Choosing a PDB (RPi)


#1

Hey,

Long story short I decided I challenge myself to build my own QuadCopter using a RaspberryPi.

I’ve got pretty much everythig I need now except a PDB which I’m struggling on.

I’m using 4 BLHeli 20A ECS’s which sport a 2a 5v BEC (perfect to power the Pi), 4 EMax motors and just a standard lightweight frame. My battery is a Multistar High Capacity 5200mAh 4S 10C. (I understand some of these choices may not be the best but I’m just trying to get started and will improve when I have my code and drone working).

Being quite new to this, I’m trying to find a simple PDB so as to not get too confused.

I was looking at the https://www.unmannedtechshop.co.uk/arducopter-quad-power-distribution-board/ - I know it’s used for aduinos usually but from what I can tell it could be compatiable. I’m looking for something with minimal soldering as I’m not a dab hand.

Any tips or suggestions are welcome as it looks like I’m going to need a bit of help getting this project off the ground, pun intended.

Thanks again,

Ben


#2

Sound alike a fun project, so would like to see how it goes, if you need any help as you go along happy to offer any advice :slight_smile:

As for.a pdb, we don’t really make the one you suggestrd anymore as things have progressed/changed abit in this hobby. So the one I suggest is you use this one https://www.unmannedtechshop.co.uk/matek-pdb-xt60-w-bec-5v-12v/ and solder your ESCs directly to it. This pdb also has a nice filtered 5v output (better than the red one)

Also for your ESC, if they have a 5v out then you should remove the red wire from the 3 wire connector as they can cause some interference depending on what type voltage regulator is in the ESC.

Hope that helps and let me know if you have more questions!


#3

Thank you mate. Made the order will leave an update tomorrow.

Thanks for your help so far