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Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Jun 18, 2020 @ 05:21 PM | 5,895 Views
The below link is an extremely comprehensive brushless upgrade guide for your WL Toys 144001 buggy that will take you through EVERY step to install the brushless power system and associated parts. There are almost 60 photos and a full step by step guide to walk you through the process as well as a full parts list.

https://www.quadifyrc.com/rccarreviews/wl-toys-144001-ultimate-brushless-upgrade-guide

Benefits from this 2838 brushless setup over stockinclude:
  • Stronger acceleration
  • Higher top speed
  • Better front/rear and left/right weight balance
  • Lighter overall weight
  • Ability to run 2s or 3s safely
  • Much better battery life
  • Greater crash resistance since car carries less momentum.



If you are just looking for the 2838 motor combo it can be found here: $28 Brushless 2838 motor / 35A esc combo
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Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Jun 08, 2020 @ 04:09 PM | 2,241 Views


My next free or budget upgrade article for the 144001 is up here:

https://www.quadifyrc.com/rccarreviews/wl-toys-144001-free-or-budget-upgrades-part-2

This time I've looked at
  1. Decrease the REAR toe in
  2. Set the droop on front and rear arms
  3. Improve the dampening in the rear shocks

If you are looking at the first article where I fixed the shocks, toe in, camber and lubed the diffs, it can still be found here



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Posted by QuadifyRC.com | May 27, 2020 @ 06:21 PM | 10,758 Views
Hi Guys

I've written a step by step setup guide for the WL toys 144001 that has come out better than I was hoping:

https://www.quadifyrc.com/rccarreviews/wl-toys-144001-setup-3-things-you-must-do-before-you-even-turn-it-on

-Filled the diffs with grease, adjusting the turnbuckles and correcting the amount of fluid in the shocks. This will really improve handling and substatially increase the life of the diffs and shocks. Hope you find this useful



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Posted by QuadifyRC.com | May 25, 2020 @ 06:52 PM | 5,162 Views
The Zeez Racing Combo is a F7 flight control and 4x60A BLHeli_32 combo that includes 4 plug and play discrete, addressable LED strips. It is in the standard 30.5mm mount size meaning it will fit 5 to 8 inch quadcopters. It can be considered a premium set based on the retail price of just over $100 but the cleverness in design and execution in quality make this stand out for me.

Here is my overview so far:

https://www.quadifyrc.com/reviews/zeez-racing-combo-f7-60a-review

I'll be working this into a powerful 6 or 7inch long range quad to take advantage of all this combo has to offer.



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Posted by QuadifyRC.com | May 24, 2020 @ 05:56 AM | 4,232 Views
I've reviewed the new Emax Eco 1404 brushless motor for quadcopters here:

https://www.quadifyrc.com/reviews/emax-eco-1404-brushless-micro-motor-review

Read the review for a lot more detail but a TLDR version is they are light, smooth efficient and durable (so far). They may not offer the maximum power as some others but the efficiency and smoothness is worth it especially for HD recording like I wanted from this build.



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Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Apr 19, 2020 @ 09:38 PM | 4,816 Views
I've just finished a rather large review of the ORT dual shield pro antenna for 5.8GHz FPV. It covers pros and cons specific to freestyle, racing, micro and long range plus I look a the behaviours you need to change to take most advantage of it.

https://www.quadifyrc.com/reviews/ort-dual-shield-pro-58ghz-antenna-review



This antenna is well worth considering if your time is limited for FPV and you want to maximise flight time. Because of this reason it is now my daily driver antenna.

Hope you find something useful in the review, enjoy!


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Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Apr 15, 2020 @ 10:53 PM | 5,605 Views
I've now been running this $40ish brushless ESC - motor combo in a very large very heavy 4x4 short course truck for about 4 months and it hasn't missed a beat. Temps are much lower than the brushed 550 it replaced. Power and efficiency are on a different planet.

If you have a brushed 1/10 car or truck this upgrade is a very easy decision to make. Hard to imagine it's only $40. This is the same as the GOOLRC combo that is referenced a lot, just rebranded.

