How to: Simple Lipo upgrade for the Steadygrip, tripple run time

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  1. ricksonchow

    ricksonchow New Member

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    #1 ricksonchow, Jul 15, 2015
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    As the Steady grip runs on AA batteries only operates like for 20 mins, I have done a simple mod and swap to a Lipo battery and it helps extending the run time up to 1.5hr.

    I have tested that the CG02+ will stop recording as the battery goes below around 8.33V, as we know 6 fully charged AA is only 9V so no wonders it can only operate for a short period of time.

    The materials needed:
    1X Zippy flightmax 1000mah 3s 25 battery
    1X Female JST connector
    2X heat stink tube
    1X Lipo low voltage alarm




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  2. mrburns

    mrburns Moderator
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    Great post,

    Thank you; greatly appreciated.
     
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  3. midego

    midego Administrator
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    Thanks for the share!
     
  4. Vimlossus

    Vimlossus Active Member

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    Looks like no soldering required as well. My type of mod!
     
  5. MartinT

    MartinT New Member

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    Don't leave the low voltage alarm connected after use, as it WILL drain and kill the lipo over time! (Of course you get the beeper first, but if you don't hear it going off, the lipo dies as the alarms do not have a protection built in to shut down when a cell reaches 3 volts) (ask me how I know:()
     
  6. MartinT

    MartinT New Member

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    But a top mod nevertheless! (Edit function did not work)
     
  7. ricksonchow

    ricksonchow New Member

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    Martin, ture, thanks for reminding .

    need to remove it after use
     
  8. DaveB

    DaveB Member

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    If your using it with the Bottom cover on, i would move the checker to the outside, then you can constantly keep a check. i have a few Lipos currently that should fit, so will set about this later today :) good post :)
     
  9. dronehdtv

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    Love it, I will be making this mod for sure! Thanks for the post
     
  10. Laserdoc

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    wish I could find just one JST connector. I hate buying 10 on ebay just to get one
     
  11. jongreen

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    Will this mod work on the 4k which takes 8 batteries?
     
  12. Nettle Creek UAV

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    I just bought a package and I'll never use them all. Shoot me a PM with your address
    and I'll drop one in the mail to you.
     
  13. Nettle Creek UAV

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    Yes, it will. I just did it to mine.
     
  14. gustofusion

    gustofusion Active Member

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    Sweet, Nice Mod and assembly.
     
  15. Jay

    Jay New Member

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    Just ordered all the parts that are needed to complete this mod. I was also one of the lucky few that received a 4K camera with the image sensor screwed on to tightly. They are shipping me out a new camera today. Should have all of this done hopefully by the weekend, if all the parts are in by then.. (Yuneec US is in Ontario, CA. I'm located in Santa Monica, CA. Hopefully it only takes a day for shipping from Yuneec, and 2 days from Hobbyking's warehouse in Oregon.)
     
  16. MadMattz

    MadMattz Active Member

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    Great write up, thanks ! I just did "most" of this mod today. I am still waiting for the alarm. I tried it out though and works great so far with my 4K.
     
  17. Dan Engelbreth

    Dan Engelbreth Active Member

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    I have installed this 3 cell 3000mah LiPo in my steady grip using this battery. It fits right into the pocket after removing the 8 cell AA box, and the cover will close as usual, Just cut the wires to the 8 cell tray and solder in a JST female plug (observe polarity!). BTW you can get these JST connectors in singles from Tower Hobbies, as well as the battery IMG_20151021_191428.jpg
     
  18. Skrems

    Skrems Member

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    Hi Dan - have you had a chance to check the running time with the 3000 battery?
     
  19. kooljess

    kooljess New Member

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    This I will try to mod. Thanks for sharing.
     
  20. SparkoRC

    SparkoRC Active Member

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    What sort of runtime time are you now getting with your modded Steadygrip I'm assuming you used a 1000 mah Zippy battery
     
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