There are so many choices when it comes to motors and propellers for FPV drone, it can be hard to decide. Here I will narrow down the options and give you my recommendations on the what I think are the best motors and props for 5″ mini quad.
The Best FPV Drone Motors
The “best motor” doesn’t really exist. Every motor performs differently, ultimately it all comes down to the application, your flying style and budget.
I do a little bit of both racing and freestyle, so I prefer motors that are flexible and “all-around”, but some motors are designed for very specific applications that you might want to consider.
To learn more about mini quad motors, here is a tutorial: Choose Motor for FPV Drone.
DYS SunFun 2207 2400KV (Cheapest Worth Having for 4S)
The DYS Sunfun 2207 is a solid option for a budget first build. I used these motors for over a year and they performed brilliantly and reliably. I like the decent quality and competitive price, at only $13 a piece.
DYS aims to provide efficiency over power with the Sunfun motors, if you are new to flying FPV, the 2400KV version would be a great choice. This motor is also flexible when it comes to what propellers you can use, as it performs well on a wide range of props, even the heavier/higher pitch 5″.
iFlight Xing X2207 – My Choice for Freestyle on both 4S and 6S
The Xing series from iFlight has to be one of the most gorgeous motors made in 2019. Apart from the distinctive and unique curved motor bell, the Xing 2207 also comes with lots of great features. For example, a single piece titanium alloy motor shaft, robust 9x4x4 bearings, single-strand winding, and the damping ring between bell and bearing that improves durability. The X2207 is a powerful motor with high torque, which translates into responsive and snappy flight performance.
The Xing motor line-up offers many different KV depending on what LiPo voltages you plan to use (4S or 6S), propellers and flying styles. 1700KV and 1800KV are for 6S, while 2450KV and 2750KV are for 4S.
BrotherHobby R6 2207 1750KV – for 6S Builds
The Returner R6 2207 by BrotherHobby is a great designs with EZO bearing and titanium shaft, yet the price is very reasonable for a high quality motor that offers extremely smooth and efficient performance.
BrotherHobby continues to improve the Returner series motors, in the new R6 they have introduced some remarkable improvements, for example the larger and more robust ball bearings for extra durability, and the knurled motor bell top, to keep the prop from slipping without over-tightening the prop nut.
T-motor F60 PRO IV (for Racing)
This is one of the most powerful motors on the list, capable of producing over 1900 grams of thrust in static testing. However it’s also extremely power hungry. It really shines on ultra-light builds which is why many top pilots use this motor for racing.
T-Motor brings improvements in every iteration of the F60 series, and we are now in the 4th generation. A lot of details have been redesigned such as the steel shaft, silicone wires, internal pin-hole, and it’s now using silicone steel sheets. All these changes to reduce the motor weight by 9% from the predecessor! There are now different KV for 4S, 5S and 6S.
Choosing Motor Sizes
2204 and 2205 motors are great choices for ultralight racing drones (<250g dry weight without battery), but these motors generally don’t have the torque to spin heavy props or handle heavy builds.
I will probably put 2206 and 2305 in the same category due to the similar stator volume. These are great for slightly heavier builds, e.g. 250g – 300g on 4S. Motors of these sizes are also popular on light weight 5S and 6S quads (if supported).
Both 2306 or 2207 are great for general purposes as they can handle the widest range of propellers and heavier builds, (>300g+ dry weight without battery). Generally speaking, 2207 are slightly more powerful and has a more linear throttle response, while I prefer the smooth and efficient 2306 for freestyle flying and cruising. (see the 2207 vs. 2306 comparison for more info)
Some people use the tiny 1407 motors for ultralight 5″ quads. Personally I don’t think that’s a good idea because they don’t have the torque for 5″ props, perhaps better for light weight 4″.
It’s important to understand that there are many factors other than just motor size and KV when picking a motor.
The performance is also determined by the motor build quality and design features (air gap, magnet strength, stator lamination, winding etc.) Two motors of the same size made by different manufacturers will very likely to perform differently. I explained all these factors in more detail in my tutorial how to choose Motor for Quadcopters.
What Motor KV Should You Get?
Usually, each 5″ mini quad motor offers 2 to 3 KV options in the range of 2300KV to 2800KV for 4S, some even offer 1600-1800KV for 6S. The different motor KV is caused by the the number of wraps in the stator winding. The rest of the hardware should be the identical.
Motor KV limits your propeller choice. For freestyle, I personally prefer 2300KV-2500KV on 5″ props, but I know some serious FPV racers always pick 2600KV or even higher KV for maximum power. As long as you know what you are doing, and able to manage the current draw while not damaging your battery and ESC, you should be fine.
However, I do want to point out that higher KV doesn’t automatically make you a faster pilot. It just has to be set up right, pairing the right props, keeping the weight of the drone down to an optimal level, etc.
The Best Props for FPV Drone
Similar to motors, propellers are designed for different purposes, the pitch, shape and material all play a part in performance and flight characteristics. Here is a propeller buyer’s guide explaining all the basics of FPV drone props.
HQ 5.1×4.1×3 – My Favourite for Freestyle
I love the HQ 5.1×4.1×3 for its linear throttle response, which gives me very precise control through the whole throttle range. The responsiveness and grip are just awesome, the quad feels snappy and connected to the sticks. But beware of the extra 0.1″ prop length, some 5″ frame are designed very strictly to fit only 5″ props. But I’ve used this on quite a few 5″ frames and haven’t had any issues yet.
Gemfan Hurricane 51466 – for Racing
The Gemfan Hurricane is a great performer in the high end of your throttle, lots of punch and very smooth, but not as precise in the lower end. They have reinforced hub and meant to take a beating around the race course. Bent props? Just bend it back and keep flying!
DAL Cyclone 5045C – Best Trainer Props
I flew the DAL Cyclone all year back in 2018, I still remember I had these on a quad and I didn’t have to change a single prop for weeks! :D I think that’s not only because they are durable, but they also performed so well I didn’t crash as much as I normally do.
These are very “versatile” propellers, and work well on a wide range of motors, that’s what I like about them. The only thing I don’t like, is how punchy they are in the lower end throttle, making the quad a little too “jumpy” when trying to go through small gaps :)
These are cheap and tough, I think they are good option for people who are still mastering the sticks.
DAL Fold – Convenient and Innovative
Having trouble packing your drone in the backpack, but too lazy to take the props off? Check these foldable props out by DAL!
They might look “floppy”, but they actually perform very decently, I can hardly noticed difference from flying non-foldable props. It’s also less likely to get caught in trees and race gates because the blades simply fold when they hit something.
If you are still on the fence about these weird looking props, just try a set :) It’s only a few bucks. You might be surprised!
- Mar 2017 – Article created
- Jul 2017 – Added Returner R4, F40 III, Retired F60, Champion 2205, T2 2206
- Dec 2017 – Added Returner R5,
- May 2018 – Added Returner R6, Sunnsky Edge Racing, Dragonfly Hurricane, and options for ultralight racers and 6S builds
- Sep 2019 – Updated product listing
- July 2020 – Updated motors and added props