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A Closer Look At The DJI Inspire 2 Charge Hub

A closer look at the DJI Inspire 2 Charge Hub.

I decided I wanted to make some ‘improvements’ to the stock DJI “Coke” can hub and thought I would share some info on it as while this may seem a very standard part of the Inspire 2 package there is a lot of interesting engineering going on here.

To get starting you need to remove the top of the hub, this is held on with 4 clips, a good hard pull will release it

Once removed you can see the light guide and clips for the plate, looking inside the hun its self removing the lid reveals some of its secrets

You can see a metal ring that surrounds a PCB than does down the middle with the power connector attached, surrounding this you can see some more boards on each side, next you need to lift out the four release buttons, note these have a small spring attached

Next you need to do the same with the bottom plate, this is also held with clips and some persuasion will release this the same way as the top

Once removed it exposes the bottom, just like the top you have another metal ring attached to the PCB, it also now becomes clear that the hub consists of 4 quarters that lock to gather and are held in place by there top and bottom via 4 tubes.

Here you can also see the buzzer, USB port and switch

Next you need to remove one of the four quarters that hold it together, where they meet there is a strip with the light guide attached, you will need to remove two of these, they are held on with a clip top and bottom and some adhesive along its length, warm this with a hair drier will help remove it with out damage, gently prise out from the top and pull out to remove

Once removed you can now lift off one of the 4 segments to reveal the battery power connect that is mounted on a PCB attached to the ring at the top and bottom

Looking at this closely its an interesting setup with the PCB being soldered either side to the ring with a screw in place to told it secure

Now the one side is off you can simply spread the housing open and remove the whole centre charing module

Looking at it a lot more closely you can now see how its setup, there is a centre PCB that runs the full length with a metal ring either side, then there are four identical boards that mount to that ring and are soldered top and bottom, behind each board there is a ribbon cable that goes from each to the main PCB.

To remove of of the outer PCB’s you need to remove the solder and screw, this revels the internal ribbon cables that go between each one

Removing the other boards shows the other parts of the internal PCB

Looking at the battery connector board its self on the back there is the ribbon input and a number of control FET’s

After investing how the hub works its very similar in design to the smart battery its self, Voltage enters via the main connector and is sent directly eo each battery board via the top and bottom ring, top being positive and bottom being negative, its then routed to the 2 FET’s on the back of each board that control supply to the pack its self, these are controlled by the main PCB via the ribbon cable, there is no direct cell balancing in this hub its purely got the Voltage and data pins.

Looking closely at the board the pin out is as follows

Green = RX and TX

Purple = BAT 0 AND BAT 0 IN

Blue = Negetive (Note its 2 pins one one side and just the single on the other)

Red = Positive (4 Centre Pins)

Now I was at this point I wanted to take a input to be able to supply battery voltage directly to each pack, to do this I have soldered a wire to the 4 centre pins the battery side of the FET’s

This was done to each board, it also meant removing some aplastic and putting some holes in the centre structure to get cables to the top

Once complete the unit is re assembled, I now have four wires coming out the top of the centre module each attached to the battery terminals directly, for the negative I soldered a single wire to the bottom ring that joins to each board

Once reassembled I attached four XT60 to test it was all working correctly

While not pretty it worked as intended, the Hub still worked as it should via the DJI input but I now also have a direct battery input via XT 60 to allow me to use it with my custom Inspire 1 charger I built.

Final Job after testing was to tidy up and 3d print a ring for the top to hold the XT60 connector and make it look more like what it should be

This now means I am able to use it with my Inspire 1 home built charger after I inally got around to modifying it to be used with the hub.

All working as expected and I'm now able to charge packs as before via the main original plug. I can charge individually via the XT60 either fully or to storage voltage via my charger

On reflection this was a difficult mod tbh with little space in side, single multi Pin plug would be nice and much cleaner but in reality this gives much more options.

Next job is to work out how the battery control is done and how to turn on the packs severely, I have some clues but not fully there on this yet.

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