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HI, just wanted to show a cheap DIY LED lights I made for my Tello.

I used a LED lights that came with some lollipop package my kids got, it uses 3x LR44 button batteries and has a switch on top. I made a clip on a 3D printer so I could attach it to Tello, it clips on easy, but holds it rather firm - it takes two seconds to attach or detach it.

It ways just 6g and my flight with it drops about 1 minute (12:30 vs 13:30 on average)

I can easily spot my drone from a 100m with it. Front LED is constant blue, and rear one changes colors.


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Here is it in action:

 

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Nice! I did something similar with a cheap dollar store led and a small piece of Velcro.
 

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Could you draw power from the main battery to do this? I’d love to put some lights on mine but I don’t want to use more batteries. Would like to get power from the micro USB port. Is that even possible?
 

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Here's my set-up. Not the prettiest but you can't see it in the dark anyway! ;)
Flight time ~10 min. Weight: 3.7g
Easy assembly If you can solder. No resistors req'd.
Micro OTG Adapter: Micro USB Male to USB Female OTG Adapter Converter For Phone Tablet Mouse | eBay
LED's (Blue and Green are the brightest and can handle the voltage without resistors): USA 100pcs 3/5mm LED Emitting Diodes Light Kit Red Green Blue Yellow White | eBay
Wire & Shrink Tube came from Dollar Tree Store
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Some caveats to flying at night:
I personally would only use TelloFPV+WiFi Extender+OTG Controller(T1s). If the App is unstable or you lose connection or you have BT interference etc. you will lose your Tello.
Take off and only fly in FAST/Sport mode.
Tello attitude is limited above ~5 meters.
I have a total blast flying at night! Good Luck & have fun! :)
 

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Here's my set-up. Not the prettiest but you can't see it in the dark anyway! ;)
Flight time ~10 min. Weight: 3.7g
Easy assembly If you can solder. No resistors req'd.
Micro OTG Adapter: Micro USB Male to USB Female OTG Adapter Converter For Phone Tablet Mouse | eBay
LED's (Blue and Green are the brightest and can handle the voltage without resistors): USA 100pcs 3/5mm LED Emitting Diodes Light Kit Red Green Blue Yellow White | eBay
Wire & Shrink Tube came from Dollar Tree Store
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Some caveats to flying at night:
I personally would only use TelloFPV+WiFi Extender+OTG Controller(T1s). If the App is unstable or you lose connection or you have BT interference etc. you will lose your Tello.
Take off and only fly in FAST/Sport mode.
Tello attitude is limited above ~5 meters.
I have a total blast flying at night! Good Luck & have fun! :)
Nice simple set-up. Which pins, on the OTG Adapter, do you connect the red and black wires?
 

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None if you have OTG lead. In an OTG the ID pin is already grounded so the Tello supplies power out as if it was the send end of the cable.
 

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The red is +V and black -ve.
Sorry, I'm not familiar with OTG. Looking at the OTG Adapter, in the link that you gave, it shows the adapter with 4 pins. You said the red is +V and the black is -ve. Are they marked? Thanks
 

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The outer two are DC, the inner are data pairs.If you cut the USB off this is what you find. Use the red for +5V and the black wire for -ve.

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If you leave the USB end on the adapter or cable then it will power any 500mA device. Although it will empty your Tello quickly of juice if you try and charge your iPhone!
 

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Sorry, I'm not familiar with OTG. Looking at the OTG Adapter, in the link that you gave, it shows the adapter with 4 pins. You said the red is +V and the black is -ve. Are they marked? Thanks
Here Ya go! They are not marked on the adapter.
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HI, just wanted to show a cheap DIY LED lights I made for my Tello.

I used a LED lights that came with some lollipop package my kids got, it uses 3x LR44 button batteries and has a switch on top. I made a clip on a 3D printer so I could attach it to Tello, it clips on easy, but holds it rather firm - it takes two seconds to attach or detach it.

It ways just 6g and my flight with it drops about 1 minute (12:30 vs 13:30 on average)

I can easily spot my drone from a 100m with it. Front LED is constant blue, and rear one changes colors.


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Here is it in action:

 

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