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3DFly with Spektrum FPV Camera (from NanoQX FPV) Mount w/ 15-Degree Tilt

by djdiaz Dec 5, 2015
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I finally had time to test wheater the Spektrum Camera Type VA2500 does work with a power of just 3V when connected to the two Pins on the Beef's Brushed Board underside. Unfortunately the camera does not work with such a low voltage. You might have been using a different camera maybe the former model Spektrum VA1100.

Thank you djdlaz, this is it, identified them!
Kind regards

Hi djdlaz
Thank you for sharing your 3DFly model. I will try this build together with a Spektrum va2500 fpv camera. What Pins on the Beef's Brushed Board did you use to connect your camera? Did you use the same Pins that connect to the Receiver? Are These the pads you are mentioning quote: "The pads to access this power on the bottom of the FC."? I see two such pads on the back of the board. They do not have and drilled holes in them. Did you use those?

My controller has two pads on the bottom, and they are labeled 3V and GND. They do not have holes. This was where I connected my camera to get power.

the spektrum vtx and cam are good on 1s? thanks!

I personally have not tried to power the spektrum vtx/cam directly from the battery, as the Beef's Brushed Board FC has a built in voltage regulator. According to the propaganda for the BBB, "Built in 3.3v Buck-Boost eliminates brown outs from low battery voltage and supplies clean power for FPV gear." The pads to access this power on the bottom of the FC. I can say for sure that this works and that the regulator can supply adequate current for the spektrum vtx/cam.

How did you power the camera? Alternate battery or do you splice off the main battery?

Camera is powered from the main battery. The Beef's Brushed Board Flight Controller has +3v/gnd pads on the bottom you can tack onto so that you don't need to splice into the input wire.

how much is the whole thing cost

You can buy the kit from Hovership here:
http://shop.hovership.com/3dfly-micro-quad-kit/

Cost is $110.

I'm thinking of buying that kit, and probably your frame posted here. Curious, though... in your opinion how are the motor/prop/battery combination in that kit? Is it a pretty responsive, punchy, micro?

It is a fun micro, but I would hesitate to call it responsive and punchy. Set up as mine is, it feels a bit heavy and hovers above half throttle. Feels a bit like driving a boat sometimes. That may be my battery config though, as I use 600mah turnigy cells to get about 4.5 minutes of flight time.

@djdiaz Excellent, thank you!