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Posted by JohnCC | Oct 09, 2020 @ 01:04 PM | 1,141 Views
HGLRC Zeus F722 3-6S F722 Flight Controller (aff)

My DJI build was up and running easy with this pretty cheap stack. I repurposed my chameleon ti 5", with some older motors. RPM filtering and dynamic idle RPM settings worked great to tune this out, running 8k/8k and DSHOT 600. The video provides a brief overview of my experience working with the stack.

HGLRC DJI Zeus F722 + HGLRC Forward 60A 32 bit ESC Build Review (5 min 41 sec)

Manufacturer Specification Sheet:

Plug & Play with DJI Air Unit.
Usage: 100mm-450mm Frame Kit
FC Firmware:BF HGLRCF722(HGLR)
Installing Hole:30.5X30.5mm.M3

Item Name:Zeus F722 Flight Controller
Built-in LED controller
Input Voltage:3-6S Lipo
Built-in Betaflight OSD to adjust PID
BEC Output:9V2A
LED Control:BF/Button
Installing Hole:30.5X30.5mm. M3 / M2 (Looking for 20x20mm version? get it here)

Product Features:
1.Integrated LED controller allows quick programming of LEDs with the push of a button.
2.Integrated barometer and 16M black box.
3.Maximum BEC 9V/2A and BEC 5V/3A output
4.Easy direct soldering for XM+,NANO receiver and TBS NANO VTX
5.Quickly connect DJI Air Unit, LED and GPS via socket
6.Conformal coated for better protection.


I’ve received this product from HGLRC for the purpose of evaluation and review.
Posted by JohnCC | Aug 17, 2020 @ 06:47 PM | 4,711 Views
Syma has a new GPS drone... and I don’t recommend it!

Syma X500 Foldable GPS Camera Drone (14 min 25 sec)

Posted by JohnCC | Jul 25, 2020 @ 12:24 PM | 4,599 Views
ViFly ShortSaver review! Do it!... avoid the magic smoke!

Buy it: (affiliate link)

ViFly Short Saver Smart Smoke Stopper (11 min 49 sec)

Posted by JohnCC | Mar 30, 2020 @ 06:24 PM | 5,998 Views
DJI Mavic Pro / Mavic 2 Pro / Mavic Zoom Drop & Delivery Device Mechanism (aff)

►DJI Mavic Pro/Mavic Pro Platinum:
►DJI Mavic 2 Pro / Zoom:

Video Review

DJI Mavic Pro / Mavic 2 Pro / Mavic Zoom Drop & Delivery Device Review (4 min 56 sec)

Main Specifications

1. Suitable for DJI Mavic Pro/Mavic Pro Platinum drone,
2. Can be remotely triggered for as far as the drone can fly.
3. USB charging, one button control to release via the DJI remote controller,
4. Lightweight and solid construction of the clip
5. Bottom mounting, with landing gear included! Does not affect the propellers or sensors!


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Posted by JohnCC | Dec 20, 2019 @ 08:15 PM | 7,234 Views
HaiBoxing HBX 16889 Review in the snow!

HaiBoxing HBX 16889 Brushless 1/16 Truck RTR Model (10 min 58 sec)

► HBX 16889 1/16 Brushless Truck:
► Coupon: BGHBX16889 // Price: $68.00 // Expires: 12/31/2019
► HBX 16889 Truck Parts:
Posted by JohnCC | Nov 18, 2019 @ 07:01 PM | 5,055 Views
it's the Mobula 7 V2, and well... this drone is old news now. So why are we taking a look at it 1 year later? As we approach micro season here in North America, the price has come down significantly. I bought my Mobula 7 V2 for around $70 shipped a couple of months ago, and it originally sold for $100+ shipped. In this review we'll figure out if it's worth the price drop. I'll be talking flight, specs, a possible quiet upgrade from the factory, batteries, cheap modifications, and more.

Happymodel Mobula7 V2 Review - Worth it in late 2019? (13 min 20 sec)

Posted by JohnCC | Nov 09, 2019 @ 12:53 PM | 4,889 Views
A new charger -- the speed H6. It's got some unique functions here that make it special from other chargers, absolutely worth a look if you're in the market for a compact charger for the bench or the field bag.

HobbyMate Speed H6 AC/DC Smart Charger 200w/700w 26a ⚡ (15 min 25 sec)

Posted by JohnCC | Nov 05, 2019 @ 12:43 AM | 5,392 Views
GEPRC CinePro 4K HD 3-4S FPV Racing Drone Advanced Version (aff)
(Use Coupon Code: AFfbG10 ~$27 off.)

