1S BRUSHLESS POWER! – Aurora RC A100 with OSD REVIEW, Flights, Mods, Pros & Cons
Alright guys, I got my one ask nanotech here. This is a 350 milliamp and they'll try to put some links down below for different batteries that I would recommend for this. One we're gon na do a quick line of sight flight test. Hopefully the wind stays down a little bit, so I can fly this little 1s monster here we go and also hopefully, I don't land in the mud out here today. Cuz there's a lot of mud on the ground when seems to have died for a moment here, it's really small, quick line of sight, let's still punch out real quick before I lose much battery 1. 2. 3. The beepers going off when I punch out this battery is fully charged so I'm gon na try to uh. Oh the it flips really well actually I'm impressed with that beepers going off like crazy. I must have not set the low voltage down, wow it's really cool. I think this is gon na, be a pretty good flyer, really stable, there's a little bit of win and it doesn't really seem to care nice y'all right, cool let's go ahead and land this one back on the pad before I put it in the mud and We'Ll do some fpv. Here we go Music, Oh Music. We could go back to the present. This whole thing just started: baby it's, just you, Music, Music, Music. Alright, guys welcome back to the drone camp we're in the studio now on the bench with the Aurora RCA.
100 and I'm just gon na go ahead and give you an overview. My opinion on this and a little bit of background on 1s quadcopters, if you're new to this or you're sort of looking into a 1s fpv racer. This is a good place to start I'm. Gon na tell you my rating on this particular quad at the end of this review, but first I'm gon na go into a little bit of the specs we're gon na talk about the weight characteristics of flight characteristics, some of the power components on here and what I did to upgrade mine so that yours can you can take and do the same thing with yours and yours can fly a little bit better, so we're gon na start out, with the es es that they chose on here. The es es r5 ham they're also bursting upto 6 amp for about 3 seconds. So this is gon na be a dedicated 1s flyer. I would love to try to boost this up to 2 s but I'm afraid I'm going to fry the es es in a matter of seconds. If I do that now, I also upgraded the back of the quad here to run the jst connector. It had an original hub Sam style connector on there, the little white one, but I cut that one off and I wanted to use these Nano text that I have. I have these little Nano texts and they're a really high C rating.
So this is kind of what I would suggest is getting finding a 1s battery I'll try to put some links down below for some gnb version of this one, because the gnb versions of most of the batteries that have been flying lately their batteries are absolutely awesome. These sort of have the nickname of called the Nano puff because they they work great for a short amount of time, but sometimes they end up puffing up this one's still brand new, so it's it's, ok, but this is a 65 c 350 milliamp battery. It says it goes up to 130 C, but I'm. Not sure I'd totally believe that, but these are great little 1s batteries and you normally don't have a whole lot of puffing on One S battery unless you're really really pushing it to the bottom of the barrel. So you have to be careful with your couldn't our consumption on these batteries, so they don't start to swell, but these do generally pretty good on the punch out. It gives you a lot better punch out than using like a stock, China battery or something cheap off of Amazon stay away from something like the crazy Pony batteries they just tend to swell up after I use them for the first or second time. So something to consider a high recei rating on these little brushless motors is gon na do great now the brushless motors speaking of those they are really awesome. Little motors.
These are sunny sky, zero, seven, zero, five 15000 kv and if you look on the gearbest site with the link below you'll, see that these are rated at 10000 kv on their website page. So i don't know if somebody did a typo, maybe they upgraded these motors by the time i got this one. This is some a much better motor than what they had on there originally and they have it pretty neatly: soldered up to the esc s here, you can see this ESC is an all in one ESC and flight controller. So this is only one stack in here and it cleans up a lot of stuff under here, which is really nice. This is really a lot cleaner because I was able to take the d8 receiver that I had on there it's a sort of fr sky receiver and the D 8 receiver. Just doesn't go that far for my brushless micro setup. I wanted something that would be full range, so what I did was I took that d8 off there and I upgraded that to a D 16, and this is the XM plus. I have two antennae coming off: the top of this quad now and they're super tall, and I get maximum range out to as far as something like a five inch would get with that receiver setup, so that's a lot better than the stock, so that's, probably something. I would do if you want to fly really tall objects like something like a crane and go up over and do and do flips things like that or if you want to do even do some crazy building dives with this little one s, guy that's the way You could do it with a D 16 receiver now the frame on this is pretty cool, it is a unibody frame and they give you a piece of sort of that tacky rubber mount for the bottom of it, but I always use velcro on the bottom of My quads, because it stays on a lot better, the plastic stuff that they put on here, just always the rubber it just seems to the he falls off and crashes on.
