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Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Aug 17, 2018 @ 06:21 AM | 867 Views
A quick note that it is possible to use 14500 batteries which can give you more options when there is limited availability of 18500s

Better yet for my fellow Kiwis and Australians I've found an option at Bunnings for less than US$7 to get you started. I've done something of a writeup here plus a budget option for charging with your standard lipo charger.


Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Aug 14, 2018 @ 05:30 PM | 731 Views
After completing an initial review of the EMax hawk 5 (here) I can happily say this is my favourite 5" ready to fly quad due to the well-tested and balanced components. That being said I still like to play and have found a number of mods that have improve the feel (in my opinion) and another must-do mod that addresses the poor vtx antenna mounting solution. The full blog where I discuss this and other possible improvements is here:


Hopefully you find something useful here for your own Hawk 5.

Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Aug 08, 2018 @ 04:05 PM | 947 Views
Please see the link below for my full review on the brand new Leader 3 from Full Speed RC:


This part 2 of the review where I check out flight performance on 3s and 4s. Part 1 is linked where I review components and setup.

Unfortunately I must report that the prototype motors the reviewers recevied are not reliable for 4s flight on the HQ 3x3x3 props. I have had one burn up, AndyRC has and now NJTech has too.

I have just had word that prototype motors for reviewers are actually 4800-4900kV whereas production motors will be 4500kV.

Read through the review but other flight characteristic are great - good tune, no props in view, excellent VTX, great camera angle options and good battery life. Please do not run props larger than the 2540 until motors have been confirmed as updated! I am getting a new set of production motors to test as soon as they are available

Leader 3 SE on 4s - motor death (0 min 36 sec)

Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Jul 30, 2018 @ 05:42 AM | 1,303 Views
My young helper has just finished reviewing the HGLRC AIO VTX DVR on my behalf, click on the lin to read about what's included, specs, install consideration, performance and of course DVR footage.


Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Jul 27, 2018 @ 04:59 AM | 1,553 Views
A quick update on sales leading into the weekend. Quality over quantity this time:

First up the emax hawk 5 is only $209 using the code GB$THRCEH5. This is thebest price it has ever been.

Next the FRSKY Taranis QX7 is only $99 here. I believe this is that lowest price as well.

Lastly AKK currently have a VERY good sale on their already low prices. I higly recommend their VTXs for their featureset and price, especially in this sale

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Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Jul 25, 2018 @ 10:20 PM | 997 Views
I've just finished the review of the AKK FX3 Ultimate VTX and it is fantastic. It's hard to believe this is only $18 ($16 at the AKK sale at present)

My full review is here:


Key Features I've grabbed from the review are below:

Features as listed
The product I am reviewing today is the AKK FX3 Ultimate which builds on the AKK FX3 as mentioned above. Key features are:
  • 25mW, 200mW, 400mW and 600mW power switchable - a 200mW increase in maximum power from the regular FX3
  • OSD configuration using Smart audio - it has smart audio and yes it is compatible with all versions of betaflight
  • 7-24V input with 5V output - up to 5 direct input or of course any voltage if you power via FC
  • Support Pit Mode - very low power output that is useful for setting up at races.
  • One button frequency and power setup - Support if you do not use smart audio
  • MIC - same as the FX3 however audio is much improved (will get to that soon)
  • MMCX and UFL connectors. It has both!!!

AKK has a sale on at the moment that is well worth checking out - they generally roll around about once every 3-4 months. Clicking on the banner below will take you straight to it.

Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Jul 21, 2018 @ 01:32 AM | 1,724 Views
The new Caddx Turtles is available now at Hobbycool for $59


Here's the blurb:

FPV HD camera,1080P/60fps, High Quality Recording,d Autosave on unplug. Large aperture and wide angle aspheric Lens

Model: Turtle
Image Sensor: 1/2.7 CMOS Sensor
Horizontal Resolution: 800TVL
Video Resolution: 1080P@60fps / 720@60fps
FOV Angle of Field: FPV FOV 155o / Recording FOV 170o
TV System: NTSC/PAL (changeable)
Image Resolution: 2 Megapixels
Min. Illumination: 0.1LUX
Lens: Full Size Turbo Eye Lens
WDR: Super WDR
OSD Menu: Yes (Support Voltage Display)
Video Files: MOV
Electronic Shutter: PAL: 1/50~100,000; NTSC: 1/60~100,000
Real-time Audio Output: Yes
S/N Ratio: >60dB (AGC OFF)
Video Output: CVBS
SD Card Supported: 8G-64GB (need Class 10 or above, recommend Class 10/UHS-I/UHS-II)
Dimensions: 28*29mm / Camera 19*19mm (installed with 20*20mm, expand to 30*30mm )
Power Input: DC 4.5-20V
Working Current: 380mA @5V/160mA @12V (low consumption)
Work Temperature: -20℃~+60℃
Weight: 12g

Package Included
1 x Caddx Turtles Camera
1 x 5D-OSD Menu Board
1 x 4pin FPV Silicon Cable (extend into a 2pin joint for OSD board and a 3pin joint for FPV)
1 x Screw Set
1 x Adapter Board
1 x Manual
Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Jul 18, 2018 @ 05:16 AM | 1,164 Views
This review has been written by a young friend of mine who is looking to contribute to my website more regularly.

