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MODEL 5707L
MODEL 5707
owners manual
INTRODUCTION
3 BEFORE YOU PROCEED
3 SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
6 TOOLS, SUPPLIES AND
REQUIRED EQUIPMENT
7 ANATOMY OF
THE SPARTAN
8 QUICK START:
GETTING UP TO SPEED
9 TQi RADIO & BRUSHLESS
POWER SYSTEM
19DRIVING YOUR MODEL
20ADJUSTING
YOUR MODEL
22MAINTAINING
YOUR MODEL
24TROUBLESHOOTING
25TQi ADVANCED
TUNING GUIDE
The Traxxas Spartan raises the bar for reliable, high-performance
RC boating. Never before has there been an R/C boat with 50+mph
speed, waterproof electronics, stable handling, and the run-afterrun ruggedness you expect from Traxxas—all in a Ready-To-Race®
package with stunning, factory-applied graphics. The Spartan is
powered by an all-new brushless speed control and motor system
developed specifically for high-performance marine use. The
long-range TQi radio system keeps you in control with switchon-and-drive convenience. Stainless-steel turn fins and trim tabs
allow stable, precise handling. The machined-aluminum drive strut
and rudder assembly channel brushless power directly into the
water for incredible speed, aggressive cornering, and blistering
acceleration with a cascading roost that lets everyone know you’ve
got the wildest ride on the water.
Please keep in mind that this boat is not a toy, and is not intended
to be used by children without responsible adult supervision. This
is due to the inherent dangers that are always associated with any
body of water. Please respect the water and use extreme caution
when launching and retrieving boats. We’re confident that you will
enjoy the power, speed, and reliability that the Spartan has to offer.
We know you’re excited about getting your new model in the
water, but it’s very important that you take some time to read
through the Owners Manual. This manual contains all the necessary
set-up and operating procedures that allow you to unlock the
performance and potential that Traxxas engineers designed into
your model. Even if you are an experienced R/C enthusiast, it’s
important to read and follow the procedures in this manual.
We want you to feel confident that you own one of the bestperforming models in the market and that it is backed by a team
of professionals who aim to provide the highest level of factory
support possible. Traxxas models are about experiencing total
performance and satisfaction, not just with your model, but also
with the company that stands behind it. We truly want you to enjoy
your new model!
Thank you again for going with Traxxas.
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Traxxas Support
Traxxas support is with you every step of the
way. Refer to the next page to find out how to
contact us and what your support options are.
Quick Start
This manual is designed with a Quick
Start path that outlines the necessary
procedures to get your model up
and running in the shortest time possible. If you are an
experienced R/C enthusiast you will find it helpful and fast.
Be sure and read through the rest of the manual to learn
about important safety, maintenance, and adjustment
procedures. Turn to page 8 to begin.
REGISTERING YOUR MODEL
In order to serve you better as our customer, please
register your product within 10 days of your purchase
online at Traxxas.com/register.
Traxxas.com/register
BEFORE YOU PROCEED
Carefully read and follow all instructions in this and any
accompanying materials to prevent serious damage to your
model. Failure to follow these instructions will be considered
abuse and/or neglect.
Before running your model, look over this entire manual and
examine the model carefully. If for some reason you decide it is not
what you wanted, then do not continue any further. Your hobby
dealer absolutely cannot accept a model for return or exchange
after it has been run.
Warnings, Helpful Hints, & Cross-References
Throughout this manual, you’ll notice warnings and helpful hints
identified by the icons below. Be sure to read them!
An important warning about personal safety or avoiding
damage to your model and related components.
Special advice from Traxxas to make things easier
and more fun.
Refers you to a page with a related topic.
SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
All of us at Traxxas want you to safely enjoy your new model. Operate
your model sensibly and with care, and it will be exciting, safe, and fun
for you and those around you. Failure to operate your model in a safe and
responsible manner may result in property damage and serious injury.
The precautions outlined in this manual should be strictly followed to help
ensure safe operation. You alone must see that the instructions are followed
and the precautions are adhered to.
Important Points to Remember
• Do not drive your model at night.
• Never, under any circumstances, operate your model in any water where
people are swimming or wading. Your model is fast and could cause injury
if allowed to collide with anyone. Avoid running in areas reserved for water
fowl!
• Because your model is controlled by radio, it is subject to radio interference
from many sources that are beyond your control. Since radio interference
can cause momentary loss of radio control, always allow a safety margin in
all directions around the boat in order to prevent collisions.
• Do not reach underneath the rear of your model. The propeller could spin
unexpectedly. Always pick up the boat from the front or the side.
SUPPORT
• Because of the many dangers involved with any body of water, Traxxas
recommends that you never try to wade or swim to retrieve the boat. The
Boat Retrieval section in this manual outlines safer, alternative methods for
boat retrieval.
If you have any questions about your model or its operation,
call the Traxxas Technical Support line toll-free at:
1-888-TRAXXAS (1-888-872-9927)*
• Due to the high-performance nature of the electric motor, it can become
hot during use. Do not touch the motor when installing and removing
battery packs.
Technical support is available Monday through Friday from 8:30am
to 9:00pm central time. Technical assistance is also available at
Traxxas.com. You may also e-mail customer support with your
question at support@Traxxas.com. Join thousands of registered
members in our online community at Traxxas.com.
• Most importantly, use good, common sense when you are around the
water to avoid mishaps such as slipping on a muddy bank. Always observe
water safety rules and regulations.
Traxxas offers a full-service, on-site repair facility to handle any
of your Traxxas service needs. Maintenance and replacement
parts may be purchased directly from Traxxas by phone or online
at BuyTraxxas.com. You can save time, along with shipping
and handling costs, by purchasing replacement parts from your
local dealer.
Do not hesitate to contact us with any of your product support needs.
We want you to be thoroughly satisfied with your new model!
*Toll-free support is available to U.S. residents only.
Traxxas
1100 Klein Road
Plano, Texas 75074
Phone: 972-265-8000
Toll-free 1-888-TRAXXAS
Internet
Traxxas.com
E-mail: support@Traxxas.com
Entire contents ©2012 Traxxas.
Traxxas, Spartan, Ready-To-Race,
Ready-To-Win and ProGraphix
are trademarks or registered
trademarks of Traxxas. Other
brand names and marks are
the property of their respective
holders and are used only for
purposes of identification. No
part of this manual may be
reproduced or distributed in print
or electronic media without the
express written permission of
Traxxas. Specifications are subject
to change without notice.
Speed Control
Your model’s electronic speed control (ESC) is an extremely powerful
electronic device capable of delivering high current. Please closely follow
these precautions to prevent damage to the speed control or other
components.
• Disconnect the Battery: Always disconnect the battery or batteries from the
speed control when not in use.
• Insulate the Wires: Always insulate exposed wiring with heat shrink tubing
to prevent short circuits.
• Transmitter on First: Switch on your transmitter first before switching on
the speed control to prevent runaways and erratic performance.
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SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
• Don’t Get Burned: The ESC and motor can become extremely hot during
use, so be careful not to touch them until they cool.
• Use the Factory-Installed Stock Connectors: Do not change the battery and
motor connectors. Improper wiring can cause fire or damage to the ESC.
Please note that modified speed controls can be subject to a rewiring fee
when returned for service.
• No Reverse Voltage: The ESC is not protected against reverse polarity
voltage.
Batteries: Two 7-Cell NiMH
(Stock)
Voltage*: 16.8V
mAh:
3000+mAh
Batteries: Two 2S LiPo
Voltage*: 14.8V
mAh:
5000+mAh
Batteries: Two 3S LiPo
Voltage*: 22.2V
mAh:
5000+mAh
*Nominal
• No Schottky Diodes: External Schottky diodes are not compatible with
reversing speed controls. Using a Schottky diode with your Traxxas speed
control will damage the ESC and void the 30-day warranty.
• Always adhere to the minimum
and maximum limitations of the
speed control as stated in the
specifications table in the Owner’s
Manual. If your ESC operates on
two batteries, do not mix battery
types and capacities. Use the
Do not mix battery
Do not use a
capacities. Use two 6-cell 7.2V battery in
same voltage and capacity for
batteries with the
combination with a
both batteries. Using mismatched
same capacity. 7-cell battery 8.4V pack.
battery packs could damage the
batteries and electronic speed control.
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This model is not intended
for use by children under
14 years of age without the
supervision of a responsible
and knowledgeable adult.
Battery choice (see LiPo
Batteries, right) effects the
skill level of the model. See
chart below.
LiPo Batteries
Lithium Polymer (LiPo) batteries are becoming popular for use in R/C
models due to their compact size, high energy density, and high-current
output. However, these types of batteries require special care and handling
procedures for long life and safe operation. Warning: LiPo batteries are
intended only for advanced users that are educated on the risks associated
with LiPo battery use. Traxxas does not recommend that anyone under the
age of 14 use or handle LiPo battery packs without the supervision of a
knowledgeable and responsible adult.
Your model is able to use LiPo batteries. LiPo batteries have a minimum safe
discharge voltage threshold that should not be exceeded. The electronic
speed control is equipped with built-in Low-Voltage Detection that alerts the
driver when LiPo batteries have reached their minimum voltage (discharge)
threshold. It is the driver’s responsibility to stop immediately to prevent
the battery pack from being discharged below its safe minimum threshold.
Low-Voltage Detection on the speed control is just one part of a
comprehensive plan for safe LiPo battery use. It is critical for you, the user,
to follow all other instructions supplied by the battery manufacturer and
the charger manufacturer for proper charging, use, and storage of LiPo
batteries. Do not attempt to charge LiPo batteries with the Traxxas charger
included in this package. Make sure you understand how to use your LiPo
batteries. Be aware that Traxxas shall not be liable for any special, indirect,
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incidental, or consequential damages arising out of the installation and/or use
of LiPo batteries in Traxxas models. If you have questions about LiPo battery
usage, please consult with your local hobby dealer or contact the battery
manufacturer. As a reminder, all batteries should be recycled at the end of
their useful life.
WARNING!
CAUTION!
DANGER!
FIRE HAZARD! Charging and discharging batteries has the potential for
fire, explosion, serious injury, and property damage if not performed per the
instructions. In addition, Lithium Polymer (LiPo) batteries pose a SEVERE risk of
fire if not properly handled per the instructions. Before use, read and follow all
manufacturer’s instructions, warnings, and precautions. Never allow children under 14 years old
to charge or use LiPo batteries without the supervision of a responsible, knowledgeable adult.
• While charging or discharging, ALWAYS place the battery (all types of batteries) in a fire
retardant/fire proof container and on a non-flammable surface such as concrete.
• ALWAYS charge batteries in a well-ventilated area.
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All instructions and
precautions outlined in this
manual should be strictly
followed to ensure safe
operation of your model.
• REMOVE flammable items and combustible materials from the charging area.
• ONLY use a Lithium Polymer (LiPo) balance charger with a balance adapter to charge LiPo
batteries.
• If any battery or cell is damaged in any way, do NOT charge, discharge, or use the battery.
• BEFORE you charge, ALWAYS confirm that the charger settings exactly match the battery
type (chemistry), specification, and configuration to be charged.
• Do NOT exceed the maximum manufacturer recommended charge rate.
• Do NOT disassemble, crush, short circuit, or expose the batteries to flame or other source
of ignition.
• NEVER leave batteries unattended while charging.
TERMS OF USE - The buyer assumes all risk associated with using this
product. Traxxas, its affiliates, manufacturers, distributors, and retail partners
cannot control the use, application, charging or installation of this product
and shall not be held responsible for any accident, injury to persons, or
damage to property resulting from the use of this product.
After reading all, if you do not agree with these terms and conditions and are
not prepared to accept complete liability for the use of this product, return
this product immediately in new/unused condition to your place of purchase.
Your retailer absolutely cannot accept product for return or exchange if it
has been used in any way.
If you have any questions call Traxxas Customer Support at
1-888-TRAXXAS (1-888-872-9927) Outside the US +1-972-265-8000
or e-mail support@traxxas.com.
Important Warnings for users of Lithium Polymer (LiPo) batteries:
Lithium Polymer (LiPo) batteries are significantly more volatile than
other rechargeable batteries.
