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Posted by blade strike | Feb 09, 2015 @ 11:47 AM | 3,196 Views
I do the same for ALL my battery test. I bring it to a hover throw it in GPS mode and relax.)
Mark over at dinogylipos.com contacted me. He wanted me to put his brand to the test. When I first received the pack it almost looked identical to the Tattu 22,000mAh pack. After some closer review I was able to tell these were different cells. The pack is a little larger than the Tattu pack, 2700g versus 2500. Something you wouldn't really notice on an s1000 or larger bird.

I wanted to break this battery in correctly and watch the IR stabilize. I started by running the pack through the usual 10 break-in cycles taking it down to 50-60% each time.. I noticed by these first flights that the battery was not sagging and cells seemed to be perfectly matched. The only other packs I have seen like this was the Tattu.

Below is the dataset of my 12th flight on this pack, this flight I took it down right to the 80% mark. Got over 17mins of flight time on a fully loaded s1000 with GH4 HD Gimbal and Lightbridge. I put back 17663mah in the pack, so at these flight times you will not be damaging this pack. The pack was 78F in 61F ambient, so this pack wasn't even stressing this setup or times.



What I noticed was the tight voltage curve on each cell over the flight. The only other pack I have seen this type of discharge curve was the Tattu 22,000. You will notice that it's a very tight curve and cells look to be closely matched. You will also notice how little sag there is, these...Continue Reading
Posted by blade strike | Jan 28, 2015 @ 04:51 PM | 3,722 Views
Posted by blade strike | Dec 07, 2014 @ 07:32 PM | 4,973 Views
Basic overview of the New DJI Pilot App.
DJI PILOT APP **BETA** (8 min 19 sec)
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Posted by blade strike | Nov 08, 2014 @ 12:48 PM | 14,700 Views
I received some of the new p2 2312 Motors and v2 ESC's. Flying at 7000' on an average I have been looking forward to this upgrade. Ever since the Installed the h3-3d on the p2 I have felt this was about all the p2 to could handle at this altitude. I did receive some of the 9450 props a few months back and they did help. Cant wait to try the new motors with the new props, should be a good combo for fat phantoms

Anyone that has soldered new ESC and or motors on the Phantoms know you need a hot iron and work fast. You can not leave the iron on the wires for any amount of time or they will be damaged, so please be carful and make sure you have the right equipment.

I chose to solder the motors to the ESC's before installing them into the body. This way just provides more room to work and don't have to worry as much while soldering.

V2 ESC


You will need to make two sets of each motor and ESC combo (CCW / CW).
CCW, Motor 1 and 3 ( A= Black, B= Red, C= Yellow)


CW, Motor 2 and 4 (A= Black, B= Yellow, C= RED)
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Posted by blade strike | Oct 16, 2014 @ 10:14 AM | 4,499 Views
(I do the same for ALL my battery test. I bring it to a hover throw it in GPS mode and relax.)
I have been wanting to test these new batteries from GenAce for some time, I was lucky enough to get my hands on one of their 22,000mah packs.

I wanted to break this battery in correctly and watch the IR stabilize. I started by running the pack through the usual 10 break in cycles taking it down to 50-60% each time.. I noticed by these first flights that the battery was not sagging and cells seemed to be perfectly matched.


Below is the dataset of my 20th flight on this pack, this flight I took it down right to the 80% mark. Got close to 17mins of flight time on a fully loaded s1000 with GH4 HD Gimbal.I put back 17430mah in the pack, so at these flight times you will not be damaging this pack.



What I first noticed over any battery I have tested so far is how tight each cell is on the voltage loss. You will notice that it's a very tight curve and cells look to be closely matched. You will also notice how little sag there is, these are premium cells. IR has settled right at 5ohms which is very low!! The pack weighs 2509g (5lb 8.5oz), so even though these are top of the line cells, they have solid power to weight ratio as well.

If you're looking for that BIG pack to get you over the 16min mark, this is a great choice. These packs are pro level and the cells do show this. I know it's been hard to get these larger packs in the US from Tattu but that should not be an issue anymore! You can now order direct from GenAce/Tattu US, http://www.genstattu.com

Pack dimensions & weight :
Length (mm) 195
Width (mm) 91
Height (mm) 64
Weight 2509g
Posted by blade strike | Sep 21, 2014 @ 06:29 PM | 6,089 Views
S900 H3-3D Mounting Plate
Posted by blade strike | Aug 24, 2014 @ 02:02 PM | 6,816 Views
DJI S900 Fast Forward Flight and Wind **TEST** (3 min 13 sec)


For anyone that had concerns on the s900's stability in wind and at Forward flight here is a short little example. I should have gone farther but my battery was getting somewhat low and I was flying from the far shoreline.

DJI S900
A2
Lightbridge (smooth mode)
GH4 HD Gimbal
Posted by blade strike | Jun 22, 2014 @ 07:27 PM | 8,260 Views
Mine new DJI Lightbridge / iPad Air ground setup.
Sticky: Dji fpv hub
Posted by blade strike | Feb 16, 2014 @ 04:19 PM | 17,463 Views
I received my DJI FPV HUB last week so I thought I would show how to install it. The FPV HUB allows you to connect a Mini iOSD or MarkII , h3-2d and AVL58 w/o the need of soldering. The hub is super small and lightweight, I saved 5 grams by installing it. My old wire harness was 10g vs 5g of the fpv hub and ribbon cables.

Before The Install:


After Install





The FPV HUB is very small
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Posted by blade strike | Dec 18, 2013 @ 06:35 PM | 5,132 Views
I was only able to take a quick test flight with the new lens. We have some weather coming in, very windy and dirty air. Overall I'm happy with the Sunex DSL945D. I can even switch back to the stock lens in about 5mins if I want.

