Estes Pro-Series Launch controller

Estes Pro-Series Launch controller

Post by George Rach » Wed, 29 Nov 2000 04:00:00



I found an old Estes launch controller new in the box at a hobby shop.
Looks like the instructions don't exactly spell out the battery type as
they definatly are not standard D or C cells.  The specified voltage is 7.2
volts.  I'm assuming these batteries are more common with R/C cars and the like.

Is this controller worth investing the considerable expense of adding the
internal battery packs and charging gear?

George Rachor

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Estes Pro-Series Launch controller

Post by Donald B. Bel » Wed, 29 Nov 2000 04:00:00


It uses the same 7.2 VDC ni-cad batteries that go in Nikko brand RC cars.
If you have a car (which I do) that uses the same battery and you have a
charger, the launch controller is a good bargain.  Otherwise, the batteries
are about twenty bucks each.  I got my batteries at Toys 'R Us.


Quote:
> I found an old Estes launch controller new in the box at a hobby shop.
> Looks like the instructions don't exactly spell out the battery type as
> they definatly are not standard D or C cells.  The specified voltage is
7.2
> volts.  I'm assuming these batteries are more common with R/C cars and the
like.

> Is this controller worth investing the considerable expense of adding the
> internal battery packs and charging gear?

> George Rachor

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Estes Pro-Series Launch controller

Post by kdray.. » Thu, 30 Nov 2000 12:27:14


Sounds like the "old" Estes Command Controller. Nice unit, if
generally kinda pricey. Works like a charm, though. I've never had a
problem lighting composites or BP motors with mine. Yes, the batteries
used are those R/C car ones. They seem to hold a charge for an
eternity, too.



Quote:
>I found an old Estes launch controller new in the box at a hobby shop.
>Looks like the instructions don't exactly spell out the battery type as
>they definatly are not standard D or C cells.  The specified voltage is 7.2
>volts.  I'm assuming these batteries are more common with R/C cars and the like.

>Is this controller worth investing the considerable expense of adding the
>internal battery packs and charging gear?

>George Rachor

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Estes Pro-Series Launch controller

Post by Kevin Crawfor » Thu, 30 Nov 2000 15:24:08


I have one and yes with 2 7.2 Nicads they are a very compact and
reliable option I bought it for the simple reason I didnt want to pack
around a 12 volt battery (although it is an option with this launcher)
and want something that will fire clustered rockets (whip clip aready
wired) and over 14 volts easily. Down side is the Nicads are worth more
than the unit it's self and you also have to buy a charger.But all in
all it's a great launch controller for almost anything you would want to
fly.

Kevin C

Quote:

> Sounds like the "old" Estes Command Controller. Nice unit, if
> generally kinda pricey. Works like a charm, though. I've never had a
> problem lighting composites or BP motors with mine. Yes, the batteries
> used are those R/C car ones. They seem to hold a charge for an
> eternity, too.



> >I found an old Estes launch controller new in the box at a hobby shop.
> >Looks like the instructions don't exactly spell out the battery type as
> >they definatly are not standard D or C cells.  The specified voltage is 7.2
> >volts.  I'm assuming these batteries are more common with R/C cars and the like.

> >Is this controller worth investing the considerable expense of adding the
> >internal battery packs and charging gear?

> >George Rachor

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Estes Pro-Series Launch controller

Post by Bob Kapl » Thu, 30 Nov 2000 04:00:00


Quote:

> I found an old Estes launch controller new in the box at a hobby shop.
> Looks like the instructions don't exactly spell out the battery type as
> they definatly are not standard D or C cells.  The specified voltage is 7.2
> volts.  I'm assuming these batteries are more common with R/C cars and the like.

> Is this controller worth investing the considerable expense of adding the
> internal battery packs and charging gear?

If the launcher was free, and I had the batteries, I'd grab it. Buying it
all at retail it's not even close. Buy a Pratt system instead!

[Standard discalimer: I don't work for Pratt or NCR, don't own a Pratt
system, and only have the NCR system cuz I picked up A Phantom4K starter set
dumped by Hobby Lobby for $20!]

