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Nov 18, 2012, 10:02 PM
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THE Cinestar 8 - Flight Time - Thread

I couldnt find a good thread on max flight time with the CS 8
Figured a single thread dedicated to the science of balancing weight with power of battery, prop size and style, and load capacities needed could benefit us all
Please feel free to link me to an existing one if there is one already...
Standardizing the format will help compare apples to apples.
Let me know if im missing anything.


MAKE----------------------------------------CS 8
PROP----------------------------------------Stock 14x5 APC
BATTERY------------------------------------2x 3300mah Turnigy
GIMBAL--------------------------------------360 gimbal
GIMBAL STAB------------------------------hoverfly
GIMBAL BATTERY------------------------quadropower 1000mah
CAMERA------------------------------------NEX 5n (18-55mm lens)
FPV GEAR----------------------------------Iftron 5.8 vtx, HDMI converter,
FPV BATTERY------------------------------quadropower 1000mah
AUW-------------------------------------------its in my van... ill weigh it and edit.

------------------FLIGHT TIME-------------5min (!)

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GIMBAL STAB------------------------------
GIMBAL BATTERY------------------------
FPV GEAR----------------------------------
FPV BATTERY------------------------------

------------------FLIGHT TIME-------------
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Nov 19, 2012, 08:54 AM
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-BUMP- To Get this going

someone's gotta be getting more than 5 min with a nex on the 360 gimbal...
Nov 19, 2012, 09:41 AM
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I have to say you are using a very low mah battery to start with. Two 5000 is the least that should be flown with that size multi for sure. And if these are QC motors you may even what to go to 5S batteries as well,but 3300 mah is for alot smaller and lighter machines.

Nov 19, 2012, 10:17 AM
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Im flying two 3300's and have tried two 4200's
Still low flight times imo.
Quadrocopter ships these with a single 6200 no?
Curious to other peoples setups.

There must be a diminishing returns plateau when increasing the battery size/weight.
Nov 19, 2012, 10:49 AM
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Originally Posted by crashtested
Im flying two 3300's and have tried two 4200's
Still low flight times imo.
Quadrocopter ships these with a single 6200 no?
Curious to other peoples setups.

There must be a diminishing returns plateau when increasing the battery size/weight.
Well you are nowhere near that.
As M said you need a min of 2 5000mAh 4s batts for that rig.

You can even go dual 6000mAh.
Nov 19, 2012, 10:59 AM
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I found out that the propellers are very important. I have tested different types and so far the stock apc 14x4,7 has the best flighttime.
Nov 19, 2012, 11:18 AM
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You are landing way to early, loaded landing voltage should be around 14v for a 4s battery.
Nov 20, 2012, 07:09 AM
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MOTORS - Tigermotor MT2814-10 770kv
ESC - HobbyKing 40A BlueSeries flashed with SimonK firmware
PROP - APC 13x4.7
4s/3s - 4S
BATTERY - 2x ZIPPY Flightmax 5000mAh 4S1P 30C
FC - APM 2.0
BEC - 2x Castle Creations 10A BEC [One for FC (5V), second for Camera stab servos(6V)]
DC CONVERTER - 4S Voltage to 12V for navigation LED strips
GIMBAL - Cinestar 360 gimbal
GIMBAL STAB - FreeIMU 0.4.3r3 + arduino pro = MultiWii
GIMBAL BATTERY - Zippy 1000mAh 3S
CAMERA - Canon EOS 550D/T2i (Tamron 10-24mm lens)
FPV GEAR - TS351 5.8G 200mW transmitter, mini-HDMI converter
FPV BATTERY - Sharing with Gimbal stabilizator
BEC - HobbyKing UBEC 3A (for Camera Gimbal stab, FPV and hdmi-converter)
AUW - 5.5kg/12.1lbs
FLIGHT TIME - ~7min (light cruising)

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