VBar Control Device Manual - Mikado-heli

VBar Control Device Manual - Mikado-heli
Device Manual
VBar Control
Device Manual
Mikado Model Helicopters GmbH
Friedrich-Klausing-Str. 2 · 14469 Potsdam · Germany
Telefon +49 331 23749-0 · Telefax +49 331 23749-11
[email protected] · www.mikado-heli.de
© Mikado Model Helicopters 2014. All rights reserved.
v1.01 05-2014
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Table of Contents
Benefits at a Glance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Binding a VBar Control Satellite Receiver . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Software Highlights: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Battery Charging . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
Hardware Highlights:. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6
Tips for using your VBar Control Transmitter . . . . . . . . . . 16
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
VBar Control Satellite Receiver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Welcome to VBar Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
What is VBar Control? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Control LEDs. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Purpose, Modifications and Export Regulations . . . . . . . . . 7
VBar Control Receiver Installation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
Icons used in this Manual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Placement of Antennae in the Model . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
General Safety Precautions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Updating and Enhancing your VBar Control Transmitter 18
Precautions for the Use of the 2.4 GHz Band . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Installing and Using VBar Control Manager . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Handling the VBar Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
Registration, Update, Getting Additional Software
Features (VBar Control Apps) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Built-in Rechargeable Lithium Polymer Battery
and Battery Charger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Recycling VBar Control and the Rechargeable Battery . . 18
Package Contents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Recycling the Built-In Rechargeable Battery . . . . . . . . . . 18
Transmitter Controls and Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
VBar Control Transmitter and Receivers . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
Basic Transmitter Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
Technical Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
How to turn the VBar Control on and off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
Getting Support and Service for your VBar Control . . . . 19
The Main Screen and the Easy Dialog System . . . . . . . . .11
Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Basic VBar Control Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
After-Sales Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Transmitter Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11
Compliance Information for the U.S., Europe
and Other Countries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Application Setup . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
How to change the Stick Mode and adjust the
Stick Tension, how to change the Stick Length. . . . . . . . . 14
How to use VBar Control as a USB Game Controller . . . . 16
FCC Statement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
R&TTE Statement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
FCC Grants. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
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Benefits at a Glance
Software Highlights:
■■ Setup, programming and adjusting of VBar-controlled
models accomplished directly via VBar Control radio.
■■ No computer, control panel or smartphone necessary.
■■ Instant access to almost every flight parameter from
the transmitter controls, even in flight.
■■ Easy programming for new helicopters via the familiar
VBar setup wizard.
■■ New ESC setup wizard for programming all types of
speed controllers.
■■ Bank switching with three banks.
■■ Real time logging and real time vibration analysis readable from the transmitter.
■■ Several telemetry functions are available, such as voltages, current, rpm, speed, and power consumption of
the batteries (may need additional hardware).
■■ Storage of event log files like VBar event log, VBar
Control event log, GPS way points, voltage/current
logging etc.
■■ Multiple timer functions available with warnings and
reminders via sound, voice, or vibration output.
■■ Wireless buddy boxing with two VBar Control radios,
fully configurable.
■■ Easy bind process, allows bind and fly of any model
equipped with VBar Control (e.g. a buddy’s heli) with
your own transmitter (Model Sharing).
■■ Software updates via internet using a simple VBar
Control Manager app and the web browser.
■■ Option for adding new features via apps, simple installation via internet, supports both Windows and Mac OS
X-PCs, no drivers needed.
■■ Additional airplane software will be available in summer
2014.
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Hardware Highlights:
■■ 80 Channel 2.4 GHz FHSS bidirectional flight control, programming/setup and telemetry remote control
system.
■■ VBar Control Satellite connects directly to VBar flybarless controller via 2.4GHz VBar-Link protocol.
■■ Unlimited model memory.
■■ Virtually unlimited number of control channels. High
range, low latency, antenna diversity both on transmitter and receiver.
■ Intelligent antenna monitoring and management.
■■ XXtra Bright Graphic Display featuring high contrast
and ambient light sensor to automatically control the
display brightness, making it equally well readable in
bright sunlight and in the dark.
■■ Easy Dialog System with rotary dial for convenient and
safe inputs, with optical, tactile and acoustic feedback.
■■ Precision gimbals with four ball bearings, fully adjustable.
■■ Collective stick equipped with optional throw limiter.
■■ Fully equipped with four 3-position-switches, two
quick-break-switches and two rotation knobs, all fully
programmable.
■■ Delicate rubber lining for comfortable, slip-free and
safe holding.
■■ 3-point neck-strap attachment, for optimum balance.
■■ Large 2 Watt loudspeaker for alarms and voice output.
■■ Vibration alarm (adjustable).
■■ Internal 8 MB flash memory.
