How to choose Motor for Quadcopter | Mini Quad | Racing Drone

This tutorial aims to help you understand the basics of mini quad motors, which will help you choose the optimal and effective motor for your next quadcopter or racing drone build.

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Looking For Quadcopter Motors, Where to Start?

If you are new to mini quad and FPV, you should understand the relationship between motor thrust, and weight of your copter. This is useful to building any sizes multirotor.

However if you are just building a mini quad, feel free to move on to the “Motor Size” section.

Frame Size

First of all, you need to know the size of the frame. This will determine what propellers and motors you will be able to use in your quadcopter.

Total Weight of the Craft

You can estimate the total weight of your quadcopter once you have selected all the components.  It should include everything you plan to take on-board: frame, FC, PDB, RX, VTX, antenna, motors, propellers, ESC’s, LiPo battery, additional payload such as the GoPro, and so on. Adding 10-20 grams to compensate for wires, buzzer, zip ties etc is also a good practice. You probably won’t get it exact to the gram, and it’s better to overestimate the weight and have extra power than underestimate, and not be able to fly.

Thrust Requirement

Once you’ve worked out your quadcopter weight and frame size, you can now calculate roughly how much thrust the motors and propellers combination needs to deliver in order to lift the aircraft.

Further Reading: how to choose propellers for mini quad.

Thrust to Weight Ratio

A general rule is that you should be able to provide at least twice as much thrust as the total weight of the quad. Remember this is the bare minimum to ensure you have a stable copter that is easy to control during hovering. If the thrust provided by the motors is too little, the copter will not respond well to your controls, it might even have difficulty taking off.

For example if we have a quadcopter that weighs 1Kg, the total thrust generated by the motors at 100% throttle should be at least 2Kg, or 500g per motor (for a quadcopter). Of course it’s always nice to have more thrust available than needed…

For faster flying such as drone racing, you should expect the power to weight ratio to go much higher than this. It’s not uncommon to see someone build a mini quad that can achieve 8:1, or even 10:1 thrust to weight ratio. Generally speaking, for acro flying, I would recommend to have at least 5:1.

With a higher thrust to weight ratio, a quad’s performance will be more agile and dynamic, accelerating and changing direction much faster. When you have an excessively high thrust to weight ratio, however, the quad can become very hard to control. Just a little touch of throttle can be enough to “shoot the quad into orbit like a rocket”. :D

My recommendation is, even if you only just plan to fly a slow aerial photography platform, you should aim at somewhere between 3:1 and 4:1. This not only gives you better control, but also provides room for extra payload in the future (such as heavier cameras, or larger batteries for extended flight time). But if you are into racing, then there is no limit :D Go as high as you feel comfortable with!

Motor Size Explained In a Diagram

The Size of brushless motors in RC is normally indicated by a 4-digit number – AABB. “AA” is the stator width (or stator diameter) while “BB” is the stator height, both are measured in mm (millimeter).

What is brushless motor stator? – A stator is the stationary part of the motor, this has ‘poles’, which are wrapped around by copper wires (windings). The ‘poles’ are made of many layers of thin metal plate that is laminated together with a very thin insulation layer in between.

  • Taller stator = more power at higher RPM
  • Wider stator = more torque at lower RPM

Increasing the size of either will increase both the size of the permanent magnet and the electromagnetic stator coils. However increasing the stator height increases the permanent magnet size more than the coil size, and increasing the stator width increases the electromagnetic coil size more than the permanent magnet

The size of propellers a motor is designed for determines the prop shaft size. Motors for 3″, 4″, 5″ and 6″ propellers all have M5 (5mm diameter) motor shaft. Modern motors have the prop shaft integrated into the motor bell, while older generation motors might have separate prop adapters.

Currently, common stator sizes for 5″ propellers are 2204, 2205, 2206, 2207, 2305, 2306, 2307, 2407.


“KV” is the velocity constant, and it commonly translates to “thousand RPM per volt”.

