RCATS Smart Lithium Glow Driver

RCATS Lithium Glow DriverThe RCATS Smart Lithium Glow Driver is the first commercially available glow plug driver utilizing lithium battery technology to provide a means for power.

This unique unit allows for unrivalled longevity between charges. Depending on your usage, the glow driver is estimated to last over a year before needing recharging!

The Smart Lithium Glow Driver also includes many powerful features that makes starting your engine easy and just as enjoyable as your flying.

We also find sell a range of Magneto Kill Switches to safeguard your aircraft while flying.

On this page you will find information, specifications, a video, review and the operation manual.

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LIGPD-04 - RCATS Lithium Glow Driver - PR

RCAT Systems
LIGPD-04
Weight: kg

In a hurry to fly on that sunny day? Did you forget to charge your ni-starter? No problem. This unique device allows you unprecedented starting reliability and will outlast any ni-cad! It will even automatically adjust the current to keep your foul plug glowing for trouble free starts.

  • 5200 mAh battery capacity for long battery life (over 1 year with normal use)
  • Adjusts current automatically to keep the plug lit
  • “Soft Start” slowly delivers current to prolong plug life
  • User-selectable startup delay feature (~5 seconds)
  • Built in charging system
  • Auto shut-off
  • Easy to read LED bar graph
  • Modular plug clip for easy customization
  • Internationally rated power supply (100-240V, 50/60Hz)
  • Optional protective glove

LIGPD-GLOVE - RCATS Lithium Glow Driver Protective Glove - PR

RCAT Systems
LIGPD-GLOVE
Weight: kg

Extend the life of your RCATS Lithium Glow Driver with this protective slip-on cover.  Pop-out stand props driver up for better view of LED’s during starting.

Whether you call it a boot or glove, this shock-absorbing cover will help keep your Smart Driver working properly.

LIGPD-06 - Replacement Case for RCATS Lithium Glow Driver - PR

LIGPD-06
Weight: kg

Replacement or spare blue plastic case for the RCATS Lithium Glow Driver 

 

 

 

 

LIGPD-08 - Lithium Glow Driver Power Supply - PR

LIGPD-08
Weight: kg

Replacement or spare Power Supply for the RCATS Lithium Glow Driver (100-240v / 50-60 Hz)

 

 

 

 

RC-100X - Electronic Magneto Kill Switch - PR

RCAT Systems
RC-100X
Weight: kg

The RC-100X is a compact electronic switch (Normally Open or Normally Closed) that simply plugs into an open channel of your R/C receiver.  

Feature Include:

  • Small size
  • Lightweight
  • Operates in Normally Closed (NC) or Normally Open (NO) configurations
  • High Current Capacity (5A)
  • Precise pulse counting
  • Very low current consumption 
  • Capable of 5 Amps at 30v DC, 5A @ 120v AC

 

Many implementations are possible, for example

  • ignition kill switch,
  • lights,
  • electronic retracts,
  • bomb drop,
  • remote glow plug driver etc

 

HINT: You may need to adjust the ATV on your transmitter to less than 100%.  The RC-100X is designed to switch around the centre pulse of a servo command (1.5ms).  An LED under the label will light when relay is closed.

Simply plug these handy switches into an open channel of your R/C receiver for complete control of your ignition kill, magneto shut off, lights or anything you can dream up! The RC-100X consumes very low power, and has a high current carrying capacity (Capable of 5 amps at 30V!)

Click here some application examples (coming soon)

 

RCATS Lithium Glow Driver Video

RCATS Smart Lithium Glow Driver Demonstration. Commonly utilized to start model aircraft, car or boat engines with glow plugs. This video demonstrates the soft start and optional time delay feature of the glow driver.

 

RCATS Lithium Glow Driver Review

Ok, so I am a gadget geek: this we know. Well I just got my hands on a cool, gotta have, cannot live without, “Hey did you see this?” device for RC glow engines.

It is from RCATS, the same gadget guys that brought us the onboard telemetry gear that provides real time flight data to the ground crew. The RCATS glow driver has brought the amazing performance of Li-Ion technology to the lowly old glow driver. Your glow plugs will thank you!

