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Steady Grip LiPo Battery Mod

Discussion in 'Q500 4K Discussion' started by Buck, Dec 7, 2015.

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Is this a good mod?

Poll closed Dec 14, 2015.
  1. Yes, worked fine for me!

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  2. No, don't do it.

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  3. Not sure

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  1. Buck

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  2. Fleamac

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    Works great for me. Easy to do also. Search under the stead grip section, I posted pics.
     
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    A lipo isn't really a safe battery to have in a piece of equipment that could flatten the battery completely. What some folk don't realise is that the lipo alarm itself draws current and would need to be turned off when not in use or it would create the very scenario it's intended to avoid if (say) you're out of the house when it triggers and don't hear it. The proper way to install the alarm would be to use a double pole on/off switch to the gimbal and use the extra terminals to turn the lipo alarm off at the same time as the gimbal... not sure whether many people are actually doing that though.
     
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    True. The alarm does draw juice.

    I notched the slide in battery cover just big enough for the wires and velcro'ed the alarm to the outside of the battery compartment. That way I can monitor the voltage and unplug as needed.

    Also, the battery I used is slender enough that it's not a tight fit in the battery compartment. Plenty of room.
     
  5. carl snyder

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    This is how I modified mine.
     
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    This mod ROCKS! Might you have a few detailed pictures of how you mounted the alarm, and how you wired the alarm's on/off switch?
     
  7. carl snyder

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    You may want to do a cleaner job. As for me I only care about function. This works extremely well for me. At the end of the video there is a diagram on wiring the alarm.
     

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    I think I screwed up a bit on the picture loading part. I may need to delete some. Sorry.
     
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    I used it for the first time over an extended period at a wedding Saturday, used it throughout the day off and on, it worked everytime and never changed the battery. Using the battery that come with the Typhoon is the way to go! I can't believe Yuneec didn't do that from the start. I may throw a couple on Ebay and see what happens.
     
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    Would you list all the parts needed for this mod? I would like to know the type of wiring connectors used.
    Thanks in advance.
     
  12. Brett Ray

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    I made the aluminum plates but I'm sure you could make something work. For the connectors I had ordered what I thought was the right plug for the battery, but it was wrong. So, because I had to use it, I just used an old RCA stereo cable and plugged it in. I took out the battery tray, cut the wires, drilled a hole for the wire to go through and attached the RCA cable. I then drilled 4 holes in the bottom cover and pushed the 4 rubber well nuts through the holes then tightened them up. I slide the battery into the tray and then lightly tighten the screws with my finger to hold the battery in place. Pretty easy. I have extra trays if you're interested.
     
  13. m5zealot

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    My steady cam doesn't use batteries! (The camera does though) Seriously though, I followed the direction of the manual and bought rechargeable AA batteries. It stated regular batteries only last 15 minutes but it didn't say how long the rechargeable ones will last. I guess I'll find out. Loading them up now. :p 137756.jpg
     
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