It’s an important parameter of brushless motors, which indicates the theoretical increase of motor RPM (rotation per minute) when voltage goes up (without load, i.e. propeller). For example, when powering a 2300KV motor with a 3S LiPo battery (12.6V), the motor will spin at around 28980 RPM without props on (2300 x 12.6). Typically this is just a round up estimation specified by the manufacturer.

Once you mount a propeller on the motor, the RPM decreases drastically due to air resistance. Higher KV motors would attempt to spin the propeller faster, but lower KV motors normally generate higher torque. That’s why we tend to see larger props paired with low KV motors,more torque is required to turn a heavy prop, while smaller and lighter props are better suited to high KV motors.

The KV value of a motor can be determined by the number of copper wire windings on the motor stator. Generally the higher number of winds decreases the KV of the motor, while lower number of winds increases the KV of the motor.

The magnetic strength of the magnets can also affect the KV value of a motor, stronger magnets will increase KV.

By pairing high KV motors with excessively large propellers, the motor will attempt to spin fast like it would with a smaller prop, but this will require more torque. As the motor tries to produce the required torque it will draw more current and subsequently generate too much heat. This will eventually lead to overheating and burn out your motor. This is because when the motor overheats, the coating on the coil will start melting and causing electrical shorts in the motor.

N and P Numbers

You might have seen specification such as “12N14P” printed on the box of a motor. The number before the letter N means the number of electromagnets in the stator, and the number before P means the number of permanent magnets in the motor.

Most motors in RC have the same 12N14P configuration. Some lower KV motors might have more electromagnets and permanent magnets to help increase torque more efficiently (these will generally be more expensive to manufacture). While it’s good to know what this is, it’s not an essential piece of information when picking motors especially for mini quad.

How to Decide on Motor Size?

You can find out the component sizes to use in this order: Frame Size => Prop Size => Motor Size

By knowing the frame size, we can estimate what motor size we should use. Frame size limits props size, and each prop size requires a different motor RPM to generate thrust efficiently, this is where motor KV comes in.

You also have to make sure that the motors produce enough torque to spin your choice of propeller, this is where your stator size comes into play. Generally bigger stator size and higher KV means more current draw.

This table below is a general guideline, it’s not a hard-set rule, you might also see people using slightly higher or lower KV motors than this table suggests.

It assumes you are powering the motors with 4S LiPo batteries, and frame size is referring to the wheelbase (aka diagonal motor to motor distance).

Frame Size Prop Size Motor Size KV
150mm or smaller 3″ or smaller 1105 -1306 or smaller 3000KV or higher
180mm 4″ 1806 2600KV – 3000KV
210mm 5″ 2204-2208, 2306 2300KV-2600KV
250mm 6″ 2204-2208, 2306 2000KV-2300KV
350mm 7″ 2208 1600KV
450mm 8″, 9″, 10″ or larger 2212 or larger 1000KV or lower

Voltage and Current Draw

It’s important to understand that voltage has a large impact on your motor and propeller choice. Your motor will try to spin faster when a higher voltage is applied, and thus draw more current. Ensure you are aware of how much thrust your motors produce and how much current they will draw.

When you know the current draw of the the motor and prop combination, you are now ready to choose ESC for your drone.

How to Read Motor Spec


When selecting motors, there is usually specification that comes with the motor provided by the seller or manufacturer. You should be able to find information about the power, thrust, RPM etc. This is an example of the 18-11 2000kv Micro Brushless Outrunner (10g).

quadcopter motor data-sheet

quadcopter motor spec

Basic Mini Quad Motor Performance Factors

Once you have decided on motor size, you probably still have many options available to choose from. To pick the best motor for your application, you should consider the following factors:

  • Max Thrust
  • Current Draw
  • Efficiency
  • Weight

The decision here really depends on your preference, and how you want your aircraft to perform.

Thrust and Power

Thrust is probably the first thing people look at when choosing a motor.

