Ensure that the smoke switch that is soldered to the speed controller is in the “off”
position before plugging in the smoke battery.
When testing the system, one must know the “on” and “off” position. Use a
multi-meter to determine these positions before even attempting to plug in the
electronic fuse. Safety first!
the mounts before you install the emitters.
Verify that when the gear switch is in one position, the voltage
reading at the wingtips is the same as the battery voltage. When
you flip the switch to the second position, the voltage reading
As you can see here, the smoke is nice and dense on the ground. The mount I designed protects the wing from hot residue.
should go to zero. Your transmitter’s travel volume adjustment for
the gear channel should remain at the factory settings. I prefer the
smoke “off” position to be with the gear switch positioned away
That’s it! Let’s take the system outdoors, test the aircraft, and
Secure the smoke emitters in place and install the fuses into the
plastic caps and secure them to the emitters. Wrap the fuse wires
around the 2mm bolts and secure them using some clear tape.
Make sure that the smoke safety switch is in the “off” position
before powering up the
aircraft. Plug in the smoke
battery and then ignite
the smoke emitters on
the ground before getting
your aircraft in the air.
After a few seconds, the
system should produce
vibrantly colored smoke!
Now gradually increase
power and take off.
You may notice that
at higher speeds the
smoke visibility decreases.
These smoke systems are
intended for park flyers
and work best at slower
speeds. Performing slow
3D maneuvers with
smoke on produces the
best smoke density and is
also the most exciting to
Remember this when
you ignite the emitters
while airborne. Slow way
down and flip the switch while performing a maneuver at a stalled
state like while hovering or during an upright or inverted harrier,
or torque roll. Once a fairly large amount of smoke is being produced, you can transition into faster forward flight.
And remember, whenever dealing with igniters and smoke
emitters/cartridges, safety first! Don’t attach the fuse to the emitters while indoors before powering up the aircraft. Know which
switch position activates the igniters and use common sense when
operating smoke emitters around others.