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Old 11-25-2021, 07:28 PM   #1
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One of these two cylinder glow drivers arrived today and there is some info on specs, but nothing on how to set it up, such as programming a second channel to turn it on:

https://hobbyking.com/en_us/two-cyli...ug-driver.html

Anyone have any experience with it? Plan to install it on the Gemini 160 to help idle.
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Re: Glow Driver Setup

If like this...the red connection is to battery...the black to receiver. Works off the throttle with a y or a channel mixed to throttle. Often has to be reversed as they got it backwards most time. You can adjust a mix to throttle so it comes on when you want.

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Re: Glow Driver Setup

Know basic connections, Was hoping to get some idea on how to program set point and the purpose of the Sonalert. There is no pot or button like McDaniels, etc.
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Re: Glow Driver Setup

Set point would be with using a channel to mix to throttle and setting upper and lower level (and subtrim perhaps)on transmitter. No need for a pot. Its modern.
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Re: Glow Driver Setup

I will try and power it up later and see how it reacts to a channel output, but for now may assume switch point is center signal. Still have not decided, but leaning towards a second 2S LiFE source.
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Re: Glow Driver Setup

4*60 linked the manual. It says:
“The device is shut off when the control signal pulse width is less than 1.4ms; when the pulse width is between 1.4ms and 1.6ms, it is on stabilizing mode; when the pulse width is more than 1.6ms, the device is on start mode. Normally we use one 2 way switch or one 3 way switch on the transmitter to control the device. Once the device enters Start Mode this will last for 30 seconds, after this it enters Stabilizing Mode automatically which it will stay in for 5 minutes, then it will shut down. It can be triggered again and return to the same sequence once more.in this case. The reason for this is you don’t need to worry that you forget to put the switch in the off position and flatten the receiver battery.”

So, you need to use a 2nd channel and either:
Need to use a 2-3 position switch and manually switch on the driver for starting and warmup, and then turn it off for flight.
Or create an appropriate throttle mix to have it on (in stabilizing mode) for idle, and use a switch to override the mix and turn it on full power for starting.
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Re: Glow Driver Setup

Thanks. That makes more sense. Still wonder what the Sonalert is used for.

This is what I read, but not really helpful:
Quote:
4) Red LED and blue LED lights is on constantly, the
device is working under Start Mode, at this time, the
buzzer would be on sounding if it were connected with a
buzzer.
(5) Red LED is on constantly, blue LED light flashes, the
device is working under Stabilizing Mode, at this time,
you could hear sounds time after time from the buzzer if
the buzzer is connected with.
May be a functional alert. Will have to try it out and see if want to substitute an LED.
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Re: Glow Driver Setup

Whatever you do ..put a switch in the line if separate battery as the electronics will eventually run down the pack if no switch and connected to a battery while stored. Using the receiver means it gets switched off. Remember you are producing about 1.2 volts out of a 6? volt receiver battery, and the glow driver will not be on full time.
So 15 minute flight might mean 7 minutes on at 1.2/6 volts - 4 amps - is .8 amps.
So you should 2500 LIFE pack if using it with receiver power.

Just a comment but I think these things should be used. Keeping fingers out of a prop.

Some of us let the buzzer sound as it is not that irritating on the ground and tells you it is working. You can tape over the buzzer or I think you can remove as you indicated?
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Re: Glow Driver Setup

More of a “I’m on” alert from the looks of it.
Buzzer on when in start mode and intermittent during stabilize mode. There should already be LEDs showing status of driver and plug.

Sounds like the default operation mode isn’t really geared for typical “keep the plugs warm during idle” usage. Personally, I’d drop the buzzer, setup the correct idle mix and start switch control, and short S1 to disable the timeout.
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Re: Glow Driver Setup

Thanks. Plan to add an ON/OFF switch, but need to reconfigure for a second charge port, as well.
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