250 size Mini Quad are popular due to small form factor, agility, fast and ease to build. Then, we also have the popular brushed micro quadcopters. They are great fun to fly indoor, but they don’t perform particularly well outdoor due to the lack of power.
Last updated: 21 Oct 2015
And now, we have the 180mm size mini quad (sub 200mm mini quadcopter)! The 180 mini quad has the best of both worlds being able to handle both indoor and outdoor very well. The tiny footprint enables it to fly in small space, yet it’s powerful which allows you to perform crazy acro moves.
The 250 Mini Quad parts list was a great success that helped thousands of people, so here we will compile a parts list for the 180 class mini quad. Most of the parts that are normally used on a 250 mini quad, can still be used on the 180, so I will only be listing the parts not been mentioned previously. Please use the 250 parts list with this list at the same time when choosing your components.
180 Mini Quadcopter Frames
|Tarot TL200||$13||Fiber Glass||50g|
|Diatone Blade 180||$17||Carbon Fiber||21g|
|Diatone ET 180||$20||Carbon Fiber||26g|
|Eachine Q200||$21||Carbon Fiber||40g|
|Morphite 180||$55||Carbon Fiber||60g|
|XElites XE180||$70||Carbon Fiber||64g||Oscar||Oscar|
|AP180||$70||Carbon Fiber||98g||Artur B.||Artur B.|
|Thug180 V4 BRÅNNSTORMER||$86||Carbon Fiber||unknown|
FC – Flight Controllers
Basically you can’t go wrong with Naze32. Any other 36mm x 36mm FC should also fits the sub 200 size mini quad well.
For a full list of flight controller please refer to 250 FC section.
The most obvious choice would be 1306 motors. I believe you can also get 1806 2300KV motors for this class of quadcopter, running 4045 propellers on 4S. For more motor tests and thrust data, check out this post on best motor for 180 mini quad.
|Motor Name||KV||Picture||Weight||Max.Thrust/g(cell:prop@Amp)||Price||Thrust Data|
|DYS 1306||3100KV||12g||286 (3S:4045:7.8) |
|Emax 1806||2280KV||18g||300 (3S:4045BN:9.1) |
|Cobra 2204||1960KV||25g||294 (3S:4045BN:7.2) |
|Cobra 2204||2300KV||25g||355 (3S:4045BN:9.6) |
ESC – Electronic Speed Controllers
Normally I would recommend 12A ESCs, such as Blue Series 12A, or Afro 12A. Recently the DYS 20A was released and they are even smaller and lighter than some of the 12A ESCs. However they don’t have a built-in BEC that supply 5V to power flight controller and radio receiver, which means you will have to have a dedicated BEC or 5V voltage regulator for this purpose.
|Blue Series||12A (16A)||$8||2S-4S||10g||(Flashable)|
|Afro Ultra Lite||12A (16A)||$10||2S-4S||10g||SimonK|
|DYS SN20A||20A (22A)||$11||2S-4S||8g||SimonK|
|DYS BL20A||20A (22A)||$11||2S-4S||8g||BLHeli|
|FVT Littlebee||20A (30A)||$16||2S-4S||4g||BLHeli|
Options are very limited when it comes to FPV camera due to size restriction. I think a normal size board camera is still possible for some frame with compatible design.
|Camera Name||Picture||Type/TVL||Price||FOV||Input Voltage|
|Mini FPV Camera||CMOS 520TVL||$52||90 degree||3.6V-24V|
|Sony Super Had||CCD 650TVL||$39||2.8mm 3.6mm||12V|
|Gemfan 4045||Carbon Nylon||$1.6|
|Gemfan 4045||Carbon Fiber||$4.5|
|Gemfan 4045 BN||Pastic||$1.9|
|HQ 4045 Bullnose||Pastic||$2.3|
As for LiPo batteries it’s dependable on what motors you are running. For 1306 3100KV motors, 2S and 3S are the most common. it’s possible to run 4S on it, but it’s a bit unstable due to the stress, and motors might not last long.
Any larger motors such as 1806/2204 2300KV motors, 4S is the way to go!
Capacity wise, 1000-1500mah are pretty good range for 180 size mini quad.
This is only the beginning of 180 size mini quad, i am sure there will be massive expansion to the list in the near future :)