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  • Bad Raven: Balance lead extensions are pence from China, I bought bulk. I also cut the old balance plugs with lead off and if I get a broken plug body I just solder a new one lead to lead, can extend at the same time.
    Today at 14:17:22
  • Reman: Bajadre, With reference to balance leads, I bought a cheap JST XH crimper, plus a shed load of male/female plugs and pins a while back. It's amazing how many times that lots come in handy. Not just for repairing battery packs, But for things like adding quick release plugs to wiring harnesses so you can do things like pop gimbels on and off camera drones quickly, Or add plugs to the cables of hardwired components so you don't have to desolder them when you need to get them out of the way in a rebuild, And making charging extension leads so you can get the battery right into a Li-Po safe bag and away from the expensive charger. They're well worth adding to the toolbox..... The other day I only spent about 5 minutes hunting for my 4S charging lead before giving up and making a new one. If I didn't have the crimping kit I'd probabbly still be looking. :)
    Today at 14:00:55
  • hoverfly: Not unusual Reman, they just cant be ar$ed to deliversome if they get behind schedule.. Yesterday i had a delivery by Herpies,  got a sms telling me when they were going to deliver, then rang the door bell and knocked. The parcel was intact and damage free.  Not sure what is going on.... :hmm:
    Today at 13:23:11
  • Bad Raven: Where is it broken?
    Today at 13:22:29
  • hoverfly: If you cut them off make sure  you insulate the ends. :smiley:
    Today at 13:18:42
  • Bajadre: Quick question guys is it ok to snip off a broken balance lead and not run it i know i wouldnt be able to balance charge it again but would the pack be ok ? its a 3s 5500mah which the lead got dragged along the floor on sundays bahs :(
    Today at 12:44:55
  • Reman: About an hour ago I had the Yodel tracking system tell me that I wasn't in...... That's f*ckin' news to me !!!!!
    Today at 10:17:20
  • Reman: Like I said, In the past I've had a handful of packs "Go off" at me like fireworks after bad crashes (Usually with RC helis), So it's hard to get that image out of your head while stripping down Li-Po's. :)
    January 21, 2019, 11:22:54
  • shawdreamer: the horror stories will always incite worry when messing about with Lipo's but its the same as everything else when working on electronics alike, alsong as your careful and methodical there's very little to panic about, I regularly recycle 4s's with a single dead cell into usable 3s packs, end of the days its alot more economical, safer and enviro friendly than having to bin them....just a pain that the dead cell is NEVER one of the outer cells so you always end up having to strip a good cell off to get at the bad cell before putting it back afterwards, its like dropping toast, it'll always land buttered side down and inevitably covered in pet fur :angry:
    January 21, 2019, 00:11:16
  • Reman: Just did the one electrical job that still scares me. I dismantled some Lipo's with knacked cells and built usable packs out of the good cells. I've had packs go "VOOOOOOSH" at me in the past so I'm always slightly scared of having bare lipo contacts anywhere near what I'm working on, But all appears to have gone well and one of them is currently doing a charge/discharge cycle to make sure nothings a miss. :)
    January 20, 2019, 22:28:43
  • Reman: My original Dremel Pro made it to 14 years of heavy weekend use (And abuse) before it crocked. Dismantled that but it turned out to be a "Control module" fault, And Dremel made it ni on impossible to get into that without pooching it completely. :(
    January 20, 2019, 22:17:27
  • ched999uk: BR  ::)
    January 16, 2019, 22:26:54
  • Bad Raven: That's a warrnty claim if ever I heard one....
    January 16, 2019, 20:32:55
  • ched999uk: My 28 year old 12v 35w Weller soldering iron failed  :( I didn't fancy forking out £100 for a new one. Stripped it down and found conductor snapped in cable. 10Mins later all back working great. :smiley: ::) I am very happy!!
    January 16, 2019, 17:23:06
  • shawdreamer: "look up there....its a drone!.....and whats this noise?..... it cant be!....NOOOOOOOO.......OOOOOOOOOOOOOPS I DID IT AGAIN, I PLAYED WITH YOUR HEAR....."
    January 10, 2019, 14:17:24
  • shawdreamer: <starts downloading britney spears albums and preping his large frame to carry a PA system>
    January 10, 2019, 14:15:08
  • Bajadre: defo steveo :) we should get loads of drones together up there so how they handle more that one lol
    January 08, 2019, 19:39:07
  • steveo9007: its all a ploy to get who ever has won the contract for geofencing the airport in, i reckon  ::)
    January 08, 2019, 18:38:26
  • Bajadre: more lies hope they prepped the police staement already lol
    January 08, 2019, 18:27:49
  • Bad Raven: Take Offs resumed
    January 08, 2019, 18:24:45

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Author Topic: Smooth operating gimbal at bargain price Brushless Camera Mount Gimbal  (Read 1312 times)

Offline Gustav

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Brushless Camera Mount Gimbal   for DJI Phantom F450 F550 X525 Gopro Hero3

I have been flying the Phantom for a little over a year and mainly use it for filming. I';ve been looking for a decent gimbal for several months and didn';t pay much attention to the cheap ones, thinking they would be junk. After reading the reviews on this one, I took a chance. So far, this gimbal works flawlessly and I';m happy with my purchase.
After reading the instructions several times, I went to YouTube and found how to wire the gimbal into the Phantom. The intructions are confusing at best. Once wired into the spare power lead found in my Phantom 1.2, the gimbal powered up and after about 5 seconds was holding horizontal as it should. It was whisper quiet as well.
The gimbal came with two sets of wires. One hooked up to the gimbal power socket with two bare leads I spliced into the spare power leads found in the Phantom. The other set of wires was a four lead harness I could find no use for.
The camera mount uses a Velcro strap attached to a fiberboard bracket that surrounds the camera lens. It appears a little iffy, but seems to get the job done. My GoPro camera shoots on center with this mount and all buttons are access able, without the need to invert the camera as I';ve read for other mounts. Since my GoPro is completely exposed, I fly with a lens cover. To make the lens cover fit snugly over the fiberboard bracket holding the camera in place, I used a little electricians tape to build up the inner wall of the lens cover. So far, so good.
This is a heavy gimbal. I use T-motors and 9" carbon fiber props on my Phantom 1.2 and have no issues with lifting the quadcopter off the ground. If you are planning on flying with this gimbal attached to your Phantom, I recommend at least getting the 9" props for additional lift. Also I recommend extending your landing gear. This gimbal sits on the ground without landing gear extensions. I ended up switching the stock landing gear with a new set which gives about two inches of clearance between the gimbal and the ground .
-Ease of setup
-Works great
-No lead provided for hooking up manual control of gimbal tilt
-Exposed circuit board on bottom of gimbal
-Camera attachment seems iffy, but works


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I have one of these but I'm a bit lost as no instructions with it; what voltage does it need?  And, does it plug into naza's gimbal connectors or as servos (when using sbus if it makes any difference)?

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Good effort Mate, this is where it all started and what this forum is based on.   Guys having a go for themselves and using their own ingenuity to DIY.  With all new cool stuff like this, it eventually becomes mainstream with 'off the shelf options' at a premium price for the privilege.  But it is still great to dabble around yourself, especially when you create something at a fraction of the price. 

my first goes on a cheap brushless gimbal back in 2013 just as the DJI Phantom was coming onto the scene.