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Old 01-10-2009, 06:54 PM
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Default transmitter battery life-parkzone

I'm a newbiejust bought a Parkzone- Super Decathlon BL . The question I have ; it comes with Akaline batterys to use in the transmitter and LI-Po in the receiver , which is great.

How will I know when the akalline batterys in the transmitter are almost dead ? ( Z10 radio system ).

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Old 01-10-2009, 08:26 PM
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Default RE: transmitter battery life-parkzone

Mine had a red light that came on
Old 01-10-2009, 08:39 PM
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Default RE: transmitter battery life-parkzone

If the Alkaline batteries are AA's, well, you can most likely get rechargeable's at your local store and use those. And, you can get batteries that have considerable more capacity than standard alkaline batteries. (2650 mah for instance)

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Old 01-10-2009, 08:42 PM
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There was no problem with the transmitter batteries in my radio. At least 20 flights on a set of batteries
Old 01-10-2009, 09:51 PM
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Default RE: transmitter battery life-parkzone

Thanks for the replys - I don't know if a red light will come on in my transmitter or not ; the manual doesn't say . I still don't see any way to check the status of the alkaline batterys in the unit.

Perhaps the "best" solution is to replace with a ni-cad or ni-mh pack ??????
Old 01-10-2009, 10:00 PM
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I think the light is right above the off-on switch

I tried to look at the web site and couldn't find anything
Old 01-10-2009, 10:01 PM
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There has to be some indicator that the batteries are low!!..look through the manual again,,,long ago I had a GWS radio and a red light would come on, and when that happened you had about 1 minute to land before you lost radio contact.....Rog
Old 01-10-2009, 10:05 PM
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Default RE: transmitter battery life-parkzone

I found it

Replace batteries when you hear the low-battery. alarm (beeping sound). ... This was in the T-28 manual

In the J-3 manual I found . . . . The push button on the top left of the ZX-10 transmitter is used to activate the X-Port accessories
found on several more advanced HobbyZone aircraft such as the HobbyZone Aerobird Swift
(advanced HobbyZone and most ParkZone aircraft share the ZX-10 transmitter). When you turn
the Transmitter power on, a red LED glows steadily and a single beep is heard. If the red LED
blinks, replace the batteries.



Here's the manual if you want to read it. the part about the transmitter is on down there a ways
http://www.masportaviator.com/pdfs/H...kzone%20J3.pdf
Old 01-10-2009, 10:14 PM
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you cannot use Nicad or Nmh batteries in the transmitter for they are only 1.2v each

Alkaline cells are 1.6V each
Old 01-10-2009, 10:17 PM
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Default RE: transmitter battery life-parkzone

Thanks again for the replys it is surely appreciated. I'm new to this site and will use it a lot. I'm still nervous about flying this plane 20 or so times and not knowing the status of the batteries. Maybe mine will only last 19 ?
I have my first plane (Nexstar) that uses Ni-cad batteries ; and I have been taught to failthfully check the voltage on these after each flight .

Thanks again
Old 01-10-2009, 10:20 PM
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Welcome to RCUniverse

that is a important regimen to follow is always keep an eye on your voltage

I check my radio batteries before each flight on my glow powered planes
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w8ye, what he said, I would use the batteries you have until you hear that low batttery alarm...so that you recognize it,,just remember when you here that beep/buzz/whistle/..whatever it is,,,BRING THAT PLANE DOWN!...the alarm is way bettter than a light , because when your flying you generally dont look at the tx,,in my case (GWS) when I took off the light was green and in a couple of minutes I lost control,,,which is about the only time you look at the radio...red light!!..but I got a few intermittant signals in and managed to bring it in without a crash...Rog
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Default RE: transmitter battery life-parkzone

my experience with hobbyzone/parkzone radios, once you get the beep you'd better land the plane. the radio is about ready to sign off. and FYI it only beeps once. it's better to change the battery's fairly regularly and be safe then sorry
Old 01-11-2009, 11:08 AM
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Default RE: transmitter battery life-parkzone

All I will say is cheap sells. A good radio gives voltage on the led. I do not have any desire to crash, lose a plane due to cheap radios. however they do seem to be prominent ???
Old 01-11-2009, 02:23 PM
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Default RE: transmitter battery life-parkzone

Thanks again everyone for the replys - I will try to heed your warnings and listen ( watch) for the warning beep . I realize that this plane isn't exactly a high-end unit ; I just wanted something to take along with me to Arizona and not take as much room as the glow-powered Nexstar that I have . I also just bought a new Airtronics transmitter (2.4g) to use with my Nexstar after seeing what happens to a friends plane take a (hit) and crash.

thanks again
Old 01-11-2009, 07:20 PM
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Default RE: transmitter battery life-parkzone

The Parkzone type planes have their place. On mine the whole thing fit in the box it came in and it could go traveling with me.

I had a dozen glow planes but that was too much paraphernalia and storage problems to take one of them

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