RC throttle signal to an ESC???

Discussion in 'The Projects Forum' started by trunks14, Nov 15, 2008.

  1. trunks14

    Thread Starter Member

    Apr 22, 2007
    Hi, in a project for school I need to control a brushless motor with an ESC, but I couldn't afford the RC receiver.... Does anybody know how I can implement the throttle signal to control the motor through the ESC?

    I've been searching on google to no avail... Thanks in advance!!
  2. beenthere

    Retired Moderator

    Apr 20, 2004
    If ESC stands for electronic speed control, how, exactly, does it work? Is the controlling input a voltage or a changing resistance?
  3. jpanhalt


    Jan 18, 2008
    The ESC takes the same signal as any other model servo control. Look up servo tester. A pulse of about 1.0 to 2.0 mS with a repeat rate of 50 Hz will give you full on/off control (i.e., the center pulse width is about 1.5 mS).

    Repeat rate can be increased to 150 Hz or so for many brands of servos, which makes it easier to use hardware PWM on a microcontroller, if you wish. Simple servo tester designs are based on the 555 chip.


    Edit: Here are links to two designs that use only a single 555:

    Last edited: Nov 15, 2008