 

FEATURES

The unit is encased in a semi-clear blue plastic that lets the user see the “guts” inside. What does it do, you ask? There is a soft start feature incorporated so that the plug is not immediately pounded with voltage when it is turned on. This helps prolong plug life. The power behind it is a Li-Ion cell that seems to last forever. It is advertised to last a year or more on one charge. I think I’ll retire my other glow drivers now that I have this one. It is always ready, and it confirms it is ready with a cool lighted readout to tell me how many amps the plug is drawing to remain lit. It won’t lose electrons like traditional drivers that are powered by NiCad cells, and it will have a longer duration without the increased size. You can also turn off the driver while it’s connected by squeezing the On button on the case. If you have been supporting a rich run with a lit plug, shutting off the power allows you to check the engine’s operation without the driver being lit.

The unit has a long cord with a chrome-finished clip that attaches to the plug with a snap (the production model will ship with a Du-Bro clip). The case is very compact and easily fits in a jacket pocket for quick access. The driver is equipped with a charging port.

 

HOW DOES IT WORK?

Awesome! I had a chance to use it on my Raptor helicopter. Once I had it connected, I pushed the on/off switch and the LED bar graph came to life, letting me know that I had a good connection drawing about two amps. Built-in circuitry allows the power to stay on for 45 seconds before it will turn off automatically. I tried to give it a dead short to see what would happen: it just turned off to protect the circuitry. I even put a glow plug in a glass of water connected to the driver to see what would happen: the meter just increased in its amperage reading and the plug stayed lit! What a cool device.

So throw away the antique drivers and move into the 21st century with the RCATS Lithium Glow Driver. 

 

RCATS Lithium Glow Driver Manual

Click here to download a .pdf of this manual

 

 

Congratulations on purchasing the RCATS Smart Lithium Glow Driver. This is the first commercially available glow plug driver utilizing lithium battery technology to provide a means for power. This unique unit allows for unprecedented longevity between charges and includes many powerful features. Our prototype, which was used in sport flyer fashion, lasted 15 months on a single charge!


Packing list

  • Glow driver unit with glow clip
  • Wall charger
  • Instructions

 

Specifications & Features

  • Two lithium-Ion cells to achieve 5200 mAh of capacity
  • Initial slow inrush of current lengthens glow plug life
  • High current capability! Capable of delivering 5A to glow plug.
  • Adjusts current automatically to keep plug lit (We have held a glow plug under water!)
  • Built in Lithium Ion charger. Simply plug in wall adapter and unit charges in several hours.
  • Built in safety circuitry prevents over/under charge
  • Auto shut-off, times out after ~90 seconds. Pause/reset timer by pushing button
  • Attractive translucent blue case
  • Easy to read LED bar graph

 

Operation of the glow driver is very simple. The following diagram illustrates the glow driver’s features.

 

Operation:

To operate the lithium glow driver, simply connect the glow plug clip to your engine’s glow plug. Press on the centre of the case where “ON” is denoted and an LED will illuminate near the button. The unit will stay on for approximately 90 seconds and then turn off. Pressing the ON button again will reset the timer. At the top of the unit is an LED bar graph display. Ten LED’s make up the display. Each LED represents approximately .5 Amps, for a total scale of 5 Amps. This indicates the amount of current being supplied to the glow plug. Typical current for a glow plug is approximately 3-4 LED’s, or 1.5 to 2 Amps. Most users will get accustomed to the bar graph array indicating the condition of the glow plug. Some plugs require more current than others.

 

Recharging:

The supplied lithium glow driver as received will need to be charged. A fully discharged glow driver will take approximately 8 hours to charge. Included with the unit is a regulated 5VDC wall wart adapter that supplies power to the glow driver’s internal lithium ion charger. Simply connect the adapter’s plug to the receptacle at the bottom of the unit and then plug the adapter into AC 110V-220V 50/60Hz power. Once powered, an LED will light within the glow driver case during the charge cycle. When completed charging, the LED will turn off. Charge times will vary, up to 8 hours for a complete charge. DO NOT USE ANY OTHER METHOD TO CHARGE YOUR GLOW DRIVER!

