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Posted by unboxingexp | Aug 01, 2021 @ 11:14 AM | 13,157 Views
Broke my Gopro, so I needed a new camera for FPV and underwater footage. I think the Go 2 was a good choice!
Insta360 Go2 unboxing + test (2 min 37 sec)

Posted by unboxingexp | Jul 30, 2021 @ 11:13 AM | 11,040 Views
After breaking 2 sets of Fatshark 18650 battery cases it was time for something different. The TBS Syk Kable allows you to power your Fathsark googles with 2-6s lipos. Well worth the money. Just press the button for 3 seconds to turn it on, and 3 seconds to turn it off.
Length - 1250mm
Input Power - 2S-6S
Input Socket - 5.5x2.1 DC In (Female)
Output (Fatshark Fan) - XH 2.54 (3p)
Output - 5.5x2.1 DC Out (90d Male)
TBS syk (1 min 46 sec)

Posted by unboxingexp | Jul 28, 2021 @ 12:01 PM | 16,348 Views
Here is how I disassembled my Gopro Hero 7 black to get a naked Gopro for my Nanolongrange design.
Gopro Hero 7 teardown (4 min 2 sec)

You can watch the test here:
Nanolongange V2b with stripped Gopro Hero 7 (6 min 1 sec)
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Posted by unboxingexp | Jul 26, 2021 @ 12:48 PM | 11,366 Views
Here is my take on a homemade 4s 18650 battery pack for FPV. I decided to spot weld the cells to make the pack more robust. Moreover, I went for a 3d printed TPU mount to hold the batteries in place.
DIY 4s 18650 battery for FPV (3 min 54 sec)

Posted by unboxingexp | Jul 16, 2021 @ 12:39 PM | 14,087 Views
The Anycubic Vyper is quite an upgrade to my old Ender 2! It features inter alia auto-leveling, large 245x245x260mm build volume, filament sensor, touch screen and PEI building plate. I got it for just 299$ during the last sale which I consider a great deal.
Anycubic Vyper unboxing, assembly & test (5 min 23 sec)

Posted by unboxingexp | Jun 30, 2021 @ 01:49 PM | 12,870 Views
This is a great 325pcs building blocks set which allows you to create a RC super sports car. It's fun to build and to control. I only wished it had proportional steering.
Cada RC Super Car (4 min 11 sec)

Posted by unboxingexp | Jun 22, 2021 @ 12:05 PM | 19,429 Views
For me, this is one of the best invention in FPV since years. The Immersion RC Ghost Hybrid 5.8GHz vTx/2.4GHz RX gives you a high end analog video transmitter and high RC control link - all in one board.
Immersionrc Ghost Hybrid (4 min 6 sec)

Posted by unboxingexp | Jun 20, 2021 @ 02:44 AM | 37,564 Views
I put a stripped Gopro Hero 7 black on my Nanolongrange V2b design (https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4818009). I was not sure if it will fly as it got pretty heavy at 131g. Still It worked out and now I'm pretty stoked. I think I can make it even 15g lighter. So stay tuned!
Nanolongange V2b with stripped Gopro Hero 7 (6 min 1 sec)

Posted by unboxingexp | Jun 14, 2021 @ 10:43 AM | 24,316 Views
Here is a short video on how I build a 1s 21700 battery for a Nanolongrange FPV drone. I prefer spot welding over soldering, it is way more robust. Compared to 18650 you will get a slightly longer flight time. In the last third of your flight you will experience a stronger decrease in performance as the weight of the bigger cell makes the drone about 20% heavier.
Nanolongrange with 21700 Li-Ion battery (3 min 3 sec)

Posted by unboxingexp | Jun 06, 2021 @ 01:23 PM | 27,157 Views
Typically, single cell nanolongrange builds are powered by a 18650 Li-ion battery. However, I tried a 21700 battery which is around 20g heavier. I expected my NanolongrangeV2b to fly worse. However, the first minutes of flight with a 21700 cell the drone felt way more powerful. Only when the voltage came down to around 3.3V the performance decreased significantly. Watch the video to find out which battery lasted longer.
21700 vs 18650 for Nanolongrange (4 min 1 sec)

Posted by unboxingexp | May 31, 2021 @ 12:55 PM | 21,805 Views
Next-gen RC system based on LoRa tech. I prefer this of over ELRS as it is plug'n play. I also dig the VTX features which allows you to change VTX output and channel over the transmitter.
Immersionrc Ghost lite TX module (2 min 1 sec)

Posted by unboxingexp | May 29, 2021 @ 01:48 PM | 29,425 Views
Namelessrc tiny gps (3 min 26 sec)

Posted by unboxingexp | May 27, 2021 @ 10:01 AM | 27,981 Views
This is the 3rd iteration of my Nanolongrange design and beefier than V2. It allows you to fit standard sized tinywhoop boards and an external VTX with a step up module. On +500mW FPV range is no issue anymore. I strongly recommend you to print the frame with PETG, it is very robust although slightly heavier than PLA+ (2g). The best GPS for this drone is in my opinion from a Gopro (I have tested Beitian 180 and 220, a small Goteck and the new NamelessRc tiny GPS) which can be salvaged from broken Hero 6,7 and 8 cameras. I included in the video the first test with this drone and .. well, check it out. The .stl and parts list can be found for free here https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4818009
Nanolongrange V2b(eefy) build + test (6 min 46 sec)

Posted by unboxingexp | May 25, 2021 @ 11:01 AM | 9,427 Views
I found the pinout of the GoPro GPS module on the internet. As it weighs only around 2.5g I thought it's perfect for my Nanolongrange V2 build. Imo it is not faster than the Beitian Bn180/220, but also not slower at half the weight! You can get under 100g AUW with external VTX and full sized AIO board. Also it should be pretty easily available as a lot of you did a naked Gopro mod.
How to use a Gopro GPS module for FPV (2 min 42 sec)

Posted by unboxingexp | May 23, 2021 @ 11:09 AM | 23,379 Views
I'm switching to IRC ghost. ELRS is too much of a hassle for me. Ghost is plug'n play. The zepto receiver is currently the smallest Rx in the line up. 0.35g without antenna and smaller than a fingernail. Perfect for my 1s babytooth.
ImmersionRC Ghost Zepto receiver (1 min 45 sec)

Posted by unboxingexp | May 15, 2021 @ 09:33 AM | 25,143 Views
This device allows you to convert 2-6S Lipo power to USB power output. It uses for powering the popular XT60 connector. You can then easily charge your mobile or other USB devices with Lipo batteries up to 6S. The converter is offering quick charging too (QC3.0). The free .stl file can be found on thingiverse https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4857777
3d printed XT60 to USB converter (3 min 16 sec)

Posted by unboxingexp | Apr 27, 2021 @ 01:23 PM | 7,185 Views
After extensive testing I can provide you with some tips on my Nanolongrange V2 design.
Nanolongrange V2 - testing, tips and tricks (7 min 33 sec)

Posted by unboxingexp | Apr 06, 2021 @ 01:21 PM | 8,780 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 | 7,610 Views
Hot air gun (1 min 16 sec)

Posted by unboxingexp | Mar 29, 2021 @ 11:01 AM | 10,649 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