This is the Castle Creations Sidewinder 3 Waterproof 1/10 Sport ESC. Castle’s Sidewinder ESC is now waterproof! The Sidewinder 3 can power crawlers on water filled trails, AWD's in rain soaked parking lots, and SCT's on adventures through muddy fields. Drivers can now give in to those irresistible urges to drive in the mud or rip through puddles without damaging their ESC.
Designed for 1/10th
The Sidewinder 3 is a great fit for 1/10th off-road, on-road, and rock crawlers running up to 3S LiPo. It features updated circuitry for faster response time and improved reliability. As always, the Sidewinder 3 offers industry-leading software functions and USB programming capability via Castle Link USB adapter (sold separately).
The Sidewinder 3 offers world class performance at an entry level price.
Legal mumbo jumbo
Although Sidewinder 3 and Castle brushless motors are waterproof, always rinse the ESC and motor with fresh water after exposure to corrosives or dirt. While the motor and controller may be waterproof, Castle suggests users confirm that the rest of their vehicle, including the batteries, servo, radio and chassis, are also waterproof before exposing them to liquids of any kind.
Input Voltage: MIN: 2s LiPo; MAX: 3s LiPo
Operating Environment: Waterproof* design allows for use in nearly any environment.
Reversible: Yes - with lockout
Size (LxWxH): 1.93x1.48x0.79" (49x38x20mm)
Weight (w/127mm long battery wires and no battery connector): 1.96 oz (55.5g)
*Not intended for operation while submerged in liquid. If unit is operated in wet conditions, rinse with fresh water to remove dirt or corrosives, then fully dry unit.
This product was added to our catalog on April 10, 2013
the velenion esc's are junk and always have problems 2 of my have either fried or the button broke.
even i go to the track every now and then and it preforms greatly.
if you need a reliable great preforming esc at a extremely great price i would recommend this to every one but very serious racers to the point that it is not sensored
I like the 4mm motor plugs - allowed me to use short motor wires for a clean installation.
Love Castle Link. Created an expo throttle curve, custom drag brake and slightly reduced punch (torque) because I race on a medium traction track. It allows you to print the settings so you don't forget what you've changed and can use as a reference for future fine tuning.
I ran 20 laps with a 3800kv motor on 2 cells and the ESC was only at 120 degrees.(on a 92 degree day with the track surface at 135 degrees).
AND.......... Castle has a great warranty program. After your ESC is out of warranty, they offer discounted replacement as an out of warranty repair. GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE.
Very happy with my Sidewinder 3.
I tend to be a critical consumer but I have to say, Castle Creations makes a great product, offers great customer service, has a great warranty and gives big discounts for out of warranty replacement.
What's not to like?
Update: 1 Year later it still is running. It does some of the things mentioned above occasionally. it's been in my Telluride and I've beaten the crap out of that vehicle and the esc still works. So i'm changing from 3 to 4 stars.
I am so irritated that I wasted my money on this product.