Troubleshooting Guide: Why FPV Motor Getting Hot?

Why it is important to cool fpv motor?

After a vigorous flight, it’s common for FPV motor to get warm, but how hot is too hot? Pinching the engine by the bell with your fingertips—ideally immediately after landing—is a simple technique to find out. It’s acceptable if you can comfortably hold your fingers there for more than ten seconds. It may indicate overheating if it gets too hot to handle.

  • When fpv motors overheat, the winding’s coating may melt, creating internal electrical shorts that will emit smoke and cause irreversible damage to the fpv motor.
  • Overheating motors can eventually affect performance since the magnets lose their magnetic strength; Certain magnet types may be more heat resistant than others.
  • Heat wastes more energy, which reduces flying duration.

What may cause fpv motor getting hot?

It will heat up your fpv motor after some high-speed flying. You should fly at a slower speed to accurately assess the problem; 40% to 70% throttle is a decent starting point, and a few occasional flips and rolls are acceptable.

Soft-Mounting FC

You really ought to soft-mount the FC if you’re not already! You don’t have to bother with soft mounting the fpv motors as long as you are correctly soft attaching the FC.High power fpv motors can produce high frequency mechanical noise that can cause vibrations and oscillations in the flight controller. We can prevent vibrations from reaching our flight controller’s gyro sensor by using soft mounting.

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Excessive D term

Higher D gain will basically push the fpv motors harder, and when they are unable to handle the rapid change of RPM, it will cause them to stutter, making your quad to oscillate, and eventually leads to overheat. The oscillation will go back into the gyro and can make the problem worse.

An overactive D term is frequently reason why fpv motors get heated. The D term balances out the little oscillations you detect on an aggressive P term since it dampens noise that the gyro receives. Nevertheless, a high D term can result in overheated motors if the configuration is extremely noisy or for a variety of other reasons.

Your heated motors are probably caused by a high D term. The first thing you may do is soft mount your flight controller using O rings or rubber bobbins if you choose not to tamper with your PIDs. In addition to having cooler fpv motors, your quadcopter should fly smoother overall as a result of this helping to lessen vibrations traveling to the gyro.

Try lowering the D term if you’ve already soft mounted to see if it makes a difference. Again, only if your fpv motors are getting too hot to handle should you be concerned about this. You can live with them and your quad should not experience any problems if they are heated but manageable.

Mechanical problem

Perhaps there is a mistake in the build process.

  • Verify that the screws on the fpv motors and frame are tight.
  • Are all of the arms erect and inflexible?
  • FC is firmly fixed in place (standoffs in the stack and nylon screws).

Unbalanced weight distribution

An uneven weight distribution could be the reason for two of the fpv motors being hotter than the others. Two of the motors on your quad will have to work harder and heat up more if it is front heavy or tail heavy. To ensure optimal performance, position the COG precisely in the center.

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Weather condition

Consider the outside temperature; on a hot day, it will take longer for your fpv motors to cool down. Flying under the sun will have an even greater impact on black motors. If so, give it another go in the evening or in the shadow.

How to deal with fpv motor getting hot issue?

PID and Filter tuning in Betaflight

In Betaflight, PID and filter tuning can be a maze. You should return to the original PID and filter settings in Betaflight if you are experiencing hot motors after making changes to them.

In order to prevent oscillations and overheated motors, Betaflight’s default settings are well-known for being cautious and generally functioning well on a variety of models. You can begin more aggressive tuning, one setting at a time, when you’ve confirmed that you’re no longer experiencing overheated motors. Crucial elements are:

  • D Term: Is it too high? (Why would oscillations result from a high D gain?)
  • Did you over-reduce the filtering?

If the fpv motors continue to run hot even with the PID and filter settings set to default, there may be a mechanical issue, such as bad components or low build quality.

Change the propellers

Changing the props is the initial step in the debugging process. How come? thus they can be replaced most easily and at the lowest cost. Start there if you’ve had good luck with a specific kind of prop in the past. Take their place with fresh ones and retest. This is sometimes as simple as solving the problem.

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Desyncing motors

Desyncing may result from a drone motor overheating. When a fpv motor stalls or stops spinning at the same rate as the other motors, this happens. Even when the motor signal reaches its peak, this could still occur. Your drone may operate erratically or fall out of the sky if it is out of sync.

In the event that this occurs, closely observe the drone’s failing side. In this manner, based on the drone’s condition following the failure, you will be able to determine which motor is at blame and take appropriate action.

If you are using BLHeli or Betaflight, you should adjust their settings to resolve this issue or lessen the likelihood that it may arise in the future. Installing the most recent version of each program is the most effective approach to implement the changes. Although these settings may not be the best for performance, they are the most effective.

Changing the drone motor out for a new one is an additional option. This is more appropriate in the event that your drone crashes and certain internal fpv motor parts were damaged. If a damaged motor is left in place, it could jeopardize other motors and increase your total losses.

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