My Tools and Gear for FPV Mini Quads

I get asked frequently what gear I use and what multirotors I fly, so here is a list of mini quad and equipment that I regularly use. Note that I am not sponsored by any companies, I only recommend products that I have good experience with.

Radio Transmitter and Receiver (TX & RX)

I use both the Taranis X9D-Plus and Taranis Q X7S, they are great radios but in different ways:

  • The Q X7S is cheaper, and has a user-friendly scroll wheel for menu operation
  • The X9D has a larger, more readable screen. It also supports the Crossfire module flawlessly without modifications

There are more to consider, please check out my reviews of both radios: the Taranis QX7S and X9D-Plus.

Anyway, I still find myself using the X9D more often, mostly because I am a pincher (holding sticks with both the thumb and index finger), and the X9D has a more ergonomic shape for that. The Q X7 has a wider, more angular shape which is probably preferred by thumbers. You also get more switches on the X9D but for mini quad that doesn’t really matter.

Taranis X9D-Plus Radio Banggood | Amazon | GetFPV | HorusRC
Taranis Q 7XS Radio Banggood | Amazon | GetFPVRDQ

As for receivers, I use Frsky R-XSR on most of my quads. One or two of my quads still have the older XSR because they have become a lot cheaper since the release of the R-XSR. Good value if size doesn’t matter.

Frsky R-XSR Receiver Banggood| Amazon | GetFPV | RDQ
Frsky XSR Receiver Banggood

I also use TBS Crossfire Micro Module with the Nano receiver for long range FPV flying. Here is a tutorial how to setup the TBS Crossfire with Taranis X9D in Betaflight. However I only use it on one quad at the moment, the receiver is way too expensive! Cost is the main reason why I’ve not completely moved over to Crossfire yet.

Crossfire Micro TX Module GetFPV | RDQ
Crossfire Nano RX RDQ | GetFPV | Amazon

FPV Gear (Goggles, VRX, VTX, Antennas)

There are so many options when it comes to FPV goggles! (Here is a buyer’s guide for FPV goggles)

I’ve been using Fatshark since day 1 and it just works for me. The first Fatshark I bought was the Dominator V2 and I really liked it.

Now I’ve switched to the latest Fatshark Dominator HDO because of the OLED displays. These new screens really make a big difference in terms of image quality.

I am not a fan of 16:9 aspect ratio, not only most of my cameras are 4:3, but I just find 4:3 screens more natural to look at. And the wider vertical field of view also helps a great deal when flying close proximity or racing.

The HDO is a bit pricey for sure. I would have recommended the Dominator V2 as a budget option, too bad it’s been discontinued. The good news is, the newer Atittude V4 has similar spec to the DomV2. It would probably be my choice for a relatively cheaper option with decent performance.

Fatshark Dominator HDO GetFPV | Banggood
Fatshark Attitude V4 Banggood | GetFPV | Amazon

Fatshark makes their own battery for the goggles, some people also use 18650 Li-ion batteries to power their goggles. I personally prefer using a Tattu 2S 2500mAh.

Tattu 2S 2500mAh Battery Banggood | Amazon | GetFPV

For receiver module, I originally was using the Furious True-D V3. I prefer the compact form factor and plug-and-play solution over the LaForge. FuriousFPV also works hard to bring out updates regularly.

Now I am mostly using the Eachine Pro58 with the Achilles firmware, not only it’s cheaper, the performance is actually on par with the True-D, if not slightly better. But the True-D is still a good module to have with better usability.

Furious True-D V3 Module Banggood | GetFPV | Amazon | RDQ
Eachine Pro58 Module Banggood

As for antennas, I quite like using the SpiroNet V2 and Menace Patch with my video receiver. For the VTX, just use whatever you can afford because you are going to crash and damage it soon anyway.

Take a look at my FPV antenna recommendations for ideas.

Menace Patch Antenna GetFPVAmazon | RDQ
Spironet Antenna GetFPV | Banggood | Amazon

Charging Equipment

I really like chargers from iSDT and cannot recommend them enough. They didn’t pay me to say that, nor have I ever got a free charger from them. I am genuinely excited about their products because they just work.

Take a look at my review of the Q6 to see why i like it so much.

