Tips for Outside Competitions?


#1

So my competition on saturday is going to be in an amphitheater and I was wondering are there are any things I should watch for when competing outside or is it just the same as any indoor competition?


#2

Motors overheat easier, especially if they are in the sun. The black cases they have don’t help. My team drove our robot on an outdoor field for a while and the drivetrain got so weak it could barely move (it was 2 V5 motors). If you have extra motors to bring I would bring them in a cooler because you might need to switch them out.

^this all depends on the temperature where you are located


#3

Yeah it gets pretty hot here in Vegas, motors basically torque out just from sitting outside. Not as bad in Florida. Coolers not a bad idea, or you could use freeze em with air duster before every match that always works


#4

You could put ice in a cooler, and then you could put a towel over the ice, and then you could put your robot on the towel, in the cooler.


#5

yeah i wouldnt do that unless you love waiting 3 years for your replacement brain to ship


#6

Tiny ice packs to put on the motors to keep them cool wouldn’t be a bad idea. Also covering your robot in a large light colored towel might help.


#7

On the note of heat, I would bring a tent thing to put over your pit, if it’s not shaded. Was a life saver in fundraising.