Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Solder Battery Terminals

Start with clean cut terminals.

Get organized. Battery terminals always female, including the connectors, with RED being larger size.

Be sure to slide on the plastic sleeve BEFORE soldering starts.

Nip the end of only one cable and finish this before starting on the other to avoid any electrical shorts.

Snip short bits of silver solder and place inside connector with some flux. It will get very hot so clamp it.

Insert the iron and melt the solder, holding the nipped wire end close.

Quickly insert the wire into the connector and hold still until cool to fix into place.

Insert the connector into the plastic sleeve before moving on to the next wire. Some force is required to do this.

Now repeat with the next wire, this way there is no way of causing explosive shorts - explosive I tell you. Shown above is one method to force the connector into the sleeve. Make sure before you do that the connector has no excess solder around it as the fit is tight.

Remember now, the ESC and battery charger must have the male connector end, sounds obvious until you try to connect two females, not that I did, but hear some have. . .

FunDay with Ballons

Monday, March 8, 2010


Hi Guys

 What a great day to fly. Bit windy but calmed down later in the afternoon. Counted 21 pilots by the time I left at 16h00.

 Managed to modify both war birds for my efforts.

 To all members come look at the new car port. Definitly looks really great with a lot more shaded area for the members. The fencing extension should go up this week and the paving blocks should also arrive. Hopefully get the new car ports paved before the end of Match.

 Congratulation to Roy Starr who successfully completed his solo testing yesterday. Well done Roy lets see you more in the air.

 Welcome to out new members.

 Jaco Kruger

  • Willem Kruger
  • David Elshove (Son of Paul)
  • Gavin Bennets
  • Brian Bennets
  • Steve Bennets
  • Juan Liebenberg

 See you guys on Sunday


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