■■ Memory accessible as a USB memory stick, no drivers
needed.
■■ 4.000 mAh Lithium Polymer battery allows for long run
times.
■■ Charge through USB connector or built-in charger.
■■ Power supply for fast charging included.
Introduction
Welcome to VBar Control
Thank you for choosing this highly specialized yet versatile
product. To safely operate and fly your radio controlled
models using the VBar Control, you must read and follow
this device manual carefully. For software and model setup, see the quick start guides and manuals provided with
this radio, as well as documentation provided with the necessary components, such as motor, electronic speed controller, servos, the helicopter kit itself. For latest information, new features and updates, visit our product web site
www.vstabi.info.
VBar Control and the VBar Control accessories are developed and manufactured in Germany. They are state-ofthe-art products following highest quality and safety requirements. Every device has been inspected thoroughly
during manufacturing and initial programming. VBar Control meets European requirements (ETSI) as well as
US-American requirements of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). VBar Control has been flight-tested thoroughly. Highest standards with regard to high noise
immunity and operational reliability have been applied.
☝☝ Attention Unforeseeable changes in manufacturing processes and software development make this manual subject to change without notice. Mikado Model Helicopters
strongly recommends that you visit the product web site
www.vstabi.info regularly to get the latest information regarding your VBar Control transmitter.
☝☝ Attention Mikado Model Helicopters strongly recommends
connecting the VBar Control transmitter to a personal computer at least every six months, and make a connection to
the internet using VBar Control Manager to get the latest
updates automatically.
☝☝ Attention We provide general information and video tutorials on our support web site www.vstabi.info/VBar_Control.
☝☝ Attention For service and support regarding programming
and operation of your VBar Control and other Mikado products, please contact your local dealer or visit our product
web site www.vstabi.info and the technical support forum
there.
Telephone and e-mail support are available through
What is VBar Control?
VBar Control is an advanced multi-function FHSS radio
control system for model helicopters. With it’s unique concept of programming and operation, it is the ideal companion to go with your radio-controlled and VBar-equipped
models.
Purpose, Modifications and Export Regulations
VBar Control is designated for use with model helicopters
(and in the future also for use with model airplanes). VBar
Control is not designated for any other purpose than remote control of models for recreation or hobby.
Outside of the country of manufacture, VBar Control has to
be approved by the laws applicable in the country of import, especially regarding emission of radio frequencies.
On every re-export, VBar Control may be subject to regulations. Prior to use, approval of the relevant authorities
may be required. If in doubt, contact your dealer to ensure
that all regulations applicable have been met. VBar Control
must not be used to control other than unmanned radio-controlled models on line of sight.
Mikado Model Helicopters takes no responsibility for any
modification or replacement of parts on VBar Control. Any
modification other than described in the product documentation may render the warranty void.
Icons used in this Manual
☝☝ Attention Problems and physical damage or physical injury may occur if not followed carefully.
⚠⚠Warning Dangerous conditions may occur, causing serious physical injury or death, or massive physical damage,
if not followed carefully.
☠☠ Danger Dangerous conditions may occur, causing death,
serious physical injury or high physical damage if not followed carefully.
☒☒Procedures and actions that are prohibited.
☑☑Procedures or actions that are mandatory.
Mikado Model Helicopters GmbH
Friedrich-Klausing-Str. 2
14469 Potsdam
Germany
phone +49 331 23749-0
[email protected]
www.mikado-heli.de
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General Safety
Precautions
Precautions for the Use of the 2.4 GHz Band
VBar Control operates in the 2.4 GHz band, which is in
common use with e.g. industry, science and medical (ISM)
applications. It is widely used for microwave ovens, shortrange wireless communications like WiFi, bluetooth, cordless appliances like headphones, or amateur radio. Excessive use of the 2.4 GHz band (like in urban areas) may
degrade the control response and range of VBar Control. If
you experience adverse radio interference, immediately
stop using VBar Control.
In public places, such as airports, hospitals, or racetracks
for example, special limitations may apply.
Transmission is impeded or blocked when any objects are
in the line of sight to the model. This degrades control response or even causes the model to go out of control. Always operate a radio-controlled model so you can safely
control it within line of sight.
Handling the VBar Control
Check that all parts and manuals are provided in this box
(see package contents on page 9). Turn on VBar Control
and check that the battery is charged properly. We recommend that you connect your VBar Control to the wall charger,
or to a personal computer using the USB cable to fully charge
the battery. We also recommend to install the VBar Control
Manager (available at www.vstabi.info) to connect VBar
Control to the internet and upgrade to the latest software.
If there are any items or manuals missing, please immediately contact your local dealer or the service department of
Mikado Model Helicopters.
⚠⚠Warning Never use VBar Control on rainy days or if there
is any precipitation. Electronics may malfunction if they get
damp or wet.
