Dear support at hobbywing,
we bought several ESC Platinum ESC as we were very interested in their design, plannig to use them for our project involving the developments of an autonoums water vehicle.
Unfortunally we realized only after using the controllers that they do not support forward & reverse motor directions, in order to have this functionality we are trying to update the firmware with a different one, is this possible ?
A: The Platinum series is mainly designed for heli, so there are no options to support reverse motor direction. It is impossible to have this function by updating the firmware.
Q: Are these controllers compatible with blheli ?
A: No, they are not compatible with BLheli.
Q: While we are using it (blheli) in other controllers, we would prefer to use the platinum pro series controllers as they have several characteristics we are seeking for that others don't have.
Thanks in advance for you support and best regards,
A: In order to have the Forward/Reverse motor directions, you need to choose a car ESC or a boat ESC. You mentioned there are several characteristics in the Platinum ESC you were seeking for. We assume that is something like the RPM governor and soft-start? Please let us know which exact function is critically important for their application.
Optionally, Flyfun-V5 may be a good solution for you. Please don't forget Flyfun-V5 ESC has the following special features while other brands don't offer.
The Option #4 in "Brake Type" is Reverse, that means the ESC can run the motor forward or backward (/reverse). And the ESC also has soft-start function which may also be needed by the customer.
Hope this helps,