Top 5 Best Motors for Mini Quad

There are so many choices for brushless motor out there for mini quad, it’s hard to decide. The “best mini quad motor” doesn’t exist because every motor performs differently. It all comes down to finding the balance, what’s more important to your flying style and how much you are willing to pay.

Here is a list of popular motors that I recommend. I do a little bit of both freestyle flying and racing, so I prefer motors that are more “all around” :) I am sure there are motors that are designed and work well for very specific applications but that’s not what I want to focus on.

To learn more about mini quad motors, here is a tutorial: Choose Motor for Quadcopters. For other mini quad product recommendation, check out our “Top 5 Best” articles.


BrotherHobby Returner R6 2306 & 2207

The BrotherHobby Returner R6 2306 and 2207 are great designs with EZO bearing and titanium shaft, yet the price is very reasonable for a high quality motor.

The R6 series has some remarkable improvement from the original R5, especially the larger and more robust bearing. The result is more durable motor, which is definitely a good upgrade from the R5!

Dragonfly Hurricane 2207

I’ve been flying the Dragonfly Hurricane 2207 a few months now, and it has been pretty solid. I like the decent quality at a very competitive price, only $14 a piece. Perhaps it doesn’t have the best aluminium and bearing, but you get what you pay for. The Hurricane 2207 is worth considering if you are on a budget.

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Sunnysky Edge Racing 2305

Sunnysky was making motors way before mini quad was even a thing, and they have a reputation for making great quality motors. I’ve been flying these Edge Racing 2305 motors for over a year now and they are still holding up well. Not the type of motors you would use for racing, but definitely one of my favorite for efficiency and freestyle flying.

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T-motor F40 III 2306

The T-Motor F40 II is made by Tiger-Motor, a premium brushless motor manufacturer in RC.

Compared to the previous F40 II (V2), the III (V3) has a higher 2306 stator (previously 2305). A lot of features have been redesigned such as the bell and magnets. All the changes make this motor even more powerful.

I really like the new solid design, flat-top bell might provide more protection to the motor but comes with the cost of extra weight. The F40 III motor is suitable for a wide range of applications and propellers, thanks to its efficient and “torquey” performance.

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6S Light Weight – R3 2206 1720KV

I have tried a few different motors for 6S from 1600KV to 2600KV, and I still find the lower KV range easier to fly and tune (e.g. 1600KV – 2000KV).

The BrotherHobby R3 2206 1720KV performed really well in my light weight 6S build, smooth yet responsive. Very efficient too! Some people have been using this motor on 4S 7″ builds and shows great results.

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Ultralight – R4 2205 2700KV

The BrotherHobby Returner R4 comes with upgraded EZO bearing to ensure better durability than the previous version. With the excellent design and choice of material, the Returner R4 comes in at only 25g! Great for ultralight builds.

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Choosing Motor Sizes

2204 and 2205 motors are great choices for ultralight racers (<250g dry weight without battery), but these motors generally don’t have the torque to spin heavy props or handle heavy builds.

I will probably put 2206 and 2305 in the same category due to the similar stator volume. These are great for slightly heavier builds, e.g. 250g – 300g on 4S. Motors of these sizes are also very popular on light weight 5S and 6S quads (if supported).

Both 2306 or 2207 are great for general purposes as they can handle the widest range of propellers and heavier builds, (>300g+ dry weight without battery). Generally speaking, 2207 are slightly more powerful and has a more linear throttle response, but 2306 can be smoother for Freestyle flying. (see the 2207 vs. 2306 comparison for more info)

Some people use 1407 for ultralight 5″. Personally I don’t think that’s a good idea because they don’t have the torque for 5″ props, perhaps better for light weight 4″.

It’s important to understand that there are many factors other than just motor size and KV when picking a motor.

The performance is also determined by the motor build quality and design features (air gap, magnet strength, stator lamination, winding etc.) Two motors of the same size made by different manufacturers will perform different most likely. I explained all these in more detail in my tutorial how to choose Motor for Quadcopters.


What KV motor should I get?

Usually, each 5″ mini quad motor offers 2 to 3 options of different KV in the range of 2300KV to 2600KV. From my understanding, the main difference is usually the number of wraps in the stator winding that results in the KV difference. The rest of the hardware should be the identical.