These chargers are extremely portable and powerful, you can use it for field charging, you can charge up to 6S LiPo, 18650 batteries or even your car battery…

Here are some other LiPo charger recommendations.

iSDT Q6 Charger Banggood | GetFPV | Amazon | RDQ

To charge multiple batteries at the same time, you need a parallel charging board. Make sure to read this article to learn how to parallel charge LiPo batteries.

Parallel Charging Board Banggood | Amazon | GetFPV
Battery Voltage Checker GetFPV | Banggood

For charging batteries in the field, I use one of these large capacity LiPo.

Multistar 6S 10,000mAh LiPo Battery Amazon | Hobbyking

The ImaxRC B3 is a handy charger for your transmitter and goggles 2S and 3S batteries. It charges the battery through the balance lead, perfect for batteries that don’t have XT60 connectors.

IMAXRC B3 PRO 2S / 3S Balance Charger Banggood | Amazon

Tools

Here are some of my favorite tools. For other tools take a look at this detailed list. Oh… do you want to learn how to solder?

TS100 Soldering Iron Banggood | Amazon | GetFPV | RDQ
MG Chemical 63/37 Solder Amazon
ES120 Electric Screw Driver BanggoodAmazon
Screw Driver Set Banggood
Multistar FPV Backpack Review

My Mini Quad Fleet

Martian with Kakute F4 – Build Log

At the moment, this is my go-to mini quad for freestyle. It’s not the hardware that makes it my favourite, but the amount of time I’ve spent tuning it and getting used to the feel of it. I have to say, the Martian frame is one of the toughest frames I’ve flown :)

DemonRC UltraLite – Build Log

This is one of the lightest mini quad I’ve built. I mainly use it for track racing :) It’s extremely fast and agile! But the frame is so skinny it’s really fragile too. In fact I broke it in my 2nd or 3rd flight. I don’t recommend it unless you are a professional racer and know what you are doing :)

Diatone GT-M200 – Build Log

The sturdy build for racing, I fly this whenever I don’t feel confident flying the DemonRC one, like flying in the forest, because it will probably break within 20 mins when crash into a tree. The Diatone GT-M200 frame is so much stronger it will take a beating :)

6S Low KV Rig – Build Log

This is my 6S Quad. I absolutely love the handling and responsiveness on 6S! Read this article learn about the differences between 4S and 6S Mini Quad.

BeeBrain V2 Tiny Whoop – Build Log

Who doesn’t have a tiny whoop? :) I’ve tried many different types of tiny whoops, and the Beebrain is probably the best one.

Park Flyer: Flyfox 120 – Build Log

2.5″ micro quads these days have got so much power, you can do pretty much everything on a 5″. It’s tiny and low noise, it won’t get me into trouble flying in the small park down the road.

Holybro Kopis 1 – Review

The Kopis 1 is one of the best RTF/PNP racing quads I’ve flown. Components are good quality and it just works.

Conclusion

That’s all! Is there anything else you want to know? Let me know in the comment below.

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  • May 2018 – Article created

5 thoughts on “My Tools and Gear for FPV Mini Quads

  1. cam

    Hi

    i see on your X9D there is what i think is a little fpv screen with a lime green case around it, i was wondering where u got that and about how much it costs (and other important info) Thanks.

    Reply
  2. Eric

    Hello
    I am currently looking to change the RX of my fatshark by a True-D.
    You indicate that the Pro58 with Achilles firmware and better than the True-D.
    There is the realacc RX5808 with Achilles seems to me also very good and cheaper than the True-D. What do you think ?

    Thank you

    Reply
  3. John

    I had a Q6 plus for about 8 months. The calibration was off by a little and would sometimes not terminate charge correctly around month 5. I got a code to manually calibrate it and went my happy way for a bit.

    Then one of the ports developed a 150mV delta against other ports. ISDT wanted me to ship the item back to SZ (at my own cost) for repair, and for me to pay for the return shipping.

    As a last resort, I said I could open the device and maybe fix the components myself if they told me how. They even refused to send me whatever diodes were needed; it’s against company policy apparently.

    As much as I loved the Q6 when I had it, I can’t stomach the poor QC and service to tell myself to buy another one.

    Reply

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