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    Unplanned water landing

    I failed to heed the Tarot FC battery warning and didn't quite make it back to land. The place is Glendale SC. My daughter wanted to take some scenic pics for a school project and I decided to pull the quad out and fly a bit. I recent build and I was still learning the FC. After finally retrieving it from about 3-4 feet of water(about 5 minutes or so, had to find a long stick first) I removed the battery and left it on the car hood to dry out. Let it sit for a day before powering it up again, 2 ESCs and 2 motors went up in smoke. Surprisingly everything else still works and she still flies today. The drama starts at 6:56 so you dont have to bore yourselves with the entire movie
    Stephen

    Last edited by lucky72; 1st May 2016 at 09:05 AM.

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    I'm surprised the motors smoked. Usually they don't care much about water. ESC's on the other hand, not so much.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SecretSpy711 View Post
    I'm surprised the motors smoked. Usually they don't care much about water. ESC's on the other hand, not so much.
    In hindsight I should have tested everything individually first, the motors I tested on a known good ESC later, one was DOA and the other would spin up and after a few seconds lock up. My biggest surprise was the naked GoPro, I was sure it was toast considering the USB ports were open. Lessons were learned that day.

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