Motor KV limits your propeller choice, and of course it’s also a personal preference. For freestyle, I personally prefer 2300KV-2500KV on 5″ props, but I know some serious FPV racers always pick 2600KV or even higher for maximum power. As long as you know what you are doing, and able to manage the current draw while not damaging your battery and gear, you should be fine.

Higher KV doesn’t make you a faster pilot though, some of the fastest lap times on the tracks are still on 2300kv. It just has to be set up right, pairing the right props, keeping the weight down to an optimal level, etc.

Here are the gears I use, check it out.


Top motors in the past

These motors were voted one of the best top mini quad motors in the past (from newer to older). They are still decent motors in terms of performance and worth considering.

RCX RS2206 v3

The RCX RS2206 V2 and V3 are a major upgrade from the previous version. Incorporating nearly all the modern motor design techniques, the performance is on par with other 2206 top performers, probably the best 2206 mid KV on the market. Yet the RS2206 V3 is ridiculously cheap. For $14, this is probably one of the best value motor as we speak.

The new V3 are nearly identical to the V2 except for a lip on the bell to prevent magnet slipping.

Unfortunately you have to deal with myrcmart.com which can be a pain sometimes with slow shipping and all, but worth it for the price. They’re so cheap just order extras.

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Cobra Champion 2205

Cobra’s previous 2204 motors were a major success and they dominated the mini quad market for a long time. With competition coming from other brands with more and more powerful motors, they lost most of the market share. The Champion was Cobra’s answer to this!

The Champion 2205 has solid build quality and very similar performance to the Emax RS2205S. It runs really well with light 5″ props such as the 5040 triblades, not as well with heavier props though. The main downside is the weight, 29g is a bit heavy for a 2205 motor.

The Champion 2205 is not the most powerful motor, but it’s a well balanced motor between thrust and efficiency.

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T-Motor F60 Pro 2207

It’s a really well built motor with solid quality and performance. The main downside is the weight, at 35g. It might not be the best motor for a light weight quad. But if you are looking for an efficient motor that is capable of handling heavy props, with really fast response time, definitely check out the F60Pro 2207!

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Emax RS2205S

In early 2016, the release of previous version RS2205 literally revolutionized the mini quad motor industry. It showed everyone what a small motor can do with 5″ propellers. (I think they were the first to use powerful N52 magnets.) They perform so well, there are still people recommending them even today :)

The newer RS2205-S matches the power of other 2205 top performers, yet it shows noticeably faster response thanks to the arc magnets and thinner stator lamination. This makes it one of the best picks in the 2205 category.

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Edit History

  • Mar 2017 – Article created
  • Jul 2017 – Added Returner R4, F40 III, Retired F60, Champion 2205, T2 2206
  • Dec 2017 – Added Returner R5,
  • May 2018 – Added Returner R6, Sunnsky Edge Racing, Dragonfly Hurricane, and options for ultralight racers and 6S builds

20 thoughts on “Top 5 Best Motors for Mini Quad

  1. Justin Scholtemeyer

    Are there any 3 inch prop size 6s motors on the market currently? I see HGLRC are working on a 20/20 6s stack! Would love a 6s 3 incher

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  2. Alejandro Vizcaino Gandia

    HI Oscar, I’m starting t put together my 6″ long range. and would like to know what’s your opinion about the gear I´m gonna use:
    frame- armattan rooster 6″
    motors- TBS ethix konasty 2407. 2200kv
    props- dalprop cyclone 60/40/3
    fc stack- Hobbywing X-rotor 45A 4 in 1ESC FC F4 V2
    camera- runcam eagle 2 pro
    vtx- TBS UNIFY PRO V2 ( at the moment, I’m thinking to change to 1,3 ghz )
    RX- TBS crossfire nano
    VTX antenna- TBS triumph
    what’s your opinion? I think, all the components are quite good right? or do you think is possible to change something to make it even better? thanks and greetings from Spain

