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Posted by TMacFPV | Jan 16, 2021 @ 08:49 AM | 8,887 Views
I fly micro FPV drones (those that spin 4" props or less) and I'm constantly looking to improve upon the "components" for my builds.

One such "component" is the LiPo battery which actually is normally the heaviest "component" on your quad.
Now, I've been flying GNB and RDQ LiPos for quite some time and have been very happy with them.

Recently I came across a relatively new brand of LiPos, Auline. Noticed Auline has a 4S 1000 mah LiPo (60C) which is advertised as:
"a very powerful battery that is suited for micro long-range builds that utilize an XT30 connector."

I have been using the GNB 4S 1100 mah (50C) LiPo for this purpose, however, this "new" Auline is 8 grams lighter for about the same capacity (1000 mah vs 1100 mah). I have been getting at least 17 minutes of flight time with the GNB so I thought "Wow, I wonder what I can get out of this new Auline at about the same capacity but 8 grams lighter!"

Here's what I found out
Micro FPV Drone Battery (AULINE 4S 1000 mah LiPo) (9 min 35 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Dec 19, 2020 @ 10:14 AM | 6,000 Views
Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!
FPV Christmas! #shorts (0 min 58 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Nov 30, 2020 @ 08:48 AM | 7,382 Views
3" Micro FPV build (Pygmy Rattler frame) with hydro dipped snakeskin
17:40 minute flight times (on a LiPo not a Li Ion)!

Parts List:
Frame: TMac FPV Pygmy Rattler 3" Hybrid Frame
Flight Controller/ESC: BetaFPV Toothpick F4 20A V3
AirbladeUAV 1404 2500 Kv Motors (high-efficiency for extended flight times and/or long range)
GPS Module: Matek SAM M8Q
Receiver: TBS Crossfire Nano with TBS Immortal T Antenna
Video Transmitter: Flywoo Nano VTX (25, 50, 100, 200, 450 mW)
VTX Antenna: Lumenier AxII 2 (UFL)
FPV Camera: Caddx Baby Ratel Camera
Buzzer: Lucky Box Buzzer, self-powered, programmable for alarm up to 12 hours
Battery GNB 4S 1100 mah 50C LiPo
39-second build video
Micro FPV Drone Build (LESS THAN 60 SECONDS!) #shorts (0 min 40 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Nov 07, 2020 @ 10:32 AM | 10,168 Views
Find your drone, plot your flight path & more fun stuff!

Telemetry logging in a simple, quick, 2-step setup "How To" video using another one of OpenTX's outstanding features

Set it up in about 30 seconds and forget it 'till you need/want it

What it is, how to set it up, a short flight, and a few fun uses of it
OpenTX Telemetry Logging (FIND YOUR DRONE!) (9 min 29 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Oct 17, 2020 @ 09:05 AM | 3,619 Views
RadioMaster TX16S new colors & features, "Quick Tips" for the RadioMaster TX16S, a preview of a few new RadioMaster upcoming products, and first flight with new TX16S MAX - this is "Next Level" Stuff!
Color CNC & leather upgrade kits are also now available for the standard TX16S
links to all products are available in the description of the video for those interested
RadioMaster TX16S (NEXT LEVEL STUFF!) (15 min 14 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Jun 27, 2020 @ 09:26 AM | 5,148 Views
Sliders for lunch?!? How 'bout Betaflight sliders?

Okay, here's the 3rd in the Micro FPV Tuning Guide Series

Finished up the 3" build tune with Betaflight 4.2 & RPM filters

Complete Tuning Guide with new easy-to-follow tuning process flowcharts (showing concept of tuning, what values to change and why), & template of CLI commands for both PIDs and filter settings are available

For those unfamiliar with the tuning process and/or tuning with Betaflight 4.2, this should be helpful. Enjoy!
Micro FPV Drone Tuning Guide Part 3 (PIDs and SLIDERS!) (22 min 41 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Jun 14, 2020 @ 04:33 PM | 5,465 Views
Woohoo! Betaflight 4.2 just got released today!🤩
The Dev's at Betaflight just keep making it easier and easier for us to tune our quads.
In this video, I'll go over some quick and simple steps to tune your Micro FPV Drone for smooth performance!
This includes, how to tune PIDs and filters using Betaflight 4.2.
Its a simple PID tuning tutorial that will get you the best performance in the shortest amount of time.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7I6pLA0dx4
Posted by TMacFPV | Jun 06, 2020 @ 11:27 AM | 6,773 Views
World's smallest stabilized FPV HD video camera! Only 18 grams, the Insta360 GO FPV now has smooth flow with both FlowState AND FPV Stability Modes
Smooth, cinematic, HD videos and 5-minute HD recording time, makes this the most versatile, stabilized HD camera perfect for micro FPV drones!
BOTH FPV Mode (5-min video) AND FPV Stability (follows flips, rolls, & loops)!
FPV features described, how to use them, and side-by-side demo flights of FlowState & FPV Stability
Example mounting options displayed too
Insta360 GO FPV (SMOOTH FLOW!) (14 min 52 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | May 09, 2020 @ 08:45 AM | 8,167 Views
Fly better, smoother, and longer with more precise throttle control!

Increase your skills and throttle control and enjoy more precise flying while making smoother cinematic videos

Get your throttle control dialed-in with higher throttle resolution and better altitude control

Change max throttle at full-stick deflection simply by turning the dial

Its great for "rookie" FPV pilots just learning to fly and used by experienced pilots too!

