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Posted by mlilasic | Jun 22, 2019 @ 05:47 PM | 2,766 Views
Review (ip) of HOBBYMATE ASTEROID 3" MINI FPV RACING DRONE (BNF or KIT)

My new 3" quad from Hobbymate came and it looks super cool and quality build. I got BNF version, build is super clean and all solder joints are nicely done. Details are in picture gallery.




HOBBYMATE FPV carbon fiber racing drone is a 3-inch quad built to go fast with load of power. Equipped with SmartAudio, which means it’ll be easier for a pilot to change settings on the video transmitter.



Parameters:
  • Wheelbase: 145mm
  • Frame weight: 35g
  • Arm thickness: 4mm
  • Top plate thickness: 2mm
  • Flight control mounting holes size: 20*20mm
  • Supported Motor:13xx / 14xx / 15xx
  • Supported propeller: Max 3 inch
  • Weight wo props:




  • Weight w Gemfan 3035 props:

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Posted by mlilasic | Jun 22, 2019 @ 05:17 PM | 2,798 Views
Review of Eachine E016F 3-in-1 EPP Flying Air Boat Land Driving Mode Detachable One Key Return RC Quadcopter RTF

New quad/car/boat toy came to me and its great fun







Description:
Brand Name: Eachine
Item NO.: E016F
Color: Black&Orange
Material: ABS, Hardware and Electronics
Frequency: 2.4G
Channel: 4CH
Quadcopter Battery: 3.7V 350mAh LiPo Battery (Included)
Flight Time: about 6 minutes
Charging Time: 40 minutes
Transmitter Mode: Mode 2 (Left Hand Throttle)
Transmitter Power: 2 x 1.5V AA Battery (NOT Included)
R/C Distance: About 50 meters
Quadcopter Size: 13 x 15 x 5cm
Package Size: 25.5 x 19.3 x 7.3cm



Features:
  • 3-in-1 Flight Mode, simple operation, free combination of aircraft and foam hull, to achieve a variety of play in sea, land and air, mode switching easy to use, not limited to the environment.
  • Air Flying Mode(Aircraft alone), Land Driving Mode, Surfing above Water Mode.
  • Detachable aircraft. The aircraft and the base can be split and freely combined.
  • The aircraft with the Base can slide on the ground and experience the perfect drift feeling of the remote control high-speed car.
  • The aircraft with the Base also can floating on the surface of the water, experience the remote control boat galloping water.
  • Headless Mode, the Aircraft no need to adjust the position of aircraft before flying .
  • One key to return function. The aircraft can automatically return to home point.
  • Automatic alarm and automatic landing function. When the
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Posted by mlilasic | May 30, 2019 @ 02:24 PM | 857 Views
Review of SL-2212A Six Channel High-speed One Key Takeoff Attitude Hold RC Quadcopter




I and my 5 year kid tested this quad and it flies great. Perfect height hold and very robust, my kid gave it few crash tests.
On low rates very smooth but on high rates very agile. Flight time is more than enough to have some real fun.
I can recommend it for kid pilots and for first time pilots who want chep start in the hobby


Description:
  • Battery: 3.7V 380mAh ( included )
  • Charging time: 60 minutes
  • Flight time: 7 minutes
  • Maximum Flight Speed: 2.5m/s
  • Remote control distance: 30m
  • Remote control battery: 3 x AAA ( included )
  • Color: Blue & Camouflage
  • Quadcopter Size: 26*15*10cm



Features:
  • Attitude Hold mode provides stable flight
  • One key takeoff
  • Easily control aircraft by controller no need by hands, more convenient and quick
  • Large capacity battery
  • Battery life up to 7 minutes



Functions:
  • Forward/backward
  • Turn left/right
  • Sideward flight
  • one key takeoff
  • one key landing
  • Three speed mode


In the box:



1 x Aircraft
1 x Remote Control,
1 x Charging Cable
1 x Screwdriver
1 x 3.7V 380mAh Battery
3 x AAA Battery
1 x English Manual


Light show:

SL-2212A Night Flight - Six Channel High-speed One Key Takeoff Attitude Hold RC Quadcopter (0 min 21 sec)




and crash test by my 5 year kid:

SL-2212A Crash Test - Six Channel High-speed One Key Takeoff Attitude Hold RC Quadcopter (0 min 10 sec)
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Posted by mlilasic | May 05, 2019 @ 05:45 AM | 876 Views
Review (ip) of Eachine Tyro79 140mm 3 Inch DIY Version FPV Racing RC Drone F4 OSD 20A BLHeli_S 40CH 200mW 700TVL

This is new quad in Tyro line from Eachine, its 3" and its lighter than 250g.
This are unboxing pics and specs, build and test flight is soon to follow...



