Batt ID Battery Detection

With our Batt ID Module, VBar Control can automatically and individually identify your flight packs. It is no longer necessary to select the flight packs manually from the list. This simplifies the pre-flight handling significantly, and it rules out a potential source of trouble by mistakenly selecting a wrong battery.

Each battery will be tagged using an Batt ID Tag (sticker) which identifies the battery uniquely. A corresponding reader will be installed in your model. Place this reader in a way so it can read the tag properly each time a battery is installed in the model (max. distance 30 mm).

Connect the reader to a VBar (RX 1 or RX 2) using the 3-leaded wire provided. The reader has a second connector where you can daisy chain further VBar Control sensors.

With the Batt ID Module installed and the corresponding App downloaded and activated in VBar Control, you will find a new Menu entry 'RFID Status' below 'Application Settings'. The panel behind this entry can be used to check for proper detection of an ID Tag. It displays the unique number of the ID Tag.

Card Type is always 'Type 2' with original ID Tags from Mikado. With this dialog open, you can test if an ID Tag is detected properly and up to which range.

Once Sensor and App are installed, an already configured battery will automatically be detected when it is installed into the model. The list from the Battery Logbook will come up for a short time and will be closed again automatically, with the corresponding battery selected automatically. 

If you insert a battery that has not yet been configured in VBar Control, the dialog Battery Config will come up automatically. After entering the corresponding values and quitting the dialog with 'Exit', the battery will be available for battery detection in the future. 

If you want to change the settings for a specific battery later on, just install it in your model and select the 'Battery Config' dialog from the Battery Logbook again.

If you want to assign an ID Tag to an alread configured battery, follow these steps: 

  • Stick a new ID Tag to the battery.
  • Connect the battery to your model, but keep it out of range from the sensor (e.g. outside the battery bay).
  • Select the battery from the list from 'Battery Logbook' manually.
  • Only now put the battery into the model, so the ID Tag can be detected.
  • Now bring up the 'Battery Config' dialog from 'Battery Logbook'. In the upper right corner, you will see that an ID Tag is available. 

After you quit this dialog using 'Exit', the ID Tag will be assigned to the battery automatically.
Use the same procedure to assign a new ID Tag to an already tagged battery.


Hints on using batteries on different helis

If you intend to use e.g. 6s packs on one model, and two identical packs on a different model as 12s packs, follow these steps:

  • Mark your 6s batteries accordingly, e.g. A1, A2 (= 12s pack A); B1, B2 (= 12s pack B)
  • Tag your 6s packs A1, A2, B1, B2 with one ID Tag each, in a position where it will be read on the 'small' model. This way, the 'small' packs are already uniquely identifiable and can be configured in VBar Control individually.
  • Now tag one pack from A and an other pack from B with a second ID Tag, on one of the remaining surfaces.
  • If you want to fly 12s, install the 'ID battery' which identifies the double A or the double B into your model, in a way that the second tag and not the 6s tag can be read. This way, the 'big' packs are identifiable using the second Tag, and can be configured as 12s packs in VBar Control.
  • Try and wear your batteries equally with regard to duty cycles and power draw/consumption, so they will work properly when used as 12s packs, having approximately the same age and wear.