⚠⚠Warning Never disassemble or modify VBar Control beyond what is described in this manual. Heat, fire or an electric shock may cause injury or physical damage.
⚠⚠Warning The power unit (engine/motor/gears) as well as
rotating parts (rotor head and blades, tail rotor head and
blades etc.) may start up at high speeds, causing danger.
Always turn on VBar Control first, and make sure the throttle stick/switch is set to the lowest/motor off position, then
turn on the receiver/model. Make sure that all fail safe precautions regarding an electric speed controller are met.
Connect a flight pack only when sticks and switches are set
to lowest/motor off position. When turning off power, always
turn off the receiver/model first, also disconnect the flight
pack. Note: as a safety precaution, VBar control can only
be turned off after the connected VBar Flybarless controller
and receiver have been turned off.
⚠⚠Warning Pay full attention when setting up an electronic
speed controller (ESC) or an IC engine. Injury or physical
damage can be caused.
Do not start an IC engine with the throttle set to a high rpm
position. Injury or physical damage can be caused.
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⚠⚠Warning When using components from other manufacturers, you must make sure that all components in the system
are compatible with each other. Especially the power supply of the radio control system as a whole must be suitable
to meet the needs of all appliances connected. Malfunctioning components or components drawing too high a current, or generating back voltages, may disrupt the safe operation of the radio control system as a whole.
⚠⚠Warning VBar Control and the VBar Control Receiver as
well as the VBar and the other components are sensitive to
shock. Avoid hard impacts. Do not drop them. This may
cause malfunction.
⚠⚠Warning If you detect that control degrades, stop operation
of your model, check battery and general condition. The
model may get out of control, causing injury or physical
damage.
⚠⚠Warning Never operate the model next to known radio interference, passing vehicles or people, next to high-voltage
power lines, buildings, and be careful in mountainous areas.
The model may get out of control, or malfunction may occur, causing injury or physical damage.
⚠⚠Warning Every electronic component that has gone damp
or wet may malfunction at any time, even if it seems to work
again normally after being fully dried. Do not continue to
use such components and contact the service and support
of the company for the product for a check-up.
☝☝ Attention Before any radio control operation, check the
following:
»» Are the batteries charged fully/sufficiently?
»» Is there enough fuel in the tank?
»» Are any liquids spilled on the electronics, like water or fuel?
»» Make sure all linkages are secure and no slop or binding
occurs in operation.
»» Make sure that the overall vibration level on the model is
low, and that all control functions work reliably when the
power unit and drive train are running at the expected rpm.
»» Make sure all fail safe precautions are met: in case of a
loss of control the motor/engine must turn off.
»» When running the power unit/drive train, keep clear of
rotating parts and mind the danger of main or tail rotor
blades spinning.
»» On the first flights of a newly set up model, select a safe
place for takeoff, and test the control functions and operation close by but at a safe enough distance for several
minutes. Do not fly at great distances.
»» Familiarize yourself with safety precautions, such as how
to switch off the motor in case of any unwanted/uncontrolled operation. This is to take the energy and vibration
out of the system. Be prepared to attempt an emergency
landing/autorotation.
☝☝ Attention VBar Control will warn if the battery level falls
below 3.5 V. VBar Control will switch off automatically when
the battery level falls below 3.2 V except when a model is
connected (safety feature).
Land immediately and turn off the model if a battery
warning occurs.
Built-in Rechargeable Lithium Polymer Battery and
Battery Charger
■ Take special care with the following to prevent unwanted heat generation, fire and explosion.
☠☠ Danger Use only the supplied wall charger with the appro-
priate adapter. Check the voltage in the country you are in,
it must not exceed 100-240 V AC.
»» Do not misconnect (+) and (–)
»» Do not place VBar Control or the charger next to heat or
open fire.
»» Keep open terminals (+) and (–) away from conductive
materials like metal surfaces, carbon fibre, tools.
»» Never disassemble or modify VBar Control beyond what
is described in this manual, and never use a soldering
iron on the electronics.
Package Contents
■ VBar Control Transmitter
■ Neck strap
■ Wall charger with connector for your area
■ USB lead
■ VBar Flybarless controller (optional)
■ VBar Control Satellite Receiver (optional)
■ This device manual
■ Software setup manual
☠☠ Danger
Never use batteries other than those sold by
­ ikado Model Helicopters. The batteries have been careM
fully selected and adapted for use in VBar Control. Always
monitor the charging process, even though the integrated
charging circuit takes care of the proper charging parameters. Stop the charging process immediately if the device
gets hot.
»» Never allow the battery to have any contact with liquids.
»» Never damage the insulation, connecting wires, connectors.
»» Stop using a battery that has taken damage to the insulation, connecting wires, connectors.