ONLY use a Lithium Polymer (LiPo) balance charger with a balance adapter
(Such as the Traxxas EZ-Peak Plus Charger #2933 or the 2-Cell /3-Cell LiPo
SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
Balance Charger) to charge LiPo batteries. Never use NiMH or NiCD type
chargers or charge modes to charge LiPo batteries. The use of a NiMH or
NiCD charger or charge mode will damage the batteries and may cause
fire and personal injury.
Never charge LiPo battery packs in series or parallel with this charger.
Charging packs in series or parallel may result in improper charger cell
recognition and an improper charging rate that may lead to overcharging,
cell imbalance, cell damage and fire.
• ALWAYS inspect your LiPo batteries carefully before charging. Look for
any loose leads or connectors, damaged wire insulation, damaged cell
packaging, impact damage, fluid leaks, swelling (a sign of internal damage),
cell deformity, missing labels, or any other damage or irregularity. If any of
the above conditions are observed, do not charge or use the battery pack.
• Do not store or charge LiPo batteries with or around other batteries or
battery packs of any type, including other LiPos.
• Store and transport your LiPo batteries in a cool dry place. Do not store in
direct sunlight. Do not allow the storage temperature to exceed 140°F or
60°C or the cells may be damaged and risk of fire created.
• Do NOT disassemble LiPo batteries or cells.
• Do NOT use the 2-3 cell LiPo charger #2935 to charge NiMH batteries.
• Do NOT attempt to build your own LiPo battery pack from loose cells.
• NEVER connect more than one battery at a time to the charger.
• ALWAYS proceed with caution and use good common sense at all times.
• DO NOT disassemble the charger.
Charging and Handling Precautions/Warnings
• ALWAYS proceed with caution and use good common sense at all times.
• REMOVE the battery from your model or device before charging.
• Children require adult supervision while using this charger.
• ALWAYS store battery packs safely out of the reach of children and pets.
• Do NOT let any exposed battery contacts or wires touch each other. This will
cause the battery to short circuit and create the risk of fire.
• DO NOT charge batteries if you observe ANY of the following conditions:
• While charging, ALWAYS place the battery (all types of batteries)in a fire
retardant/fire proof container and on a non-flammable surface such as
concrete.
• NEVER charge batteries, on wood, cloth, carpet or on any other flammable
material
• ALWAYS charge batteries in a well-ventilated area.
• REMOVE flammable items and combustible materials from the charging
area.
• DO NOT operate the charger in a cluttered space, or place objects on top of
the charger or battery.
• If any battery or battery cell is damaged in any way, do NOT charge,
discharge, use the battery.
• Keep a Class D fire extinguisher nearby in case of fire.
• Do NOT exceed the maximum battery manufacturer’s recommended
charge rate.
• Do NOT disassemble, crush, short circuit, or expose the batteries or cells to
flame or any other source of ignition.
• If a battery gets hot to the touch during the charging process (temperature
greater than 110°F / 43°C), immediately and disconnect the battery from
charger immediately and discontinue charging.
• Do NOT leave the charger and battery unattended while charging,
discharging, or anytime the charger is ON with a battery connected. If there
are any signs of a malfunction, unplug the power source and/or stop the
charging process immediately.
• ALWAYS unplug the charger from the wall outlet and disconnect the battery
when not in use.
• Do NOT operate the charger inside of an automobile.
• AVOID short-circuits by always connecting the charge cable to the charger
first and then to the battery to charge or discharge. Remember to always
reverse this procedure when disconnecting the battery.
• Do NOT expose the charger to water or moisture.
- Batteries that are fully charged or have been only slightly discharged.
- Batteries that are hot (temperature greater than 110°F / 43°C)
- Batteries that are not expressly stated by the manufacture to be suitable
to accept the power output (voltage and amperage) the charger delivers
during the charging process.
- Batteries that are damaged or defective in any way. Examples of damage
or defects include, but are not limited to: batteries with dented cells,
damaged or frayed wires, loose connections, fluid leaks, corrosion, plugged
vents, swelling, cell deformity, impact damage, missing labels, melted
components or any other signs of damage.
- Battery packs that have been altered from original manufacturer
configuration.
- Non-rechargeable batteries (explosion hazard).
- Batteries that have an internal charge circuit or a protection circuit.
• BEFORE you charge, ALWAYS confirm that the charger settings exactly
match the type (chemistry), specification, and configuration of the battery to
be charged.
SPARTAN • 5
TOOLS, SUPPLIES AND REQUIRED EQUIPMENT
For more information on
batteries, see Use the Right
Batteries on page 12.
Recommended Equipment
These items are not required
for the operation of your
model, but are a good idea to
include in any R/C toolbox:
• Safety glasses
• Thin, hobby-quality
cyanoacrylate instant tire
glue (CA glue)
• Hobby knife
• Side cutters and/or needle
nose pliers
• Philips screwdriver
• Soldering iron
Your model comes with a set of specialty metric tools. You’ll need to purchase other items, available from your hobby dealer, to operate
and maintain your model.
Supplied Tools and Equipment • Outils et équipements fournis • Equipo y herramientas suministradas • Mitgeliefertes Werkzeug und Ausrüstung
1.5mm “L” wrench
Clé “L” de 1,5mm
Llave Allen de 1.5 mm
1,5 mm Innensechskantschlüssel
Spare Propeller
Hélice de rechange
Hélice de repuesto
Ersatzschraube
#5707
2.0mm “T” wrench
Clé “T” de 2,0mm
Llave “T” de 2.0 mm
2,0 mm „T“-Schlüssel
4-way wrench
Clé à quatre sens
Llave cruz
4-Weg-Schlüssel
2.5mm “T” wrench
Clé “T” de 2,5mm
Llave “T” de 2.5 mm
2,5 mm „T“-Schlüssel
Boat stand
Stand de bateau
Soporte de barco
Boot Halterung
Two 10mm motor coupler wrenches
Deux clés coupleur motrice de 10mm
Dos llaves de conexión de motor de 10 mm
Zwei10 mm-Motor-Kupplungsschlüssel
#5707L
LiPo battery*
Batteries packaged separately.
Ask your dealer for details.
Pile LiPo*
Les piles sont livrées séparément.
Demandez des détails à votre marchand.
Batería LiPo*
Two NiMH battery packs*
Deux piles NiMH*
Dos baterías de NiMH*
Zwei NiMH-Batterien*
Las baterías se embalan de manera individual.
Pregunte a su distribuidor los detalles.
LiPo-Batterie*
Batterien separat verpackt. Fragen Sie Ihren
Händler nach Details.
2 Battery chargers*
2 Chargeurs de piles*
2 Cargadores de batería*
2 Batterieladegeräte*
Required Equipment • Équipement requis • Equipo requerido • Benötigte Ausrüstung
4 AA alkaline batteries
4 piles alcalines AA
4 baterías alcalinas AA
4 AA Alkaline Batterien
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(5707 Only) NiMH battery charger
(Seulement pour 5707) Chargeur de pile NiMH
(Solamente para 5707) Cargador de batería de NimH
(Nur für 5707) Ladegerät für NiMH-Batterien
*Battery and charger style are subject to change and may vary from images. *Le type de pile et de chargeur peut changer et ne pas correspondre aux images. *Los tipos de cargador y batería están sujetos a
cambio y pueden diferir de las imágenes. *Die Art der Batterien und des Ladegeräts kann jederzeit geändert werden und kann eventuell von den Fotos abweichen.
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Flex Cable Housing
Gaine de câble souple
Carcasa de cable flexible
Gehäuse des Flex-Kabels
Rudder Support
Support de gouvernail
Soporte del timón
Ruderhalterung
Water Cooling Jacket
Chemise de refroidissement à eau
Funda de refrigeración por agua
Wasserkühlungshülse
Traxxas High-Current Connector
Connecteur haut courant de Traxxas
Conector de alta corriente de Traxxas
Traxxas Hochstrom-Anschluss
Steering Servo
Servo de direction
Servo de dirección
Lenkservo
Battery Strap Channel
Chaîne pour sangle de transport de pile
Canal de correa de la batería
Batterie-Bandkanall
Hull
Coque
Casco
Rumpf
Motor
Moteur
Motor
Motor
Propeller Nut
Écrou d’hélice
Tuerca de la hélice
Schiffsschraubenmutter
Propeller
Hélice
Hélice
Schiffsschraube
Rudder Arm
Bras de gouvernail
Brazo del timón
Ruderhebel
Trim Tab
Volet compensateur
Lengüeta de dirección
Trimmklappe
Turn Fin
Stabilisateur
Aleta de giro
Wendefinne
Hatch Mount
Montage de la trappe
Montaje en escotilla
Lukenhalterung
Water-Cooling Tube
Tube de refroidissement à eau
Tubo de refrigeración por agua
Schlauch für Wasserkühlung
Receiver Box
Boîte du récepteur
Receptor
Empfänger
Drive Strut
Entretoise de transmission
Puntal de dirección
Antriebsstrebe
LED Light Pipe
Conduit de lumière à témoin DEL
Tubo luminoso LED
LED-Beleuchtung
Stuffing Tube Seal
Garniture de joint de tube
Sello de tubo de relleno
Füllrohrdichtung
Electronic Speed Control
Commande de vitesse électronique
Control de velocidad electrónico
Elektronischer Geschwindigkeitsregler
Drive Dog
Toc
Perro de arrastre
Mitnehmer
Battery Strap
Sangle de transport de pile
Correa de la batería
Batterieband
Trim Tab
Volet compensateur
Lengüeta de dirección
Trimmklappe
Collet
Pince
Collarín
Stellring
Turn Fin
Stabilisateur
Aleta de giro
Wendefinne
Steering Linkage
Tringlerie de direction
Varillaje de la dirección
Lenkgestänge
Rudder Support
Support de gouvernail
Soporte del timón
Ruderhalterung
Rudder
Gouvernail
Timón
Ruder
Propeller
Hélice
Hélice
Schiffsschraube
Propeller Nut
Écrou d’hélice
Tuerca de la hélice
Schiffsschraubenmutter
SPARTAN • 7
QUICK START: GETTING UP TO SPEED
The Quick Start Guide is
not intended to replace the
full operating instructions
available in this manual.
Please read this entire
manual for complete
instructions on the proper
use and maintenance of
your model.
The following guide is an overview of the procedures for getting your model running. Look for the Quick Start logo on the bottom
corners of Quick Start pages.
1. Charge the battery packs • See page 12
Charge your batteries (included) now so they will be ready when
you finish the other setup procedures.
2. Install batteries in the transmitter • See page 12
The transmitter requires 4 AA alkaline batteries.
3. Install battery packs in the model • See page 14
5. Check servo operation • See page 15
Make sure the steering servo is working correctly.
6. Range test the radio system • See page 15-16
Follow this procedure to make sure your radio system works
properly at a distance and that there is no interference.
7. Drive your Spartan • See page 19
Driving tips and adjustments for your Spartan.
4. Turn on the radio system • See page 15
Make a habit of turning the transmitter on first, and off last.
Look for the Quick Start
logo at the bottom of
Quick Start pages.
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8. Maintaining your Spartan • See page 22
Follow these critical steps to maintain the performance of
your Spartan and keep it in excellent running condition.
TQi RADIO SYSTEM & BRUSHLESS POWER SYSTEM
INTRODUCTION
Your model includes the latest Traxxas TQi transmitter with
Traxxas Link™ Model Memory. The transmitter’s easy-to-use design
provides instant driving fun for new R/C enthusiasts, and also offers
a full compliment of pro-level tuning features for advanced users
– or anyone interested in experimenting with the performance of
their model. The steering and throttle channels feature adjustable
Exponential, End Points, and Sub-Trims. Steering and braking
Dual Rate are also available. Many of the next-level features are
controlled by the Multi-Function knob, which can be programmed
to control a variety functions. The detailed instructions (page 25)
and Menu Tree (page 27) included in this manual will help you
understand and operate the advanced functions of the new TQi
radio system. For additional information and how-to videos, visit
Traxxas.com.
RADIO AND POWER SYSTEM TERMINOLOGY
Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with these radio and
power system terms. They will be used throughout this manual.