GepRC CinePro 4K HD Drone (Full Review & Flight Video) (18 min 2 sec)

Video Quality

The camera is the most important thing in a cinematic drone; you want to take good video... and the CinePro can do that. It has a Caddx FPV Tariser 4K camera. The dynamic range and color on this is excellent; and there's good reason why. It consists of two sensors and lenses; one is for your FPV, or First Person View. The other is for the high definition video. This compartmentalization of sensors keeps your First Person View experience lag free, while not compromising on HD video. It has multiple resolution options, with the ability to shoot up to 4K @ 30 frames per second.

My personal recommendation when using this camera is to shoot at 1440 @ 60 frames, or 2.7k @ 60 frames and actually skip 4k. The video in the introduction was taken in 1440 @ 60 frames per second in a 4:3 aspect ratio. You get the most of the entire 4:3 sensor this way, which is why I did that.

But of course I didn't upload it as raw 1440, in post production I dynamically stretched it using video editing software. This produces a superview-esque effect which looks a lot more natural. You can then upscale to 4K @ 60 frames per second in 16:9, and upload it to YouTube to squeeze the best quality you can get from the site. It looks GREAT if you can tolerate the extra time to do the post production work and...Continue Reading
Posted by JohnCC | Sep 24, 2019 @ 12:23 PM | 5,792 Views
FullSpeed Toothpick PRO 120mm 2.5mm Bottom Plate F4 FPV Racing Drone (aff)
US $119 with coupon code BG10New

Video Reviews

FullSpeed "ToothPick" Pro 4s Micro Drone (10 min 37 sec)

Main Specifications

● Weight: ~65g
● FC: FullSpeed FSD412 (F411 FC)
● Camera: Caddx Micro F2 Camera
● VTX: FullSpeed FSD TX600 25mW-600mW
● ESC: FSD412 (1-4S ESC) BLHELI_S 4in1 ESC Dshot600
● Motor: 1106 4500KV

Battery Strap & Camera Setup

I tossed the included straps, as they were of low quality and too short. Routed ones I had over the top of the frame that way the entire bottom is free for a rubberized battery grip. Be careful when you setup the battery strap like this, you don't want the strap to be pulling on the esc part of the stack at all which means you'll need to finagle it to run as flat as possible across the bottom.

The 3D printed TPU canopy is great because it's hard to break but as you can see the camera is kind of just held in there not by much. The whole canopy flexes quite a bit which can be jello inducing. One great suggestion by a dude over at RCGroups forums named soloprofan is to put some zip ties on the front of the mount and that should help to keep it from moving around so much and I've done that and can see noticible improvement.

VTX Setup

After you get the battery strap sorted, you're going to want to unlock the FullSpeed FSD TX600 video transmitter for the best video reception. TX600's factory set...Continue Reading
Posted by JohnCC | Jul 22, 2019 @ 12:11 AM | 8,231 Views
Diatone 2019 GT R349 TBS VTX Edition 135mm 3 inch 4S FPV Racing RC Drone (aff)
US$149.99 Promotion Sale From July 16 to July 31

Video Reviews

Diatone 2019 GT R349 TBS VTX Edition (Setup & Flight Review) (12 min 51 sec)

Main Specifications

● Weight: 130g
● FC: Mamba F405mini/MPU6000 ;OSD;16M Flash;BEC
●Camera: RunCam Micro Swift
● ESC: Mamba F25 /25A 4S ESC Dshot 600
● Motor: Mamba Racing MB1408 4000KV


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Posted by JohnCC | Jul 19, 2019 @ 07:04 PM | 8,033 Views
Happymodel Sailfly-X 105mm Crazybee F4 PRO 2-3S Micro FPV Racing Drone (aff)

Coupon Code: BGSailflyX

Video Reviews

SailFly-X Betaflight tabAuxiliary Modes Issue - How to Fix! 🛠️ (7 min 4 sec)

Main Specifications

● Crazybee F4 PRO Flight Controller 2s, 3s
● 25mW VTX 700TVL Camera
● EX1102 8500KV Motor
● Onboard Frsky Receiver; SPI BUS receiver Frsky D8/D16 switchable

Comments + Criticism

In progress.


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Posted by JohnCC | Apr 26, 2019 @ 05:25 PM | 7,163 Views
The ToolkitRC M8 / Hobbymate D6 Elite provides an all-in-one hobby electronic toolset and charger for your drone workbench or field.

