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Old 01-11-2017, 07:10 PM   #1
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I don't know about you guys, but I'm sick of multiple battery connectors for these damn airplanes. I mean, I get it. It's par for the course but we don't have to be happy with or settle for it.

I personally settled on the XT60 connectors only because that's what FliteTest was offering at the beginning and at first, with the mini's they were using the xt30's but I could only find a multi port balance board for the xt60 so I cut all my xt30 connectors off and resoldered on the xt60's which I've used ever since. If I can get at the connector on the aircraft as well and convert it to XT60 permanently I will, but more often than not I use the Venom Power Uni Plug adapters they're giving away with their XT60 battery packs so I can keep using my personal stash (read 36 batteries) of xt60 configured batteries to fly my stuff.

Typically I only find the EC3 connector or the Deans T type connector on the speed controllers for the E-Flite and whoever made the Tidewater foamies I buy. All the planes I build from scratch use XT60. Anyway, when you buy a BNF or a RTF, it'll come with a battery with the connector to match the speed controller, so with a uni plug I bought from amazon for 2 bucks installed on the speed controller connector and a little soldering know how I typically just replace the end on the battery to make it an XT60

If you're interested in learning about this, here's a youtube video showing how to do it:

https://youtu.be/b3mpgGVX88Y

Again, if I could get my helping hands into the cockpit of the aircraft (maybe I can, I'll have to look into it.) I'd convert the speed controller permanently.
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Old 01-11-2017, 09:50 PM   #2
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yea, my stuff has either deans or xt60...I have an adapter from xt60 to deans as my 2200 are xt60 but I fly some stuff that requires the 2200 but has a deans connector...

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It sounds to me like what you guys need to do is make a "reverse" adapter - one that will plug in to a ESC and have an XT60 on it - in fact if it were me (and it is - several times over! LOL!!) I would make one for each plane, quad, or whatever that needs one. Plug it in and LEAVE it there.

Example: Female Deans soldered to a Male XT60. The female deans gets plugged in to the ESC and then it is instantly converted to an XT60!!

Same applies to EC3's, Xt30's, whatever it is!

Just a suggestion based on what works for me.

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Oh yeah - I forgot - if you are having a hard time soldering the connectors back to back - use a short section of silicone wire and make a pigtail. Sometimes this is desirable anyway in cased where the ESC plug is in a tight place and more room is needed.

Also - dremel short blocks of 1X2 to fit the connector (tightly as possible)- one for each type you want to use - then put the connectors in and back them together until they touch - solder them. Then use a single solid piece of large shink tube to cover both connectors leaving only the ends free - voila' - adapter!


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One reason I switched to EC3s 'way back when was because they are so easy to solder. Over time, though, I've created any number of adapters.


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