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Plastic shrinkwrap on Immersion RC 5.8GHz Tx...on or off?

Discussion in 'FPV (First Person View)' started by Captain Blue, May 2, 2014.

  1. Captain Blue

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    Hi all
    I'm about to attach an Immersion RC 5.8GHz 600mw Tx unit to my Phantom 2.
    Just wanting some advice/thoughts..the unit comes covered in plastic shrinkwrap - should this be left on, or taken off before fitting? Is airflow sufficient to provide adequate cooling with shrinkwrap on?
    One reason I ask is that I am intending to do a lot of filming over water (particularly salt water) and I do want to ensure everything is protected from moisture in the best way possible.
    I had considered applying heatshrink to the Tx unit but this may be overkill? Or prevent proper cooling?
    I see most people simply velcro the module to the Phantom underbelly.

    Any thoughts and advice would be most appreciated :)
     
  2. jondrew

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    Re: Plastic shrinkwrap on Immersion RC 5.8GHz Tx...on or off

    Well, since you can't set the channel switches (as best as I was able to tell) without removing it, I cut it off. No problems so far. If you bird goes for a swim, that shrink wrap wouldn't help much anyway.
     
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    Re: Plastic shrinkwrap on Immersion RC 5.8GHz Tx...on or off

    I left mine one (based on other people doing the same), and I use velcro to attach to my Phantom underbelly.
    it's easy to change channels if you just a small pointy tool or even a safety pin to push/break away the plastic a little.

    as for making things waterproof, just stay out of the water, Phantom's don't float.
     
  4. Captain Blue

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    Re: Plastic shrinkwrap on Immersion RC 5.8GHz Tx...on or off

    Haha yes I'm not planning on submerging it...the concern is more the fine saltwater spray.
    Having worked with helicopters in a marine environment, they don't have to actually touch water to suffer corrosion and wiring problems.
     
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    Re: Plastic shrinkwrap on Immersion RC 5.8GHz Tx...on or off

    Well I figured it was like that to give protection to the unit whilst saving weight.

    To alter the channels I just made two tiny cuts to form a little door which I then stuck back with Sellotape.
     
  7. jondrew

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    Re: Plastic shrinkwrap on Immersion RC 5.8GHz Tx...on or off

    Well, hasn't hurt so far. I see flytrex does the same thing. I won't cut that off when mine show up