Sophisticated, compact, light weight and incredibly advanced, the Pulse Defender is your ultimate line of defense from in flight power loss, which can lead to the complete destruction of your aircraft. With the Defender, Pulse offers the ultimate level of protection you simply should never fly without.
Designed to defend your aircraft from destructive in flight power loss, the Pulse Defender is a battery back up system that brings simplicity to the fore, offering an ultra simplified plug and play solution with maximum levels of cutting edge safety. The Defender allows a powered off glide or auto rotation in the event of full power loss, providing crucial electrical power to your receiver, servos and flight controller.
Self charging and ready to protect, the Defender monitors on board voltage every millisecond of your flight, and in the event of a BEC or main flight battery failure, the Defender steps in with a 500mAh 2S LiPo back up power source, providing crucial power to your on board electronics, allowing you the last chance option to get your aircraft on the ground, safe and sound.
Consisting of a tried and true 2S 7.4V 500mAh LiPo battery with ultra sophisticated circuitry in the mix, the Defender is a must have device for heli and airplane pilots alike, providing the last line of defense your aircraft deserve.
POWER LOSS DEFENSE
Power failure is your greatest nemesis, and an in flight power loss can result in complete destruction of the aircraft you have so much invested in. Designed with a high discharge 2S LiPo battery with ultra sophisticated monitoring circuitry, the Defender steps in when power is lost, offering a last line of defense when you need it the very most.
Best of all, the Defender adapts to your system, providing the voltage your system requires. Whether you're running a high voltage 8.4V / 7.4V system or a lower voltage 6V system, the defender will analyze the voltage of your system at start up and provide the voltage required to keep your system set at the proper voltage.
SELF CHARGING SIMPLICITY
Designed to charge and balance while in use, the Defender maintains full voltage in flight, ready to protect in the event of power failure. Featuring a 2C charge rate and a 500mAh 2S 7.4V battery, the Defender is ready to step in when failure takes place.
Monitoring your flight every single millisecond, the Defender is working overtime to keep you safe. Designed to instantaneously step in when voltage is lost, the Defender keeps everything in check, one millisecond at a time.
WEAK BEC / TRANSIENT VOLTAGE DROP ALERT
Designed to defend, the Defender keeps tabs on your BEC / Receiver Power output. If a transient voltage drop takes place, the Defender will instantaneously step in, providing full voltage, and will alert this voltage drop via a rapid flashing LED light.
POWER INDICATION LED
Know your Defender is working with the on board power LED light. When you see the LED light with a steady flash every 4 seconds, your Defender is at work, ready to protect.
VOLTAGE DROP ALERT
If the Defender senses a voltage drop in flight, the Defender board and auxilliary LED board will rapidly flash, instantly alerting you that power has been lost.
Pulse Defender Usage, Warnings & Info:
The Pulse Defender was designed as a safety back up device to offer continuous power to the receiver or flight controller when an electrical power loss takes place. The Defender does not offer power to the motor - it is a redundant back up device, allowing the option of a powered off glide or auto rotation in the event of full electrical power loss.
Do NOT use the Defender as a main power supply for your servos or electronics, as the Defender is designed as a backup defense only, and cannot be used as a main power supply.
Before Your Flight:
Be sure the Defender has been fully charged before usage. After being charged, power up all electronics and test electronics before the Defender has been activated, thus making sure all systems are operating normally. Plug in the Defender to your receiver or flight controller and press the black power button to power the Defender, which will allow the Defender to protect your aircraft in the event of a full electrical power loss while in flight.
After Your Flight:
Once your flight has ended, unplug the Defender from your receiver or flight controller to protect the battery from being discharged while not in use. If the Defender is left plugged in for a prolonged period of time without receiver / BEC power, the battery will be irreversibly drained in power, which will result in permanent and terminal battery damage.
Do not leave the Defender plugged into the receiver or flight controller after the flight has ended. Leaving the Defender plugged into the receiver or flight controller for prolonged periods of time (without main flight pack power) will deeply discharge the battery and damage the Defender battery, which will not be covered under warranty.Defender Specifications:
Battery: Pulse 500mAh 2S 7.4V / 2C Charge Rate
Weight: 38g (Including Connectors)
Size: 55mm x 31mm x 18mm (LxWxH)
The Pulse Defender is not a substitute for sustained receiver power. To save weight and reduce the overall footprint, the 500mAh 2S 7.4V LiPo battery does not have the capacity for long duration power supply, so be sure that the Defender is only used for it's main design purpose - a battery back up system in the event of a BEC or receiver power failure.
The Pulse Defender Consists of the Below:
(1) Pulse Defender Main Board
(1) Pulse 2S 7.4V 500mAh LiPo Battery
(1) Auxiliary LED Light
Defender Usage & Functionality:
The Defender is designed for easy use & functionality, making use & application of the Defender within your aircraft a seamless & simple process. Please carefully review the below information to make sure the Defender is properly utilized to provide the maximum levels of safety with the aircraft of application.
