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Old 07-23-2010, 03:19 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Thumbs up Review - RCATS Smart Lithium Glow Driver

Gotten a bit tired of cheap glow-sticks that fall to bits after a few outings and also not knowing whether the glowe plug is ignited when the darned engine fails to start. This device out of San JOse caught my eye and I had to have one. Ruggedly made it contains 5200mAh of LiIon cells that are claimed to provide a year of trouble free glowing - anyway first impressions are good - I'll give it some hard use and report back

Review - RCATS Smart Lithium Glow Driver - wmv 23MB


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Old 07-23-2010, 08:16 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I've been using one of these for about a year now on helis and planks. I love it. I think I've charged it once since I've had it!
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I,ve had mine for a year also. Great glow driver!
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Old 08-08-2010, 07:04 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I've had mine for about 3 years now since back when Ready Heli sold them. Best driver I've ever used. You realy do only have to charge it at most once a year. LED display shows your current draw and it has soft start. Great driver.
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Old 08-09-2010, 11:43 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Great video review. I'm guessing the carpet contributed to the difficulty activating the device.
Also, a feature that many do not talk about is that pushing (depressing) the "on" switch actually turns the unit off, allowing the needle setting to be checked without having to remove the glow plug clip, releasing the on switch is what turns on the device and starts the timer. Only the timer running out turns the unit off. If it is not hooked up to a glow plug, only a small amount of current is being consumed.
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Old 08-26-2010, 11:17 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I bought mine 2 weeks before IRCHA, so it will take some time to see how long the battery lasts. I really like the style (smaller size than my Radio South) and the soft start function. I think by slowly bringing up the voltage on our glow plugs, versus slamming the voltage on, will extend the life of the plugs.
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Old 08-26-2010, 11:31 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Can you buy it with longer driver so I don't have to take the canopy off.? Thanks, Pinoy
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Old 08-29-2010, 08:41 AM   #8 (permalink)
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THey seem to have standardised on a medium length glowstick but you can easily install a glow extension lead and use that to hook up the RCAT
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Old 08-30-2010, 10:18 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I have had one of these for about 2 years, it works great, the only negative is the plastic case tends to crack from pushing on it to turn it on.
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Old 08-31-2010, 04:33 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I see you can order the case separately as a replacement - pretty cool
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Old 09-01-2010, 01:54 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Well, I got the RCATS, and love it. I have had a wet engine, and it still starts, but with most of the LED's lit.
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This is best Glow driver in the market for sure!

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Old 10-31-2011, 08:43 PM   #13 (permalink)
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I did notice the case breaks from pushing on it to turn it on. However since I only need to charge it once a year, I seem to have lost my original one, their is a replacement one available but it is the newer version so the center pin is of a different size. Nayone have an idea about using another PS with the 5v in, instead of buying a replacement?
I believe the charge is actually built into the glo driver so I assume the the cord to charge it is basicallu just a power supply got yhr built in charger.

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Has anybody on here made there own, because at over 100.00 dollars for this unit. I find that hard to swallow.
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