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Old Sep 27, 2014, 05:51 AM
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As a Electric RC Plane Flyer which tools are a must for you?

If you take the time to list your must have tools I think a lot of us noobs would appreciate it.
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Old Sep 27, 2014, 06:05 AM
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Clamp meter, prop reamer, soldering iron -all vital tools for an electric flyer- I'd consider those the three main "must have tools" that maybe other flyers don't see as "must have".

If you are going to optimise your electric set-ups beyond the "plug and play" the single most vital piece of equipment is a means of measuring current draw - I cannot overstress how vital that is.

The prop reamer is a necessity, because the chances are that an electric flyer will change props more often, and with a wider range of adaptors, prop sizes, types etc, than a non-electric flyer.

The soldering iron is a must for assembling wiring looms, changing connectors etc - you can only plug and play for so long, and ultimately will end up having to repair or change something.

The rest of the "must have" tools are just for modelling in general, not specific to electric flight.
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Old Sep 27, 2014, 08:03 AM
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For your wattmeter you can substitute a data logging ESC. As a matter of fact that is better in some ways.
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Old Sep 27, 2014, 08:24 AM
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For me, an essential tool is the ability to use and understand motor calculator/motor simulation software. The calculators are for planning and what-ifs; the wattmeter verifies and allows fine tuning beyond the accuracy of the calculator, and identifies problems such as weak batteries..
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Old Sep 27, 2014, 08:39 AM
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The 2s-8s cell checkers with alarms are small enough to keep attached to batteries and fly them as long as possible.... great stuff.
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Old Sep 27, 2014, 09:22 AM
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Lipo Charger. Watt meter. Soldering iron. PC. Modeling tools collected over a lifetime of building planes & playing with trains, too many to list.

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Old Sep 27, 2014, 09:43 AM
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Hot glue gun keeps me flying. Most essential.!!

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Old Sep 27, 2014, 10:58 AM
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A good balancing charger and adapter boards, and knowing how to use them safely, is very important. You will also need an adequate power supply unless charger has a built-in power supply. Chargers with storage charge, discharge features are also desirable. High capacity chargers and power supplies are quite expensive and debates by "experts" rage on about which are the "best". Spend some time on the "Batteries and Chargers" forum absorbing information and try to buy a popular charger setup that will serve your current and foreseeable needs. I am currently using a 4-port charger with built-in AC power supply from RC Accessory Inc that cost me around $250 with four adapter boards that suits my foreseeable needs. Higher-end chargers and separate power supplies will cost $100-$200 more.
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Old Sep 27, 2014, 11:41 AM
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Most important tools in my flight kit are my screwdriver set and shifter spanner. My other important non-tool items are my lipo alarm, plug adapters for batteries, spare props and my buddy cable. I keep my charger at home. Any repairs other than prop replacement are done at home where I can take the time and care to do it properly.
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Old Sep 27, 2014, 12:39 PM
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Given that 95% of RC planes are store bought foamies.
A good supply of quick acting glue... in one's pocket.
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Old Sep 27, 2014, 02:46 PM
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Lipo Charger. Watt meter. Soldering iron. PC.
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Most important tools in my flight kit are my screwdriver set and shifter spanner. ... spare props....
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A good supply of quick acting glue
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Old Sep 27, 2014, 03:41 PM
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I take a battery checker (that's it)

I always take more than one plane when i go fly.
I charge the batteries i plan to use the night before.
If something happens to one of the planes, i fix it at home later.
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Old Sep 27, 2014, 05:10 PM
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Old Sep 27, 2014, 05:39 PM
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The OP didn't say anything about the tools being tools to take to the flying field.
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Old Sep 27, 2014, 06:02 PM
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The OP didn't say anything about the tools being tools to take to the flying field.
You're right he didn't.

I don't know where to start listing tools that are important to own.
I still keep needing tools that i don't have.
You may need a special tool for the latest plane you're building.
If you don't have it, that suddenly becomes the most important tool.

I guess a start would be to list some of the basics, but that becomes obvious rather quickly.
Battery Charger (equipment, not a tool)
Battery checker (obviously important)
Watt Meter (not that important if you stick with stock set ups)
Various screwdrivers (obvious)
Various allen wrenches (obvious)
Soldering equipment (obvious)
Spare props (parts, not equipment & that need increases with every plane you get)
CA & other glues (supplies, not equipment)
And the list goes on & on & on.
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