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Oct 03, 2011, 08:08 PM
Power-line attraction pilot

My crazy Micro Heli FPV idea. I need some advice!

I am using the 200mW 5.8GHz transmitter that draws 330mA @ 3.3V...

and a MC-495A camera that draws 75mA @ 3.3V to 6.0V.

Total theoretical draw is 405mA. This is a micro heli FPV setup (which may never fly from the added weight). Every gram counts here and i predict a 10 minute (at the very very most) flight time off the 180mAH main battery. I would like to match my video setup to the main battery's limited flight time, in order to keep the weight as low as possible.

1. Any recommendations on camera and Tx batteries and where to get them at the lowest price? Since I assume these batteries will be sub 100mAH, what sort of charger should I be using?

2. How can I effectively drop the 4.2V from a fully charged 1S battery to 3.3V to power the Tx and camera? Will LD1117 LDO do the trick? Or should i be using a diode?

Thanks for the help guys! Ordering everything right now!
Last edited by caall99; Oct 05, 2011 at 05:47 PM.
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Oct 03, 2011, 09:39 PM
Power-line attraction pilot
Any tips while i am buying stuff?
Oct 04, 2011, 04:49 PM
Power-line attraction pilot
bump? lol

It appears that the LD1117 requires an input voltage of at least 4.75v to output a regulated 3.3v. We all know a 1S battery won't achieve 4.75 volts, so it looks like i cannot use this chip. Are there other voltage regulators that can regulate to a 3.3v output and accept a 2.7v to 4.2v input?

Oct 05, 2011, 04:51 PM
Power-line attraction pilot
Yipee! Talking to myself. Perhaps this LDO meets my requirements?

Can someone confirm?

Also, i still need to find myself a battery for the VTx.
Oct 06, 2011, 03:28 PM
Power-line attraction pilot
What do you do if no one responds to your thread?? Just sit there? lol...
Oct 07, 2011, 11:40 AM
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This should be asked in the FPV forum where the experts reside. You'll likely get the info there that you are looking for.

Oct 07, 2011, 12:00 PM
Power-line attraction pilot
Is there anyway this topic can be moved please?
Oct 07, 2011, 12:28 PM
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Click on the Report This Post to a Moderator
and then request it be moved to..................
Oct 08, 2011, 02:32 AM
Power-line attraction pilot
Thanks for moving this... Maybe i will have more luck here!
Oct 08, 2011, 02:51 AM
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I have done it with a micro heli, but your transmitter is to heavy and has to much output power. You better grab a set of these and use a seperate lipo for it.
Oct 08, 2011, 09:14 AM
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Hi caall99.

Why do you want a regulator device from 4.2V to 3.3V? Our 5.8gHz 200mw Tx module works with 3.3V - 4.2V directly. No need a step-down regulator for it.

Best regards.
Oct 08, 2011, 11:28 AM
Power-line attraction pilot
Originally Posted by FPVistanbul
Hi caall99.

Why do you want a regulator device from 4.2V to 3.3V? Our 5.8gHz 200mw Tx module works with 3.3V - 4.2V directly. No need a step-down regulator for it.

Best regards.
Because I found the unit for 15 dollars new (shipped), vs. your cost of $39. So i am looking to make the modification myself.
Oct 08, 2011, 11:41 AM
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also 1s 50mah zippy at hk for flights shorter than 5 min are fine. else 160mah hk nanos

the 5.8ghz rx is 2x cheaper at hk too.
the camera has a decent price at fpvhobby but it probably is much cheaper if you find a larger supplier.
i usually get all from fpvhobby cause its convenient execpt the rx, at hk

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