About a year ago Happymodel introduced the mobula7, a 75x brushless whoop that quickly become very popular as it bought impressive performance to the table for a very reasonable price. Since then, Happymodel have released a few other quads like the Mobula7 HD which brings back some customer support nightmares for us (the first version of this was basically a time-bomb as it used an under rated ESC for the motors). They then released two toothpick class quads, the Sailfly which was meh, and the larva X which although decent, did not realy stand out. But its the end of 2019 and Happymodel have released a new 65x brushless whoop, and on paper it seems ideal, read on to find out what we think.(more…)
If you are sold on the fact that vertical arms give you more thrust (as much as 30% extra) you may have come across some of the original vertical quadcopter frames like the Karearea Talon, or the Moka Jadina. But what happens if you do not want to fork out some $100 for a frame? Well, as usual, you go shopping in China to find something similar for less, or if you just go and by an all out clone. Origins of the design aside, in this article we are looking at the unbranded X200 Gearbest sent us to look at.(more…)
We all hate it when a lipo gets damaged in a crash, but other than mounting your battery inside your frame there is not much that can be done about this. Well, Gofly has sent us their Multi-functional Battery Protection Board (MBPB) to have a look at. Is this the solution to your problems?(more…)
What happens when you take the multiple-protocol capable Jumper T8, squeeze in OpenTX, remove the garish yellow (Yes!) and replace it with… cream? Well, what happens is that I, an avid FrSky radio advocate, get a new go-to radio – but is it perfect? Want to know the nitty gritty? Read on!(more…)
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…)
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…)
The Leader-120 is a more than capable mico quad from FullSpeedRC.com. The Leader-120 is on a 120mm carbon fibre frame, 3mm thick with 2mm side plates that offer protection to the FPV camera and flight stack. Weighing in at only 99g including its 2S 30C 500 mAh lipo. The Leader-120 is equipped with Full Speed 1104 7500KV brushless motors powered by a 4 in1 28A ESC running Dshot600. The flight controller is a Minicube Betaflight F3 with the SPI MPU 6000 gyro and betaflight OSD. The FPV camera is a combined 600TVL HD Camera with 25MW 40CH video transmitter. This micro squad has plenty to offer to a new FPV pilot or a more experienced one looking to try something smaller. (more…)
If you asked, just about everyone (including us) would suggest a beginner start with the Wizard X220 from Eachine. The first wizard offers a great balance between performance and price. The Wizard X220S added some new components, giving the S version more performance, but at a higher cost. Now it is about 6 months later and they have released an all-new Wizard in the form of the Wizard TS215, but does it still retain the magic of the previous wizards? Read more to find out.
Gearbest have been selling their Furibee FPV quadcopters for a while, and it has generaly been well received. The main concern that many people had with this quadcopter is the poor reception from the VTX unit. Another complained for a second batch of units is that it no longer used the Kakute F4 flight controller. Gearbest have listend and have now released a new version, under the exact same name of the FuriBee X215 Pro. This new version has an improved VTX with extra shielding, and goes back to using the Kakute F4 flight controller. Priced similar to the popular wizard X220, could this be the new best budget quadcopter? Let’s take a closer look. (more…)
The Vfly X150 is the latest 4-inch FPV quadcopter to come out of the Vfly headquarters. The X150 sits right between the R130 and R220 in terms of size but promises to be the fastest quadcopter they have made (they say worlds fastest sub 250g quad.. but we will see). The FPV camera is a 600TVL Foxeer Arrow and you get a genuine FRsky XM+ receiver with EU firmware! The rest of the electronics are entirely custom with a power switchable video transmitter on the top of the stack, followed by an F4 flight controller with betaflight OSD. At the bottom is a 4in1 20A ESC running Blheli with Dshot 600. It is powered by some Sunnysky 1406 3300Kv motors running on 4S, capable of putting out a combined thrust of over 1.3Kg, so theoretically this micro quad should be a lot of fun to fly. Read on to find out what this quadcopter is actually like.