Higher thrust gives you faster acceleration, but you also need to be aware of current draw and efficiency. Don’t abuse your batteries with an amperage-hungry motor/prop combo.

If your quad draws a lot of current at high throttle, the maximum discharge rate of your battery has to be able to keep up. The battery must also have a large enough capacity so it doesn’t discharge too quickly.

While motor power and thrust are important when selecting a motor, these stats are not the only things to consider.

Motor Weight

One thing often gets overlooked is the weight of a motor, which is a very important factor for acrobatics and racing drones.

Since the motors are mounted at the four corners of the frame, they have a strong influence on the responsiveness of your quad. Heavier motors increase the angular moment of inertia of your quad, this makes the motors work harder in order to change attitude.

In practice, when your quad is doing flips and rolls, it takes time to pick up angular acceleration, move to the desired position and stop. Heavier motors will take longer to pick up that angular speed, and also longer to slow down therefore it might feel less responsive.

The motor itself also has moment of inertia (The shaft and the bell) since it works by spinning. The heavier the motor is, the more torque it requires to spin, therefore taking longer to change RPM. This affects the responsiveness of the motor and subsequently, the characteristics of the quad as a whole. The delay in changing RPM makes the quad feel less precise and makes PID controller work harder.

Power Efficiency

Motor efficiency is typically calculated by dividing thrust by power at 100% throttle, measured in gram/watt. The higher this number is, the more efficient the motor.

It’s important to look at efficiency through the whole throttle range though, not just the top end. Some motors might be efficient at lower throttle, but could lose efficiency by drawing increasingly higher current as they approach their limits.

With less efficient motors not only are you wasting energy and flight time, your batteries might also suffer from voltage sag, this effect will be compounded if you are using poor quality LiPo batteries.

Remember that Watt is calculated by multiplying voltage and current, as we know the voltage of the battery we will be using. Another good way to look at efficiency is to use gram/amp (thrust/current).

Generally, the more thrust generated, the larger the current drawn to produce that thrust, so motors with high thrust and low current are preferred. Inefficient motors either generate too little thrust or draw too much current.

Advance Quadcopter Motor Performance Factors

Many quadcopter motor properties are not mentioned by the manufacturers and can only be found through more technical testing.

  • Torque
  • Response Time
  • Temperature
  • Vibration and balance

Motor Torque

Torque is the force that turns the propeller, it determines how fast a motor can increase and decrease RPM, i.e. how easy it is for the motor to move the mass of the rotor, prop, and most importantly, the air.

Torque greatly affects the performance of your quad, specifically, how precise and responsive it feels in flight. A motor with high torque gives more snappy response, because of the faster change of RPM. You might even experience less prop wash with more torque.

High torque also means you can run heavier props (at the cost of drawing more current). If a low torque motor is driving a propeller that is too heavy for it (aka over-prop), the motor will be unable to produce enough force to spin it at the desired RPM, resulting in poor efficiency and overheating.

One drawback of high torque motors though, is oscillation. Motors with high torque are able to change RPM so rapidly that it can actually amplify error (in PID loop), causing oscillation that can be hard to eliminate even with PID tuning, especially on the yaw axis.

Response Time

Motor Response Time is also dependent on torque, high torque motors often have faster response time. One easy way to measure response time of a motor is to see how long it takes for a motor to reach maximum RPM from 0.

Response time will be affected by the weight and aggressiveness of your choice of propeller, and remember that atmospheric conditions can have an effect too. At low altitude, for example, the air is thicker, this means that there is a greater number of air molecules that the propeller must physically move, to produce thrust. At high altitude, your props will spin faster and react quicker to changes in throttle, but the overall thrust will be reduced, because there are fewer air molecules for the prop to interact with.


Temperature affects brushless motors because the magnets used in our motors have a weaker magnetic field when operating at high temperature, they also demagnetize faster at the motor gets too hot which affects lifespan.