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  3. Kevin

    Hey what about thia motor, no no no what about this motor. No what about this one. Whats up guys and gals. This is his pick for best motors. Just because he did not list the motors you wasted your money, or you di not have the same opinion i mean really, you think goi g what about this motor i disnt see them on there. Ok (crickets churping) and your saying that why again, this is his pick for now if you dont agree or dont like it then make your own blog. I mean i can tell most of you guya that are doing that dont have much experience with many different brand motors. You are locked into mostly 1 brand and you are bias so when u dont see them on here yoh get all but hurt. Like the guy saying he puts the elchepo pyrodrone motors above all these. Yea i bet that guy has never flown any of theae motor brands i bet you $100 bucks he has only flown those, and or maybe 1 other brand. But yet puts those above all these of which he has never flown, meaning you can not put any of that above any of those motors your just going off of blind stuborn pride to make yourself fell better for paying the money for a motor thats the price of a grade a motor thats like. He did not have the f40 pro 2 on here he compared the f40 iii to the f40ii thats funny right there yea no wonder the f40 iii beat out the f40 ii the f40 ii are the old school f40s iv flown most of these motors except the dragon flys can not speak for those have no idea iv neber flown them. And i can tell in my opinion the f40 pro ii notice pro ii not tje f40 ii but the f40 proii big difference in motors totally different motor different bell and all are the best ones iv flown for speed power and low end but you will burn up some batteries with the 2600kv but 0 to 153mph in seconds and plenty of low end they are almost to fast for the track and they are only 28 grams i think 29 with the full long wires on them but after cutting the wires down they are 28 grams they are weak in a crash because the bell but if your not a moron you can bend them back on the quad in the field and your good to go so really id rather have them instead of the slower f40 iii when u bemd one of those doing 80mph cant bend it back until u get back to the shop. Anyways give the dude a break this is not what u think is the best motor but what he thinks is the best motor. No wait what about fhis motor or this one just shut up already and thank the guy for giving his time to make a website people. Damn

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    1. Toni TONE

      you must be fun at parties.

      In all seriousness, thank you Oscar for your services. If you had to choose between the f4 kakute or the f7 variant for an ultra light endurance 7 inch frame, and the current development in betaflight fpv (3.5), which one would you choose? Also which motor would give you the most efficient flight for endurance on a gopro? I am looking at the f7 kakute blheli_32s combo and the Garila 2508 1500KV on 4s.

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      1. Oscar Post author

        I would probably get the F7!
        For endurance flight, I would probably go for 7″, but i haven’t done much research into which particular motor is the most efficient. too many variable in that question like motor-prop combo

  4. Hùng

    Hi Oscar. I’m trying to fix my quad. I have 4 2204 3000kv motors, but the build probably around 360g dry weight. Would this be a good idea? Just freestyle and no racing.

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    1. Oscar Post author

      It will fly, but to be honest it’s a bit too heavy for these motors. You probably want to aim at around 200g for those motors.
      Or you can change those motors out with some 2306 or even 2207 2300-2500KV.

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      1. Hùng

        I’ll try to make it lighter with different frame, can’t afford new motors. Thanks a lot!

  5. Max

    Hi Oscar, what do you think about XNOVA Lightning motors? Many says they are top motors and I would be interested in your opinion! Thanks!

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  6. Tahiti_Chubak

    I’ve tried ultra lightweight 5″ (185g before battery) with BH 1806 2850kv and put azure 5050 dual-blade.

    The thing is locked (really) and accelerate instantly. It really mixes best of 3″ and 5″.

    The cons are weak frame and the too short esc (20×20 28A). When packed with 1300mah 70C it’s ok but with 1600mah 70C I can’t full throttle or it just black out…

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  7. Clemens

    I really like the Dragonfly Hurricane 2207 (2500kv) and after reading your article about them, I am curious why they are not in this list (very good value for price imho).
    Did you have time yet to test them in the field?

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  8. Max

    ist there a big difference between the T40 II pro and the T40 III? besides the obvious open/closed design. Can´t really decide between those two.

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  9. CookieBin

    What about Mr. Steele’s V2 motors? I heard they’re pretty reliable, and now have these bumpers that help prevent debris from getting inside the motor.

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    1. Oscar Post author

      To be honest I didn’t like the V1 at all, so I am a bit skeptical about Steele’s products and I will wait and see what others say about them first.

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    1. Oscar Post author

      I haven’t tried them myself, and my friends who have tried them weren’t particularly impressed by them either.

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  10. Jarret

    Pirodrone’s PYRODRONE HYPERLITE 2307-2722 TEAM EDITION I’ve placed above all of these motors at this point. An insane set of motors from Pirodrone.

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