With the growing popularity of 1S brushed micro quadcopters, we are seeing more and more options for components: flight controllers, motors, FPV setup. It would make life a lot easier to have a central place where you can look up most if not all of the possible brushed micro quad parts.
Last updated 24/03/2016. We will try to keep this list updated regularly, please let me know if there is any missing items.
Make sure you also check out our other parts lists.
Index of Brushed Micro Quad Parts List
- FC – Flight Controllers
- Motors and Propellers
- LiPo Battery
- Radio Receiver
- FPV Setup – Camera & VTX
FC – Flight Controllers
Processor and Firmware
The processor basically determines what software you can run on the micro quad.
- 8bit – Multiwii
- 32bit – Cleanflight / Baseflight / Betaflight
It might be Irrelevant to some FC such as the Hubsan board, because they come with their own firmware, and you cannot change settings on them (such as PID and rates).
FET is the ESC (motor speed controller) of a brushed micro quadcopter. Depends on your choice of motors and propellers, you need to make sure the FET’s meet your current draw requirement.
Features to Consider
- Options of 3.3V/5V outputs for RX and VTX?
- Filtered Power for FPV gear? (Lulfro board does a good job at this)
- Extension-capable? (multiFlite Nano provides headers for adding extra features)
Brushed Board with FET adapter board
|AlienWii||ATmega||4.2A||3.4g||$60||External DSM2/DSMX||Only runs Multiwii |
Integrated FTDI Progrommer
Usually out of stock
|Beef’s Brushed Board||STM32||4.2A||4.0g||$60||External Spektrum/SBUS/SUMD or PPM||Runs Cleanflight/Baseflight|
|CJMCU||STM32||? (7mm motor)||8.5g||$20||External PWM/PPM||Runs Cleanflight |
Flight controller integrated into the frame
|Lulfro||STM32||6.3A||?||$60||External Spektrum/SBUS/SUMD or PPM||Doesn’t come with any cables/leads|
|Micro MWC||ATmega||2A||1.8g||$35||Integrated 6ch DSM2||Apparently is a pain to program, sometimes come with dead FETs|
|Micro Scisky||STM32||5A||2.5g||$33||Integrated 7ch DSM2||New board, no info yet|
|MultiFlite Nano||STM32||8A||3g||$65||External Spektrum or PPM||Expansion headers, Runs Cleanflight|
|Taulabs Brushed Sparky|
As it was pointed out by Blaise in the comment AlienWii is discontinued by the original author, and it’s now been taken on by AlienFlight.
Also note that the Quanum Pico and the Micro SciSky are actually the same board, just rebranded.
Motors and Propellers
Basically there are 2 sizes of brushed motors you can get for micro quad, different by the diameter: 7mm and 8.5mm. They are also sometimes known as 0720 and 0820 motors, the first 2 digits (07, 08) being the diameter class, and the last 2 digits (20) being the height of the motor.
Note that brushed motors are consumables just like props, they generally last around 5 to 10 hours of flight time. That might not sound like a lot, but that’s about 100 flights. As they are wearing out they don’t run as efficient as when new, and gradually giving less thrust and shorter flight time.
|Motors||Size / mm||Price $ / unit|
|MMW Dark Edition||0820||7.8|
From experience, I would recommend the Ladybird props over others for both 7mm and 8mm builds, because of the cheap price and great durability. They take abuse and very hard to break. They also don’t fly off the motors in crashes. Hubsan props disappear every time I crash and often go missing.
For best performance props on 8mm builds you can try some of the Parrot Rolling spider props, they are pretty efficient and generate a lot of thrust (because they are longer). Make sure your FETs support the current draw.
|Propellers||Picture||Price $ / unit|
|Parrot Rolling Spider||1.7|
|60mm Micro Prop||0.4|
Micro Motor Thrust Testings
Motors show different performance when coupled with different propellers, I try my best to test different combo and here are the data I have gathered so far.
|Multirotor Superstore Motors||300mah 45C||350mah 65C||600mah 35C||750mah 35C|
|MMW Dark Edition Motors||300mah 45C||350mah 65C||600mah 35C||750mah 35C|
Micro Quad Frame
There are 2 main types of frames for micro quadcopters, Carbon fibre and 3D Printed. CJMCU is the only FC I have seen that is integrated into a silicon frame. But I am personally not a fan of that because of the vibrations can get into the Gyro/ACC sensors easily.
