Top 5 Best Mini Quad ESC’s

In this article we will recommend some of the best mini quad ESC based on my personal experience as well as community feedback and reviews. We will cover the pro’s and con’s of each ESC, and what should consider for your next build!

Before you begin, make sure you have a basic understanding about Mini Quad ESC. For other latest popular racing drone products, check out the “Top 5 Best” lists.

I compiled the specification of all ESC’s for mini quad in this spreadsheet so you can compare them more closely.

Common key features of popular ESC’s are:

  • DShot support out of the box (as well as all other ESC protocols)
  • High current rating (30A-40A)
  • Small and light weight

Racerstar RS30A V2 ESC

Racerstar 30A Best Mini Quad ESC

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The Racerstar RS30A V2 is probably one of the most popular ESC’s in the mini quad market due to its low price point and decent quality. It also supports DShot and Multishot out of the box without any modification making it really convenient to use. Note that the RS30A are actually rebranded Cicada 30A, and there is also a smaller 20A version if you are looking for lighter ESC’s.

The Racerstar RS30A V2 is capable of running DShot600 ESC protocol and supports 2S-4S input voltage.

DYS Aria 35A BLHeli_32 ESC

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The DYS Aria 35A is one of the cheapest BLHeli_32 capable ESC’s, at only $14 a peice. Apart from the standard features of a 32-bit ESC, the Aria 35A also has a bright built-in RGB LED which is a great addition.

Despite the low price, it accepts up to 6S Lipo input!

KISS 32A ESC

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The KISS ESC’s are well known for their excellent performance and top notch build quality. The KISS 32A ESC’s are the latest version from Flyduino to replace the previous 24A version, improvements include 6S support, more robust hardware and improved performance.

The Kiss 32A is the only ESC in this list that isn’t running BLHeli_S or BLHeli_32 firmware, and KISS ESC’s are not particularly popular among Betaflight users. However they are the recommended option if you want to use KISS FC for the most consistent performance and the highest level of smoothness.

The main downsides for me right now are probably the high price, large form factor and longevity.

The KISS 32A is capable of running DShot2400, and is rated for 2S-6S.

Holybro Tekko32 35A / Airbot Wraith V2

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The Holybro Tekko32 35A ESC is another BLHeli_32 ESC that I have personally tested without any issues over a course of 3 months. While the performance of different ESC’s these days are extremely similar, reliability becomes the key factor when choosing an ESC.

Build quality is just beautiful, and the solder pad layout is very convenient: ESC signal, signal ground and telemetry pads are all located on the edge of the ESC. More importantly, you can solder on both sides of the board!

The TekkoS32 35A weighs only 5g, it supports 2S to 6S voltage input, and there are built-in RBG LED’s.

They are identical to the Airbot Wraith V2, just under different branding.

Aikon AK32 35A ESC

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Aikon is another great brand I personally like that makes reliable products. I’ve been using the AK32 35A ESC’s for months and haven’t had any issues with them. These are simple and plain BLHeli_32 ESC’s without all the fancy LED’s.

While I really like the AK32 ESC for its great reliability, the solder pads are only available on one side of the ESC which can be slightly less flexible at times, but it’s not a big deal.

The Aikon AK32 35A ESC is rated for 2S to 6S voltage, and the burst current rating is up to 45A (10 seconds).


Best 4-in-1 ESC’s

4-in-1 ESC’s are getting more and more reliable, and I have been using them on some of my latest builds with great result. 4in1 ESC are generally cheaper and lighter than using 4 individual ESC’s. The soldering and wiring are also more convenient. However the obvious downside is, if one ESC breaks you will have to replace the whole board.

Here are some 4in1 ESC’s that I’ve personally had good experience with.

Aikon AK32 35A 4in1 BLHeli_32 ESC

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The Aikon AK32 4-in-1 is one of the very few BLHeli_32 4in1 ESC’s that are available today. It has a built-in current sensor, ESC telemetry capability, and a 5V BEC. It uses a JST header connector for the signals to the FC, instead of solder pads. Note that this ESC is considerably wider than a standard 36x36mm board, so it requires extra room in a frame.

I have been using the AK32 35A 4in1 ESC on 6S and it just works.

Aikon SEFM 30A 4in1 BLHeli_S ESC

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The Aikon SEFM 30A 4in1 is a pretty old product (anything more than 6 months in this industry is considered “old”), but it’s a “tried and tested” ESC that is proven to work.

The board is a standard 36x36mm size so you won’t need to worry about space. Signal connection is very flexible, you can either use the solder pads, or the plastic header. There is an onboard 12V voltage regulator which is also a great addition.

