Basically, to measure motor thrust data, you need a watt meter for measuring voltage and current, a thrust stand for thrust, a good ESC and a servo tester (or a spare flight controller). This is a watt meter I am using.
Looking for ideas what tools you should get for building your quadcopters?
Not long ago I made a DIY thrust measuring stand, but the result wasn’t particularly satisfactory due to the simplicity. So I decided to go for a relatively more professional solution for some more accurate motor/propeller data.
Hobbyking happened to be doing a sale on this Turnigy Thrust Stand so I bought it. Here we will have a quick review on this product.
It’s made of aluminium I believe, so it’s not very heavy only around 600g. Cheaper for delivery, but you will need some kind of stabilization or weight to hold it in place during a thrust test. It provides screw holes on the bottom plate so you can simply secure it on a wooden table i guess.
Basically it’s nothing more than a weight measuring tool. The maximum thrust it can measure is up to 5KG.
It has a LCD screen that runs of two AA batteries. The battery holder is under the screen panel.
It comes with two motor mounts, and they cover most of the motor sizes: from 12mm to 56mm.
I really like this thrust stand, it’s cheap, sturdy. Only problem I have with it is the scale accuracy, it doesn’t return to zero after a test.