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V2 Gimbal tilt mod for $2.99

Discussion in 'Phantom 2 Vision + Discussion' started by CapnBob, Jan 24, 2015.

  1. CapnBob

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    I did this mod awhile ago, (V2) and it works great.
    The new Firmware allows for progressive gimbal tilt speed, so I used a PS3 joystick pot.

    This pot is $2.99 here: http://www.miniinthebox.com/3d-repair-p ... product4-4


    Remove the original pot from the controller, and solder 3 wires to go to the new pot. (I used 3 siamesed wires from an old IDE hard drive cable.)
    Remove one pot and the pressure switch from the dual joystick pot.
    I made a bracket from a tin can, and attached it all to the bottom of the controller.





    Video of it working here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7JyYDBNXpB4
     

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  2. jarance

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    Nice Mod.. Next thing on my list of thing to do.. thanks
     
  3. Fplvert

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    Great job CapnBob!
    I enjoy your input on this forum! Thank you.

    MHL
     
  4. Helidad

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    Cap'n bob
    Will this work on pv2+. If so could you share the wiring as to which lead goes to each terminal . Looks awesome.
    Thanks
     
  5. CapnBob

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    Helidad, thts was done on a V2+. The pot is symmetrical, so as long as you go from the center hole on the board to the center terminal on the pot, it will work. IThe "end" connections are interchangeable. Here are more images to clarify.

    The circuit board end



    The Pot end.
    Notice the extra holes. Mount the pot very close to the tube as shown.
    I screwed up originally. I mounted it 1/4" too far to the "right"(in the photo; where the extra hole is) and the housing wouldn't close.
    It interfered with the left joystick.
     

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  6. Bouncer

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    And by (V2) you mean the new remote :?:

    Rgds,

    Bouncer
     
  7. CapnBob

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    No, this was done on an "old" P2V+ (V2?) purchased last spring.
    The "new remote" has the wheel for gimbal control, and wouldn't need this mod.
     
  8. Bouncer

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    I imagined this required an extra channel on the remote or something; I will try this mod.

    Thanks!

    Rgds,

    Bouncer
     
  9. cougar

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    Did the same mod but placed the potentiometer in the front part of the Tx to avoid wires between the two parts.
    Placed it in the right hand upper corner so I could use the pot without taking hands off the sticks. I also added a switch with resistors so I could have a super-slow mode as well as normal speed on the tilt. Used old controller for ps3 that I already had laying around.
     

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  10. Mako79

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    Nice mod Captain. Effective and cheap.
    I ordered mine and it came with the board. I'll do this mod next on my spare controller.

    My current is similar to cougars setup, except the switch on the back isn't momentary. Its a 3 position and setup for slow tilt up/downs. I set the speed of the tilt with the 10k pot in front and activate with a switch at the back and moves gracefully up/down.

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  11. CloudPhantom

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    Wow, this thread is going to save me $97.. Sweet, thanks for the knowledge!
     
  12. Jesolins

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    Great ideas Gents!
    Cheers,
    Jim
     
  13. CapnBob

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    "Mako 79",

    I think I like that better. The pot can be fidgety, and a bit hard to control speed smoothly. I think 99% of the time you are looking for the
    most pleasing, unhurried speed anyway. I like this because you can find that speed, and it is repeatable.
    I may incorporate this into another remote. Thanks!


     
  14. Helidad

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    I tried your mod but it doesn't work. Hooked up just like the pic you sent me. I did notice that I used a, inner 3D controler analogs 3 pin PS4 pot. Is that my problem? Yours was a PS3. Or is there something I missed.
    Thanks in advance