I have been skateboarding for thirty years, but I had never heard the term electronic speed controller until two years ago when I started riding electrified boards.
I have been using VESC “like” speed controllers, and been happy with them, but recently I have been trying other models, mostly out of curiosity.
My current favorite is the Graupner T-80A HV ESC.
When using a Turnigy sk3 192kv motor, I run two 4S 35c lipos 5500mAh packs for an 8s, and it gives me all the power I need.
The same setup with a VESC barely goes up a hill that the Graupner did at half throttle. To get comparable performance from the VESC, I needed three 4S packs in series for a 12S
The difference in performance between the ESCs is not quite as much with the Turnigy 125KV motor, I suspect that’s because it only pulls 45amps and the Sk3 motor can pull 80amps.
I bought the VESC “like” controller from Torque Boards, and I have no complaints with it.
( The 5.5mm bullet connectors Torque Boards installs are kick ass, I have them on both motors and both speed controllers now, I love them, they stay connected much better than the 4mm connectors.)
As for setup, I do motor detection, apply it, and then take the defaults for everything else.
Do my findings here seem reasonable?
Has anyone else tried Graupner?
They are $169 retail,so a little pricey, but I found mine on Amazon for $60.