Flywoo was the first to release an RTF micro long range FPV drone, and now they are the first to release a micro long range hexacopter! It’s basically the the Explorer LR quadcopter with two extra motors and upgraded hardware.
I saw this interesting 1S 3-inch FPV drone using 18650 Li-Ion cell for long range, and I had to give it a try. I will share my rather unsuccessful attempt and what you can learn from my experience if you want to build this too.
ExpressLRS is an open source long range RC system that focuses on range and latency. It’s also way more cost effective compared to TBS Crossfire and Frsky R9M. If you are looking for a cheaper way to start long range flying and prefer open source, check out ExpressLRS.
Li-Ion cells such as 18650 or 21700 have higher energy density than LiPo (more capacity mAh for the same weight), they make great battery for long range flying. I will recommend what to buy, and also show you how I built a 4S 18650 Li-Ion battery from scratch.
Here are some of the best micro long range FPV drones that have an AUW (all up weight) of under 250g. Long range flying with micro quad is a new trend, it’s very efficient and a lot less scary than flying bigger rigs.
The Flywoo Explorer LR is a pre-built, light weight, 4″ FPV drone designed for long range FPV flying. Including battery it weighs under 250g, and with a bigger Li-Ion battery it can reach a maximum flight time of nearly 30 minutes! Covering a distance of around 20Km.