Eachine Novice IV // All Ready to Fly Bundle // Get a 2nd Drone
. This comes as a ready to fly package. It has goggles as a radio it’s got everything else. You need to get started in the package. You can also buy it with four batteries. The kit i have came with two but i’m a little bit concerned about this. Now i should say: i’m, i’m. Quite a bit of concern. Four inch long range all have these really skinny arms they’re, trying to maximize flight time and they’ve added things like a gps and a beeper on the back of these things. So they’ve cut some weight by using buy blades on the props and real skinny carbon and oftentimes in a package format where you have goggles and a radio and a charger and batteries and all the things you need to get started in this hobby at a good Price point such as this one, it can be very, very appealing, but my concern is: i don’t think this should be your first quad. You can be one of your first quads, but i would highly encourage you if you like the looks of this and you’re thinking about buying it pick up something else: that’s, smaller and lighter and isn’t going to break on the first crash like a whoop, because i Think this, depending upon what the first crash is, if it’s not from 8 or 10 or 12 inches we’re, probably going to break an arm on that first crash and the best pilots crash, even when you’re slow cruising around flying, is not easy.
Let’S get down to the specs with that warning in mind. We’Ll cover everything that comes in this package, oh by the way i have two i’ve only been flying this one though, but uh. I have two and i found an inconsistency in the setup of these quads. I thought they’re supposed to be identical, but it’s just a talking point we’ll cover that in the flight it comes with the radio master tx12 radio, which is a good small, ish or medium sized format for flying. It has all the appropriate switches that you need. It does not come with the sound pack, so it won’t holler at you, although, when you’re flying this quad, when the rssi gets to about 40, it does beep at you to let you know nice little warning reminder it’s already bound and set up to the quad. It also comes with the eachine ev800dm goggles. These are the replacement goggles for the long standard, 800ds and 800’s before them. It’S got a slimmer profile than what we’ve seen on past eachine d800 series. It does have all the buttons that you would normally have. It does come with a patch antenna and a circular polarized antenna. It also has a search button for searching your band and frequency uh your power connector, so that you can plug it into power. It does come with that wall wart as well. Your micro sd card slot uh, you will have to supply your own sd card in order to record your dvr we’ve got audio audio video in and we’ve got the button for our dvr, which is to record the video of you flying or it says, pick short Press it takes a picture, long press, you get a red dot on the screen and it’s recording the entire flight and it telescopes out, which can be a super handy feature.
If you remember for those long time subscribers. When i reviewed these goggles, i had focus problems. Uh with this set i’m able to focus just fine so either my set that i reviewed a year ago or whatever it was, were either defective or i didn’t have a telescope far enough out, because it did find. I needed to be all the way out because of my less than perfect vision. It comes with a very simple uh one battery at a time charger, as well as the wall connector to plug this in to charge batteries. It comes with two eachine 1100 milliamp, 4s batteries, they’re kind of short stocky batteries. I expect them to be a little bit longer. There’S. Also, a fly more kit, which has four batteries, comes with an accessory pack for your goggles, so that’s your audio video in cable uh. This is your power cable for charging, the goggles and the power brick or wall adapter that you need for charging the goggles. The tx12 radio also came with the 18650 batteries that you need for running this. All you have to do is plug it in there’s, a warning on here making sure you know not to change the polarity or how these batteries go. In its case, in this package we have an extra set of props we’ve got some spare screws. We’Ve got an extra foam battery mat, a tiny, little screwdriver and a hex tool. This is a usbc cable, so you can charge your radio it’s also got this little plug.
That goes in where your antenna is this little mount and screws is used for a insta. 360 go camera. This would be the original go camera, not the new go 2, but the go 2 might squeeze in there. We also get this manual which lays things out fairly well, for you powering the novice for our nc 1404 2750 kv motors on four inch by blade. Props. The all in one flight controller is a generic flight controller. It does have one megabyte of black box or flash memory and it’s a 25 amp esc. The vtx back here is just called a whoop vtx and it’s supposed to run from 25 ml watts to 400 milliwatts power switchable using either the button that you see here on the back or through your osd. Using your radio. The camera that’s in here is the caddix baby. Retell 2 that’s a really nice nano camera. This gps module is the eachine mini m8n gps module it’s also got a lost model alarm, but this one’s fairly interesting in that you have to press this button, long press. It in order to activate it as a beeper or a lost model alarm. It weighs a little over 127.5 grams and with the included battery it weighs just over 218 and one quarter grams. The arms are three millimeters thick and six millimeters wide we’ve got two sandwich plates here with each one being one and a half millimeters thick top plate is also 1.
