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Posted by unboxingexp | Jun 22, 2021 @ 12:05 PM | 18,847 Views
For me, this is one of the best invention in FPV since years. The Immersion RC Ghost Hybrid 5.8GHz vTx/2.4GHz RX gives you a high end analog video transmitter and high RC control link - all in one board.
Immersionrc Ghost Hybrid (4 min 6 sec)

Posted by unboxingexp | Jun 20, 2021 @ 02:44 AM | 37,096 Views
I put a stripped Gopro Hero 7 black on my Nanolongrange V2b design (https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4818009). I was not sure if it will fly as it got pretty heavy at 131g. Still It worked out and now I'm pretty stoked. I think I can make it even 15g lighter. So stay tuned!
Nanolongange V2b with stripped Gopro Hero 7 (6 min 1 sec)

Posted by unboxingexp | Jun 14, 2021 @ 10:43 AM | 23,911 Views
Here is a short video on how I build a 1s 21700 battery for a Nanolongrange FPV drone. I prefer spot welding over soldering, it is way more robust. Compared to 18650 you will get a slightly longer flight time. In the last third of your flight you will experience a stronger decrease in performance as the weight of the bigger cell makes the drone about 20% heavier.
Nanolongrange with 21700 Li-Ion battery (3 min 3 sec)

Posted by unboxingexp | Jun 06, 2021 @ 01:23 PM | 26,775 Views
Typically, single cell nanolongrange builds are powered by a 18650 Li-ion battery. However, I tried a 21700 battery which is around 20g heavier. I expected my NanolongrangeV2b to fly worse. However, the first minutes of flight with a 21700 cell the drone felt way more powerful. Only when the voltage came down to around 3.3V the performance decreased significantly. Watch the video to find out which battery lasted longer.
21700 vs 18650 for Nanolongrange (4 min 1 sec)

Posted by unboxingexp | May 31, 2021 @ 12:55 PM | 21,415 Views
Next-gen RC system based on LoRa tech. I prefer this of over ELRS as it is plug'n play. I also dig the VTX features which allows you to change VTX output and channel over the transmitter.
Immersionrc Ghost lite TX module (2 min 1 sec)

Posted by unboxingexp | May 29, 2021 @ 01:48 PM | 29,055 Views
Namelessrc tiny gps (3 min 26 sec)

Posted by unboxingexp | May 27, 2021 @ 10:01 AM | 27,642 Views
This is the 3rd iteration of my Nanolongrange design and beefier than V2. It allows you to fit standard sized tinywhoop boards and an external VTX with a step up module. On +500mW FPV range is no issue anymore. I strongly recommend you to print the frame with PETG, it is very robust although slightly heavier than PLA+ (2g). The best GPS for this drone is in my opinion from a Gopro (I have tested Beitian 180 and 220, a small Goteck and the new NamelessRc tiny GPS) which can be salvaged from broken Hero 6,7 and 8 cameras. I included in the video the first test with this drone and .. well, check it out. The .stl and parts list can be found for free here https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4818009
Nanolongrange V2b(eefy) build + test (6 min 46 sec)

Posted by unboxingexp | May 25, 2021 @ 11:01 AM | 9,088 Views
I found the pinout of the GoPro GPS module on the internet. As it weighs only around 2.5g I thought it's perfect for my Nanolongrange V2 build. Imo it is not faster than the Beitian Bn180/220, but also not slower at half the weight! You can get under 100g AUW with external VTX and full sized AIO board. Also it should be pretty easily available as a lot of you did a naked Gopro mod.
How to use a Gopro GPS module for FPV (2 min 42 sec)

Posted by unboxingexp | May 23, 2021 @ 11:09 AM | 23,052 Views
I'm switching to IRC ghost. ELRS is too much of a hassle for me. Ghost is plug'n play. The zepto receiver is currently the smallest Rx in the line up. 0.35g without antenna and smaller than a fingernail. Perfect for my 1s babytooth.
ImmersionRC Ghost Zepto receiver (1 min 45 sec)

Posted by unboxingexp | May 15, 2021 @ 09:33 AM | 24,797 Views
This device allows you to convert 2-6S Lipo power to USB power output. It uses for powering the popular XT60 connector. You can then easily charge your mobile or other USB devices with Lipo batteries up to 6S. The converter is offering quick charging too (QC3.0). The free .stl file can be found on thingiverse https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4857777
3d printed XT60 to USB converter (3 min 16 sec)

Posted by unboxingexp | Apr 27, 2021 @ 01:23 PM | 6,864 Views
After extensive testing I can provide you with some tips on my Nanolongrange V2 design.
Nanolongrange V2 - testing, tips and tricks (7 min 33 sec)

