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04-02-2012 02:45 PM  9 years ago
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mrloudly

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R22 Electric Conversion
Have gone right off of IC and am thinking about swapping over the Zehoah for a 12s setup. Do Vario do a kit or is it a go it alone job?
Any pic's/links would be much appreciated

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Andy M
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05-13-2012 01:03 AM  9 years ago
Mojave

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I would call Joe at east coast scale Helis for that info. Don't quote me, but I believe that the benzin electric conversion kit may work with these mechs.
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05-13-2012 04:42 AM  9 years ago
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I converted my XLV not too long ago. It's so much smoother than it was gas.

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05-13-2012 12:20 PM  9 years ago
Mojave

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The kit you used looks just like the benzin conversion kit. I think he may have a winner...
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05-13-2012 06:40 PM  9 years ago
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The idea was based off of the Eastcoast kit but I made the parts myself.

Watch at YouTube

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05-15-2012 02:30 PM  9 years ago
Mojave

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Yeah, my bad... I forgot that yours was a very nice home brewed e-power kit.
Barry
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08-30-2012 07:22 AM  8 years ago
mrloudly

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Sorry guys it's been a while...

All converted and flys a treat. Flying on 4 5000ma 6s doubled up in series and parallel effectively 10000ma @ 12s Getting 10mins no problem at all. Really smooth and loads of power.
I'll post a video link when I sort out a Youtube account.

Thanks for your input.

Andy M
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09-01-2012 07:41 PM  8 years ago
Mojave

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Sounds like a winner! 10,000 mah deep, you should be getting waaaaay better than 10 minute flights. I'm assuming that you haven't pushed it yet
Barry
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09-01-2012 09:18 PM  8 years ago
mrloudly

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10mins I have 40% left, could probably squeeze another couple of mins but don't want to hammer the Lipos..
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09-01-2012 10:24 PM  8 years ago
Wayne Parrish

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I would really like to try a electric conversion but the thoughts of putting 2-400 bucks in batteries and another wad in electric gear just doesn't sound interesting. I have been flying gas vario for about 4 years now and had no problems,so I guess i'll go cheap and keep gas.
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09-05-2012 12:24 AM  8 years ago
Mojave

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Come to the dark side Wayne, you'll never look back. You spend that much in fuel alone...
Barry
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09-05-2012 01:20 AM  8 years ago
Wayne Parrish

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Barry, I can wear out a Zenoah with gas for what 2 sets of batteries cost . Don't get me wrong.It is so neat to "hear" the motor spool up as a real turbine,but its just not enough for me to justify the added expenditure.Old folks have to watch their money ! Have a great week everyone. WP
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09-05-2012 02:06 PM  8 years ago
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Making The Switch...
Hi Wayne,

I would have to agree with you that making the conversion to E-power is a big "nut" to do... especially if you have a few machines... I took almost 4 seasons to finally finish converting all of mine...and as you said, you can buy a LOT of gas (at least for now for that added cost..
There are still plenty of people using "wet" fuel...and some that really want the sound of the gasser... they are all fun...
The big difference, that I see, with electric, is it is set up to fly the same as you would with a turbine.. you set an rpm and then all you do is fly pitch... that is what makes everything so much smoother.. no big torgue changes, and a spinning motor without that heavy piston swinging in it...so no vibrations to the airframe from motor...
I, for one, did not ever think that I would make the switch the way that I did... but only a couple of nitro machines left in the shop!!!!
To me it is just like the radios.. how many years did we fly with no problems until 2.4 came along...there are still people using the 72 systems and they are working better then ever with the croud going away!!!
Are you going to be at either of the events at Triple Tree the end of Sept?? If so, please look me up...just find the white 47G, and I will be close!!!!!

Stan

mrloudly I did not mean to hijack your post... sorry...
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09-05-2012 04:00 PM  8 years ago
Wayne Parrish

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Stan, My wife and I may just run down there. One of the best reasons to go is a restaurant in Spartanburg,about 30 min. Ride from tri tree ,called The Beacon . Google it and check it out. Now,on to the most important reason to come,heli's! I will most likely try the electric world soon,but not till I decide on what to build next. I keep coming back to the Bell 47 since I enjoyed it so much . I think that is one of the best ,if not the best, heli that Vario builds a kit for. They are so majestic in the sky! I do use a governor on my Acrobatic and that works ver well for a gas machine. The reason I didn't use a governor on the G-3 was that the real one didn't use one and it jus sounded more realistic when coming on and off the power. I have a very close friend that live about 20 min. From me that will be my electric guru,Greg Gimlick ,of many magazines fame. Greg learned to fly in the real Bell 47 So was very helpful in the feedback of how it should look in the sky flying.Oh well,I digress,again! Look forward to seeing that beautiful bird of yours. WP
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09-05-2012 05:49 PM  8 years ago
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Getting back to the main topic...

I flew my "Gasser Vario R22 for about 2 years using both the G270 and G290 engines. I always had some engine issues when the outside temperature got above 80 degrees F, due to the lack of cooling inside this helicopter (R22).

In July I converted to Electric (Scorpion HK5035-410, CC ICE 160 HV, 2 x Zippy 5S 5000mAh 30 packs, and ECSH conversion kit).

I have over 50 flights / 6 hours flying this R22 as an electric now, and it is the best change I could have made. I love it as an electric, the sound, the feel, flight consistency, etc.
I get a very safe 8 minutes using 10S 5000mAh packs (typically charge back in about 3600mA after 8 minutes).

Sandy
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09-15-2012 08:16 AM  8 years ago
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