When I first saw the Rekon 3 Nano Long Range, I thought - awesome, a 1S 18650 RTF (Ready To Fly) micro quadcopter - I need to check that out! Banggood was kind enough to send me one over for review.
Designed by Dave_C and manufactured by RekonFPV the Rekon 3 Nano Long Range will have a very specific target audience, and in this post I want to take a closer look and help you decide if this might be something for you.
C Rating? Mili Amp Hours? How many cells?
When it comes to the LiPo batteries we use in our hobby, there are a couple of specs you simply need to know about, what they mean, how to interpret them and most importantly how to compare them.
At first all those specs seem a little bit overwhelming, but when you look at them one at a time, they all make sense and are not all too complicated.
And this is what this post is all about, I will look at all the different specs and explain what they mean and how they interact with each other. I will also give you some general LiPo related tips.
Thinking about building a 1S brushless whoop and you are not sure which AIO flight controller to use? I want to show you a couple FC’s which I think are viable choices and explain what I am looking for in my 1S flight controllers.
Obviously there is no ONE perfect flight controller, otherwise this article would be pretty short. It depends on what you are looking for, and this might be different for everyone. I will show you what I look for and how my decision process looks like.
The EMAX Nano Hawk is EMAX’ first attempt at a 65mm indoor brushless whoop - they advertise it as a “Beginner Indoor Nano Racing Drone” - at least that is, what the package states. Let’s see how true this is.
This is one class smaller than their super successful 75mm Tinyhawk series, which was - and still is - one of my favorite entry level whoops.
The Nano Hawk weighs in at just 20g without the battery, which is rather on the light weight side when compared to other “BNF” (Bind and Fly) whoops of its size.
The AE65 is the Aniversary Edtion of the US65. Aniversary in this context means anniversary of Eachine as a company, not the copter itself. So: Happy 7th birthday to you, Eachine.
According to the product description the AE65 is limited to 500 pieces, but you can basically get everything as a spare part and build it from scratch, once the “limited edition” is sold out.
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?
In this article I want to talk a little bit about battery connectors. Battery connectors - you wonder? Yes! What might at first sound like a boring topic with not much to say, turns out to be a quite interesting one, especially when it comes to brushless whoops.
Every mechanical connection is a place where electrical energy can be “lost” - or to be physically correct - translated into heat. You want your plugs to be as lossless as possible, so that all the energy can reach the place where it should be used - mainly the motors.
The Alpha A65 is iFlights rendition of a 1S, 65mm whoop. I was very excited to see an iFlight whoop since I usually really enjoy their ready to fly products, like the Green Hornet Cinewhoop which I reviewed a couple of months ago.
Their products are usually very well thought out and super solid. Spoiler alert: The iFlight Alpha A65 is no different in that regard. But let’s see what exactly it brings to the table.
I was pretty excited when I saw that there are Xing motors in the whoop form factor. I really like the iFlight Xing motors and run them on my 5” rigs and my cinewhoop.
Not only do I like their nice and roundish design quite a lot, but they also prove to be very reliable and most importantly durable.