DEANS® Tech Bench - The Importance of Using Adapters Only in Specific Situations

We’ve all been there — plugging Christmas lights into extension cords, into power strips, and so on. We instinctively know this is wrong; it’s a fire hazard. Just think of the disastrous scenes in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.

So why do we do this with our RC vehicles? Whether it’s a boat, plane, car, or drone, we’ve seen it happen there too. Using multiple adapters between the battery and the speed controller is a common sight. However, this adds resistance to the system, and it’s even worse when clones are used since they have even higher resistance.

Why Avoid Adapters in Normal Operation?

Adapters should not be part of your RC vehicle’s operational wiring circuit for several reasons:

  • Increased Resistance: Each adapter adds resistance, which reduces the efficiency of power transfer.
  • Heat Generation: Higher resistance can cause connectors to overheat, potentially damaging components or causing a fire.
  • Performance Loss: Your RC vehicle needs peak performance on demand. Added resistance can result in power drops, affecting your vehicle’s speed and responsiveness.

Standardize on One Plug

The simplest solution is to standardize on one plug for both the battery and the speed controller. If you use multiple categories, like planes, cars, and airsoft, using one connector allows for quick battery switching and reduces the need for adapters.

When to Use an Adapter

Adapters have their place, but their use should be limited to specific situations:

  • Charging: It’s acceptable to use an adapter when charging. If the charger comes with a specific connector, it’s fine since energy is transferred slowly. The lower demand during charging means that the added resistance won’t impact performance or safety significantly.

Why Choose DEANS® Connectors?

Using a high-quality connector like the DEANS® Ultra Plug® ensures a solid connection and superior power transfer. Here’s why DEANS® connectors are the best choice:

  • Low Resistance: DEANS® connectors are designed to minimize resistance, ensuring efficient power transfer.
  • Reliability: These connectors provide a secure and stable connection, reducing the risk of disconnection during operation.
  • Quality: DEANS® connectors are made from high-quality materials, ensuring durability and long-term performance.

Basic Rules of Thumb

To ensure optimal performance and safety, follow these basic rules of thumb:

  • No adapters in the Vehicle: Keep your operational wiring simple and direct.
  • Keep Wires Short: Shorter wires reduce resistance and potential signal loss.
  • No Imitations: Use genuine DEANS® connectors to ensure the best performance and safety.

By following these guidelines and using DEANS® connectors, you can ensure that your RC vehicles perform at their best, with reliable power delivery and minimal risk.

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