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QAV210 Quadcopter Build Guide

Welcome to this beginners guide which takes you through the (sometime torturous) process of putting some equipment together in a certain order that should result in a fully functional drone…in [...]
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Wizard X220 – An RTF Freestyle Quad

When you first see a Wizard X220 quad, you might mistake it for a QAV-R frame as its design is undoubtedly “inspired” by the QAV-R racing frame. However one thing [...]
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The original lizard 95 was a great little quadcopter since it was small, fast and was cheap to buy.  So the new upgraded version is a bit bigger at 105mm, and more expensive.  The new lizard packs a whole lot of new tech such as an F4 Flight controller with floating IMU box, and a Dshot 600 28A 4in1 ESC.  These are all great, but what separates the new lizard from the crowd is the fact that it rocks a 720p DVR on a micro quad.. yes you read that correctly.  But does all this tech make for an overpriced, heavy sluggish quad?  Read more to find out!(more…)

The R220 M2 is a new release from ViFLY; a ready-to-fly or bind-and-fly FPV racing drone that is suitable for beginners and advanced pilots alike. It might be lacking in the ‘cool design’ department, but it more than compensates for this with its smart engineering and quality touches. The drone itself flies excellently on the stock settings and is extremely quick to setup and get in the air. For such a compact and notably durable frame, the M2 is obviously somewhat heavier than a lot of 250 series drones but it makes up for it with powerful motors and durability.

The Wizard X220 from Eachine currently holds the title of the best budget drone of the year. Eachine have now released the new Wizard X220S but can the improvements made on this quad dismantle the X220 from its podium? Let’s investigate and find out… (more…)

The falcon 250 Pro is a great beginner FPV racing drone in many aspects because it uses decent gear, is ready to fly and is also a great price. However the fact that it does not include a comprehensive manual makes it rather difficult to use as your first quadcopter so in this post I will include a couple of things you need to do to get the most out of your falcon 250 pro. Also if you have any questions that I do not answer add a comment and I will be able to help. In general its not such a bad thing that you need to conifigure the quad a little before you fly, as that is what this hobby is all about and you need to learn at some point. (more…)

Welcome to this beginners guide which takes you through the (sometime torturous) process of putting some equipment together in a certain order that should result in a fully functional drone…in this case, the QAV210 DIY Quadcopter Kit. (more…)

I recently had the chance to test out the P130 Battler FPV quadcopter which is a tiny 130mm brushless FPV quadcopter. At this size you can almost fly this quad indoors (although its not a good idea as the brushless motors can cause some damage if they hit someone, or something). None the less, a quadcopter of this size opens up many more possibilities as it can fit through much smaller gaps allowing you to try new FPV courses. Plus since it is under 250g, there are just about no regulations when it comes to flying this. Especially for those of you in the USA, it means you do not need to register this quadcopter with FAA. (more…)

The Falcon series (Falcon 250 and Falcon 180) have been a relatively popular FPV quadcopter to get started with FPV as they offered a decent ready to fly FPV setup for an excellent price. However we did not consider them to be truely ready to fly because they had some minor setup issues that needed to be adjusted before you fly, with the biggest omission being that the failsafe was not setup out the box. (more…)

When you first see a Wizard X220 quad, you might mistake it for a QAV-R frame as its design is undoubtedly “inspired” by the QAV-R racing frame. However one thing this has over that frame is this one uses purple, and lots of it with painted carbon fiber sides, purple motors, purple ESC stickers, purple props and even a purple battery sticker with a … black battery strap! The nice thing about Eachine quadcopter kits is that they include all the bits you need to go flying at a great price, so lets take a closer look at this Wizard X220 kit. (more…)

I recently reviewed the falcon 180 which is a great mini FPV quadcopter, but it does require a few tweaks to get it working nicely out of the box. So this is a quick guide to show you the main things you should setup to get the most out of your Falcon 180 FPV racing quadcopter . (more…)

The Eachine Falcon 250 FPV Quadcopter we started selling a few months ago has proven to be a great entry level FPV racing drone that is ready to fly out the box. Now, Eachine have released the new Falcon 180 FPV Quadcopter but is it any good? This short article strives to answer this question as concisely as possible.


The Falcon 180 is great for beginners as it includes everything necessary to get flying and the parts aren’t half bad either. It arrives fully assembled and configured (hence ready-to-fly) and it even includes an extra set of 4×45 propellers. Additionally, the decent motors and intuitive features also make this frame suitable for more advanced pilots with features such as an adjustable FPV camera mount. The Falcon 180 also happens to be one of the cheaper ready-to-fly racing quadcopters available. Apart from a few minor issues, we are fairly impressed with the Falcon 180 given the price and what you get for that price.

