This is most probably the one and only killer combo for the micro FPV quads out there. The flight controller is not even officially out but I already have it and will start building my beautiful Eclair (yes, I give my drones names) seconds after posting the following pictures of the combo.
So the features for a freaking micro drone will be insane with this setup.
Airbot OMNIBUS F4 Nano V4
- STM32 F405 MCU
- MPU6000 gyro connected via SPI
- Betaflight OSD
- LC Filter
- 20x20mm M3 mount holes
Ori32 4in1 25A ESCs
- 32bit ESC with BLHeli32 (DSHOT1200 available)
- Supports 2-4S
- Voltage Output (VBAT)
- 20x20mm M3 mount holes
Everything I can say now is that the soldering pads on both boards are huge. Every casual solderer should be able to solder wires to them. The build quality of the boards is extremely good, as always for all Airbot products.
Motor Resource Re-Mapping
At first I though one of the ESCs on the Ori32 4in1 board is broken because motor 2 was not spinning at all. It was not so please keep reading.
If using the all-in-one connector to connect the OMNIBUS Nano FC and the Ori32 4in1 ESCs you most probably have to re-map your motors because the last pin of the white connector on the FC is actually motor 6 and not 4. That’s why after connecting you get ESC number 4 connected to motor 6 pin on the FC. Additionally if you rotate the ESC board you have to adjust resources accordingly.
A word of warning about the stand-offs. I had to get the nylon stand-offs down to avoid pushing components like FETs or capacitors off the boards while screwing the stand-off down. Please take a look before using your gorilla strength 😉
Today I was finally able to fly my micro build with the TomoQuads Sonic 2″ frame.
The build is documented @ https://www.aerosurfer.ch/2017/11/05/tomoquads-sonic.
For a very long time I wanted to fly something small, around 2″. It would allow me to fly near home and abuse local play grounds. I almost purchased the well known Eachine Lizard95 because friends of mine fly it and they seem to have tons of fun. There are millions of reviews of the Lizard saying that it’s a great (and lightning fast) quad but there are things that I don’t like about it, like for example the not so great FPV cam. Long story short I decided to build something myself and use premium parts like the Runcam Micro Swift V2.
The following parts were used in the build.
- Frame: TomoQuads Sonic 2″
- Camera: Runcam Micro Swift V2
- VTX: Eachine VTX03 Super Mini
- Receiver: FrSky R-XSR (featuring diversity + telemetry)
- Motors: SunnySky R1104 7500KV
- FC + ESCs Tower: XJB F425 Flytower Micro (featuring DSHOT600 + OSD)
- Propellers: Gemfan 2035 2X3.5X4
The quad is extremely fast on 3S batteries, using 2S would probably be enough as well as 5500KV motors.
Comment picker says that Wolf Beastmode is the winner of the give away for https://www.aerosurfer.ch/2017/09/07/jjrc-h43wh-drone-give-away/. So congratulations! If you want to receive the blue crab (paying shipping only) please get in touch with me via https://www.aerosurfer.ch/contact/.
JJRC H43WH Blue Crab
- Nice blue design.
- Foldable and therefore good for traveling.
- Cool red and blue LEDs.
- Guarded props for more safety.
- 720p camera for videos and photos.
- Flips and rolls with just 2 pushes to the screen.
- Headless mode.
- Nice mobile phone app with WIFI connection.
The Package Content
- The drone itself.
- Battery charger.
- 500mAh battery.
- One set of spare props.
- Screwdriver for props.
- User manual.
You probably already watched the video and you already know how good looking the JJRC H43WH is. It’s made of ABS and stiff so it will be hard to break but keep in mind that it’s not made of carbon so you better not fly it full speed into a wall.
I was surprised how stable the little quad is because I was testing similar toys in the past and it was pretty damn hard to keep them hovering above the ground. There is a small drift to the sides but you can pretty much get rid of it by using the trims inside the mobile app. So to get started flying the crab you basically just charge the battery over the USB charger, download the mobile app, connect the app to the drone and use the touch screen of your phone to fly it. You use touch buttons to steer in all directions, make it do flips and rolls. There are also buttons for taking of, landing. Please be aware that you shouldn’t fly it further away than 30 meters, keep in mind that it’s being controlled over WIFI. The quad copter is harder to steer when it’s windy so take this into consideration when going outside.
You can take photos with the crab and also record videos. Everything is saved nicely through the mobile app on the phone. I was using an iPhone 6 for my review and everything was working just fine. The little camera inside is 720p so has a frame size of 1280 by 720 pixels. It records with 25 frames per second and with a bitrate of 1405kbps. The quality of the photos and videos is obviously nothing special but what would you expect for this amount of money anyway.
The battery is a small 1S 500mAh battery and it takes about one hour to charge it. It lasts only 5 minutes so if you plan to take the little guy for a hike I suggest to purchase more batteries.
If you transport your drone folded you need only 38 by 150 by 96 millimeters. Unfolded it takes 150 by 150 by 27 millimeters. It’s light with 75 grams (including battery).
I’d say that for just USD37.99 it’s a pretty good deal for people who just want to take a sneak peek on playing with quad copter toys.
The Give Away
You can get the JJRC H43WH for free. How?
- Like my Facebook page, find the post with this review and comment “I want that drone!”.
- Subscribe to my YouTube channel find the video with this review and comment “I want that drone!”.
- From all comments one user will be picked randomly on 23rd September 2017. The user has to be active YouTube subscriber.
- The winner has to pay shipping from me to his destination and will receive this quad copter for free.