Support section: Hardware

How do I know if my Helix has encoded motors?

Published on December 1, 2016 in sections Hardware

A Helix with encoded motors will have a pan motor (the motor at the bottom) that looks like the motor on the left in the picture below.  The motor on the right is a non-encoded motor.  

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What are the benefits of encoders?

Published on November 21, 2016 in sections Hardware

As of 11/2016, Letus has added encoders to its Helixes.  Encoders improve the Helix by Preventing motors from losing their position (skipping steps) when bumped or moved too aggressively Dramatically increasing battery life (up to 5 times longer life!) Increasing torque, giving you the extra strength needed for more aggressive panning motions Adding the ability […]

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How Do I Install the Helix on the 4th Axis?

Published on July 13, 2016 in sections Hardware, Letus Helix

Downloadable instructions are available here.

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Power options for the Helix and Helix Jr.

Published on December 23, 2015 in sections Hardware, Letus Helix, Videos


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How to bind an RC Radio to the Helix (satellite receiver)

Published on November 25, 2015 in sections Hardware, Letus Helix

This article applies only to Helixes with the Spektrum satellite receiver (installed starting in November 2015).  If you have the AR6100e RC receiver (installed in Helixes prior to November 2015), you should refer to the article for that receiver.  Note that all Helixes with the satellite receiver should have a sticker in the battery compartment […]

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Can the C100 be used on a Helix Jr.?

Published on November 25, 2015 in sections Hardware, Helix Jr.

The Helix Jr. was initially designed for DSLRs, but we’re finding that some users, with a little work, are extending this range of cameras significantly.  Here’s the story of one user and the way he customized his setup to make his C100 work with his Helix Jr.:

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How to balance a GH4 on the Helix Jr.

Published on November 15, 2015 in sections Hardware, Videos

This video on balancing applies to any smaller camera using the Helix Jr. base plate.

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Can I make my own power cables?

Published on November 2, 2015 in sections Hardware, Letus Helix

We recommend getting cables directly from us or (note: we have no affiliation with Media Blackout). If you are handy with a soldering iron and would rather build your own cables, here are the model numbers of the LEMO connectors used: FGG.0B.302 for male connector EGG.0B.302 for female connector Also, be sure to read up on the US Power […]

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How do I get the joystick to work?

Published on April 23, 2015 in sections Hardware, Letus Helix

The optional analog joystick allows you to manually control 2 axes of the Helix / Helix Jr. To use the joystick, plug it into the “Joystick” port on the back of the Helix. Activate it by depressing the joystick while centered. This acts as the menu button and will toggle your motors on/off. Press it […]

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