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Old Oct 30, 2011, 09:52 PM
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Those are really cool mods. I just stripped the lights off a Blade Tandem. There are four lights on four strands of that really super- thin wire. Has anyone tried soldering that thin wire? What do need to know to do it right?
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Old Oct 30, 2011, 10:07 PM
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They solder fine, but check if they are enamel painted or covered with rubber insulation. The enamel paint ones need heatshrink to insulate the areas affected. The rubber insulated ones obviously need some heatshrink when done. Be careful, these wires break easily.
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Old Oct 30, 2011, 11:27 PM
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Just wanted to share that I have had my first successful three minutes of head on hovering! I actually cheered when I landed, I have been practicing for about an 30 min a day on phoenix.
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Old Oct 31, 2011, 12:38 AM
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Just wanted to share that I have had my first successful three minutes of head on hovering! I actually cheered when I landed, I have been practicing for about an 30 min a day on a phoenix.
Definitely not easy. Most definitely worth cheering about. I've been flying helis since 2007, and still feel good after a few minutes of head-on with a CP.
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Old Oct 31, 2011, 06:10 AM
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Just wanted to share that I have had my first successful three minutes of head on hovering! I actually cheered when I landed, I have been practicing for about an 30 min a day on a phoenix.
Woohoo! Next thing you know you'll be doing inverted hovering... Oh, wait, that was just me and I'm still trying to recover from that crash.
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Old Oct 31, 2011, 08:04 AM
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Woohoo! Next thing you know you'll be doing inverted hovering... Oh, wait, that was just me and I'm still trying to recover from that crash.
LOL GJ guys.
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Old Oct 31, 2011, 12:57 PM
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Unexplained loss of power

I've been blaming my older E-flite batteriess for a sudden loss of power a short way into the flight; now I'm not at all sure it has anything to do with the batteriess. I tried flying with a newer fully charged batt but the heli lost power after less than 30 seconds; this after losing power after less than a minute with another newer batt. After double checking the battery voltage (it was still fully charged) I unplugged and removed the wye connector from the lights, heli and battery and plugged the battery directly into the 5-in-1 board (stock setup). The heli flew perfectly and in fact was even easier to control. The lights are still on board but I've been flying with them for quite a while with no problems so I don't think weight is a factor. Any ideas?
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Old Oct 31, 2011, 01:09 PM
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I've been blaming my older E-flite batteriess for a sudden loss of power a short way into the flight; now I'm not at all sure it has anything to do with the batteriess. I tried flying with a newer fully charged batt but the heli lost power after less than 30 seconds; this after losing power after less than a minute with another newer batt. After double checking the battery voltage (it was still fully charged) I unplugged and removed the wye connector from the lights, heli and battery and plugged the battery directly into the 5-in-1 board (stock setup). The heli flew perfectly and in fact was even easier to control. The lights are still on board but I've been flying with them for quite a while with no problems so I don't think weight is a factor. Any ideas?
You know I added an led to my 130 and I noticed the same exact problem!!! No clue here either :/
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Old Oct 31, 2011, 01:19 PM
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I have had the TinyBrightLights board on my 120SR pretty much since I got the helicopter. I have not had any problems with the operation of the helicopter. My LED board is older and did not come with the Y-connector. I spliced the LED power leads into the main power wire going to the 5n1.
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Old Oct 31, 2011, 02:31 PM
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I too have mine spliced.

On another note does anyone use the dx6i with their 120sr? I use it and its great compared to the stock TX. If people are using what setup do you have? I just use the standard setup when creating a new memory store.
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Old Oct 31, 2011, 03:11 PM
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I fly my lights with a separate battery. I use an eflite 120mah 3.7v battery. This way I have no problems with the flight battery.
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Old Oct 31, 2011, 03:27 PM
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For anybody who has the hyperion 550mah 25c lipo about how much more flight time does it give compared to the stock lipo and anybody know of any other lipo's for it. Also would putting 2 300mah 1s lipo's in it burn the motor or brick out? Im just looking for longer flight times
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Old Oct 31, 2011, 03:50 PM
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For anybody who has the hyperion 550mah 25c lipo about how much more flight time does it give compared to the stock lipo and anybody know of any other lipo's for it. Also would putting 2 300mah 1s lipo's in it burn the motor or brick out? Im just looking for longer flight times
Until you familiarize yourself to the 80% rule, I would stick to 5 minute flights. I fly all my models at 5 minutes. I may go to 6 minutes but this all depends on how many mah's are put back into that particular batt.
https://sites.google.com/site/tjingu...arging-how-tos

Another thought you should consider. The longer the flight time, the more stress you'll put on your motor.

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Old Oct 31, 2011, 05:06 PM
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I've been blaming my older E-flite batteriess for a sudden loss of power a short way into the flight; now I'm not at all sure it has anything to do with the batteriess. I tried flying with a newer fully charged batt but the heli lost power after less than 30 seconds; this after losing power after less than a minute with another newer batt. After double checking the battery voltage (it was still fully charged) I unplugged and removed the wye connector from the lights, heli and battery and plugged the battery directly into the 5-in-1 board (stock setup). The heli flew perfectly and in fact was even easier to control. The lights are still on board but I've been flying with them for quite a while with no problems so I don't think weight is a factor. Any ideas?
I've had this happen numerous times. For instance today I was messing around with my MCX2 in the garage. Plugged in a fully charged battery, and 30 seconds later it was on the floor. I'm like WTH? Unplugged it, replugged it and flew it for five minutes on the same battery.

This has happened to me numerous times with my 120SR as well. 30 seconds of flight, unplug it, replug it and fly it for a whole normal flight.

So I've started to wonder about the two batteries I tossed after doing this. They may not have been bad after all. Neither my MCX2 or my 120SR have any lights.
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Old Oct 31, 2011, 06:01 PM
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Plugged in a fully charged battery, and 30 seconds later it was on the floor.
I bought 4 E-flight 500 mAh batteries when I bought the 120, have no idea how many flights on them. Of those 4 batteries 1 has developed a 30 seconds and she is back on the deck.

Perhaps not a very scientific question, but still on topic of charging and batteries.
I have a Celectra charger, so I get very little information on the batteries.

My goal without having a advanced charger, is to put the batteries in a storage state.

I am thinking, charge them to full and then run them for 2 minutes.
???
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