I am in the process of sizing a hexa build, which will most likely use my APM2 as the FC board at first. This is going to be a decently sized - AP rig.
Anyways, I had a few questions about the Arducopter hexa PDB. I have considered making my own PDB, but I doubt I could do as good of a job as the 3DR one.
First off, what is it rated for current-wise? I have read that deans connector can reach 75amps burst, which seems low to me seeing that a lot of large copter and R/C cars frequently top those numbers. So, I was thinking of replacing the batt lead deans with 6mm bullets. The ESC's can stay deans.
However, what can the board handle? I am not an EE, so not sure how boards are rated. I am assuming it is designed to handle the load that the arducopter hex is expected to see. The initial calcs I have on my copter is around 35-40 amps hover and close to 150 amps max, which it will rarely if ever see, but I want to be on the safe side. I am guessing that is more than the 3DR hexa ever sees.
Lastly, are the deans connectors included actual deans ultra plugs or knockoffs? For the price and my experience with the quad PDB, these seem to be knockoffs. I have had a knock-off deans give me intermittent connection because of the metal "spring" (for lack of a better word) portion not having the correct bend.