Novak Activ8 ESC Now Available With Super-Tuner Firmware

Nov 01, 2012 No Comments by

Novak’s popular Activ8 ESC now comes with their patented Super-Tuner firmware that provides enhanced programming options and fine tuning without the need for an external device like a laptop or cable. Check out all the facts and figures in the press release below:

The most durable and robust ESC on the market just got better. Novak is pleased to introduce the Activ8 Racing Brushless ESC (#1725) with Super-Tuner™! All the great hardware from the Activ8′s proven design has been retained, but Novak has added the easiest to use and most adjustable on board programming firmware available – Super-Tuner. Novak-developed Super-Tuner firmware is also used in the Impact Racing and Pulse Racing ESCs, and now with the Activ8 featuring this robust firmware, it completes Novak’s high-end racing line up.

What is Super-Tuner?

Novak Super-Tuner is very simply put, an intuitive on-board programming system that allows more adjustability and tuning options than any other on-board programmable ESC on the market. No extra tuning boxes, laptops, or cables are needed to unlock the full programming features. Super Tuner has five completely adjustable and savable profiles that default to general settings that are suited to each type of racing— from non-timing spec-class racing to Dynamic Timing Advance setups.

With the new Super-Tuner interface update, Novak’s Activ8 has enhanced programming options, including finer control over the ESC’s timing level, and a wider selection of start and final RPMs. For insane speeds, the Activ8 also includes Novak’s new Xtra Timing™ in 2S applications. This all-new algorithm controls the second-level timing that is applied “on top of” the Dynamic Timing Advance when the exact conditions have been met. This feature is for experts only!

The Acitv8, now with Super-Tuner, has no shortage of features and is ready for any power-hungry 2S to 4S application. If you need an ESC that is beastly enough for your maniac driving style and heavy throttle finger, the Activ8 is what you have been waiting for! The Activ8 updated with Super-Tuner is now available, and is also included in the following cost-saving systems:

  • Activ8/Ballistic 8 System- 1.5Y (#3181): Includes a 1,950 Kv Ballistic 8 motor and is ideal for electric 1/8th scale buggy and truggy applications on smaller to medium sized tracks.
  • Activ8/Ballistic 8 System- 2.0D (#3182): Includes a 2,650 Kv Ballistic 8 motor and is ideal for electric 1/8th scale buggy and truggy applications on larger tracks.
  • Activ8/Vented Ballistic 550 4XSC System – 4.5T (#3185): Includes the 5,000 Kv Ballistic 550 motor ideally suited for incredible performance in 4WD Short Course Trucks. Motor includes vented endbells and Novak’s Red Wire for faster performance and cooler operation.

For additional information on Novak’s Super-Tuner firmware, please visit the TECH INFO section of the Team Novak website (www.teamnovak.com/tech_info). A side-by-side Activ8 firmware comparison is also available.

For customers owning an original Activ8 ESCs, please contact Novak’s customer service for information about a free firmware upgrade.

Novak Built and Supported

Novak takes pride in its manufacturing facility in Irvine, California and also with its use of high-quality components and assembly and testing processes. Each Novak Activ8 ESC and all brushless motors are built and tested in the Novak factory to Novak’s exacting standards. All Novak products are supported by Novak’s knowledgeable customer support staff and race team.

ACTIV8 FEATURES (updated)

  • Designed for the rigors of heavy-duty applications including electric 1/8th-scale buggy/truggy and 4WD short course vehicles
  • Compatible with Novak’s Ballistic 8, Ballistic 550, and all popular 2 and 4-pole sensored brushless motors
  • Sensor-based system for excellent torque and low-speed driveability
  • Novak Super-Tuner™ firmware for quick and complete custom tuning:
  • Drive Tuning: Dynamic Timing Advance, RPM (Start/Final/Range), Drive Frequency, and Minimum Drive
  • Brake Tuning: Brake Frequency, Drag Brake, and Minimum Brake
  • Additional Tuning: Deadband, Reverse Disable, and LiPo Protection (On/Off)
  • 5 profiles that can be independently customized and saved for multiple set-ups and easy trackside changes
  • Novak X-Drive™ provides enhanced throttle response, ultra smooth power delivery, higher top speeds, and cooler
  • Novak’s Dynamic Timing Advance™ increases the motor’s RPM dynamically through the throttle band for higher speeds (10-55 degrees in 2S; 10-39 degrees in 3S/4S)
  • 6 specialized RPM tables of Start and Final RPMs for fine-tuning the Dynamic Timing Advance™
  • Novak Xtra-Timing™ for 2nd level timing that dramatically increases motor RPM for unmatched power in 2S
  • Novak’s One-Touch Set-Up™ for quick and easy transmitter set-up
  • NovaBrakes™ provide smooth, responsive, and extremely powerful braking for all driving conditions
  • Highly water-resistant case with a dual-level protective silicone gasket seal to help keep out the elements and provide additional internal PC board shock absorption and support
  • Robust 3-amp switching BEC for strong and fast steering response under any conditions
  • Auto-detect LiPo battery protection circuitry automatically detects the battery voltage (2S/3S/4S) and reduces the power as needed to protect the batteries from going below the safety voltage
  • Built-in diagnostics provides ESC temperature monitoring at any time with the quick tap of the One-Touch™ button
  • Thermal overload protection circuitry to protect ESC from overheating
  • On-board Hall Sensor Test to easily and quickly verify that the motor’s sensors are working properly
  • Includes ESC cooling fan with fan guard, and factory-installed, full-size cross-cut heat sink for cool operation
  • Gold-plated direct-solder wiring tabs for flexible soldering options
  • Built-in bank of high-powered, low-ESR capacitors for clean installations
  • User-replaceable input harness, switch harness, and power wires
  • Carries Team Novak’s commitment to excellent quality and warranty with factory customer support and service
  • Designed and manufactured by Team Novak in Irvine, California using the best components from around the globe. All ESCs are 100% tested to ensure your product works right out of the box and on the track!

#1725 Activ8 Racing Brushless ESC
#3181-3182 Activ8/Ballistic 8 BL Systems (1.5Y, 2D)
#3185 Activ8/Ballistic 550 4XSC BL System-4.5T

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