Power Hungry power distribution board for multi rotors

Getting into the hobby of multi rotors can be a fun and challenging endeavor.   Ever since I picked up my quad copter from Randy at RC Dude hobbies I have become increasingly interested building and designing my own hex copter capable of lifting a heavier camera like a DSLR.  I currently have an older Go Pro,  a Canon Vixia , as well as a NIKON D7000.  The quad does a nice job carrying the Go Pro camera without any problem at all however it doesn’t have enough physical space or enough power to carry anything bigger.   I am in the process of building a really large hex copter of my own ( not as if it hasn’t been done before ) but I really wasn’t fond of  frames only being capable of carrying 2kg’s .  Since I am a do -it- yourself kind of person , I chose to build a frame with the majority of the parts available at the local hardware store should I ever have a crash.   Since the hex I am building would require the  use of a 6s 5000 mah battery or better I was on the search for a power distribution board that would be able to handle enough current without stressing out the board and having a possible meltdown.   Now many boards or harnesses are quite capable of doing that however I tend to look ahead for more than what I would really need which alot of times really isn’t necessary but that’s how I roll.

Recently I obtained a Power Hungry power distribution board from UAV Rotorking and thought it would be an ideal fit for my heavy lift hex.  From what I have been told about multi rotors is that if you have say 4 lbs of total weight, then you would require around 8lbs of total thrust from your motors to compensate for the 4lbs and make it easier for your quad to hover without severely struggling to maintain that hover.   I figure my setup may be around the 10lb mark however ,  carrying possibly 2 6s 5000 mah batteries which would require more power to maintain decent lift.  This Power Hungry power board is capable of handing up to 400 amps safely without any stress which is a good thing as well for the entire system.  This board would  enable me to be able to lift a 30lb payload if I so chose to.

Here are a few more features of this board :

Its supports single and dual battery setups

Its made from extremely conductive solid copper plates

Corrosion free material

Each plate is Nickel plated then Gold plated for long protection and super high amp capabilities

Comes with 16 male 3.5mm bullet connectors for ESCs

(4) 12 inch wires already connected to the board   (2 positive ) , (2 negative)

The wire can be customized upon request   (you can have it longer than 12 inches)

After receiving the package in the mail this week and doing an “unboxing video”   I can honestly say you are going to be very pleased with how well this product was thought out and designed for simplicity.  The things you will need to do is solder the type of battery connectors you intend to use and as well as solder the male bullet connectors onto your ESCs  (which is a given) .  Another thing you will need is non- conductive standoffs to put the boards together.   The female bullets are already professionally pre-soldered to the board for you and the total setup will support 8 motors. The top plate is the ” + ” (positive) with 2 -12 inch wires already soldered on,  and the bottom plate is the ” – ”  (negative) with 2 -12 inch wires soldered on as well.  After having a really good look at this board I can already see the benefits such as a clean professional look,  plugging in or removing your ESCs at home or at the field is a breeze (not that type of thing where you solder the ESCs to the board ) ,  high current capacity,  rated for aerial photography and video multi – rotors,  and best of all,  wait to you see the video from UAV Rotorking on how fast and easy the installation is.  Below are just 2 of the videos I would like to show you,  one is the installation video from UAV Rotorking and then my own “Unboxing Video” .  I hope this helps you in your search for a really good and reliable power distribution board for your multi – rotor, again thanks for taking the time to read this post and don’t forget to “ Like RC Helimenace on Facebook” .

Installation Video

My “Un-Boxing” Video



Another video inspiration, Hex copter and robot spider combined !

Recently I came across a video in which I am sure quite a few of have seen already but I really liked this one and thought I should share it with you.  What it is is a totally interesting creation designed by “Mad Labs”  where a hex copter and an RC spider are amalgamated into one.  I was always interested in hooking up my cameras to the underside of my helicopters but never really considered attaching anything robotic to it.   I know this video has nothing to do with aerial photography or video but it does include a hexcopter therefore I think I can let it slide.  Mad labs already has a few videos showing this arachnid flying creation in motion which introduces a whole new aspect to the hobby.  What they have done is taken a hex copter frame and attached it to the top of robotic spider pod.   Here are a couple of videos showing this thing in action.

      Now of course you can buy a hex copter frame just about anywhere nowadays but if your a DIY ‘er like me then this is probably right up your alley.   The site where they had actually picked up this cool hex pod spider can be found here Trossen Robotics  and they item you would be looking for is the PhantomX AX Hexapod Mark II.  Now the thing that you have to keep in mind if you plan to build one of your own is that you will actually require two people to control this thing,  one person for the hex copter ( an experienced pilot  ) and one person for the hexapod itself.  Making one of your own is going to be quite expensive and the tested weight load capability of the hexapod (spider) is only at 4lbs.  I hope you found this posting really intriguing and I look forward to hearing about any other cool designs others have come up with.  Here is one final video showing the hexapod in action,  it actually looks pretty realistic by the characteristics.  Enjoy. 

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2012 in review

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Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 11,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 18 years to get that many views.

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DJI Phantom – RTF Quad !