Not only can you can use it as a 300w 15amp charger, it's a step-up power supply, a receiver tester, a battery resistence checker, and so much more. I bought it, and overall I'm happy with it.

ToolkitRC M8 / Hobbymate D6 Elite Charger & Tools (17 min 0 sec)

► Banggood:
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Posted by JohnCC | Mar 26, 2019 @ 03:12 PM | 17,387 Views
I'm excited. Mobula 7 HD newer batch of stock is preordered for upcoming review on my channel!

I got a coupon for you guys and it's a pretty good deal. Caddx Turtle V2 HD camera costs about $65 by itself and the regular Mobula7 costs about $90. You get the newer frame on the HD, canopy, motors, f4 flight controller, and juicy high definition whooping. Coupon code for Mobula 7 HD is ttxbg10 will make it $144.90 Just make sure to pick the correct receiver from the CN warehouse.

Full disclosure: it's an affiliate link; but this is an actual good deal if you're looking for Mobula 7 HD.
Posted by JohnCC | Mar 07, 2018 @ 10:08 PM | 32,654 Views
DJI Mavic Pro Nor'easter Flight ❄️ (3 min 58 sec)

I got to take my DJI Mavic Pro out today and captured some great footage of the nor'easter. I love flying in the snow....Continue Reading
Posted by JohnCC | Nov 08, 2017 @ 08:02 PM | 33,405 Views
JJRC has come out with two Christmas theme micro drones that are great for stuffing the stockings: The "H66 X-MAS Egg", and "H67 Flying Santa Claus." This review covers both of the JJRC family of holiday drones and compares them so you can make a more informed choice on which one to buy.

JJRC H67 Flying Santa & H66 X-MAS Egg Christmas Drones (16 min 20 sec)

🎅JJRC H66 X-MAS Egg:
🎅JJRC H67 Flying Santa Claus:

Overall, the Flying Santa Claus is my favorite. After the holidays are over, it's prime for modification, easy motor replacement, FPV, removing the sound, etc. It's also cheaper than the egg drone. However, the egg has a surprisingly good 720p camera with a really unique form factor. It's also very easy to control with the gravity-sensor wand.

More info about these here at the master thread:
Posted by JohnCC | Jul 27, 2017 @ 01:30 AM | 34,968 Views
Posted by JohnCC | Jun 16, 2017 @ 12:38 AM | 37,236 Views
What a day! I have been fortunate enough to receive the new MJX Bugs 8 directly from MJX themselves for review and demo flight. In this video I cruised around using my FatShark goggles. I received the entire Bugs 8 kit -- headset, receiver, the works, but I wanted to just give the fatsharks a try since that is I how I *always* do FPV with my racers. Here are the results!

MJX Bugs 8 FPV Flight (Fatshark Dominator V3) (6 min 49 sec)

And here is the full review, with the MJX goggles:

MJX Bugs 8 Racing Quadcopter (18 min 59 sec)
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Posted by JohnCC | May 11, 2017 @ 02:37 PM | 36,704 Views
I just got my RunCam 3 that I purchased and I'm ecstatic! It's a little beast of a camera for sure. It gets hot as hell when wifi is turned on, though. But I'm not planning on using it often with wifi enabled anyway. I made a few time lapses for fun with it earlier and the video quality is quite good. Hope I can do a full comprehensive review soon.
Posted by JohnCC | Dec 09, 2016 @ 04:09 AM | 42,808 Views
FuriBee F3 32-bit Brushed Flight Controller Build Blog Article!

This is a brand new product from GearBest for building your own micro quads. $23 for an F3 board. I'm going to be building a few tiny whoops using these parts from gearbest and will be blogging about my results here. This is a very, very great price and probably the cheapest F3 micro board you're going to find online right now. They have it in both DSMX and FrSky RX.

I'll be doing a build with this board soon, so watch this space!

Build Specifications

F3 FC Board:
H36 Props:
F001 Camera Holder:
Furibee F03 AIO camera:
JJRC H36 frame:
Motors: 19,000kv Brushed

FuriBee F3 32-bit Brushed Flight Controller // FAST "Tiny Whoop" build! (12 min 54 sec)

The Build Adventure

1. Flashed betaflight by choosing SPRACING F3, BF 1.01, baud rate of 115200 with full chip erase selected. No bootloader shorting required.

2. Went to receiver -> changed AETR1234 to TAER1234 to fix the throttle being "wrong" for my X9D+ -- this will confuse the hell out of you if you try to set this up in either cleanflight or betaflight and you don't do this step. Both...Continue Reading