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03-28-2005 03:56 PM  13 years agoPost 1
dariof

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Saturday night I charged all my helis and plankers, then arrived at our field bright and early Sunday morning.

Knowing full good and well that all the batteries were charged, I knew I didn't have to check any of the batteries for the 1st flight.

Still, I kept to the basics and prior to flying, did a preflight which included checking the charge on the first heli I decided to fly that day...my R50. I discovered it had just about enough of a charge to set the gyro, take off, and crash!!

It seems the switch was the problem. So, after recharging the battery and tending to the switch, I went and flew safely and uneventful.

Remeber your basics and never assume anything before launching a heli.

Best Regards, Dario

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03-28-2005 07:02 PM  13 years agoPost 2
Wisdom-Seeker

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When I charge the flight pack, I always connect directly to the battery. The switch plus all of the wire adds a small but significant voltage drop that (in my opinion) causes the peak charger to stop sooner than it should.

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03-28-2005 09:04 PM  13 years agoPost 3
PietervA

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That does depend on the charge rate (ie amperage). A slow charge should see little voltage drop across a good switch and wiring. Fast charges should be direct, and some battery pack manufacturers supply you with and additional lead (eg NoBS Batteries from HangTime hobbies).

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