If your searching for a solid case ?? this is the right spot..
Take a look at this one.
It’s a sturdy case with room to fit in most radio’s.
There a inlays in the case that you can remove to make everything fit snugly.
Because of this there is also room for 2 tiny whoops.
Below the quads you can store your batteries and other equipment you need ( for example your changer.)
Next to the whoops you can store also you favorite goggles in this case.
I wanted to try something new and exiting so after many hours watching Youtube video’s and reading forums I decided to go for it and purchase my first Quad copter.
The one I selected wasn’t really 250 Euro, the quad costs around 75 but….
That’s not the only thing you need if you’ve never operated an real RC tool.
There are some cheap quads that come with a transmitter to operate it but the quality from that is not really great ( maybe for a kid it’s alright but i expect a little bit more.)
for a transmitter I decided to go for the FrSky X-Lite, that is a nice format to start with with all features you need to control it.
Don’t forget that you also need batteries for you transmitter, you’ll need 18500 for this one. 1 pair should be more then enough for the beginning hopefully.
you also need something to charge the 18500 so I ordered a charger also.
The PCB is ready. received it last week.
Currently I’m busy with 3d printing the enclosure.
I switched from having 2 Arduino Mega to just one.
Still trying to figure out how I’m going to code this but that will be a challenge for tomorrow.
I’ll also upload the schema for the PCB here( Probably call it MyMegaAquaControl v0.1)
Aftersome testing i can’t get the radio to work even not in simple relay mode.
I’m trying to figure out what whent wrong in the process and hope I can correct it, else I probably have to redesign the complete PCB ( already found another issue with the dimmers so might create a new one soon)
Recently i build a new version based on the Raspberry pi 3a as main compute unit to control the aquarium.
And suddenly the idea came to create an Aquarium Controller based on the MySensors Project and Controlled by Domoticz.
I started ordering all sorts of components from E-bay to play around with and build a little setup that is able to control my LED Strips / the High Power(10W) Leds / and monitor the temperature of the water and the surroundings.(ph and TurbiditySensor are on its way)
On the picture ( it’s probably hard to see because of the cable mess) are 3 small arduino’s
controlling Relais ( for 12V PWM LED Drivers)
Controlling Fans ( pwm)
This was done to see if all would run stable and kept running for months.
So far I’ve had no issues and all boards are running nicely. So I’m ready for the next phase of the project.
That is to build a custom PCB where I can fit on 2 Arduino Mega’s to control and monitor the majority of the aquarium ( Changing water will be a sepperate PCB – And I still need to figure out the waterpipes I need to create for that.) Next I downloaded Fritzing and started playing around with the components until i had a nice PCB that I could use ( This process took me about a month.)
What’s all on the board?
2x RGB control
4x PWM Fan Control and FanSpeed Monitoring
Turbidity sensor input
PH-Probe Sensor input
OneWire ( Temp.)
8x Relais Controls
ATX PSU Control
Connection for backup power 5v( small powerbank ) – just in case the power goes out one of the arduino’s would still keep running.
3x Volt meters ( 12v / 5v / 5vStandby)
I’m now in the process of putting the finishing touches on the PCB( labeling all components correct with their values)
Issues to resolve before the board can be created:
I should somehow be able to control the LED drivers over PWM but I’m still working on that part since the driver requires a 12V PWM signal and the arduino send a 5V PWM signal it won’t work. gotta find something for that ..