5 millimeters thick and motor poster motor post it’s longer than my calipers will go. So this is going to fly for 14 minutes and 17 seconds again on the stock battery 1100 milliamp 4s battery i’m, not running any sort of external hd camera or anything of that nature and before you leave or you move on. Please again heed the warning: if this is your first quad, please don’t buy it as the first quad you fly. If you like, the kit get something that’s going to be smaller. I i’m a micro guy, so i’m, very biased about starting out small other people are gon na, have different opinions and that’s okay. But for me i think, starting out small allows you to fly more. You can fly inside. You can fly inside a single room. You can take it outside and fly in calm winds. You can fly it in more aggressive winds, but i live in a windier place so flying a 30 gram whoop outside that could be a little bit of a stretch on the fun factor, but don’t buy this by itself that’s. If you’re gon na buy this don’t, buy it by itself, that’s the thing i’m, probably gon na, say a hundred times as we watch this super long flight and you don’t have to watch the super long flight. I i i wouldn’t feel bad uh skim around see the parts you wan na see it’s, not a true long range flight.
Of course, a true long range flight requires some different hardware. You know we’d probably want to go crossfire or tracer or ghost or express lrs, or something like that, so this is going to get you good range um, the receiver that’s inside this is the r81 and that’ll probably get you further than i’m getting. Of course, you see the rssi on screen, you know full bouncing around of 40s and 50s, keep in mind, it’s, very humid, those clouds you see in the sky, those rain clouds, they’re, normally raining, and so all this vegetation that i’m flying around is soaking, wet and It’S very humid out um it’s, not bright, sunny skies it’s, not just it’s, just not good conditions for uh flying and getting the best possible reception, whether it’s control link or video link. But i go as far out as this little section allows me to fly safely and i do have my spotters out with me. We got about 300 meters out. I think you could probably double that if you have clear line of sight, work kind of depending upon the height of the quads behind those trees, but again don’t buy this as your first and only quad. If you like the package and you like the sort of flight style and the fact that it’s got a lost model, alarm and gps great, you know you always got to be happy with what you purchased. So i wouldn’t want to want to tell you not to buy something if you like it, but if you buy this, please buy it with something else.
That’S going to be more durable. I don’t think these arms, which you don’t, get any spares of are going to live through much of a crash and this package oftentimes when it comes as a package. I know when i got started. I was looking at packages that’s the easiest way for someone to get into the hobby and, if you’re getting into the hobby, that means you probably don’t, fly very well it’s, not organic to too many people, because it is flying isn’t easy. It takes some time. It takes some training. It sometimes takes some wallet um. In order to be able to gain those skills, you can spend all sorts of time in the simulators like velocidrone, uh or or tiny whoop go or any other drone. Simulator that’s out there and that’s going to get you some familiarity, but that is it’s just different than where real world it real world is. Your stress level goes up because you know it’s real and then maybe you have a hard time remembering what the switches do like gps, rescue, where’s where’s that switch and all of a sudden. Maybe you hit the disarm, switch now it’s tumbling out of the sky. What do you do now? What what? What switch did i just hit? You know these things happen to all of us at some point early on in our stage and then we start to become comfortable with our setups and we do the same thing over and over and over again, so there’s, nothing really wrong with the quad and how They’Ve assembled it or the components they’ve used it’s just me trying to keep those people who are entering the hobby happier longer by not just buying this and expecting this to live through a bunch of crashes and you’re going to crash i’ve been flying five years, and I still crash so we’re all gon na crash it’s, one of those terrible humorous parts about this hobby is we crash? Sometimes we cry.
Sometimes we laugh. Sometimes we well yeah. I was doing something i wasn’t ready to do and then i crashed so my fault, but get something that you can crash before you take this one out and fly that’s my suggestion, not a bad kit, not a bad price. The goggles are really serviceable. I think for a really wide audience, they have all the features that you would typically look for in a budget or entry style. Goggles same can be said for the radio radio master. The tx12 is probably a personal favorite of many people that are out there. That mid sized radio is is quite popular it’s, not what i use, but many people do that, especially if you need to go pack to fly it’s nice to have a smaller radio. The antenna is detachable, so you don’t have to worry about breaking that off. It comes with batteries for the radio, so you only have to buy another battery to run those it’s really and truly a ready to fly kit it’s already bound to the quad they’ve got modes and switches set up to where you can go in and you can Arm and disarm and you can see the response within beta flight, and i mentioned in the intro. There was some inconsistency in the setup. Now again, i have two of these i’ve only flown one of them, and i noticed the beta flight configuration was different on the one i’m flying right now.
