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Prop Balancer...are they worth it?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by kid168, Jun 26, 2015.

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    I was thinking of getting a prop balancer for my P2V+v3, is it worth it? does balancing the OEM props really help? Can anyone recommend a decent prop balancer? Thanks
     
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    @kid168 We really never answered your question so here's my take on it . I also have the Du-Bro one and I just let it sit on my desk
    with a prop on it for looks . It does a great job . I can't see no difference using it verses the glass .
    I find it easier with the glass but that's just me .
    I always check my new OEM props for balance before I will use them . I have only found a few that where a little off .
    You can spend the money and get a store bought one or do as I did in the post above . I have never seen any difference
    and have checked them against each other . JMO...Here's my store bought. could have used that money for another set of prop's ;)
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    Thanks for the input. Ill go get one at Amazon
     
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    :D..you welcome
     
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    what do you do if the prop is way off, trim a side until it's balanced? is there a place to remove material that doesn't affect the flight characteristics?
     
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    I use scotch tape or fingernail polish on mine. Like the tape better .
     
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    I find that the water glass works well. I have been experimenting with a new method of how to counter balance the prop. Instead of taking off material, I have taken a note from my R/C 3d helicopters and adding some tape. However the tape I have been successful with using is not whatever it was the R/C Helo stuff was but. From a roll of my "Tamiya" 1/4" masking tape. It's very thin and offers a virtual non-existent profile or change in prop shape Dynamics. Yet it's been enough with all my Inspire-1 props to do the job without having to use more than a 1.5 to 2" strip placed about midway at a imaginary centerline. I have hours of testing done with all types of conditions & there has been ZERO problems only nice smooth as silk balanced prop movements resulting in flawless video in the most extreme settings.....
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    That what I use. Dubro & a prop rod.
    I'll start a different fire - sand or tape?
    I sand...
     
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    Scotch Tape ! Hands down better :p
     
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    You can buy the rods you need everywhere for no more than $15 shipped, I got mine on EBay & use a glass


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    Glass of what ? Rum
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    No, Absinthe.


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