A detailed explanation of the advanced terminology and features
of your new radio system begins on page 25.
2.4GHz Spread Spectrum – This model is equipped with the
latest R/C technology. Unlike AM and FM systems that require
frequency crystals and are prone to frequency conflicts, the TQi
system automatically selects and locks onto an open frequency,
and offers superior resistance to interference and “glitching.”
BEC (Battery Eliminator Circuit) - The BEC can either be in the
receiver or in the ESC. This circuit allows the receiver and servos
to be powered by the main battery pack in an electric model. This
eliminates the need to carry a separate pack of 4 AA batteries to
power the radio equipment.
Brushless Motor - A D/C brushless motor replaces the brushed
motor’s traditional commutator and brush arrangement with
intelligent electronics that energize the electromagnetic
windings in sequence to provide rotation. Opposite of a brushed
motor, the brushless motor has its windings (coils) on the
perimeter of the motor can and the magnets are mounted to the
spinning rotor shaft.
Current - Current is a measure of power flow through the
electronics, usually measured in amps. If you think of a wire as a
garden hose, current is a measure of how much water is flowing
through the hose.
ESC (Electronic Speed Control) - An electronic speed control is the
electronic motor control inside the model. The VXL-6s Marine
electronic speed control uses advanced circuitry to provide
precise, digital proportional throttle control. Electronic speed
controls use power more efficiently than mechanical speed
controls so that the batteries run longer. An electronic speed
control also has circuitry that prevents loss of steering and
throttle control as the batteries lose their charge.
Frequency band - The radio frequency used by the transmitter to
send signals to your model. This model operates on the 2.4GHz
direct-sequence spread spectrum.
kV Rating - Brushless motors are often rated by their kV number.
The kV rating equals no-load motor rpm with 1 volt applied. The
kV increases as the number of wire turns in the motor decreases.
As the kV increases, the current draw through the electronics also
increases.
LiPo - Abbreviation for Lithium Polymer. Rechargeable LiPo battery
packs are known for their special chemistry that allows extremely
high energy density and current handling in a compact size.
These are high performance batteries that require special care
and handling. For advanced users only.
mAh – Abbreviation for milliamp hour. A measure of the capacity of
the battery pack. The higher the number, the longer the battery
will last between recharges.
Neutral position - The standing position that the servos seek when
the transmitter controls are at the neutral setting.
NiCad - Abbreviation for nickel-cadmium. The original rechargeable
hobby pack, NiCad batteries have very high current handling,
high capacity, and can last up to 1000 charging cycles. Good
charging procedures are required to reduce the possibility of
developing a “memory” effect and shortened run times.
NiMH - Abbreviation for nickel-metal hydride. Rechargeable
NiMH batteries offer high current handling, and much greater
resistance to the “memory” effect. NiMH batteries generally
allow higher capacity than NiCad batteries. They can last up to
500 charge cycles. A peak charger designed for NiMH batteries is
required for optimal performance.
Receiver - The radio unit inside your model that receives signals
from the transmitter and relays them to the servos.
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TQi RADIO & BRUSHLESS POWER SYSTEM
To prevent loss of radio range
do not kink or cut the black wire,
do not bend or cut the metal tip,
and do not bend or cut the white
wire at the end of the metal tip.
Correct
No
No
No
Resistance - In an electrical sense, resistance is a measure of how
an object resists or obstructs the flow of current through it. When
flow is constricted, energy is converted to heat and is lost. The
power system is optimized to reduce electrical resistance and the
resulting power-robbing heat.
Rotor - The rotor is the main shaft of the brushless motor. In a
brushless motor, the magnets are mounted to the rotor, and the
electromagnetic windings are built into the motor housing.
IMPORTANT RADIO SYSTEM PRECAUTIONS
Sensored - Sensored refers to a type of brushless motor that
uses an internal sensor in the motor to communicate rotor
position information back to the electronic speed control. The
VXL-6s Marine electronic speed control is designed for use with
sensorless motors.
• Do not kink the receiver’s antenna wire. Kinks in the antenna wire
will reduce range.
Sensorless - Sensorless refers to a brushless motor that uses
advanced instructions from an electronic speed control to provide
smooth operation. Additional motor sensors and wiring are not
required. The VXL-6s Marine electronic speed control is optimized
for smooth sensorless control.
Servo - Small motor unit in your model that operates the steering
mechanism.
Solder Tabs - Accessible, external contacts on the motor that allows
for easy wire replacement.
Transmitter - The hand-held radio unit that sends throttle and
steering instructions to your model.
Trim - The fine-tuning adjustment of the neutral position of the
servos, made by adjusting the throttle and steering trim knobs on
the face of the transmitter. Note: The Multi-Function knob must
be programmed to serve as a throttle trim adjustment.
Thermal Shutdown Protection - Temperature sensing electronics
used in the VXL-6s Marine electronic speed control detect
overloading and overheating of the transistor circuitry. If
excessive temperature is detected, the unit automatically shuts
down to prevent damage to the electronics.
2-channel radio system - The TQi radio system, consisting of
the receiver, the transmitter, and the servos. The system uses
two channels: one to operate the throttle and one to operate
the steering.
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Voltage - Voltage is a measure of the electrical potential difference
between two points, such as between the positive battery
terminal and ground. Using the analogy of the garden hose,
while current is the quantity of water flow in the hose, voltage
corresponds to the pressure that is forcing the water through
the hose.
• For maximum range, always point the front of transmitter toward
the model.
• DO NOT CUT any part of the receiver’s antenna wire. Cutting the
antenna will reduce range.
• Extend the antenna wire in the model as far as possible for
maximum range. It is not necessary to extend the antenna wire out
of the body, but wrapping or coiling the antenna wire should be
avoided.
• Do not allow the antenna wire to extend outside the body without
the protection of an antenna tube, or the antenna wire may get
cut or damaged, reducing range. It is recommended to keep the
wire inside the body (in the antenna tube) to prevent the chance
of damage.
TQi RADIO & BRUSHLESS POWER SYSTEM
Your model is equipped with the newest Traxxas TQi transmitter
with Traxxas Link™ Model Memory. The transmitter has two
channels for controlling your throttle and steering. The receiver
inside the model has 5 output channels. Your model is equipped
with one servo and an electronic speed control.
WIRING DIAGRAM
(see side bar for proper
motor wiring)
Traxxas High-Current
Connectors (Male)
to Batteries
TRANSMITTER AND RECEIVER
Set Button
Red/Green Status LED
Throttle Neutral
Adjust
ESC/Motor Wiring Diagram
Brushless Motor
Steering Wheel
see page 26 for more info
Menu Button
Antenna
Channel 2
Electronic
Speed Control
Receiver
V/T - Voltage/Temp Senor Port**
RPM - RPM Sensor Port**
BATT/
CH5 - Battery/Channel 5*
CH4 - Channel 4*
CH3 - Channel 3*
CH2 - Speed Control
CH1 - Steering Servo
CH1 - Steering Servo*
Steering
Trim
Multi-Function
Knob
* Not used
Sensor Expansion
Port**
Throttle
Trigger
Channel 1
Steering Servo
** Accessory sensor port for use with TQi Docking Base
(see Traxxas.com and included materials for more information)
VXL-6s MARINE ELECTRONIC SPEED CONTROL
Traxxas High-Current
Connector (Male)
to Battery
to Motor
Watercooling
Output
Link
Button
LED
LED
Power Switch
Battery Compartment
Receiver Cable
(RX wire)
** Accessory sensor port for use with TQi Docking Base (see Traxxas.com and included materials for more information)
Watercooling
Input
SPARTAN • 11
INSTALLING TRANSMITTER BATTERIES
Use the Right Batteries
Your transmitter uses
AA batteries. Use new
alkaline batteries, or
rechargeable batteries
such as NiMH (Nickel Metal
Hydride) batteries in your
transmitter. Make sure
rechargeable batteries are
fully charged according
to the manufacturer’s
instructions.
Your TQi transmitter uses 4 AA batteries. The battery compartment
is located in the base of the transmitter.
If the power indicator doesn’t
light green, check the polarity
of the batteries. Check
rechargeable batteries for
a full charge. If you see any
other flashing signal from the
LED, refer to the chart on page
26 to identify the code.
1, 2
12 • SPARTAN
Your model requires two fully charged battery packs. Two (2)
Traxxas Power Cell NiMH batteries are supplied with your model.
A charger is not included with your model. Traxxas recommends
the #2930 EZ-Peak NiMH charger for quick-charging the included
batteries. See Traxxas.com for more information about chargers
and the EZ-Peak charger. Note: The EZ-Peak charger is NOT
compatible with LiPo batteries.
CHARGING THE BATTERY PACK (Model #5707L)
Before charging the provided 3-Cell LiPo batteries please read an
understand all safety precautions at the beginning of this manual.
The included chargers can be used to charge the provided battery
packs. The supplied charger has an output rate of 800mAh (0.8
amps), and may require up to seven hours to fully charge a battery.
For faster charging, the optional Traxxas EZ-Peak Plus can charge at
up to 6 amps to reduce charging time to an hour or less. WARNING:
ONLY use a charger designed for LiPo batteries. NEVER charge a
LiPo battery using a NiMH charger, or a NiMH charging mode.
If you use rechargeable
batteries in your
transmitter, be aware
that when they begin
to lose their charge, they
lose power more quickly
than regular alkaline
batteries.
Caution: Discontinue
running your model at the
first sign of weak batteries
(flashing red light on the
transmitter) to avoid losing
control.
CHARGING THE BATTERY PACK (Model #5707)
1.Remove the battery compartment door by pressing the tab and
sliding the door open.
2.Install the batteries in the correct orientation as indicated in
the battery compartment.
3.Reinstall the battery door and snap it closed.
4.Turn on the transmitter and check the status indicator for a solid
green light.
If the status LED flashes red, the transmitter
batteries may be weak, discharged or possibly
installed incorrectly. Replace with new or
freshly charged batteries. The power indicator
light does not indicate the charge level of the
battery pack installed in the model. Refer to
the troubleshooting section on page 26 for
more information on the transmitter Status
LED codes
1. Insert the AC power cord into the charger.
2. Insert the AC cord into a wall socket (110-240V). All three LEDs
will light steady green and flash red to indicate the charger is
ready to charge.
3. Plug your Traxxas Power Cell 3-cell LiPo into the charger using
its balance plug. All 3 LEDs will glow steady red. Do not leave
battery and charger unattended while charging.
4. This charger is not designed to charge two packs simultaneously.
If two batteries are plugged into the charger at the same time,
the charger will shut down. Unplug the charger and remove any
installed batteries to reset it.
TQi RADIO & BRUSHLESS POWER SYSTEM
5. When a cell is completely charged, its corresponding LED will
glow steady green. The 3-cell pack is fully charged when all 3
LEDs are steady green to indicate the pack is fully charged.
Note: If the charger detects any of the battery’s cells are already fully
charged when you plug it into the charger, the LEDs corresponding to
the charged cells will not glow steady red and will default to steady
green to indicate those cells are fully charged.
The Traxxas High Current Connector
Your model is equipped with the patented
Traxxas High-Current Connector. Standard
connectors restrict current flow and are not
capable of delivering the power needed to
maximize the output of the Brushless Power
system.
The Traxxas connector’s gold-plated terminals with a large contact
surfaces ensure positive current flow with the least amount of
resistance. Secure, long-lasting, and easy to grip, the Traxxas
connector is engineered to extract all the power your battery has
to give.
Using Other Batteries
Your model is equipped with a state of the art, highperformance power system. It is designed to be able to flow
large amounts power with least amount of restriction. The
benefits are drastically increased speed and acceleration.
However, this places extra demands on the battery and
electrical system connections. For best performance, your
model requires the use of battery packs that have cells rated
for high discharge and use high-quality, low-resistance
assembly techniques, such as the included Traxxas Power
Cell Battery Pack. Cheaply made battery packs do not retain
their performance characteristics after repeated uses in highpowered electric applications. They will lose their punch and
run time and may require frequent replacement. In addition,
poor-quality, high-resistance cell connectors could fail,
requiring disassembly and repair. The main goal is to reduce
all sources of high resistance in the pack. This includes the
connector, the wire, and the bars attaching
the cells together. High pack resistance
will create additional heat and
rob you of the full power the cells
are capable of producing. We
recommend using Traxxas Power
Cell batteries for best performance.