As the picture below shows, the 945D has a smaller head than the stock gopro lens. This does leave an opening so I made an o-ring type solution. This fills the gap and also keeps the lens very secure with no need for glue or adhesive.

Today when I was doing some focus test I noticed the lens does have a lot of glare. I decided to make a bigger o-ring, one that sticks out further so it would work as a sun shade. It's not the cleanest look but the foam doesn't added much weight at all and that is very important.

I might order a 355A and see how that compares, I just hate how much shipping is from sunex.


Edited
Video Updated 12/21/13
GOPR0125 (4 min 2 sec)





Compatible Lenses
GoPro Hero 1
DSL377A-650-F2.8
DSL355A-650-F2.8

GoPro Hero 2
DSL377A-650-F2.8

GoPro Hero 3
(All editions)
DSL355A-650-F2.8
DSL945D-650-F2.5
Posted by blade strike | Aug 06, 2013 @ 08:37 PM | 10,694 Views
I got a deal on some 9300's. With the longer antenna's for CF gliders, I thought it would be perfect for the Phantom. And other multi-rotor use!
Posted by blade strike | Aug 06, 2013 @ 08:27 PM | 10,542 Views
This is probably my favorite to fly.. She is a blast!! Very stable but agile at the same time.

You can not ask for better performance from a gimbal. IMHO the Zen for GoPro is the Cats meow
Posted by blade strike | Aug 06, 2013 @ 08:20 PM | 10,599 Views
My current ag700 y6.
Posted by blade strike | Aug 06, 2013 @ 08:14 PM | 10,572 Views
Some old pics I thought I would share... She is the reason why I love y6 for AP type stuff. She was just under 6lb with the ag550 gimbal.

She has been retired but thought I would post since she still has a fond place in my heart!!
Posted by blade strike | Aug 12, 2012 @ 11:21 AM | 29,183 Views
Well after buying a AG550 and not happy with the WK-M new outputs I decided to see if I could find a cheaper solution than a Hoverfly $360 gimabl controller.
Well I found a Crius SE on ebay for $35 shipped. I thought what the hell, I will give it a try. after about a week of tuning I feel that I have hit the max performance I can get out of this board!
Since this was my first MultiWii controller of any kind, it took a sec to understand how it works but really like it now.. Might even get another for a sports quad.
Setting the controller up for gimbal only mode is very easy and I will outline the basic setup to do so.

First you need Arduino Compiler and Board Flashing Environment

Now you need the Latest MultiWii Software including Configuration Program

Unzip both to a common directory.

Attach the FTDI USB board to the MultiWii SE board and plug in USB cable
to PC. A new Hardware dialogs will appear and point to the \drivers\ftdi usb folder in the Arduino folder for the driver. Driver should install and new device be
recognized.

With FTDI USB connected, start Arduino.exe. Set board type to Arduino Nano /w ATmega 328

Set Com port to the one the FTDI is on.

Now open the MultiWii 2.1 source code (MultiWii_2_1.ino). You will see tabs on top now. Select config.h

Now find and uncomment the following:
Code:
/**************************    The type of multicopter    ****************************/
    #define GIMBAL
/***********************************
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Posted by blade strike | Jul 02, 2012 @ 07:48 PM | 11,724 Views
June 30th 2012...
Big Bear Lake California
Posted by blade strike | Jan 17, 2009 @ 08:08 PM | 6,985 Views
Well I was looking for a ds-760 a few weeks ago and couldnít find it in stock. I have known a few people that fly both the ds760 and pg-800, they couldnít tell the difference. So I contacted *****to see if I could to try the gyro and if I didnít like return it for a refund and they said no problem. (so I felt pretty good on trying it).

Well I have been flying it now for over a week and I'm in love. Doesnít compare to a 401 and I even think it blows the 611 away! IMHO I really donít think you could find a better gyro and for the price with programming card, I know you canít! I even tried the align gov and on the 401 you would get racing (fast tail wag) but with the pg-800 its rock solid and damn, the align gov does work very well set at 80% w/ 13t. I never was able to try the align gov's since I always flew 2100's or 401's.

Setup was very easy, I wanted to see if you could just setup the gyro in HH and not worry about mechanical setup, like the 401. Well I would say itís easier than a 401. I set the gain at 50% and took off tail was solid with no drift. I started with some hs piro's and had a bounce on right piro, so I set the heli down hooked up the programmer and decreased RPIRGAIN, well that fixed that !!! It's really that simple to setup! I then thought I would set it up with proper mechanical setup. I added 8 degrees of pitch on the tail to start with and put her in rate mode. Hooked up the programmer and set travel via L-LIMIT and R-LIMIT. Needed some fine...Continue Reading
Posted by blade strike | Aug 31, 2008 @ 11:49 AM | 15,338 Views
Just thought some of you would like to see the new colors on my rex 500! It now also has all metal head and tail upgrades! Once again thanks to Joe over at tech-mp for his super fast shipping and great customer service!
Posted by blade strike | May 21, 2008 @ 08:48 PM | 16,691 Views
Fishing is wide open in Big Bear Lake!!!
Yesterdays big fish, 6lb 2oz Rainbow Trout! Todays was a 8lb 1oz Rainbow

Edited:
5/30/08
added pic of 5lb 11oz, picked up this moring

Edited:
added my Daughter's first big one!!!
Posted by blade strike | May 03, 2008 @ 06:54 PM | 15,866 Views
The rex500 has become my favorite heli to fly! Flies more like my 600e than my other smaller birds!

Thanks to Joe over tech-mp for gving me a killer deal! Joe I will buy some parts but I have not crashed her yet ( knock on wood )!