 

Start-up Delay

Glow drivers shipping after Sept 2008 now have the ability for the user to turn on or off a start-up delay feature commonly used for pattern flying). To set the delay, remove the four screws on the back side of the case, and locate the dip switch on the back side of the board.

 

Handling:

Please take proper care of your glow driver. It is a sophisticated piece of electronics equipment. While housed in a sturdy plastic enclosure, the case will not tolerate being dropped on hard surfaces nor being exposed to raw fuel. We recommend that you keep it away from fuels and substances which may attack the plastic. Note that we also have a rubber boot available which helps protect your glow driver. See our website for details.

 

Battery Information & Precautions

Do not attempt to service your RCATS lithium glow driver or its batteries. Danger of explosion if battery is incorrectly replaced. Replace only with the same or equivalent type recommended by the manufacturer. Dispose of used batteries according to the manufacturer’s instruction. Your RCATS Lithium glow driver uses a specially designed Lithium-Ion battery pack. Proper care and usage of the battery pack will provide many hours of safe operation. Ignoring these warnings can lead to accidental ignition or explosion and bodily injury. Do not damage the battery pack or glow diver unit. Keep it away from children. Do not drop, mutilate, disassemble, puncture solder, or alter the batteries or unit in any way. Keep it away from any heat source above 130º F. Any Lithium-Ion battery pack will eventually become unable to hold a charge with time. A battery pack should be replaced when its discharge times become short. Due to the projected recharge intervals of the RCATS lithium glow driver, this should not be of any concern to the user. Never use a battery pack that appears corroded, discoloured, or warped. While a recharging battery, the unit may become warm to the touch. A damaged pack may produce extreme heat or give off a burning odour. If in the event of a bad pack, use extreme caution with any liquid residue from a leaking battery pack: Avoid contact with the residue. If you come into contact with it, wash the affected area immediately. If any residue gets into your eyes, do not touch or rub the area around your eyes. Rinse immediately and seek medical advice.

 

Disposing of a Battery Pack

NEVER DISPOSE OF A BATTERY PACK IN A FIRE. There is a danger of ignition or explosion. Discard of used battery packs in accordance with your local regulations. Contact your local waste management officials for information regarding environmentally sound disposal of Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) batteries.

If you encounter any difficulty with your RCATS Smart Lithium Glow Driver, please don’t hesitate to contact us. Email: manager@christiantraders.com.au.  Phone: 02 6556 5192

 

WARRANTY

RCAT SYSTEMS WARRANTS THAT THIS PRODUCT OF ITS MANUFACTURE SHALL BE FREE OF DEFECTS FOR A PERIOD OF TWO YEARS AFTER THE DATE OF PURCHASE. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHALL RCAT SYSTEMS BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO THE PRODUCT WHICH IS CAUSED BY NEGLIGENCE, MISUSE, OR MISTREATMENT OF THE PRODUCT. 2YR WARRANTY DOES NOT APPLY TO CASE, BATTERIES (1 YR WARRANTY) OR GLOW PLUG CLIP. ANY PRODUCTS MODIFIED OR ALTERED IN ANY WAY WILL NOT BE HONOURED UNDER WARRANTY. THE WARRANTY OF REPLACEMENT SHALL TERMINATE WITH THE WARRANTY OF THE PRODUCT. PRODUCTS RETURNED TO RCAT SYSTEMS FOR WARRANTY SERVICE SHALL BE DONE SO AT THE EXPENSE OF THE BUYER. PRODUCTS RETURNED TO BUYER WILL BE DONE SO AT THE EXPENSE OF RCAT SYSTEMS.

 

Proprietary Rights

The Buyer acknowledges that RCAT Systems has proprietary interest and intellectual property rights in the Hardware, Software and/or Products it sells, unless mentioned otherwise. The Buyer shall not (i) remove any copyright, trademark, or evidence of RCAT System’s ownership or proprietary interest or notices contained in or on the Products delivered, (ii) reproduce or modify any Software, Hardware, or Products or make any duplicates/copies thereof (iii) reverse engineer, reverse assemble, or decompile Software or Products or documentation thereof, except in accordance with this agreement.


Prices and specifications subject to change at any time, without prior notice

 V1.62 Last Revised 4-27-2010

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