Specifications:

140mm Racing Frame Kit



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Posted by mlilasic | May 05, 2019 @ 05:25 AM | 769 Views
Review (ip) of Eachine ATX03S 5.8GHz 40CH 25mW/50mw/200mW Switchable FPV Transmitter Smart Audio Mic for RC Drone


Successor to ATX03 is here with addition of smart audio and mic.




Description:
  • Output power: 25mW/50mW/100mW/200mW adjustable
  • Input voltage: 3.3V-5V
  • 5V camera supply, 245mA(MAX)[email protected] (Typical)
  • 5V camera supply, 310mA(MAX)[email protected] (Typical)
  • 5V camera supply, 390mA(MAX)[email protected] (Typical)
  • 5V camera supply, 517mA(MAX)[email protected](Typical)
  • Video format: NTSC/PAL
  • Antenna dimensions: 55mm X 2mm diameter
  • Antenna: IPEX
  • Size: 19x16mm(LxW)
  • Frequency: 5.8GHz 5 bands 40 channels




  • Weight:

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Posted by mlilasic | Apr 03, 2019 @ 04:25 AM | 5,236 Views
Review (ip) of Eachine TX06 700TVL FOV 120 Degree 5.8Ghz 48CH Smart Audio Mini FPV Camera Support Pitmode AIO Transmitter For RC Drone Racing - PAL

This is new AIO from Eachine and here are some details.




Features
  • OSD configuration using FC Uart
  • Super small and lightweight
  • 700TVL high picture quality,Low Power Consumption.
  • 48CH channel with race band
  • Power by 1S lipo battery
  • Plug and play,designed for DIY
  • Super Mini 5.8GHz 48CH FPV Transmitter +700TVL FPV Camera+Brass dipole Antenna+OSD




Specifications:
Transmitting power: 25mW
Frequency: 5.8G 48CH
Input voltage:3.3-5.5V
Current consumption:280mA(typical)
Camera resolution: 700TVL
Video Format: NTSC
Field of view : 120°viewing angle
Antenna dimensions: 35mm*4.2mm diameter
Antenna: Brass dipole Antenna
Frequency:5.8GHz 6 bands 48 channels,
with Race band:5474-5945MHZ
Size: 14*13.8mm(L*W)
Weight:






In the box:

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Posted by mlilasic | Apr 03, 2019 @ 04:04 AM | 5,181 Views
Review of Eachine TX1200 25/200/600/1000mW 5.8GHz 40CH FPV Transmitter LED Display Support Smart Audio OSD Pitmode MIC TX


New and powerful TX from Eachine came out and here are some details and DVR 1km flight test




Features
  • Support smart audio, use OSD configuration via smart audio
  • 25mW/200mW/600mW/1000mW 4 levels power switchable
  • 7V-26V wide voltage input



Description
Brand Name : Eachine
Model : TX1200 VTX
Support Smart Audio
Power Switable : 25mW/200mW/600mW/1000mW
Power Input : 7V-26V
Power Output : 5V
Connector : MMCX
Extra features: 1W Smart audio
Cable Connector : JST,6Pin
Dimensions: 36*36mm 30.5 stack able hole
Weight:





1km range test DVR

Eachine TX1200 1km range test DVR 1000mW - 25/200/600/1000mW 5.8GHz 40CH FPV Transmitter (3 min 52 sec)




Reference data:
5V Camera Supply: 95mA(Typical value)[email protected]
5V Camera Supply: 180mA(Typical value)[email protected]
5V Camera Supply: 300mA(Typical value)[email protected]
5V Camera Supply: 480mA(Typical value)[email protected]



Freq. list:

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Posted by mlilasic | Feb 23, 2019 @ 04:36 PM | 6,611 Views
Review of HOBBYMATE D6 Elite - 300W 15A POCKET CHARGER, CELL CHECKER, SERVO TESTER

This is Swiss knife of pocket chargers:



This is not only a Battery Charger, it can charge various batteries



but also it can be a multi-tester for rc hobby pilots.

