Problem with the TT neptune
Well, I got my sub earlier this week,and like a kid at X-mas, I got it out of the box, and charged the batteries. first, I wold like to sa that it truly looks fantastic. I read somewhere else that this is a glorified toy, but I have to disagree. It is a really nicely built, and well engineered bit of kit. It is a treat.
I was able to meet with a few other bubbleheads today in Shrewsbury Pa at the YMCA pool and run it a bit. I had some problems. I have plenty of experience in RC sub, and RC in general, so I am not a newb who does not know what a Flux-Capacitor or liquid filled motor mounts are for. I know about the ball bearings.... everything is ball bearings these days.
when bench testing the boat, I noticed that it would turn on, and go into fail-safe mode. I have control over the throttle, and the planes/rudder, but no control over the ballast, it is constantly running, like a poorly tuned harley, trying to empty the ballast (i am not worried about the sound, that is normal, just that it is always doing it...) After doing a hard reset, the sub has ballast control for about a minute, and then goes into fail safe, with the green LED solid (ballast emptying) and a blinking red LED, indicating water in the hull, a bad signal from the Tx or a low RX battery.
I feel like all three are invalid,
I have no water in the sub, I ran it with out the shell on, so I could clearly see the LED's and the ballast bag filling/emptying. I was only able to fill it once in the water, before going into fail-safe. I also was able to quickly get the boat out of the water, and look through the cylinder to verify no water intrusion.
I still had plenty of power while running on the surface, god control movement, no brownouts or fades. The throttle was responsive to all inputs. It is not a fast boat, but I feel like running on the surface, wiggling the stix, the ballast pump constantly blowing, and the throttle pegged made no difference.
just to verify, I actually put the boat on charge for about a half hour, and still the same result, straight to fail-safe, with e ballast trying to empty.
I guess what I am wondering is that, if anyone has had a similar experience? and what yo may have done to remedy it. I am thinking of unplugging the water sensor? I will definitely be calling ACE tomorrow, to ask them (besides, they owe me a me TX charger and a new front bulkhead). I also want ot ass some sort of monitor, such a s a voltwatch so I can instantly verify the RX voltage from the window. Then t figure out some kind of camera rig for the nose.......
Here a few pix, thanks to Jeff LaRue for driving while I took pic's.