I am still kinda new to all of this even though I have been flying regular battery powered helis for a while.
I got a built quad copter from Jdrones. When trying to configure it I used the configurator by mistake. I was told by Jani that this quad does not support the configurator and I should use the CLI instead. When I did use the configurator, the right motor got scorching hot. It appears that I may have been lucky and did no damage. I got everything working and did some test take offs and landings to get the trims right. On one of the take offs the "left" motor stopped working all together. I did a reboot of the quad and everything seemed to be OK. The next time I took the quad out to fly as soon as I connected the battery I sensed a dead short and immediately disconnected the battery. I could feel it start to puff in my hand and the wires got really hot.
Any suggestions to trouble shoot this. Should I disconnect all the escs and try again ? I am figuring I need to eliminate sources of shorts or bad devices. Could it be the board itself?
I was also thinking of switching to the pirates version of software after I straighten this situation out.
I am trying to find a simple way of getting the software, modifying it for my copter and installing it on the quad. This sounds so simple but seems so hard. I am an electronics engineer (from the 70's) and also have programming experience but this part of it seems so intimidating. Any simple step by step procedure for this?
Sounds like you have a shorted ESC (motor controller) on one of the motors or one of the motors has developed a short and is drawing a large current at start-up. You should disconnect all of the ESCs from the battery bus and then try reconnecting the battery to see if the symptoms pesist. You might want to run an impedance check on the power inputs to all four ESCs. You might find one that has a dead short across it.
Just a thought.
Chris,so, to get this straight, this Forum does not cover anything to do with hardware. Now I am confused. I see all kinds of threads relating to hardware. Are you just referring to this thread or the entire forum? Is there a forum that covers it all? Sorry for being new and asking so many questions. Just point me in the right direction if that is not too much to ask.
Thomas, thanks for the reply. That is my thought also.
An electronic engineer with this kind of problem .... humm
I see that you presently live in FL. I am headed that way in about a year and a half when I plan to retire. I am looking at Ft. Lauderdale. How far are you from there?
I sent you a friend invite. Did you receive it?