Eachine E010 for FPV – Cheap Alternative to Tiny Whoop & Inductrix

by Oscar
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The Eachine E010 is an affordable Inductrix Clone, with the same mod you can turn it into something similar to a Tiny Whoop, but much cheaper.

Update: Why spend time building tiny whoop when you can just buy one ready to fly? Here are some of the best Tiny Whoops on the market.

Update (Apr 2018), there is now an FPV ready version, the E013, you don’t have to DIY anymore.

Get your Eachine E010 from Banggood. Here is a list of best Tiny Whoop in the market.

If you already bought this quad, check out my modifications how to improve flight performance.

eachine E010 inductrix tiny whoop micro quad box

Eachine E010 Spec

They come in 2 different colours, green and red. The structure feels very solid. Looks almost identical to the Inductrix apart from colour. The transmitter takes 2xAA batteries, and it’s just as tiny as the quadcopter.

eachine E010 inductrix tiny whoop micro quad top

Weight:

  • AUW: 16.7g without battery
  • Canopy 0.9g
  • 21.5 with FX797 and mount, without battery

Compared to the Inductrix

  • Inductrix AUW: 15.3g without battery
  • Inductrix Canopy: 0.2g

eachine E010 inductrix tiny whoop micro quad transmitter eachine E010 inductrix tiny whoop micro quad compare to Taranis TX

The quad comes with a 1S 150mAh 30C LiPo battery. Eachine also makes these batteries for sale separately, however they come with different connectors, and with protection foam which might be a tight fit in this frame.

eachine E010 inductrix tiny whoop micro quad bottom lipo battery eachine E010 inductrix tiny whoop micro quad bottom

The battery compartment dimension is about 17.5mm x 8mm x 26mm. But I think we can remove the wall at the end to fit longer batteries.

Basic Operation

To arm, push throttle stick all the way up, and down. Doesn’t matter if you power up the quad first or the TX first.

It’s important to calibrate the accelerometer (ACC)  first. Place the quad on a level surface, throttle down, pitch down, roll left. The LED on the FC will flash and when it stops it indicates the successful calibration.

Then when you take off and hover, you can now trim your pitch/roll stick first otherwise the Eachine E010 will drift when flying.

Acro mode is not what I thought it is. By pressing the top right button it allows you to do a flip or roll, but then will switch back to level mode.

Top Left button is the switch between high rate and low rate.

The Trim button on the throttle stick isn’t for YAW trim, but rather for headless mode and “Return to home”.

Headless mode is basically just reverse your pitch/roll stick control (not using mag sesnor). Return to home basically just sends your quad forward, it won’t really “return it to home”. It will only stop if you move your pitch stick.

eachine E010 inductrix tiny whoop micro quad feature

How it feels flying LOS

With the crappy TX, it actually flies pretty decent in LOS (line of sight). It’s very punchy and very fun to fly around the house.

But we won’t stop there! Our ultimate goal is to fly FPV with this :)

Tear Down and Installing FPV setup

The Canopy cover is mounted on the frame by only 2 plastic pins on the left and right sides, so that was easy to remove.

Once removed the canopy you will find the FC, and the motors are directly soldered on it.

eachine E010 inductrix tiny whoop micro quad tear down take apart eachine E010 inductrix tiny whoop micro quad FC flight controller close up

The only things that are holding the FC in place are 2 little screws (front and tail). FC screw holes (left right): 35.5mm, FC screw holes (front tail): 27.9mm.

Like the Inductrix you can easily replace the motors by pushing them up, with something more powerful like the MMW Dark Edition, or Chaoli Upgrade motors (which I am going to try next).

I soldered 2 header pins on the battery connector pads, to power my FX797 VTX.

eachine E010 inductrix tiny whoop micro quad solder battery pin

Here is the STL File download for the FX797/FX798 mount (VTX+Camera), designed by myself. With the stock motors, I found  the10 degree tilt is more than enough. But I will make a 20 degree version shortly.

eachine E010 inductrix tiny whoop micro quad VTX mount FX797 eachine E010 inductrix tiny whoop micro quad FPV setup FX797

VTX I am using here is the FX797.

eachine E010 inductrix tiny whoop micro quad 3D print VTX FPV mount

FPV Flights

Because I only have 1 battery at the moment, and it takes 20 mins to charge, I can’t practice much with it yet. Here is my lousy 3rd flight with it, you can tell I am still not used to the quad especially the small TX.

