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Glow to Electric

Old 04-30-2012, 01:19 PM
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I want to use my trusty .40 size ugly stick and convert it to electric. I have all the components already installed but I want to use the same standard servos thats already in it. Should I use my 11.4 Lipoly battery's energy to power the servos or should I use the regular 4.8V nicad battery thats already installed??? A 2 battery system.
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What is the capacity of your LiPo (mAh)?

Is weight an issue? You will be adding weight with a second battery pack.

You can fly either way, but you need enough power to run your servos even if the motor fails. I fly with one battery pack powering everything in the plane. I also use a low voltage warning circuit to be sure that I have enough juice to land the plane.
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It depends on yourESC, or your BEC if using a separate unit. You should have a switchingBEC capable of 3 amps or more.
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These are excellent, I have three in use at the moment with no probs.

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I am running a 450 on mine currently and it supplied the voltage for my servos without a problem.
I am running a 3s 2200 battery and have lots of flight time with it that way.
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I'd expect that the removal of the fuel tank, along with the lighter weight electric motor and speed control will result in a change in the CG from the glow engine and so forth.
A decent speed control also has a built in SBEC capable of about 2-3A at 5vdc, so you should be able to use the existing servos.
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when you switch to an electric speed controller (ESC) with a battery eliminator circuit (BEC) it will (or should) save enough power to control your servos enough to land the plane. Many will warn you with a brief 1 or 2 second power loss that requires a throttle back then throttle up to get her back. Best to time your flights and not get to that point if you can help it. Hard on the batteries.

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