What is a nitro glow starter?

The glow starter (or glow heater) is a simple spring operated ‘battery on a stick’ which is used to start your RC car’s nitro engine. Clipping the glow starter in place on top of the glow plug causes power to flow through the small coil of wire inside the glow plug.

How do you charge a nitro RC glow starter?

To charge, in the same way you would attach the glow starter to the glow plug (see point 3 for details) insert the nut shaped charging end into the locking socket of the glow starter. Finally, plug the charger into the wall socket.

What RC glow plug should I use?

Generally, if the fuel mixture has 10-20% nitro, then you’ll need to use hot glow plugs. 20-30% mixture requires medium temperature glow plugs. And 30% or beyond nitro mix requires you to use cold glow plugs.

How long does it take to charge a RC glow starter?

At least 12 hours for the initial charge.

How long do you charge a RC glow starter?

The charger can charge (at a 170mAh charge rate) the included Ni-Cd battery (1800mAh) of the glow igniter in approximately 15 hours if the battery is fully discharged. Initial charging will take about 12 hours and recharging will require slightly less time, depending on the amount the battery is discharged.

Does length of glow plug matter?

Plug length is also a consideration if you’re looking at turbo plugs. Longer turbo plugs are hotter, and shorter plugs are colder. The longer body contains a longer wire element that produces more heat.

How long do nitro RC engines last?

How long do RC Nitro Engines last? The average lifespan of an RC nitro engine is between 6 and 8 gallons (22.71 to 30.28 liters), which typically runs about 40-80 hours of run time. That means your car will only be able to burn 6-8 gallons in its lifetime before it’s time to say goodbye.

When Should RC glow plugs be replaced?

There’s no rule as to when to change your plug for best performance. Sometimes plugs last a tank of fuel, sometimes they last for 6 months, you never know. Like everyone has said, if you’re unsure, pull your plug and make sure it glows BRIGHT red. If it’s dull, replace it.

How do nitro glow plugs work?

The glow plug is a durable, mostly platinum, helical wire filament recessed into the plug’s tip. When an electric current runs through the plug, or when exposed to the heat of the combustion chamber, the filament glows, enabling it to help ignite the special fuel used by these engines.

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