Recently I'm been thinking about changing up my 3dr Y6 to the new Pixhawk and X8 configuration. All in the process removing as much weight as possible as overtime my Y6 has become overloaded with extra weight and is a little off balance in its weight distribution which has made the craft inefficient.
Oddly enough, but of no surprise, 3dr does not sell X8 PDB's. So I have been exploring my PDB wiring options.
I have on ordered the following parts for this Y6 to X8 conversion:
3drobotics.com (received 02/23/2015)
3drobotics.com (received 02/25/2015)
3drobotics.com (received 02/27/2015)
3drobotics.com (received 03/11/2015)
1 x 3DR0108 PPM Encoder (for Spektrum AR8000 connection)
helipal.com (received 03/10/2015)
foxtechfpv.com (received 03/04/2015)
hobbyking.com (received 03/10/2015)
UL3135 16AWG Silicone Rubber Wire (Black)
UL3135 16AWG Silicone Rubber Wire (Blue)
UL3135 16AWG Silicone Rubber Wire (Red)
UL3239 18AWG Silicone Rubber Wire (Black)
UL3239 18AWG Silicone Rubber Wire (Blue)
UL3239 18AWG Silicone Rubber Wire (Red)
My current Y6 with pictured gear (Weight 4lbs 14.2 oz / 2212 kg)
It seems by the documentation I have read the 3-wire-cables plugging into my current Y6 PDB is merely to cut down on wiring. According to the following links, I can connect the 3-wire-cables on my ESC's directly to the Pixhawk Autopilot 1-8 and the ESC power leads directly to a generic Octo PDB 1-8.
eCalc Motor and Prop Help Resource
Discussion I have found...
I have enough 3dr quad and hexa frame arms and parts left to built a X8.
If the above is PDB concept is correct, is there a specific PDB on the market with the proper amp rating I could use to get started on this upgrade?
I am working on a complete diagram for the X8 build. As I find resources and document the wiring on my existing Y6, the next items to be added to the below diagram will be;
FPV, Spectrum DX8 Receiver, etc