Maybe you’ve seen some people, actual or in videos, flying or even racing these tiny little drones called whoops. It looked like fun and you want to get into it. So how do you get started? I will show you my approach to get into whooping that will ease you into the hobby and not break the bank.
Let’s start by first defining what exactly is a Tiny Whoop. Jesse Perkins,Â the man credited with starting it all, describes it perfectly:
“Tiny Whoop is a small first-person-view aircraft that truly allows you to feel the gift of flight and the feeling of being tiny. A smallÂ apartmentÂ becomes a vast terrain worthy of taming. The small tree in your front yard is a deep and engaging forest. With shrouded propellers we can now fly FPV around people and kids safely. It’s more fun than I’ve ever had.”
Strictly speaking a Tiny Whoop is a 65mm-sized quadcopter with ducts and FPV camera from the Tiny Whoop company. But the Tiny Whoop has become so successful that the term has become genericized. Today, a whoop is any nano or micro-sized quadcopter with ducts and FPV camera. And whooping is having fun flying around everyday places and people.
I finally build my #quadgoal: A Rakonheli 66mm brushless whoop. Continue reading
The Furibee F36’s stock 150mAh batteries are good for around 5 minutes of flying. But that’s without FPV gear. With FPV gear, that goes down to around 3 minutes. If you want to get back some of that flying time, you’ll have to put in bigger batteries.
There are threeÂ problems with bigger batteries. First, they will be a tight fit (or won’tÂ at all) in the stock battery bay. Second, they will cover the battery connector. Third, they will offset the center of gravity. We need to address these problems before we can fly.
Here are common Tiny Whoop battery connectors you will encounter.
JST PH 2.0
2mm pin distance; Also known as MCPX, JST-2.0; Found in the Furibee F36, Eachine E010/11, JJRC H36.
Molex Battery 2.0
2mm pin distance; Also known as Micro Losi, Walkera; Found on many toy quads and batteries.
Molex Battery 1.25
1.25mm pin distance; Also known as Molex Picoblade, E-flite, JST-1.25 (wrong term since JST-GH is the real 1.25 JST connector); Found on Blade Inductrix and KingKong Tiny 6/7.
I wanted to keep the canopy for my first Tiny Whoop build but the VTX03 was a bit too big so I had to settle for a more technical look. And then I burnt the VTX out in a crash. So I got a VTX01 and did a rebuild.