A few helpful tips from the ServoCity techs - WattFlyer RC Electric Flight Forums - Discuss radio control eflight

Beginners New to e-power flying? Get the low down in here from experienced e-power RC pilots!

A few helpful tips from the ServoCity techs

Old 02-16-2015, 08:12 PM
  #1  
ServoCity
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 147
Default A few helpful tips from the ServoCity techs

ServoCity Tech Tips
Our techs are always working with customers to help negotiate the world of R/C and robotics. Along the way, they've picked up tips here and there, and they want to share their knowledge! You can find an entire list of some of our recent tech tips at: https://www.servocity.com/html/tech_tips.html

Another use for flat snips
As hobbyists, we all have our favorite tools that tend to get used more than others in the toolbox. Some even get used for intentions other than what they were designed for. One of our common misused tools is the flat snips. These snips work just fine cutting wires, zip ties and other small items, however they also work well removing brass pinion gears from servos, and even tightening up ľĒ diameter aluminum standoffs. Our brass servo pinion gears have a broached spline that is a very snug fit when going onto the servo. This does mean however that itís a bit difficult to remove the servo pinion gear from the servo if needed. Using the flat snips, you can grab down in two valleys of the gear and wiggle the gear back and forth to remove it without damaging the gear or the servo. The tool can be used in a similar fashion to hold an aluminum standoff from spinning while tightening the screws. The jaws behind the cutting surface are smooth so that they will not mar the surface of the standoff.
Links: Flat Snips

Choosing the screw head type that best suits your project
Choosing a screw head type comes down to two key factors; space limitations, and driver type. Servo City screws either use a Philips or a hex driver. The hex system allows more torque to be applied to the screw without inward force. The risk of stripping the head is minimal when using the correct size driver. Philips heads on the other hand require inward force when applying and have some risk of stripping. When considering space requirements, the socket head screw has the smallest diameter followed by the pan head. If head clearance is limited, the flat head will create a flush surface, but the hole will need to be countersunk. If countersinking isnít an option or isnít required, the truss head has the lowest head height followed by the pan head.
Links: Fasteners and Hardware

Choosing a battery connector style
As the R/C market has grown so has the selection of battery connectors. Tamiya connectors used to be the norm for R/C batteries and ESCs however as the market has progressed, higher amperage connectors became a necessity to handle the current demanding brushless motors. When choosing a connector style, be sure that the connector is capable of handling the amperage that your motor or electronic device can pull. Tamiya connectors are still a very common power connector and they work great for applications requiring less than 10A. For larger and more demanding applications a Deans (Ultra) connector would be a better fit. Deans connectors make a solid connection that is less restrictive and more tolerable to heavy amp loads.
Links: Wire Connectors & Accessories


Pre-tinning wires when soldering
When soldering on small components it is a good idea to pre-tin wires and connectors. Pre-tinning will reduce the amount of heat applied to the electrical component when making the connection, thus protecting the component from becoming too hot and becoming damaged. It also reduces the amount of solder required which makes for a cleaner and less bulky solder connection.
Links: Wire Connectors & Accessories

Our techs are happy to help! Call 620-221-0123 or email [email protected]
ServoCity is offline  
Old 02-17-2015, 05:09 AM
  #2  
AEAJR
Community Moderator
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: NY, USA
Posts: 5,832
Default

Great tips. Thanks!
AEAJR is offline  
Old 03-02-2017, 07:22 AM
  #3  
johnwest12
New Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Posts: 1
Default

Thanks for the useful tips, these tips are really very helpful.
johnwest12 is offline  
Old 03-02-2017, 02:40 PM
  #4  
ServoCity
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 147
Default

Glad you found them helpful!
ServoCity is offline  
Old 03-03-2017, 12:31 AM
  #5  
Rockin Robbins
Super Contributor
 
Rockin Robbins's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: DeLand, FL
Posts: 1,883
Default

Do we have some great vendors in the hobby or what? Thank you for your service to the community!
Rockin Robbins is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
GreenAce92
Aerodynamics
12
06-27-2017 09:13 AM
Beemerider
General Electric Discussions
15
01-20-2013 05:59 AM
ServoCity
New Product Announcements
0
09-18-2012 10:31 PM
Alabama Flying Dude
Delta & Flying Wings
0
04-04-2011 07:43 PM

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Quick Reply: A few helpful tips from the ServoCity techs


Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

Copyright © 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.

Page generated in 0.05327 seconds with 13 queries