Full review here:

https://www.quadifyrc.com/rccarreviews/budget-basher-brushless-110-upgrade-surpass-hobbies-3650-3900kv-60a-esc-combo



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Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Feb 08, 2020 @ 05:02 AM | 5,949 Views
I've written an article about shedding weight on the Happymodel Mobula 6 by using a low cost DIY camera mount

It worked better than I'd hoped with more upside than downside (IMO)

More details on install, weight savings, and advantages/disadvantages in the article below:

https://www.quadifyrc.com/tips-and-tricks/mobula-6-upgrade-ultralight-lowrider



Takes a little bit of time to get the cable tie cuts right but well worth it.

Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Dec 27, 2019 @ 03:26 AM | 2,860 Views
I recently fare-welled my Tyro 79 as an unwilling gift to some dense bush.

Prior to that though I completed a full upgrade guide and have published here:

https://www.quadifyrc.com/tips-and-tricks/eachine-tyro79-ultimate-final-upgrade-guide

I cover off multiple recommendations for many parts including cameras, vtxs, motors, props, electronics, batteries, HD cams, GPS and betaflight.

As a TLDR I'd recommend an immediate camera and propeller upgrade. For the rest you can replace as it fails or where you feel the need but these first two are a must.

Cheers

P.S, don't forget to turn your DVR if you are flying over a new area



Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Dec 11, 2019 @ 03:35 PM | 4,884 Views
I've spent the last couple of weeks reviewing the new ISDT 608AC charger. It has a modular removable AC-DC power supply and the high quality build and interface that we've come to expect from ISDT across their full line. At $50-60 it is easliy the best value charger out and will suit practically every application out except for the very high currents (8A+) and multiple channels.

Anyway, my full review is here including heaps of pics of the operating screens which I find easier to lear by than the included manual:

https://www.quadifyrc.com/reviews/isdt-608ac-operation-and-review-the-very-best-charger-to-start-out-with




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Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Nov 26, 2019 @ 04:19 PM | 5,433 Views
Banggood Black Friday Specials are now live. There are 150 plus RC specials but only 100 or so of these are FPV related. Some of these coupons are presently hidden but if you check back regularly they will be added as they go live on the website. Special prices are live from 27-30 November (Chicago time)

Link to spreadsheet here:

http://bit.ly/BGBlackFridayCoupons


Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Nov 10, 2019 @ 03:13 AM | 3,036 Views
Banggood now have their 11.11 specials live for just 2 days in limited quanities. 60+ FPV quadcopters, parts and accesories at pretty solid pricing here:

http://bit.ly/QuadifyRC11-11coupons



some of my favourite specials are:

Diatone GTR 349: $112, Eachine Novice-i RTF kit: $123, Tyro79: $69, Emax Hawk Pro 5: $171, iFlight Nazgul5: $147, Fatshark Attitude V5 OLED: $248, heaps more in the spreadsheet linked

Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Nov 06, 2019 @ 08:37 PM | 3,591 Views


The Eachine Novice I is a brushless 2s capable ducted micro FPV quadcopter that includes a basic transmitter, FPV goggles and batteries making it a genuine Ready To Fly (RTF) kit option for $145-$165 retail. It is available exclusively from Banggood. The lightweight ducted frame makes it safe to fly inside and around people but it still has enough power to fly outdoors. Since it can run on 1 battery (1s) or 2 batteries (2s) you can fly it slow or fast. It will compete directly with the Emax Tinyhawk RTF which is 1s capable only and is $156 with only 1 battery. I've reviewed the Emax Tinyhawk here if you wish to compare.

The first part of my novice-i review is up where I look more closely at the specs, the build and recommend custom PIDs and filters here:

https://www.quadifyrc.com/reviews/eachine-novice-i-rtf-kit-review-part-1-specs-and-setup



For the TLDR version my summary is below but of course a lot more detail in the review itself:
  • The quadcopter itself is a great choice for beginners as it is very durable, and suitable for flying indoor or out. Furthermore the specs will suit the experienced pilot as well.
  • The transmitter is basic with toy-style gimbals but is proportional and will get you going. It also uses the popular FRSKY protocol meaning it will be easy to upgrade the controller in future if you want.
  • The FPV goggles will get you going but screen size is relatively small and don't have DVR. Again, these use a standard protocol so are easily up gradable in
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Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Sep 18, 2019 @ 05:06 PM | 3,995 Views
I've recently completed my review of the happymodel larva-x and have also covered off
  • Setup
  • Custom PID tune
  • Custom filters
  • Durability tests
  • Comparison of onboard DVR to goggle DVR

It's a great little quad but there are some durability question marks around the motors in particular and as you can see in my review, Happymodel are already working on a response. That aside it's a great value, fast, nimble and very quiet ultra light micro 'toothphick' that is well suited to park flying and other environments.

