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Combat RC / ESC/BEC controllers and motors- Brushed and Brushless

Hey LMR I was hoping you could help me with a few questions the internet/google cannot fully teach me haha.

So I am thinking about maybe making a combat robot/battle bot (http://www.robotmarketplace.com/therobots.html) whatever you want to call it with some left over cash. So I have some questions on Brushless and Brushed motors.

What is the difference between Brushed and Brushless? So far I understand that one has three wires and the other two- +, - , brushless has a servo wire( to make it simple for me ;)    So what am I missing? Is one geared or what?

pull things with intelligent traction control
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The perfect recipe

Some say I know all about computers... Some say I love my hardware more than my girlfriend... All i know is that my desk is always filled with laptops with different OSes, wires, bare PCB's, components and an arduino. That sounds like the perfect recipe for a robot!

RC power for my picaxe

I'm using RC ESC's to drive the motors in my current robot project. These speed controllers has a built in power regulator (called a BEC) that is meant to power your RC receiver. I've measured and the voltage produced is a steady 5.03 Volts.

Can any of you think of a reason why I couldn't or shouldn't use this as power source for my Picaxe 28x1 ? 


Can't seem to insert hyperlinks with Opera browser on my old iMac, so here are a link if you wanna read more about RC ESCs or BECs


hobby motor control

Hi guys, I am looking into getting a small electronic speed controller from the rc hobby store to run a couple of small dc motors (tamiya dual gearbox), does anybody know if these take the same pwm input as running a servo or does the r/c gear use something else? I thought r/c gear used pwm but when browsing online for motor controllers some say pwm, and some say r/c (in addition to analog or serial or whatever else). Is there a difference?