Review: Aikon AK32 35A BLHeli_32 ESC

by Oscar
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The AK32 35A is the latest standalone ESC from Aikon powered by BLHeli_32 firmware.

Further Reading: How to choose ESC for Racing Drones?

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Unboxing

Accessories include 3x 18awg wire extensions, ESC heatshrink and a sticker.

Spec & Closer Look

  • Current rating: 35A continuous current, 45A burst.
  • Input Voltage: 2S-6S
  • Weight: 7g with all the wires
  • Dimension: 18x30mm
  • Wires Length: Power 6cm, signal 15cm
  • Power Wire gauge: 18 awg

There is a current sensor onboard for ESC telemetry feature.

The TX pin for ESC telemetry is conveniently located right next to the signal and signal ground pins.

(TX is the empty solder pad on the left, above the signal ground, below the capacitors)

I love these ESC’s come with wires soldered on! A lot of ESC’s these days come barebone and it can be annoying sometimes that you have to search for wires for them.

4S Version

Aikon also does a lighter version of the AK32 ESC which only supports up to 4S. Same current rating as this one, but just lighter and handles lower voltage.

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Testing

I will be testing these ESC’s on a 6S quad and see how they perform, stay tuned for the build log on my blog!.

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10 comments

Chris 25th September 2020 - 5:44 am

I bridged the telemetry and power pad and ESC stopped working. Can you please help explain how to fix?

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eek 1st October 2018 - 1:30 pm

Do you know if these support Dshot1200? How to know if so? I couldn’t find anything about supported protocols on manufacturer’s website.

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Oscar 1st October 2018 - 5:07 pm

Yes it does. All BLHeli_32 ESC should support DShot1200.

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Brendon 27th May 2018 - 2:00 am

Where would I connect the telemetry to the fc? Any uart?

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Oscar 27th May 2018 - 7:21 pm

Here is my tutorial on How to setup SmartPort telemetry

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Mister_M 14th February 2018 - 8:25 am

I’m looking forward for your 6S Test on these ESCs as I have the same here and also want to put them in a 6S quad. Wich capacitor do you use? One big cap on the Battery leads or 4 smaler ones on each ESC?

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Oscar 6th March 2018 - 4:53 pm

I used a 1000uF 35V cap on the battery lead because that’s what I have laying around, works great so far. But I would have used higher voltage rated ones if I have a choice, such as 50V.

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Jon 30th January 2018 - 8:32 pm

Super excited you’re reviewing this ESC. Been using this for some time, generally like it but always wondered how seasoned reviewers would evaluate. Looking forward to the testing result

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Ahmad Ilyas 30th January 2018 - 10:46 am

Man do the 4 in 1 esc review and just tell me where the esc telemetry pad is

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Oscar 5th February 2018 - 2:07 pm Reply