First build. ๐Ÿ”ง Where do I start? – Part 1: Frame Styles

So, you want to build an FPV racing quadcopter?

Depending on your knowledge level, this will be fun, or a bit like a first date – terrifying, yet belly squirming exciting. Who knows what monster could be released into the world! Will it be evil and fight you every step of the way, or hold your hand through its first baby steps, giggling and loving every second.


Taranis QX7 ๐ŸŽฎ vs Jumper T8SG V2 Plus Comparison

Frsky radios are by far the most popular brand in the FPV hobby, they offer great performance at a great price along with an excellent selection of receivers. Just about every buying guide suggests you get a Frsky radio, and I don’t disagree with that. Jumper radios, on the other hand, offer infinite compatibility thanks to their 4in1 radio module. This means you can use just about any receiver with your radio, including FRsky gear. Recently the T8SG has been updated to use significantly better parts so how does it compare to the Taranis QX7? Read on to find out.


FXT Viper vs EV900 vs EV800D: Box Goggle Comparison

If you are shopping for a new set of FPV box goggles, you are probably considering either the new FXT Viper, or the EV900.ย  Both these goggles are of a new refraction style design that reduces eye strain significantly over traditional box goggles.ย  ย In this guide, I will give my opinions on both and also compare them to the current king of box goggles, the EV800D.


FXT Viper Goggles Review – Compatible With Glasses ๐Ÿ‘“

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.


URGENT BetaFlight PSA – Don’t use Configurator 10.3.0!

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!

Eachine EV900 Goggles; One step forwardโ€ฆ

… Two steps back?

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.


How To Flash Firmware Onto The Eachine Pro58 Receiver Module ๐Ÿ“ป

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 Eachine for much less money (about 1/3 the cost), which is fine, but the problem is that the firmware included with the pro58 (although a lot better than the first versions) is still a bit lacking in terms of both performance and features. However, after you install new firmware onto it, the pro58 can definitely hold it’s own against the more expensive options. This is very impressive considering you could buy 3 Eachine pro58 modules for the cost of a single true-D module!


Emax ๐Ÿ”ฅ Red Bottom V2 Motors Announced (RSII 2206 & RSII 2306)

Like many, I have been a big fan of Emax motors.ย  The first game-changer was the RS2205 motor, also known as red bottom motors.ย  When they were released they quickly became the default motor to use on any 5 inch FPV quadcoper build.ย  They offered insane performance at the time, and cost less than many competitor motors.ย  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.