For a complete list of the Power Cell packs for your model visit:
Traxxas.com/powercell
SPARTAN • 13
TQi ADVANCED TUNING GUIDE
INSTALLING THE BATTERY PACK
Spartan uses hook-and-loop straps
to secure the batteries. To install the
batteries, simply loosen the straps, slide
the battery pack beneath them, and
tighten the straps to hold the batteries
snugly against the battery tray’s foam
pads. They should be tight enough to
prevent the batteries from sliding, but
should not be pulled excessively tight.
If you wish to use other positions in the
battery tray, simply remove the straps
and reinstall them in the additional channels provided. Assemble the
straps as shown in the illustration (NiMH batteries show, LiPos install
the same).
• Battery Packs Aft: Positioning the batteries all the way back in their
trays may provide higher top speeds but will also make Spartan more
prone to blowing over, spinouts, and instability. Experiment with this
position only in very calm conditions, and closely monitor the hull’s
attitude as you increase speed.
RADIO SYSTEM CONTROLS
Positioning the Battery Packs
• Battery Packs Forward: This is the standard battery position for
Spartan. Placing the battery packs at the front of the battery trays will
give Spartan the greatest stability in all water and wind conditions.
Whether you are using the provided batteries or aftermarket NiMH or
LiPo packs, always begin with the batteries in the forward position.
• Battery Packs Centered: Smooth water and calm winds may allow
you to move the battery packs rearward in the hull to allow the
bow to ride higher and increase Spartan’s speed. Be aware that
positioning the batteries farther aft increases the likelihood of the
boat blowing over at speed or becoming unstable.
RADIO SYSTEM RULES
3
14 • SPARTAN
• Always turn your TQi transmitter on first and off last. This procedure
will help to prevent your model from receiving stray signals from
another transmitter, or other source, and running out of control. Your
model has electronic fail-safes to prevent this type of malfunction, but
the first, best defense against a runaway model is to always turn the
transmitter on first, and off last.
TQi RADIO & BRUSHLESS POWER SYSTEM
• Always use new
1
or freshly charged
batteries for the
radio system. Weak
batteries will limit the
radio signal between
the receiver and the
Always turn your
transmitter. Loss of
transmitter on first.
the radio signal can
cause you to lose control of your model.
2
Plug in the batteries.
• In order for the transmitter and receiver to bind to one another, the
receiver in the model must be turned on within 20 seconds of turning on
the transmitter. The transmitter LED will flash fast red indicating a failure
to link. If you miss it, simply turn off the transmitter and start over.
• Always turn on the transmitter before plugging in the battery.
RADIO SYSTEM BASIC ADJUSTMENTS
Throttle Neutral Adjustment
The throttle neutral adjustment is located on
the transmitter face and controls the forward/
reverse travel of the throttle trigger. Change
the adjustment by pressing the button and
sliding it to the desired position. There are two
settings available:
50/50: Allows equal travel for both acceleration and reverse.
70/30: Allows more throttle travel (70%) and less reverse travel (30%).
Note: We strongly recommend to leave this control in its factory
location until you become familiar with all the adjustments and
capabilities of your model. To change the throttle neutral adjust
position, turn the transmitter off before adjusting the neutral position.
You will need to reprogram your electronic speed control to
recognize the 70/30 setting. Turn to ESC Setup Programming on page
17 for instructions.
Steering Trim
The electronic steering trim located on the face of the
transmitter adjusts the neutral (center) point of the
steering channel.
Multi-Function Knob
The Multi-Function knob can be programmed to control
a variety of functions. From the factory, the MultiFunction knob controls steering sensitivity, also known as
exponential or “expo.” When the knob is turned counterclockwise all
the way to the left (default position), expo is off and steering sensitivity
will be linear (the most commonly used setting). Turning the knob
clockwise will “add expo” and decrease the steering sensitivity in the
initial range of steering wheel travel left or right from center. For more
detail on steering exponential, refer to page 16.
Remember, always turn the
TQi transmitter on first and
off last to avoid damage to
your model.
USING THE RADIO SYSTEM
The TQi Radio System has been pre-adjusted at the factory. The
adjustment should be checked before running the model, in case of
movement during shipping. Here’s how:
1. Turn the transmitter switch on. The status LED on the transmitter
should be solid green (not flashing).
2. Elevate the model on the included stand. Make sure your hands are
clear of the moving parts of the model. Keep fingers and objects
away from the propeller!
3. Plug the battery packs in the model into the speed control. This
turns the speed control on.
4. Turn the steering wheel on the transmitter back and forth and
check for rapid operation of the steering servo. Also, check that the
steering mechanism is not loose or binding. If the steering operates
slowly, check for weak batteries.
5. When looking down at the rear of model, the
rudder should be pointing straight back. If the
rudder is turned slightly to the left or right,
slowly adjust the steering trim control on the
transmitter until it is pointing straight back.
6. Gently operate the throttle trigger to ensure
that you have forward and reverse operation,
and that the motor stops when the throttle
trigger is at neutral. Warning: Do not apply
full throttle in forward or reverse while the
model is elevated.
7. Once your adjustments have been made, turn the receiver and
the model off by unplugging the batteries, then switch off the
transmitter. The transmitter is always switched off last.
Automatic Fail-Safe
The TQi transmitter and
receiver are equipped with
an automatic fail-safe system
that does not require user
programming. In the event
of signal loss or interference,
the throttle will return to
neutral and the steering will
hold its last commanded
position. If Fail-Safe activates
while you are operating
your model, determine the
reason for signal loss and
resolve the problem before
operating your model again.
When rechargeable batteries
begin to lose their charge,
they will fade much faster
than alkaline dry cells. Stop
immediately at the first sign
of weak batteries. Never turn
the transmitter off when the
battery pack is plugged
in. The model could run out
of control.
Range-Testing the Radio System
Before each running session with your model, you should range-test
your radio system to ensure that it operates properly.
1. Turn on the radio system and check its operation as described in
the previous section.
4, 5, 6
SPARTAN • 15
TQi RADIO & BRUSHLESS POWER SYSTEM
Setting Up the Antenna
The receiver antenna has been set
up and installed from the factory.
The antenna is secured by a 3x4mm
set screw. To remove the antenna
tube, simply remove the set screw
with the included 1.5mm wrench.
When reinstalling the antenna, first
slide the antenna wire into bottom
of antenna tube until white tip of
antenna is at top of tube under the
black cap. Next insert the antenna
tube into the mount while making
sure that antenna wire is in slot in
the antenna mount, then install the
set screw next to the antenna tube.
Use the supplied 1.5mm wrench
to tighten the screw just until the
antenna tube is securely in place.
Do not over tighten. Do not bend
or kink the antenna wire! Do not
shorten the antenna tube.
To prevent loss of radio range do
not kink or cut the black wire, do
not bend or cut the metal tip, and
do not bend or cut the white wire
at the end of the metal tip.
2. Have a friend watch the model. Make sure hands and clothing are
clear of the propeller and other moving parts on the model.
3. Make sure your transmitter antenna is fully upright, and then walk
away from the model with the transmitter until you reach the
farthest distance you plan to operate the model.
4. Operate the controls on the transmitter once again to be sure that
the model responds correctly.
5. Do not attempt to operate the model if there is any problem with
the radio system or any external interference with your radio signal
at your location.
• Higher Speeds Require Greater Distance
The faster you drive your model, the more quickly it will near the
limit of radio range. At 50mph, a model can cover 73 feet every
second! It’s a thrill, but use caution to keep your model in range. If
you want to see your model achieve its maximum speed, it is best
to position yourself in the midpoint of the model’s running area,
not the far end, so you drive back and forth past your position. In
addition to maximizing the radio’s range, this technique will keep
your model closer to you, making it easier to see and control.
TQi Binding Instructions
For proper operation, the transmitter and receiver must be
electronically ‘bound.’ This has been done for you at the factory.
Should you ever need to re-bind the system or bind to an additional
transmitter or receiver, follow these instructions. Note: the receiver
must be connected to a 4.8-6.0v (nominal) power source for binding
and the transmitter and receiver must be within 5 feet of each other.
1. Press and hold the transmitter’s SET button as you switch
transmitter on. The transmitter’s LED will flash red slowly.
2. Press and hold the receiver’s LINK button as you plug in the speed
control.
3. When the transmitter and receiver’s LEDs turn solid green, the
system is bound and ready for use. Confirm that the steering and
throttle operate properly before driving your model.
Steering Sensitivity (Exponential)
The Multi-Function knob on the TQi transmitter has been programmed
to control Steering Sensitivity (also known as exponential). The
standard setting for Steering Sensitivity is “normal (zero exponential),”
with the dial full left in its range of travel. This setting provides linear
servo response: the steering servo’s movement will correspond exactly
with the input from the transmitter’s steering wheel. Turning the
16 • SPARTAN
knob clockwise from center will result in “negative exponential” and
decrease steering sensitivity by making the servo less responsive near
neutral, with increasing sensitivity as the servo nears the limits of its
travel range. The farther you turn the knob, the more pronounced the
change in steering servo movement will be. The term “exponential”
comes from this effect; the servo’s travel changes exponentially
relative to the input from the steering wheel. The exponential effect is
indicated as a percentage—the greater the percentage, the greater the
effect. The illustrations below show how this works.
Normal Steering Sensitivity (0% exponential)
In this illustration, the steering servo’s travel (and with it, the steering
motion of the model’s
rudder) corresponds
precisely with the steering
wheel. The ranges are
exaggerated
for illustrative purposes.
Decreased Steering
Sensitivity
(Negative Exponential)
By turning the Multi-Function knob
clockwise, the steering sensitivity of
the model will be decreased.
Turning Range
Note that a relatively large
at Transmitter
amount of steering wheel
travel results in a smaller
amount of servo travel. The
farther you turn the knob,
the more pronounced the
effect becomes. Decreased
steering sensitivity may
be helpful when driving
your model at high speeds, or anytime a less
aggressive steering feel is desired. The ranges
are exaggerated for illustrative purposes.
Effective Turning
Range on Model
Experiment! Try varying degrees of exponential.
It’s easy to go back to “zero” if you don’t like the effect. There’s no
wrong way to adjust exponential. Any setting that makes you more
comfortable with your model’s handling is the “right setting.”
ADJUSTING THE ELECTRONIC SPEED CONTROL
The VXL-6s Marine speed control is factory set and should not require any
adjustments. These instructions are provided for your reference.
Transmitter Adjustments for the VXL-6s Marine speed control
Before attempting to program your VXL-6s Marine electronic speed control
(ESC), it is important to make sure that your transmitter is properly adjusted
(set back to the factory defaults). Otherwise, you may not get the best
performance from your ESC. Follow the steps below if your transmitter is not
already adjusted as follows:
1. Turn transmitter off.
2. Hold both MENU and SET.
3. Turn transmitter on.
4. Release MENU and SET. The transmitter LED will blink red.
5. Press MENU once. The transmitter LED will blink red twice repeatedly.
6. Press SET to clear settings. The LED will glow green and the transmitter is
restored to default.
VXL-6s Battery Settings (Low-Voltage Detection Setting)
The Velineon VXL-6s Marine electronic speed control is equipped with builtin Low-Voltage Detection. The Low-Voltage Detection circuitry constantly
monitors the battery voltage. When the battery voltage begins to reach the
minimum recommended discharge voltage threshold for LiPo packs, the
VXL-6s will limit power output to 25%. This allows sufficient power to return
the model to shore. Always return your model to shore and disconnect
the batteries from your model as soon as Low-Voltage Detection limits
power. Refer to page 24 for important details.
The VXL-6s speed control’s Low Voltage Detection has been set for best
performance with the included battery. If your model included a NiMH
battery, the speed control’s LED will glow RED, indicating Low Voltage
Detection is disabled. If your model included a LiPo battery, the speed
control’s LED will glow GREEN, indicating Low Voltage Detection is activated.
Never use LiPo batteries while Low-Voltage Detection is disabled.
