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#1 zippiz Oct 07, 2012 05:32 AM

Flying in the Winter/snow?
 
Hello

Im just waiting for my first "real" quad to arrive, and now I am getting a bit worried. Do you guys fly in the winter and snow?
Would a crash in the snow ruin my Quad?

I did order a F330 frame, with KK2.0 and so on.

So is it a bad idea to use a Quad in the Winter, maybe I should even cancel my order and wait for the spring? :confused:

#2 åsmund Oct 07, 2012 07:33 AM

I know I am going to fly my hexa in the winter. Just not when it's snowing. The batteries are perhaps not going to last as long in the winter, and if you get snow in the electronics, it can give you problems. Like water really. Don't worry so much about it. Just try to be careful and don't crash in deep loose snow.

#3 WiseDuck Oct 07, 2012 08:53 AM

Just fly, you'll be fine. Invest in some kind of electronics spray too. When I flew last winter I got snow all over my ESCs, flight controller and motors. There was snow on and inside the motors, the flight controller was covered by it etc. No problems. But I disconnected the power as soon as I could, removed the snow then sprayed electronics spray on it at home. (Cleans the board, evaporates after 10 seconds or so.)

#4 MtnSnowFlyer Oct 08, 2012 11:40 AM

There are some good tips in this thread for sealing off your electronics.
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1727932

#5 bakanahito Oct 09, 2012 12:17 AM

you should use something called plasti dip on your electronic parts, that protects very well.

#6 nicodh Oct 09, 2012 01:28 AM

There is no problem flying in snow. The problem is when your bat is at -15°C or less. Then lipo is frozen and can't give enough power (done that).

I did some footage of ice climbing (and ice climbing is done only if below freezing temp). Here it is;
mini test cascade de glace (0 min 28 sec)


and also this:
Ile d'amour gf2 (0 min 57 sec)

#7 Hkubota Oct 09, 2012 04:58 AM

I am more worried about my fingers freezing.

#8 CraigVMN Oct 09, 2012 10:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Hkubota (Post 22951830)
I am more worried about my fingers freezing.

Ditto. Living in Minnesota, the temps here can get very cold in the winter. Besides, I have a Traxxas Slash 4x4 w/knobby tires for winter RC fun:D

#9 zippiz Oct 09, 2012 10:27 AM

Hey

Lots of great tips, thanks. :)

Must say that I'm a little worried that my cheap F330 clone frame from Hobby King will be very fragile when it gets cold outside. Lets hope not... :rolleyes:

Might be a bit of a challenge (I like it, haha) to make the electronics "water/snow proof".

Would be nice to at least not have to worry to much about a small sprinkle.

#10 WiseDuck Oct 09, 2012 10:44 AM

It's already fragile as it is, minor crashes break arms. Just get another frame, they're super cheap.

As for cold fingers: http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...dProduct=11738

Just bought one of these, should be here soon.

#11 jy0933 Oct 09, 2012 11:22 AM

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1745436

some tips for lipo

#12 zippiz Oct 09, 2012 11:58 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by WiseDuck (Post 22953745)
It's already fragile as it is, minor crashes break arms. Just get another frame, they're super cheap.

As for cold fingers: http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...dProduct=11738

Just bought one of these, should be here soon.


Yeah I know... I did order two frames and will use one just for spareparts. :) (you told me to, haha)

I also have one of the Turnigy Transmitter Gloves on the way, looks nice. :)

#13 MtnSnowFlyer Nov 22, 2012 06:49 PM

Cold weather electronics problems
 
This is my first winter with a Paris Multiwii board (v4 r5) on a quadcopter and it seems to be sensitive to cold temperatures (-15 F or -25 C and colder). The board arms okay, but when I start to spool up the motors it seems to disarm and reset....or worse it will lift off as I tell it but within a matter of seconds it resets and crashes.

Also, this is letting the board cool down to ambient temperature. For example last night I left it outside for several hours to cool down before trying to fly it and the above is what happened. Before taking it outside it hovered fine at room temperature in my basement.

I've flown a KK v.1 board at these temps no problem, but did have problems with one of my ESCs so I also wonder if the problem could be related to the ESCs malfunctioning and interacting with the flight control board.

Any insights? Obviously, I don't have a lot of expertise in electronics, but this does seem to be the problem. Anyone else have any experience in this realm? I really need this to function to film skiing, dogsledding, etc in cold interior Alaska this winter, but don't want to switch to another board or escs and have the same problem.

Thanks in advance, Rob

P.S. Happy Thanksgiving to those in the U.S.


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