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Will doubling the current fry my drone?

Will connecting 2 lipo batteries of 3.7 V of 1500 mAh in parallel for power source to a drone fry it? I understand the voltage will continue to be 3.7 V because it's in parallel. The current or Amps ...
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Do I need anything else for this drone build?

So far, I have these parts as all I need for a drone build. Is there anything else that I need or should have? Flight controller: DJI Naza-M Lite TX/RX: FS-i6 Drone body: F450 Motors: 2212 920kv ...
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Could using a 2.4GHz controller frequency interfere with an onboard computer trying to access 2.4GHz WiFi networks?

My situation is this: I will be building a quadcopter drone (and later a hexcopter) that will most likely use 2.4GHz RC with a Pixhawk. I will also have a computer onboard (Raspberry Pi, either 4B or ...
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Installing Spektrum receiver onto AtomRC Dodo

I'm a noob who just received an Atomrc dodo, and I have a Spektrum SPM4650 receiver I need to install. The wiring diagram (below) is clear enough, but I'm new to soldering and would prefer to avoid ...
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why do drone frames have spaces and holes

This may sound like a very dumb question, but I am building my first quadcopter and I just realized that some frames have these perfectly symmetrical holes/spaces. I used up all the screws on mine, so ...
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Drones with attachments for cleaning windows

Newbie on drones. Are any attachments that can added to the bottom of a drone to carry a 1/4 or 3/8 water pipes? Thanks,
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What should I use to cover this plane with?

Unsatisfied with the weight of my first model (a FT Tiny Trainer), I decided to build something lighter. Since overweight foamboard was the downfall of my first model, I decided to try reducing amount ...
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How do I attach a propeller to this motor?

As many of you already know, I am getting into RC planes. I went to my hobby shop today and bought a motor and some props, but I can't figure out how to attach a propeller to the motor. Unlike what I'...
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Drone/Quadcopter sim that allows custom building/editing of (large) quads?

For some reason, there seems to be a huge gap when it comes to medium-sized video platform drones, such as one I'm planning to build. I don't have any experience with acro flying, so while pretty much ...
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How to keep my prop from flying off my motor?

After finally getting every piece on my plane to work, another piece decided to be a problem. Great. My problem is pretty much already summed up in the title, my prop keeps flying off my motor, and I ...
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What would a basic fixed-wing electronic setup look like?

I'm building an FT Tiny Trainer. Currently it's just a chuck glider, but now that I have tested it, I want to add electronics. At first, the plane would be a controlled glider, but then I'd probably ...
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Is the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) an appropriate association for those interested in building RC aircraft?

I am new to building RC aircraft. I am wondering which association I should join. I found the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). Is that association suitable for people who are interested in ...
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Will this set up fry my components?

Frame: Carbon fiber 250mm Motors: 2300Kv 2204 Power board: Matek built in BEC’s 12V + 5V FC: CC3D ESCs: HLGRC 30A opto (no BEC) Battery: Turnigy Graphene 14V 75C 4S Receiver: Turnigy iA6B My question ...
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Is there a method to wire a brushless motor to an ESC so it spins in the required direction first time?

So I know that three phase motors will reverse direction when 2 wires are swapped round, or that the direction can be changed in software (such as BLHeli). But is there a method to get it right first ...
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What are the benefits to different types of frame arrangements?

When looking at different frames, there are lots of descriptions for different ways the arms are set up. Are there objective descriptions of how these arrangement change the flight characteristics ...
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What factors affect the noise level of propellers?

I've noticed that the noise level of different quadcopters can vary quite a bit, especially in the sub 3" range. For example, some of the Tinyhawk models are extremely quiet, while other similarly ...
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Where to find model aircraft with moving parts?

I came across a model F22 raptor here and here but I am looking for a place where I can get one with moving parts, e.g retractable landing gear, canopy and the likes with a sizable scale, maybe 1:48 ...
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Is it a good practice to use a throttle limit of 90% for racing builds?

I had read somewhere that it's a good idea to set a throttle limit of 90% for racing. The reason given was that, in the last 10% of the throttle, the cost/benefit ratio for power to thrust would not ...
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How to program drones that have old flight controllers?

I have a few components of drones like some old FCs and old ESCs and I don't want them to go to waste. Is there any way to configure a drone that I built with those parts, as I don't think the FCs are ...
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How do you build and use a smoke stopper?

What is the right way to build and use a "smoke stopper" device to prevent a short or other improper wiring from damaging your electronics? Is it different depending on what voltage you are using?