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Will wiring two batteries in parallel fry my drone?

Will connecting 2 lipo batteries of 3.7 V of 1500 mAh in parallel for a 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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Pros/cons of using a BEC in traditional nitro plane?

I have recently joined a local RC club, and one of the members gifted me one of his older planes. How old? 72MHz, nitro-powered, and with Ni-Cd batteries! Old school but it works. However, I'm ...
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Vertical Flight Paths

I've been searching around for software to allow a vertical flight plan. For example I want to flight 50m across a building at 20m AGL. Then drop 1m and fly back 50m. So on and so forth. I've read a ...
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Why do most drones have upward facing motors?

Most freestyle quadcopters I have seen are specifically designed to fly with the motors facing upward and have the arms of the drone underneath the propellers like this: As you can see in the picture ...
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Why do drone propellers have blades with thin chords?

Almost all propellers used for drones have very thin chord length compared to the propellers used for things like table fans or boats which seem to have blades with much longer chord length. What is ...
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What is the performance difference between a brushless motor with a wider vs taller stator?

In the drone motor industry, there are a lot of variations in the stator sizes of brushless motors. There are several motors that have similar stator volume but one is wider and the other is taller. ...
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What is the difference between a patch and helical antenna?

I have seen both patch and helical antenna when shopping for video receiver antennae. All I know is that they are both directional antennae. Do these types of antennae have any inherent performance ...
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What are the advantages or buying a small drone vs a larger drone? [closed]

I have been wanting to get into drones a bit more than i am right now for a while. In the case of drones bigger seems to be more expensive but what advantages does it have over a smaller drone, what ...
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Difference between XM and XM+ receivers?

I have seen both XM and XM+ receivers and am wondering which one would be better to get for a micro-drone build. What are the differences in specs? (range, reliability, weight, etc)
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How are Hall effect gimbals different than standard gimbals?

I know that hall effect gimbals are supposed to be better than standard gimbals and are seen on a lot of expensive transmitters. What are the differences between a Hall effect gimbal and a standard ...
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Does the performance of a brushless motor decrease over time?

The brushes wear out in brushed motors and their performance decreases until they stop working, but brushless motors have fewer parts in contact and thus don't wear out nearly as fast. Does the ...
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Why do brushless drone motors tend to be more expensive than brushed?

The most common motors used for modern drones are brushless outrunner motors and I have heard that they are simpler to manufacture and are less susceptible to issues when being mass-produced than ...
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Why is an MPU6000 more well suited for drones than an ICM IMU?

I have seen people say that the MPU6000 is the superior gyro chip, even though the ICM chip has a faster refresh rate and is technically superior in any other use. Why is it better to have a lower ...
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What is the difference between FPV or LOS, angle or acro drones?

What is the difference between FPV or LOS, angle or acro drones? How are they different?
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