With stock battery/motors, I get about 2:30 flight time. (3:40 if hovering)

Here I am flying with my Taranis and you can tell the difference in control and precision :)

Main Differences between Tiny Whoop

  • Eachine E010 is $15, Inductrix Blade RTF is $70
  • Both use 6mm motors
  • The frame feels very similar in terms of stiffness, the Eachine is slightly less flexible
  • The whoop (ducts) sizes are almost identical, height are very similar too
  • The inductrix has the FC mount dropped down
  • Blades (propellers) look identical
  • Motor rotates opposite direction, Eachine rotates inward (traditional, like in Cleanflight), tiny whoop rotates outward
  • Motor mount supports (struts) are different, the Eachine using thicker square bars (width 2.3mm) instead of angled thinner struts; might be not so good for efficiency
  • Battery connector on the Eachine is mCPX, a very uncommon connector. Not sure why they don’t use the more popular Lossi connectors, or pico on the inductrix. You can probably remove the existing connector on the board and replace it with something you prefer
  • It could be a little bit harder to mount your VTX/Camera combo on top of the FC board, as it sticks out about 3/4mm. Also the screws locations are different, so existing Camera mounts for the Tiny might not work. You could probably insert some foam tape underneath, or design a new mount for it
  • 3 out of 4 of the FC screw holes actually match the ones on the Inductrix, so replacement FC designed for Tiny Whoop might fit

And here is how you can swap the frame of the Eachine with a Inductrix.

Pros

It’s very affordable, a lot cheaper than the Inductrix. Very fun to fly LOS with this. Self level mode is very stable and responsive.

Cons

Transmitter is really really bad. The sticks are unproportional, I feel like the resolution of sticks are like only 2 steps (either 0% or 100%).It’s really hard to stay anywhere in the middle because of the tight springs. Throttle stick is better as there is no spring forcing it, but when you are flying with FPV setup, the hover point is at 60% throttle, making it very hard to stay level.

It doesn’t fly very nice with the FPV setup, nor fly very accurately, using a bigger TX is a must IMO.

I will possibly swap out the motors too, they are lacking power. I would also get some 200mAh batteries for longer flight time.

Binding another TX

It’s possible to bind the Eachine E010 to another TX. I have heard it works with the Deviation TX. But I have the Taranis, and I will be getting a Goebish TX module to try (can be installed at the TX module bay). I will make another post if that works. We also found this TX module for the Taranis on BG, it can bind many other toy grade quadcopters, but I can’t find the Eachine E010 TX protocol in the list (FQ777-124), maybe someone can flash it with Goebish’s firmware?

Compared to some of my micro quads

It’s absolutely tiny compared to my whoopee. But in terms of power there is not comparison.

eachine E010 inductrix tiny whoop micro quad compare whoopee

The Oskie V1 is a 110mm frame, it still looks significantly bigger than the Eachine (80mm x 80mm from duct to duct)

eachine E010 inductrix tiny whoop micro quad compare oskie

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35 comments

Olivier 1st October 2017 - 7:07 pm

Hello,

What do you think about E013 available now ? Seems to be exactly a E010 with FPV stuff already embedded.
Did you try E013 so far ?

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yayat 9th May 2017 - 3:30 am

i use tx02 as my fpv cam, and it draw so much power. almost unflieable.

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Maël Zwickert 28th March 2017 - 1:35 am

Hi :) ! Can you explain me how you mount your camera ? I don’t understand how you power your camera after you soldered the 2 header pins. In the last photo it seem you use a black connector between your camera and the header pins. Thx (sorry for my english I am french ahah).

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Oscar 3rd April 2017 - 6:25 pm

just directly connected to the battery connector

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Endika 16th March 2017 - 2:51 pm

Does it worth doing this anymore after the release of the Eachine E101S?

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Oscar 24th March 2017 - 12:23 am

no if you get the E010S :)

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Estee 28th December 2016 - 8:15 am

Mine flew brilliantly for 3 days, but now it only flips over. We cleaned out the blades as there were some fluff on it. Any ideas please?

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Drewski 30th December 2016 - 8:22 pm

Have you tried recalibrating the gyro by pushing the right stick (assuming mode 2) diagonally to the bottom-left?

This will likely fix the problem if you haven’t!

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Gill Hodges 15th November 2016 - 1:58 am

Hi Oscar,
It looks like you could use the Eachine E010 as a repair kit for the Blade Inductrix. That is, take the flight controller out of a broken Inductrix frame, and fit it into the E010 instead.

