DIY HACK – Double the battery life

DIY HACK - Double the battery life

Check out this howto on doubling your battery life by replacing a linear voltage regulator (the thing that converts DC voltage, e.g. from 12V to 5V) to a switching regulator. Switching regulators are way more efficient than your typical off-the-shelve crappy regulators such as 7805 which get too hot too fast. Get the Dimension Engineering regulators here. This howto could easily be applied to any other device, not just radio stuff…

I first got the idea for this over on the thread for the DX6/7 on forums. I run nitro cars, so I bought a DX3. I used the radio for a while, and my battery life was on the better side of most radios–but the DX7 owners were getting like 5-6 hours of runtime after the mod. Now that’s what I’m talking about! I figured that the DX3 and the DX6/7 might be using the same regulator chip, due to the fact that the chip design and internal circuitry shoulden’t have changed that much. Less PCB tooling and all that.


2 Responses to DIY HACK – Double the battery life

  1. girrrrrrr2 says:

    awesome… so can this step down???

  2. Izl says:

    Dont know much about this topic, will it slow down the effectiveness?

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