This is his experience as a relative newcomer to sub 2" micro quads, specifically those suitable for indoor flight. Full extensive review is here:


Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Jul 12, 2018 @ 08:51 PM | 1,214 Views
My first and arguably favourite micro quad has been updated. The Leader 120 was an extremely popular micro brushless quad that defined the 2.5" category and largely killed off 2" with an improvement in speed, efficiency and handling. The Leader 120 was launched in August 2017 and although still relevant is looking dated with the AIO CMOS camera vtx limited to 25mW and motors that are targeted towards 2s or 3s at a slight stretch. I have multiple reivews of the quad and props here and of improvements here

The new leader 3/3SE addresses the camera with a Caddx Micro F1, 25mW - 600mW vtx with smart audio and moves to a larger motor at lower kV that is capable of 3s and 4s. Additionally it jumps to 3" to allow for the extra weight this brings - approximately 20g extra to move to 87g. This means that power to weight and disc loading is kept similar so feel should be similar to the original with big improvements in FPV and torque.

The new leader 3 retains the classic frame design that served it so well with the allowance for the now standarf 19mm wide micro cams. I have a review sample on the way and am very much looking forward to this. Preorders are up now from $127 for a canopy-free PNP to $137 with canopy and receiver (FRSKY, FLYSKY or Spectrum).

Full details on their site:


Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Jul 06, 2018 @ 05:19 AM | 1,392 Views
Did you know the Leader 120 micro quadcopter by Full Speed RC is almost a year old? A lot has changed in this time including improvements to specification but this quadcopter is still relevant today especailly with some considered modifications. The link below is a summary is all I have modded and improved over this time without loosing track of its lightweight heritage.


Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Jul 03, 2018 @ 06:52 PM | 5,191 Views
I've just completed a comprehensive initial review of the Hawk 5 focusing in on stock betaflight settings, initial flights, recommended changes and all the parts available. This is the best RTF quad I've ever flown with the tune to match.

This is currently in stock at Gearbest the time of writing (4 July)

Full details here:


Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Jun 27, 2018 @ 06:19 AM | 2,088 Views
Quick update with Gearbest and Banggood well into their midyear sales. Banggood has an great deal on the impressive (and regularly out of stock) RSII while Gearbest have a number of ready to fly quads on clearance:

  • Emax RSII 2206 $17 each
  • URUAV UR65 $71
  • Eachine E011c $11
  • GEPRC MX3 sparrow $142
  • Furibee Darkmax 220 $114
  • Furibee X215 Pro-s $114

Check out my page for full details:


Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Jun 17, 2018 @ 04:22 AM | 1,426 Views
Get in quick, they are nearly all gone:

BFight 210 210mm Brushless FPV Racing Drone - BNF FRSKY. Use code GB5OFF to get this for just $100.

Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Jun 13, 2018 @ 11:28 PM | 1,709 Views
Hi guys

The excellent HGLRC XJB 145 is only $106 at present using the code IT$RCqc01. This is the lowest price it has ever been by some margin.

Product link is here (it is an affiliate link) :


All the other specials I've picked out are here:

Posted by QuadifyRC.com | Jun 02, 2018 @ 03:57 PM | 2,138 Views
I've been running the AKK FX2 VTX for about 4 months now in my primary racing rig and am really pleased with the performance, especially given it is a $19 vtx. Key features are:
  • Smart audio
  • 30.5mm stack mounting
  • Switchable 25mW/200mW/500mW/800mW output
  • MMCX antenna connector
  • Microphone
  • 7-24v input

In summary it has been an excellent receiver with a clean signal in racing situations where I've run with up to 6 pilots. It is reliable and easily mounts on a standard 30.5mm stack. For me performance is on par with the Matek and TBS unify receivers which I've also used but at a fraction of the cost.

My full review including some super-compact antenna options here here:


Posted by QuadifyRC.com | May 30, 2018 @ 07:38 PM | 1,794 Views
Just a quick update, spotted the HGLRC XJB 3" for only $129. That brings the current list of ready to fly quads to 5 good options for less that $130.

All the details on my page:


Posted by QuadifyRC.com | May 27, 2018 @ 09:03 PM | 1,634 Views
Gearbest have a few good ready to fly quad specials on at the moment in the 2.5, 3 and 5 inch category. I've included the 4 in 1 6s capable ESC again bacause it is just such a bargain

QAV105 2.5" micro quad with flysky receiver and runcam swift micro only $99

Furibee X140 3" micro quad only $102

Furibee X215 pro 5" quadcopter with FRSKY XMplus receiver only $129

35A 4 in 1 BLHeli_S 6s capable ESC only $25.

All these and historical special can be found on my coupons a discounts page. I only pick out the ones that look like genuine discounts on decent product, in most cases I have reviewed these and provide links.


Posted by QuadifyRC.com | May 22, 2018 @ 06:51 PM | 2,985 Views
Everytime I go out the Furibee X215 is my last quad standing because it is so tough!

I've made some recent changes to improve the FPV feed including the install of a micro CCD camera (much better light transition and lower latency) plus converted the VTX antenna from RP SMA to the more common SMA.

Both of these changes have improved the FPV experience for me greatly and give me more confidence to run in trick light conditions.

Full article is here: