ESCs based on the VESC

A list of all the active ESCs based on the VESC®

This is a WIKI so feel free to edit links/info.

All specifications are per side. No current rating standard exists so take all current ratings below with a grain of salt

Based on VESC 4.xx (using FW4.xx)

10s and 12s FOC / BLDC. 60k eRPM limit. Current shunts on the battery side. Known for a possibility of frying DRV chips when using 12s FOC.

HW4.xx ESCs S/D V Cont Peak Forum Notes F/W
Cheap Focer 1 Single 12s 30A 50A -
Flipsky FSESC 4.12 Single 10/12s 50A 240A -
Flipsky FSESC 4.20 Dual 10/12s 50A 150A -
MakerX GO-FOC Retro Single 10/12s 50A - Forum
MakerX GO-FOC DV4 Dual 10/12s 60A 100A Forum
Maytech MTVESC50A 4.12 Single 10/12s 50A 240A -
Turnigy SK8 V2 60A Single 12s 60A 120A
Turnigy SK8 V2 80A Single 12s 80A 150A
Turnigy SK8 V2 60A x2 Dual 12s 60A 120A Forum

FocBox - Single MCU twin power stage VESC Branch

The now defunct company Enertion hired an EE and tasked him with designing a twin power stage ESC. What came out was a decent single MCU dual controller with 2 battery side shunts that could run FOC on 12s. Those same designers went on to make the Stormcore. This design was initially not compatible with VESC-Tool. Single processor, twin power stage support was later added to VESC-Tool with big effort. Later Stormcore designs should be Vedder Sensorless Startup capable (to be confirmed).

Single MCU dual drive ESCs S/D V Cont Peak Forum Notes F/W
BKB Zenith Dual 12s 80A 150A Forum
FocBox Unity Dual 12s 80A 150A -
FocBox Tenka Dual 12s 70A - -
Stormcore 60D Dual 12s 80A - -
Stormcore 100D Dual 18s 80A - Forum

VESC 6 based designs (using 60 series FW)

12s FOC/BLDC. 150k eRPM limit. Three current shunts on the phase side. Not known for DRV chip failures. Higher continuous amps ( depending on model). IMU and Vedder Sensorless Startup capable (VESC 6 MK5 onwards).

HW 6 ESCs S/D V Cont Peak Forum Notes F/W
Boundmotor X-Core Pro Dual 12s 100A - - MakerX DV6 Rebrand
Cheap Focer 2 Single 12s 35A 70A
EOVAN Generation II ESC Dual 12s - -
Flipsky FESC 6.6 & 6.7 Single 12s 60A 150A
Flipsky FESC 6.6 & 6.7 Dual 12s 100A 400A
FRC ESC Single 12s 80A 150A Forum
Flux Single 12s 80A 150A
MakerX GO-FOC DV6 Dual 12s 100A 120A Forum
MakerX GO-FOC DV6 PRO Dual 12s 120A 180A Forum Higher current fets Custom
MakerX GO-FOC SV6 Single 12s 120A -
MakerX Mini-FOC/Plus Single 12s 50/80A - Forum
Maytech MTSVESC6.0 Single 12s 200A 240A
Maytech SUPERFOC6.8 Single 12s 50A 240A
MBoards DUAL ESC 6.6 Dual 12s 100A - - Ant Rebrand
Motion Spin Single 12s 80A 150A Forum Uses a unique DRV chip
TorqueBoards Torque6 Dual 12s 80A 150A Forum
Trampa VESC 6 MK5 Single 12s 80A 150A -

VESC HD based designs

12s FOC/BLDC. 100k eRPM limit. Three current shunts on the battery side. Ultra small package design ( High Density). Can be produced as single or twin ESC. Vedder Sensorless Startup capable.

HD ESCs S/D V Cont Peak Forum Notes F/W
Trampa VESC HD60T Dual 12s 75A 100A Forum OOS

VESC 75/300 based or similar

Up to 16S The design removed the DRV chip which was limiting the VESC 6 to 60v and made a few other improvements. 16s rating and three phase shunts (original HW), dedicated gate drivers, 12V power out, BLE and IMU. Vedder Sensorless Startup capable (original, others may or may not).
Depending on model, features can differ. Some designs may feature only 2 shunts.

75/300 based ESCs S/D V Cont Peak Forum Notes F/W
BioX ESC Dual 16s 125A - Ubox Rebrand EU
MakerX GO-FOC HI100 Single 16s 100A 200A Small, 6 fet
MakerX D75 Dual 16s - 140A Forum
Spintend UBox 75v Single Single 16s 100A 135A Forum Has IMU, for balance
Spintend UBox v2 75v Dual Dual 16s 100A 135A Forum ubox v2 300a fw.zip (363.9 KB)
Trampa VESC 75/300 Single 16s 300A 450A 18 fet
Trampa VESC 6 75v Single 16s 65A 130A Unreleased

VESC 100/250 based or similar

The design removed the DRV chip which was limiting the VESC 6 to 60v and made a few other improvements. Up to 22s rating and three battery sided shunts (original HW), dedicated gate drivers, 12V power out, IMU (features depend on model). Vedder Sensorless Startup capable (original, others may or may not). Some designs may feature only 2 battery sided shunts.

