Night Rider

By Responsible_owl_fpv on Mar 25, 2022

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I frequently dont have time to fly during the day so I needed to find a solution whereI can safely fly when it is dark outside or inside the house. Thus was born the Night Rider quad.

I was able to buy the UZ85 kit from banggood for a little over $80 on a flash sale, and I had some various parts aying around my bench so I thought I would look into removing the IR [infrared] filter on a used but still working Runcam nano 2 and look for some small IR LEDS. I came across Project: Night Vision by @the.ronin and while this was a good starting point the design was too chunky for me as my goal was to build a light weight system that would fit on a whoop frame and run with 1s lipos. So I continued my search and found some small IR lights on ebay. I was able to purchace the lot very cheap which helped keep my over all cost down.

How to remove a IR filter: https://www.instagram.com/p/CbMjWcFOVlC/?utm_medium=copy_link
Flight video: https://www.instagram.com/p/CbMjWcFOVlC/?utm_medium=copy_link

Problems I encountered and the solutions:

  • The 10,000kv motors that came stock on the UZ85 are a underpowered for 1s lipo. The solution was to swap these out for 19,000kv motors I got off of an Eachine Cinefun.
  • The IR LEDS will burn out if powered straight from vbat even on 1s. My solution thus far was to use a 1.5ohm 1watt resistor. I used the calculator at ledcalculator.net to find the right resistor value.

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Discussion

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Flip_FPV   Apr 22, 2022  

That is pretty dang cool! I've strapped a bright led headlight on a quad before and it was OK but the IR lights are interesting. Super stealthy. Might have to give this a try.

newtoon   Apr 07, 2022  

This is brillant ! Pun on words intended

lgustol   Apr 02, 2022  

You could use some reflective tape to make a race track (maybe using the trees). You can see how bright they would be in the reflective bits in the cars, on the video you linked.

Responsible_owl_fpv   Apr 02, 2022 
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That is a great idea. I will work on that.

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