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Posted by siriusflier | Oct 22, 2018 @ 09:24 PM | 17,881 Views
Hubsan H501S X4 5.8G FPV Brushless With 1080P HD Camera GPS RC Drone Quadcopter

I never really liked Hubsan products very much. A vendor that was a friend of mine had major quality issues with Hubsan products, and they would not stand behind their products. Early in my quad flying days, I bought an H107C, may have been my first camera quad. Had to reroute wires before I could fly it the first time, replace a motor after 3 flights, then another motor after 10 flights. And it did not fly anywhere near as well as a WLToys V202. Probably less than 15 flights and I shelved it, never to fly it again. I reviewed the Hubsan X4 Camera Plus and it was a little better, but still not really a winner.

So when the Hubsan H501S went on sale recently it piqued my interest, but being a Hubsan product I was a bit skeptical. Still, I had heard good things about the H501S, so I ordered one. I really like my MJX B2W quads and the H501S is a direct competitor. I think the B2W may be a clone of the H501S, but it comes with wifi FPV. Plus the H501S comes with 5.8ghz FPV, a monitor built into the transmitter, and dual GPS. Those are features not included with the B2W. So for close to the same price I paid for my last B2W, I got a quad with better features and slightly longer flight times. I also got an H107S-S which is the newer version of the quad with a standard transmitter. From what I have read, the standard transmitter is better than the advanced transmitter because it...Continue Reading
Posted by siriusflier | Sep 05, 2018 @ 08:21 PM | 32,889 Views
Eachine EX2 Mini April 10, 2019

I wanted to do a bit of review on the Eachine EX2 Mini without replacing the H501S-S as my first blog post, so I decided to post in this thread which further down is still about the Jumper T8SG Lite and Jumper T12 Open transmitters. I like to have information I can refer back to easily that most other reviewers don't put in their reviews.

Back in January, someone mentioned a code to buy an Eachine EX2 mini for less than $50 US from Banggood, and since I like MJX brushless quads and cheap brushless quads, I ordered one on January 29th. First one I got over a month ago put out some magic smoke when I plugged in the battery, burned an FET on the ESC. Without too much hassle, Banggood sent me another. Second one I got 4/09/2019, the transmitter would not go into bind mode, but between the two of them, I got one flying.

I like to list the following information for future reference, so I will post dimensions and weights here:

Motor to Motor(MTM) Diagonally----177mm.....................................MTM Side to Side-----175mm
MTM Front to Back-----175mm............................................. ..................Height/ground clearance--60/6.3mm
Transmitter measures-----165 x 150 x 49.5 mm ...............................Transmitter Sticks-----85mm CTC x 20mm tall
Props measure-----94mm/3.625 inches - 2.26 grams................................ ...........Motors--1306 2750KV
Quadcopter body weight-----126.85 grams...........................Continue Reading
Posted by siriusflier | Aug 29, 2018 @ 02:47 PM | 13,510 Views
Eachine TX805 at 25mW recorded with Eachine LCD5802D monitor out to 215 meters. Stock dipole antenna.

tx805 (1 min 57 sec)

Eachine TX805 at 25mW recorded with Eachine LCD5802D monitor out to 300 meters. Pagoda antenna.

Eachine TX805 (2 min 42 sec)
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Posted by siriusflier | Mar 05, 2018 @ 09:56 PM | 14,292 Views
HMDVR-HD 1080P HD DVR 90 Degree M12 Mini Camera AV Output Low Latency for FPV RC Drone

I was looking for a camera/dvr combination with high resolution that could also used with a a seperate vtx and came accross this one at Banggood. But there is not much information about it on the product page and I only found one or two reviews about it with not a lot of information. So I informed my contact at Banggood about the lack of information and offerred to review it. My contact agreed to send it to me. It shipped by Air Parcel Registered with China Post on February 8, 2018 and I recieved it on February 28, 2018. Not sure, but the Chinese New Year Holiday may have slowed down the shipment. It came in an anti static plastic bag well wrapped in foam. No damage to the camera or video recorder.
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Posted by siriusflier | Jan 28, 2018 @ 09:54 PM | 16,792 Views
Banggood sent me this VTX for reveiw. It was ordered January10, 2018, shipped on January 11, 2018, and arrived on January 24, 2018. Decent shipping time. The box was only slightly damaged, no damage to the contents.

