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12-13-2013 11:02 AM  5 years ago
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FlyforMaelle

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Leaving your equipment in the car in negative degree weather
Its currently -15 here. Celsius. So that's 5 degrees f. I fly in this weather with arctic wear.

Now is it bad to leave my equipment in the car?

Two TX
Align 450L
Edge 540 electric
chargers
batteries
a yak 100cc

Any of those things bad to leave in the cold?

Of course I would warm them up before flying as to not have the most brittle heli in the world.

*Garage kept obviously. I wouldn't leave this in the open. Just not heated.
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12-13-2013 11:08 AM  5 years ago
Ronald Thomas

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Violent swings in temps are bad for anything electronic not designed to be there (like vehicle electronics). Now that does not mean if you do that every once in a while you will see failures but if that is a constant practice, you will see issues arise. Also some plastics don't like that as well. So my advice would be to take anything that flies or controls that flying machine (tx) inside. You can leave starters and field equipment in the car.Team MikadoUSA 480XXTreme, 550SX, 600SX, 700XXTreme, 800XXTreme!!
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12-13-2013 11:29 AM  5 years ago
FlyforMaelle

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Ok thank you Laughingstill
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12-13-2013 01:03 PM  5 years ago
Steff Giguere

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In very cold or very hot temps I don't leave my heli things in the car.
I too live in Canada and I too fly all year round and never had a problem.

Have fun.
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12-13-2013 02:38 PM  5 years ago
ChristianM

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Leaving your lipos in below freezing temperatures will shorten their capacity and lifespan so take them inside.

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12-13-2013 02:44 PM  5 years ago
Ace Dude

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Leaving your lipos in below freezing temperatures will shorten their capacity and lifespan so take them inside.
That's not true unless they're fully changed.
  
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12-13-2013 03:53 PM  5 years ago
cessna151

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I can't say from experience, however; i've always thought it wasn't the temperature itself that's the problem but the rapid change in temp right before flying, ie... Taking your model from a nice warm house out to fly in sub-freezing temps or vice versa.--Eagles may soar high, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines!--
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12-13-2013 04:13 PM  5 years ago
RyanW

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A side note: For the guys flying in extreme cold- please check all of the control links before flying. Some plastics shrink in the cold to the point it puts a strain on the control system and can make them feel like they are binding. This will cause a huge load on your RX battery or BEC and can cause issues there.-Ryan
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12-13-2013 05:56 PM  5 years ago
Simmer

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+1 Laughingstill

The etch's on the pc boards will contract and then expand when they heat back up. This will stress and often cause a cracked etchs (signal paths)

I do often bring mine to work in the summber but Ill leave the windows open a few inches and when its really hot, I will bring it into the building.

I dont fly below 32 degrees very often anyway, when I do its for short periods, and the heli leaves my basement to go to the field in these cases.
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12-13-2013 06:22 PM  5 years ago
cessna151

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Violent swings in temps are bad for anything electronic not designed to be there (like vehicle electronics). Now that does not mean if you do that every once in a while you will see failures but if that is a constant practice, you will see issues arise. Also some plastics don't like that as well. So my advice would be to take anything that flies or controls that flying machine (tx) inside. You can leave starters and field equipment in the car.
I agree with the first sentence, but if he flies in the same temps that his equipment is subjected to in the car, why would you advise to take his stuff inside? That seems contradictory to the first sentence to me.
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12-13-2013 08:32 PM  5 years ago
Ronald Thomas

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Short periods are not as bad as long stretches of constant heat or cold.Team MikadoUSA 480XXTreme, 550SX, 600SX, 700XXTreme, 800XXTreme!!
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12-13-2013 10:28 PM  5 years ago
mcfast

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-15c sounds warm, -30c here that's pretty cold, cant wait for summer and winter has not even started !!P.S. sorry for the spelling or the grammar I am dyslexic!
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