Posted by unboxingexp | Apr 06, 2021 @ 01:21 PM | 8,436 Views
Here is the improved version of my Nanolongrange FPV drone frame. The .stl file for 3d printing the frame can be downloaded for free on Thingiverse: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4818009 I'm very happy with the results. Next upgrades will focus on the FPV system (different antennas and new RX module). I will also test 21700 batteries and the Insta360 Go 2 on this frame.
Nanolongrange V2 - single 18650 FPV drone with GPS (8 min 37 sec)

Posted by unboxingexp | Apr 03, 2021 @ 12:39 PM | 7,260 Views
Hot air gun (1 min 16 sec)

Posted by unboxingexp | Mar 29, 2021 @ 11:01 AM | 10,328 Views
TBS gear pouch (2 min 0 sec)

The TBS Gear Pouch can accommodate your tango 2 transmitter (or in my case a frisky x-lite) and FPV goggles. The lid of the pouch has an elastic retention system and small pouches for you to store your cables, tools, antennas and etc.
Size: 250L x 190W x 90H (mm)
Weight: 190g
Material (Exterior): Nylon
Material (Interior): Velcro-receptive fabric with padding
Posted by unboxingexp | Mar 19, 2021 @ 02:03 PM | 17,089 Views
Aneng AN8008 digital multimeter (1 min 12 sec)

Great multimeter for hobby use. It allows to easily measure AC/DC Voltage, AC/DC Current, Resistance, Capacitance, Diode and Continuity Testing, Frequency and duty cycle.
-Auto/manual ranges
-True RMS
-550V protection in Resistance, Capacitance and Frequency ranges
-Large LCD display, MAX display 9999 counts
-Sample rate: 3 times per second
-Relative measurement
-Data hold
-Polarity identification
-Low voltage indication
-Square wave output
-9.999A high current and low current measurement
-Auto power off
Posted by unboxingexp | Mar 15, 2021 @ 12:01 PM | 14,483 Views
Gemfan SL5125 5" sub250g props (1 min 21 sec)

Gemfan's SL5125 features an innovative hub design that's compatible with both conventional 5mm and T-mount 1.5mm style shaft motors. I'm using it on my 5" sub 250g build on Brotherhobby Avenger 2004 motors with 3150kv. Attention, you should use longer screws than the included ones! Due to there great power screws will become loose and result in a crash.
Posted by unboxingexp | Mar 03, 2021 @ 12:00 PM | 11,436 Views
With all the rules restricting fun with drones it's about time to go bigger and lighter. Here is my take on a 5" FPV drone. Currently I'm under 236 grams using a BetaFPV SMO4k and a small Tattu 4s 450mAh Lipo. However, I'm planing on switching to Gaoneng 3s 1100mAh (130C). The frame is a Gatehunter X by Dave_C_FPV, motors are 2004 3150kv by Brotherhobby.
sub 250g 5" FPV drone build (5 min 56 sec)

Posted by unboxingexp | Feb 27, 2021 @ 12:31 PM | 14,890 Views
Sony VCT6 18650 Li-Ion battery (3 min 8 sec)

Sony's VCT6 is one of the most capable 18650 out there. True 15A constant discharge rate with 3000mAh capacity help to power your DIY projects. Therefore, I'm using it on my 3d printed nano long-range drone
Nominal Capacity 3000mAh
Continuous Discharge Rating (max) 15A
Nominal Voltage 3.6V
Maximum Voltage 4.2V
Discharge cut-off Voltage 2.5V
Protected No
Rechargeable Yes
Approx. Dimensions 18.40mm x 65.7mm
Approx. Weight 47.5g
Posted by unboxingexp | Feb 20, 2021 @ 11:21 AM | 12,257 Views
This is a simple 3d printed frame for a single 18650 powered FPV drone. The frame weighs only 10g, overall weight including 18650 Li-Ion battery is around 97g. Flight times are +19min.
Get the free .stl on thingiverse: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4743497

3d printed nano longrange FPV drone (7 min 21 sec)

Posted by unboxingexp | Feb 11, 2021 @ 12:49 PM | 15,258 Views
How to use a spot welder (3 min 36 sec)

This simple and cheap spot welder can be used for welding 18650/26650/32650 lithium ion (Li-Ion) batteries.
- System voltage: 12V-14.6V
- Working current: 90-150A
- Suggested battery:
1. 20-45ah Lead-acid battery with good performance and small internal resistance
2. 3.5-5.5ah 45C 3S aeromodel lithium battery pack
3. 30-35ah capacity 18650 battery pack
This circuit with a 12V battery will become an energy storage spot welding machine for welding nickel pieces such as lithium batteries and nickel-chromium batteries. Different modes allow you to weld nickel strips with thickness up to 0.1MM-0.15mm.
0:00-0:16 unboxing
0:17-1:22 assembly
1:23-1:34 power source
1:35-2:17 welding modes
2:18-2:45 how to spot weld 18650 battery
2:46-3:36 making a 6S pack