HOBBYMATE D6 Elite PWM and SBUS Measurements - 300W 15A POCKET CHARGER, CELL CHECKER, SERVO TEST (2 min 3 sec)




List of features is enormous.

Features:
  • Charge, discharge and balance management support Lipo 8S, LiHV 8s,LiFe 8S, NiMh 20s ,Pb 12S battery
  • Can measure PWM / PPM / SBUS / DBUS and other signal values
  • Can measure battery voltage, battery internal resistance, ESC watt meter
  • Can output PWM / PPM / xBUS standard signal, constant current constant voltage source, and USB5.0V
  • Charger current: MAX 15A @300W
  • Discharger current: recycle mode [email protected] Normal:[email protected]
  • Lixx Battery full voltage controllable (TVC function)
  • Multi-language optional
  • Udisk firmware upgrade(Slave device)
  • Cell Checker
  • Auto / manual Servo Tester
  • Viable AMp/volt DC Power supply (Required external DC input)


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Posted by mlilasic | Feb 21, 2019 @ 03:36 PM | 6,567 Views
Review (ip) of Eachine TD600 25/200/600/800mW 5.8GHz 40CH FPV Transmitter DVR VTX Upgraded Long Range Version Support Smart Audio OSD Pitmode

DVR onboard solutions are always interesting but often prone to introducing delay into FPV feed. Stay tuned for fligth performance and delay tests...






Description:
Brand Name: Eachine
Item Name: TD600 VTX
Input Voltage: 7-26V DC
Power Supply: 5V output for camera
Output Power: 25mw/200mw/600mw/800mw Switchable
Antenna Connector: MMCX
Version: SMA Female, RP-SMA Female(optional)
Cable Connector: Solder Pads
Dimension: 36*36mm, 30.5 stackable hole
Support TF Card: Max 32G
Extra Features: DVR, Smart Audio

Weight:

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Posted by mlilasic | Feb 21, 2019 @ 03:02 PM | 6,399 Views
Review (ip) of URUAV Lollipop 5.8GHz 2.3dBi Super Mini Antenna RHCP SMA Male / RP-SMA Male For FPV Racing Drone

Antenna for my 3" quad just came. Looks nice and quality. Stay tuned for flight performance...





Description:
Brand Name: URUAV
Item Name: Lollipop Antenna
Shell Material: PC+ABS
Color: Black
Center Frequency: 5.8GHz
Gain: 2.3dBi
BandWidth: 300MHz (5.7-6.0GHz)
Matching: VSWR<1.5 (at center frequency)
Axial Ratio: 1
Radiation: 98%
Polarization: RHCP
Connector: SMA Male, RP-SMA Male (optional)
Length: 60mm

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Posted by mlilasic | Jan 31, 2019 @ 07:16 PM | 11,093 Views
Review of Xiaomi FIMI A3 5.8G 1KM FPV With 2-axis Gimbal 1080P Camera GPS RC Drone Quadcopter RTF - 5.8G FPV



This is first time I see that high level quad like this with 1080P 2-axis Gimbal Camera uses analog 5.8GHz RF signal for video transmission. That means that along built-in monitor in remote you can use any 5.8GHz receiver/monitor or FPV goggles like this skyzone one I have and optionally combine ti with directional antennas like this to get better range.



This should be very interesting. Here is 1km range test (stuff use to record it is in video desc.)

Xiaomi FIMI A3 1km range DVR test - 5.8G FPV 2-axis Gimbal 1080P Cam GPS RC Drone Quad RTF (9 min 58 sec)


and sunny day HD footage:
Xiaomi FIMI A3 Sunny Day Flight - 5.8G FPV 2-axis Gimbal 1080P Cam GPS RC Drone Quad RTF (2 min 25 sec)
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Posted by mlilasic | Jan 30, 2019 @ 08:11 AM | 25,165 Views
Review of JDRC JD-65G WiFi FPV Foldable Drone With 1080P Camera Optical Flow Positioning RC Quadcopter


Box came a little beat up but luckily quad and contest of the box is intact.




Quad looks really nice and its super compact when folded. Think that choice of foldable arms against foldable propellers is great because fixed props are more robust and should be more balanced than cheap foldable props.




