In this short tutorial I will show you every step of adding a battery charging socket to your Taranis Q X7.
Step 1: Stuff You Need (Hardest Step!)
- Taranis Q X7
- eBay search for the socket "5.5 X 2.5 mm Female DC Socket Power Charger Plug"
- eBay search for the JST connector "JST-XH 2S Connector Adapter Plug With Wire"
Note: 2.1 mm socket can be used too, but you need to match the DC male plug to it, so make sure it is also 2.1 mm in this case.
Stuff for the charging cable (depending on your charger):
- 18 AWG cable
- eBay search for DC plug "5.5 X 2.5 mm DC power plug male" take one that can be opened and added wires to
- *You can save yourself the previous two items by cutting the cord from an old transformer that has the correct plug to fit your socket.
- Female T plug connector (my IMAX B6 different charge cables are all connected to a male T plug)
*You can save yourself all of the above items by buying a NiMH battery charger with the correct DC male plug, notice the difference between 2.1 mm and 2.5 mm
Step 2: Dismount the Back of the Taranis
Remove the back after removing the battery cover and the module cover and 4 screws (see photo to locate them)
Step 3: JST Connector
We only need two wires for the JST connector
By pressing on the metal inside the JST connector with a sharp object remove the black and yellow wires
The yellow wire is scrape, place the black wire where the yellow wire once was
Step 4: Place for Socket
Make a hole for the socket using a drill
Start with a small bit and increase till you get to the right diameter
You should be able to fit the socket in the hole without any hassle, but it must not go through all the way
Tin the ends of the socket
At this point you can assemble the socket in the newly made hole
Place the socket in a way that ensures you have room to solder wires to its tinned ends
Step 5: Wire Assembly
Tin the outer most ends of the female JST connector as shown in the image
create the wire assembly as shown in the image above (no soldering yet, the shrink tube is holding everything together)
Step 6: Solder the Wires Assembly
Picture says a thousand words, in this case its really 1022 :)
Step 7: Finishing the Taranis
Solder the wire assembly to the socket and heat the shrink tube on top
Assemble the back cover of the Taranis
connect the male JST connector to the Taranis
Connect the battery to the female JST connector
The Taranis part is now complete, we will now build the charging cable for the (hopefully not fake, I really can't tell) IMAX B6 charger.
Step 8: Charging Cable
Solder the 18AWG wire to the female T plug
Solder the other ends to the DC male plug
Step 9: Charge Away!