Starting to plan for packing up at the end of this season and what needs to be purchased for next season. First part of that, for me, is to figure out what will be made obsolete (or be put on the path towards deprecation) once we switch to V5. Here’s what I have that will no longer be used once we make the switch:
Big batteries & chargers
AAA batteries & chargers
9V batteries and holders
Coiled handset cable to connect
USB A-A cables
29 Motor controllers
2 wire extensions (3 wires can be used with sensors, etc.)
LED’s & jumpers
Serial cables for LCD
Programming hardware kit
USB A-A Cables - The VEX site says the V5 brain will have a USB port. I’m not sure specifically how everything will function, but you might still want these.
Clutches - They still have those springs inside of them, and they’re mechanical so you can tear them apart. So they’re just as useful as they have been otherwise recently.
Competition switch - I thought it was mentioned this would still work, at least for a while. I can’t find where, though, so maybe I’m misremembering.
Don’t the V5 motors eliminate the unique motor mounting screw and the associated wrenches? I with they would have gone to a bigger screw for closing the new motor, or even better, clips/ears that could just be pressed to release
the metal shaft collars are still useful where the clamping collars are too big and the friction collars don’t have enough friction. Also, the thread size of the metal shaft collars is 8-32 so you can already use normal screws on them.