Getting serious today, after several hours looking around i came up with the following list for my what will be a UAV platform.
Multiplex Easy Star Airplane RR (Receiver Ready) w/Servos/ESC
Turnigy 9X 9Ch Transmitter w/ Module & 8ch Receiver (Mode 2) (v2 Firmware) (USA Warehouse)
Turnigy 1700mAh 2S 20C Lipo Pack
Turnigy Accucel-6 50W 6A Balancer/Charger w/ accessories
What do you think about this setup? Anything missing?
Any input greatly appreciated!
You could go for a bigger battery. 2200 3s is a good fit.
Will it be ok with the stock motor?
I should have listened to you, accucell 8150 doesnt "officially" support 2S packs, but, what you think about this "mod"?
is it safe..or maybe i should step up to the plate and get a 3S pack ..
Remember P = IV, too. Lower the voltage, higher the current for the same power. Depending on the math/power required, you might need higher-amp ESCs because you want to use fewer cells. This means revisiting your solder joints, connectors, and wire gauges used, also, and thinking about waste heat impacting on the operation of your electronics, inside the plane, and on the materials it contacts.
I don't know if 2C vs 3C makes that much of a difference for you, you will want to look at the numbers.
Thats a good idea, i did order 2 x Turnigy 1700mAh 2S 20C Lipo Pack, looks like they might also fit the transmitter unit. Will have to look around to be sure.
So i read around, in your experience, what are the no-no's.
Do not leave them out in direct sunlight.
Do not discharge them faster than they are rated for.
Do not puncture them.
Do not charge them more aggressively then recommended by your charger.
Do not use the wrong settings to charge/balance them.
Do not discharge them below the recommended voltage.
Avoid accelerating them into the ground at 200G.
Stop charging them, and unplug them, if they get really hot, or if they expand a lot.
Do charge them on something that will not catch fire.
Do read your charger manual.
Many transmitters allow/have an alert - both for low battery and for inactivity. I use a futaba, and if you ignore the voltage, it gets quite insistent. Same thing if there is no transmitter activity/input for a definable period of time. It would be hard to ignore.
I find that RCgroups has good build recommendations for most models. There are supplies (types of tape, glue, alternate spars and props, etc) and common mods or minor changes that help your model.
If I were buying an Easystar, I would most likely read over this RCgroups thread for ideas of tuning and built tips that I wanted to integrate. I wouldn't get too fancy, or take all the advise. In fact, I have three Bixlers on my bench right now, and I am still reading RCgroups, and deciding which tips I am going to use on them.
I'm excited for you, I have three to build myself, but it is great to hear from someone who is also jazzed about getting a new aircraft up and running. I hope you enjoy it!