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Posted by old4570 | Today @ 09:20 AM | 37 Views
Now it occurred to me about 0.00 hundred hours ...
That the H8 mini has headless mode ( actually I knew that ) , but how to chose between headless mode and normal operation ?
Now the instructions say headless mode ( HM from now on ) is controlled by channel 9 on the Tx ..

So what to do ? , except activate Ch9 and assign a 2 position switch ( Right ! )

So on the 9XR pro ( Screen 5/14 )


So Ch9 is now @ 100% ( active ) and controlled by the switch !ELE ..

With the switch in the normal position , the H8 mini is in HM ...
Pull the switch toward you , and you are in normal mode ..

Tadaaaaa !

I have already done a test flight @ 0.30 am , and it works ..

Time for bed !
Posted by old4570 | Mar 24, 2017 @ 12:07 AM | 1,219 Views
Eachine H8 Mini ( Bound to my 9XR pro ) Part 2 (1 min 57 sec)

The Eachine H8 mini running better ..
With the bad motor running smoother it really handles well ..

I'm still a little surprised you get such a good mini quad for so little money ..
Posted by old4570 | Mar 20, 2017 @ 07:21 PM | 1,332 Views
In my previous post I mentioned I had the Eachine bound to my Turnigy 9XR Pro VIA a multi protocol module ...

https://goo.gl/cJvDpd Multi protocol Module ... FYI , this module only does ( NRF24L01 )
https://goo.gl/R6ALz5 Eachine H8 mini ...

These are the instructions for binding ..

When you turn on the Tx hold the sticks in the following position ( on start - not after )
Rudder right + Aileron left = EAchine H8 mini 3D
Elevator up + Aileron right = EAchine H8(C) mini

Will the real Eachine stand up please !

These were the instructions , but for the Taranis transmitter .
For the 9XR Pro I found the following worked
Transmitter is mode 2 Left stick is Throttle / Rudder

Throttle Down / Rudder left ( bottom left corner )
Right stick = top right corner

Once the (?) model is bound , you should not need to repeat the process as the protocol ( model ) will be remembered next time you want to fly .
Like I said , the instructions are for the Taranis , so if you plug the module into any other Tx , you will need to explore for a bind .

Eachine H8 mini ...
I still haven't tried the factory remote .
The H8 bound to my 9XR pro shows great promise for a really good flying mini quad ( or is it micro ? )

It handles a breeze relatively well for it's small size
The H8 lacks power / or is a little heavy
Very strong , takes bumps well
Might be stunt able .. ( Very nimble )
For the price - seriously ! ( A lot of people will spend $...Continue Reading
Posted by old4570 | Mar 19, 2017 @ 10:33 PM | 872 Views
Purchased a H8 mini so that I had something to bind to the Multiprotocol TX Module ( For Frsky X9D X9D Plus X12S Flysky TH9X 9XR PRO Transmitter ) ...

I thought I had a quad that would bind , but alas No ..
So just playing at the moment ( ATM ) , and the short of it is it works .
I will have to try the H8 with the factory Tx , but so far it's a blast with the 9xr Pro ..
The H8 is very cheap , got mine from Banggood .. ( Did I pay like $16 ozzi bananas for it ) ( $12.99USD at this post )

The Tx module is interesting , by using a Turnigy 9XR Pro you can almost throw the instructions away ( I think its intended for the Frsky X9 - instructions )
FYI , this module only does ( NRF24L01 ) .......