Quad flies perfect, holds height and position flawless and gimbal response on remote is very nice and smooth:

JDRC JD-65G Maiden Flight - WiFi FPV Foldable Drone 1080P Camera Optical Flow Positioning RC Quad (2 min 1 sec)


video details of above raw video file:

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Posted by mlilasic | Jan 25, 2019 @ 03:55 PM | 10,949 Views
Review (ip) of iFlight XL7 V3 True X 7 inch Long Range Freestyle Frame Kit Arm 4mm for FPV Racing Drone


My 7" frame for my LR quad just came





Specification:
Brand name: iFlight
Item name: XL7 V3 Frame Kit
Type: 7" Freestyle frame
Frame wheelbase: 295mm
Dimensions :208mm x 208mm(body dimension)
Motor c-clip hole: 8mm
Standoff Height: 30mm
4mm arms,1.5mm vertical side plates
2mm top,upper&bottom plate
Mounting Holes: 30.5*30.5mm
Frame weight:





Features:
- Chamfered Edge High quality Pure 3K carbon plate
- Adjustable camera placement
- Top mounted battery for optimal CG
- True X frame design
- Replaceable 4mm arms and plates
- High quality 3K full carbon
- Grade 12.9 Black Nickel Plating high quality screw hardware
- Compact design



In the box:

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Posted by mlilasic | Jan 25, 2019 @ 03:44 PM | 11,132 Views
Review of Racerstar Crazybee F3 Flight Controller UR65 4 IN 1 5A 1S Blheli_S ESC Compatible Frsky D8 Receiver


Crazybee F3 flight controller is a final version for 1S Whoop racing drone, it’s the world first Tiny whoop size brushless flight controller with Receiver/4in1 ESC/OSD/Current Meter all in one design, include all your needs .




Meiden flight

DIY 75mm Vhoop (3 min 31 sec)




Specifications:
Firmware: Betaflight_3.3.0_Crazybee
Betaflight target: CRAZYBEEF3FR
MCU: STM32F303CCT6 (72MHZ, 256K FLASH)
Sensor: MPU-6000(SPI connection)
Power supply: 1S battery input (DC 3.5-4.35V)
Built-in 5A(each) Blheli_S 4in1 ESC Dshot600 ready
Built-in Frsky receiver with telemetry D8
Built-in Betaflight OSD(SPI Control)
Built-in Current meter (Max 14A,could be modified to 28A by replace resistor)
Built-in 5V 0.8A BEC with LC filter
Built-in voltage detection
BLHELI_S pass-through Ready
Heading LED Ready
Board size: 29 * 29MM
Board weight:





ESC parameters:
Power supply: 1S LiPo/LiPo HV (4.2v/4.35v)
Current: 5A continuous peak 6A (3 seconds)
Support BLHeliSuite programmable
Factory firmware: O_L_5_REV16_6.HEX
Motor connector: JST PH1.25 3pin
Signal Support: Dshot150/Dshot300/Dshot600/Oneshot125/Multishot/PWM



Receiver parameters:
SPI BUS receiver
Compatible Frsky D8
Channels: 8ch
Failsafe support
No ground interference ( Transmitting and receiving 1 m from the ground): 300m





In the box:


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Posted by mlilasic | Jan 23, 2019 @ 05:27 PM | 11,602 Views
Review of URUAV UXII 5.8GHz 220Mhz 8.4dBi Gain 76 Degree RHCP FPV Patch Antenna With SMA/RP-SMA Connector

My directional goggles receiving antenna unit for my LR quad (more details on the quad HERE) just came:




1km test flight (1W VTX):

Eachine TX806 leaf + URUAV UXII 5.8GHz - 1km range test - (7 min 37 sec)




Description:
  • Frequency: 5.8GHz
  • Bandwidth: 220 Mhz
  • Gain: 8.4 dBiC
  • Beam Width: 76°
  • Polarization: Right Hand Circularly Polarized (RHCP)
  • Connector: SMA Male, RP-SMA Male (optional)
  • Application: Fits Fat shark Goggles and others using SMA/RP-SMA FPV Goggles
  • Dimensions:
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Posted by mlilasic | Jan 23, 2019 @ 05:17 PM | 11,777 Views
Review of Eachine TX806 leaf 5.8Ghz 72Ch 25mW/200mW/400mW/800mW/1000mW AV FPV Transmitter Smart Audio MMCX MIC


My VTX unit for my LR quad (more details on the quad HERE) just came:




1km test flight:

Eachine TX806 leaf + URUAV UXII 5.8GHz - 1km range test - (7 min 37 sec)