»» Battery liquids are dangerous. If your eyes, skin or
clothes come in contact with these, rinse thoroughly and
wash your clothes with clean water.
»» Always monitor the condition of your batteries by checking the operating time and charging time. When operating times or charging times start to differ strongly, the
end of a battery’s lifetime may have come.
»» Battery failure may cause your model going out of control, causing dangerous situations.
☝☝ Attention Never store your VBar Control and the battery in
high temperature, or in very dusty or very humid conditions.
»» Store the VBar Control and the battery outside of the
reach of infants and children.
»» Never charge the battery of your VBar Control in very
cold conditions (lower than 0 °C).
»» A used Lithium Polymer battery is not domestic waste. To
dispose of a Lithium Polymer battery, discharge the battery, insulate the terminals with tape. Then take it to a
store/dealer who can dispose of small rechargeable batteries, or take it to a collection point for harmful substances.
»» Never keep the VBar Control in direct sunlight for an extended time. Keep it in the shadow when it is not used.
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Transmitter Controls
and Features
Antenna
■ Gimbals
■ Adjustable sticks
■ Switches 1-6
■ Rotating knobs 1+2
■ Easy Dialog System Dial (EDS)
with LED ring
■ XXtra Bright Graphic Display
■ Ambient light sensor
■ 3-point neck-strap attachment
■ Speaker
■ Rubber grip lining
Rubber grip
■ Antenna
lining
■ Carrying handle
■ USB connector with
protective rubber cover
■ Charging connector
and reset button with
protective rubber cover
■ Transmitter battery (installed)
■ Stick tensioners
■ Collective stick brake & spring
■ Main board
Gimbals
Adjustable sticks
Speaker
3-point neck-strap
attachment
Easy Dialog System Dial
(EDS) with LED ring
XXtra Bright Graphic Display
Ambient light sensor
Rotating knobs 1+2
Switches 1-3
Switches 4-6
Carrying handle
Transmitter battery (installed)
Stick tensioners
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Collective stick
Main board brake & spring
Charging connector
USB connector with
and Reset button with protective rubber cover
protective rubber cover
Basic Transmitter
Operation
How to turn the VBar Control on and off
■ Turn on your VBar Control by
pressing down the Easy Dialog
System Dial (EDS Dial), and at the
same time rotate 90° clockwise.
■ Turn off your VBar Control by
pressing down the EDS Dial, and
at the same time rotate 90°
anti-clockwise. Choose OK from
the Shutdown menu by rotating the EDS, then click OK.
■ Mind that you cannot turn off your VBar Control as long
as a VBar Control Receiver is connected, so always
turn off your model first.
Transmitter Setup
Bind a
VBar Control Receiver to the VBar Control transmitter. Click for a list of available devices (10-digit serial
number of connected VBar Flybarless controller or model
name for already set-up models), select the device you
want to bind. See page 16.
Application enable helps to enable or disable the Apps
you wish to use. Check or uncheck the boxes as is applicable. Disabled Apps will not show in the setup process. All
setup information required for flight operation is stored in
each individual VBar, so you will not lose functionality or
settings if you decide to disable or uninstall the App in order to empty menus or free memory.
The Main Screen and the Easy Dialog System
■ On powering on, the main screen shows the current
date and time in the upper left corner.
■ The transmitter battery status is displayed in the lower
left corner with an icon and the percentage.
■ The current version number is displayed in the lower
right corner.
■ To the right, next to the EDS Dial, you see the stillclosed setup menu, which is labelled select.
■ The EDS Dial is both navigator (turn right or left) and
selector (press down).
USB Mode allows to choose between USB Stick mode (for
normal operation or setup/update purposes), Simulator
(renders the VBar Control a USB game controller to go
with your favorite simulator), or No USB (disables the USB
connector temporarily).
⚠⚠Important Before you begin to set up a VBar equipped
model, you must adjust at least basic settings such as Stick
Mode and Mandatory Switches assignments. You must also
remove the stepped brake plate from the collective stick
gimbal and possibly change the collective stick to match
your preferred stick mode (see page 14).
Display Contrast s ets the black/white contrast of the display.
Basic VBar Control Setup
■ Rotate or press the EDS Dial to access the menu. If
you do not continue, it will close again after a few
seconds without input.
■ Without a VBar Control Receiver connected, you can
access only the transmitter setup functions.
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Minimum Brightness sets the low threshold for the ambient light sensor. The display will not go darker than the
value set here. To save on battery life, use the lowest convenient value.
Sound volume is for the EDS Dial feedback as well as for
warnings and Speech Apps.
You can calibrate the gimbals by selecting one control
function at a time and thereby ‘show’ the VBar Control the
limits and the center position by just moving the stick. It will
learn and store the values automatically.