Over-propping your motors and using full throttle excessively, will cause your motors to run hot. This will degrade the performance of the motor and the magnets over time, therefore motor designs which aid cooling often equates to a longer lifespan. That is of course, provided you don’t destroy it in a crash beforehand!


Vibration caused by the motors can have a number of unpleasant side effects to the performance of your quad.

If a motor has poor balance or build quality, you might experience vibration that can affect your PID controller. As the frequency of the vibration changes at different throttle levels, this can make your quad very difficult to tune.

A motor suffering from vibration will also produce a greater amount of electrical noise than one which is running smoothly. This electrical noise can affect your Gyro sensor, making flight performance even worse, and it will also degrade your FPV video quality if you are powering your FPV system from the same battery as the motors and ESC’s.

Many have successfully soft mounted motors, and the flight controller to reduce vibration, with some really positive results.

Remember that damaged, bent and unbalanced propellers can also cause problematic vibrations.

Features in Mini Quad Motor

There are so many variables that affect the performance of a motor, it can get very controversial and complicated. For example, motors with the same stator size and KV, you can have very different thrust, current draw and response time even using the same prop. Differences in the design and material both have a great impact on performance.

Here I will explain a few different motor design features that contributes to better performance, which can also change the characteristics of the motor.

Hollow shaft

A hollow shaft saves weight, which allows manufacturers to use superior, albeit sometimes heavier, materials to improve durability.

But drilling the hole in the middle of the shaft can increase the cost of manufacturing.

The Types of Magnet

Magnets used in quadcopter brushless motors are graded according to their magnetic field strength, such as N52, N54 etc. The higher the number, the stronger the magnetic field.

A stronger magnetic field is theoretically capable of generating power more efficiently, providing more torque and a faster motor response time.

Stator lamination thickness

in a nutshell, the thinner stator lamination, the better. Laminations help to reduce a phenomenon known as Eddy Current, which generate heat in a changing magnetic evironment. Thinner laminiations means less power is wasted on generating the eddy currents and making motors more powerful and efficient.

Air Gap

“Air gap” in a motor refers to the distance between the permanent magnets and the stator. Magnetic force degrades non-linearly with distance, so reducing the gap between the two significantly boosts the power of the motor.

A smaller air gap not only makes the motor more powerful, it also improves torque and response. The downside of tighter airgap is the increase in current draw and decrease in efficiency.

Magnet Shape – Arc Magnets

Using arc magnets (aka curved magnets), is a technique to bring the magnets even closer to the stator; allows for a smaller and more consistent air gap.

In fact, the way a permanent magnetic field works means that with a curved magnet, the strongest magnetic point of each pole is no longer on the surface of the magnet, as it is with standard (non arc) magnets.

The ‘epicentre’ of the field of the pole on the outside of the curve, will be below the surface of the magnet, and the epicentre of the pole on the inner curve will actually be above the surface. In this manner, the magnetic fields of the permanent and electromagnets are actually brought even closer together, over and above the physical reduction of the air gap.

Apart from the shape, some manufacturers test mini quad motors with different thicknesses of magnet, often finding that a slightly thinner magnet (therefore a weaker magnetic field) can actually provide better results.

Wraps/turns on stator winding & wire gauge

The number of copper windings or ‘turns’ on a stator pole determines the maximum current a motor will draw, while the thickness of the wire determines how much current the motor can handle before overheating.

Fewer turns = less resistance = higher KV. The downside is a reduced electromagnetic field on the stator and thus lower torque.

The opposite happens when we have more turns in the coil. The increase of copper produces a larger magnetic field on the stator pole and generates more torque. But due to the longer wires and higher resistance, the KV of the motor decreases.

To tackle these issues when increasing the power of mini quad motors, manufacturers choose to increase the number of windings while using thicker copper wires.

This will effectively reduce the resistance in the winding, and improve the power of the motor without sacrificing efficiency and torque. The motor would also be able to handle high current without burning out with larger wire gauge.

