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Old 07-24-2016, 08:36 PM   #1
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New Reptile 500 build, AUW = 1,421g (3.13lb) with a Turnigy 3600mAh 3S 30C Lipo, hovering about 60'up in the "GPS hold" spinning 1045 props at a bit less then 50% throttle, brought it down to land 11.25 minutes, battery tested at 3.75 volts. I am very Happy with this test and the time that was shown, will now be ordering a 5000mAh 4s lipo then try some different size props, in hopes of increasing this time.
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Bigger batteries mean more weight. Will be interesting to see what you get with the 5000's
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Thanks Max, going to the 5K will add an additional 205g, but also going to try some bigger props
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Re: Battery/Flight time Testing

You actually want smaller props with higher voltage batteries to keep the power level the same.
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Re: Battery/Flight time Testing

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You actually want smaller props with higher voltage batteries to keep the power level the same.
I was of the thinking that:

power (watts) = voltage (volts) * current (amps)


with a battery that has more cells (more voltage), then you don't need as much current to get the equivalent power output (watts).

Larger props I think would still require the same amount of power for equivalent performance, but at a lower RPM.

Or am I getting something wrong here?

I've tried to get longer flight times with all sorts of different configs on my big quad. Best I ever got was 11.5 minutes with a 5000mah 4s battery on 5008-370 motors spinning 15x5.5 carbon props. I gave up and bought a Mavik.
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Old 03-30-2017, 12:00 AM   #6
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Re: Battery/Flight time Testing

What can happen with more voltage is you end up with substantially more rpm at half throttle , for example , then more load on the motors with more current being used. To compensate you hAve to reduce pitch. From 3 to 4s even at the same current you are looking at almost a 25% increase weight. Then when you jump from 3600 mah to 5000 ma
another 36% or so increase . That could work out to a 61% increase in weight.
May I asked the purpose of increased flight time ?

Rather than invest a whole lot in larger heavier batteries , try a 4S at 3600 . Then try prop changes
With less pitch and different brands. Just a warning this could be an expensive experiment. Better to do little changes at a time to see just in what works best and what direction you going.

I believe the more thrust starts with longer props at less pitch since your hover motor speed is good at about half throttle. In the end , your all up weight is your enemy. Maybe also consider doing weight saving measures. Looking at different brands of batteries and their weights.

Just some considerations fir thought.

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