First Impressions

It comes in a nice little box with an antenna and wires for hooking it up protcted by white foam insert. The VTX has clear heat shrink around it. There is an LED display on the bottom and it has one button. The wire plugs are different from any I have used and would not plug into any camera I am using, in this case I used the Caddx Turbo Micro F1. I had to cut all of the wires and resolder them to different plugs. I was replacing the EWRF e708TM3 5.8G 48CH 25mW/200mW/600mW, and the plug for the VTXs are also different. It would be nice if all one had to do was unplug one VTX and plug in the other, but that would mean standardizing the plugs on VTXs. The VTX alone weighs about 8 grams, so with wires and the pagoda antenna I am using it probably added around 20 grams to the the quad. The ad on Banggood lists the measurements as 31 x 21 x 5 mm, but I measured it at 32.0 x 22.5 x 8.0 mm.
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Posted by siriusflier | Jan 20, 2018 @ 05:58 PM | 15,368 Views
I am not as experienced with using programmable transmitters as I am sure some RCGroups members are, but I will attempt to provide some input on the Kingkong Ldarc Tiny Tx. This transmitter was sent to me by Banggood, ordered December 28, 2018, shipped January 13, 2018,
and received January 18, 2018. The box mine was sent in was crushed in one corner, but the transmitter does not seem to be harmed by the rough handling.
I would not call this transmitter tiny but it is small. It is 160mm wide by 95mm tall by 40mm thick. The sticks are 90mm apart and 19mm tall. It weighs about 230 grams. The battery is a 1S 600mah lipo with a molex connector. It has to be removed to charge it. There is no charge cord or USB cable included in the package. There are two manuals, one for the transmitter and one for the included receiver. The manuals do not seem very clear or thorough for usage instructions.
I first tried the Tiny Tx with my XK x100 quad. It was easy to bind, just turn on the transmitter, plug the battery into the quad, and push the bind button. Did not take long at all. But the quad went full throttle immediately. Turns out the throttle switch needed to be in reverse position, as did the elevator switch. I got the quad to fly a little, and it seemed to do well, but would not stay bound for long, strictly a problem with the quad.
I then got the Tx to bind with my XK X252 using the same procedure. Throttle and elevator still had to be reversed. Took...Continue Reading
Posted by siriusflier | Jul 06, 2017 @ 07:01 PM | 15,270 Views
Melted motor arm.
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Posted by siriusflier | Feb 18, 2017 @ 10:10 AM | 17,871 Views
This camera/video recorder/FPV transmitter AIO unit was sent to me by Banggood for review.
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Posted by siriusflier | Feb 11, 2017 @ 02:02 PM | 17,389 Views
This is a video of a brief test of the Eachine TX03 camera:
PICT0002 (2 min 57 sec)

PICT0001 (2 min 22 sec)
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Posted by siriusflier | Feb 03, 2017 @ 12:04 AM | 19,253 Views
This RC Car was sent to me for review by Banggood. I have reviewed a lot of quadcopters but am new to reviewing RC Cars. It was shipped Air Parcel Registered and Singapore Post. Ordered for me on December 26, 2016, shipped January 9, 2017, and arrived on January 19, 2017. The box that my HBX 12889 Truggy came in was a little beat up when it arrived, but the contents seemed in good shape. Contents of the box include the car, the battery, the remote, a manual, and a charger.

The car I received is blue, other choices are yellow and green. I comes with a full size spare, has ball bearings, metal gears, oil filled shocks, brushed 390 motor, and a water resistant 40 amp ESC. The battery is 2 round cells Li-ion 7.4 volt 1500mah. The tires are actually 97.5mm diameter, the description says the wheels are 90mm. Ground clearance is about 40mm except only 30mm clearance under the rear differential. The body pins are removable by hand so a tool is not needed. The chassis weighs 1041 grams, the body weighs 69.7 grams, the spare tire and mount weigh 61.3 grams, and the battery weighs 90.9 grams. AUW is 1263.4 grams. The transmitter has an on/off switch, steering and throttle trim knobs, a steering reverse switch, and a button to change speeds. Transmitter also has proportional steering and throttle. It is a good looking car and seems to be put together well. It has a row of LEDs at the top of the windshield and two LED headlights. It is much bigger than the 1/18...Continue Reading
Posted by siriusflier | Sep 25, 2016 @ 08:08 AM | 19,822 Views
I had been interested in the CX-20 for months mainly because it is an inexpensive brushless quad with GPS. I was very tempted when I saw it on sale for $199, but when Banggood put it on sale for $160 and the points I could use made it $140 inclluding DHL shipping for me, I could no longer resist. I ordered it from the BG US warehouse on Sunday, September 18, 2016, and recieved it on Sep 24th.
There are already several review threads, but as I looked through them, I found it difficult to easily find the answers to my questions, so I decided as an experienced reviewer, I would post about my experiences with the CX-20 in my Blog. Since I just got it yesterday, I do not have a lot yet, but will be adding as my experience with it expands.

One of the first things I noticed about the CX-20 is the impressive packaging. But that was after I noticed how heavy and large the box is. Inside the large box are several smaller boxes. One for the quad, one for the transmitter, one for the battery, one for the props, one for the landing gear, one for the camera mount, and another for the battery charger. In my opinion it is very well packaged and it was probably the least mangled in transit packages I have ever received.
Posted by siriusflier | Feb 16, 2016 @ 10:46 AM | 19,842 Views
Tarantula X6

I have been interested in the X6 quad for a couple of months. I have read a lot in the X6 threads and read about the change of fcbs. I never had a quad bigger than a 250mm until I received two JJRC H26Ws the last week of December, 2015, and the first week of January, 2016. I like the fight characteristics of the H26Ws and read that the YZ X6 is similar, plus it uses the V2x2 protocol, so I already had a few transmitters I could try it with. Then I also realized that some of the parts were interchangeable between the X6 and the H26. I had ordered 6 X6 motors to use as spares for my H26 quads.
I also wanted to order some main gears and prop shafts and direct replacements were not available for the H26, so I did some checking and decided that the X6 gear/shaft would fit the H26. Then I decided to look and see what it would cost to buy the rest of the parts to build an X6. When I found out I could probably do it for less than $30 with things I already had on hand, I got serious about ordering the parts. I found out I could order the body and gears on Amazon for $1.19 using my Amazon points. I got the fcb and battery door from Banggood. Ordered the motor mounts from Gearbest. And already had bearings to replace the bushings. Not counting the bearings because the motor mounts actually come with bushings, I ended up spending $25.73 US for the parts.

I couldn't really start until I got the body, because I had to solder wires to the fcb and...Continue Reading