Kyosho Z8006 Zeal Anti-Vibration Flight Controller / Camera Mounting Gel (145x45mm)
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Vibration dampening is critical for multirotor flight performance and also for jello free video. If you are in the market for vibration control, then you probably already know about this stuff; if you don't, you will soon discover that Kyosho Zeal mounting gel is considered by most to be the best anti-vibration product available to buy. The problem is, in Europe at least it's very hard to come by.
Kyosho Z8006 Zeal vibration absorption gel is excellent at vibration reduction and has a very good adhesive quality, which lasts well and can be restored to full strength if it gets dirty by simply washing it with water. It comes in a sheet measuring 145mm by 45mm and can be cut to size using a sharp Stanley knife. Bizarrely it's sticky wherever you cut it, so if you cut a cube out of it, you will have a cube that is very sticky on all 6 sides.
It's suited to many applications from securing and damping vibrations to your flight controller, through to reducing the 'jello effect' suffered by CMOS cameras such as the GoPro. More recently, we've seen racing drone pilots using it as an anti-slip pad for mounting batteries.
There are plenty of forum posts praising this product, a good place to start is the APM Wiki on vibration damping and isolation - they regard the Zeal gel as 'probably the single best solution' to vibration control.
Vibration dampening and isolation: Flight electronics and particularly the accelerometer within flight controllers (FCs) are sensitive to vibrations. Excessive vibration can results in very bad performance, in the worse case rendering the craft unflyable. Vibration control is also important in respect to capturing aerial video and imagery. SLR’s and CMOS cameras (e.g. the GoPro) are plagued by the Jello effect otherwise known as rolling shutter. This is because they use a scanning system to capture their imagery, which vibration causes to magnify the problem.
Before you embark on vibration control, you should focus your efforts on eliminating the sources of vibration: unbalanced props/adapters/motors, worn-out bearings and frame flex etc are all things to consider. A smartphone and a suitable vibration recording app is useful for testing. If you have optimised the above, then move onto vibration control. Vibration control can be tackled from two directions: Isolation which is the process of removing an object, such as the FC from the source of vibrations; and dampening which is the conversion of vibration into heat energy by a shock absorbing medium. The latter is usually easier and more often employed by using either rubber, gel or foam. The end goal in both cases is to provide high and medium frequency vibration reduction, while still allowing low frequency - actual flight control board movement to take place in concert with the airframe.
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