Welcome to FAQ for LiteHawk CHALLENGER speed boat. Step-by-Step User Guides are just below.


LiteHawk CHALLENGER - Specs

  • 2.4 GHz Pistol Grip Controller
  • Uses 1 x 11.1V 2200mAh 25C LiPo battery
  • Operational range: Approximately 30 meters (~100 feet)
  • Up to 8 minutes of run time per charge
  • 11.1V 2200mAh 25C LiPo
  • Weight: 1260g (2.75lbs)
  • Body length: 67.8cm (26.7")
  • Beam: 20.9cm (8.23")
  • Weight: 1260g (2.75lbs)(model only)
  • Powerful brushless motor and ESC with water cooling.
  • Balance Wall Charger included

LiteHawk CHALLENGER - Instruction Manual


LiteHawk CHALLENGER - Installing Rudder Assembly & Propeller

1. Remove the nut on the propeller shaft and slide included propeller onto shaft.

Reinstall 7mm nut and tighten until it is tight against the propeller, you can see how the Propeller and the Drive Shaft's Brass Propeller Bushing, mate.. so that the Prop won't slip while under power. Use a 7mm wrench (NOT INCLUDED) or pliers to turn remove/tighten the nut.

2. Remove the temporary placed Allen bolts/nuts from the rear support attached to the hull using the included 2.5mm Allen key.

Once removed, install rudder the assembly into place and make sure to slide the thin metal rod through the silver collet located on the rudder portion of the assembly. Once everything is lined up, install the Allen bolts back through their original position. Re-install the corresponding nuts back onto the ends of the Allen bolts and tighten until the assembly is snug.

3. Install the silicone tube onto the the plastic nipple found on the rudder assembly.

4. Once everything is together, make sure the rudder is as straight as possible and tighten the 2.5 Allen screw on the collet to keep the metal rod from sliding freely. This allows the servo inside the hull to control the movement of the rudder. Adjustment might be required once the boat is turned on so keep the 2.5mm Allen key handy. Loosen the Allen bolt and reset the rudder making sure it is straight as possible. For finer adjustment, use the trim buttons on the transmitter once in the water. 

LiteHawk CHALLENGER - Operational Range

Your LiteHawk CHALLENGER comes with a 2.4 Ghz radio system, which allows you to play without the fear of ever losing control! Race or play with countless other drivers. The range of your boat is approximately 250ft which, due to its size, is in excess of normal vision. The farther the boat goes away from you the smaller it will become and the harder it will be to determine the boat’s direction We suggest you drive at a distance between 20ft-50ft, this keeps your boat within a safe operational distance.
- Make sure your hands are clear of the propeller and rudder when you are placing the boat in and out of the water. For your first few runs try to keep the boat within 10-30ft of you so you can see how the boat reacts to steering and throttle input. Once you have more experience you can venture a little farther away. Remember the controls are proportional just like a real boat. Ease on and off the throttle until you are comfortable. 

LiteHawk CHALLENGER - Charging
You will notice that there are 2 plugs with wires coming out of the battery. The white plug with the white, black, and red wires is the balance plug. This is the plug you use with the supplied balance charger. This is a keyed plug and will only go in one way.
1. Plug your wall mount power supply into a 120V outlet and connect the balance charger into the opposite end. The red power light on the balance charger will be solid  to indicate there is power.

2. Connect the battery’s white 4 pin balance connector into the corresponding port on the balance charger. The charge light will start blinking red to indicate charging. Charging time is Approx 1.5-2 hours.

3. Charging is completed when the charge light is no longer blinking and has turned a solid red. If the charge light is still not a solid red within 2.5 hours, unplug the battery as the charger may be defective. Discontinue use immediately and call LiteHawk Technical Support.

It is normal for the battery to get warm during the charging process. Do not charge the battery on a surface that is flammable or can be damaged by heat.
- Do not leave the battery and charger unattended while charging.
- Do not store the battery plugged into the charger

LiteHawk CHALLENGER - Transmitter & Receiver Binding
1. First, switch ON the transmitter. Always turn your transmitter on before you turn on the model - or it will not bind.