However thicker wires and more windings means a heavier motor, and the winding takes up more physical space so it requires a larger stator. That’s why we are seeing more bigger and heavier motors, and that’s also why bigger motors are generally more powerful.

C-Clip / E-Clip / Screw Shaft

To hold the motor bell to the base, motor manufacturers use one of these methods on the bottom of the motor to lock the shaft in place: C-clip, E-clip or a screw. Each of these ways has their pros and cons, and it’s hard to say which one is the best.

Generally speaking, screws are better for user maintenance as it’s easier to remove a screw than a C-clip or E-clip. But screws suffer from risk of over-tightening and locking the shaft (making the motor harder to spin).

There are reports about C-clips popping off during flight, which resulting the motor bell flying off and causing a crash. However, be aware that screws are also not immune to this problem.

Naked bottom or closed bottom?

In motor base design, there is the more traditional “closed bottom” approach, and the more recent “naked bottom” style. There are pros and cons to both of these designs.

Motor with Naked Bottom (Open Motor Base)

Motor with closed bottom

The “closed bottom” design means a stronger motor base, however the “naked bottom” motors tend to be lighter as less material is used.

Closed base motors are less likely to get dirt trapped inside the bell, against the argument that, naked bottom motors are easier to clean the dirt out.

With naked bottom motors, you can see clearly how far the motor screws are going in, and you have less chance of shorting the motor winding if the screws are too long. (This happens often to beginners with closed bottom motors.)

However, the closed bottom motors provides better strain relief to the wires in case of crashing and stretching.

Other Features

  • Soldering tabs on motor
  • ESC integration
  • Cooling design

Motor manufacturers are constantly experimenting with different designs and levels of hardware integration, which has led to advances in cooling and even an integrated motor and ESC in one. Personally I think solder tabs on the motor can come in handy, it allows you to use a lighter gauge wire to save weight on less amp hungry applications. These motors should also be easily repairable if the motor wires get pulled off, which can often spell the end of a motor of typical design.

CW and CCW Motors

You will sometimes see brushless motors labelled as CW and CCW. They stand for “ClockWise” and “Counter-ClockWise”.

While this is important for brushed motors because the brushes wear out quicker when rotating in the wrong direction, brushless motors are not limited in this way.

CW and CCW brushless motors are essentially the same motor that can spin both directions. The only difference is the direction that the prop shaft is threaded.

The motors on a quad spin in different directions, the intention here is when the motors spin, all four prop nuts get tightened.

To tell if you have the correct threaded motor on, simply hold the prop nut on the shaft, then start turning the motor with your hand in the direction it should spin. If the nut tightens then you have the correct one :)

Personally I prefer to have the same threads on all my motors, so I don’t confuse myself with the different prop nuts. If you have to replace a prop nut at the hardware store, it can be a real headache trying to find a CCW threaded locknut  (or more commonly in the hardware jargon, a ‘left hand thread nut’).

Balancing Motor

When you receive your motors, the first thing to do is balance them. Although it’s not always necessary, it’s a good practice. I personally only do this on large motors though such as 2212 or bigger.

I find balancing unnecessary for many brand name mini quad motors because the quality is generally good enough. However with cheaper options that are becoming available don’t be surprised to find less attention paid to quality control.

Mini Quad Motor Recommendation

There are so many motor options out there, it will give you a headache :D in this mini quad parts list I have compiled all the most popular motor for mini quad.

And here is a list of top 5 motors options for mini quad voted by the community.

Edit History

  • Oct 201 – Article created
  • Nov 2016 – updated with new facts
  • May 2017 – added “Motor Features”
  • Jan 2018 – Article revised

47 thoughts on “How to choose Motor for Quadcopter | Mini Quad | Racing Drone

  1. Joshua Crane

    Hey is there a chart somewhere with every motor on the market with the details about every motor?

    I’m trying to find a good high KV motor that is lightweight for racing and without having to do tons of research.

