PowerBox-Systems manufactures high-quality power supply equipment, and has now been working for more than a year on its own independent radio control system. On the face of it PowerBox may seem a little tardy in introducing a 2.4 GHz RC system, but upon closer inspection it is precisely this belated entry which gives them one unique advantage.
During the development of this platform they have not been obliged to make any compromises with regard to compatibility to other systems, and this has enabled PowerBox to create new standards in the sphere of 2.4 GHz RC equipment. Top priority was placed on the CORE’s security and functional stability.
RADIO TRANSMISSION AND POWER SUPPLY
Employs the thoroughly tested frequency-hopping process developed by the Weatronic company. This process is already renowned for its outstanding interference rejection and long range. The CORE’s radio link features integral redundancy, which is monitored by the receiver. If a fault should develop in a transmitting circuit, then the receiver immediately warns the user of this via telemetry.
The CORE’s incorporates redundant power supplies including two separate Li-Ion battery units rated at 7.2V 3400 mAh. The entire power regulation circuit is also duplicated, a feature currently available only in the CORE. The transmitter’s operating time is around fifteen hours, measured with the screen set to maximum brightness and the system at maximum load.
Current telemetry systems are either unable to handle a large number of sensor values, or transmission speed is reduced markedly as the number of connected sensors rises. This is the aspect where the strength of the CORE system is most evident. Telemetry handling and transmission can use up to 240 sensors and can be connected to the P²-BUS, each generating 32 data values, and the system is capable of transmitting up to 800 x 16-bit values per second. For the future this level of performance opens up entirely new possibilities, such as real-time servo monitoring in the model. The P²-BUS telemetry interface is accessible to third-party manufacturers so a software update of the sensor system would be sufficient. The configuration and parameter settings are carried out from the transmitter radio link.
LOOK & FEEL FEATURES
SWAPPABLE GIMBALS & SWITCHES
The physical controls of the transmitter are standard, with the exception of the stick-switches. If these are required, they can be retro-fitted by the customer or by our Service Department. The transmitter’s hardware provides the appropriate sockets. The standard controls are two primary machined aluminum stick units, using Hall sensors with 16-bit resolution and a further four linear controls and features twin ballraces.
The transmitter is equipped with eight toggle switches. The bottom pair are two-position types and all the others are three-position switches. This arrangement can be altered at any time by the user. It would be possible to fit latching switches, or switches with different-length toggles. The inputs for the transmitter controls are designed to offer maximum flexibility. Another new feature in the overall design is the pair of momentary switches to left and right of the primary sticks. These are the perfect choice for controlling wheel brakes, electric starters or smoke pumps.