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Thanks for the offer and confirmation! I probably should stick with GA firmware, though. Yes, the numbers I mentioned were just tracking, not slewing. Very odd - I remember the earlier bump up, and I think I even did a bit of testing on one you were trying.
Anyway, if all is as intended, then I'll just roll with it and figure out how to augment my power.
Out of curiosity, though... did the amperage range I found look reasonable to you, considering the power consumption of the PMC8 itself, PLUS the steppers?
On Sun, Aug 23, 2020, at 16:38, Jerry Hubbell - Explore Scientific VP Engineering wrote:
On Sun, Aug 23, 2020 at 02:54 PM, Robert Hoskin wrote:
So... basically just asking you to confirm that power consumption defined in firmware for both tracking and slewing really is as intended, and a heads up for you on possible battery run time impacts.
Hi Bob, thanks for the feedback. For the EXOS 2 I changed the current from 600 mA (tracking and slewing) in 9T10/11 to 700 mA (tracking and slewing) in 9T13/15 and then in 9T17 to 600 mA (tracking) and 900 mA (slewing). I have confirmed these numbers in the firmware code.
If you are mostly tracking then the motor current should be the same as you saw in version 9T10/11. I can send you a custom firmware with only 600 mA if you like to compare. I increased the motor current during slew so that it would overcome more inertial load and also overcome a little more imbalance. Let me know what you would like to do.
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