Before 1st Use:
The Pulse Defender ships with a storage charge of 3.7V - 3.85V per cell and will require charging before use. Charging can take place via a dedicated LiPo battery charger, allowing the 2S 7.4V LiPo battery to be fully charged for use. This will be the only time the battery needs to be charged via normal day to day use, as the Defender will charge its battery by drawing from the BEC power or receiver pack power.
- Secure the Defender in your aircraft in a location that allows easy access of the Power Button on the main board, as the Defender will need to be powered on before the flight and powered off once the flight is finished.
- Allow access for the LiPo balance lead to be plugged into and unplugged from the main board. The Defender draws a small amount of power, and if the battery is left plugged in without BEC / receiver pack power, the LiPo battery will be drained and damaged.
- If using the auxiliary / optional LED light, locate this in an area that is visible from outside the aircraft. This is especially important with receiver battery powered aircraft, as any receiver battery power failure will shift the power load to the Defender, and the LED light will flash rapidly, alerting the pilot of the power failure. If this is not visibly seen, the pilot may continue flying the aircraft using the Defender power source, which is not designed for sustained power.
Connecting the Defender:
-Connect the Defender to your receiver or flight controller via the power wire - any available servo / battery port via the receiver or flybarless unit can be used. If a port is not available, a Y-Harness can be utilized.
-Connect the Defender LiPo battery to the Defender board via the white balance plug.
Powering the Defender On & Off:
- Before powering on the Defender, power on the BEC or receiver pack and verify all electronics function correctly, such as servos & flight controller. Once verified, power on the Defender by pressing the small, black power button located on the Defender board.
- When the Defender is powered on and functioning properly, the LED light via the board (and auxiliary LED light, if used) will slowly flash every (4) seconds, indicating the Defender is ready to provide power if a BEC / receiver battery failure takes place.
- If you would like to test the Defender, make sure the Defender is powered on, and simply remove BEC or receiver power to verify the Defender is properly functioning. Servos, receiver & flight controller should remain functioning when BEC or receiver power is removed.
- When the flight has ended, power off the Defender by pressing the small, black power button located on the Defender board.
- If flights have ended for the day, unplug the white LiPo battery balance plug from the Defender board to prevent the Pulse Defender battery from being depleted and damaged.
LED Light Status Info:
- Slow Red LED Flash: The Defender is working normally and is in "Defender Mode," awaiting a voltage drop or complete voltage loss.
- Steady Red LED Flash: The Defender battery is charging by pulling power from the BEC or receiver pack.
- Ultra Rapid Red LED Flash: The Defender has sensed a voltage drop or voltage loss and is now powering the aircraft electronics.
Defender Battery Voltage:
- The Pulse Defender utilizes "Smart Sense" technology to read and replicate the input voltage of the BEC or receiver pack voltage. In the event of a failure, the Defender will apply the correct voltage the system requires based upon the initial voltage readings.
- If any BEC voltage adjustments are made for any reason, the Defender does not need to be reset, as the Defender will always read the BEC or receiver pack voltage before any power is applied, thus protecting the electronics from any excessive voltage the Defender can deliver.
- If the Defender will not be in use for more than (2) weeks, we recommend placing the Defender into a storage charge mode of 3.7V - 3.85V per cell, as storing any LiPo battery at full charge for greater than (2) weeks can subsequently damage the battery, and is not safe.
- If the Defender is placed into a storage charge mode and later used again, be sure the Defender is fully charged via a LiPo battery charger before 1st use of the Defender.
The Pulse Defender battery is covered by a (3) month manufacturer warranty, with the Defender board being covered by a (1) year warranty. This warranty is based upon the noted time from date of purchase and is not based upon how many times the unit has been utilized.
Warranty will be voided regarding the below actions:
- Crash damage
- Improper charging
- Battery being stored at full voltage with no storage charge
- Battery being depleted by being left plugged into board while not in use
- Only utilize a dedicated LiPo battery charger to charge the Pulse Defender, as improper charging can lead to battery damage and or fire.
- Due to fire risks of LiPo batteries, we do not recommend the Defender to be stored in the aircraft while not in use.
- Due to the fire risks of LiPo batteries, store the Defender in a safe location free of any combustible materials. We recommend a LiPo bag or LiPo safe.
- Do not store or charge the Defender inside a home, garage, vehicle or any area with combustible materials.
- Be sure to disconnect the Defender battery from the Defender board after aircraft usage has ended for the day. If the Defender battery is left plugged into the board, the battery will be depleted and damaged.
- If the Defender is not used for more than (2) weeks time, place Defender into a storage charge mode - 3.7V - 3.85V per cell. Storing the Defender at full charge will damage the battery and poses a risk for fire.
Pulse Battery and all other distributors and retailers of Pulse batteries cannot be held liable for misuse, abuse or negligence relating to the possession or usage of the Pulse Defender. Pulse Battery and all other distributors and retailers cannot be held liable for any aircraft damage, injury or death relating to aircraft crashes, including fires or property damage. Due to the possibility of LiPo battery fire, it is the sole responsibility of the end user to safely use, charge and store the Pulse Defender to prevent any fire or subsequent fire damage, injury or death resulting from a LiPo fire. All warranty claims relating to the Pulse Defender will be validated based upon the (3) month battery warranty and (1) year board warranty from date of purchase. Any valid warranty claim will be honored in regards to direct replacement of unit at hand. Ancillary crash damage, repairs or aircraft values cannot be honored relating to warranty support.
