FrSky M9 Hall Sensor Gimbal

The wait is over! Horus-like controls on Taranis

The FrSky M9 is a Hall Sensor Gimbal replacement for the stock Gimbals used in the beloved Taranis.
The difference here is that the M9 gimbals make use of a Hall effect Sensor instead of Potentiometers like stock X9D Gimbals.

Advantages of the M9 Gimbals over the stock ones would be the feel, centering accuracy and longevity.
Hall effect sensors do not have any parts touching the rotating surface so there is no wear on the sensor.

Available to buy at HorusRC.com you can find the M9 gimbals HERE or at http://bit.ly/2imAu8y
A single gimbal retails at 20.50$, shipping costs from 0$ up to 10$ for express delivery.

UPDATE 12.01.2017: currently sold out – you can still pre-order the next batch HERE for 0.01$

The gimbals here are universal, meaning one product for both sides.
You just remove the centering spring from the one you want to use for throttle.

According to HorusRC staff this gimbal is only working with the X9D “plus” version of the Taranis.
The difference to X9D is added background light and vibration, therefore we don’t see a reason it shouldn’t work with a non “plus” Taranis. We will keep you updated on this.
UPDATE: HorusRC just replied me and stated that it also works with the earlier X9D version

Check this YouTube vid on how to install them into your Taranis:

M9 Gimbal product photos by HorusRC.com

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TBS BulletProof 25A ESC

Got my hands on a set of the new BulletProof 25A BLHeli_S ESCs made by TBS.
The ESCs itself feature little TBS logos on the transistors and come in a black resealable packaging.
Although these are just minor details, I do love those little things that TBS adds to their products. Did you know about the Konami Code on their FPV remote called Tango? 😉

https://www.instagram.com/p/BO2ofPCgI_a

 

TBS ESC Packaging

What you get per package is of course one ESC along with a transparent piece of heatshrink,
2x 18AWG power leads and 2x 22AWG ground/signal leads.
The signal ground goes next to the main ground solder pad, and the signal cable gets soldered to the small solder pad right in the middle. The ESC were delivered with BLHeli_S 16.3, flashed them to 16.5 with Betaflight passthrough on my Kombini FC and copied the factory settings they came with.

TBS ESC Contents

The ESCs are not called “BulletProof” just for fun, they actually have an acrylic conformal coating which makes them harder to solder at first but makes them more withstanding against later abuse. AGAIN: the solder won’t attach like you might be used to at first, but that’s a feature, not a bug 😉

A little how-to-solder tip from RCGroups user “AILERON8”:

“Try using the side of your soldering tip; add a dab of solder to the tip as well. The increased surface area will transfer heat more efficiently. Having the glob of solder on the tip also increases the surface area. It helps to add heat to both the wire and the pad, and if you pretinned both beforehand you should be able to solder these following the procedure I specified above.”

DShot Capability

If you want to use DShot with these ESCs you will have to remove a capacitor,
Capacitor TBS BLHeli_S DShot ESC
see the following link for more info:
https://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showpost.php?p=36200886&postcount=1466

UPDATE: official TBS how-to on the removal of the specific capacitor
http://www.team-blacksheep.com/tbs-blhelis-dshot600.pdf
Warranty is lost of course after this modification.

Official product page //

Have a look at the official product page for its Specifications and an optional 220uF 35V Capacitor, which is recommended by TBS for 6S users and high kV/heavy prop combos:
http://www.team-blacksheep.com/products/prod:25a_bulletproof

Size-wise they are at 17x25mm which makes them about 20% smaller than e.g. the KISS 24A ESC. Though a bit larger as the Aikon 30A ESC competitor, the TBS BulletProof 25A offers something new to the BLHeli_S market, an “Active Burn Protection”, which is basically limiting the max current at 35A. Plenty enough if you consider that lipos are still todays bottleneck in our powerful little quads.

My latest unfinished build with those ESCs… as always you will find some FPV footage about the whole Setup and the TBS ESCs later on this page… damn winter in Germany keeps me from flying 🙂

TBS ESC Build

For the real “BlackSheep” look I got me some black cables from Banggood 🙂
18AWG power leads >> http://bit.ly/2jcPOq2
26AWG signal / signal ground >> http://bit.ly/2jcPOq2
14AWG XT60 cable >> http://bit.ly/2jcPOq2
black XT60 connector >> http://bit.ly/2iStnmH
ESC held in place with “Rapstraps” >> http://amzn.to/2j70dze

Hope you enjoyed this little insight on the newest TBS ESC!