Features
  • Support smart audio
  • 25mW/200mW/400mW/800mW/1000mW power switchable
  • One key searching and power setup
  • OSD configuration using smart audio
  • Wide input voltage with 5V for camera
  • Solid MMCX antenna connector and rp-sma pigtail cable
  • Digital display
  • 72 channels with MIC







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Posted by mlilasic | Jan 08, 2019 @ 03:39 AM | 12,587 Views
Review of CNHL MiniStar 1250mAh 22.2V 6S 70C Lipo Battery XT60 Plug for RC Drone FPV Racing




Test flight DVR:

pict0005 6s 1250 (5 min 56 sec)




Specification:
Capacity: 1250mAh
Voltage: 22.2V/ 6 cell/ 6S1P
Discharge rate: 70C continual/ 140 burst
Charge rate: 5C max
Output connector: XT60 with 12AWG wire



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Posted by mlilasic | Jan 05, 2019 @ 11:52 AM | 12,630 Views
Review (ip) of Dual BN-220 GPS GLONASS Antenna Module TTL Level RC Drone Airplane


GPS unit for my LR quad (more details on the quad HERE) just came:




Description
Dimension : 22mm*20mm*6mm
Weight : 5.3g
Connector : 1.00mm spacing between the 4pins patch seat





Specification
Electrical Characteristics
Chipset : 8030-KT
Receiving Format : GPS,GLONASS,Galileo,BeiDou,QZSS and SBAS
Frequency : GPS L1,GLONASS L1,BeiDou B1,SBAS L1,Galileo E1
Channels : 72 Searching Channel

Sensitivity
Tracking : -167dBm
Reacquisition : -160dBm
Cold start : -148dBm
Hot start : -156dBm

Accuracy
Position Horizontal : 2.0 m CEP 2D RMS SBAS Enable (Typical Open Sky)
Velocity : 0.1m/sec 95% (SA off)
Timing : 1us synchronized to GPS time

Acquisition Time
Cold Start : 26s
Warm start : 25s
Hot start : 1s

Data and Update Rate
Support Rate : 4800bps to 921600bps,Default 9600bps
Data Level : TTL or RS-232,Default TTL level
Data Protocol : NMEA-0183 or UBX, Default NMEA-0183
Single GNSS : 1Hz-18Hz
Concurrent GNSS : 1Hz-10Hz,Default 1Hz

Operational Limits
Altitude : 50,000m Max
Velocity : 515m/s Max
Acceleration : Less than 4g

Power consumption
VCC : DC Voltage 3.0V-5.5V,Typical: 5.0V
Current : Capture 50mA/5.0V
Operating temp : -40 °C ~ +85°C
Storage Temp : -40°C ~ +105°C



Indicator :
TX LED:blue.The data output, TX LED flashing
PPS LED:red.PPS LED not bright when GPS not fixed,flashing when fixed


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Posted by mlilasic | Jan 01, 2019 @ 05:56 PM | 16,725 Views
Review of Eachine E511S GPS Dynamic Follow WIFI FPV With remotely tiltable 1080P Camera, 16mins Flight Time RC Drone Quadcopter - 5G WiFi 1080P

First, Happy New Year to all my friends on RCGS!!!




Second, E511S from Eachine just came to me on last day of 2018. Quad flies great "out of the box". Height hold and GPS position hold works perfect. And, for the first time in this price category, I see motorized camera tilting mechanism which is controlled via two buttons on the remote. This is most welcomed function as its always necessary to change angle of cam during the flight.



Tilting E511S - Eachine E511S GPS Dynamic Follow WIFI FPV With 1080P Camera (0 min 22 sec)



Cloudy day video
E511S - Cloudy day flight - Eachine E511S GPS Dynamic Follow WIFI FPV With 1080P Camera (2 min 1 sec)
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Posted by mlilasic | Dec 22, 2018 @ 07:27 PM | 16,958 Views
Review of Eachine E016H - Mini Altitude Hold Headless Mode 8mins Flight Time 2.4G RC Drone quadcopter RTF



This quad works and flies great out of the box. Because its long flight time, self level + height hold function and full protection (bottom and upper side) of propellers its great choice for first time fliers and kids pilots


Here's my daughter first ever flight of quadcopter:

Eachine E016H - 5y kid first flight of Eachine E016H Mini Altitude Hold Headless Mode (3 min 13 sec)



and endurance flight test flown by me:

Endurance test of Eachine E016H Mini Altitude Hold Headless Mode (8 min 48 sec)
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