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Hobby King Turnigy Bolt Series 65C High Voltage Lithium Polymer Batteries (LiHV)

Turnigy Bolt LiPos are built to the highest standards and are capable of providing competition level performance. A new chemistry composition matrix allows them to be safely charged to 4.35 volts DC, which is higher than the typical nominal voltage of 4.20 volts DC inherent to LiPo battery packs (requires Turnigy Neutron charger). All Bolt high performance battery packs include gold plated balance leads and silver plated, heavy duty discharge wires. These battery packs are particularly ideal for use in high current draw applications such as 3D helicopters, EDF and F3A. Available in all Hobby King warehouses.

Turnigy Bolt Lipos

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Common Sense RC Lectron Pro 7.4V 950mAh 30C for the Blade 200 QX

This new 7.4V 950mAh 30C lipo will provide you with nearly 20% more runtime for your Blade 200 QX. It’s plug ‘n’ play compatible with both the quad and the stock charger with no modifications necessary, so swapping out your stock lipo for this upgrade is totally painless. It’s also a great choice for the Blade CX, CX2, and CX3 helis!

#2S950-30-L Retail: Retail: $14.95

CSRC Blade 200 LiPo

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Estes Proto-X SLT Ready-to-Fly Nano Quadcopter

The Proto-X SLT is the next step in the logical evolution of the world’s smallest quadcopter. With new one-button aerobatic capabilities, this Proto-X SLT can now perform flips and other amazing in-flight antics. Auto-Correcting Technology keeps it level while in the air, while the Auto-Upright system keeps it stable. A larger, dual rate equipped 2.4GHz transmitter is also included in the box. With built-in Secure Link Technology (SLT) protocol, pilots can also control this nano sized quad with their Tactic TTX650 transmitter. Includes a USB charger and four spare rotor blades. Add four AAA batteries and let the fun begin!

Proto X SLT

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Stunning Drone Footage of the World’s 10 Most Beautiful Cities

Tokyo, Japan

A beautiful combination of aerial photography and wonderful images taken on the ground, Gino Montalvo masterfully crafts “Discover Japan: A Travelogue.”

New York City, USA

Take a step back and appreciate New York City’s majestic beauty from way up high. Captured by photographer Randy Scott Slavin.

London, England

This dreamy view of London was shot with a GoPro Hero 3 Black and a DJI Phantom 2. Locations include Spitalfields, Shoreditch, Greenwich, the Millennium Bridge, OXO Tower, and St Paul’s Cathedral among others.

Sydney, Australia

Deep-water harbor. Hilly inner city. Blooming flowers everywhere. There’s so much that makes Sydney a gem. See this beautiful from just a few feet higher than usual.

Venice, Italy

Venice, a city on water, is steeped with beauty and history. View the elaborate and ancient buildings in all their stonework and colors from the “view of a seagull.”

Cape Town, South Africa

Famous English sea explorer Sir Francis Drake once called Cape Town “the fairest cape in the world.” Discover why.

San Francisco, USA

A visitor to San Francisco captured some dreamy video of a gem of the West Coast on a weekend trip. Credit to Robert McIntosh for this one.

Chicago, USA

A beautiful summer day in Chicago captured by Colin Hinkle. Featured in this video are Chicago River, Northerly Island, Buckingham Fountain, 31st Street Beach/Lakefront, Lake Shore Drive, I-94 Expressway, West Town Neighborhood, and Lincoln Park Observatory Park.

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

View the crisp and green downtown Vancouver from this drone that launches from Kitsilano Beach.

Paris, France

Fall in love all over again. It’s the Eiffel Tower, mon ami.

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5 Reasons Drones are the Future of Mining

This is part of the series “Drones are the Future” – a collection of posts outlining the positive impact UAVs will have on our world in the not-so-distant future.

Mining has traditionally been a dangerous occupation. The day is soon coming where fewer humans will be used in mining operations and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) will conduct stockpile surveying, pit mapping, environmental scanning, spare parts transport, and oversee remote drilling.

Mining Drones

Drones will likely make their way into daily mining faster than other industries, as mining companies often operate in remote regions where UAVs pose no threat to highly-populated areas.

Here’s a look at 5 ways that drones will change mining in the not-so-distant future:

1) Map Mining Locations

Equipped with high-definition cameras, drones will provide 3-D maps of mines for analysis that will calculate how much material has been removed. Gravel pits, quarries, landfills, and underground chambers could be mapped to within a centimeter of detail. Faster and more efficient than humans, unmanned aircraft surveys will reduce waste and help adjust production estimates.

2) Delivery of Spare Parts

They say time is money. When a mining operation stalls due to faulty equipment, profitability just drains away. Due to mining logistics, drone delivery of needed spare parts could save time by navigating remote or hard-to-get-to areas quickly. Drones will shorten supply chains and increase a company’s ability to manage important aspects of the business that are time critical in remote areas. Drones can deliver spare parts in areas where it current can take days.

3) Establish Mines in Remote Locations

Cold conditions? No humans around to do the mining? No problem. The combination of drones and robots will help create mines of the future in remote locations such as Mongolia, Greenland, or Canada that can be directed from anywhere on the globe.

As pointed out in our post about why drones are the future of Arctic research, drones are well-suited to handling cold-weather tasks that human bodies aren’t accustomed to tackling.

Or how about mines where temperatures reach 85 degrees Centigrade? Robots and drones will be handling all sorts of mining operations, giving operators a set of eyes and hands in places they otherwise couldn’t be.

4) Do Some Mining

The close cousins of drones, robots, will act as miners. Supervisors or operators will be comfortably located in centralized control rooms thousands of miles away. Robotic miners will bore holes for explosives and spray shotcrete to reinforce mine walls. Driverless trucks and trains will automate delivery of cargo to the coast. The automation of these logistics can open up development of mines previously considered too dangerous or remote.

5) Monitor Mining Operations

Drones provide a cost-effective way of exploring land, monitoring environmental impact, and scout for untapped resources. Mining companies can have 4-5 drones aloft for the cost of one helicopter, allowing faster exploration.

Monitoring of open-pit mines is also made more effective through use of UAVs. Estimating how much coal is left in a pit, for example, can save time and increase profitability.


Looks like we might soon have mines without miners. Sound like a Ray Bradbury novel? Drones and robots will mine the natural resources of our planet, more safely, quickly, efficiently, and profitably than ever before.

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