2. Second, turn ON the receiver by attaching the 11.1V battery connector to the matching connector inside the battery compartment. The receiver should be bound to the transmitter, with the bind light solid green, if it isn't.....

3. If the receiver is not bound to the remote, a RED led light will be lit.

Press and hold the “bind” button until you see the LED light turn to green. Once the button is released, the LED should still be solid green indicating there is communication between the receiver and transmitter. Check to make sure you have prop/rudder control. If you do not have control, repeat the process.
- During binding process, your transmitter and receiver should be no more than one meter apart and no other
similar devices should be within 10 meters (11 yards).
- If the receiver led is flashing red, there was a problem during the binding process. Repeat until it is solid green.

LiteHawk CHALLENGER - Battery Placement
- Locate the Velcro strip and attach to the battery.

- Inside the boat, there is a velcro strip. It is on the left ( port ) side, just ahead of the motor. 

- Slide the battery into the boat and press onto the strip.


LiteHawk CHALLENGER - How To Ensure The deck Cover Is Secured
 Securing the Challenger's deck cover is very easy.

-Make sure that the Deck seal is fully intact and in place. You will note the stainless steel screw head, in the forward deck opening, it locates the upper deck into the correct position to be fully secured. 

-The Deck Lid has a hole in it to accommodate the stainless steel screw head in the front of the deck opening.

- Push the deck onto the screw.
- Then, push the deck down, and turn the black lever, located on the rear of the deck lid.

- Make sure the lever points toward the back ( stern ) of the boat. It is now secure.

 CHALLENGER Bobbing in the Water.

If your CHALLENGER should start Bobbing up and down in the water, you may have taken on an excessive amount of water. You should immediately return to shore, remove the top hatch and unplug the Battery, the remove the Drain Plug from the rear ( stern ) of the boat and remove the water.

Once drained, replace the Drain Plug to prevent an accidental sinking later!!

TIP: IF you are having a hard time putting the Drain Plug back in, use a little moisture from your mouth. If that isn't working, try a drop of dish soap.

 CHALLENGER Drive Shaft Maintenance

It is really important to Grease your Flex Shaft frequently. Not only does it help the smooth running of the Propeller and keeps a vibration free Motor, but it acts as a water seal, from water that will try to come into the Hull through the Stuffing Tube. Every second or third run, you should pull out your Flex shaft, give it a wipe, to remove the old grease and then apply a new coating, it doesn't take much, it's easy to do, and sooooo important.

1/ Use the 2mm Allen Key to loosen the two Grub Screws inside the main shaft connector. There are four grub screws on the connector.. two for the Motor shaft and two for the Flex Shaft, only loosen the screws for the Flex shaft. Then slide the flex shaft out ( with the prop still on ) out of the stuffing tube.

2/ Lubricate the flex shaft with waterproof marine grease ( Auto supply store ) and reinstall in reverse order. Ensure that the two grub screws secure the flex shaft properly!


 Accessing CHALLENGER' s Motor and Water Jacket

First remove the plastic tie strap holding the motor wires. Remove the screws holding the Motor Guard and set it aside. Loosen the two grub screws that secure the Flex Shaft Connector to the Motor shaft, and then slide the connector off of the shaft.

Now you can remove the four screws that secure the Water Jacket to the Motor Cradle.

Remove the Four screws that hold the Water Jacket to the Motor, and set the Water Jacket aside.

You can remove the Water Jacket to replace, by pulling off the two water lines.

You will now notice that the Three wires from the Motor, colored.. yellow, red and black.. are connected to three wires that are all black. 

You will have to find a way to distinguish the difference between the three black wires so that you can hook them back up properly. I used colored twist ties. You could tape paper notes to each wire labeling them, is another easy way. Once labeled just unplug each wire and the motor is now out. Reassemble in reverse order.