Racing quad setup – February 2017

This is my suggestion to question, what should I buy to build a racing quad. I tried to find only one choice, these choices should be good in overall. Everyone has their own opinion, but I think you don’t go in wrong direction with these selections.

This list uses banggood as source mostly. Bangood is a new “hobbyking”: has reasonable service (which HK doesn’t have) and cheap prices. If there’s any trouble with banggood please inform me and I will supply other sources for parts. But so far so good with banggood!

Frame + FC + Motors + ESCs + Props complete setup

A good deal with many of necessary items: http://www.banggood.com/Realacc-X210-PRO-3K-Frame-w-CC3D-REVO-F4-Racerstar-BR2205-2600KV-Motor-RS30A-V2-Blheli_S-5X4X3-Prop-p-1102264.html($112)

(for FPV you need also RC transmitter, RC receiver, FPV camera, video transmitter, antenna, goggles (with receiver and antenna), batteries)

Frame

http://www.banggood.com/Realacc-X210-Pro-214mm-3K-Carbon-Fiber-FPV-Racing-Frame-4mm-Frame-Arm-w-LED-Board-5V-12V-PDB-p-1090783.html

Flight Controller

http://shop.myairbot.com/indexxx.php/flight-control/cleanflight-baseflight/omnibusv11.html

Use betaflight 3.1 or newer version. Betaflight is good choice if you’re starting hobby. Stock PID settings. Dshot300 recommended. If you want to step to Kiss FC & ESCs, they’re totally OK. More expensive.

Motors

http://www.myrcmart.com/rcx-h2205-v2-2350kv-multirotor-outrunner-brushless-motor-motion-balanced-p-9193.html

Speed Controllers

http://www.banggood.com/Racerstar-RS30A-V2-30A-Blheli_S-ESC-OPTO-2-4S-Support-Oneshot42-Multishot-for-FPV-Racer-p-1072073.html

For Finnish buyers: http://www.verticalhobby.com/kauppa/sunrise-model-cicada-blheli-30a-4s-p-6144.html

Propellers

Kingkong 5x4x3 (buy plenty!)

Battery

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__91353__Turnigy_Graphene_1300mAh_4S_65C_Lipo_Pack_w_XT60_EU_Warehouse_.html

Headset

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__104151__Quanum_Cyclops_FPV_Goggle_w_Integrated_Monitor_and_Receiver_EU_Warehouse_.html (remember to buy a battery for this)

Video transmitter

Note: remember to check antenna standard!

http://www.banggood.com/Skyzone-FPV-TS5813S-5_8G-25mW-40CH-Mini-AV-Wireless-Transmitter-For-Mini-Multicopter-QAV250-p-1021364.html (no need to buy anything else than 25mW, really – atleast when getting started)

For little bit more serious racing: http://www.banggood.com/ImmersionRC-Tramp-HV-6-18V-5_8GHz-1mW-to600mW-Video-Transmitter-International-Version-p-1088990.html?rmmds=search (progammable with the wand, more power options, “pit area power/frequency” etc.)

Antenna

Note: remember to check antenna standard!

http://www.surveilzone.com/FOXEER-58G-Circular-Polarized-Omni-TX-RX-LHCP-RHCP-Antenna-%28New-Version%29-g-1539

For finnish buyers, the mighty Väättäri antennas.

Camera

http://www.banggood.com/Foxeer-HS1177-Sony-600TVL-CCD-2_8MM-IR-Mini-FPV-Camera-5-17v-with-Bracket-p-1047125.html

.. but change lens to 2.1mm (wider, better, stronger, faster, harder): http://www.banggood.com/Replacement-2_1mm-2_5mm-2_8mm-IR-Sensitive-Camera-Lens-For-Foxeer-p-1069901.html

RC transmitter

I would suggest Futaba RC transmitter + receiver with SBUS output, they have really low latency and good reception quality. Also Spektrum DX8 could be a good choice. FrSky Taranis is really popular these days but it has too many issues with transmission/reception quality along with the EU-firmware messup etc.

Charger

http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__31513__Turnigy_Accucel_8_150W_7A_Balancer_Charger_EU_Warehouse_.html (good, proven with many units)

http://www.banggood.com/ISDT-SC-608-150W-8A-MINI-Smart-LCD-Battery-Balance-Charger-p-1057271.html (newcomer, should be OK – some fixable display problems currently)