Holybro Tekko32 4in1 ESC

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I have been using the Tekko32 30A 4in1 in my ultralight racer for a while now and it’s been great. It works great with the Kakute F4/F7 FC, one cable and you are done! They are actually being sold as a combo and I think it’s a pretty sweet solution.

Racerstar REV35 35A 4in1 BLHeli_S ESC

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The Racerstar REV35 35A 4in1 is one of the cheapest 4in1 ESC in this list. Interestingly it has an identical appearance to the Holybro TekkoS 4in1 we previously recommended, it’s probably just a rebranded product.


Top ESC’s in the past

Emax Bullet 30A ESC

Maybe one of the smallest and lightest in its class, the EMAX Bullet 30A weights only 3.9g. It comes with heatsink for better cooling as well as providing extra protection against physical damage, such as prop strike. The price is also very competitive comparing to other ESC’s.

The Emax Bullet 30A supports DShot600, and runs on 2S-4S.

However the downsides of these tiny ESC’s are the electrical noise and the higher rates of failure.

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Spedix 30A HV ESC

The Spedix HV 30A ESC is very good value option, they are even slightly cheaper than the Racerstar! They are more compact than the average 30A ESC, yet compatible with up to 6S Lipo input. Like many other ESC’s, they provides solder pads so you don’t have to remove those pre-soldered wires. They also do a 20A version which is considerably smaller.

It’s DShot600 capable, and supports 3S-6S.

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Betaflight BLHeli_32 ESC

The Betaflight BLHeli_32 ESC is one of the earliest ESC to run BLHeli_32 ESC firmware. In our previous surveys, the Wraith ESC was once the top BLHeli 32-bit ESC. However we believe the reason was its early release. The Betaflight BLHeli_32 ESC’s are basically the Wraith with some improvements, thus we’d like to recommend them here instead.

However I am not particularly a fan of the inconvenient location of the TX pin for ESC telemetry.

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Conclusion

To be honest most latest ESC’s these days perform very well and similarly, it’s hard to go wrong with these choices. As long as they are suitable for your setup, and you are happy with the price just go for it :)

Update History

  • March 2017 – article created
  • Oct 2017 – added Betaflight BLHeli_32 ESC, removed DYS XSD 30A v2
  • Mar 2018 – list updated
  • Aug 2018 – list updated

25 thoughts on “Top 5 Best Mini Quad ESC’s

  1. Hendrik

    Hello,

    In the excel-sheet I see ESCs that have a current sensor, but no telemetry.
    What’s the point of the current sensor then? How does the current reading make its way into the Flight controller?

    Reply
    1. Oscar Post author

      In this case, the current sensor can still be used for “current limiting”. But You are right, it’s pretty dumb not to provide telemetry because it’s just a pinout as far as i now.

      Reply
    1. ZeeBeeFPV

      Yes they are, I just looked over both of them trying to find a difference but they are the same. Mine is a Wraith 32 “Kamikaze” brand from Underground against a holybro-packaged version. Good!!
      Looking forward to teying these out I have read/seen good things about them.

      Reply
    1. Oscar Post author

      Where I fly is full of tall grasses so Turtle mode isn’t possible, so I haven’t tried it yet.

      Reply
  2. Carl-Ulrich Stoltz

    Please include a statement on the noise the Esc create as this is always a hassle when you track down the source of your “disturbed” video

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  3. Max

    How about an update for the esc list? Since most brands have their BlHeli_32 Escs out,it doesn´t make sense to me to look at the BlHeli_S variants. The price difference is too small for that. But there are many Escs out there, that support BlHeli_32 but don´t have a current sensor or telemetry pad, so it gets a little time consuming to sort them out…

    So I would love an update here, if you got the time someday.

    greets from Germany

    Reply
    1. Oscar Post author

      Yea that’s on my to-do list :)
      it’s tough to keep up because I have at least 10 other articles I am writing at the same time constantly!

      Reply
    1. Oscar Post author

      They are all great ESC’s, get whichever you can get your hands on :) except KISS, i would probably only get it if you run KISS FC :)

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      1. Carl

        The Emax bullets are very noisey. Small yes, but I wouldn’t recommend them. Surprised they made the list.
        youtube.com/watch?v=Yxv7rL8kg2c

      2. Oscar Post author

        I personally have been using them since March and they’ve been solid for me (same set of ESC’s still working great today).
        I have not noticed any noise problem in flight, nor in my FPV video, at all.
        To be honest all that matters is how they perform in actual flights, I will only take these bench testing as a grain of salt.
        It’s hard to say how much effect the noise shown in an oscilloscope would do in actual flights until you really test it in a quad.

      3. Alon

        I’ve had bad experience with the 30A bullet. They are great while they are working but 4 of them died on me (including two that actually burst into flames).

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