The power supply is cheap, but isn't particularly well reviewed on HK. People have mentioned that the soldering is dodgy; We'll open the case up and check it out. For now it's fine, but we might get a different unit for Josh to take.
Gave Josh the safety and maintenance story on lipos. He's going to need to transport these things to some remote locations, so he asked a bunch of questions about that, which I mostly didn't know the answer to.
- Turnigy Plush 12A ESC
- WAGO 222-415 5-wire connector
Prepping is a bit different than for planes and other single-motor units. Don't solder connectors in the usual way. Instead, figure out what you're doing for power distribution and prep the power input leads accordingly. I totally went into automatic soldering mode and was ready to attach 4mm bullet connectors. Fortunately, 4mm bullets are backordered, so we stopped there.
Intead, we're going to wire the battery to a pair of 5-wire WAGO connectors, and connect the ESCs to the WAGO connector. So, the ESCs just need to have the power input leads prepped and tinned.
Other than being mode 1, it looks pretty good... nicely made, smooth controls and a nice feel. We didn't bother testing the range since we'll be returning this unit.
Things to do in the next week
We've both got some time in the next couple of evenings, so we'll try to get all the electronics prepped in anticipation of getting the kkcontroller and frame.
- balance props and motors
- solder ESCs and motors
- test out WAGO power distribution