Assign and Calibrate lets you select the stick mode (mind
that you have to change the hardware if you switch between throttle-left and throttle-right modes, see page 14).
In case you want to have the collective stick reversed,
choose modes 5-8 instead.
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Collective Center Fine a
llows to set the zero collective
position, even though the gimbal has no spring to center
itself. Move the stick to the precise mechanical center position according to the zero pitch line on the gimbal’s scale,
press Set Zero!.
Mandatory switches assigns three switches needed for
basic flight operations and the directions according to your
liking. Defaults are Motor—upper left, Bank switch (flight
modes)—upper right, Buddy Box—lower right. The graphics show the actual assignments.
Transmitter name a
llows you to name your radio. To enter
the name, select the position and then the character, using
the EDS dial. Select Exit when done, select Reset to clear
the name and start over.
Application Setup
allows for basic settings of different apps.
Optional switches lets you assign Option 1-3 functions to
switches according to your liking. Later you will assign Option 1-3 functions within additional apps. For this, you may
require additional hardware and/or software.
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How to change the Stick Mode and adjust the Stick Tension,
how to change the Stick Length
■ Tools needed: 3 mm and 2 mm hex screwdrivers, PH0 x 50 Philips
screwdriver, pliers.
■ Turn off your VBar Control transmitter
■ Remove the neck strap.
■ Put the VBar Control transmitter face down on a soft surface.
1Remove the six screws M3x20 mm to take off the bottom case. Then flip
the case over so the screws fall out of the bottom case.
■ Flip the still-closed transmitter 90° to the left, and carefully start opening VBar Control like a book.
■ Carefully disconnect the both switch wires and the vibration alarm
motor, and open the VBar Control fully, like a book.
■ Do not touch the main board!
2Locate and unscrew the metal brakes from the existing throttle stick.
■ If the stick mode is already OK for you, just remove the stepped brake.
3Unplug the wire going through the plastic brake.
4Unscrew the plastic brake on one end and unhinge it on the other end.
5Reconnect the wire, make sure to fix it in the plastic clip.
6Unscrew spring tensioner of the existing elevator stick (next to the battery, to the left or to the right).
■ Gently unhinge the spring and remove both the plastic holder and the
spring.
7Remove the metal bracket by gently pulling it out, away from where the
spring was attached.
8Disconnect the wire which now has to go through the plastic brake.
9Carefully thread it through the opening in the plastic brake and fix the
wire in the plastic clip.
■ Re-connect the wire.
0Fix the metal brake and tighten to your liking.
■ Use the inner holes for a smooth brake feeling, or the outer holes for a
stepped brake feeling.
qPlace the metal bracket 180° from it’s original position on the other side,
under the future elevator stick.
■ Take care that everything is rotated 180° compared to where you
dismounted the parts.
wPut the plastic holder in the slot, and hinge the spring to the bracket and
the plastic holder. You may use the cable tie from the USB lead, and
form a hook to handle the spring. The wire to the elevator gimbal
must lie flat on the connector board there, such as not to bind
against the bottom case when the elevator stick is moved to it’s
end position.
■ Adjust the springs on all sticks to your liking.
■ Carefully close the VBar Control again, and re-connect the switch
wires and the vibration alarm motor.
■ Carefully replace the bottom case, so as not to squeeze or damage
any wires.
■ Fasten the six screws but do not over-tighten them.
■ To change the stick length, carefully twist the upper half of the stick
counter-clockwise to loosen the stick, while holding the lower half.
Adjust the lower and the upper half to the length of your choice. Fix the
stick by twisting both halves against each other.
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How to use VBar Control as a USB Game Controller
■ Select USB mode Simulator from the Transmitter Setup.
■ Connect the USB lead to your computer.
■ There is no driver needed on Windows PCs nor on
Macs. The operating system will detect VBar Control
automatically as a game controller.
■ In your preferred simulator software, select VControl as
a controller and set up/calibrate as needed.
☝☝ Attention: Use the Simulator’s menus to adjust the Simu-
lator to the VBar Control transmitter. Do not change settings (e.g. switches) in your VBar Control transmitter; this
will affect behavior of your real-life models, too.
Binding a VBar Control Satellite Receiver
■ Option 1
»» Turn on VBar Control transmitter.
»» Make sure motor/throttle controls are in OFF position.
»» Select Bind from the Transmitter Setup menu.
»» Turn on the VBar with the VBar Control Satellite
Receiver connected.
»» Wait a few seconds for the VBar Control to scan for
available devices.
»» Select the VBar Control Satellite Receiver from the list.
»» VBar Control will confirm with the message ‘Connected’.
■ Option 2
»» Turn on the VBar with the VBar Control Satellite
Receiver connected.