Verify Low-Voltage Detection setting:
1. Turn on the transmitter (with the throttle at neutral).
2. Connect two fully charged batteries to the VXL-6s.
3. If the ESC’s LED glows red, then the Low-Voltage Detection is DISABLED
(not safe to use LiPo batteries). If the LED glows green, then Low-Voltage
Detection is ACTIVATED.
To activate Low-Voltage Detection (LiPo setting):
1. Turn on the transmitter and hold the trigger to full reverse.
2. While holding the trigger to full reverse, connect two fully
charged batteries to the VXL-6s.
3. Continue to hold reverse. After about ten seconds, the red
LED will go out and the green LED will switch on. You will
also hear a ‘rising’ musical tone.
To disable Low-Voltage Detection (NiMH setting):
1. Turn on the transmitter and hold the trigger to full reverse.
2. While holding the trigger to full reverse, connect two fully
charged batteries to the VXL-6s.
3. Continue to hold reverse. After about ten seconds, the green
LED will go out and the red LED will switch on. You will also
hear a ‘falling’ musical tone.
Setup Programming (Calibrating your ESC and transmitter)
Read through all of the following programming steps before you begin. If you
get lost during programming or receive unexpected results, simply unplug the
batteries, wait a few seconds, plug the batteries back in, and start over.
1. Place the boat on the included stand. Always make sure that objects and
fingers are clear of the prop.
2. Turn on the transmitter. Pull and hold the trigger to full throttle.
3. While holding full throttle, connect two fully charged battery packs to the
VXL-6s Marine ESC. It will turn on automatically.
4. Continue to hold the transmitter trigger at full throttle. After about two
seconds, the ESC will beep once and its red LED will light. The full throttle
position is now stored.
5. Move the trigger up to the full reverse position and hold it there. After about
two seconds, you will hear two beeps and red LED will blink twice. The
reverse throttle position has been stored.
6. Release the trigger so it is at the neutral position. The ESC will beep three
times and the red LED will blink three times. After a short pause, the ESC will
beep three more times and the LED will blink three times (red, red, green).
The speed control is now programmed and ready for use.
VXL-6s Marine Operation
To operate the speed control and test the programming, place the boat on
the included stand so the propeller is off the ground. Always make sure that
objects and fingers are clear of the prop.
1. Turn the transmitter on.
2. Connect two fully charged batteries to the ESC. It will turn on automatically.
The ESC will beep three times and blink three times (red, red, green). Note: If
Low Voltage Detection is enabled, the ESC will beep once and the green LED will
blink once for each cell it detects before the three blinks and beeps. For example,
if you are using a 4S LiPo, the green LED will blink four times and you will hear
four beeps. Then it will beep and blink three more times.
3. One LED will glow. If the red LED is glowing, it means Low-Voltage Detection
has been switched off for use with NiMH batteries. The green LED will
glow when Low-Voltage Detection is enabled, for use with LiPo batteries.
Low-Voltage Detection must be switched on when operating the model
with LiPo batteries. See the Low-Voltage Detection Setting section for more
information.
4. Pull the transmitter’s trigger toward the grip to apply forward throttle. The
LED will go out, then glow at full throttle.
VXL-6s Marine Specifications:
Input voltage:
4.8-25.7V (6 to 18 cells NiMH
or 2S to 6S LiPo)
Supported Motors:
Sensorless brushless
Motor limit:
None
Continuous current:
80A
Peak current :
300A
BEC voltage:
6.0V DC
Transistor type:
MOSFET
Battery connector:
Traxxas High-Current
Connector
Motor connectors:
5.5mm bullet connectors
Motor/Battery Wiring:
13-gauge cable
Protection systems:
Low-Voltage Detection;
Over Voltage; Thermal
Overload; Throttle-Neutral
Setting Protection
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ADJUSTING THE ELECTRONIC SPEED CONTROL
5. Return the trigger to neutral and allow the prop to stop. Note that there is
no programmed delay when changing from reverse to forward. Use caution
to avoid slamming the speed control from reverse to forward and vice versa.
This could result in driveline damage.
6. Push the trigger away from the grip to apply reverse throttle. The LED will go
out, then glow at full throttle. (Note that reverse throttle is only about 15% of
forward throttle. This is normal.)
7. To turn the speed control off, unplug the batteries.
Thermal Shutdown Protection
The VXL-6s Marine is equipped with thermal shutdown protection to guard
against overheating caused by excessive current flow. If the operating
temperature exceeds safe limits, the VXL-6s Marine will automatically shut
down and the ESC’s red LED will blink. The LED will continuously blink red,
even if the throttle trigger is moved back and forth. After the ESC cools down
to a safe level, the ESC will once again function normally.
VXL-6s Marine Profile Selection
The speed control is factory set to Profile 1. To change the profile, follow the
steps on described below. The speed control should be connected to the
receiver and the transmitter should be adjusted as described previously. The
profiles are selected by entering the programming mode.
VXL-6s Marine Profile Description:
Profile 1 (Sport Mode): 100% Forward, 15% Reverse
Profile 2 (Race Mode): 100% Forward, No Reverse
Profile 3 (Training Mode): 50% Forward, 15% Reverse
Selecting Sport Mode (Profile 1)
1. Place the boat on the included stand and
A
B
make sure objects and fingers are clear of
the propeller.
2. Turn on the transmitter. Pull and hold the
Full Throttle
Plug in ESC
trigger to full throttle (A).
D
C
3. While holding full throttle, connect two fully
charged battery packs to the VXL-6s Marine
ESC (B). It will turn on automatically.
4. Continue to hold the transmitter trigger at full One Blink & Beep Trigger Neutral
throttle. After about two seconds, the red LED
will blink once and the ESC will beep once (C).
5. Move the trigger to neutral (D). The ESC is ready for use and is set to Profile 1.
Selecting Race Mode (Profile 2)
1. Place the boat on the included stand and
make sure objects and fingers are clear of
the propeller.
2. Turn on the transmitter. Pull and hold the
trigger to full throttle (A).
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A
B
Full Throttle
Plug in ESC
D
C
3. While holding full throttle, connect two fully
charged battery packs to the VXL-6s Marine
ESC (B). It will turn on automatically.
4. Continue to hold the transmitter trigger at full One Blink & Beep Two Blinks & Beeps
throttle. After about two seconds, the red LED
E
will blink and the ESC will beep once (C).
5. Continue to hold the transmitter trigger at full throttle. After
about two more seconds (4 seconds total), the red LED will
Trigger Neutral
blink twice and the ESC will beep twice (D).
6. Move the trigger to neutral (E). The ESC is ready for use and is set to Profile 2.
A
B
Selecting Training Mode (Profile #3)
1. Place the boat on the included stand and
make sure objects and fingers are clear of
the propeller.
Full Throttle
Plug in ESC
2. Turn on the transmitter. Pull and hold the
D
C
trigger to full throttle (A).
3. While holding full throttle, connect two fully
charged battery packs to the VXL-6s Marine
ESC (B). It will turn on automatically.
One Blink & Beep Two Blinks & Beeps
4. Continue to hold the transmitter trigger at full E
F
throttle. After about two seconds, the red LED
will blink and the ESC will beep once (C).
5. Continue to hold the transmitter trigger at
full throttle. After about two more seconds (4 Three Blinks & Beeps Trigger Neutral
seconds total), the red LED will blink twice and the ESC will beep twice (D).
6. Continue to hold the transmitter trigger at full throttle. After about two more
seconds (6 seconds total), the red LED will blink three times and the ESC will
beep three times (E).
7. Move the trigger to neutral (F). The ESC is ready for use and is set to Profile 3.
Over-Voltage Detection
The VXL-6s Marine speed control also detects when too much voltage is being
input. If batteries with more than 25.2 volts are connected to the speed control,
it will not operate. The red and green LEDs will blink, and an alternating high-low
tone will sound. Unplug the batteries and install packs with 25.2 volts or less.
Throttle Neutral Protection
If the transmitter’s throttle neutral position is moved after the VXL-6s speed
control has been switched off, the speed control will not recognize the new
position when it is turned back on and will not operate the throttle. This
prevents the boat from running out of control due to an accidental change
of the neutral position. If Throttle Neutral Protection detects that the throttle
neutral position has changed, the VXL-6s speed control’s green LED will blink
and it will beep steadily. Return the throttle trim position to neutral to resume
normal throttle operation.
DRIVING YOUR MODEL
Now it’s time to have some fun! This section contains instructions on
driving and making adjustments to your model. Before you go on, here are
some important precautions to keep in mind.
• Use extra caution when traveling into the wind and/or against the direction
of waves. The added pitch motion caused by driving into cresting waves
combined with wind blast tends to lift the boat out of the water further and
might cause the boat to blow over backwards.
• If the boat starts getting very light on the water (about to blow over) reduce
throttle to settle the hull back into the water.
• Always be ready to reduce the throttle if your model appears to be unstable
or “chine walking” (rocking violently from side to side). Make trim tab or
weight placement changes to reduce chine walking, as this behavior can
cause a crash in rougher water.
• Always reduce the throttle when turning, especially in rough water. Once the
boat has begun leaning into the corner increase throttle to maintain speed
and keep the bow up.
• Use caution when driving parallel to waves or wind chop. The waves will cause
excess rocking and may cause the boat to spin out or crash unexpectedly.
• When traveling at high speeds (40+ mph) be very gentle with control inputs
to avoid hooking or flipping the boat.
• Avoid reversing for more than a few seconds at a time. Reversing causes
water to rush over the stern of the boat and may cause it to sink.
• Drain the boat after every run. Even though every precaution has been made
to keep water out of the hull it may be necessary to drain any ingested water.
Excess water in the hull will hurt performance and unbalance the boat.
• Do not leave the boat sitting in the water after each run. Water could enter
the boat if the stuffing tube seal is worn.
• Do not operate the boat continuously at low speeds when using LiPo
batteries. The ESC and motor could overheat from lack of cooling water flow.
• Remove the prop for transportation to avoid accidentally breaking it.
• Do not lift the boat by grabbing the sides of the hatch opening. This may
cause the upper hull to tear. Instead use two hands to lift or handle the boat,
grabbing the sides of the hull about 1/3 way up from the back.
• To prevent spin outs, avoid steering sharply at high speed.
• Jumping your model or towing anything with it should not be attempted.
• Return your model to shore at the first sign of weak batteries. Your model
will begin to slow and the controls will become sluggish.
Cavitation
If your model is running at full throttle but is only barely moving forward
then the propeller is cavitating. Try advancing the throttle slowly to get
your model on plane. If you are having trouble with cavitation, check the
propellers for nicks or tangled debris. Your model’s propeller is specially
designed for its application and is very sensitive to any changes or
modifications. If a prop is damaged it should be replaced.
Where to Run
Select a body of fresh water, which is calm and free of debris, tree stumps,
moss, etc. Do not drive your model in extremely rough, choppy water or in
high wind (more than 15 MPH). These conditions could cause your model
to flip over. Also, find a clean, stable area of shoreline to launch from. The
water must be at least 10 inches deep. Be aware that some ponds restrict
the use of model boats. Always choose a launch site which is downwind
so that the wind and waves will drift the boat back to you if it should ever
become disabled or capsize. Running your model in salt water is not
recommended. Damage from corrosion is not covered by the warranty.
Your model is too fast to run in a swimming pool.
Caution! If your model
suddenly stops running or
runs very slowly, release the
throttle immediately! Refer
to Troubleshooting on page
24 for more information.
BOAT RETRIEVAL
If your model accidentally flips over and fills with water, it is equipped
with foam flotation to help prevent it from sinking. Traxxas does not
recommend swimming or wading to retrieve a boat. If you have chosen
your launch sight carefully (downwind), your model will probably drift
back to you on its own. If there is no wind, you will need a tennis ball and
a length of string. Tie the tennis ball securely to one end of the string
and then throw the ball over the drifting boat. Pull the ball in and try to
entangle the boat in the string. Pull the boat back slowly to shore. If only
the bow of the boat remains visible, try using a fishing lure with many
hooks and a fishing pole. Try to snag the lip of the upper deck or drive
mechanism with the hooks.
