Woot Parrot Ar 2.0 Drone Factory Refurbished

 
#11

Thank you thetechguru,
That was my final next step to have drone follow "Lal" with a red dress down my driveway.
I agree there are so many possibilities with drones and EZ Builder.
Sounds like we are wanting to do some similar things and advance.
Flying robots (computers) like the AR Drone 2, are only going to progress forward.
That is great idea to have your land based robot carry the drone and let it launch!
I just received today my Turnigy upgrade 2.2 LiPo battery today from HobbyKing and put it on my Turnigy equal cell charger. It is sais it will charge on the AR Drone 2.0 charger also. The Turnigy 2.2 battery is suppose to increase flyiing time from 10-12 minutes to 20 minutes.
I will report back after charging and testing first flight w/ Turnigy 2.2

#12

Alan,
Charged my new upgrade Turnigy battery from HobbyKing on the original Parrot Drone 2.0 charger that came w/drone.
I timed todays flight w/new battery and realized almost 18 minutes flying time in windy conditions.
The flight included 5 takeoffs, 2 were intentional. I noticed slightly different flying movements with more weight. When I tried to slow too quickly or stop to hover, sometimes the Drone did not recover angle quick enough in the windy conditions today.
Yesterdays flight w/new battery was more forgiving with less wind.
The new battery fits ok, but the velcro battery restraining strap just fits. I did not have to modify the hull to fit over the taller battery.
The stock drone battery is 1000mah and weight is about 100 grams.
The new battery is 2200mah and weight is about 160 grams.
The extra flying time is great, and the upgrade is more economical then stock battery.

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#13

@SteveS
The new battery looks like it would be a useful investment. I've debated whether it would be worthwhile to do for mine. The fact EZ-Builder can work with the Parrot drone has renewed my interest in it. Thing is, I don't know how to get it into client mode to be able to work with my PC. I've read it can be done but it doesn't seem to be an easy or straightforward process. I may have to finally break down and get a laptop just to be able to run EZ-Builder to fly the drone. Especially inside.

Anyway, thanks for the information about the battery.

#14

That looks good. I actually have the Power Edition drone which has 2 1500 mah batteries that are close to the same size of the original 1000 mah. They are supposed to get 18 minutes of flight time, but I found it was closer to 15 minutes before adding the flight recorder (gps). I get 10-12 with it installed, but it fits without modifying the hull. The Turnigy plus the flight recorder I would need to modify or remove the hull.

I too see some performance issues when adding the weight of the flight recorder. Need to be careful with tight turns at speed at less than 3 meters altitude because it dives pretty hard during turns, particularly right turns and I have bounced off the ground more than once (in fact, I need a new cross member soon because one of the feet is broken).

Alan

#15

WBS00001,
I am satisfied with the extended flight time, keeping looking at battery usage indicator, surprised how it holds longer.
Flying again late afternoon, with less wind, the drone flew great, and never stalled from too much angle.
To connect your drone to a pc or windows tablet, power up your drone by connecting battery,
disconnect your pc from your WiFi, AR Drone will send its WiFi I.D.drone, click on that to connect to the drones signal.
With EZ Builder open to a Drone file, look for the connect button on the right side of the drone Movement Panel. (That is the final connection, Do Not use the usual connection button at the top left of EZ Builder).
I have used "Free Flight Windows" on my little Acer W3, but not as smooth as IOS "Free Flight" for me.
Steve S

#16

Alan,
Are you happy with the flight recorder option, and is that required to use Qgroundcontrol?
Have you used any other apps?
Steve S

#17

I think it is worth the cost. It is needed for qgroundcontrol. That allows it to be 100% autonomous.

The Parrot app you can program a path on the map, but if it flies out of wifi range it just returns home instead of completing the plan. But that feature alone is pretty awesome.

I have Ar.pro which is a bit more capable on android than Parrot Freeflight, but I haven't flown with it yet.

Unfortunately a lot of the current development is being done on the more expensive 3dr and DJI drones which are more developer friendly than Parrot and I have seen a lot of promising apps get abandoned before they became useable.

Alan

#18

@SteveS
The problem with my PC is that I can't use it in AP mode. I have tried 3 different USB devices to give it that capability but none of them will work with my unit. After going round and round with each mfg. as well as, Microsoft, I have given up on that option. My only recourse is to get the drone into client mode or get a laptop. I've put way too much money into upgrades to my PC to give it up any time soon. Besides, who doesn't need a laptop? Well, maybe me, but that's beside the point. A new laptop would be a nice shiny new toy. And I'm really into shiny new playthings. Even real toys from time to time, like the full size Femisapien I got recently. I have grand plans for that little beauty; eventually. Next toy, a brand new Wall-E to tear apart and replace the stuff inside with EZB stuff. Fun, fun, fun! And no adults to say no! I don't say "other" adults, since I don't consider myself to be a real adult. I just pretend to be one as needed.

Nonetheless, thanks again for the additional info.

#19

The current firmware for the AR Drone does support client mode, but doesn't support WPA or even WEP, so you can only connect it to open networks. Also, currently EZ-B will only recognize it on 192.168.1.1, the default AP mode address, so getting it into client mode on your network wouldn't help with EZ-B directly, but could help with other software.

I was digging around a little last night to see what is new and there is a node.js implementation that takes web or command line, so that could be used for an EZ-B integration.

See http://www.instructables.com/id/Autonomous-AR-Parrot-Drone-20-Flying/

and http://www.nodecopter.com/hack (ooh... this one has a module to support WPA in client mode - maybe if you set the router to 192.168.1.255 or another address so you can give the drone 192.168.1.1 that would work with EZ-Builder)

and http://lbpclabs.com/autoflight/

I haven't tried any of these yet.

Alan

#20

@thetechguru
Wow! Those links are great. Thank you sooo much! I'll try them out right after I take a nap. Up all night playing (again). My body hates me for it but it'll get over it. My brain, OTOH, giggles and chortles at my body while having a grand time. Right now, however, the body is winning out. Darn the need for sleep periods. Little snatches of death that they are.