OK guys … I’d like to propose a discussion of a progressive idea. I’m thinking about turning active braking off!
Here’s why: I’m running 1102’s and compared to larger motors … it seems to be largely ineffective. I almost can’t notice it working. So I don’t think it’s contributing any MAJOR gains. I also notice after hours of reviewing flight footage on YouTube that prop wash oscillations are really hard to completely eliminate on these builds. In my own experimentation - my motors start to warm up with D values around 60 with braking on. We know this is because noise in the copter is causing D term to begin to freak out a bit and active braking on the motor is trying to keep up with every little change producing heat. I don’t feel like I have enough D and I’d like to tune it more like my 8.5 brushed. With braking off, I can tolerate a noisier copter, run higher D gains, reduce more filtering to get P more “in sync” with actual gyro measured motions - all without smoking motors since escs will only be allowed to push them in 1 direction. End result should be I can increase D till I start to experience a “fly away” condition (then back it off a little) and I theorize that I may be able to chase our prop wash more effectively with higher d gains than I can with lower d and active braking. This may only be valid for 1102/1103 if valid at all.
What do you think?