»» Wait for 10 seconds for the receiver to go into bind
mode.
»» Only now turn on VBar Control transmitter.
»» Make sure motor/throttle controls are in off position.
»» Select Bind from the Transmitter Setup menu.
»» Wait a few seconds for the VBar Control to scan for
available devices.
»» Select the VBar Control Satellite Receiver from the list.
»» VBar Control will confirm with the message ‘Connected’.
☝☝ Attention If the re-binding procedure is no completed, a
previously bound VBar Control Satellite Receiver remains
bound to the last VBar Control transmitter it was bound to.
The binding information is not automatically deleted by mistakenly powering up the model. Just turn the model off, turn
on your VBar Control transmitter, then turn on the model
again: it will re-connect at once.
Battery Charging
■ The built-in battery will be charged every time VBar
Control is connected to a personal computer, using the
USB cable. A green light will come on in the EDS Dial
when the VBar Control is connected to a live USB port.
■ To charge VBar Control without a PC, connect the wall
charger provided to a wall outlet. Select the appropriate
adapter for your country. A red light will come on in the
EDS Dial when the VBar Control is connected to the
wall charger.
■ Connect the charger to VBar Control.
■ Charging time from the wall charger will be approx. 1.5
hours.
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■ When left on the wall charger, trickle charge will keep
the battery fully charged.
■ Charging time from the USB cable will be approx. 10
hours (with the transmitter turned ON) or 40 hours (with
the transmitter turned OFF). This is due to technical
regulations of the USB power supply.
■ You may connect both the USB cable and the wall
charger at the same time. The integrated charging circuit
in your VBar Control transmitter will always use the input
with the highest power and disable the other input.
■ In case the battery is exhaustively discharged, the
charging time will noticeably increase to safely get the
battery back to life.
Tips for using your VBar Control Transmitter
■ Power saving
Set the low threshold of the ambient light sensor to a low
value, so the transmitter always uses the least power
needed for the display.
■ Range check, check of antennae
Once a VBar Control Satellite Receiver is connected,
you can check the antenna status at Model Status/Antenna Status. You will see bars indicating the overall link
power as well as the signal strength of the four antennae (Tx=radio, Rx=receiver).
⚠⚠If one of the four vertical bars falls below the indicated
threshold, stop using VBar Control and find and remedy the
cause.
For a range check, walk around your model in a 30 ft/10 m
radius. Point the antenna of VBar Control at the model as
if you were flying it. Link power may not read below the
vertical threshold line.
⚠⚠If link power falls below the vertical threshold line, re-arrange the antennae and repeat the test.
☒☒Do not place the model onto a metal surface for this test.
VBar Control Satellite
Receiver
Features
■ Antennae
»» Coaxial antenna wire
»» Actual antenna wire
■ Connector
■ Connecting cable (for Mikado VBar or Mini VBar only)
■ Control LEDs
Connecting cable
Actual antenna wire
Coaxial antenna wire
Control LEDs
Antennae
Control LEDs
■ The green LED signals that the receiver is bound to
and synchronized with VBar Control.
■ The red LED flashes when data are being sent, e.g.
telemetry is active.
VBar Control Receiver Installation
■ Place the receiver next to the VBar Flybarless controller.
■ Fix it using e.g. double-sided adhesive tape or velcro
tape. Make sure it does not touch the frames/chassis
directly to avoid vibration influence.
■ Avoid places where liquids could spill on the receiver,
take waterproofing measures if necessary.
■ Avoid places where high temperature changes can
occur.
■ Take measures so wires or antennae do not get
damaged e.g. by sharp-edged carbon fiber or aluminum frames.
■ Make sure the connector is securely attached and the
wire is not subject to tension and that they are not bent
or kinked.
Placement of Antennae in the Model
■ Place the antennae in a way so the actual antennae do
not touch frames or chassis elements. The free space
around the tip should have the size of a table tennis
ball.
■ If the actual antennae touch conductive or shielding
material such as metal or carbon fiber surfaces, the
reception will be reduced considerably.
■ Align the antennae in a way so they point at a 90°
angle.
■ Separate the antenna tips as far as possible, their
mutual distance is even more important than achieving
a 90° angle.
■ Do not unnecessarily cover the actual antennae.
■ Do not bend or kink the actual antennae.
■ The coaxial wires may be bent, but only in a gentle arc,
not 90° sharp, so as not to damage the actual antenna
wire inside.
■ Separate the antennae as far as possible from electric
motors, electronic speed controllers or other sources of
electric/electronic noise.
■ Separate the antennae as far as possible from conductive or shielding materials/surfaces. When installed
inside a fuselage, try and place the antenna tips
outside the fuselage.
☝☝ If you are mounting the VBar Control Satellite inside a fusalage, always perform a comprehensive range check.
