Tamiya TBLE-04S esc speed controller Review and Guide
There is a new release from Tamiya that is one of the most important. The kit included ESC has been upgraded from the TBLE-02S to the New TBLE-04S. This is a guide on how to use it, and also a small review to see how it runs, and will it offer anything more than its successor..SpecificationsThis ESC is designed for use with Brushless Motors (Sensored), and also brushed motors 25T and over. High point, neutral brake and brake settings are individually adjustable, while battery cut-off, reverse and motor modes can be selected. Setup is shown by an LED, and the ESC also features two protection functions.SizeThe TBLE-04S has only a marginally smaller footprint than it's predecessor, coming in at 41.5 x 33.4mm. This shaves a minimal 0.5mm off the footprint. In the height department things are much different with the new ESC being very low profile at only 18mm, 7mm lower than the old unit. WeightTBLE-02S = 51.8gTBLE-04S = 47g A nice 5g weight saving.Setting up.The esc is able to be used on both brushed and brushless motors. Out of the box the esc is in the default brushed motor configuration. Brushed motor installation When installing the esc into your car, you will only use two of the three motor wires. As shown above the blue wire goes to the minus terminal on the brushed motor (This is usually a green wire on the Tamiya Torque Tuned motor that comes in the kit), and the yellow wire goes to the positive terminal on the motor. (This is usually yellow on the Tamiya Torque tuned motor). Brushless motor installationThe Tamiya esc is able to be used on their own sensored motors. It also is able to work on many other makes of motor. I would suggest to limit the motor to 17.5 turns, although I do know of others that are successfully running 13.5motors with the esc. It must also be remembered that many top-spec race motors are much more powerful than the Tamiya motors so they may cause problems.When wiring the brushless motor you need to plug in the sensor cable (Note any sensor cable will work). You then need to attach the wires to the three connectors on the brushless motor. Blue goes to Brushless motor connector AYellow goes to Brushless motor connector BOrange goes to Brushless motor connector CHow to programThe esc is programable and most of the functions are programmed in the same fashion as the earlier TL02-S. Everything is programmed via the set-button. The TBLE-04S button is easy to press. You just slide in a small hex driver (Or the kit included Allen key that is used for the pinion grub screw). Slide it in and just press down gently to press the button.Once you press the set button the LED on the TBLE-04S will colour cycle through RED, GREEN and ORANGE. You just release the set-key when the LED is at the colour that shows the function you want to program. Settings availableAs you can see there are six functions that you can change. The top three you adjust by pressing the setting button when the esc is already switched on. 1: THROTTLE HIGH/LOW The TBLE-04S base throttle setting seems to work with most transmitters. However if you want to set it yourself. Just make sure the transmitter is switched on and you have any throttle expo etc removed. With the throttle at neutral, press the set button and release it when the LED is red. This will set the neutral instantly (Flashing red LED). Move the throttle stick (Trigger) to full throttle press the button again to set the highpoint (Double flash Red). Then move the stick (Trigger) to full brake and press the set button to set the brake point. (LED will switch off).2: DRAG BRAKE SETTINGSThis mode is only available if you are running brushless motors. A drag brake will add resistance to the drive train when you release the throttle to neutral. This simulates the effect of brushed motors, but is much more tuneable. The default setting is 5% which is fine as a starting setting. I usually run 0% as I like to really only use brake to slow down the car, but it can be helpful on tight technical circuits. To set this you press the setting button and release it when it's GREEN. It will then flash GREEN. Just count the amounts of flashes and that is the current setting. So if it flashes twice it will be at 5%. Three times 10% etc. To adjust it you just press the setting button to increment the value. It will loop back to setting one if you go above ten. 3: BRAKE SETTINGSThis mode is only available if running brushless. This is simply the brake strength. The default is 100% and it really isn't worth changing this. To set this you press the setting button and release it when it's ORANGE. It will then flash ORANGE. Just count the amounts of flashes and that is the current setting. So if it flashes twice it will be at 60%. Three times 65% etc. To adjust it you just press the setting button to increment the value. It will loop back to setting one if you go above ten.These bottom three settings are selected by pressing the select button and then switching on the esc and choos
- TBLE-02S = 51.8g
- TBLE-04S = 47g
Brushed motor installation
Brushless motor installation
- Blue goes to Brushless motor connector A
- Yellow goes to Brushless motor connector B
- Orange goes to Brushless motor connector C
How to program
1: THROTTLE HIGH/LOW
2: DRAG BRAKE SETTINGS
3: BRAKE SETTINGS
4: REVERSE ON/OFF
5: BATTERY CUT-OFF LOW/HIGH
To toggle between these settings you need to release the set button when the LED is GREEN. This will allow you to toggle between the high and low setting. Releasing the button will automatically toggle the setting. So if the setting was LOW it will automatically switch to HIGH and vice versa.
6: MOTOR MODE
Combining the better throttle response and sharper brakes make the TT02 even more fun to drive. Sliding around in the dirty part of the carpark did feel more controlled and I had no problem spending the 40 or so minutes bashing around with the car waiting for the low voltage cut-off to kick in.
|Here is the overview on how to set-up the esc. The yellow colours show the default settings of the TBLE04S when you get one in your Tamiya kit.|
For a kit included esc its great, you do have to be mindful that it is not water-proof although I might try to rectify that in the future.
Alongside the better battery cut-off, it also feels more responsive and makes the driving experience more enjoyable, which is only a good thing. It also allows you to easily move into the world of brushless motors when you want more speed and longer runtimes.