Installation was delayed slightly when I realized that
this unit needed some wires. That's right; they're not
included, but fortunately once you track down some
standard wire installation is fairly easy and quick.
Just keep track of your wires. Do yourself a favor and
color code them, cause we all know that a crossed up set
of wires means disaster. Fortunately, without a heatsink
or fan, clearance was easy since I was using this unit
in my offroad buggy.
After everything was soldered in (luckily the solder
tabs are the non-hole type, making this process even
easier), it was time to set the software. Programming it
to your radio is fairly straightforward, as the set
button is located on the on/off switch. There are five
different profile memories that store five different
factory setups. There's nothing overly complicated here,
and I prefer it that way most of the time. Just count
the blinking lights; they correspond with the setting
selected. There isn't an abundance of fine tuning
available, but at the track simplicity is often welcome.
Just keep the included manual near by for easy reference.
If you do want to go beyond the default settings, it is
possible with the optional ICS adapter and software (sold
The ESC features a unique patented drive current
frequency control that Orion claims varies the drive
current frequency depending on the throttle inputs. This
feature is tuneable to racing and track conditions.
On the track, the ESC felt smooth and had plenty of
power. I was running a 10.5T motor at the time, but
according to the manual, the ESC could handle the amp
draw of a motor down to a 4.5T or 2.5T if I decided to
install the cooling system (fan and heatsink). Since I
was running offroad, good throttle control was important
and this controller did a great job. Orion even included
an "off-road" setting as one of the five
default profiles and it seemed good for my motor. For
stock motors I would probably run the "powerful"
profile. After a few minutes I did notice that the drag
brake felt a little stronger than I would have liked,
but since the settings are factory set, I pretty much
had to live with it unless I wanted to purchase the ICS
adapter and software. I may be nitpicking, but at this
price I was kind of expecting a little bit more.
As racing continues to push the limits of technology,
it's great to see manufacturers getting in on the game
to drive competition in manufacturing. Brushless is here
to stay and Orion is right there with a solid controller
to compliment their already proven motors and batteries.
Even if you buy this controller for backyard bashing, it
has ease of use and quality too. I was a little
disappointed with the lack of wires, fan, and other
software details missing at this price, but overall I
thought it did what it was claimed to, and isn't that
the most important thing?
• Small footprint
• Smooth and predictable
• Great power
• No wires, fan or heatsink included
• Can't run brushed motors