Ready to get your throttle dialed in?
Jumper T16 OpenTX Throttle Control (DIALED IN!) (12 min 13 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | May 02, 2020 @ 10:35 AM | 7,874 Views
Your Own BF 4.2 Custom OSD Logo at Arming! Programmable from 0.5 - 5 sec duration

Includes creating your own custom logo from scratch, installing Betaflight 4.2, uploading to Betaflight, and proper CLI commands

Fun, "Best Custom Logo" challenge!
Betaflight OSD Custom Logo (STRUT YOUR STUFF!) (17 min 25 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Apr 25, 2020 @ 09:34 AM | 7,388 Views
New receiver protocols added for Jumper T16 - Multi-protocol module (MPM) Dev's do it again!
Now D16 V2.1 compatible!
A number of new protocols have been added recently to the multi-protocol module by the MPM Development Team thank you!
Here's how you can get them with a demo using ACCST D16 v2.1
Jumper T16 (NEW PROTOCOLS!) (19 min 44 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Apr 18, 2020 @ 11:46 AM | 6,190 Views
Do RPM Filters ACTUALLY work?🤔
You tell me!
Here's a quick, side-by-side comparison (through 2 maneuvers on 2 separate flights) of both with & without RPM filters using Betaflight Blackbox Explorer!
Are these filters worth implementing?
BETAFLIGHT RPM FILTER - Part 2 (BLACKBOX RESULTS!) (8 min 52 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Apr 11, 2020 @ 09:29 AM | 9,360 Views
Okay, honestly when I normally upgrade to a new Betaflight version for "additional features," those features are usually small improvements and I'm happy.

This RPM Filters feature - OMG! I am a BELIEVER! 🤯

RPM Filters are phenomenal! I really wasn't expecting THAT much of a difference! WOW! 🤩 Full-throttle, hair-pin turns and no prop wash?!? Are you kiddin' me?!?

Where has this been my whole life? Thank you Betaflight Dev's, Jflight, & JazzMaverick!!
Betaflight RPM Filter (SMOOTH FLIGHTS!) (24 min 13 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Apr 03, 2020 @ 03:57 PM | 11,512 Views
Do FPV simulators really help? What's the best way to get started in FPV? 🤔

In this video I'll give you my answers to both these questions

I go over . . .
- the benefits of using a Sim to hone your flight skills
- take a quick look at the "Top 3" Sims
- use one of them to build a basic custom track (in 40 sec's!)
- and demo 4 practice drills you can use to get started with FPV flight! 🤩👍
FPV Simulator Use & Practice Drills (LEARN TO FLY!) (16 min 43 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Mar 27, 2020 @ 04:21 PM | 7,622 Views
When's the last time you calibrated the voltage and current for your FPV quadcopter?

Simple steps to fly longer & save your FPV battery, that way, you won't waste money needlessly buying more batteries.

Betaflight voltage & current meter calibration with a bonus of transmitter audible alarms setup to warn you of low FPV battery voltage and remaining current capacity without having to watch your OSD!
FPV Battery Voltage & Current Calibration (FLY LONGER!) (13 min 58 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Mar 21, 2020 @ 09:13 AM | 9,863 Views
Video Aerial Systems (VAS) has developed a new "micro-type" 900 Mhz antenna for use with the TBS Crossfire system.

It's called the XFire Pro and has many features which, according to spec's, make it possibly the new standard for Crossfire receiver antennae!

So, of course, I had to try it out and thought I'd share my results with others.

I compare the XFire Pro antenna with the Immortal T antenna by looking at the spec's of each. I also conduct a basic static performance test of the XFire Pro versus the Immortal T followed by comparison test flights to help you decide which antenna may be the right one for you. Enjoy!
TBS Crossfire Antenna - VAS XFire Pro (NEW STANDARD!) (10 min 37 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Mar 13, 2020 @ 12:33 PM | 10,880 Views
"Just to see what happens" . . .

8 different 3" & 4" "mixed prop" configuration test flights using Hybrid-X micro frame

7 parameters collected from each flight including flight times and HD video "jello test"

EMAX 1408 3600 Kv AND TMotor F1507 3800 Kv

HQ Props, Gemfans, EMAX Avans

Tri-Blades & B-Blades!
Drone Propellers Explained - SMOOTH Video and Longer Flight Times! (22 min 48 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Mar 07, 2020 @ 09:41 AM | 7,457 Views
TBS Crossfire has sooo many amazing features 🤩

Its telemetry alone has LOTS of options which can be confusing! 🤪

Today, I'm gonna clear things up with a simple explanation and "How To" setup of TBS control link telemetry this can SAVE Your Quad! 👌

How you'll use TBS control link telemetry from now on?
TBS Crossfire Telemetry - SAVE YOUR QUAD! (16 min 49 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Feb 29, 2020 @ 09:40 AM | 6,071 Views
Decided to upgrade my T16 with the 2020 version new features. Thought, "might as well do a "How-To" on it!" Jumper T16 2020 Upgrade MADE EASY with post-install "Ops Check" power ON, flight sim, battery internal charge. Gonna upgrade?
Jumper T16 Upgrade MADE EASY! (18 min 59 sec)

Posted by TMacFPV | Feb 22, 2020 @ 11:05 AM | 6,090 Views
Couldn't find the type of frame I wanted readily available. Was looking for a lightweight, high-performance, "True-X," Stretch-X, or Hybrid-X Micro frame with HD video capability in a dual-stack configuration.

So, I designed my own! My first design - the TMac Diamondback Rattler!

Please, let me know what you think. Like it, don't like it? Reasons for either? Let me know! I go over all the spec's dimensions, and thoughts behind the purposeful design wit a flight demo at the end. Check out the hyperlinked Table of Contents in the video description if you'd like.

I personally am very happy with how it turned out and it flies outstandingly! 🤩
FPV FRAME - MICRO HIGH PERFORMANCE HD VIDEO DUAL STACKS (22 min 33 sec)