Originally Posted by Digital Don
The included Spektrum cord was modified thanks to village_idiot and IndyMatt's research. Power is supplied by 4 "AA" batteries in a Radio Shack battery holder (270-409)
which is attached to the DX8's battery door with Velcro. A nice feature of the battery holder is the on/off switch. The AnyLink itself is attached with '3M Command Adhesive'
strips in case I decide to reposition it later.
Coming from someone that was scared of letting the smoke out, that sure looks like a nice clean installation. The battery box with switch was a very good idea and I would guess that if you used 2000mah or higher rated AA rechargeable batteries that you should get hours of flight time per charge. Too bad they don't make a battery box with a little power gauge, this is the only thing that bothers me about the external battery pack is you have no idea how much is left in the pack.
Something like maybe this:
Kind of wasteful since you only need a single row and it really needs to go up to about 6 volts.
Or maybe a custom thing like here (no longer in production):
This one is a little over priced but looks simple enough http://www.beanbag.com/wjsails/prodd...rod=BatVolt4.8
I'm sure some searching in the DIY electronics section will produce several alternatives that probably cost all of a couple dollars to build. It looks like the cheapest and easiest would be a meter designed around the LM3914, LM3915, or LM3916 devices and just make a 10 segment LED indicator for pack voltage.
I wonder what would happen for warranty service if you installed a small power connector on the back of the radio that connects directly to the radio power, and a little switch to turn the Anylink on and off??? I have a feeling that they might want to replace the entire back case to bring it back to stock but I'm not sure.