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I'm Stuck! Help would be appreciated...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Butch Canares Jun 15, 2015. 14 Replies

Hi DIY Drones Members!I am in the process of completing the assembly of my new HJ-H4 Reptile Airframe, and I decided to set it up on the APM 2.6 platform, since I once had a very bad experience with…Continue

Tags: HELP!, Programming, ESC, 30Ax4, SkyIII

I'm Stuck! Help would be appreciated...

Started this discussion. Last reply by Veikko Vierola Sep 19, 2014. 2 Replies

Hi DIY Drones Members!I am in the process of completing the assembly of my new HJ-H4 Reptile Airframe, and I decided to set it up on the APM 2.6 platform, since I once had a very bad experience with…Continue

Tags: HELP!, Programming, ESC, 30Ax4, SkyIII

DJI vs ... What to do? ...What to do ?

Started this discussion. Last reply by Daniel Lachance Jun 29, 2014. 31 Replies

Hi Guys!THIS is my very first post on DIYDrones, and I am most confused.  This is my story.I am quite new to this UAV business, and I originally purchased a DJI Phantom (1st generation) from a…Continue

Tags: Naza, Fly, Away, RC, AeroSIM

 

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About Me:
What can I say about myself ?!?

I'm 61, recently retired and I just LOVE this new UAV thing. I just might plan on making a small business ut of this (if all goes well).
Please tell us a bit about your UAV interest
I started less than a year ago, by purchasing a DJI Phantom (1), and dressed it all up, so much that it had no more room inside its shell (not hard!). Then migrated all the equipment to a DJI Flame Wheel F450. Not much of luck there either! It barely could elevate 5 feet in the air, so it was heavy!!

Well, I can't blame this on the F450. With a Zenmuse H3-2D, GoPro Camera, two Video Transmitters (one for the Video Link, the other one for the Fat Shark Camera on 2 Servos), Ground Station Data Link, Can Hub, and a few 3S LiPO batteries, no wonder!!

I am now re-migrating / rebuilding all this into the next step up the scale, a Flame Wheel F550, always from DJI. It should lift this time! Hehehe!

I plan on finishing this before long, and I came to your site after reading a bit on the inventor of AeroSIM RC, Manuel Guillén.
Hometown:
Terrebonne, Québec (Canada)

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At 7:41pm on July 15, 2014, Jeff Jackson said…

I have had little to no experience with the APM flight controller, so I will keep my comments in regards to the ESC.

New builders have to be careful with ESC on their multirotors, I will give a few gotchas that you must double check.

1 Never Ever use LiPo settings on an ESC that is going on a multirotor, that is for Airplanes. If the battery level goes down, the ESC will cut power to a motor and your unit will crash.

2 Make sure all ESC have the exact Throttle End Points. Follow the ESC setup, Normally you have the Throttle at Full when you power on the ESC, it Beeps the correct tone, then you move it to the bottom. Make sure all ESC are done exactly the same. I have a special multi cable that does all ESC at the same time with exactly the same range. Remember to do this if you change your transmitter.

3 Make sure Brake is off

4 Always use ESC that are twice the capacity of your motors, if your motors have a maximum draw of 30Amps, then use no less than a 60amp ESC.

5 Be careful about selecting a ESC that has a slow throttle response, some high end ESC will have a kind of throttle shock absorber to prevent the ESC from catching fire. When you rev up a Motor quickly, it can really draw a lot of current for a short time, that's where some ESC will soften that draw. Nice for the ESC life, bad if your multi needs quick throttle response. That's why sometimes going with a over kill Amp ESC that you pick so that it does not burn up from China which does not have that buffering can make a multirotor fly better.  I have had success with three different type so of Turnigy ESCs. If you go Castle, get the multi-rotor ones. the other models are too slow for a stable flight.

Hope that helps

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