RUN TIME
Your model is able to achieve long run times due to the greater efficiency
of the high voltage electrical system. A large factor affecting run time is the
type and condition of your batteries. The milliamp hour (mAh) rating of
the batteries determines how large their “fuel tank” is. A 3000 mAh battery
pack will theoretically run twice as long as a 1500 mAh pack. Because
of the wide variation in the types of batteries that are available and the
methods with which they can be charged, it’s impossible for us to give you
exact run times for your model. Another major factor which affects run
time is how your model is driven. Our experience has shown that the run
times are shorter when the boat is driven continuously at top speed.
Tips for Increasing Run Time
• Use a high-quality peak-detecting charger.
• Discharge the batteries completely after each run.
• Vary your speed. Continuous high speed shortens the run time on your model.
• Maintain your model. Do not allow debris or damaged parts to cause
binding in the drivetrain. Keep the motor clean and the motor bearings
lightly lubricated.
• Apply the throttle smoothly. Hard acceleration, especially from a stop, will
shorten your run time.
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ADJUSTING YOUR MODEL
Optional Accessory: Machined
Aluminum Trim Adjusters
For the most precise trim
adjustments, Spartan can
be outfitted with machined
aluminum trim adjusters.
These install using the
existing trim tab mounting
holes, so no drilling is
required. Once installed,
the adjusters’ stainlesssteel screws can be used
to make fine trim settings.
Once Spartan is trimmed to
your preference, corrosionresistant nickel-plated nuts
hold the adjustment. Refer
to the parts list for more
information and accessories.
Adjusting the Trim Tabs
Spartan features stainless-steel trim tabs to help set the angle of the boat’s hull as it rides in the water. Setting the trim angle correctly will
provide maximum speed and efficiency from your model. From the factory, the trim tabs are set for best all-around performance and stability
at Spartan’s maximum speed, but you can experiment with their position to improve performance. Slightly bending the tabs down will cause
the bow to run closer to the water, “wetting” more of the hull and increasing stability. Be sure to set the left and right trim tabs equally.
A
B
C
Hold a straightedge against the hull so it
extends past the trim tab. The tab will rest
on the straightedge or be within 1mm of
its edge. This is the stock setting. Rigorous
testing has shown this setting to offer the
best handling in most conditions.
To adjust the trim tab,
grip it securely with a pair of
pliers as close to the bend as
possible. Flex the trim tab down
to set a new angle. Note that the
trim tab has some spring-back,
and will need to be flexed slightly
farther than the actual position
you wish to set.
This illustration shows 1mm of
downward defection. This small setting
will cause a significant change in the
hull’s attitude. Settings of 2-3mm
deflection should be considered
the maximum.
Adjusting the Rudder Angle
Spartan features an adjustable rudder support that permits the angle
of the rudder to be changed to alter the model’s cornering feel. The
stock setting is 0°, or ‘vertical,’ meaning the rudder is parallel with the
transom (see illustration). By loosening the rudder angle adjustment
screws, the rudder can be pivoted back up to 3°. Altering the rudder
angle effects how much the rudder ‘lifts’ the hull while cornering.
Increasing the rudder angle will allow the hull to ride higher while
cornering, which may potentially raise cornering speeds but also
lessens stability. If you experiment with this feature, remember to
retighten the adjustment screws after making your setting.
Rudder Angle
Adjustment Screws
Stock Position 0°
(Parallel to back of boat)
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2°-3°
ADJUSTING YOUR MODEL
Adjusting the Drive Strut
Spartan has a surface-piercing prop, meaning the prop is not fully submerged when the model is at speed. Varying the depth that the prop is
submerged will alter the model’s performance. The stock setting is 4mm above the lowest point of the hull. To adjust prop depth, loosen the drive strut
adjustment screw and angle the strut down. The minimum setting is approximately 2mm above the bottom of the hull. Submerging more of the prop
may increase speed with lower-voltage battery configurations, but amp draw will also be increased (the electronic speed control and batteries will have
to ‘work harder,’ reducing battery life). For maximum performance with most battery configurations and in most conditions, the stock setting is best.
Stock Setting
Minimum Setting
Drive Strut
Adjustment Screw
4mm
2mm
RECEIVER BOX: MAINTAINING A WATERTIGHT SEAL
Removing and Installing Radio Gear
The unique design of the receiver box allows the removal and
installation of the receiver without losing the ability to maintain a
watertight seal in the box. The patent-pending wire clamp feature
gives you the ability to also install aftermarket radio systems and
maintain the watertight features of the receiver box.
Removing the Receiver
1.Remove the wire clamp by removing the two 2.5x8mm cap screws.
2. Remove the cover by removing the two 3x10mm cap screws.
3.To remove the receiver from the box simply lift it out and set to
the side. The antenna wire is still inside the clamp area and cannot
be removed yet.
4.Unplug the servo cables from the receiver and remove the receiver.
Receiver Installation
1.Install the electronic speed control (ESC), servo, and antenna
wiring through the receiver box top (A). Make sure the box light
pipe is aligned with the receiver LED.
2.Plug ESC and servo wires into the receiver (see page 11).
A
3.Bundle wiring as necessary.
4. Make sure the O-ring is properly seated into
the groove in the receiver box bottom so
that the cover will not pinch it or damage it
in any way.
5. Place receiver box top onto receiver box
bottom and install and tighten the two
B
3x10mm cap screws securely.
6. Inspect the cover to make sure that the O-ring
seal is not visible.
7. Arrange the wires neatly using the wire
guides on the receiver box top (B). Excess
C
ESC and servo wiring should be bundled
inside the receiver box. Pull out all available
antenna wiring from the receiver box.
8. Apply a small bead of silicone grease to the D
foam on the wire clamp (C).
9. Install the wire clamp and tighten the two
2.5x8mm cap screws securely (D).
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Maintaining your Model
Always wear eye protection
when using compressed
air or spray cleaners and
lubricants.
Water Cooling Diagram
Your model requires maintenance in order to stay in top running
condition. The following procedures should be taken very
seriously. Form the habit of visually inspecting the mechanical
integrity of the model before and after each run.
Inspect the model for obvious damage or wear:
• Normally, some water will accumulate inside the boat. Empty any
standing water out of the boat between runs. Pour any water out
the side or back of the boat.
• Check the wiring for any frayed wires or loose connections.
• Check the tightness of the set screws in the collars on the steering
linkages, in the propeller. Thread-locking compound can be
applied to these screws to prevent them from loosening.
• Always store the model with the top deck cover removed. This
will allow harmful moisture and condensation to evaporate.
Centering your Servo
Whenever your radio system has been removed for service or
cleaning, the steering servo must be re-centered prior to installing
the radio system in the model.
1. If the radio system is already installed in the boat, disconnect
the servo horn from the servo.
2. Connect the steering servo to channel 1 on your receiver and
the electronic speed control to channel 2.
• Check the tightness of the propeller. Visually inspect the prop for
nicks, dings, and warping. Replace if any damage is noticed.
3. Place fresh “AA” batteries in the transmitter and turn the power
switch on.
• Check the operation of the radio system, especially the condition
of the batteries.
4. Turn the throttle and steering trim adjustments to the
center position.
• Visually inspect the hull for any cracks, damage, or possible leaks.
5. Keep fingers and objects away from the propeller. Connect two
fresh battery packs to the electronic speed control. The servo
will automatically jump to its center position.
After each running session:
• Make certain the motor is completely dry, particularly the bearings.
• Lubricate the motor bearings with light oil.
• Release the drive cable from the collet as explained on page 23
and remove the drive cable by pulling the propeller away from
the drive strut. Thoroughly dry the drive cable and lubricate it
with the marine grease included with your model.
• While the drive cable is removed from the model, dry and
lubricate the bushings in the drive strut. Reinstall the drive cable
by reversing the removal steps.
• Keep all of the screws in the drive system tight.
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• Thoroughly clean and dry the model before storing it.
• Check the mounting of the receiver and servo.
• Drain all water out of the model and thoroughly dry it before you store
it. Store the model with the top deck removed so that any remaining
moisture will evaporate.
8
Storage:
• Disconnect and remove all batteries.
6. The servo horn is now ready to be installed.
7. Be careful not to move the servo shaft when installing the
linkages. Readjust the electronic speed control as described in
the previous section.
MAINTAINING YOUR MODEL
Radio Tray Removal
5
Spartan’s unique power module
allows you to easily remove
1
the motor, drive system, and
4A
electronics as a unit for easy
access to the hull interior. With
5
the power module removed,
you can easily work on the drive
system or electronics without the entire hull taking up your bench
space. To remove the power module, follow these steps:
1. Loosen the drive cable collet.
Using the two 10mm wrenches
supplied, grip the collet base and
collet clamp. Rotate the parts away
from each other in the direction
shown to loosen the clamp. You
do not have to fully unthread the
collet, it will take less than one full
rotation to loosen the clamp.
4B
3
2
5
6
7
2. Remove the drive cable. Pull the propeller away from the drive
strut. The cable will come out with the propeller. There is no need
to remove the prop from the cable.
3. Remove the steering linkage. Use the supplied 2.5mm wrench to
unthread the 15mm screw in the servo arm and disengage the
steering linkage.
4. Unplug the water cooling outlet tube (A) and inlet tube (B).
5. Loosen the retaining screws. Use the supplied 2.5mm wrench to loosen the screws approximately 5 full
turns. It is not necessary to remove these screws, only loosen them.
6. Gently lift the power module from the motor end. If it does not release easily from the hull rails, loosen the
retaining screws another turn.
7. Slide the power module forward. Gently pull on the module to slide the tabs out of the slots in the hull rails.
Note: Sometimes the stuffing tube sticks in the seal. Extra force may be required to break it free.
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TROUBLESHOOTING
The following section addresses some very basic questions you may have
about your model. If you can’t find a solution here, you may call Traxxas
Customer Service at 1-888-TRAXXAS (U.S. residents only).
If the model stopped suddenly:
• Release the transmitter trigger immediately. Do not try and “force” the model
to move. Refer to the Boat Retrieval section on page 19 for recovery.
If there is an inconsistent reduction in power:
• There could be something wound around the prop (such as trash, algae
or fishing line). If you continue to drive your model with a bound prop,
the high load could create excessive heat and seriously damage the
batteries, speed control, or motor. Refer to the Boat Retrieval section on page
19 for recovery.
• The model might have struck an object in the water causing driveline
damage. Refer to the Boat Retrieval section on page 19 for recovery.
If there is an immediate reduction in power:
If the model’s power output is reduced suddenly, it is likely because the LowVoltage Detection system has switched on.
• Low-Voltage Detection will reduce power output to 25%. This allows
sufficient power to return the model to shore. To prevent over-discharging
your LiPo battery after Low-Voltage Detection limits power, return your
model to shore and disconnect the LiPo pack(s) from the model immediately.
Low-Voltage Detection allows operation with limited power for returning to
shore ONLY. Operating the model longer than necessary to return to shore
may cause over-discharging and permanent damage to LiPo batteries. Always
return your model to shore and disconnect the batteries from your model as
soon as Low-Voltage Detection limits power. The LED on the speed control
will slowly blink red, indicating a low voltage shutdown. The VXL-6s will stay
in the reduced power mode until a fully charged battery is connected.
• If you are not sure if the above condition occurred, do not operate the model.
Refer to the Boat Retrieval section on page 19 for recovery.
INCREASING PERFORMANCE
While your model is a great performer out of the box, there are
steps you can take to increase the speed of the boat.
1. Adjust the trim tab angle correctly. The trim tab angle should be trimmed
down just enough to keep the bow of the boat from porpoising (bouncing
up and down) in the current water conditions. If the trim tabs are set too low,
then it pushes the bow lower and increases drag in the water (see page 20).
2. Maintain your boat. Your model will be faster if it is kept clean and in good
working order. Replace the prop if it gets nicked or damaged. Keep the
motor clean and oiled. Make sure the drivetrain turns freely with no binding
or excess friction.
