We sell a lot of Controller Boards, which come with the ESCs pre-installed and pre-programmed. In years past, most people who were scratch building ROVs were comfortable with the idea of buying ESCs and other parts from HobbyKing, and re-flashing them as necessary. But maybe that situation has changed, and perhaps we should look into selling ready-to-go ESCs. For instance, Blue Robotics sells re-flashed ESCs to mate with their thrusters.
If we were to sell re-flashed Afro ESCs for use with the DST-700 motors, they would have to be at a significant markup from HobbyKing prices, since we would have to unbag them, put them on a jig to reflash them, label them, and then re-bag them and stock them as a line item. Is there enough of a market to warrant doing this? I don’t know, but I’d like to hear the opinion of others in the community.
On a final note, the Controller Board is designed to handle motor loads of about 7-8 amps. Although the board will fit 20 amp ESCs, that is done for supply chain management only- if 12A ESCs are out of stock when we’re doing a production run of Controller Boards, we can use 20A ESCs in their place.