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Old Sep 13, 2005, 03:29 PM
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I've just plugged that regulator into a battery and it appears to work :-) so off I went to http://www.thatscoolwire.com/ only to discover that the only postal service they offer to the UK costs $53 !
I've emailed them, maybe they'll know what everyone else uses...

Remus, have you got any photos yet?
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Old Sep 14, 2005, 12:42 AM
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Robin,
Now that you asked here are some photos.

In the setup picture you can see from right to left (sorry, I lived in Israel for a while ;-) ... the motor, the two inverters stacked together, the ferrite beads that go to the el-wire that's on the fuselage and the 5V BEC that connects to the red mini deans connector. The dangling black connector on left connects to the el-wire on the wing.

The caps on the schematics are for noise filtering. The diode is for some sort of overvoltage protection but I'm not sure. You can probably find the use of it on that site. There are a couple of different schematics similar to this there. Ok, here is the reason:

"D1 is a general purpose 1N4001 diode, used as a feedback blocker. It steers any current that might be coming from the device under power around the regulator to prevent the regulator from being damaged. Such reverse currents usually occur when devices are powered down."

More info here: http://www.uoguelph.ca/~antoon/circ/vps.htm

Man, it's a bummer that they wand 53$ for shipping. Maybe you can talk to them to ship it regular mail or something.

Have fun,

remus
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Old Sep 14, 2005, 03:22 PM
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I had a look at the UK suppliers and the prices are astounding. Here's a sample that boasts about what good value it is:
http://www.surelight.com/content.php?categoryId=393

39.99 ($73) for an inverter and 6m of wire!
Wire is generally priced at 5-6 ($10) a meter.
The inverters aren't too bad, just the usual 1:$1 conversion :-(

Edit: actually, with the meters/feet conversion, the wire isn't far off the 1:$1 rate either...
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Old Nov 30, 2005, 01:56 AM
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Wow, this thread died down quite a bit.

I was at the field in Chandler, AZ last week, and there were 4 slow sticks up all with glow wire on them. Man, I thought I was at a laser light show over at the plantarium! I was looking around to see if someone had some Pink Floyd going on a portable radio. (Man those were the days!)

In any case, I am ready to place a order for some of this stuff. Here in Arizona we have many nights where the wind is dead calm. So this is going to make me one very happy camper.

So it is confirmed that the 9v and 12v drivers are the same, and they can power 15 feet of wire NP. If that is the case then I am set with my 3s Lipo! I did hear someone at the field mention the use of two diodes in seires, but they said it was to lower the voltage a pinch from their 3s lipo, nothing about backfeeding. I would just make a nice little Y-adaptor, the same way I did for my truck (using 2 8 cell packs of sub-c cells in series) to power the inverter and the rest of the electronics.

Has anyone found the High Brightness to put out more RF interference than the regular stuff?
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Old Apr 01, 2012, 04:28 PM
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Does Polarity matter? I cant find anywhere which wire is positive or negative.
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Old Apr 02, 2012, 02:59 AM
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EL wire uses high frequency AC, so there is no polarity.
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Old Apr 02, 2012, 03:48 AM
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EL wire uses high frequency AC, so there is no polarity.
After a 7 year absence in posts, I didnt really expect to get an answer, But thanks!
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Old Feb 25, 2013, 10:54 AM
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Has there been any advancment in Glow Wire in the past few years? Any new vendors or products for applying to foamy planes?
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If you go to HK they have lots of choices with LED`s they are very bright small and light
I used some on my Projeti its just been so long ago i cannot remember which ones.

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Has there been any advancment in Glow Wire in the past few years? Any new vendors or products for applying to foamy planes?
http://www.elwirepros.com/rc-and-hobby-kits.html
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