100/250 based ESCs S/D V Cont Peak Forum Notes F/W
A50S v2.2 6s Single 6s 35A 50A
A50S v2.2 12s Single 12s 25A 40A
A200S v3 Single 18s 100A (10 min) 320A+ Small, 18 fet, used for robots
A400S v2 Single 20s 200A 600A Water cooled
ENNOID-ESC Single 20s 125A - Forum Bolt on connections
Flipsky 75100 FOC Single 20s 100A 120A Forum eBike size Custom
Flipsky FSESC 75200 Single 16s 200A 300A A200S based
Little Focer Single 20S 75A 120A Forum Has IMU for balance
Luna Ludicrous v2 Single 20s 100A 150A for BBSHD eBikes Custom
MakerX GO-FOC HI200/HV200 Single 16s/20s 200A 300A Forum A200S Based
Maytech MTSESC7.5R Single 18s 100A 200A -
Maytech MTSESC7.5H Single 20s 400A 1000A Water cooled
Maytech MTSESC7.5DU Dual ? ? ? Unreleased
Raiden 7 Single 18s 140A 250A Forum Balance board style
Spintend UBox v2 100v Dual 22s 100A 135A - - -
Trampa VESC 100/250 Single 22s 200A 400A - 18 fet
Tronic (RION) 250 Single 21s 250A 300A - IMU, BT Unknown
Tronic (RION) 400 Single 28s 400A IG 400PA, 250BA, IMU, BT Unknown
Tronic (RION) 750 Single 30s 550A 650A - 650PA, 350BA, IMU, BT Unknown
Other VESC-Tool compatible ESCs S/D V Cont Peak Forum Notes F/W
BMESC BM60 Dual 12s - - Forum Unreleased
SmartESC Single 12s - - Forum VESC Firmware for Xiaomi M365 / Ninebot G30
VESC 6 EDU Single 6s - 50A Forum Independent gate drivers

TL;DR:


Non-VESC based ESCs used in ESK8s

RC ESCs S/D V Cont Peak Forum Notes
Castle Designs Mamba XLX Single 8s 150A 320A Forum Has brakes/logging

Discontinued VESCs

List
ESC S/D V Cont Peak Forum Notes Version
Ant 6.6 Dual Plus Dual 12s 100A 200A - - -
BalancePro V6.6+ Gold Single 12s 120A - Forum Upgraded FETs, IMU V6
ESK8 1.2 Single 10/12s 60A 240A - EU, Direct fet V4
Focbox Single 12s 50A 80A - Direct Fet, 12s FOC V4
Turnigy SK8-ESC V4.12 Single 10s/12s - - - - V4
Turnigy SK8-ESC V6 Single 12s 80A 150A Forum
VESC 6.2 Single 12s 80A - - Original Release V6
VESC 6.3 MK3 Single 12s 80A - - IMU added V6
VESC 6.4 MK4 Single 12s 80A - - V6
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me after running focbox singles at 12s

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also I think you forgot to set it to wiki mode

Edit: Added
focbox singles
cheap focer
little focer
spintend single

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Solid resource and much appreciated dude

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Very nice setup, and yeah gotta change to wiki mode

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Changed to wiki

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I guess the FocBox single should go in the Unity section as it was the foundation of the Unity and solved the 12s FOC issue without being a V4 or V6…

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true. added

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No, the Focbox single was basically a HW4 design and was running the 4.xx Firmware. It had nothing in common with the later twin designs.
I made some changes and split 75/300 and 100/250, since there is a big difference. 75/300 designs should use phase shunts, 100/250 based designs use 3 battery sided shunts. Depending on the motor, this can make a big difference. A200S for example uses 2 battery sided shunts as far as I can see.
These difference can play a big role, depending on the application and motor.

Also HD is not a HW 6 design. Uses battery sided shunts and different DRV chip. Wired differently and needs different FW.

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Elaborate

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I believe he already did. Check immediately after your quote.

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did you miss the FSESC 6.6 and 6.6+? as well as their mini/big variants?

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This ^^ not foundation of unity

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Can you help explain what difference the shunts on the battery or phase side make? I was under the impression that battery side shunts on the v4 lead to off timing measurements esp when running FOC and lead to the DRV chip failures/eRPM limits… but that appears to not be the case for later designs?

https://vesc-project.com/node/403

Best is 3 phase shunts, followed by 3 battery sided shunts, followed by 2 phase shunts, followed by 2 battery sided shunts. 2 shunt designs do not react very linear on inputs. They tend to jump from 80% power level to 100%.
Quote BV: It will be linear to around 60% of full speed, then it will decrease for a bit up to around 80 % and then it will increase from 80% to 100%.

How good a ESC design is depends on many factors and powerstage/shunt layout is one big factor.

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Huh… no stormies

^ top of the list

imo, i don’t think writing the S count in the V column is accurate. others have tried 8s or 13s (both liion) on a unity, and there are also user who uses lifepo4 cells which has a different S count compare to liion in similar voltage range.

Stating the absolute max voltage would be a more appropriate approach for this database.

just my 2c, great thread btw, already bookmarked it

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Voltage is always a better measure.

Real voltage too — actual kg·m2·s−3·A−1 — not ebike-jive fake-voltages.

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adding on to my point:

user should never attempt to build any battery pack, when fully charged, close to the absolute max voltage, unless the user fully understand the risk he/she is taking.