The EMAX Tinyhawk 2 Freestyle is the third micro quad released by EMAX that is built on basically the same stack as the Tinyhawk 2 and the Tinyhawk 2 Race both of which I have reviewed before.
Both are super solid quads that you can have a lot of fun with. One to fly at home and one aimed at micro racers. I have put a couple of hundred packs through each of them and have especially been enjoying the Tinyhawk 2 Race. Now lets have a look at the newest addition to the Tinyhawk 2 family.
The one thing that was annoying me with BetaFPV’s Lite Radio 2 is the power up/down time - you need to press that power button for what feels like an eternity to switch the radio on or off.
Unfortunately with OpenTX 2.2.x you cannot adjust the time needed to press to button to power cycle it, with 2.3.x you can. According to this thread in the Betaflight OpenTX fork you can run 2.3.x without any bigger issues (Big thank you to user knoopx for trying that out).
I have been asking BetaFPV for quite some time for an AIO with blackbox - obviously I was not the only one.
This toothpick sized flight-controller comes with 20A ESC’s and 8MB flash for blackbox logging. But the blackbox is not its only selling point. Apart from that it also comes with three full UARTS. Since it is tootphick sized, it will unfortunately not fit into most whoop frames.
BetaFPV’s LiteRadio 2 is a low priced transmitter aimed at newcomers to the hobby. This is quite a step up from their toy grade first iteration of this radio. In my opinion those two versions are not even worth being compared to each other, instead I will be comparing it to FrSky’s X-Lite (Pro) throughout this article.
There are two versions of the LiteRadio 2 - one for FrSky receivers, supporting the D8 and D16 protocol. And one version for the Bayang protocol which is often used in Silverware enabled whoops.
You can get the LiteRadio 2 in Mode 1 or Mode 2. If you are just starting out - go with Mode 2 - that is basically the de-facto default layout most of the people in the quadcopter hobby are using (throttle and yaw on the left gimbal, roll and pitch on the right one).
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.
The iFlight Green Hornet is a RTF Cinewhoop that comes in a couple of different variations. It is intended for cinematographic footage and is the smaller brother of the BumbleBee.
With a prop size of 3” the Green Hornet is made to carry a GoPro (or any other HD cam of your choice) for nice HD footage.
This model has been kindly sent to me by Banggood for the purpose of a review.
The Tinyhawk 2 Race is basically the outdoor version of the Tinyhawk 2. They share a fair amount of components. The Tinyhawk Race is a 2S, 2” toothpick style quadcopter which you should definitely fly outside.
You can also fly it on 1S, but honestly - once you tried the Race on 2S there is no going back.
BetaFPV just released a Runcam split like camera. It can be used as an FPV camera but will simultaneously also record HD footage to a micro SD card. It is intended to be mounted on a whoop, above the all in one flight-controller.
This camera is also used on BetaFPV’s new 2S, 65mm whoop, the BetaFPV 65x, but you can also buy it separately for about $65. It is currently the lightest HD camera available on the market.
In this article I want to discuss one of the most important tools you can have in this hobby - a soldering iron. There are many different soldering irons and stations from a multitude of brands that you can get.
But if you are just starting out and do not have a soldering iron yet or if you want a device that you can use at home and in the field the TS100 might be the perfect soldering iron for you: a compact device that you can power from a 12-24V power supply or directly from a LiPo battery.