EMAX Tinyhawk 2.5" Freestyle BNF 2s FRSKY Outdoor Drone Carbon Fiber Quad for Beginners
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For the price, this is a 5 star quad. There's an overall problem with this quad though. This isn't a beginner quad. Beginner quads typically have prop guards. This thing really rips. It feels so close to being a 5" when you're flying it without any wind. Even when it's windy it flies like a beast. This thing is amazing and the Avan props are also just buttery smooth. The one star loss is for the receiver and the vtx. They are both just awful. Can't go but 100 yards before losing either video or rx. Failsafed so many times. I popped in an xm+ receiver and it made a massive difference. I then attempted to add a vtx and I must have gotten a little too close to something because I think I killed an ESC. So... I ordered another one because I love it so much. Just a joy to fly. I will mod that one too, but this time with a tad more care. Emax should make a Pro version of this that is pnp and has a better vtx with a CP antenna.
I have been flying indoor "drones" since 2015 or so starting with some brushed ones, then tiny whoop style fpv, then brushless tiny whoops from a blue brand. The quality, flight characteristics, and tune of this thing are superior to any other brand I have tried, and I am am very happy with this purchase. The only downside is that the video range is pretty bad for an outdoor quad. Some people have been replacing the VTX, but I think it is a little extreme to spend $20 on a new VTX for a $100 quad. But I have a solution! Search for and buy a "micro lollipop antenna" on amazon ($20 2 pack), they only weigh like 3 grams. Cut the UFL connector off and solder the new antenna on, just like how the old one was and bring it out the back. If you don't know how you can probably google how to strip and solder coaxial cable. Also, make sure you are using an RHCP antenna on your video receiver. Additionally, If you have access to a 3d printer you can get a mount too! Just search for "EMAX Tinyhawk Freestyle Lollipop VTX antenna" on Thingiverse. You can even get one with an XT30 port if you have XT30 batteries. Also, I got better transmitter signal strength moving the receiver antenna out the back while I had the top plate off for the new antenna install. So, for the fact that this is really a $120 drone with about a half-hour of labor I give it 4/5 stars. If it came with a better antenna and/or VTX it would be a 5-star product and I would probably buy another one. Except for that, everything else is great, I even bounced it off concrete a bunch of times before I broke the bottom plate, which is only $9 for a new one. I am going to even buy the indoor version as I just broke my whoop from the blue brand due to the fact that their propellers are so tight on the motors the shaft gets bent when you replace them. The EMAX quality is just better. I suspect I will have to do the same mod for that one too, but I have an extra antenna from the 2 pack.
Another item from GadgetBing. Was supposed to arrive on the 23 got here on the 20th. Item was in good condition. I chose the TinyHawk Freestyle as I had the TinyHawk RTF, and while I love that drone, it felt like I had achieved its potential. By coincidence this was released at a great price point and took the plunge. Getting it to bind to the controller took some effort. Had to go into BetaFlight - Receiver and set the channelmap to AETR, but after that, no issues. OMG can this thing fly. Fortunately I took it to a field for my initial flight. This is thing is definitely punchy and flies differently than the OG TH. But that is exactly what I am needing, something that flies like a real drone. I’m hooked on flying. It is a lot of fun and it is pushing me to fly better. Finally, be safe. There are kids around where I fly and I can tell I’ll need to be careful as I this thing could hurt someone. But I can fly safe and have fun.
First time ordering was missing the 2 batteries, and the screws necessary to install the props. Came with 5 black props and 3 red which I thought was weird. Further inspection showed dirt and wear marks on the drone. Looked like a return to me. I returned for a replacement. Second drone had even more parts missing, camera cover, 2 batteries, screws for the props, and also missing the extra props. A weird green zip tie was also on the drone, and again on further inspection dirt and wear marks. Amazon didn't even give me the opportunity to ask for a replacement, just a refund which I guess makes sense. I don't know what is happening, the seller GadgetBing seems to get good reviews, but two defective and obviously used products in a row? I contacted the seller but I just don't know how they would guarantee a third order would be brand new with all the parts. I'd feel pretty stupid buying a third one only to get the same problem.
First of all the shipping was a week early so i love that and thank you ...the lil race quad makes me like the lil quads again i built a 3 inch and bought 2 tyro 79 and if i added both together i didnt get 30min of good fly time but the tinyhawk free style is great and I would recommend it to anyone from a guy that has one of everything .... I will have to say that I loved the tiny Hawk freestyle while it lasted but don't fly it in the rain as you might can see in the last two pictures that the flight controller went out so I put a Omnibus F4 in that little tiny Hawk freestyle frame because I love the way it looks & because I refuse to pay $50 for a flight controller
This product is phenomenal. The Tinyhawk Freestyle flys like a dream, right out of the box with one or two minor tweaks in Betaflight Configurator. For a 2S powered drone, it has a great power to weight ratio and the flight times were 4 to 6 minutes per "pack". Seriously, stop what you are doing right now and get this drone. It is a great intro into the "Toothpick" class. As for the seller, the Tinyhawk Freestyle came earlier than promised. Compared to other retailers this is a great value considering shipping costs, especially if you have Prime.