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Top Flite Powerpoint Balancer


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  • FEATURES: Precision ground balancing shaft, held between two powerful Ceramic 8 magnets allows shaft to float for maximum sensitivity
  • INCLUDES: Two Ceramic Magnets, Two Molded Plastic Side Plates, Two Metal Rods for Base Support, One Balancing Shaft and more
  • REQUIRES: CA to glue Lexan magnet covers to magnets
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Top Flite Powerpoint Balancer + DJI Phantom Aerial UAV Drone Quadcopter Replacement Battery + DJI Phantom Prop Guards (Set of 4)
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Product Specifications

Model NumberTOPQ5700

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0015H1FAG
  • Item model number: TOPQ5700
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 15 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,470 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
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Product Description

Product Description

The Top Flite balancer is an innovative way to balance your aircraft or boat propellers, spinner backplates, car wheels and tires, as well as many other items in the hobby industry.

From the Manufacturer

The Top Flite balancer is an innovative way to balance your aircraft or boat propellers, spinner back plates, car wheels and tires, as well as many other items in the hobby industry.

Customer Reviews

If I rotated one of the cones, it would change the entire balance of the prop.
Nox
Put one cone on the shaft, and see how quickly the heavy side of the cone settles at the bottom.
W. Nicholls
Success is when one carries out a mission exactly as planned, this balancer is a jewel!
JC

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Justin on March 5, 2012
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I got this prop balancer to even out some cheap plastic propellers for flying quadcopters. Before the balancer, things were vibrating a lot. The props went on tight, and after awhile of sanding and balancing, i was able to get the prop to stay still at any angle. Went out flying with the new balanced props, and the system was flying very smoothly. As my first balancer, i would recommend it. It's rather durable, but when it comes to ceramic magnets and plastic, i cant obviously say its super durable. Never drop the magnets. Otherwise, its a great system, it helped me learn how to balance my props, which can be an easy thing, or just a pain when your new ;)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Johnson on November 16, 2012
This balancer includes a well-written manual, which explains in detail how to use it properly.

FIRST: The bearing-surface of each magnet must be VERY smooth. To achieve that, you can A) glue the included plastic disks to each face, or B) polish the heck out of one side of each magnet. I'm a typical overzealous hobbyist, and so chose the more difficult 'B" option: I sanded and sanded and polished and polished the magnet faces, until they were each nearly mirror-smooth.

SECOND: You need to adjust the distance between the magnets, such that one side of the spindle just BARELY touches the adjacent magnet. Note: One end of the spindle will ALWAYS be touching a magnet. So don't try to get the spindle to 'levitate' and float between both magnets! That's impossible, unless you use superconducting materials. (Don't go getting any ideas.)

Once polished and properly setup, the friction really is nearly zero! Just barely spin a mounted prop -- even a light plastic prop -- and it will seem to spin FOREVER! It's truly amazing to see. Freaky, actually.

However, the extremely low friction might actually be a disadvantage: The spindle must be PERFECTLY straight, or it will always stop with its low side down -- even with a perfectly-balanced prop! Plus, the cones that hold the prop should be balanced, as well.

The cones don't cause much trouble, but the spindle is a different story: Because it's made of soft metal, it seems to bend if you just look at it too hard! The manual suggests rolling it on a glass surface to see where it's bent; then "bending it until straight". Sounds easy enough. But did you ever try to straighten a bent paperclip?

All is not lost, however. The Top Flite / Great Planes technical support folks are WONDERFUL!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JC on July 9, 2013
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There are complex gizmos out there to siphon your money, but, nothing will get the job done better nor faster than this balancer. I believe reviews, they help, but there are lots of naysayers out there ready to jab when they see lots of good reviews, like here. I have a DJI Phantom and after balancing the four props the chopper was running as smoothly as possible. Success is when one carries out a mission exactly as planned, this balancer is a jewel!
PS: After multiple uses it keeps getting better. One thing to keep in mind however...until mounted keep these magnets away from each other, they will surprise you when you least expect it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Buyer on May 19, 2014
If you expect precision balancing look elsewhere. If you are looking for overall just stock balancing ok, like everyone else type precision then this is your item. Everything if off balanced when received. Test it yourself. If you setup the shaft and spin it in place, it will settle always in the same place and wobble. Maybe mine is bad, but there is no precision in this item. In the pic is shows a boat propeller. That is exactly why I purchased this item, but once again, if you are looking for precision especially for a boat propeller that is high end and you want to squeeze every ounce of performance out of that prop, look elsewhere. I have a lot of balancers, and this one is the worst of them all.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Relaxing More! on August 25, 2012
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I searched both the advertisement - and on the Top Flite website - to discover the minimum size of propeller hole, with no luck. Without a micrometer, I cannot identify the diameter of the balancing rod. I have propellers with smaller inner diameters, which cannot be balanced with this product. So, I took a chance and was disappointed (and yes, I should have asked more questions first...). And I agree with another reviewer, this is not a toy, so why would Amazon have such questions to answer?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Grzeskowiak on January 20, 2014
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Somewhat cheaply built, but this alone would not be too much of an issue. The deal breaker here is that the balance shaft and collars are way out of balance, requiring much time and effort to resolve before the unit can be used to accurately balance a propeller or other part.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Perez on January 7, 2014
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Wonderful little tool to do an initial balance for my new Multi-rotor project (can be used for nearly all "like" items). I didn't know that I would need Contact Adhesive (CA) to assemble it, I wish I had know that previously, but was an easy fix.

This unit breaks down (look at the picture, the magnets sink into their holders, take one end and flip it over and it "snaps" into the other side (each side holds the metal supports and the balance rod).

It was great to see how the cheap DJI props were out of balance, and quickly resolve that (sand paper and CA required). Great addition to my RC Tool Kit.

Corey
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