A lot of brushless whoops came out lately, but which one is the best? In my opinion there is no one single best brushless whoop - it depends on what you want to do, this is why I decided to go with different categories.
Are you just starting out, do you want to fly indoors or do you prefer to fly outdoors, do you want HD footage or is DVR enough for you?
If you want to see a list of ALL brushless whoops that are currently available, head over to the brushless whoop comparison chart.
To qualify for a recommendation the brushless whoop must not have been released this year, but it has to be a product that is still the best pick in 2019.
In my opinion the best entry level brushless whoop for 2019 is the Emax Tinyhawk, more spepcifically the Emax Tinyhawk RTF starter kit. It comes with everything you need to start the quadcopter hobby: Goggles, RC transmitter, quadcopter, batteries and a charger.
This kit allows you to grow: You can use the transmitter with different models, the goggle can of course also be used with any other model. You can upgrade your RC transmitter or your goggles as you progress.
The Tinyhawk is powered by a 1S battery which allows you to fly indoors without breaking anything - neither the copter nor your furniture. The price tag is another big plus - you can pick up the kit for less than $170 on banggood. Spare parts are available for everything.
For indoor use, I would highly recommend something that is flying on 1S, in my opinion 2S is simply too much for indoors, except if you tone down your maximum throttle or if you have a really big indoors space to fly in.
Don’t be fooled, there is no shame in flying 1S brushless whoops. There is the right tool for every task and for indoor flying, it simply is a 1S brushless whoop.
In the indoors category the Emax Tinyhawk is again my top pick. If you want to get fancy, get hold of the newer version, the Tinyhawk S 2S - you can fly this one on 2S too, but it really was designed for 1S. It’s rigid design is perfect for indoor use, you can bump into stuff without breaking the quadcopter or your furniture.
You can pick up the Tinyhawk S 2S on banggood for less than $90.
For outdoor use you want something with a little more power, preferably something with 2S. Here I would definitely recommend the Happymodel Mobula 7.
It comes with an F3 all in one flight controller, and an AIO FPV camera with integrated video transmitter.
Technically you can also fly this one on 1S, but it has definitely been designed with 2S in mind. You will need two, 1S batteries in order to fly the Mobula 7. A lot of people modify the battery plugs and battery tray so that they can use a dedicated 2S battery with XT30 connector.
The reason why I recommend the Mobula 7 over the Trasahcan is simply better choice of components, the camera is 4:3 and the motors are of better quality. The only downside with the Mobula 7 is the F3 flight controller. Both use the same frame.
You can pick up the Mobula 7 from banggood for about $90.
If you want something really sturdy, and do not mind to pay a slight premium, I can highly recommend the BetaFPV Beta75x it comes with the XT30 plug natively installed.
This one has been made for 2S use only. The frame is insanely sturdy, I have flown the same frame for almost 9 months: crashed it into metal poles and dropped of the 7th floor of a parking deck before I had to swap it simply because the battery tray broke.
A cinewhoop is basically a brushless whoop capable of recording HD footage. Also in this category we have seen a couple of contestants coming out lately. HD cameras are usually slighty heavier than their non HD counterparts what tends to make the cinewhoops slightly less responsive in the air.
You will be able to do some freestyle tricks, but do not expect them to be a replacement for your five inch GoPro rig. In my opinion cinewhoops are best used for cinematice, exploration style cruising: An Abandoned house in the woods - the perfect scenery for a cinewhoop. A place like a museum or an exhibition would also be a great location to fly those cinewhoops.
There are even some cinewhoops with hybrid carbon frames like the iFlight CineBee.
Still my top pick for the cinewhoop category is the URUAV- UR85HD or Bushido for short.
It is on the bigger size on the brushless whoop spectrum with a motor to motor diagonal of 85mm rocking 1.9 inch props. It comes with a Caddx Turtle V2 camera that is used for the FPV feed, but also directly records your HD footage to an onboard HD DVR.
You can fly this model on either 2S or 3S batteries, but it seems to have been designed with 3S batteries in mind.
If you are planning on flying outside a lot, I would also recommend to get a matching ND filter with this one - although you will have to modify the canopy to make it fit.
Batteries and Chargers
As important as the quadcopter itself are the batteries and charger. In my opinion the best batteries you can get for brushless whoops are GNB’s, those are my recommendations:
- 1S 450mAh: perfect pic for the Tinyhawk
- 2S 300mAh
- 2s 440mAh: more flight time than the 300mAh, but also slightly heavier
- 3S 300mAh
With batteries I always like to get a couple of different ones (capacity wise), see which one I like the best, and then get plenty of those.
When it comes to battery chargers, I can not highly enough recommend the ISDT Q6 Pro with a XT30 parallel charging board for 2S batteries and up. But you can also use it for 1S batteries with a serial charging solution.
If you want a dedicated 1S charger, take a look at the UP-S6AC a six channel charger allowing you to charge six batteries at once, no matter their discharge state.
Chris is a Vienna based software developer. In his spare time he enjoys reviewing tech gear, ripping quads of all sizes and making stuff.
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