Here is an overview of some of the best Tiny Whoops we have right now in the market. When talking about Tiny Whoops we generally mean those tiny little FPV drones that have ducts around the propellers. They are tons of fun to fly in the house especially on rainy days and winter.
The Types of Tiny Whoop
There are two major categories in tiny whoops.
Brushed or Brushless
“Brushed” and “Brushless” are the types of motors used in a quadcopter. As an over-simplified summary:
- Brushless motors = power, speed and longevity
- Brushed motor = cheap, simplicity and light weight
Originally, Tiny Whoops were all using brushed motors. They were popular because of how easy they are to use. They only have 2 wires as opposed to the 3 wires on brushless motors. Brushless motors require dedicated ESC (speed controllers) to make them work.
Brushed motors are known to have shorter lifespan but they are cheap to replace, while brushless motors are more expensive but can last much longer if handled properly.
Brushless motors recently became popular in tiny whoops and seem to be taking over brushed motors. They are more powerful and battery hungry, new options even support higher voltage for extra power.
See my brushless motor beginner tutorial to learn more.
1S vs. 2S
“1S” and “2S” are the number of cells in a battery (see LiPo battery introduction). 1S battery has nominal voltage of 3.7V while that of a 2S battery is 7.4V.
1S is the classic choice in Tiny Whoops and it’s still more popular. 2S is catching up, and I really think 2S (or even higher voltages) is the future as it sags a lot less than 1S towards the end of the battery. 2S is faster and can just be as efficient if used with the right motors and propellers.
2S Whoops are more pricey than 1S at the moment due to the higher spec components. so if all you want to do is casual indoor FPV flying, 1S is totally fine! (and the power is more manageable too)
1S Tiny Whoop
The latest and greatest whoops are mostly brushless. Here is a spec comparison between three of my favourite 1S models at the time of writing.
|Motor||0603 17000KV||0603 19000KV||0802 17000KV|
|Weight (no bat)||20g||22g||28g|
|Where to Buy?||Banggood
The UR65 was probably the hottest whoop during mid 2018. It’s affordable and spare parts are less expensive and widely available.
It’s very light weight, the lighter the whoop, the less likely you may damage stuff in crashes.
It also comes with an awesome parallel charging board. It allows you to charge up to 6 batteries at the same time. This is going to cut your waiting time considerably!
Despite the different branding, the US65 and UK65 are believed to be the upgraded UR65 because of the similarities. Apart from the more colourful canopies, the motors have been upgraded to 19000KV motors from 17000KV. They’ve also added SmartAudio to the video transmitter so you can change channel through Betaflight OSD or LUA script, pretty awesome huh?!
|Where to Buy?||Banggood|
Compared to the UR65, you might or might not notice the increase in power because the UK65/US65 are a couple of grams heavier. This is due to the possibly different frame material which feels a lot stiffer than the UR65’s.
But surprisingly, the US65/UK65 are few dollars cheaper, making it a better option in value if you don’t mind the flags.
There is rumour that the UR65 and Snapper 6 are made in the same factory, because they come in the same design, package as well as instruction manual. But the Snapper 6 uses heavier frame material which results in over 3g weight difference, that’s why we recommend the UR65/UK65/US65 over the Snapper 6. Three grams makes a huge difference to flight performance and flight time when it comes to a tiny whoop sized aircraft!
|Where to Buy?||Amazon
The Snapper 7 is the bigger version of the Snapper 6, (and the UR65 if you believe they are made by the same people). The differences are in the beefier motors, and it’s using bigger propellers (40mm vs. 31mm), resulting in more powerful and efficiency.
The frame of the Snapper 7 is made of aluminium and carbon fibre, so you can expect it to withstand harder crashes. If you don’t trust plastic frames and want a more solid solution, this is the one you want to get. However the downside with metal frame is, if you crash really, really hard, the frame can be bent out of shape and obstructs your props.
AcroBee by NewBeeDrone
|Where to Buy?||Newbeedrone|
The AcroBee is a classic 65mm Tiny Whoop equipped with 0620 brushed motors. This is the model I’d recommend if you are looking for a brushed Tiny Whoop. It flies super well, and easy to configure as it’s running Betaflight. Great for indoor flying, it’s quiet and gives long flight time. For more detail, see my full review of the Acrobee (BeeBrain V2).
2S Tiny Whoop
If you are looking for more speed, and racing in places with more room, 2S is the way to go. Here are some of the most popular 2S Whoop currently:
|Motor||0802 16000KV||0802 17500KV||1103 11000KV|
|Weight (no bat)||25.9g||26g||41g|
|Battery Connector||2x PH2.0||2x PH2.0||XT30|
|Where to Buy?||Gearbest
Either you are into racing, or just general flying you will find the Modula7 more manageable compared to some other options in its class. It’s far easier to change camera tilt angle in this model.
Still too much power? You can consider limiting your throttle in your Taranis. You can do this in the Mixer page in Taranis, reduce weight of throttle from 100 to 75 or 50, and adjust the Offset so the range starts at -100.
However please note that the frame seems to be less durable compared to the Beta 65X or 75X.
|Where to Buy?||Banggood
The Beta65X has the exact same size as traditional 1S 65mm whoop, but powered by 2S batteries!. Comparing to 1S whoops, some might find them harder to fly indoor especially in tight spaces due to the higher voltage and camera angle. They would be perfect for garden or park flying though!
|Where to Buy?||RDQ
The Beta 75X is the bigger brother of the 65X and it’s a beast! I’d say this is designed more for longer range and outdoor. For indoor you probably need a really big house :)
Which is the Best Tiny Whoop?
I’d pick the US65 or UK65 as the best whoop for value, if you are just looking for the smallest FPV drone to fly in your living room. It’s not too powerful, and it’s so light it’s will hold up well to crashes.
For something faster that you can fly both indoor and outdoor, definitely consider the Mobula7. It’s 2S brushless, so it will have more power and potential than all the 1S whoops. Is it too powerful for indoor? Not necessarily as you could easily adjust the camera angle, or even limit your throttle in the Taranis if you want to reduce the power.
For flying outdoor and racing, I’d probably get the Beta75X. It will handle the wind better than the Mobula7.
Building Your Own Tiny Whoop?
The whole tiny whoop craze started by adding your own camera and video transmitter to tiny toy quadcopters. I had a tutorial teaching people how to build a tiny whoop from scratch.
You no longer have to build it by yourself. You can buy a tiny whoop straight off the shelf and it includes literally everything you need: the quad, camera, VTX, batteries and charger. Just bind it to your radio transmitter and you are ready to fly! They fly straight out of the box, and they are also cheaper!