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GForce 540 4 Pole 2800kv Brushless Motor Review
Review by Hunter Wick
The motor you pick for your RC can be the difference between a no-go car and a go, go, go car! It is arguably the most important piece of electronics, so I was a little nervous to be honest when purchasing this motor that I had heard nothing about. Read on to discover if this motor made my Savage XS fly, or if it was one of those no-go situations.
Check out the unboxing video we made of the GForce 2800kV brushless motor here.
Shipping and Packaging - 9/10
I always enjoy ordering from Valuehobby because of their $3.99 shipping on most items. Plus, they ship through USPS, which means that they deliver on Saturdays! So, to say the least, I was pleased with shipping. As far as packaging goes, Valuehobby continues to make the same mistake. Instead of using an actual cardboard box to ship their products in, they normally just use an insulated envelope. While this works most of the time, I would feel much more comfortable seeing my package arrive sealed in a hard, cardboard box.
Performance - 10/10
Performance is probably the most important category in most people's minds, so seeing that I awarded this motor with a perfect score is probably exciting a couple of you guys. Well, I have some good news for you all, then. You all should be excited! This motor did great and was for the most part a perfect match for the Savage XS I installed it into. It might have been a tad low on the kv rating, but that was my fault. There is also a 3200kv version of this motor sold, so that might have been a better option that would have given me more speed, but the motor I chose still performed great. It had plenty of torque (in fact, ridiculous torque) and decent speed (could have been much better if I would have chosen the 3200kv version), and it did all of this while never climbing over 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
Value - 8/10
For some, including myself, this is by far my favorite category to discuss. Even if a motor exhibits a 10/10 in the performance category, if it's out of my price range, I can't have it! Thankfully, this GForce brushless motor turned out to be an amazing value. It is the most inexpensive and well-performing 4 pole 540 size brushless motor on the market that I know of. The only reason I didn't give this motor a perfect score was because like many budget brushless motors on the market, this motor only came with 3.5mm bullet connectors instead of the now industry standard 4mm connectors. Now, normally this wouldn't be that big of deal to change them over, but since the wire they are connected to is connected internally to the motor windings, you cannot cut it or it will cause the motor to work incorrectly. This is something Valuehobby should really look into changing.
At the end of the day, I was more than pleased with the GForce 540 size 4 pole 2800kv brushless motor's packing, performance, and value, and I think the final score shows it. The motor received an average score of 9/10, more than good enough for me. Great job Valuehobby. Keep it up.