Yesterday I have posted an announcement from FPV Model that they will soon release the X Racer X1 and although I’m hyped about it there are some readers that would rather fly brushless micro than brushed ones.
It is a known fact that the brushed micros aren’t performing as good as the bigger brushless cousins. Some people find that acceptable and others don’t. On the other side, brushless models are a bit heavier and bulkier but that is compensated with their power.
Please be aware that this model is ARF and it comes without a receiver, so you will have to buy it additionally. If you are using FrSky like me you should probably go with the FD800 or FrSky Ultra Light XM. The good thing with this model is that you aren’t limited to FrSky, FlySky and DSM only and you could use almost any receiver.
Another Whoop killer? Let me go trough the specs and sum some experience info that I could gather so you could better decide if this one is good for you.
This is a compact 88mm brushless build that comes with 6A BLHELI-S ESCs that support DSHOT600, 1103 10000KV motors (note that the motors are rated up to 3S but the ESCs support only 1-2S), F3 mini flight controller with BF firmware (this is a customized version and you couldn’t upgrade it with regular BF firmware, you should use this instead), 800TVL CMOS camera with 150° FOV, 25mW 40 channel video transmitter and 2030 triblade propellers. The weight of the whole rig is 66.9 grams and it is not the lightest brushless of its size weighing almost double of the Eachine X73S (31 grams) which is also on discount and I’m planning to review it in future.
The package comes with 450mAh 2S 30C battery weighing 24.2 grams and USB charger
One month has passed since the people started receiving the first Chaser88 orders and as I can see there are plenty of review and flight videos. I have gone trough everyone that I could find and here are my findings so far:
- By default, there is no uptilt on the camera so if you want to fly more aggressively you will have to come with a solution to tilt it up.
- It is a bit heavy, around 95 grams with the battery and receiver, but there are ways to make it a bit lighter if you want like losing the led lights on the back and changing the AIO camera with a lighter one like this.
- There aren’t prop guards and you will probably break some props while flying indoor, so make sure you have a good reserve batch.
- The default configuration is set to acro mode which is not so good for beginners
- The PIDs must be adjusted since there are noticable oscilations on lower throttle
- The buzzer is not loud enough so good luck finding the lost model if it is further than 10-20 meters
- Enough power for good punchouts
- Up to three minutes of flight time with the provided battery
- The battery is only 30C and not 40C as stated
- The camera and FC are placed on a little rubber spacers that will shield them from vibrations
- Some owners reported that you may use a 3S battery but it is on your own risk, since the ESC are rated up to 2S
- Don’t expect a great range of the stock video transmitter, you will start to loose signal on 20m distance if you try to go behind a tree
- Nice robust, compact and crash resistant micro quadcopter that is not so good for indoor flying because of the lack of prop guards
There is a great deal on Eachine Chaser88 at the moment on BangGood. The regular price was $120 and they are selling it for $106 at the moment.
Here is a nice indepth review thanks to Drones Visual