we on the late train and we have no clue what we getting into. can yal give us some warnings or tips of what to look out for
be very gentle with the threads on the v5 motors, they’re extremely fragile and break so easily. also be gentle with the micro-USB ports on the brain and controller.
Be aware of static especially in dry conditions as V5 ports/motors seems to be being killed by it.
Some V5 motors will randomly die. I personally think this is due to a manufacturing fault because two of our eight motors died when we first got them but none have died since. You should be able to get them replaced under warranty.
The brass inserts in the V5 motors is very soft and can be easily damaged by misaligned screws. If you feel any resistance when screwing in screws, they are misaligned.
how long does warranty last
Immediately after getting your v5 stuff test all of it out for defects and return anything that doesn’t work. How my team got around the micro-usb port issue was to get a micro to type A adapter then use the cortex A to A cable. Never use loctite on motors. We have had ports die on our v5 brain already. What we found was the longer cables put more stress on the ports, so use shorter cables when possible.
The warranty lasts three months I think but i’m not sure exactly how it works.
If you have a dead motor, call up vex and they’ll send you a new one no questions asked. It was easy to get a new controller too, as one of ours had drift issues.
Motors might not have PTC’s, but they can definitely get hot to the touch. Always keep an eye on your motor heat, both through code and physically touching it.
Out of curiosity did you try recalibrating it?
Yeah, and resetting it. We also had an issue on the same controller where buttons would double press on occasion.
so yal telling me basically don’t let our clumsy or accident prone team members touch it. or freshmen ( freshmen being people who has little to no experience with robotics)
Maybe training or instructing people on how to use it would be a good idea. Let the more experienced members handle the electronic parts while the less experienced handle the structural pieces and whatnot.
make sure to touch a part of the metal on he robot if u don’t have non static spray on ur field cause u can end up frying the smart ports on the brain
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