Do you think there would be an issue doing so? Good to hear your thoughts on such a plan. Would you be able to reuse the E010 motors, or need to swap over the ones from the Inductrix too?

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Oscar 15th November 2016 - 6:21 pm

I think you will have to pay attention to motor spin direction, as they are opposite. Making sure the motor wires are long enough as they will have to reach the solder pads next to their supposed position.

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Yaron 28th October 2016 - 3:03 pm

Hi Oscar, Couldn’t understand what is the best Micro (after modifications) in your opinion?

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Oscar 31st October 2016 - 3:29 pm

I am going to get the E010 and Beecore when it’s out
http://intofpv.com/t-f3-fc-for-tiny-whoop-eachine-e010

You best to fly it with a proper TX (like taranis) for best experience.

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michon 28th October 2016 - 12:17 pm

Hello I am interested in purchasing the camera mount and antenna protector. Thank you

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Oscar 31st October 2016 - 3:20 pm

sorry not sure if it’s a good idea to sell just the camera mount as the shipping would cost more than the item :) unless you are buying multiple of them :)

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Steve 22nd October 2016 - 9:04 pm

Hello I am interested in purchasing the camera mount and antenna protector need about 4 of them.thank you.

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Oscar 23rd October 2016 - 1:14 pm

i will email you.

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raketemensch 15th October 2016 - 4:13 pm

How does it compare flight-wise to the Inductrix?

To bind with a Devo/Deviation TX you would need the NRF24L01 module installed. That one is generally in all of the multimodules as well.

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julo 9th October 2016 - 6:29 pm

Hi,
Thanks for a great description. I am trying to make similar setup with my jjrc h36 quad. But I have a problem with camera (FX798): I am losing video as soon an I increase throttle. Does it mean I have faulty camera (without power filter) ?

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Ste 4th October 2016 - 10:07 am

Can you connect this camera directly?
banggood.app.link/Li7mp8lGax

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Oscar 4th October 2016 - 3:04 pm

I just got this camera, will test it out tonight :)

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Indy 9th October 2016 - 7:45 am

Hi, you’re linking to the Tx02 à 200mW combo, I’d be glad to know if you tried it, but it would certainly draw to much current…

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Santiago Colás 28th September 2016 - 11:56 pm

my E010 does not fly with FX798T. What I can do?

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Oscar 3rd October 2016 - 4:01 pm

Try to get the Chaoli replacement motors?

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fallofshadows 9th September 2016 - 1:13 am

The real question is, can it fly acro mode?

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Oscar 9th September 2016 - 3:12 pm

as i mentioned in the review, it can do a flip, but it can’t fly in full acro mode :)

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CesiumSalami 1st September 2016 - 3:16 pm

For my Eachine H8, I super glued some extensions onto the TX to help with control … a little … i’ve seen some using thumb tacks. But there are also these: thingiverse.com/thing:1012768

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der-Frickler.net 1st September 2016 - 9:02 am

The Taranis Multimodule from BG uses pascallangers code:
github.com/pascallanger/DIY-Multiprotocol-TX-Module
the E010 protocol was added 4 days ago:
github.com/pascallanger/DIY-Multiprotocol-TX-Module/commit/af7d04fef6e52962142b1c085ba15944c927710a

P.S: really like your articles, keep going!

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Jürgen 1st September 2016 - 8:02 am

Isn’t that kind of the same thing as the H8 with a different frame?

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Oscar 3rd September 2016 - 2:12 pm

i don’t own the H8, but i think the E010 is much smaller, and uses 6mm motors.

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John 1st September 2016 - 4:09 am

Could you solder the camera straight to the fc without the header pins?

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Oscar 1st September 2016 - 2:27 pm

yes you can :) i am using header pins because I always move the camera around different quads

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FrankCZE 31st August 2016 - 1:27 pm

Can it go with 2s LiPo? It could solve the power problem

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Oscar 3rd September 2016 - 1:56 pm

at the moment it’s not possible, but it’s certainly interesting :)

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Indy 9th October 2016 - 7:49 am

Hi Oscar and FrankCZE,
Banggood sells 2S Chaoli, and those tiny F3 FC can handle it… anyone tried those motors?

By the way I tried the Chaoli 8.5x20mm 1s on a QX90, they give much more punch… but I haven’t tried the 6mm already

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