It makes me crazy, plus you can sort of damage your flight controller tabs on here. So if you get one, I would zip tie it off to this post on the back right here, so that if this gets pulled in somehow that it doesn't pull the tabs on the flight control because they can pop off and then you have to replace the Whole board es es flight controller and everything. Now the bottom of that unibody frame is 1.5 millimeters, and that kind of scared me at first cuz. I thought oh man, this is going to be bad. We'Re gon na have to replace this bottom plate because I'll probably break this in my first flight test, but it held up and it got some mud on it and it took some hits in the gravel but it's still actually just fine there's one little scratch on The bottom here, but it seems like a pretty good grade, a carbon fiber. This top plate is also 1.5 millimeters and it's nice, because it has three bolts here, three standoffs and you can get to that really quickly inside. So I was able to get in there and just solder up my new receiver really quickly, and this board already has beta Flight 3.2 flashed on here with beta flight OSD. So this is a completely different One S brushless micro animal than what we had say a year ago. Even we were flying a lot of tiny whoops and this was kind of the indoor quad of choice one year ago, and I haven't flown this one.
In probably about a year, we did some races inside bars and did some fun indoor stuff, but I found out that I kind of like I prefer to fly outside, so I really like the evolution of the Super Micro 1s brushless quads. This is a lot better for me because it feels like I can do freestyle and sort of a smaller space and dude. You know power loops over trees and little spins and find gaps and things it's a lot of fun with these so and you people don't. Even realize you're flying these they're, so small. Now this flight controller, esc combo, is also an omnibus f3. So this is going to fly really really smooth with the stock kids right out of beta flight there's, not a lot of vibrations or weird stuff. Going on this quad, the nicest thing about this one is that I plugged it in after setting up my switches in beta flight and this quad just flew, really nice and smooth and stray it kind of reminds me of the old school brushed micro brushless that I Used to build, I used to build these and we used to use micro, sis keys on these, but setting up the micro sis key was about 30 times harder, 50 times harder than trying to set up something. Like an omnibus f3, you had to use CLI commands to set up the motor timing. The motor rates and command prompts were just extremely hard and this entire culture.
At the very beginning, it was kind of like black magic. It was sort of the subculture of a subculture with the micro ciske guys and the forum's were really deep about these, and I did some videos on the j1 and the j2. Originally that JJ Pro jjrc released and they were extremely hard to set up, really easy and fast and build, but it took a lot of research hours of research on the internet to try to figure out how to set up these original brushed ones. Now they didn't have all the power that this new brushless version has and Aeons easier to set up, and I think back then they also probably had much smaller ESC. So the 1s ESC, s1s setups, are starting to get a little bit bigger. 5 amp is a pretty good size for this one you're, probably not going to run it to s. You'Re most likely want to want to run this one on one s. Only these motors are supposed to be rated up to 4 s. I think it says on gearbest website, it's kind of confusing it says 2 to 4 s, lipo HV, lipo, not included for the power supply, do not run this one for us, you will probably fry something. This camera is also rated up to about 20 volt on their website 22 volts to be exact, so this might be a little higher voltage, but you know normally I wouldn't put anything more than 1 s directly to these cameras, if there's a filter in here somewhere A voltage filter – and this is sitting on the 5 volt.
This might be ok, but I have fried these in the past. Putting too much voltage to these cameras so be very careful. With these a iOS and speaking of the camera, it says that the video transmitter is 25 mil away here, but it's very confusing because up the the list a little further in the specs for the main features that says that the 5.8 camera is switchable between 25 100 and 200 – I didn't find that on this one I found it to be a 25 millas. So if you have one that switchable up to 200 mil a lot you're gon na be able to go a lot further than this one will. Let me go, but I went out in the field pretty far and I tried to test that and show that to you guys that I went way out there with this little guy, but it does have 48 channels on there and 6 different bands. It says down bottom for changing up bands. You can fly this with your friends and not be on the same channel and the cool thing about this. One is on their website. It is compatible with a variety of different receivers. So if you guys are running a spectrum radio, it does accept DSM, DSM, X, ppm s, bus or I bus. If you guys are flying fr sky, you can get your receiver on there da or D 16. I would prefer the D 16 over the da I'm.