Yours,
Chris

Shendrones Fult Tilt Boogie

Check out this little article about my latest build, a Shendrones Full Tilt Boogie (Long Version)!

First of all, I have to admit I am a huge fan of the Mixuko frame from Shendrones.
Currently having 2 of them as my main racers, equipped with so called “Pods”, these things are aerodynamic rockets!

The FPV world is changing or let’s say evolving so fast, it’s unbelievable. New tech and new hypes pop up almost every day. With ESC’s getting not only more powerful but smaller, Andy Shen released a frame called “Fult Tilt Boogie”. It features the same mounting holes like the Mixuko series but comes with smaller arms and a little cut at the very end of the arm to mount your ESCs to the bottom if you desire.
This makes the frame weigh less AND probably more important to this already lightweight frame: faster!
Wait, what, faster? How can thinner arms make a quad go faster?

Check this post from Shendrones to understand the magic behind smaller arms 😉
http://www.shendrones.com/arm-design-thrust-stand-tests/

Comparison of Mixuko versus Full Tilt Boogie (referred as FTB from now on)
https://www.instagram.com/p/BOX6kYfgqzU

In the above picture you can see a special version of the FTB available at Shendrones, the “Long Version”.
You remember me saying new hype everyday? That’s what I mean 😉
There is a bunch of guys out there that found out about the special handling of these stretched X frames which is a much better control of the quad on the Pitch axis, therefore an excellent player at FPV racing.

::: Parts List :::

Shendrones Full Tilt Boogie >> http://shendrones.myshopify.com/
Cobra CP2205 2300kv Gold Edition >> https://www.aliexpress.com/store/2394072
TBS 25A BLHeli_S BulletProof ESC >> http://www.team-blacksheep.com/products/prod:25a_bulletproof
TBS Unify HV 5.8G VTx >> http://www.team-blacksheep.com/products/prod:unify_pro_hv
TBS Triumph antenna >> http://www.team-blacksheep.com/products/prod:tbs_triumph
Runcam Swift >> http://bit.ly/2iHOwmr
FrSky X4R-SB >> http://bit.ly/2iyPJvv
FuriousFPV Kombini >> https://furiousfpv.com/index.php?cPath=25

close-up of the wiring of ESCs to Kombini FC
TBS ESC Build

Fully built in all its beauty 😀

https://www.instagram.com/p/BPARIbNAVtP

Yours,
Chris

PS4 Gold Headset Review

Sony recently released its newest headset for their Playstation 4 console called the Gold Wireless Headset or alternatively the Wireless Stereo 2.0 Headset (Europe). Despite the difference in names and packing for the US and European market, both are the same product which is a brilliant sounding, sleek and stylish 7.1 headset. Equipped with a Virtual Surround Sound (VSS) feature and a Voice/Chat switch this headset can give you not only a better sound experience when gaming but also a real advantage in multiplayer shooters like Call of Duty: Ghosts which we’ve tested with the headset and had an easy time to locate approaching enemies by the sound of their footsteps.

What’s in the box?

The headset comes with a bluetooth receiver for your Playstation 4, a charging cable, an AUX cable to hook it up to your phone or computer and a carry bag with a PS logo on it:

Playstation 4 Wireless Headset Box contents

Playstation Gold 7.1 headset

Playstation Gold 7.1 headset for PS4 PS3 PSVITA

Conclusion:

We’ve compared this headset to a 5.1 surround system by Harman Kardon and we can say: it’s even more fun to play with this 7.1 headset! The action is right on your ear and you can also download additional sound modes from Playstation Network to enhance your specific game experience or just stick with the preinstalled second sound mode which is a bass-boost mode. The built-in microphone makes the whole headset look very sleek but we would have appreciated it if you had more color choices or at least the choice between the blue one and a black one.

Check out more reviews and don’t miss out on this great headset for the Playstation!

BlueLounge Milo

It’s no secret that we are fans of BlueLounge products. With “Milo” BlueLounge offers a nice and not too expensive stand for the iPhone. The design resembles the look of an iMac and is available in Black, White, Aluminium Black and Aluminium White. Devices with a smooth flat hard surface can be placed either horizontally or vertically on the micro-suction pad. You can get your own BlueLounge Milo at Amazon.

BlueLounge Milo colors

Blue Lounge Milo aluminum white

Just Mobile ST-250 AluBase

More goodies for your desk! The AluBase MacBook stand by JustMobile is perfect to save some space on your desk while using the Air or Pro (the stand comes with soft plastic inserts for both models) with an external monitor or of course to just put it away in a nice fashion when not working with your Mac.

Just Mobile AluBase Inserts

Just Mobile AluBase

 

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