I am currently on my 3rd recharge ... So hopefully a double mini review in a short while ... ( For now I plan on having some fun )
Posted by old4570 | Mar 15, 2017 @ 01:24 AM | 1,391 Views
My micrometer compared to my calipers (1 min 32 sec)

Just comparing my Mitutoyo Micrometer with my Calipers ...
There is going to be decent measuring tool write up in the future .. ( just waiting on some more tools )
Posted by old4570 | Mar 06, 2017 @ 09:44 PM | 1,298 Views
3D printed module case from Banggood for 9x / 9xr / 9xr pro (1 min 49 sec)

Ok , since so many don't bother watching the video .. I will try a printed ( typed version )

Came from Banggood today ( purchased ) was a 3D Printed Module Case for the 9X / 9XR / 9XR pro transmitters ..
In this instance its for my 9XR pro , as I will be playing with multi protocol modules .. ( Tis the plan )

To the case .. There were no screws or accessories , just the 3D printed case ( 2 parts )
Not superb , but not terrible either ( quality ) .. Nothing like injection molded plastic .. ( 3D printing has a ways to go I think )
This case does not seem weak or overly fragile , but being 3D printed I would not test its durability unless ( you ) ordering a spare ..

I put it in my 9XR pro and there was a fair bit of slop ... ( Play )
So I ended up with 3 layers of electrical tape on the top part of the module case ..
I put one layer on the opposite side from the contacts hole running over the clip ..
This took out most of the side to side play ..

It looks like it will do the job , but just be mindful of the reputation 3D printed stuff has earned ( They are more fragile than molded parts )
Posted by old4570 | Mar 02, 2017 @ 10:51 PM | 1,529 Views
Heatsink fan mod for WLtoys 12428 ( 540 Motor ) (6 min 2 sec)

I ordered and installed a heatsink fan unit for the 540 motor in the WLtoys 12428 buggy ..
it went in with little effort and no mods were required to the buggy body ..

I may still put some non conductive thermal paste on the heatsink for better thermal transfer ..
But this simple mod actually works ...
The 540 runs quite a bit cooler now .
Posted by old4570 | Feb 21, 2017 @ 10:37 PM | 1,556 Views
Dollar fifty Lipo voltage monitor / alarm (1 min 55 sec)

I got my other Voltage monitor alarm ..
This one was $1.50
Lets put that in perspective , a Snikers Bar costs $2 retail over here ! So for less than the cost of a Snikers bar !

Why would you want this ? ( Why not ? )
If you were say into electric boats , why would you not have a voltage alarm set so you had plenty of time to bring the boat back to shore ..
Who the parking lot wants to swim out (?) 30 meters to retrieve a boat with a flat battery ( No people actually do that )
Another form of RC where it could save you $$ and some grief is if you flew Helicopters or quads ..

Anyhow ...

I like this one , it's loud enough to be annoying
Very easy to use
( with the monitor facing you / pins at the bottom plug in you balance cord negative to the far left pin )
Has a decent button to set the voltage level for the alarm
Monitors each cell independently
First cell to reach set voltage sets off the alarm
The price , $1.50 ... Seriously !

Not so great is
The plastic sleeve the monitor has ( its a dirt magnet - especially with a buggy )
LCD , hard if not impossible to see in bright light ( are not all )
Struth ! @ $1.50
Posted by old4570 | Feb 14, 2017 @ 01:06 AM | 1,234 Views

SHAHE Digital Calipers from Banggood (4 min 1 sec)

https://goo.gl/vLc8es = Product page .

I love measuring tools , especially accurate measuring tools . For about 30 years now I have owned calipers and I just don't know how I could possibly have gotten on without such . Dial or Digital calipers may not be the most supremely accurate tools in the world , and there may be some variance from one to the next but that does not matter if you use just the one as long as the measurement is consistent and repeatable .

I have for a long time thought about a better or higher grade of digital caliper so when Banggood offered me the opportunity to review the SHAHE calipers I could simply not resist the opportunity . I have owned / do own quite a few calipers already and the idea of adding another caliper was just to good to resist . What comes in the plastic case is a very nice caliper / two batteries / a plastic tool for removing the battery cover / a test certificate / and instructions in Chinese .

