My Daily Tools and Gear for FPV Drone

Here is a list of tools and drones that I frequently use. Note that I am not sponsored by any company, I only recommend products based on my experience.

Radio Transmitter and Receiver

Here are the radios I recommend.

The Radiomaster TX16S is currently my primary radio, it’s affordable and versatile. It comes with multi-protocol module, which means it can bind to almost any receiver in the hobby. See my full review of the TX16S.

Despite of the awesome protocol support, I almost exclusively use my TX16S with only Crossfire – a 900MHz long range RC system. It comes as an external module that can be installed in the back of the TX16S. I don’t really fly long range a lot, but I like the more reliable signal than 2.4GHz. See this guide for more info on Crossfire.

Radiomaster TX16S Banggood | Amazon | RDQ
Crossfire Micro TX V2 Amazon | GetFPVRMRC
Crossfire Nano RX GetFPV | Amazon|RMRC |NBD

I also use the DJI FPV Remote for “park flyers” – those small 2″/3″ BNF quads that come with the DJI Air Unit. With the DJI remote, I don’t have to install an extra receiver, as the Air Unit has receiver capability. See my review of the DJI FPV Remote.

DJI FPV Remote Banggood | GetFPVRDQ

Another radio that I use a lot is the BetaFPV LiteRadio 2. It’s a tiny portable radio that’s compatible with Frsky D8 and D16 protocols (both FCC and LBT). A lot of micro quads including toothpicks and tiny whoops still come with Frsky receivers, and this is perfect for those. I can also use my TX16S for these models, but the RadioLite is so much easier to carry around, just pick up and fly :) See my review of the LiteRadio2.

BetaFPV LiteRadio 2 BetaFPV | GetFPVRDQ

FPV Gear (Goggles, VRX, VTX, Antennas)

The DJI FPV Goggles has been my primary FPV Goggles since 2020, I absolutely love them! The image quality is mind blowing compared to traditional FPV system. See my review of the DJI FPV system.

I also have the Fatshark HDO2 and Skyzone 03O, two of the best analogue goggles currently with OLED screens. But if I had to choose one, I’d get the DJI FPV Goggles, because it also works with analogue FPV system, you just need to get an analogue receiver module adapter. My go-to adapter at the moment is the BDI Digidapter.

Here is a list of great accessories for the DJI FPV System.

To power it I just use a 4S 1500mAh battery for my 5″ quads, no need to buy special batteries :)

DJI FPV Goggles BanggoodRDQGetFPVAmazon

If you don’t fly DJI, only analogue FPV systems, there are a lot more options when it comes to goggles. Here is a buyer’s guide for analogue FPV goggles.

Right now, the Fatshark HDO2 would be my first pick because of the best image quality (in all the analogue FPV goggles I’ve tried). It also has focal length adjustment, which is really handy for those who wear glasses. See my review of the HDO2.

If that’s too expensive, consider the Skyzone 03O. Smaller FOV than the HDO2, but image clarity is just as good! Not only being cheaper, the advanced built-in OSD menu puts Fatshark to shame, it significantly improves user experience IMO. See my review of the Skyzone 03O. But the lack of receiver module bay, and smaller FOV could be a deal breaker for some.

I don’t really recommend cheaper FPV goggles, buying cheap is buying twice.

Fatshark HDO2 BanggoodRDQGetFPVAmazon
Skyzone 03O Banggood | RDQAmazon

It’s common to use 18650 Li-ion batteries to power FPV goggles. I personally prefer using a Tattu 2S 2500mAh, charges faster and lasts longer.

Tattu 2S 2500mAh Battery Banggood | Amazon | GetFPV

For analogue receiver module, I am currently using ImmersionRC Rapidfire now as it gives me the best performance out of all the ones I’ve tried.

As a cheaper alternative, I’d recommend the Eachine Pro58 with the Achilles firmware, this is the best value module you can get for the performance it offers.

Rapidfire Banggood
Eachine Pro58 Module Banggood

As for antennas, take a look at my FPV antenna recommendations for ideas. Here are some of the ones I use quite often.

Menace Patch Antenna GetFPVAmazon | RDQ
Lollipop V2 Banggood | Amazon

Charging Equipment

I’ve been using iSDT chargers since 2015, and I 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.

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…

For an even smaller charger, check out the Q6 Nano I recently reviewed.

Here are some other LiPo charger recommendations.

iSDT Q6 Charger Banggood | GetFPV | Amazon | RDQ
iSDT Q6 Nano Banggood | Amazon

You will need an AC to DC adapter to use these chargers. I am using this 400W power supply, it’s not the greatest quality, and it’s not really 400W (more like 200W), but it works out of the box and no DIY needed. The 24V output is very important if you want to get all the power out of iSDT chargers!

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

See my review of the ParaGuard from Lumenier.

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

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

6S 10000mAh LiPo Battery Amazon

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 soldering tools, I have a whole post talking just about it. Oh… do you want to learn how to solder?

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

My Mini Quad Fleet

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  • May 2018 – Article created
  • July 2020 – Updated

10 thoughts on “My Daily Tools and Gear for FPV Drone

  1. steve

    Hi –

    Just stumbled across your website and was amazed by all the information and detailed reviews – great job! I have a question though…I’m purchasing an FPV cine drone for my 13 year old son. He has lots of experience with the tiny whoops and is ready to step up to something that can carry a GoPro. I’m thinking of either the iflight BumbleBee or the Diatone Taycan – any preference between the two? And would you recommend going with 4S or 6S for cinestyle flying? Or maybe even 4S batteries with a 6S drone to slow it down until he gets the hang of it and then upgrade to 6S batteries? For goggles/receiver would it be best/easiest to go with the DJI offerings? Thanks in advance!

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    1. Oscar Post author

      Go for the Taycan, it performs really good out of the box. I think 4S setup is more than enough for a cinewhoop, you don’t actually gain much performance on 6S as you are flying at constant throttle most of the times. 6S has higher chance of failure due to the higher voltage.

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  2. Tim Cable

    Hi Oscar,

    I have a 5″ Armantan marmotte, and it’s a bit too much drone for my 9 year old son.

    I’m thinking he will have much more fun with a whoop type drone.

    Is the BeeBrain V2 Tiny Whoop still your # 1 recommendation, or is there another 1 or 2 to consider. Maybe some better drone are on the market since you wrote the article. These are pretty cheap and I may consider getting 2 or 3 different ones. Any guidance is appreciated. thanks. I’m thinking a decent camera for fpv flying is a huge plus. not sure if it matters that much for the smaller drones.

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  3. AlphaTango

    I could’nt agree more on that !
    3 out of my 6 Q6-Plus chargers have a deffective wheel after 6 months of use.
    Although they still work, setup is harder to do.

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  4. 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
  5. 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

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  6. 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.

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