This 5 amp Universal Battery Elimination Circuit (UBEC) is a 'switch mode' DC regulator that takes the high voltage (up to 30 volts) of the main battery pack and converts it to a consistant and safe 5 volts for your receiver and servos. A UBEC is needed if the Electronic Speed Control (ESC) being used for the motor does not have a built in Battery Elimination Circuit (BEC), or if the BEC of the ESC is inadequate to power the number and/or size of servos being used.
Using this UBEC is a safer way to go on large models for the following reasons:
1. Most built-in BEC circuits are 1 to 2 amp 'linear mode' circuits which are only useful for 2 or possibly 3 standard size servos when using a 3 cell Lipo battery. If you use more servos, or a higher voltage battery pack, you will almost certainly overload the BEC, causing a crashed model.
2. In an ESC with a built-in BEC, excessive heat generated in the ESC by the current draw of the motor and/or BEC can cause total loss of power to the receiver/servos, resulting in a crashed model. The chance of total loss of power is greatly reduced when a separate receiver battery pack or UBEC is used. If the ESC overheats and shuts down (no power to the motor), you will still have power to the receiver/servos, and will be able to maintain control of the model.
Connecting a UBEC:
We make it easy to connect a UBEC! Using a T-Plug BEC/Lighting Tap with JST Connector (sold separately), you can connect the UBEC inline with your flight battery and ESC with no soldering required.
Alternatively, you may choose to hardwire the UBEC directly to the power wires of your ESC. The red (+) and black (-) power input wires of the UBEC are connected directly to the main battery pack of an electric model, the same as the ESC. In fact, the power input wires of the UBEC are often spliced into the power input wires of the ESC, so that the UBEC and ESC power on at exactly the same moment. The power output wires of the UBEC have a receiver connector on them, and this is usually plugged into any open channel of the receiver. The picture below shows a 3 amp UBEC that has the power input wires soldered to the T-Plug of the ESC, and also shows the UBEC and ESC connected to a receiver:
If the ESC being used has a built in BEC, that BEC must be disabled when using a UBEC, as you should have only one power source providing power to the receiver. To disable the BEC of an ESC, simply disconnect the red wire on the receiver plug of the ESC. In the picture above, we have added an extension between the ESC and receiver, and we have disconnected the red wire on the extension.
If you are certain that your ESC does not have a built in BEC, then do not disconnect the red wire of the receiver plug of the ESC (if it has one). Most ESCs that do not have a built-in BEC say OPTO somewhere on the label.