The Ultimate FPV Shopping list (Part Two)
In Part One I explained the “flying parts” of your drone, the parts you need for it to get in the air.
In Part Two I will talk about the FPV video gear, and other misc items.
Buying your First set of racing drone gear is daunting and confusing. I want to try and make it easier for you by laying out how to choose, what to buy, and why (without making it too complicated).
FPV gear like cameras and VTX are pretty simple.I don’t need to explain them too much because they’re not reliant on setup like ESCs and FCs are.
All the gear I recommend here runs on almost any voltage, so you will power these off either your PDB, or 4in1 ESC.
The FPV (First Person View/Video Gear) parts you need are a Camera, Video Transmitter (VTX) and an Antenna. I’ll make a list below.
Before the list though, there’s 3 types of cameras: “Full Size”, “Mini”, and “Micro”.
If you use a big frame like the Hyperlite Evo, then you can choose any size camera, but just need to find solutions for mounting (usually 3D printed). It's easier to use a full size camera for this frame and other "Roomy" frames.
Mini cameras haven’t really taken off, and they’re kind of an awkward size to mount, but you’ll be able to fit them in the same kind of frames as full size cams. Also a very few select frames are designed only for mini cams, but it will state that in the product description.
Micros save heaps of weight, and are more so where the tech is going. These fit in any frame but are mainly geared towards the tighter race frames like the Floss 2. Also a very few select frames are designed only for micro cams, but it will tell you that in the product description.
The cameras below also have “OSD” to show you your battery voltage. So if you don’t use a PDB, or you got the Revolt V3 FC, then you can still get simple battery info from these cams.
Cameras I recommend:
Your Video Transmitter (VTX) is what takes your cameras picture, and sends it to your goggles via an analog video signal. It transmits through different radio frequencies (channels). all the VTXs I'm listing have all the same amount of channels, and layout of channels. Any of the goggles I suggested will pick up those same channels.
VTX I recommend:
TBS Unify Pro HV RACE (Cheaper, but less power output. Still great signal)
The main differences between these VTXs is the “power output”.
The higher power output, the more “range” you get. It basically just means you have a more reliable video feed in situations where obstacles may block your signal.
Antenna I recommend:
Spedix Pagoda 2 (Cheap, but not super durable)
TBS Triumph (More expensive, but almost bulletproof, comes with two antennas)
Lumineer AXII (Small, light, great for racing, also bulletproof if tucked away)
I recommend these antennas because they have the best video capabilities, and work well when flying with others.
If you’re looking at doing freestyle, I would use the Pagoda and Triumph, because with that kind of flying, you need the antenna to be more exposed for better reception far away. These antennas are longer, so perfect for that purpose.
That’s it! We finally made it through all the parts you need!
Before you close this blog and go shopping though, there’s a few more little things we tend to forget about.
You need propellers! Take a look at another blog I wrote about propellers here!
You also need batteries and a charger. Batteries typically only last about 5 minutes, so you’ll want a few to get a good amount of practice.
I will write another blog on buying batteries, and using them. But for now, just know never to charge them above 3Amps while you’re learning, and for the ones I’ve suggested, don’t drain them below 14.7 volts, and NEVER fully drain them!
Batteries require s bit of explaining, so that is reserved for another blog post entirely.
(This charger is a great first charger)
If you have batteries and a charger, but aren't sure how to use them properly, I wrote another blog about charging batteries here!
Propeller Lock Nuts
14awg, 20awg, and 28awg wire
Male and Female XT-60 (for your battery plugs)
This brings us to the end of an insane looking shopping list!
Stay tuned for more informative blogs in the future, and if you feel like this blog helped you out, check out our store where you can get all this stuff from!
Thanks for reading!
Posted: Tuesday 29 May 2018