Author Archives: Jeremy Cook

How To Repair a Broken Hubsan X4 Battery Cable

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Recently I brought my Hubsan X4 quadcopter to work, where I quickly snapped a battery cable off of it.  Although it was suggested that our electrical technician co-op could repair it, this seemed like a poor use of company resources.  That, and I don’t mind doing a little repair work myself.

The video below shows how I reattached my Hubsan’s battery cable back in place.  There’s not a lot to it, just get the chip to a place where you have access, secure it, then solder it on.  The trick is getting everything lined up correctly.  Placing solder on the chip before the wire or letting solder flow onto the wire beforehand can help things along.  Unfortunately I didn’t get footage of the soldering act that actually attached it, but there’s not a lot to this operation.

If you’d like to try your hand at flying a quadcopter, these less than $40 on Amazon
as of this writing.  I repair mine a lot, but my number of crashes is probably over 1000 by now.  A lot cheaper than repairing a phantom!

How to Dissasemble a Broken Watch with Cheap Tools

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Did I fix it or just break it more?

After dropping and breaking my watch for what seems like the 100th time (though it’s probably only been five), I decided to take matters into my own hands and fix it myself.  The markers that indicate what hour it is were coming off every time it was jostled, and, although my wife would take it to get fixed for my birthday or Christmas or what have you, I was informed that it was becoming quite expensive, and that possibly I should just get a new watch.

This seemed to be the best option, but not wanting to miss a chance to expand my skills, I decided to try to fix it myself.  Besides, despite it’s fragility, I really liked that watch, and it was a gift, so there was some sentimental value as well.  So after buying this cheap watch repair kit from Amazon, I was ready for action…

The back came off relatively easy, but removing the crown/stem (as I now know the winder thingy is called) can be quite difficult.  Fortunately, the video after the “read more” at least gave me a place to start, and after poking around for a bit it came out. Read more »

Burning a Hubsan X4 Quadcopter Control Board

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Hubsan motor replacement fail

Here’s a little PSA for those of you that fly crash your quadcopter a lot.  When soldering a new motor on, don’t burn the leads.  Apparently I left my soldering iron on the control board for too long, but the good thing is that I had a board from another ‘copter that was quickly used for parts.

Although the board is not included, I would definitely recommend a “crash pack” spare parts kit (Amazon) or, barring that, a new ‘quad is less than $40 from Amazon as of this writing.  If you don’t like to do any soldering, that might be a viable option.

The patient is prepped for surgery

The patient is prepped for surgery