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How long can it keep all going?

Discussion in 'Phantom 2 Discussion' started by RCblog.nl, Sep 19, 2014.

  1. RCblog.nl

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    Just a question that keeps me bothering. Or bothering is a big word maybe, lets just say I am wondering...

    How long can it keep going? And by "it" I mean the Phantom (2) and all its parts/electronics.

    For example: the brushless motors and the brushless ESC's. What typical life to expect? I know brushless motors can run for quite some time, but coming from the RC car and boating world, I can say that ESC's can be time bombs (although they are taxed a whole lot harder in trucks/boats).

    You wouldn't dare to think about motor/ESC failure during a flight, so then the next interesting question becomes: at what moment would one be deciding to replace motor/ESC with a new one?

    How about props? Do they have the eternal life even when there's never been a crash?

    At what % of monitored overall battery life (as checked in PC Assistant) would you have to stop using an intelligent battery?
    And say there's only the slightest sign of puffing, would you replace a pack immediately?

    All in all what I mean with "how long can it keep going".
    Motors and ESC's is what I wonder about most.
     
  2. Buckaye

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    I read somewhere that the expected life of the motors is about 300 hours. I'd expect the ESC to last longer as there are no moving parts
     
  3. N017RW

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    They'll last longer than you'll [probably] fly your a/c.

    I have 141+ hours (that's 850 10 minute flights) on a 450 CP heli outrunner and no longer fly it.

    Bearings are another story, I wouldn't consider the motor 'broke' if they can be replaced.