  2. Rishabh Surendran

    Hello Oscar! Thank you so much for writing articles in the easiest way to understand, much appreciated.
    Now, I’m building a quad with an F450 (450mm size) frame (landing gears included), BR2212 980kv motors with 20A ESCs. Apart from the FC, PDB, Rx my payload would include a small 4k action camera with a gimbal. I also might include a Vtx in the future.
    Now what I’m most confused is which props to use and which LiPo to go ahead with?
    If I could get the expert’s advice it would be a great deal.
    Thanks in advance!

  3. Albert Vugrinec

    Hi Oscar
    I have a Phantom 1 V 1.1.1 and thinking about going from its standard 920kv motors to 800 kv. Would they generate more trust? Also planning on using bigger 9 in props as it has 8 in now. I am looking for more trust so that it struggles less with the gimbal and camera

    1. Oscar Post author

      If you are using the same props, it’s likely not generate more thrust, but less.
      You should be looking at higher KV motors or larger propellers (if your ESC’s support the extra current draw).

  4. Lawrence

    17 amps x 4 motors is 68 amps. You battery needs to discharge at least 68amps. The MAH of the battery can be as high as you want it to be as long as it not to heavy. A 4000MAH at 20C discharge is 80 amps. Your ESC’s should be at least 20 AMPS for this motor. Use the prop size recommended by the manufacturer.

  5. Joshua Miller

    Hello Mr. Liang
    Thank you so much for everything you teach us through your articles, few people are willing in teach us in this interesting way that you apply.
    I have a quad whose stock engines are brushless 2212 1150Kv, few days ago, I ordered two engines of the same reference for have extra engines but they sent me reference 2212 950Kv.
    Then, can I mix 950Kv engines with 1150Kv engines?
    Another thing: the new engines are X2212.
    Does that ‘X’ have some relevance? I don’t know what is the difference between 2212 and X2212…

    Many Thanks again.


    1. Oscar Post author

      maybe, but the motors will output different power at the same throttle level.
      the flight controller might be able to handle it and make it fly… but it will oscillate and flies poorly, so try to avoid it.
      The letter X is probably just a model set by manufacturer, it doesn’t mean anything to me.

  6. Matthew Alexander Thomas

    I’m being 100% serious when I ask this.
    I’m working on mobile air structures, I’ve already figured gargantuan sized batteries and have figured my total weight to be around 8,000-10,000 lbs.
    Does anyone have any kind of idea the propellar size, and engine size I would need for this kind of weight?

    Please and thank you in advance.

  7. Goeters

    Need some advice
    i have 2830 900kv ntm motors with 3 blade 1045 props,with gimbal and gopro and 4200mah 20c lipo and 25a 4in1 qbrain esc
    total weight of the cuadopter is about 1,8KGs …the copter has allot power but the motors gets very hot due to the weight and props etc, are there any other size props or other motor configuration i can use so that the i dont have this heat problem on the motors, my max flight time is about 9mins
    i think better stronger motors is maybe the a better solution but what motors then ?

    any suggestions ?

  8. Dominic

    Hi Oscar, it seems like not having data for power systems is very common, which is unfortunate. I am from RCbenchmark and we developed this test stand that really helps with ensuring you have the correct setup for your creation. With this you can measure and record to your computer thrust, torque, efficiency, rpm, all in the same device. It sure beats having to time your flights to test every possible combination!

  9. Vishwanath

    Hi Oscar,
    i need a small help regarding selecting the right propeller size and motor KV (brushless) ?
    In order to fly my quadcopter i need a thrust of each motor 600 GRAMS i.e my total weight of quadcopter is 2500 GRAMS .
    MOTOR -_______(KV)

    THANKS !!! in advance

  10. marcel

    hi there
    your blog is great thank you for this..
    my name is Marcel im from czech republic….
    so my question is how i can improve longer time in air….
    i have this quadcopter…
    total weight is between 650g to 700g without gopro and gimbal….im not sure what battery is best for use ….3s battery but how many Mah for best economy…
    also if i can improve propeller or motors for longest time in air….
    im sorry for this questions but im new…)))))
    best regards

    1. Oscar Post author

      it’s difficult to say without actually test it, every quad setup is different.
      I think for your setup, 3S 2600mah would be a good one.
      But to identify the best capacity VS flight time, check out this post.

