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Hi,

ok, here is a simple idea:

I always have the problem, that I forget the flight time, I mostly use my phone to set a countdown to remind me to land in order to NOT kill the LIPO.
The Low Voltage warning is useless for that.
The Powermeter needs to be calibrated to each and every Lipo.

My idea is to implement a timer that sums up the time the system is armed (motors are spinning), so after a given time (maybe a config.h parameter) the buzzer will beep while the system is armed.
This helps people with cheap TX Systems like me ;-)

I already coded it:

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static uint8_t warn_runtime = 0,runTimeOfMotors = 0;     
static long millis_old = 0;   

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  if ( millis_old <= millis() ){
    millis_old = millis()+1000;   //+1 second
    if(armed == 1){
    runTimeOfMotors++;
    }  }
  if (runTimeOfMotors >300){  //5min of flight =300s (could be a parameter or a gui variable too)
    warn_runtime = 1;             //activate buzzer
  }


instead of "armed" ore could think of using a throttle threshold (idle+2ß% or something)
I implemented it in buzzer.ino
as usual, this seems to be a good idea for ME but what do you guys think?
Especially with the current memory discussion raging on?

Is this a usefull feature that deserves to be in the shared trunk?

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I mostly use my phone to set a countdown to remind me to land in order to NOT kill the LIPO.


https://www.google.fr/search?q=lipo+buzzer

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This is the same principle used in the multiwii controller. The buzzer start to beep if the voltage is below a given threshold - we have three levels at the moment.
BUT
the LiPo voltage curve is not a good indicator for that. It is stable until a blink before the LiPo is discharged too much.

Everybody I know uses a countdown that is installed in his tx.

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kos wrote:
I mostly use my phone to set a countdown to remind me to land in order to NOT kill the LIPO.


https://www.google.fr/search?q=lipo+buzzer



you need a countdown to be displayed on your groundstation or send via telemetry
you need the countdown to autostart
you need the countdown to be proportional to the drawn current


but this as nothing to do with NOT kill the LIPO .. i was mainly making fun of your requirement, i quoted this chosen part for a reason.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/5_Whys

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I'd appreciate some kind of general purpose warning system. Any subsystem should be able to indicate an emergency (e.g. excessive I²C errors, voltage failure etc.), and other subsystems would be triggered to indicate this state (special LED blink sequence, telemetry warning, buzzer buzzing like made etc.).

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I think it's possible to tune the powermeter code for this need.
(for instance implementing a gas threshold with a fake and flat consumption)

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Alexinparis wrote:I think it's possible to tune the powermeter code for this need.
(for instance implementing a gas threshold with a fake and flat consumption)

Good point!
I will take a look into that and report back.

Nils

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Nils,
the 'uptime' counters for both armed and power-on are both there already.
What you need to add is the alarm threshold and the alarm.

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Hamburger wrote:Nils,
the 'uptime' counters for both armed and power-on are both there already.
What you need to add is the alarm threshold and the alarm.


Damn,
I knew that I reinvented the wheel ;-)

So let's see where it is...

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Did not find it :-/

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got eclipse open, so from LCD.ino

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print_uptime(armedTime / 1000000);
print_uptime(millis() / 1000 );

ok?

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