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External 12vdc power to phantom 1

Discussion in 'Phantom 1 Discussion' started by Ren, Sep 18, 2015.

  1. Ren

    Ren

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    Hi all

    New to the site and new to the drone world

    Quick question. I have a phantom 1 and my batteries are now drained. However I had to order a charger recently cause the existing one can't be found

    I am thinking of connecting the wires from a 12vdc power supply to power the phantom for testing purposes only

    Has anyone tried doing this before?
     
  2. Memtenn60

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    If you batteries are drained, wait till you get your charger. You can't fly anyway so why take a chance. I have three chargers, one never used if you are interested
     
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    You can operate P1 from a power supply to program NazaM or just to see things light up. Just as easily wait too.

    Observe proper polarity of course. I recently made a big screw up while adding a 2nd battery and reversed XT60 on parallel harness, oops!

    Smoke boiled out from the bird and things looked pretty bad for a bit. Resulting damage = 2 green ESC’s and a burned trace on the MC PCB (which saved the red ESC’s, btw). RX, NazaM, GPS all survived.

    Found NOS surplus green ESCs and MC board on eBay for about $30. Back from the dead but I wouldn’t recommend doing that very often. Be careful…
     
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    Murphy is always out there waiting to bite you...;)

    Play it safe and invest in a good charger. It'll pay for itself in no time.
     
  6. Ren

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    Thanks being a bit anxious to fly. I would do the best thing and just wait on the charger
    I have even looked online seeing if anyone has made a home made charger for these batteries.
    But after seeing how dangerous these batteries can become. Made me think twice.


    Thanks a lot guys
     
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    As long as someone understands what CC/CV means, clever chimps can adapt any number of power supply sources for directly charging RC Lipo.

    However, that person probably already has several options available so it’s rather moot point.

    What I would suggest for any newbie is to buy a quality RC Charger such as iCharger 106B+.

    There’s cheaper ones which do a pretty decent job but iCharger (Junsi) is a leader in the design of RC Chargers and it will pay for itself in the amount of genuine learning, improved pack performance and longevity you can derive by owning/using one.
     
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