  11. raj

    i have doubt about the orientation of motor. Some motors like ‘EMAX Motor MT2213’ have the proper orientation clock wise or anti clock wise but other don’t.How to choose motors in that case??

    1. Oscar Post author

      Note that EMAX motors come in Clockwise and Counter Clockwise threads for securing the props to the motors, to avoid loosing props mid-flight… you need two CW and two CCW ..

      1. raj

        thanks, while choosing the propellers , is it necessary to follow the recommended suggestion given on the motor. I have calculated my own thrust using static thrust calculator which is totally different from the suggested one.

        Prop: 10×4.5 with 3S Lipo (11.1V)
        8×4.5 with 4S Lipo (14.8V)
        Max Thrust: 850gms with 3S or 750gms with 4S
        ESC: 20A
        KV: 935/V Wt: 55Gms

      2. Oscar Post author

        It’s not necessary, but it’s safer. Try and see if you can find any thrust tests online, done by third parties. Compare the data and find the best size prop.
        Or if you are still not sure, doing your own thrust test it’s not difficult.

  12. Vignesh

    Lol you cannot get any motors for 150 to 300 rs. And I don’t know if you can get the motors in second hand. And also I wont recommend it. Just Buy from Hobbyking brand new and you are good to go.

  13. Alun

    Hi, I am building a 450 alien X quadcopter total weight so far is 1000g.. 25amps q brain 4 in 1 speed controller,no fpv equipment yet but will be adding once i learn to fly….Anyway I have mistakingly ordered sunnysky x2212 1400kv motors… thinking they were the 980 kv ones..!!!!. So have the wrong motors, these took 6 weeks to turn up so dont want to send them back and wait another 6 weeks… the quad is almost ready to fly… i have some graphs of the motor specs if you need them.. any suggestions as to what prop size to run… for an easy quad to operate while i learn i dont want speed just longish flight times, currently have 2 2200mah batteries… please advise….

    thanks Al…..

  14. kaluya moses

    Thanks a lot Oscar for the generous heart to all drone /flight hobbyist like myself now I think now I have got the way to my vision. Though i come from third world country ( uganda) but think you will able to guide me where possible please!
    best regards moses kaluya.

    1. Oscar Post author

      You are welcome Kaluya! it doesn’t matter where we are from, we all love this hobby and we are all having the same fun doing it :D

  15. Ariel

    Hi there,

    Love your blog, it’s no. 1 regarding to getting info and news about multicopters.
    I have a question concerning the meaning of the motor no. let’s say that here you talk about the 18-11 2000kv Micro Brushless Outrunner (10g) So what would the 1811 mean and I already understand that the 2000 in this case is the rpm.
    Another example to my question: I saw this multistar 2206-2150kv on HK, again what the 2206 mean?

    Thank you (-:

    1. Oscar Post author

      1811 is basically the indicator of the motor size.
      first two digit is the diameter (width) of the motor bell, last two digit is the height of the motor.
      so for example, 2204, is a “fatter”, wider motor, but shorter than 1811.

      It indirectly implies, the power of the motor: the fatter and taller the motor is, usually it’s more powerful and heavier too. Also the motor mount screw holes might be different according to the size. But this is not always the case, check datasheet before buying.


  16. Tristan Semmelhack


    I am a 12 year old and have built a small 330 size quad. I am slightly worried about my motors not being powerful enough for the quad. My quad specs are 1.1kg, D2822 Turigy Aerodrive 1100kv Motors (which have a thrust amount of 540g per motor) and a 2200mah, 3s 40c lipo battery. Am I straining my motors? Oddly, the battery, ESCs and motors are barely warm at all after flight. I also carry a gopro and the motors and other parts are fine. I look a the dji phantom which is much lighter and it has 935kv motors… Am I missing something? The quadcopter is also still quite maneuverable has normal flight characteristics as my others. Just want to make sure I don’t damage my quad!

