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This has to be the ultimate tail light for any racing drone. The Matek H type tail light combines eight high-powered programmable LEDs alongside a loud buzzer into a well designed PCB.

The unit is unique in that it supports dual control modes, it can be controlled by your flight controller or from your radio transmitter as well. If you control it via radio (support for PWM/PPM/SBUS), you have the option of 7 colours, 5 different flashing modes as well as the remote activation of the buzzer / lost model finder. If you set it up to be controlled from your FC (CleanFlight/Betaflight), you can configure the board to indicate flight data such as; battery warnings, flight modes, thrust levels and even RSSI strength. For example, you could program a fading pattern from white to red as you throttle up, while the integrated buzzer could be setup as a low voltage alarm or a lost model alarm.

The board itself has been designed for racing drones, so it's the perfect size and shape. It will fit on the tail of most racing drones, while its H shape allows it to be installed around an XT60 connector or FPV antenna. The board is easily attached, using something as simple as cable ties.

Features:

Dual modes: FC control & TX control

  • TX mode:
    • LED 7 colors (White, Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, Magenta, Cyan)
    • LED 5 status (Constant light, Slow blink, Fast blink, Voilent blink)
    • Buzzer: Lost Plane Finder
  • FC mode:
    • Support Naze32, SPRacingF3, etc. with CleanFlight or Betaflight firmware ​

 

Matek Wiring Diagram / Operation Modes

Wiring Diagram / Operation Modes

Matek Tail Light / Buzzer Dimensions

Matek Tail Light / Buzzer Dimensions

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Matek Tail Light Operation Modes, Demonstration Video

  • Dual modes: FC control & TX control
  • TX mode: LED 7 colors (White, Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, Magenta, Cyan)
  • LED: 4 status (Constant light, Slow flash, Fast flash, Voilent flash)
  • Buzzer: Lost Plane Finder
  • FC mode: Supports Naze32 & SPRacingF3 with CleanFlight or Betaflight firmware
  • Input voltage range: 4.5~5.2V DC
  • Power of TX mode (5V IN ): 1W/0.2A~2W/0.4A
  • Weight: 5 grams

Included:

  • 1x Matek Tail Light WS2812B & Buzzer

 

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How to light your multirotor: Lighting is obviously a necessity for nighttime flying, however it's also really helpful when flying in daylight. Unlike helicopters, multicopters typically lack defining features to help with orientation; lighting is therefore a great solution. It makes most sense to employ a navigational lighting setup - Red on the Port (left) side, Green on the Starboard (right) side and a white strobe astern. When it comes to selecting your lights there are lots of options: LEDs, HPLEDs (High power LEDs), Stripe lights and Strobes. Regular LEDs are inexpensive and come in an array of colours. While they consume little power, LEDs are best suited to nighttime applications as they are usually too dim to be seen in bright daylight. Alternatively the next generation of LEDS, HPLEDs are much brighter. They can be driven by much greater currents meaning that some can emit over 1000 lumens. At night they can be seen for miles but more importantly they are visible in bright daylight. Since overheating is destructive, HPLEDs must be mounted on a heat sink to allow for heat dissipation. Both regular and HP LEDs are easy to wire up - however note that LEDs will only light up with correct electrical polarity and that they have a maximum current rating which must not be exceeded. To limit the amount of current through an LED a suitable resistor should be used. Strips lights are fun when it comes to night flights and are fantastic for orientation purposes. Some can be powered/controlled with an LED RGB Driver to cycle between different modes and colours. LEDs of all types can be turned into a strobe by using asuitable controller, strobes have the added bonus of low power consumption. The key to all lighting installations is to think about voltage and current requirements, a voltage regulator/UBEC will usually be necessary to help meet this requirements. Finally it is advisable to power lights from a separate battery to your flight battery.

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