Not a big fan of those D 8 ones – they just don't – have a lot of range. It has a short, tiny little antenna coming off of it, so I would definitely go for the XM plus for this one and the flash guy guys have two options: AF HDS to a receiver or the AF HDS, regular receiver, but a year or two ago, when The inductrix fpv first came out and we went crazy and we did all these super cool frames. This is the rack and heli one. By the way these didn't have any type of OSD on them, so we were just flying straight camera stock camera setup. We did have our receivers on top and this is a sort of an underslung camera. This one's really neat. This is a really lightweight frame, but no OSD on this guy. So when the battery died, you just kind of drop to the ground and had no way to tell what your voltage was on your quadcopter. So let's go ahead and put this one on the scale. Now, while the original, tiny whoops are a lot lighter, they're, primarily used for indoor and since they're brushed motors on here, they just don't have quite the same kind of power system as this does. This has a lot more power for your punch out and you can actually do flips and a tiny bit of freestyle with these. This one's twenty one point: six grams, probably close to a thirty grams, with a heavier battery on there.
Let'S go ahead and put one of the 1s. This is a kind of battery I'd ply on here: the GNB 266 DC battery nuts, now twenty eight point: six grams and your dry weight for the a 135 grams. Thirty five point: nine and then, with this 351 s, battery we're, looking at fifty one, fifty point: nine grams actually total takeoff weight so quite a bit heavier, but also a lot more power. Now, after the tiny loop evolution happened and we started moving into brushless right before these little micro One S, brushless came out, we started to see OSD on things like the warlock, and this was sort of a tiny loop style hybrid. It was quite a bit bigger, as you can see, and this wasn't my favorite quad in the world. It felt really plastic II, I'm, not a huge fan of crop guards. By the way, I think that the flight characteristics of these style – props that are on these tiny loop style frames, fly a lot different than something like the two blades here. I think these fly a lot smoother even on my original ones. These frames and this style prop flew just way better than these kind of quad props fly, and the same is true for even something like this one. This is also another one s monster, and this one is also flying those GampB to 60s. Now this is an okay quadcopter. I would probably give this one around.
Maybe three point five stars mainly because it flew a little bit heavier feeling than something like the a 100 and I think it's primarily due to the props. So there's not the same amount of lift on this one as what you have here on the a100, but full speed makes this one and it's a it's, a decent quad, it's, pretty durable, and it held up pretty good in my flight tests, which I'm gon na Do a review of this one coming up on my channel it's called the BB six six, so you'll see this one coming up. I also have a BB light to review for you guys, but these are a lot of fun also like indoors or if you have a parking deck or something these will really fly really fast inside parking deck. So if you want to fly somewhere out of the snow and the rain, these are a lot of fun, even at a gymnasium, or something like that, if you do indoor flight nights with different flight groups, like am a flight groups, these could be pretty pumped so Let'S talk about the camera real quick, the camera is a 600 TVO resolution, CCD camera on this quad and normally I prefer something like a run: cam micro, but for this particular frame. It doesn't look like there's room in here and if you did put that camera on here, you'd add the extra weight of another VTX back here.
So you'd have to have a little more room. The buzzer probably have to be moved back here, somehow, maybe zip tied on the very back or maybe mount it on the top in the back right. There would be just fun because these are so lightweight you're, probably not gon na break anything. Unless you hit something really really hard with this little quad, but as far as a little 1s racer goes, I can recommend this one. I can stand behind it. I think this is a great flying little quad. I had a lot of fun with this one and I didn't even want to do the review today, because I wanted to go out and fly it more and get some more video footage of this for you guys, because I had such a good time flying it. So I did fly quite a few packs the other day at one of this local soccer fields and parks. So I had fun with it and I think it's I think, it's definitely something to look at if you're, considering a brushless 1s micro, this one's, really cool and it's already pretty much set up. All you have to do is set up your switches and beta flight and you're often flying this one. So no weird black magic to set it up like the old micro, ciske boards or CLI, prompts command prompts inside beta flights. So this one is two thumbs up from me: I'm gon na recommend it and I'm gon na give this one 4.
5 stars out of 5 for my rating for the a 100, so I'll try to put some links down below for the 1s version of the GNB Batteries and I think the GMB batteries are probably some of the best C rated batteries that you can get for these small little micro, 1s brushless, quad, copters, that's gon na be your best pick for that got 60 C or higher we'll definitely do a good job On this quad, so no flips to death, it did really well out in the field for me. So thanks again for watching you guys. Also, if you want to support my channel, please check out my patreon link below that's brand new for 2018. You can donate a dollar and get into what we call the quad club and it's a Members Only quad club with access to our website, free tech support and all that good stuff coming up for 2018. So this is highly regarded in my shop, the a100. So thanks again for watching my reviews, guys, it means a lot we just flipped over to 80000 subscribers, so that makes me feel really happy that so many people are watching the channel, and this is just getting the message out to more people now. So our hobby is growing in all different directions. I really appreciate it guys.