If you are like me and wear glasses, it is a bit of a pain when it comes to FPV goggles. You usually need to get diopter lens inserts for the FPV goggles to see them clearly, but then when you take off your FPV goggles you need to fumble around for your glasses before you can see again, not ideal. The simple solution is to wear contact lenses, but this is not practical for everyone. So the last solution is to try to find a set of oversized box goggles and uncomfortably wear your glasses inside them. At least this was the case until the FXT Viper goggles arrived, designed to be worn with glasses. In this article, we will be looking at these new goggles to see if they are any good.(more…)
It turns out the second-latest release of BetaFlight has a potentially lethal bug – lethal to your motors that is! Whatever you do, DON’T use BetaFlight Configurator 10.3.0 to flash or change BetaFlight settings on your beloved quadcopter. The latest release, 10.3.1 – which you should download, as the bug is fixed – is available here.
While your quad might not be affected right now, the next time you update your settings, it might be. The 10.3.0 configurator, which many (including myself) installed to be able to use the latest 3.4 release candidates, might disable gyro lowpass filtering entirely. In layman’s terms, your motors try to respond to your gyro’s input unflitered, and will heat up to the point where they’ll fry themselves and will need to be replaced. Not good!
To check if you’ve already been affected, you can type ‘get gyro’ into the CLI, and search for ‘gyro_lowpass_hz’ in the list. If the value next to this is 0, you’ve experienced the bug and will need to install the new configurator to change this back to default.
Hopefully this reaches you all in time, good luck and happy flying!
With the next version of betaflight 3.4 just around the corner (expected release date of 1st July 2018), this is a quick post to highlight some of the best new changes you can expect to see and use!(more…)
This is short guide that takes you through the bare essentials of setting up any quadcopter (i.e. any flight controller) with BetaFlight as quickly as possible. To reiterate, we’re just going over the basics – that means no fancy PID tuning or optional extras like setting up LED’s!(more…)
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The EV900 is the latest iteration released by Eachine into the box-style FPV goggle space – but is it any better than their previous releases, such as the popular EV800D model? Are these finally the no-compromises box goggle we’ve been waiting for? Read on to find out! We’ve included a quick summary for those in a rush, but don’t despair detail-lovers! There’s more below.(more…)
When it comes to selecting a receiver module for your FPV goggles, the usual recommendation is to use the True-D or LaForge modules – they offer great performance for a reasonable price. On the budget end you can pick up a Pro58 module from
Like many, I have been a big fan of Emax motors. The first game-changer was the RS2205 motor, also known as red bottom motors. When they were released they quickly became the default motor to use on any 5 inch FPV quadcoper build. They offered insane performance at the time, and cost less than many competitor motors. This was a good two years ago now, and emax have continued to make impressive motors, but the largely left the RS2205 motors unchanged with a revised RS2205S version that was slightly more powerful.(more…)
ISDT is known for its simple to use chargers. But how small can it get to still have a decent charger with various options and precise balancing? The ISDT Q6 Lite combines a small form factor with the performance of a Medium-End charger and a good price. However where did ISDT save the money? Read more to find out.(more…)
New laws regarding how and where we can fly drones going to come into effect on 30th July 2018. If you have followed the CAA guidance on flying drones, the new laws will hardly be surprising as the guidelines have will essentially become rules. So you cannot fly your drone above 400 feet, or within 0.6 miles from an airport. This article will cover the basics of what you need to know about the new laws and what they mean for your flying.(more…)
Drone FPV goggles are one of the most important things when it comes to the FPV experience since you use a pair of goggles to see what your quadcopter sees. Just like most things in the FPV hobby, just because something is expensive, does not make it the best. In this guide, I will help guide you through the process of making the correct decision when it comes to buying yourself a set of FPV goggles.(more…)