Earlier this month a new product had been announced from DJI called the Phantom.   What it is is a ready to fly quad copter right out of the box.   There are already quite a few of us who already own a multi rotor and know how challenging it can be to choose appropriate components such as the right motors and ESCs just to get it into the air !   For some of you though who are just starting out in this interesting part of the flying hobby you may have trouble deciding what to get and how to use it.  I think a lot of us had seen the possibility of a RTF multi rotor coming down the pipe for some time it was just a matter of when.   Lucky for the newbies ,  DJI has released a quad that pretty much has almost all the bells and whistles you could ever want or need and the coolest part  ( in my opinion ) is that it actually has a camera mount that you can attach your GoPro camera to.   One of the many great things about this quad ( for newbies ) is that DJI has included a separate forum  where you can find some help in how to use or set it up for flight.   The quad comes with all the components built in including a NAZA-M flight controller board WITH GPS !

The radio is actually a 2.4 Ghz transmitter which is really great especially if you plan to fly at the field with others in the air and has a range of about 300 meters,  and only requires 4 AA  batteries.  A 3s battery powers the quad and it is claimed that you can fly approximately 10-15 minutes which is pretty decent especially for those of us who already have a few 3s batteries ,  I would be looking at nearly a half day of flying.   It will fly horizontally at 10 m/s and 6 m/s vertically  and undoubtedly those numbers would change depending on the camera payload ( they may be less).  I have to admit they put a lot of thought into the quads design as it also has built in LED lights in the underside of the arms which does help greatly in being able to see the orientation of the machine in the air especially when looking up  at the underside of it.  If you are looking to get your hands one of these very cool machines I hear the lead time may be about 2 weeks from now.   However,  when the quad does become available I suggest you meet some very cool people and head on over to Swift RC and check out the product.  It retails for around  459 pounds in the UK and around $678 dollars  ( canadian ) but for the  quality components you get with this quad I would have to say it is well worth it.  Here  is a quick promo video of the quad in action for you to check out .


13,000 Hits milestone !

Hey everyone,  I just wanted to say thanks for visiting my blog and I hope the information you find here is both helpful and entertaining.  I really enjoy RC helicopters and Multi rotors as I find them very interesting to fly and to setup.  I especially enjoy the technical aspects of these machines and what makes them work as well as how to make them work.   If there are any other resources or links you would like me to add ,  just let me know and I’ll do my best to bring it to the blog for your enjoyment.  Again thanks for visiting and come back soon !

Here is a quick vid I came across that I thought you might enjoy,  of course I had nothing to do with it but it is a very cool concept that utilizes the use of a quad copter setup.   It is a model from the Avengers movie and it is of the flying aircraft carrier from S.H.I.E.L.D.

Check this out.

Quad copters that can SWIM !

Now we all knew that there would eventually be a time when you would actually be able to land a quad copter in water but who would have thought it would happen so soon ?  Many of us are not strangers to multi rotors but the idea of being able to land your multi rotor in water and without consequences is extremely appealing.  I just so happened to come across this site called AquaCopters.com .  What they offer are quad copter frames that appear to be vacuum formed.  I’ll show you a couple of videos here soon that show these phenomenal machines in action.  They seem to be able to take a bit of abuse and keep on going !

Many of us at one time or another have experimented with their radio controlled craft by landing on water just to see if we could do it without having a tragedy.  The thing I like about this idea is that should you feel like going outside for a quick flight and it is raining,  there is no doubt you would be able to get away with it.  The other thing I like is that now with the Go Pro camera being a common sight on most aircraft,  the idea of mounting your camera underneath and landing it in a pond or lake is now a possibility.  Now you could have a crash in a pond and walk away with your camera and everything in tact.    I can see this item being a part of my future projects however that maybe be a little further down the road.  Another great thing I like about these is that the price is just right,  they offer the frame only for $119,   or you can purchase the frame as an ARF unit costing you around $350.  If you check out the one video there is mention about the clear frame and a brief suggestion of mounting your LED lights inside the frame and still being able to see the orientation of the craft in flight,  how cool is that ?

Check out these vids ,  keep in mind I have no affiliation with the company or product nor do I profit from it.  Hope you enjoy it and let me know what you think.

Halloween Quad Copters

Hi everyone, I just came across another video from Innov8tive Designs that I am sure your going to enjoy.   We have all seen the many uses for multi rotors this far but this video is fun and creative and I am sure you might want to show it to your children.   This is an idea from Lucien in regards  to  what else you can do with your Next Level quad or hex copter.   Keep in mind you have to factor in the issues involving the weight capacity of your multi rotor,  battery power,  as well as keeping loose materials away from the rotors as they could have a fatal effect such as a crash etc.  I think the idea is brilliant and I wish I had thought of it for a Halloween project myself.  I think the LED lighting they use to illuminate parts of the figure is really quite clever and I am sure you will enjoy it as well.   I take no credit for  having anything to do with this video nor do I have any underlying agenda in promoting Next Level machines but I really thought you would all enjoy this one.  Have a Safe and Happy Halloween with your kids and spouses!

Enjoy !