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Updating and Enhancing
your VBar Control
Transmitter
Installing and Using VBar Control Manager
■ PC
»» Go to our product web site www.vstabi.info, browse
to the downloads section and get a download link for
the VBar Control Manager (you will need a MikadoID
(= login name to at www.mikado-heli.de) to do so).
»» After the actual download, open the installer and
follow the instructions on the screen.
»» The program will be installed to the \Program
Files-Folder on your hard disk. A shortcut will be
created on your desktop.
»» Double click the shortcut.
»» Once the VBar Control is connected to the computer,
VBar Control Manager will automatically connect to
the internet and register with our support web site
www.vstabi.info.
»» If you have not done so already, log in to www.vstabi.
info using your MikadoID.
»» VBar Control Manager will always check for updates
and automatically install them to your VBar Control
transmitter, so you always have the latest firmware
and features available.
■ Mac
»» Go to our product web site www.vstabi.info, browse
to the downloads section and get a download link for
the VBar Control Manager (you will need a MikadoID
to do so).
»» After the actual download, open the disk image (dmgfile) and copy the VBar Control Manager App to your
/Applications Folder.
»» Double click the App.
»» Once the VBar Control is connected to the computer,
VBar Control Manager will automatically connect to
the internet and register with our support web site
www.vstabi.info.
»» If you have not done so already, log in to www.vstabi.
info using your MikadoID.
»» VBar Control Manager will always check for updates
and automatically install them to your VBar Control
transmitter, so you always have the latest firmware
and features available.
☒☒Never disconnect the VBar Control transmitter while USB
or File System operations are in progress. Check the display on your VBar Control transmitter and the VBar Control
Manager prior to unplugging the USB cable. Please be patient especially if you did not connect your VBar Control
transmitter to the internet for an extended time: the update
process can take several minutes if many files have to be
transferred and updated.
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Registration, Update, Getting Additional Software
Features (VBar Control Apps)
■ Mikado Model Helicopters strongly recommends that
you register your VBar Control transmitter using your
MikadoID.
■ Registration helps us keeping you informed about
latest developments, changes, necessary updates,
safety bulletins and the like.
■ Registered users have access to free software, upgrades and updates as well as to the App Store on our
support web site www.vstabi.info.
■ VBar Control Manager lets you connect your VBar
Control to the internet to receive automatic updates.
Just click on ‘Applications’ to access the App Store for
VBar Control. There you find a selection of Apps for all
kinds of tasks.
Recycling VBar Control
and the Rechargeable
Battery
Recycling the Built-In Rechargeable Battery
Spent Lithium Polymer batteries are not domestic waste.
Discharge the battery, insulate the terminals with tape or
similar, and bring it to a store/dealer that disposes of small
rechargeable batteries, or bring it to a collection point for
harmful substances.
VBar Control Transmitter and Receivers
Used electronic devices are not domestic waste. You can
reduce the environmental impact of electronics through
proper recycling. Please refer to your local regulations or
contact your local dealer to learn how to dispose of used
small electronic devices properly.
☝☝ Attention Legal warranty periods may differ depending on
Technical Data
the laws applicable in the country you live in. Please ask
your local dealer/distributor for further details.
VBar Control Transmitter
Working temperature range
0 °C to +40 °C
32 °F to 104 °F
Current consumption
Standby
Normal
Maximum
Weight
880 g
☝☝ Attention Make sure you save the files on your VBar Con  190 µA
  280 mA
1,200 mA
VBar Control Satellite Receiver
Working temperature range
-5 °C to +45 °C
23 °F to 113 °F
Current consumption
Receive
Transmit
Supply voltage
3.5 to 8.4 V (2S LiPo)
Weight
8g
max. 70 mA
max. 80 mA
trol to your computer before you send it in for warranty or
general repair. The device may be reset and re-installed at
the service shop, causing loss of all data saved on the internal memory.
After-Sales Service
Mikado Model Helicopters provides extensive worldwide
after-sales service on the forums at the support web site
www.vstabi.info as well as via e-mail through [email protected]
Spare parts and accessories for your VBar Control are
available at www.mikado-heli.de.
VBar Silverline
Working temperature range
-5 °C to +60 °C
23 °F to 140 °F
Current consumption
ca. 120 mA
Supply voltage
3.5 to 8.4 V (2S LiPo)
Mini VBar Blueline
Working temperature range
0 °C to +50 °C
32 °F to 122 °F
Current consumption
ca. 80 mA
Supply voltage
3.5 to 8.4 V (2S LiPo)
Getting Support and
Service for your VBar
Control
Warranty
Mikado Model Helicopters offer free warranty repair or replacement during the legal warranty period applicable only
if VBar Control is faulty during or after use according to the
specification and this manual, and based on the regulations of Mikado Model Helicopters.
