“DIY Budget Quadcopters: Getting you started on a budget.” – I had this new idea for a series of articles where I help you to choose the right components to build your first quadcopter. What I list here are all budget components, which I have mostly used myself (and reviewed on my YouTube channel) and which I know to work well. In order to keep this simple, I will try to list all components from as few vendors as possible (Banggood and HobbyKing in this case), which is where I buy most of my RC gear.
To go one step further with this, I offer everyone to mail me with questions regarding these components and I will gladly share my experience with you. Just shoot me an e-mail and I’ll try to help you as good as possible. Also, if you need any additional components or if you are not sure if you do so – just mail me. This will also help me to grow these articles with additional information.
In order to keep this completely transparent, please note that some of the links below are “affiliate links”. That means, if you buy something through them I get a very small bonus which helps to keep running my YouTube channel and this website – at absolutely no extra cost to you! It also helps me to continue to support you through e-mail, as offered above.
The aim of this is to list budget components, which I know to work well, with a special focus of not putting too big a dent in your wallet. This is not meant to be a list of high priced components to build your “ultimate” quadcopter. Please keep this in mind.
I assume that you already have the basic components, such as a soldering iron or a lipo charger from your times flying RTF kits. If you need inputs on these components as well, mail me and I will extend the list.
The components listed below are for your basic 250-size FPV quadcopter build. Still a popular choice to start with, even if many tend to use smaller frames these days. The 250-size is specially convenient for starting to build your own quadcopters, since it provides more space to work with, than smaller frames.
These are the base components for your FPV quadcopter.
If you do not have a telemetry radio, such as a Taranis, you will want to get a Buzzer to connect to your Naze. This will have the additional beneift of acting as a lost-model indicator, in case of unexpected remote landings :-). You can get just the buzzer and solder it directly (first option) or go for a version presoldered with a cable (second option). In my opinion, just go with the first option and solder the cable yourself.
If you do not have a radio yet, and if you are serious about getting forward in the hobby, get a Taranis. It is the best value you can currently get. It is a quite steep investment at first, but it is worth it.
FPV Goggles & Reciever:
For starting out, the Quanums are a great choice. Even after several years of FPV I still use them. This is the new version of them, which I have just reviewed on my channel. The Eachine reciever is a good choice for a simple and cheap reciever which can recieve all channels and gets the job done.
Anything missing from the list? Please mail me!