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Checking charge during flight?

#1
Is there anyway to check the charge on a battery during flight so that I don’t over-discharge it? If so, could I make it so that I see the charge on my Spektrum DXe?
 

Forster

Slow, low and dirty.
#2
I don't think the DXe has telemetry. On other models (i.e. the DX6e) you can use the telemetry settings to alarm you when your voltage drops. Depending on the way your ESC is set-up, you should be able to tell based on the way the motor sounds. On my B-Kit 20A E-Max BL/Heli, with stock settings, the motor rpm will drop and you can hear the difference in "Soft Cut-Off" mode. Still have enough power to land without killing the batteries. My radio has timer so for the aircraft without telemetry (i.e. the Champ S+) I can set the timer based on previous flights. I generally check the remaining charge after every flight with my batteries to see how much demand I'm placing on them and how healthy the battery is.
 

Hai-Lee

Old and Bold RC PILOT
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#4
I never fly without a battery voltage alarm! I also monitor the time of the flight.

For gliders and other high Altitude models where I may not hear the alarm I have a version which has a high intensity LED fitted which I position so that it faces downwards whilst in flight.

Have fun!
 

sprzout

Knower of useless information
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#5
I never fly without a battery voltage alarm! I also monitor the time of the flight.

For gliders and other high Altitude models where I may not hear the alarm I have a version which has a high intensity LED fitted which I position so that it faces downwards whilst in flight.

Have fun!
Interesting!! Is that something you bought, pre-built, or did you wire something up yourself with the LED? I know I've always just flown with a timer, and then check my batteries when I'm done, which usually shows me about 3.7-3.8 voltage, depending on how hard I've flown/what I've flown. I like to err on having MORE battery than not enough. :)
 

sprzout

Knower of useless information
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#7