The Good

  • Lots of kit for the price
  • Includes Naze32 or SP F3 Flight controller
  • Fully assembled out of the box
  • Strong single piece carbon fiber frame
  • Adjustable FPV camera
  • Compatible with 3-4S lipos (3S included)
  • Included cloverleaf antenna
  • Angled motors (to fly faster)
  • Rear LED bar (with different patterns pre-programmed in)

The Bad

  • Landing legs can bend easily on hard crashes
  • LED bar is also fragile and can bend on a crash
  • Video transmitter antenna blocks view of some LED’s
  • Uses a PWM receiver – its 2016, why no CPPM?
  • It flies out of the box but requires some minor tweaks to get the best out of the Falcon 180.

Why are we selling it?

At the end of the day, the Falcon 180 is a great ready-to-fly 180 size quadcopter; it arrives fully assembled and for the price, it is very hard to beat. Read more for full details.

Lots of bang for your buck

The Falcon 180 comes with a Naze 32 or SP F3 flight controller which runs CleanFlight or BetaFlight which is great. Furthermore, the flight controller has been mounted sideways to allow you to access the USB port! This is a simple but sorely needed upgrade from the Falcon 250. The frame itself is made from a single 4mm carbon fiber plate which makes for a nice and strong frame. Other features which make it great for FPV racing is the 10 degree inclined motor mount along with the adjustable FPV camera mount

The motors are 2204 2300Kv motors that are fairly standard for FPV quadcopters, and with the 4×45 propellers, they are able to produce about 440g of thrust each which is very decent for an entry level FPV quadcopter. The 20A ESC are compatible with up to 4 cell lipos which is great as you can add a 4 cell lipo to your Falcon 180 to get some extra power from the motors! Some websites claim that this quad is capable of over 150Km/h, but with the stock setup I was only able to get to about 80Km/h (40 mph). Maybe with a 4S battey with a strong tail wind? But then again I am not exactly the best pilot around.

The 700TVL FPV camera produces a decent quality picture despite it being a CMOS sensor. The fact that the FPV camera is located on a vibration damped mount prevents the rolling shutter effect common with CMOS sensors. Coupled with the built-in video transmitter and cloverleaf antenna, I was able to get a very reliable video signal at the field I fly in. The vibration mount also doubles as a mount for your Runcam 2 or similar to record onboard video in HD.

Truly ready to fly out of the box?

I was able to take the Falcon out of the box, attach the props, connect the battery and fly and so yes, it is technically ready to fly out of the box. However, there are a few things that you should adjust to get the best out of your Falcon 180 which is detailed in the Falcon 180 getting started guide.

The Falcon 180 arrives with only 1 flight mode configured; angle mode. When flying in this mode, the quadcopter will keep itself level but still allow you to bank up to 50 degrees. This is the best mode for beginners and so it is understandable why this is the stock mode but since you have a 6 channel radio, it would have been nice to see a few other modes such as Acro and possibly heading free modes set up too. However, this is not a major issue at the end of the day as you can simply plug it into CleanFlight and set your own flight modes… kind of.

By default the aux channels have been assigned to the knobs, rather than the switches, which makes it impossible to change flight modes while you are flying (unless you have a third hand!). Changing this is relatively quick and easy on the radio but it’s still slightly annoying that you need to do this. I will provide some more details on how to do this in a separate quick start guide.


The LED bar is a nice addition which is particularly useful if you are flying with others as it makes your quadcopter easily visible from behind. It also has a nice touch that it flashes the side LEDs when you are turning and changes colour depending on your pitch stick position. As I mentioned before, it’s slightly annoying that the cloverleaf antenna blocks your view of a bunch of the LEDs.

How does it compare to the Facon 250?

The Falcon 250 is a great beginners FPV quadcopter and at a very reasonable price. Overall, you get a decent entry level radio and a decent FPV camera and transmitter for a decent price. Pretty decent then… (maybe I need to acquire a dictionary…). It does have some minor annoyances however, such as the fact that the USB port is not accessible without removing the top plate. The Falcon 250 also uses the CC3D flight controller and, although it works well, I tend to prefer to use a CleanFlight controller (you can always load CleanFlight onto the CC3D board).

Works well with the VR-007

The only thing missing for the falcon 180 to make this a full FPV racing drone is something to view the realtime video on. Our suggested addon is the VR-007 FPV headset which is a cheap set of FPV goggles that work great with the falcon drones.

Comparing with the Falcon 180, this kit comes with a Naze 32 or SP F3 flight controller. I do tend to prefer these flight controllers and Eachine have mounted them in a more intelligent way so they are accessible without dissembling the frame. At the end of the day, both kits are decent first quadcopters although I tend to think the Falcon 250 will withstand a bit more punishment than the Falcon 180. However, if you are looking for an affordable, ready-to-fly 180 size racing quadcopter the Falcon 180 is hard to beat.

If you have flown a Falcon 180 and have any of your own comments, tips or suggestions then please add them below. Also, if there is anything you would like us to review, please send us your suggestions.

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