Not sure how useful the instructions are but the calipers are very easy to use . Simply by opening the jaws the calipers will turn on , all the user needs to so is clean the surfaces of the jaws and zero the calipers . Then simply chose if you wish to measure imperial or metric . ( It really is that simple ) . Now since the calipers turn on automatically , how long does it take them to turn off automatically --- 6 minutes is what I got . ( That's a little on the...Continue Reading
Posted by old4570 | Feb 09, 2017 @ 09:32 PM | 1,331 Views
Reversing beeper mod (0 min 57 sec)

Driving has become so Dangerous here in Melbourne Australia :

People are in such a hurry they are prepared to DIE or KILL not to get where they are in a hurry to get to ... ( Sad but true )
And one of the worst places ( lots of stupid ) is the car park ..
So feeling like I have little recourse , I have scaled up my safety with a reversing beeper ..

If the idiots can't see me reversing ? Maybe they can hear me ? ( I don't know )
Perhaps it just makes me feel safer ?
Posted by old4570 | Feb 08, 2017 @ 06:33 PM | 1,590 Views
BX100 Voltage monitor / Alarm (1 min 9 sec)

Been thinking about a Voltage monitor / alarm for a while ..

What I like
1s to 8s
Large voltage range for alarm
Alarm is loud ( possibly annoying )
Very light weight
This one has a case

What I dont like
Very tiny little button for setting the Alarm voltage .
No instructions ..

On receiving the BX100 there were no instructions included
So exactly which way do you plug in your balance plug ?
With the BX100 facing you , pins at the bottom , neg ( - ) from the left pin ..

Seriously , loving the BX100
Not sure its really needed for a buggy , for a Electric helicopter or RC plane it would be fantastic ...
Set the alarm at a voltage level that gives you plenty of time to land ..

Alarm is set to single cell voltage ( for example 3.3v )
So which ever cell reaches 3.3v first triggers the alarm .
Also the BX100 shows the total voltage and individual cell voltage .. ( Cycles )
For the lowly sum of $3 ozzi bananas , what a fantastic little accessory ...
Posted by old4570 | Feb 01, 2017 @ 10:16 PM | 1,817 Views

I ordered a 2s 1500mAh battery for my WLtoys 12428 Crawler ..
It got here at last the other day .. ( Now I can have twice as much fun )

I never use a battery untested :
So here goes ,

I charged the battery @ 0.5 amp till it was fully charged .
I then discharged it to check capacity as well as how well the cells were matched ..
Discharging to 6v @ 0.5 amp one cell was 3.5v and the other cell was 2.5v .. ( not a good showing )

Recharged the battery @ 0.5 amp till its fully charged
Then discharged once again @ 0.5 amp to see at what point the imbalance kicked in
All was good till about 3.66v ( individual cell voltage )
By the time one cell was 3.63v the other was 3.53v .. ( 1120 mAh discharged )
I stopped the discharge right there and then , and went back to charging the battery @ 0.5 amp ...

I did not cycle the battery again ..
But rather went to bed , and then threw the battery in my WLtoys 12428 Crawler buggy ..

VOK1500 2s Lipo Battery Test (3 min 50 sec)

The video shows my running the VOK 2s in the WLtoys , and then checking the battery after depleting it ..
Cells were about 3.222v and 3.183v ...
Currently charging the battery @ 0.4 amp ( balance charging - Is there any other way ? )
Posted by old4570 | Jan 29, 2017 @ 07:42 PM | 1,259 Views
At last all the parts are here ..
And I can go about converting on of my Trex 450 V2 from belt drive to torque tube ..
Posted by old4570 | Jan 26, 2017 @ 08:28 PM | 1,383 Views
Does every one have their 80th anniversary OS glow plug ?
Posted by old4570 | Jan 23, 2017 @ 09:17 PM | 1,252 Views

Holly smoke batman !
Dont know about the propellers ? ( Might be ok )

Product page

I need more money !
Posted by old4570 | Jan 21, 2017 @ 02:42 AM | 1,715 Views
Went to the local park ..
Was a little on the breezy / windy side ..
Flew it in the Bush league mode , and it was really bush league to fly ( Easy )
( Bound to my Devo 7e )
It handles the wind ( moderate ) rather well ..