Carbon Fiber frames are lighter yet more rigid and strong, but they tend to be more expensive.
3D printed Micro frames are much cheaper, however with bad design they do break easier than carbon fibre, and even have bending arms that affect flight characteristics.
|Phoenix Racing||$30||Carbon Fiber||4g|
|Phoenix Micro-H||$20||Carbon Fiber||7g|
|Quanum WISP||$13||Carbon Fiber||11g|
|Oskie V1||$7||3D Printed||6g|
What I found is, for 7mm motor builds, you normally need higher C rating batteries. Low C packs just don’t have the punch and isn’t enough to keep the quad in the air long.
8mm motor builds are a lot more forgiving when it comes to LiPo. Even those cheap, low C rating banggood batteries runs okay (not great, but flyable).
Capacity VS Weight
Weight is critical to a micro quad, you can feel the difference for every gram you save. Larger battery pack doesn’t necessary give you longer light time because of the increase in weight. The extra weight might even make the quad hard to control.
What battery should I get?
For 7mm motors builds, the only battery I would recommend is the 300mAh 45C from Hobbyking. Batteries that are heavier than that might have trouble even taking off.
8mm builds are more forgiving and any batteries in the following list should fly fine, but I recommend the 750mAh 35C for longer flight time, or 300mAh 45C for faster, more agile flying.
|HK 300mAh 45C||9.0g||$2.7|
|HK 350mAh 65C||15.7g||$4.2|
|HK 600mAh 35C||16.3g||$2.8|
|HK 750mAh 35C||18.7g||$3.0|
The following RX in the table are all supported by the Taranis (bind directly, no extra TX module required) and majority of the Frsky TX modules.
|Frsky VD5M||$11||2g||3.0-7.2V||PWM – 5ch|
|SRP8 8ch||$19||2g||5V||PPM, Telemetry|
Built-in Spektrum RX
Some FC has built-in spektrum RX, many TX allows you to plug a additional TX module on it like the Taranis or Turnigy 9X, so you can get a Orange TX module, and bind with the Spektrum RX.
Frsky Micro RX – PPM
Depends on what radio system you are planning to run, I guess most people would be running Frsky Taranis, or 9X/9XR with a Frsky TX Module. In that case you should get the Frsky Micro RX (PPM), or the VD5M (PWM).
Frsky VD5M Micro RX is an alternative receiver for Frsky users (Taranis), which runs on PWM. Someone left me a comment before saying it’s possible to mod the VD5M to output PPM, but I’ve never looked into that.
SRP8 8ch PPM Radio Receiver
SPR8 receiver is a full feature radio receiver, supports PPM and telemetry. Weights only 2g (1.5g if shorten wires), and about the same size as the Frsky Micro RX. However this RX only accepts 5V power input, so if your micro quad setup doesn’t have a step up voltage regulator from 1S to 5V, then you can’t use this RX.
For FPV setup on Micro Quads, you have two options, one is to buy a readily made setup (FPV combo), the other option is to buy camera and VTX separately. Usually buying them separately and put them together is a cheaper solution.
Requirements for FPV cameras that are used on micro quads are:
- As light as possible
- takes 3.3V-5V as input voltage (1S Lipo)
|Banggood 600TVL Mini Camera||$10||3g||170 Wide Angle, but feels more like 120 degree great for FPV|
|1g Camera||$54||1g||No wide angle, not recommend for FPV|
|Surveilzone 600TVL Camera||$19||3g||120 degree wide angle|
VTX – Video Transmitter
Same requirements apply here for VTX, light weight and takes 3.3V input.
|Boscam TX5823 200mW||$11||2.3g||5.8 GHz – Band E|
|Boscam TX5826 400mW||$15.5||2.5g||5.8 GHz – Band E|
|AltitudeRC Nano VTX 25mW||$50||3g||5.8 GHz – Band F|
Camera + video Transmitter.
|Pico FPV Combo||$100||8g||5.8 GHz – Band F|
|Pico FPV Combo V2||$75||7g||900 MHz & 1.3GHz|
|Micro FPV SPMVA1100||$75||4.5g||5.8 GHz – Band F|
|DIY BG Camera + TX5823||$25||5.6g||5.8 GHz – Band E|
|DIY BG Cam + AltitudeRC VTX||$60||6.5g||5.8 GHz – Band F|
|FX798T VTX camera FPV combo||$41||4.5g||5.8Ghz 40ch – ABEFR|
|Quanum Elite VTX camera combo||$39||4.5g||5.8Ghz 40ch – ABEFR|
|Hyperion Mini FPV combo||$55||4.5g||5.8Ghz 40ch – ABEFR|
You might be interested in some of the micro quad build examples I posted before on the blog.
