EC5

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  1. Pete Maughan

    Pete Maughan Member

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    I've just bought some EC5 connectors to change my batteries over for my new Alta 8. The connectors I have are really tight when connecting to the alta. Is this normal or are there slight differences in the connector size from different manufacturers?
     
  2. Ben Platts

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    It seems to be pretty normal. Just make sure they are pushed all the way in when you connect them. They should become slightly easier to push in after a bit of use
     
  3. Pete Maughan

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    Thanks Ben,

    I've ordered some other ones, the ones I had bought where significantly bigger, about 1mm.
     
  4. Ben Platts

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    Good shout in that case. It's hard to know if your getting real EC5 connectors or knockoffs. After reading another forum apparently real EC5 connectors you push into the housing after you've soldered them onto the wires and the fake ones you push the wire through the housing, solder the connectors on then pull them back into the housing. If that's correct all mine are the knock off ones but they seem to work fine.
     
  5. Andy Johnson-Laird

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    It is critical that you ensure that the EC5 connectors you use can be pushed fully into the ALTA's connector. If this does not happen there is a possibility that it will cause arcing or a high-resistance contact. That in turn leads to the connector heating up and possibly melting the solder connection in flight. As you might expect, that is followed shortly thereafter by RUD of the gimbal and ALTA.

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  7. Andy Johnson-Laird

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    Yeah. I've used those same ones and they're expensive but good.

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  8. Pete Maughan

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    Little tip for UK guys. The ones from ComponentShop.co.uk are slightly larger and don't work with the Alta.

    Apart from my confusing first steps the oversized ones, I'm thinking, EC5 where have you been all my life? So easy to solder.
     
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