1) Good flight time
2) Lacks power
3) Very easy to fly
4) Head hold is strong ( Good )
5) No need to mess with rates or anything
6) I did reverse the rudder ( Suits my flying style )

I picked mine up at a great price compared to what the usual price is , so after Parking it I can say its probably a great little quad bound to a actual Tx .
Flying it with a iPhone ( ???? ) , I don't know about that .. I don't even like the toy transmitters some quads / heli's come with .. Just nasty !

My brother got himself a Hubbsan ( I cant remember which one ) , one of the really small ones with camera .
But the wind was too much for it .. Probably due to the lack of control input ( set to tame ) ..

Anyhow , the Walkera came home in perfect condition , offered no nasty surprises and was very easy to set up ..
The only issue I had was binding it to my Tx , some 20 attempts before it actually took hold ( Bind ) ..
Seems a lot of people are having problems binding Walkera products to Devo transmitters ( ?? )
Does it really need to be so hard ? ( Walkera )
Posted by old4570 | Jan 18, 2017 @ 11:40 PM | 1,464 Views
Walkera QR W100S came today ..
Had a heck of a time trying to bind it to my 7e ..
Just didn't want to take ..
After about 20 attempts , it finally took hold ( successfully bound )
Now if only some one knew the WIFI password ...
Posted by old4570 | Jan 17, 2017 @ 07:11 AM | 1,214 Views
Love my dash cams ! Would not go out on the road without them .
These hardwire kits could be used for other applications as well .. ( Just depends on your imagination )
Anyhow , the first one arrived today so I set about testing it .

...Continue Reading
Posted by old4570 | Jan 16, 2017 @ 06:04 PM | 1,659 Views
I have to stop spending money !

The last straw is the 9xr Pro I just ordered ( Ok I have wanted the Pro for a while - since it came out )

Frsky module
Multi protocol Module + Case
Walkera Quad
Some engines ( HB and Rossi 15 )
OS 80th anniversary glow plug
Taps and dies
Watt Meter
Spyderco C81
Baofeng GT3 TP
Baofeng Battery ( the big one )
LR44 Batteries
Dial Caliper ( cheap one )
Digital Caliper ( Cheap one )
Hardwire kits x2 for Dash cameras ( low voltage cut off ones to save car battery )
USB Charge doctors
Dummy loads
5 in 1 Battery meter
Torque tube mod for one of my 450 V2 copters
Power Bank
2s Lipo for my Crawler

Seriously , Xmas is over !!!!
I need to stop spending .......

Enough stuff to keep me busy for a while .... Butt !!!!
There are still a few things I " WANT ! "
There is this cute little FPV Micro
There is this 250 FPV quad
The DLG glider

Posted by old4570 | Jan 14, 2017 @ 07:19 PM | 1,538 Views
Went flying this morning :
I took my WLToys 959 ( Bound to my i10 )

My brother got himself a MJX X102H ..
So here are my thoughts ..
1) I really dont like the inverted propellers ( With good reason )
2) Headless mode was problematic - For some reason I would be flying and suddenly the controls would reverse .. ( Strange )
3) Probably a great beginner quad ( Stable ) , but it was really hard to try and get it to perform ( Mild hot dogging )
4) Over all I became very bored with the X102H after about 1/4 battery .

What I like .. Push the button to lift off , push the button to land .. ( Good for those starting )
Very stable , and easy to fly . ( Would most likely be a good camera platform )
Good flight time .

Anyhow , my brother was in headless mode and suddenly he said he lost control ( I think the controls reversed on him ) and he was forced to land in some long grass ...

Well two motors smell like they are burned out as a result ..
I asked him to open up the X102H before assuming it's just the motors ..
The reversed propellers look like they will be a pain as far as long grass etc goes . ( Not a fan )

Oh well !
My 959 flew rather well , I had no issues ( was relatively calm ) ..
I may have to bump the rates to get it to fly a little hotter ..