Carisma ARC-1 Brushed, Waterproof ESC

By: Tim Gluth

With their latest on-road, ready-to-run Lotus Exige V6 model, Carisma has introduced a new electronic speed control (ESC) into their lineup. The ARC-1 is a multi-mode, waterproof, brushed speed controller that's designed to bring as much performance to the table as possible.

Carisma's ARC-1 features four driving modes; forward/reverse with smart brake, forward-only with standard brake, beginner mode, and crawler mode. These multiple modes allow anyone, regardless of experience, to get the most out of their R/C machines.

In addition to the four-mode setting, the ARC-1 is compatible with both NiMh and LiPo batteries, is waterproof/water resistant, and features end-point calibration.

Carisma ARC-1 Brushed ESC - Splashdown

Carisma ARC-1 Specs:

  • Length: 40mm
  • Width: 27mm
  • Height: 22mm
  • Motor connector: 4mm Bullet for Brushed motor

  • Battery connector: Tamiya Style

  • Max Instantaneous Current (Forward): 500A

  • Max Continuous Current (Forward): 40A

  • On Resistance (Forward): 0.0015 ohm / phase

  • Max Instantaneous Current (Reverse): 250A

  • Max Continuous Current (Reverse): 20A

  • On Resistance (Reverse): 0.003 ohm / phase

Priced at $34.99, the Carisma ARC-1 ESC is available online at This is a budget-priced speed controller that appears to offer much more than you'd expect for the cost.

Image credit: Carisma

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