Mikado Model Helicopters will charge cost for repairs or
replacements necessary e.g. because of improper use, after the warranty period, and without proof of purchase provided.
Warranty will be limited to the VBar Control itself and does
not cover other components on the model like servos,
power units, the model itself and especially non-Mikado
products.
Mikado Model Helicopters do not take responsibility for
any physical damage or physical injury as well as loss of
use or data saved on the device or any similar claim.
After the warranty period has expired, or in case the damage was not a warranty issue, Mikado Model Helicopters
will repair VBar Control with costs. We will provide a repair
estimate to the customer.
Repairs will only be made if VBar Control can be used
safely again in the future.
Please note that costs of some repairs might exceed the
value of the device and might not be economically sensible.
Compliance Information
for the U.S., Europe and
Other Countries
FCC Statement
☝☝ Attention This equipment has been tested and found to
comply with the limits for a Class A digital device, pursuant
to part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to
provide reasonable protection against harmful interference
when the equipment is operated in a commercial environment. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate
radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instruction manual, may cause harmful
interference to radio communications. Operation of this
equipment in a residential area is likely to cause harmful
interference, in which case the user will be required to correct the interference at his own expense.
☝☝ Attention
Changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void
the user’s authority to operate the device.
R&TTE Statement
☝☝ Attention This equipment complies with the regulations of
R&TTE directive 1999/5/EC. It carries the CE sign which
demonstrates conformity and is accepted within the EU as
well as additional countries such as Sweden, Norway, Estland and Switzerland for example. VBar Control may be
sold and used in these countries. Please note that it is solely in the user’s responsibility to put radio equipment into
service.
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15C
15C
2401 0 - 2481 0
2401 0 - 2481 0
0 099
0 096
Output power listed is conducted. The antenna(s) used for this transmitter must be installed to provide
a separation distance of at least 20 cm from all persons and must not be co-located or operating in
conjunction with any other antenna or transmitter. Users and installers must be provided with antenna
installation instructions and transmitter operating conditions for satisfying RF exposure compliance.
Grant Notes
Frequency
Tolerance
Emission
Designator
Grant Notes
2ABXHVBCTX10
Mikado Model Helicopters GmbH
2401 0 - 2481 0
2401 0 - 2481 0
0 102
0 098
Output power listed is conducted. The antenna(s) used for this transmitter must be installed to provide
a separation distance of at least 20 cm from all persons and must not be co-located or operating in
conjunction with any other antenna or transmitter. Users and installers must be provided with antenna
installation instructions and transmitter operating conditions for satisfying RF exposure compliance.
15C
15C
Equipment Class: Part 15 Spread Spectrum Transmitter
Notes:
VBar Control 2 4GHz FHSS Remote Control Transmitter
Output
Frequency
Frequency
Watts
Tolerance
Range (MHZ)
FCC Rule Parts
FCC IDENTIFIER:
Name of Grantee:
2ABXHVBCRX10
Mikado Model Helicopters GmbH
Equipment Class: Part 15 Spread Spectrum Transmitter
Notes:
VBar Control 2 4GHz FHSS Satellite Receiver
Output
Frequency
Watts
Range (MHZ)
FCC Rule Parts
FCC IDENTIFIER:
Name of Grantee:
Date of Grant: 04/17/2014
TCB
Emission
Designator
Application Dated: 04/17/2014
EQUIPMENT AUTHORIZATION is hereby issued to the named GRANTEE, and is VALID
ONLY for the equipment identified hereon for use under the Commission's Rules and
Regulations listed below.
NOT TRANSFERABLE
Intertek Testing Services NA, Inc
70 Codman Hill Road
Boxborough, MA 01719
Certification
Issued Under the Authority of the
Federal Communications Commission
By:
GRANT OF EQUIPMENT
AUTHORIZATION
EQUIPMENT AUTHORIZATION is hereby issued to the named GRANTEE, and is VALID
ONLY for the equipment identified hereon for use under the Commission's Rules and
Regulations listed below.
NOT TRANSFERABLE
Attention: Ralf Buxnowitz
TCB
Attention: Ralf Buxnowitz
Application Dated: 04/17/2014
Date of Grant: 04/17/2014
TCB
Mikado Model Helicopters GmbH
Friedrich-Klausing-Str 2
Potsdam, 14469
Germany
Intertek Testing Services NA, Inc
70 Codman Hill Road
Boxborough, MA 01719
Certification
Issued Under the Authority of the
Federal Communications Commission
By:
GRANT OF EQUIPMENT
AUTHORIZATION
Mikado Model Helicopters GmbH
Friedrich-Klausing-Str 2
Potsdam, 14469
Germany
TCB
FCC Grants
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