Pulse Defender vs. Other Guard
The Pulse Defender offers the below capabilities & functionalities, offering superior performance when compared to the OptiGuard back up system:
- Reads continuous voltage every millisecond for faster reaction when power is lost
- Utilizes an analog chip set instead of an MCU unit, allowing faster overall read & response
- Supports weak BEC if a weak BEC is recognized in flight, providing power for transient power loss if a BEC issue is at play
Why Power On / Off vs. Auto?
The Defender uses a manual "On / Off" feature versus an "Auto On" system, as we felt this option gave the end user the best overall functionality and protection, such as:
- Allows the user to optionally power on / off unit at will based upon need or demand
- Prevents battery drain / damage by allowing unit to be shut down, versus "auto on" that can't be shut down
- Protects electronics in the case of voltage back feed, as an "auto on" system would power system and potentially damage electronics / mechanics
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I like have a back up plan and this is it.
The only change I would make to the Defender is to latch the flashing LED on if it's activated anytime during a flight. In many cases it's too difficult so see the flashing LED during the flight. I'd prefer it to stay on if activated similar to receivers that flash if they have lost signal during a flight.
Easy to use and install. Works without any problems and small to be used anywhere on your Heli. So, get yourself one you be glad you did.
I removed it as I use the ultra guard on other helis where when you power up your Heli the unit comes on. With this device you have to remember to turn it on else its off and doing nothing for you. Thus three stars as it does work once its on
I own two Pulse Defenders and have been testing them on the bench before trusting them to save my models in a real world emergency. I'm very impressed so far and I do believe they can do what's asked when the time comes. Here are some observations that aren't mentioned in the ad info.
The act of unplugging the LiPo battery lead to turn off the Defender is not a good long-term solution. The wires going into the white connector will eventually fail unless you are extremely careful in how you grasp and pull the connector or wires. I'm planning on adding a DPST (Double Pole, Single Throw) switch in-line with the LiPo's lead to take the stresses of that connector. Will break continuity with the blue and red wires only, effectively disconnecting the pack from the PC board. A big advantage to this switch is it can be accessed in a convenient location away from the Defender.
The description of the Defender's ability to match its output voltage to the existing system voltage is incorrect. The Defender will provide a voltage 0.4V *below* what it detects on being activated. That holds true starting at a buss voltage of 4.00V and up to 8.1V. Even with a full charge in the Defender's 2S, 500mAh battery, the max voltage it can generate on the output connector is 7.7V, no more. That's still sufficient voltage to save a typical model but just be aware of that fact. An advantage to the 0.4V drop is the ability of most telemetry systems to immediately see that drop and issue a warning. So you then have the visual warning from the Defender's LEDs and the warning from the transmitter, if the telemetry is correctly set up.
Nowhere have I found a max output current capability of the Defender but I was able to load it to 6A and still get a usable output, although the starting voltage of 7.7V quickly dropped to the low 6V range. At least it didn't suddenly cut out as if it were trying to 'save itself'. Instead it valiantly put the simulated aircraft's survival above its own. Impressive!
Lastly, if connected to a true 'high voltage' RC receiver buss (7.8V or more) the Defender will possibly pull a significant amount of current to charge its own LiPo battery. The current will decrease to roughly .20A when a full LiPo charge of 8.4V is reached. It's a good idea to start a flying session with a fully charged Defender battery anyway so the needed power reserve is available in case of an emergency.
There is one feature I'd like to see added to the Defender LiPo Backup system - a short term memory that lets the operator know that a momentary loss of power had occurred with the aircraft's main power supply. As it works now, if the primary power is lost but immediately restored there's no record of that event. You have to catch it in the act otherwise you'll miss it. A power 'glitch' may be a warning of bad things to come and would't it be nice to know something happened so a corrective action can be implemented?
Get one or three, you can thank me later.
Can’t wait to install on my bird for the back up. Still setting everything up.
I have not tried this device in flight, and hope I never need to. I have tested it by unplugging my receiver battery while Pulse defender was standing by, and it seems like it will work. The switch over seemed instant, and the warning lights (LEDS) are nice and bright. As soon as I plugged my receiver battery back in, the warning lights turned off, and I was back on my receiver battery again. Just keep it unplugged when not in use, as not to drain the small 7.4v lipo. Have it charged fully before use, and long term storage at about 50% charge.
This unit is lightweight and gives a peace of mind in case of a BEC failure. You do have to power it on unlike the other backup device I have but I can see how this is good and bad. Hopefully I won't actually need this in flight.
have not needed it yet but i know it's there backing up my BEC system
Like this little backup, lightweight, small, only wish it was in a housing for easier mounting but not a big deal...