Hello and welcome to our community! Is this your first visit?
Register
Results 1 to 6 of 6
  1. #1
    Senior Pilot
    Join Date
    May 2011
    Location
    Canberra, Australia
    Posts
    110
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    Reputation Points (Add)
    0

    Timer countdown on calibrate ESC's

    Hi all,

    I've found it difficult to simultaneously click the Okay button and to apply power when automatically configuring turnigy ESC's. Could you add a 5 second countdown so you can click the button and then have time to apply power?

    Would be nice

  2. #2
    Senior Pilot MikeD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Waterlooville, Hampshire, UK
    Posts
    1,016
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    Reputation Points (Add)
    6
    I find that if you click ok immediately I never get the two beep, two beep, multi beep sequence.
    But if I dwell a brief pause (count to two) it works ok.
    However whether the motors then spin at low speed seems to be random but more often they don' spin.
    To allow for different ESCs with slightly different timing requirements it would be better if the ESC calibration routine required more user interaction eg,
    1. User removes power.
    2. SW transmits full throttle signal.
    3. SW request user to connect power.
    4. User waits for two beep sequence from ESC then clicks OK.
    5. SW transmits the lowest throttle signal.
    6. User waits for two beep sequence from ESC then clicks OK.
    7. User waits for multi tone sequence and clicks OK to indicate success or FAIL to indicate failure of calibration process.
    8. SW then test spins motors at low speed.Possibly add the ability to adjust the low speed test signal magnitude on the ESC cal screen.
    Last edited by MikeD; 02-24-2012 at 09:09 AM.

  3. #3
    Senior Pilot MikeD's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Waterlooville, Hampshire, UK
    Posts
    1,016
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    Reputation Points (Add)
    6
    Appologies for lack of formatting in my previous post but the forum reply mechanism seems to be broken. It is removing carriage returns an advanced editing no longer works!!

    Edit: Formatting is now working so have reformatted previous post.
    Last edited by MikeD; 02-24-2012 at 09:10 AM.

  4. #4
    Senior Pilot xtrmtrk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Bellevue, Washington USA
    Posts
    1,168
    Blog Entries
    10
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    Reputation Points (Add)
    5
    I'd love to add some very simple scripting ability to the Configurator (via the config file) to be able to deal with many different ESC calibration methods and user-interaction requirements. Unfortunately it looks like you have to have a copy of LabView to modify the Configurator.

  5. #5
    Senior Pilot jsmcms's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2010
    Location
    Detroit, Michigan USA
    Posts
    330
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    Reputation Points (Add)
    0
    I too have run into difficulty is ESC calibrations so I built a battery switch to aide the process. I use it in conjunction with a seperate power connection to the processor. I use xbee to establish connection to my PC. With this set up I can control with ease the power cycle process to calibrate ESCs. Works great because you never lose connection to the PC and you have complete power control to the ESCs.

    Cheers, Scott
    Work hard, but play harder!

  6. #6
    Senior Pilot
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    Sedona, Az
    Posts
    464
    Downloads
    0
    Uploads
    0
    Reputation Points (Add)
    0
    Just make a 4 (or 6,8) into one cable for the esc's. Just plug the cable into the throttle on the rx, and all the esc's in at once. Then calibrate directly from the Tx. You could also flash certain esc's to Simon K's firmware, which has a hard coded 1000 to 2000 pulse range. No need for calibration.


 

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •