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Posted by unboxingexp | Apr 06, 2021 @ 01:21 PM | 3,252 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 | 2,216 Views
Hot air gun (1 min 16 sec)

Posted by unboxingexp | Mar 29, 2021 @ 11:01 AM | 5,319 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 | 12,015 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 | 9,469 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 | 6,240 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 | 9,699 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 | 7,048 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 | 10,076 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
Posted by unboxingexp | Feb 09, 2021 @ 12:13 PM | 11,848 Views
Powerhd 1370a micro servo (1 min 11 sec)

Posted by unboxingexp | Jan 28, 2021 @ 12:13 PM | 8,157 Views
Ikea Skadis Pegboard (2 min 6 sec)

Great pegboard to mount your quads on the wall. A lot of free 3d printing designs on thingiverse too!
Posted by unboxingexp | Jan 26, 2021 @ 12:09 PM | 9,088 Views
Well, I m late to the game. But they are pretty cheap these days...
Fatshark HDO 2 (1 min 32 sec)

Posted by unboxingexp | Jan 22, 2021 @ 12:00 PM | 8,515 Views
Great soldering iron for hobbyists. But it does not come with a power adapter. So I made one: DC5525 -XT60.
DIY DC5525 -XT60 adapter for TS100 soldering iron (1 min 46 sec)

Posted by unboxingexp | Jan 20, 2021 @ 12:01 PM | 9,680 Views
Here is a video on how to make a foam wing from precut foam parts. These wings work well on lightweight RC gliders.
How to make a foam wing (3 min 27 sec)

Posted by unboxingexp | Jan 18, 2021 @ 01:19 PM | 11,340 Views
How to install a pull-spring setup on a DLG (2 min 16 sec)

It's challenging and fiddly but it is the best way to connect the rudder and elevator of your DLG to the servos. Here is a how-to for a pull-spring setup.
Posted by unboxingexp | Jan 16, 2021 @ 12:35 PM | 15,591 Views
How to cover a wing with packing tape (3 min 1 sec)

This is a easy and cheap way to cover your foam wing. Make sure you use simple packing tape. It's way lighter than duct tape but strong enough.
Posted by unboxingexp | Jan 14, 2021 @ 12:04 PM | 12,012 Views
Eachine TX06 - lightest AIO FPV cam (1 min 56 sec)

Perfect for light tinywhoops! Only 2g with 25mW VTX. 5 Bands, 40 channels.
Posted by unboxingexp | Jan 12, 2021 @ 12:04 PM | 9,031 Views
Eachine VR009 FPV goggles (1 min 51 sec)

Nice cheap entry level box-style FPV goggles.
- Small size and light weight;
- Low power consumption, Working current 300~330mA;
- Double antenna reception to make the signal more stable;
- RaceBand 40 channel, Auto-Searching;
- 3.0 Inch 480*320 dot high brightness LCD screen;
- Built-in super sensitiveness 5.8GHz 40ch receiver, especially with RaceBand;
- Built-in 3.7V/1200mAh high-capacity Li-ion polymer Battery;
- Universal USB charging interface;
- Real-time video return, Very low time-delay;
- Bilingual menu in support of Chinese and English;
- Support external video signal input;
- Support AV signal output (Connect external DVR);
Posted by unboxingexp | Jan 06, 2021 @ 12:01 PM | 34,409 Views
Everything went well till the first flight. Not sure what's the issue... maybe the sensor? Any ideas?
Insta360 BetaFPV SMO4k (2 min 32 sec)

Posted by unboxingexp | Dec 30, 2020 @ 12:59 PM | 12,482 Views
Frsky Archer RS (1 min 37 sec)