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Old Jan 15, 2013, 05:05 PM
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Build recomendations and charger advice. Thank You!

I am building a quad for aerial photography (and some video, but mainly photos) of buildings with a Gopro, so the focus is on stability over acrobatics and speed. This is my list so far:

Frame- TBS Discovery with DJI Arms
Motors- Turnigy 2217 20turn 860kv 22A Outrunner
ESC- TR_P30A - TURNIGY Plush 30amp Speed Controller
Controller- Naza, with upgrade to GPS in the future
Receiver- AR600 6-Channel Sport DSMX Receiver
Transmitter- Dx6i (already have this)
Props- APC 8 inch props
Charger - ??? Opinions Welcome, looking for a mid-price charger from Hobbyking probably
Batteries- ???Opinions welcome again.
LEDs - looks like a fun accessory, any cheap kits that work well?

I have a Blade MQX that I have been practicing with and have gotten pretty good, so I am ready to move to the next level. Eventually I would like to get into FPV, but can't afford it right now.

Thanks for any input you can give. I am looking forward to getting into this and learning more!
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Old Jan 15, 2013, 05:20 PM
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iChargers are great. No need to blow your budget on a charger but you can get a very good one for about 120$. Just remember, a good charger will have no integrated AC power supply, so you will either have to buy one or make your own from a computer power supply.

Batteries, just buy low cost ones (4S 5000mah) but buy several. That way out in the field you can just swap.

Don't take my word for it entirely but that's from my research. I'm a noob!

Have fun,
Dan
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 08:51 AM
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Thanks Dan! I'll check out those chargers. Any other comments on the build, folks? Thanks.
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Old Jan 16, 2013, 09:07 AM
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If you want to get into FPV in the future then I would say that you should avoid Spektrum radio gear altogether, especially the DSM2 radios like the DX6i. Also, if you want to upgrade to Naza GPS in the future then you will more than likely want a few more channels/switches on your transmitter.

For LEDs just buy some of the LED strips from Hobbyking like these: http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...344&aff=114030
and one of these harnesses http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/s...347&aff=114030 as long as you're going to be using 3s batteries. For 4s it's a little more complicated as you need to tap off 3 cells from the balance plug to get the power for the LEDs.
http://drone-pilot.blogspot.fr/2012/...lticopter.html

I'd agree with what someone else said with regards to batteries, buy cheap ones and buy lots of them. I've founf the zippy compacts to be great batteries.

http://drone-pilot.blogspot.fr/2012/...y-compact.html
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Old Jan 17, 2013, 09:10 PM
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Good advice. I think I'll stick with the DX6i for now since I already have it and buy a cheap receiver.


Thanks!
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Old Jan 17, 2013, 11:21 PM
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Good advice. I think I'll stick with the DX6i for now since I already have it and buy a cheap receiver.


Thanks!
And just like me you'll be saying 'oops' later. LOL Ah well, I'll bind it to the tri I build.

A note about chargers. Pay attention to the wattage, not just the amperage output or it'll be another 'ooops' that we have in common.

Read this entire page before buying a charger:
http://www.rchelicopterfun.com/rc-battery-chargers.html
CN: Don't buy a 50W charger. (well, you can but on certain batts you'll be waiting a looooong time haha)
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