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#1 Libtekguy Jan 09, 2012 11:18 PM

My custom field box for electric flight
 
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I've built a couple field boxes now, both out of 1/8" ply with a number of cool features. My first box had a built in battery, electric pump and 60oz fuel tank along with a Hobbico Power panel and a dozen other cool features.

Now that I have gotten away from nitro and only do electric now (nothing against nitro, I just like the ease of LiPo better) I decided it was time for a new field kit. I didn't want to build another one out of wood because it took me a couple months to finish the last one. I also wanted something even more compact and easier to take to the field. I wanted it to carry my transmitter, charger, LiPos, a few tools and a power source. I looked at converting Craftsman portable tool boxes, but I thought it would be too difficult organizing the things inside it.

So I decided to convert a hard brief case (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...00_i00_details) to suit my needs. The "build" was easy, I pretty much just plucked out the foam in the shapes that I needed and cut the included dividers to length as well. I cut a hole for a speaker box terminal that accepts our commonly used banana plugs for access to my power supply Lipos (four cheap B-Grade 5000 mAh 3S LiPos from Hobby King).

When charging I set my charger on top of the case and plug into the power terminals on the outside, this way the charger has plenty of ventilation. I'm not worried about ventilating the power supply batteries because at full charging capacity I'm only drawing about 2.5C off each battery.

The case contains:
1- DX8 Transmitter
6- 2100 mAh 3S LiPos
4- 3300 mAh 6S LiPos
4- 5000 mAh 3S LiPos
5- 370 mAh 3S Lipos
2- Multi tools (hex and screw drivers)
1- Watt meter
1- Tachometer
-Various charging leads

#2 twinster2 Jan 09, 2012 11:43 PM

You may not want to store your radio in the same case as the Lipos. If they flame out, you will lose everything.

#3 Nemer06 Jan 10, 2012 01:04 AM

this is cool

#4 jcmors Jan 10, 2012 06:21 PM

Very nice and cost effective. I have a hard laptop case I may be able to use, it is almost the same size with a compartment on each side, one deeper for the laptop itself that would be deep enough for the tx and the other side for tools, batteries etc... hmmmm

Thanks for sharing!

Jim

#5 man1024 Jan 19, 2012 08:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by twinster2 (Post 20376409)
you may not want to store your radio in the same case as the lipos. If they flame out, you will lose everything.

lol.

#6 IronRotor Feb 10, 2012 10:57 AM

Did maiden your Heli yet?

#7 Libtekguy Feb 14, 2012 04:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by twinster2 (Post 20376409)
You may not want to store your radio in the same case as the Lipos. If they flame out, you will lose everything.

Good call. I'll probably risk it for a little while. In the future this case will probably end up being a dedicated tool/charging box, and I'll have a separate case for my transmitter.


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