- CJMCU – 7mm
- Lulfro FC – 8mm
- Beef brushed board – 8mm 1
- Beef brushed board – 8mm 2
- Oskie + SRP8 + Lulfro – 8mm
The Tiny Whoop build is basically an Eachine E010 coupled with a VTX/Camera FPV combo. It became very popular and started by the Horizon Inductrix, but it’s much more expensive than the E010.
Check out my build log of the E010 Tiny Whoop.
It’s very easy to build, cheap yet saves you from lots of hassle working out and parts you need as it’s nearly a RTF quad. However it doesn’t have the power like a 8mm motor build, and it handles the wind poorly. If you are looking for a fun indoor quad to fly, you should give it a try :)
I’ve been thinking about building a brushed Wing. Normally I see a brushless motor + ESC bundle, connected directly to the Receiver. Can brushed motors take the signal straight off a 6 channel receiver, or do I need some kind of FET/ESC between them? (If you have a link to the needed parts, that would be awesome!)
What is the advantage of small brushed quads over small brushless quads like LKTR120?
safer, lighter, cheaper and easier to build and maintain.
I love your blog, mainly the micros articles.
Nice work!!!. Thanks
You should probably add the FX758-2 5.8G 200mW Vtx to the list, 3.3v – 5v @2.2grams, less when you remove the metal RF shield, a capable little Vtx with a clean signal.
I have stupid question what version of cleanflight i have to flash beef board ??
I flash my board by cleanflight (alienwii version) , The motors do not spin together at same speed , when i move throttle stick up only motors 2,3 spin after more than 50% throttle motors 1,4 start spinning but not same speed of 2,3 motors >
Maybe you can add this frame to the list:ebay.com/itm/191449058292?_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
Micro Scisky : read the reviews at banggood, it have some issues specially binding and motor spinning….
you might like to add the following:
The Sparky2 flight controller from TauLabs has 4 buffered PWM outputs (using N-channel FETs) which can drive brushed motors directly, see: https://github.com/TauLabs/TauLabs/wiki/Sparky2
peabody124, the designer of the Sparky2 flight controller, has integrated the Sparky2 flight controller into a frame, see: http://buildandcrash.blogspot.se/2015/02/brushedsparky-sparky2-microquads.html
This frame is available here:
Note that I haven’t tried either the Sparky2 flight controller or the TauLabs Brushed Sparky frame, so I can’t comment on them first hand. But they do look interesting.
It’s also possible to use any flight controller to drive brushed motors if you put FETs on the PWM outputs. Pial sells a brushed moter driver board that will drive 4 brushed motors. See http://www.pial.net/brushed-motor-driver-board-for-tiny-motors/
Note his post is a bit old, so I don’t know if he still sells them. Again I haven’t personally tried this.
And finally http://picnicquads.com/ is a source of frames for micro quadcopters. He sells both carbon fiber and polycarbonate (transparent plastic frames). They are available in a variety of sizes from 100mm to 160mm and for 7mm and 8mm motors. I personally like the polycarbonate frames, since they can be lit up with LEDs. (Picnicquads also sell mini and micro frames for brushless motors, from 130mm to 225mm size.)
I have bought a couple of frames form picnicquads and can recommend them.
Also, the quanum Pico and the Micro SciSky are actually the exact same board, just rebranded. If you buy a MicroSciSky from Bangood chances are you’ll get a Quanum branded one these days.
Good article. You should probably mention that the original AlienWii is discontinued by it’s original maker, and that clones / improvements are in development but not yet widely available. check out http://www.alienflight.com for more info.
might also be useful to point people to http://community.micro-motor-warehouse.com for a dedicated micro community.