Full review is here:

https://www.quadifyrc.com/reviews/happymodel-larva-x-review-setup-pids



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Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Sep 10, 2019 @ 06:12 AM | 3,498 Views
Here is my review of the Skyzone OLED FPV goggle which I think will make a real mess of Fatshark's dominance of the market at the premium end:

https://www.quadifyrc.com/reviews/skyzone-sky03o-oled-fpv-goggle-review

Here is my summary and recommendations snipped from the article:

As you can see from my testing these are very comfortable goggles with a great built in receiver and good menu system and most importantly, outstanding screens. Since your goggles are arguably the greatest sensory connection you have with you drone, these fantastic goggles make a big difference in enjoyment of the FPV experience. Not only that but I can also say that the extra clarity, contrast and resolution makes for a greater ability to see and hopefully avoid obstacles.

Like many other goggles on the market though the included accessories are disappointing; you will immediately need to invest in better antennas and a battery. See further below for my recommendations there.

Should you buy these? If your budgets allows I would say yes. Being around $400, they sit in between the new "budget" range of binocular goggles at around $240-$300 and the premium goggles at $500+. If you cannot afford more than the budget range I'd recommend the Fatshark Attitude V5 which are still great goggles as I reviewed here. For what it's worth the SKY03O have now replaced the fatsharks as my regular goggles...


Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Sep 09, 2019 @ 07:26 AM | 3,497 Views
Here it is, the full list of Banggood's quadcopter specials, all 72 of them. Most of these are at historical lows so get in while they still have quota

Banggood 13th Anniversary Quadcopter Specials

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...it?usp=sharing

Some of my favourites include:
Diatone ER349 @ $119;
Aomway Commander V1s @ $199;
Happymodel Larva-X @ $83;
Iflight nazgul5 @ $143

Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Sep 02, 2019 @ 06:14 PM | 3,922 Views
I've recently completed my review of the fatshark attitude v5 including the obvious comparisons between the now competitive $240 - $300 FPV market. These have replace my Aomway Commander V1s as my regular goggles and here is why:
  • They have bright and clear OLED screen which allow me to see more detail
  • They have the removable module that allows you to upgrade to rapidfire etc. if desired.
  • They have very good antennas included as stock
  • They have the legendary Fatshark support
They do of course have their downsides including fatshark's stubborn refusal to integrate more of their "modular" design but I (personally) feel these are outweighed by their benefits.

See my full review here:

https://www.quadifyrc.com/reviews/fatshark-attitude-v5-review-fatshark-oled-budget-good-combo



Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Aug 22, 2019 @ 04:44 PM | 4,030 Views
If you have bought the Fatshark attitude V5 or are using the new 18650 battery pack and want a proper balance lead to balance charge, here is how you go about doing it:

https://www.quadifyrc.com/tips-and-tricks/balance-charging-for-the-fatshark-battery-case-mod-tutorial


Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Jul 30, 2019 @ 04:15 PM | 4,251 Views
See below on my full upgrade guide for the Happymodel Mobula7 / Eachine Traschan. None of the mods listed cost more than about $5 and most are free.

Areas I cover are:
  • Frame upgrades
  • Reception improvement
  • Bettery and connector upgrades
  • Propeller uprades
  • Tuning/filters/betaflight

Here you go: https://www.quadifyrc.com/tips-and-tricks/mobula-7-upgrades-the-complete-and-final-list



This has taken the Mobula7 about as far as I want to go and have better performance, battery life, range and durability than when I started. A lot of this is opinion based but none of the upgrades I've recommended are more than about $5 so take as you will.

Happy flying!
Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Jul 20, 2019 @ 05:06 AM | 5,050 Views
Recently I've built a 5" Freestyle quadcopter based on the best value components - not the cheapest but the best price/performance ratio (i.e. bang for buck). For me the price came to around $150 using typical coupons and discounts

This quad has since been built, setup, flown, adjusted and then flown a lot more. I'm now in a position to pass judgement over all of the components and will then cover as the quad in total. For each I'll look at the positives and negatives and then go into a little more discussion with my recommendations which you can see at the link below:

https://www.quadifyrc.com/reviews/the-sweet-spot-value-5-freestyle-part-2-full-review