TIP: Good / Best Bateries for 1S Brushed Micro Planes

One of the most useful parts of an RC plane is, actually, the battery. Without it, a plane cannot be controlled. Today, I’ll share some of my favorite batteries.

 

Firstly, I do not like E-FLite 1S batteries. Sure, they work great for a little while, but then everything declines. Because of this, I eventually started getting Thunder Power 1S batteries. These actually work great, and they don’t deteriorate quickly. The 160 mAH 25C batteries seem to have more power than E-Flite 150 mAH 25C batteries, too. However, a few of my TP 160 mAH batteries puffed… Also, they are even more expensive than E-Flite batteries! I decided to then try a 4 pack of Lectron Pro 180 mAH 45C batteries, and WOW! These last a good 1-5 (depending on if it is in a plane or quadcopter) minutes extra flight time with a lot more power. They also provide much more power than stock E-Flite ones because they are 45C, but E-Flite now has 45C 150 mAH batteries, too. Not one of them has puffed, and they have only deteriorated when I put them into the battery-eating Nano QX FPV (side note: because it eats batteries, I haven’t gotten a new one. I DID get a new FPV camera, but I am moving it between different planes currently). Lectron pros are  now my go to battery.

 

Do you have a favorite brand of batteries? Leave a comment! Thanks for reading, and there is a Reader’s Opinion next Sunday. The Sunday after that will be a review or maybe even a build…

Nano QX DX6 Settings



When my new Nano QX came in a few weeks ago, there were no instructions for programming it with the DX6. If I just made a new model (airplane), the NQX worked, but there was no agility mode. Read on to find out how I set it up.

After browsing, I saw some DX9 settings on RCGroups (link: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2035286). I decided to modify them slightly to my needs and they worked perfectly! Note that these setting also should work for the new DX7, DX9, DX18 v2, and DX18 Stealth Edition as well as the DX6. Here they are:

Servo Setup: AUX1: Reverse; Everything else: Normal

System Setup>channel assign> next>: change AUX 1 to C

(This selects the switch that you switch between Stability and Agility modes on. I wanted to use the C switch to change from Stability to Agility. Use any switch you want. For example, if you want to switch from Stability mode to Agility mode using the B switch, change it to AUX1: D instead of AUX1: C. Personal preference.)

However, as mentioned later in the thread, the DX18 settings in the manual work. I think that I did something wrong when I tried those ones first and they didn’t work… (Quick note: DX18, DX9, DX7, and DX6 programming is the same except for the loss of channels.)

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Basic FPV Safety

FPV might be the most fun part of the RC hobby, but the FAA is trying to regulate it because of a few experienced pilots and the people who have “the cool new flying camera gadget” flying their quadcopters (mostly DJI Phantoms, which DJI has advertised as flying gadgets) dangerously (over people, over restricted airspace, etc.). These aircraft are NOT gadgets! They have spinning rotors that can cause a lot of damage!

So, I decided to write a list of things to do when flying FPV to keep people safe (and the FAA happy!).

1. Don’t Fly over People: Common sense!!! Yet, many seem to do it. What if, for example, you had some kind of in-flight failure as you flew over people (and innocent puppies!) and your quad copter fell and crashed onto those people’s heads? It could severely hurt them, not to mention the legal nightmare.

2. Try Not To Fly Over Houses and Cars: Your FPV aircraft could damage a house or car if it crashes into it. Even though it’s not likely that a MICRO aircraft, like the ones discussed on umFlight, could damage the house, let alone hurt someone inside, but it could. I guess that you COULD fly over your own house as the house is yours… If you do end up flying over a house, stay calm: it’s not likely that anything will happen. However, get it away from the house or car in a timely manner.

3. Don’t Spy on People: First of all, you don’t spy on people. Secondly, one of the reasons why people are afraid of “drones” is because of the cameras as they are afraid that they’ll used for spying. Just don’t do it, please.

4. Don’t Fly (Too) High: This isn’t much of an issue with ultra micros because of their usually-limited range, but don’t fly over 400 feet within 5-10 miles of an airport. The FAA also doesn’t want you to fly over 400 feet above ground level anywhere else. Flying this high, mostly around airports, can put your RC plane/quadcopter in the path of a larger full-scale plane.

5. Don’t Fly Over Restricted Airspace: It is currently illegal to fly over many areas such as the White House. It’s ILLEGAL, so don’t do it!

Conclusion:

Well, that is all I can think of today. I just want to note that, from now on, I’m not guaranteeing new posts at a specific time on Sundays anymore, but they’ll still be published on Sundays as usual.

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