3. Use the best batteries and charger you can afford. Low-cost, low-capacity
battery packs will limit the performance of your model. Likewise, a low-
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cost charger may not allow your batteries to achieve their peak power
and capacity. For best performance, use battery packs rated for 3000mAh
or higher. Traxxas Power Cell NiMH packs are specially constructed for
durability and performance in high-power Traxxas models. The Traxxas
EZ-Peak charger (#2930) is recommended for use with Power Cell NiMH
batteries. If you plan to purchase LiPo batteries, consult your local hobby
dealer or call 1-888-TRAXXAS for advice on purchasing the appropriate LiPo
batteries and LiPo charger for your model.
Using Aftermarket Props
Spartan’s included prop has been carefully designed for maximum
performance and durability. It does not require sharpening or balancing
and is inexpensive to replace if damaged. If you do wish to experiment with
aftermarket props, Traxxas recommends using props that range in diameter
from 38-42mm, with a pitch-to-diameter ratio of about 1.4:1 (To determine this
ratio, divide pitch by diameter. For example, the Spartan’s stock prop is 42mm
in diameter with a pitch of 59mm. 59 ÷ 42 = 1.404). Avoid props larger than
42mm, as these will increase amp draw and reduce performance.
Using Aftermarket Motors and Speed Controls
Important: The VXL-6s Marine Speed Control and 540XL Brushless Motor have
been optimized to work together for the absolute best performance, reliability,
and efficiency. Using an aftermarket motor with the VXL-6s speed control, or
an aftermarket speed control with the 540XL Brushless Motor, may result in
damage to the Traxxas components and/or aftermarket components. Damage
incurred by mixing Traxxas and aftermarket components will not be covered by
any expressed or implied warranty. Only use the VXL-6s Marine speed control
with the 540XL Brushless Motor.
If you wish to outfit your model with an aftermarket brushless system, you
must replace both the motor and the speed control. Traxxas recommends a
motor with a kV rating of 1600-1800 kV. Make certain the speed control you
choose is compatible with your motor, is designed for marine use, and is
waterproof. Water cooling is highly recommended. Additional silicone tubing
may be required to properly plumb your speed control’s water-cooling system.
The Traxxas water-cooling motor jacket is not compatible with all motors.
Install an appropriate water-cooling system for the motor you choose. Traxxas
is not responsible for damage to your model or the components you install in
the model if you replace the power system with non-Traxxas components.
For the best performance, we highly recommend the Spartan’s factory-installed
brushless system. It is optimized for the best performance, reliability, and ease of
use in the Spartan and fully supported by Traxxas customer service.
If you have questions or need technical assistance, call Traxxas at
1-888-TRAXXAS
(1-888-872-9927) (U.S. residents only)
TQi ADVANCED TUNING GUIDE
Your Traxxas transmitter has a programmable Multi-Function knob
that can be set to control various advanced transmitter functions (set to
Steering Sensitivity by default, see page 16). Accessing the programming
menu is done by using the menu and set buttons on the transmitter and
observing signals from the LED. An explanation of the menu structure
follows on page 27. Experiment with the settings and features to see if
they can improve your driving experience.
Throttle Sensitivity (Throttle Exponential)
The Multi-Function knob can be set to control Throttle Sensitivity.
Throttle Sensitivity works the same way as Steering Sensitivity as
described on page 16, but applies the effect to the throttle channel.
Only forward throttle is affected; brake/reverse travel remains linear
regardless of the Throttle Sensitivity setting.
Steering Percentage (Dual Rate)
The Multi-Function knob can be set to control the amount (percentage)
of servo travel applied to steering. Turning the Multi-Function knob
fully clockwise will deliver maximum steering throw; turning the knob
counter-clockwise reduces steering throw (note: turning the dial
counter-clockwise to its stop will eliminate all servo travel). Be aware that
the steering End Point settings define the servo’s maximum steering
throw. If you set Steering Percentage to 100% (by turning the MultiFunction knob fully clockwise), the servo will travel all the way to its
selected end point, but not past it. Many racers set Dual Rate so they
have only as much steering throw as they need for the tightest turn, thus
making the vehicle easier to drive throughout the rest of the course.
Reducing steering throw can also be useful in making a car or truck
easier to control on high-traction surfaces, and limiting steering output
for oval racing where large amounts of steering travel are not required.
Throttle Trim
Setting the Multi-Function knob to serve as throttle trim will allow you
to adjust the throttle’s neutral position to prevent unwanted brake drag
or throttle application when the transmitter trigger is at neutral. Note:
Your transmitter is equipped with a Throttle Trim Seek mode to prevent
accidental runaways. See the sidebar for more information.
Steering and Throttle Sub-Trim
The Sub-Trim function is used to precisely set the neutral point of the
steering or throttle servo in the event that simply setting the trim knob
to “zero” does not completely center the servo. When selected, Sub-Trim
allows finer adjustment to the servo output shaft’s position for precise
setting of the neutral point. Always set the Steering Trim knob to zero
before making final adjustment (if required) using Sub-Trim. If Throttle
Trim has been previously adjusted, the Throttle Trim will need to be
reprogrammed to “zero” before making final adjustment using Sub-Trim.
Steering and Throttle End Points
The TQi transmitter allows you to choose the limit of the servo’s travel
range (or its “end point”) independently for left and right travel (on the
steering channel) and throttle/brake travel (on the throttle channel).
This allows you to fine-tune the servo settings to prevent binding
caused by the servo moving steering or throttle linkages (in the case
of a nitro vehicle) farther than their mechanical limits. The end point
adjustment settings you select will represent what you wish to be the
servo’s maximum travel; the Steering Percentage or Braking Percentage
functions will not override the End Point settings.
Setting Lock
Once you’ve adjusted all of these settings the way you like them, you
may want to disable the Multi-Function knob so none of your settings
can be changed. This is especially handy if you operate multiple vehicles
with a single transmitter via Traxxas Link Model Memory.
Multiple Settings and the Multi-Function Knob
It is important to note that settings made with the Multi-Function
knob are “overlaid” on top of each other. For example, if you assign the
Multi-Function to adjust Steering Percentage and set it for 50%, then
reassign the knob to control Steering Sensitivity, the transmitter will
“remember” the Steering Percentage setting. Adjustments you make
to Steering Sensitivity will be applied to the 50% steering throw setting
you selected previously. Likewise, setting the Multi-Function knob to
“disabled” will prevent the knob from making further adjustments, but
the last setting of the Multi-Function knob will still apply.
Braking Percentage
R/C boats do not have brakes, as the natural resistance of the water will
slow and stop the boat when the throttle is shut off. However, if you
use your TQi transmitter with a car or truck, you may find the Braking
Percentage function useful. When set for Braking Percentage, the MultiFunction knob will control the amount of brake travel applied by the
throttle/brake servo in a nitro-powered model. Electric models do not
have a servo-operated brake but the Braking Percentage function still
operates the same way in electric models. Turning the Multi-Function
knob full clockwise will deliver maximum brake throw; turning the knob
counter-clockwise reduces brake throw (Note: Turning the dial counterclockwise to its stop will eliminate all brake action).
TRAXXAS LINK MODEL MEMORY
Traxxas Link Model Memory is an exclusive, patent-pending feature
of the TQi transmitter. Each time the transmitter is bound to a new
receiver, it saves that receiver in its memory along with all the settings
assigned to that receiver. When the transmitter and any bound receiver
are switched on, the transmitter automatically recalls the settings for
that receiver. There is no need to manually select your vehicle from a list
of model memory entries.
Starting Over:
Restoring Factory Defaults
When programming your TQi
transmitter, you may feel the
need to start over with a clean
slate. Follow these simple steps
to restore the factory settings:
1. Turn transmitter off.
2. Hold both MENU and SET.
3. Turn transmitter on.
4. Release MENU and SET. The
transmitter LED will blink red.
5. Press MENU once. The
transmitter LED will blink red
twice repeatedly.
6. Press SET to clear settings.
The LED will turn solid
green and the transmitter is
restored to default.
Throttle Trim Seek Mode
When the Multi-Function knob is
set to throttle trim, the transmitter
remembers the throttle trim
setting. If the throttle trim knob is
moved from the original setting
while the transmitter is off, or while
the transmitter was used to control
another model, the transmitter
ignores the actual position of
the trim knob. This prevents the
model from accidentally running
away. The LED on the face of the
transmitter will rapidly blink green
and the throttle trim knob (MultiFunction knob) will not adjust the
trim until it is moved back to its
original position saved in memory.
To restore throttle trim control,
simply turn the multi-function
knob either direction until the LED
stops blinking.
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TQi ADVANCED TUNING GUIDE
Failsafe
Your Traxxas radio system is
equipped with a built-in failsafe
function that returns the throttle
to its last saved neutral position in
the event of a signal loss. The LED
on the transmitter and the receiver
will rapidly flash red.
Model Lock
The Traxxas Link Model Memory feature can store up to twenty models
(receivers) in its memory. If you bind a twenty-first receiver, Traxxas Link
Model Memory will delete the “oldest” receiver from its memory (in
other words, the model you used the longest time ago will be deleted).
Activating Model Lock will lock the receiver in memory so it cannot be
deleted.
You may also bind multiple TQi transmitters to the same model making
it possible to pick up any transmitter and any previously bound model
in your collection and simply turn them on and drive. With Traxxas Link
Model Memory, there is no need remember which transmitter goes
with which model and there is never a need to have to select any model
from a list of model memory entries. The transmitter and receiver do it
all for you automatically.
To activate Model Lock:
1. Switch on the transmitter and receiver you wish to lock.
2. Press and hold MENU. Release when the status LED blinks green.
3. Press MENU three times. The status LED will blink green four
times repeatedly.
4. Press SET. The status LED will blink green in single-flash intervals.
5. Press SET once. The status LED will blink red once repeatedly.
6. Press MENU once, the LED will blink red twice repeatedly.
7. Press SET, the LED will blink rapidly green. The memory is now
locked. Press and hold MENU to return to driving mode.
Note: To unlock a memory, press SET twice at step 5. The LED will
blink rapidly green to indicate the model is unlocked. To unlock all
models, press MENU twice at step 6 and then press SET.
To delete a model:
At some point, you may wish to delete a model you no-longer drive
from the memory.
1. Switch on the transmitter and receiver you wish to delete.
2. Press and hold MENU. Release when the status LED blinks green.
3. Press MENU three times. The status LED will blink green four
times repeatedly.
4. Press SET once. The status LED will blink green once repeatedly.
5. Press MENU once. The status LED will blink green twice repeatedly.
6. Press SET. The memory is now selected to be deleted. Press SET to
delete the model. Press and hold MENU to return to driving mode.
TRANSMITTER LED CODES
LED Color / Pattern
Name
Notes
Solid green
Normal Driving Mode
See page 14 for information on how to use your transmitter controls.
Slow red (0.5 sec on / 0.5 sec off)
Binding
See page 16 for more information on binding.
Flashing fast green (0.1 sec on / 0.15 sec off)
Throttle Trim Seek Mode
Turn the Multi-Function knob right or left until the LED stops flashing.
See page 25 for more information.
Flashing medium red (0.25 sec on / 0.25 sec off)
Low Battery Alarm
Put new batteries in the transmitter. See page 12 for more information.
Flashing fast red (0.125 sec on / 0.125 sec off)
Link Failure / Error
Transmitter and receiver are no longer bound. Turn the system off and then
back on to resume normal operation. Find source of the link failure (ie out of
range, low batteries, damaged antenna).
Counts out number (green or red) then pauses
Current menu position
See Menu Tree for more information.
x8
Fast green 8 times
Menu setting accepted (on SET)
x8
Fast red 8 times
Menu SET invalid
Programming Patterns
or
User error such as trying to delete a locked model.
RECEIVER LED CODES
LED Color / Pattern
26 • SPARTAN
Name
Notes
Solid green
Normal Driving Mode
See page 14 for information on how to use your transmitter controls.
Flashing slow red
Binding
See page 16 for more information on binding.
Flashing medium red
Fail-Safe / Low-Voltage Detect
Consistent Low-Voltage in the receiver triggers Fail-Safe so there is enough
power to center the throttle servo before it completely loses power.
TQi ADVANCED TUNING GUIDE
Press MENU to move through options.
Press SET to select an option.
MENU TREE
The menu tree below shows how to navigate through
the TQi transmitter’s various settings and functions.
Press and hold MENU to enter the menu tree, and use
the following commands to navigate through the menu
and select options.
