Flash Blheli_32 ESCs without a Betaflight flight controller board

I have recently got a great deal for cheap Blheli_32 ESCs and after watching few YouTube reviews I have decided to order them.
There are several brands that are selling the exact same ESCs, you can find them branded as UFOFPV, Furibee, Nidici and HAKRC (there may be some other brands of which I’m not aware). The Furibee have lowest price at the moment

My plan was replace my old FVT LittleBee 30A that are OneShot 125 based and are used on one of my Kissed kwads. This is an old rig and I’m really happy how it flies but I couldn’t bare not trying the Kiss FC in combination with Blheli_32 escs.

Here is a recent video filmed with a Runcam Split on this kwad:

Before installing the escs I have decided to check what firmware are they on aaand for that since this is Kiss FC and there is no pass-trough I needed something based on Betaflight. For that I have an old Naze FC that I use in occasions like this. I have been using it for flashing Blheli_S previously, but in this case it turned out that it is not working for Blheli_32, the developers dropped the pass-trough code in Betaflight 3.2 fo Naze in order to save some space, and the previous versions like 3.1.7 that have the code aren’t connecting because they use older pass-trough protocol so this was a no go.

I wasn’t up to desoldering a F4 board from my working rigs just to use it for flashing so my only other option was to use arduino. I have previously used arduino pro mini for flashing Blheli_S, but it seems that the procedure is a bit different for Blheli_32.

When trying to flash only the Arduino Blheli bootloader I have got an error that the board is not supported yet or a missing file?!@#$ So I went to the second option Arduino 4way-interface and I have chosen the one containing PD3PD2 in the filename. Please note that I’m using

After flashing the firmware the only thing left to do is to connect the esc signal lead to D3 and the ground wire to GND and after connecting the esc if everything is OK the rest of the procedure is similar to the one when using blheli suite with pass-trough from Betaflight.

 

Best Freestyle Motors for the first quarter of 2018?

12 days in the new year and I’m already planning my first freestyle build in the 2018. So I have started doing a research to see what freestyle motors do I have as options if I don’t limit myself on a certain budget.


By asking my friends and watching YouTube videos and checking the equipment used in the descriptions I have narrowed down my list on these five freestyle motors by no particular order:

EMAX LS2207 Lite Spec 2207 2400KV $22
T-motor F40 PRO II 2306 2400KV $27
Armattan Oomph Titan Edition 2306/2450KV $21.5
Hypetrain Freestyle 2306 2450KV $26
Brotherhobby Deadpool 2306 2450KV $26

Each of these has some feature that distinguishes it from the others and that seems to be the deciding factor when making your choice. The next thing that falls on my mind is, if only I could test each set on the same rig, fly around 20 packs, that would greatly help me make the decision, but unfortunately that is not so practical 🙂 If only some of the manufacturers could come with some sort of rental program so we could try the motors that we like (obviously there would be rental fee and payment if something is damaged, but anyway I wouldn’t go all in if I’m just trying out some new motors that aren’t mine)

What are deciding factors when choosing freestyle motor?
Most of the pilots go for the smoothness and low end torqiness. All motors feature naked bottom with 16×16 holes which begins to be a new standard that offers tougher base and lighter motor. Other than that, most of the freestyle motors with some exceptions are from 2306 with 2345-2450KV. The price range is from $21.5 to $27. Some pilots may say these motor are a bit overpriced but as the saying goes, you get what you pay for. You may find cheaper motors from other brands but these are used by most of the freestyle pilots over the world and the fact that most of them are recently released motors also plays a big role in the overall price.

In order to make things more easier, I have created a poll on the FPV Life group on Facebook so I could get some insight about what pilots are using or planing to use, you can see the results below. The T-motor F40Pro II is absolute winner, then the Armattan Oomph Titan, and after that I have got similar number of votes on the Hypetrain, Brother Hobby fancy Deadpool and EMAX LS2207 2400KV.

Please note that this ranking is only for the first quarter of 2018, I see that Mr Steele V2 motors are already available and after watching the Mr Steele video about the V2 motors I can say that it is worth being on the list but there is no pilot info on that one so far.

As I’m writing this I have already ordered a set of F40Pro II motors and I will be doing a full review on them as soon as I have them in my hands. My plan is pairing them with the Holybro Tekko32 (Wraith32) ESCS and use Kiss V1 FC. As for the frame, I haven’t decided yet whether to go with Rooster or Reverb frames or use something semi freestyle lighter with a Runcam Split on it.

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SJ RG01 5.8G 48CH another FatShark Killer?

Edit: There is no logic in the display size, I think that the height is right but the width is overall from both displays, which means that the screen resolution would be 480X240 and that seems right. Thanks for reddit user IronMew for pointing out the 960×240 typo.

While checking the new products on BangGood today I found that there are new FPV video goggles SJ RG01 available that should be in the class of Eachine EV100

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The goggles come with dual 960×240??? displays, they have true diversity receiver and they have dvr recorder.
Unfortunately, there is no information on the field of view, that was a big down side on the Eachine EV100 and I certainly hope this company went with some wider FOV.

The package includes SJ-RG01 Goggles, 2 x Antenna, 1 x Power cable, 1 x AV cord, 1 x Battery (1,500mAh), 1 x User’s manual.
I’m planning on ordering these and doing a thorough review as soon as I have them in my hands.

These goggles are on preorder at the moment on BangGood and you can read more about them on the following link