Travelling with a drone includes some inherent inconveniences, but it’s really easier than it seems with a little preparation. Here are some basic rules to follow on how to travel with mini quad and LiPo batteries on an airplane.
You can prolong the life of electronics in a quadcopter with waterproofing, the most common method is Conformal coating. It helps prevent components from moisture and chemical damage when flying in extreme conditions.
The Taranis X9D Plus radio transmitter takes 2S LiPo or Li-Ion battery. 18650 Li-Ion cells would have been an obvious option given the excellent capacity to weight ratio. However they don’t fit the Taranis battery compartment without some modifications.
This tutorial explains how to install and setup TBS Crossfire in Frsky Taranis X9D Plus. I will also show you how to connect Crossfire receiver to flight controller and configure it in Betaflight. The steps should be similar in other Frsky radios running OpenTX.
Parallel charging allows you to charge multiple LiPo batteries at once using a single charger. Parallel charging is an effective way to quickly charge the amount of LiPo’s that mini quad pilots use. When you do it properly, it’s not particularly dangerous and actually brings benefits too.
In the newest version of OpenTX, a new dialog box has been added when you try to bind a Frsky receiver to your Taranis. There are four options, “Channel 1-8 or 9-16, and Telemetry On or Off. This article will explain what these options mean.
One benefit of setting up GPS on a drone is to get real time GPS coordinates – so when you crash you can track down your model. You could display them in your OSD, but that’s only useful when you have video signal or to look back in the DVR. In this guide I will show you how to record GPS coordinates inside the Taranis.
You might wonder, “isn’t Crossfire faster than SBUS? Why would you still want to use it?” Well yes, you should use CRSF over SBUS whenever possible. Crossfire requires both RX and TX pins of a UART while SBUS only needs the RX pin. When you don’t have a spare UART that then your next option would be using SBUS.
Some people love listening to motor noise during flight because it makes them feel more connected to the quadcopter. This tutorial will explain the different ways of getting audio for FPV, and discuss other benefits of doing so.
Lipo battery balance plug can sometimes be damaged by spinning propellers in flight. it’s extremely unsafe to use this LiPo with a broken balance lead as it can short itself easily and cause fire. In this article I will show you how I fixed mine.