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Phantom White Light Modified for Phantom 2 Vision

Discussion in 'Phantom 2 Vision Discussion' started by gfinney49@gmail.com, Feb 20, 2014.

  1. gfinney49@gmail.com

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    Like many of you I ordered the round white light for orientation from China....did not read the fine print when ordering that is was for the regular Phantom, and clip to fit the smaller battery. I did not want to screw around with rigging on a $160 battery...so went to an electronic store with questions....no help whatsoever... today stopped by a Radio Shack....and viola!...a tiny small 12 volt garage door battery plus a small single battery holder did the trick for about $7 bucks.....The orig Phantom was 2200 mAh so a 12 volt will work with the light...tried 9 volt without success. It is very small and light will not know the exact weight yet...my scales are to arrive today. With the Dronexpert gimbal I am getting 14.5 min flying times. I have attached a couple of photos to show type of battery and battery holder...just rigged something up fast on the Phantom 2 for now.....If I can find a tiny switch to but inline with one wire would be great....attached the battery clip with industrial velcro....so it will pop off when I change to my second battery. Hope this helps others looking for a way to use their big white light for orientation on their Phantom 2 Visions.
     

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  2. Coreyk

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    You should wire the light into the battery. I soldered it directly where the battery leads feed the board. I even wired a switch into the side of the p2v. It cleans up the look a lot. Not a huge fan of having the ugly battery on the outside. I also haven't even noticed change in flight time due to the low draw of the LEDs.
     

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  3. djmt99

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    Corey, How did you access the battery connection? I can't get at the screws to remove it, nor does it seem the main control board are easily removable.
     
  4. ElGuano

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    Moved to P2V forum.

    You don't need to access the battery itself. You can solder it to the mainboard where the battery wires solder to the mainboard, or where any of the ESCs are soldered to the mainboard.

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