there.
XL-10M ESC Features
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