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Posted by siriusflier | Jan 28, 2018 @ 09:54 PM | 1,430 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 | 1,548 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 @ 08:01 PM | 2,645 Views
Melted motor arm.
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Posted by siriusflier | Feb 18, 2017 @ 10:10 AM | 4,919 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 | 4,739 Views
This is a video of a brief test of the Eachine TX03 camera:
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Posted by siriusflier | Feb 03, 2017 @ 12:04 AM | 5,864 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 @ 09:08 AM | 7,283 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 | 6,823 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