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Post by Donald B. Bel » Fri, 01 Dec 2000 04:00:00


It worked for me.  Finding that the two batteries that I already had fit the
launch controller made it an exciting find!  I had replaced them not long
ago so my son could use the Nikko R/C car.  I checked the price on the
batteries recently and found they are going for thirty dollars each and come
with a small trickle charger.  A battery alone is probably about twenty, but
Toys 'R Us was only stocking a package of one battery with the trickle
charger.


Quote:

(George Rachor) writes:
> > I found an old Estes launch controller new in the box at a hobby shop.
> > Looks like the instructions don't exactly spell out the battery type as
> > they definatly are not standard D or C cells.  The specified voltage is
7.2
> > volts.  I'm assuming these batteries are more common with R/C cars and
the like.

> > Is this controller worth investing the considerable expense of adding
the
> > internal battery packs and charging gear?

> If the launcher was free, and I had the batteries, I'd grab it. Buying it
> all at retail it's not even close. Buy a Pratt system instead!

> [Standard discalimer: I don't work for Pratt or NCR, don't own a Pratt
> system, and only have the NCR system cuz I picked up A Phantom4K starter
set
> dumped by Hobby Lobby for $20!]

> Bob Kaplow NAR # 18L TRA # "Ctrl-Alt-Del"

> Kaplow Klips & Baffle:

http://www.nira.chicago.il.us/Leading_Edge/MayJun00.pdf
Quote:
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Post by The Dickinson » Sat, 02 Dec 2000 11:07:48


About a year ago I found some of the batteries at wall-mart for 5 bucks a
piece. since I already had the Tamayia cars I got the batteries as well.
Last month I found the launch controller marked down to $4.95 at a local
Hobby Lobby. Sorry all this was a one in a million buy. Works great.
Happy Flying!
Mike***inson


Quote:

(George Rachor) writes:
> > I found an old Estes launch controller new in the box at a hobby shop.
> > Looks like the instructions don't exactly spell out the battery type as
> > they definatly are not standard D or C cells.  The specified voltage is
7.2
> > volts.  I'm assuming these batteries are more common with R/C cars and
the like.

> > Is this controller worth investing the considerable expense of adding
the
> > internal battery packs and charging gear?

> If the launcher was free, and I had the batteries, I'd grab it. Buying it
> all at retail it's not even close. Buy a Pratt system instead!

> [Standard discalimer: I don't work for Pratt or NCR, don't own a Pratt
> system, and only have the NCR system cuz I picked up A Phantom4K starter
set
> dumped by Hobby Lobby for $20!]

> Bob Kaplow NAR # 18L TRA # "Ctrl-Alt-Del"

> Kaplow Klips & Baffle:

http://www.FoundCollection.com/
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Post by MODROCK » Sat, 02 Dec 2000 04:00:00


Anyone convert this system to 12 volt. The instructions say that this can be
done but they don't tell you how.

I tried with my limited knowledge and almost burned it up. Apparently it takes
more than just directly wiring the battery to the battery cables on the system.

Joe (Electrically challenged)
SOLAR #8

 
 
 

Estes Pro-Series Launch controller

Post by Greg Cisk » Sat, 02 Dec 2000 04:00:00



Quote:

(George Rachor) writes:
> > I found an old Estes launch controller new in the box at a hobby shop.
> > Looks like the instructions don't exactly spell out the battery type as
> > they definatly are not standard D or C cells.  The specified voltage is
7.2
> > volts.  I'm assuming these batteries are more common with R/C cars and
the like.

> > Is this controller worth investing the considerable expense of adding
the
> > internal battery packs and charging gear?

> If the launcher was free, and I had the batteries, I'd grab it. Buying it
> all at retail it's not even close. Buy a Pratt system instead!

How much is the Pratt system? I have the above Estes controller. And
my reasoning was that it was cheaper *FOR ME* to just pay the money
and not have to worry about the best bargain. A few $$$ will not matter
several years from now anyway :-)

Quote:
> [Standard discalimer: I don't work for Pratt or NCR, don't own a Pratt
> system, and only have the NCR system cuz I picked up A Phantom4K starter
set
> dumped by Hobby Lobby for $20!]

Well then why don't you just be "a guy" and sell it to him for that price.
You
no doubt have far better launch controllers in your stash and would never
use that estes one anyway :-)

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