    P.S. I am running 8*4.5in props for lifting more!


    1. Tristan Semmelhack

      Update: the weight is actually 1.2 kg and the motors are also quite warm now after flight and with a go pro, I take off at 1/2 throttle (a bit more in fact). Without a go pro, I take off at less than 1/2 throttle.

      1. Oscar Post author

        Hi Tristan,

        it’s great to see young minds like you picking up this hobby. But I am concerned about your safety since you are only 12! Are you being supervised by an adult when doing this project?
        Quadcopter is not a toy, it can be very dangerous!

        what you have is flyable. But I would use stronger motors, because 330 size quad should be very agile being able to do arobatics, you probably want to have 1:3 weight to thrust ratio, that means having 3KG of thrust in total, 750g thrust per motor would have been better.

        But I think 1.2KG for a 330 size quad, is a bit heavy. I think normally that size should be around 800 to 900 grams (including gopro).
        try to reduce the weight down, and use your current motor should be fine.

  17. Fonse

    Hello, I have a beginner’s question.
    Generally speaking which type of motor will draw more power,
    The Low Kv or the High Kv motor?

    I’m building a quad and I want to get a few more minutes of flying time and I don’t know if I should use a 1000 kv motor or something around 700kv, I know I’ll be using different size propr obviously but which motor requires more power to spin?

    1. Oscar Post author

      Hi, If it’s the same model motor, the higher KV motor will draw more current with the same voltage and prop. For example, the Cobra 2204 2300KV will draw more current (higher power) than the Cobra 2204 1960KV at 3S battery.

  18. Imi


    Usually I order from hobbyking, but I can’t find at the thrust data in the data sheet of the motors.
    How can I calculate the thrust of the motors? If it possible of course.
    What would you recommend (motor and prop) for 2kg weights fpv flying?

    My quadcopter: SK450 with “landing gear”, KK2, turngy plush 30A, NTM Prop Drive Series 28-26A 1200kv / 286w, 1045 prop.

    First I tried to fly this config with 845 prop, but it could not take off, then I changed to 1045. It lfew for a while but I recognized the motors where to hot, and the battery also, so I stopped. I knew this config won’t enough strong for that flying but I had to try it.

    Thank you in advance!

    1. Oscar Post author

      there is no way you can calculate the thrust of a motor accurately, unless it’s provided by the manufacturer, or measured by yourself.
      have you checked the “file” tab in the product page on Hobbyking? sometimes there is a datasheet file in there, or data from some users.
      If no, try google it, I am sure someone has measured this and share on the internet.

      NTM Prop Drive Series 28-26A – This motor seems to run best with 1060 props, each motor can generate 967g thrust for 19A at 100% throttle, so this motor should be good enough for 2KG quad.

      However, also make sure your battery’s C rating is high enough.
      Good luck!

  19. sandeep krishna

    Thanks for ur valuable comment sir, i would also like to know what will be the flying time with 10×4.5 prop and above said configuration sir.
    And Sir as soon the buzzer of the low voltage alarm starts we need to land the quad sir?

  20. sandeep krishna

    hi sir ,im planning to make a quad the estimated weight with components in 950g-1kg
    i planning to use 30A esc, 980 kv motor, 3300mAh battery 25c/50c(burst) which propellor to choose for this configuration sir ( weight of battery 247g)

    1. Oscar Post author

      I would suggest to try 9 inch and 10 inch propellers, see which is better.
      9 inch should give you better stability, but 10 inch will give you longer flight time.

    1. Oscar Post author

      Total weight of your quad?
      Max Thrust of your motors for the battery you are using?
      Current draw of your motors?
      C rating of your battery?


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