MENU: When you enter a menu, you always start at the
top. Press MENU to move down the menu tree.
When you reach the bottom of the tree, pressing
MENU again will return you to the top.
SET: Press SET to move across the menu tree and select
options. When an option is committed to the
transmitter’s memory, the status LED will rapidly
blink green.
BACK: Press both MENU and SET to go back one level in
the menu tree.
EXIT: Press and hold MENU to exit programming.
Your selected options will be saved.
ECHO: Press and hold SET to activate the “echo” function.
Echo will “play back” your current position on the
Menu Tree, should you lose your place. For example:
If your current position is Steering Channel End
Points, holding SET will cause the LED to blink green
twice, green once, and then red three times. Echo
will not alter your adjustments or change your
position in the programming sequence.
Below is an example of how to access a function in the menu
tree. In the example, the user is setting the Multi-Function knob
to be a steering Dual Rate control.
To set the Multi-Function knob to control STEERING DUAL RATE (%):
1. Switch the transmitter on
2. Press and hold MENU until the green LED lights. It will blink in single
intervals.
3. Press SET. The red LED will blink in single intervals to indicate Steering
Dual Rate has been selected.
4. Press MENU twice. The red LED will blink three times repeatedly to
indicate Steering Percentage has been selected.
5. Press SET to select. The green LED will blink 8 times fast to indicate
successful selection.
6. Press and hold MENU to return to driving mode.
Enter Programming
Press and hold
MENU for 3 seconds
1
Multi-Function Knob
One Blink Green
Press
SET
Press
MENU
2
Channel Setup
Two Blinks Green
Press
SET
1
Steering Sensitivity (Expo)
2
Throttle Sensitivity (Expo)
3
Steering % (Dual Rate)
4
Braking %
5
Throttle Trim
6
Knob Disabled
1
Steering (Channel 1)
One Blink Red
Two Blinks Red
Press MENU to move through options.
Press SET to select an option.
Three Blinks Red
Four Blinks Red
Five Blinks Red
Hold both
MENU and SET
Transmitter
ON
Release MENU and SET
red LED blinks
1
Servo Reversing Press SET to reverse
One Blink Red
servo direction.
2
Sub Trim
Use knob to adjust
sub-trim. Press SET to save.
3
End Points
Six Blinks Red
One Blink Green
Press
SET
2
Press
MENU
Throttle (Channel 2)
Two Blinks Green
Press
SET
Press SET to select an option.
3
Mode Selection
Three Blinks Green
Press
SET
1
Electric
One Blink Red
2
4
Traxxas-Link
Four Blinks Green
Press
SET
1
Nitro
Two Blinks Red
Model Locking
One Blink Green
Press
SET
Press
MENU
Press MENU once. The
transmitter LED will blink
red twice repeatedly.
Press SET to clear settings. LED
will turn solid green. Transmitter
is restored to default
2
Delete Model
Two Blinks Green
Press
SET
Use steering wheel to
adjust. Turn right to desired
end point, press set to save.
Turn left to desired endpoint and press set to save.
To reset max throw: Let go of controls and press SET.
Three Blinks Red
Reset End Points Press SET to restore
1
Servo Reversing Press SET to reverse
One Blink Red
servo direction.
2
Sub Trim
Use knob to adjust subtrim. Press SET to save.
3
End Points
Press
MENU
Press
MENU
Two Blinks Red
4
Press
MENU
Restoring Factory Defaults:
Transmitter
OFF
Note: The transmitter is “live” during programming
so you can test the settings real time without having
to exit the menu tree.
Four Blinks Red
Two Blinks Red
factory default endpoints.
Use trigger to adjust. Pull
back to desired end point,
press set to save. Push
forward to desired endpoint and press set to save.
To reset max throw: Let go of controls and press SET.
Three Blinks Red
4
Reset End Points Press SET to restore
1
Unlock
2
Lock
3
Unlock All
1
Confirm Deletion
Four Blinks Red
factory default endpoints.
One Blink Red
Two Blinks Red
Three Blinks Red
One Blink Red
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TQi ADVANCED TUNING GUIDE
x8
Set Multi-Function
knob for STEERING
SENSITIVITY (Expo)
Press/hold MENU
green LED blinks
Press SET
red LED blinks
Press SET to confirm
green LED blinks (x8)
Set Multi-Function
knob for THROTTLE
SENSITIVITY (Expo)
Press/hold MENU
green LED blinks
Press SET
red LED blinks
Press MENU to confirm
red LED blinks (x2)
Set Multi-Function
knob for STEERING
DUAL RATE (%)
Press/hold MENU
green LED blinks
Press SET
red LED blinks
Press MENU twice
red LED blinks (x3)
Set Multi-Function
knob for BRAKING
PERCENTAGE (%)
Press/hold MENU
green LED blinks
Press SET
red LED blinks
Press MENU 3 times
red LED blinks (x4)
Set Multi-Function
knob for
THROTTLE TRIM
Press/hold MENU
green LED blinks
Press SET
red LED blinks
Press MENU 4 times
red LED blinks (x5)
Press/hold MENU
green LED blinks
Press SET
red LED blinks
Press MENU 5 times
red LED blinks (x6)
Press SET to lock
green LED blinks (x8)
Press/hold MENU
returns to driving mode
To REVERSE
the direction of
STEERING servo
Press/hold MENU
green LED blinks
Press MENU
green LED blinks (x2)
Press SET
green LED blinks
Press SET
red LED blinks
Press SET to reverse
servo direction
To set the SUB TRIM
of the STEERING
servo
Press/hold MENU
green LED blinks
Press MENU
green LED blinks (x2)
Press SET
green LED blinks
Press SET
red LED blinks
Press MENU
red LED blinks (x2)
To LOCK the
Multi-Function knob
x2
x3
x4
x5
x6
MENU TREE FORMULAS
Press/hold MENU
returns to driving mode
x8
Press SET to select
green LED blinks (x8)
To reset the END
POINTS of STEERING
servo to defaults
Press/hold MENU
green LED blinks
Press MENU
green LED blinks (x2)
To REVERSE
the direction of
THROTTLE servo
Press/hold MENU
green LED blinks
Press MENU
green LED blinks (x2)
To set the SUB TRIM
of the THROTTLE
servo
Press/hold MENU
green LED blinks
Press MENU
green LED blinks (x2)
x3
Press/hold MENU
green LED blinks
Press MENU
green LED blinks (x2)
Press/hold MENU
returns to driving mode
x8
Use Multi-Function
knob to set neutral
Turn steering
wheel to desired max
left and right travel
Press SET
green LED blinks
Press SET
red LED blinks
Press MENU twice
red LED blinks (x3)
Press SET
green LED blinks
Press SET
red LED blinks
Press MENU 3 times
red LED blinks (x4)
Press SET
to reset end points
Press SET
green LED blinks
Press MENU
green LED blinks (x2)
Press SET
red LED blinks
Press SET to reverse
servo direction
Press SET
green LED blinks
Press MENU
green LED blinks (x2)
Press SET
red LED blinks
Press MENU
red LED blinks (x2)
x4
x2
Press MENU
green LED blinks (x2)
Press SET
green LED blinks
Press MENU
green LED blinks (x2)
x2
Press/hold MENU
returns to driving mode
x8
Press SET
to save each position
IF END POINTS
ARE OK:
Turn steering wheel
to test settings
Press/hold MENU
returns to driving mode
IF END POINTS
NEED TO BE
CHANGED:
Press SET
and repeat steps 6-8
x8
Press/hold MENU
returns to driving mode
Press/hold MENU
returns to driving mode
x2
x2
Press SET
green LED blinks
Press SET
to save position
x8
x2
x2
To reset the END
POINTS of THROTTLE
servo to defaults
Adjust the MultiFunction knob until the
LED turns solid green.
x2
x2
Press MENU
green LED blinks (x2)
Press/hold MENU
returns to driving mode
Always turn your
transmitter on first.
x8
x2
Press/hold MENU
green LED blinks
Press/hold MENU
returns to driving mode
x8
x2
To set the END
POINTS of the
THROTTLE servo
Press/hold MENU
returns to driving mode
x8
Press SET to select
green LED blinks (x8)
x2
Press MENU
green LED blinks (x2)
1
x8
Press SET to select
green LED blinks (x8)
x2
Press/hold MENU
green LED blinks
Press/hold MENU
returns to driving mode
x8
Press SET to select
green LED blinks (x8)
x2
To set the END
POINTS of the
STEERING servo
To select functions and make adjustments to the TQi transmitter without
referencing the menu tree, turn your transmitter on, find the function in the
left column you wish to adjust, and simply follow the corresponding steps.
x3
x8
Use Multi-Function
knob to set neutral
Use throttle
trigger to set desired
max throttle or brake
Press SET
red LED blinks
Press MENU twice
red LED blinks (x3)
x4
x8
Press SET
red LED blinks
Press MENU 3 times
red LED blinks (x4)
Press SET
green LED blinks (x8)
x2
Press SET
to save position
Press/hold MENU
returns to driving mode
IF END POINTS
ARE OK:
Press SET to save
Use trigger to test
Press/hold MENU
returns to driving mode
Press/hold MENU
returns to driving mode
IF END POINTS
NEED TO BE
CHANGED:
Press SET
and repeat steps 7-9
TQi ADVANCED TUNING GUIDE
PROGRAMMING YOUR TQi TRANSMITTER
WITH YOUR APPLE iPHONE OR iPOD TOUCH
The Traxxas Docking Base (Part #6510 - sold separately) for the TQi
transmitter installs in minutes to transform your iPhone® or iPod touch®
into a powerful tuning tool that allows you to replace the transmitter’s
button/LED programming system with an intuitive, high-definition, fullcolor graphical user interface.
Traxxas Link
The powerful Traxxas Link app (available in the Apple App Store) gives you
complete control over the operation and tuning of your Traxxas model with
stunning visuals and absolute precision. Install Traxxas Link telemetry sensors
on the model, and Traxxas Link displays real-time data such as speed, RPM,
temperature, and battery voltage.
Intuitive iPhone
and iPod touch interface
Traxxas Link makes it easy to
learn, understand, and access
powerful tuning options. Control
Drive Effects settings such as
steering and throttle sensitivity;
steering percentage; braking
strength; and throttle trim by
simply touching and dragging
the sliders on the screen.
The TQi Docking
Base is sold separately
(Part #6510). The Traxxas
Link application is
available from the Apple
App store for iPhone
and iPod touch mobile
devices. iPhone and iPod
touch are not included
with the TQi Docking Base.
For more information
about the TQi Docking
Base and the Traxxas
Link application, visit
Traxxas . com
Tap and slide to adjust Steering Sensitivity,
Throttle Trim, Braking Percent, and more!
Real-Time Telemetry
When you equip your model
with sensors, the Traxxas Link
dashboard comes to life showing
you speed, battery voltage, RPM,
and temperature. Set threshold
warnings and log maximums,
minimums, or averages. Use the
recording function to document
your dashboard view, with
sound, so that you can keep your
eyes on your driving and not
The customizable Traxxas Link dashboard delivers
miss a single apex.
real-time rpm, speed, temperature, and voltage data.
Manage up to 30 Models with Traxxas Link
The TQi radio system automatically keeps track of what vehicles it has bound to
and what settings were used for each--up to 30 models total! Traxxas Link provides
a visual interface to name the models, customize their settings, attach profiles,
and lock them into memory. Simply choose a model and any previously bound
transmitter, power them up, and start having fun.
Made for
· iPod touch (4th generation)
· iPod touch (3rd generation)
· iPod touch (2nd generation)
· iPhone 4S
· iPhone 4
· iPhone 3GS
· iPhone 3G
“Made for iPod” and “Made for iPhone” mean that an electronic accessory has been designed to connect specifically to iPod and iPhone, respectively, and has
been certified by the developer to meet Apple performance standards. Apple is not responsible for the operation of this device or its compliance with safety and
regulatory standards. Please note that the use of this accessory with iPod and iPhone may affect wireless performance.
iPhone and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
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owners manual
MODEL 5707
MODEL 5707L
1100 Klein Road, Plano Texas 75074
1-888-TRAXXAS
120927 5707OM-LN-EN-R00
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