It didn’t have gps rescue on and it didn’t have fail safe for gps rescue either. So if i were to fail safe way out here, it wouldn’t come back to me because those two things aren’t on, but on the other one, the one i didn’t fly it does have gps rescue, uh turned on and fail save and for a mode so it’s Already assigned to a switch and everything, so the really that one is more ready to fly than this one. In my opinion, but it’s it’s, fairly simple, to set those things up all the the difficult work of wiring, the gps and setting it to the right uart and doing the things we need to do to make it communicate that stuff already works. We just have to set it in the fail, safe mode that we want it to return to home rather than just fall out of the air, because normally with racing quads, we just want on fail safe. We want them to disarm, tumble out of the air and then set a switch um to the gps rescue mode. So if you get a video problem, then you can hit that switch and it will do its thing in gps, rescue so we’ve flown around for getting close to seven minutes here and i i i’ve, given you all the warnings, i can uh some additional details. If you’re using gps rescue the minimum distance away before gps rescue will work is a hundred meters, you can probably tweak that out through some beta flight settings.
I’Ve never tinkered with them, though, because that seems pretty reasonable. Also, a minimum of six satellites is required, and you see that i have eight. I have seen this at nine at my home in my backyard. I did see this get to nine, but i never saw it got get to more than nine betaflight itself. Doesn’T handle gps rescue great and from what i’ve read and talked to others, my understanding is inav does a much better job. Also, it could use a barometer as another mechanism or device to help it use gps, rescue and kind of guiding itself back home. Maybe even a compass, but so it will. You can see the home arrow on the right side of the screen it’s following us around, so it has a pretty good idea and if you’re in a bad situation, it’s going to be way better than nothing at all. So i i don’t want to bag on betaflight and how it handles gps rescue too much it’s. Just you know if you expect it to come back and land next to you, then you shouldn’t uh, expect that it’s very likely that you’ll get it close to you. You’Ll hear it or see it, and then you should disable the gps rescue and take control if you can and fly it back home if you’re completely uncomfortable with what has happened whatever out in your flying space. Maybe you just have to ride gps rescue out and then do the walk to go pick it up, but as hopefully, as you can tell with the baby ratel as we cruise around this big open field.
Well, it’s! Not all that big, considering that, if i’d have left the confines of the city limits, i probably could have found a bigger one, but this is kind of a flood plain that’s open to the public and i’ve been over here a few times we used to take The kids over here to sled when they were younger, but the camera is nice it’s, not a nice day, of course, uh. Thankfully, it didn’t rain on us, while we’re out there, but you’ve probably been able to see some birds. You can see me and one of the kids sitting down on that hill. We brought some lawn chairs out. We’Ve got two other girls out there, one of them they’re playing in the field and hopefully she’s paying attention she she’s hollering out on her cell phone. I can hear on the cell phone they’ve all three got cell phones. You can probably envision what our cell phone bill is every month now, as we creep over the nine minute mark starting to march up towards ten minutes. This is a very slow, steady, cruising sort of flight uh. You can see where it’s got the altitude of usually around 17 to 25 meters in the air somewhere in there. You can see our speed on the right hand, side as well, uh right at the moment. We’Re doing somewhere in the mid 40s and kilometers per hour – and we also you see the h with the little icon there and the number scrolling by with the m on the right that is our distance from home.
Surely, by now you’ve picked that up but again, if this is your first quad and you’re looking at it, those things are: are things to notice down at the bottom now that we’re over 10 minutes it will flash the time that’s, not a warning. That is just what betaflight does when you get to 10 minutes i’m sure we can change that. I have actually never investigated that if anyone knows how you can turn off the flashing 10 minutes or change that to say 17 minutes or whatever. Please leave that in the comments section below i’m sure it’s just a command that we issue on the cli, the betaflight configuration app and we can change that number. Maybe it’s hard set i’m. I’M again i’m, not well versed uh. If this is your first quad again, you want to pay attention to the left hand side, which has your voltage for your battery. The top number is your average cell average per cell voltage and the lower number is your total voltage, because i fly quads. That might be 1s, 2s, 3s, 4s i’ve even done up to 6s. You want to. I follow the average cell voltage, the top number on the left hand, and we want to bring it in, or at least if you’re out, flying at distance and you’re at say. 3.6, volts per cell, i think that’s a relatively good spot to start bringing it back depending upon how far away you are.
But for me ideally, what i want to do is i want to land and i want to have the battery recover. In other words, your voltage will go below and then, when you disarm, the voltage will crack back creep back up because you’re not powering the motors and the props anymore. I want it to be at 3.5 volts per cell in this particular case i’m. Not going to fly it down much below 3.5 volts i’m. Keep you could tell i’m keeping it relatively closely i’m, keeping it relatively close to us just kind of circling out in the field always trying to give myself a easy dash back home, because, even though i’ve flown these batteries in the backyard, when i’m flying this style And i’m flying – and you know out in a big open field, i don’t want to go marching around in that field. I just don’t uh the kids don’t mind it, but you know i’m, an older guy. I don’t want to go marching out there. So i keep it closer because i know that that voltage is relatively low, i’m, not going out to the extents of the field. The goggles come with a patch antenna and patch means it’s, directional you’ll hear those terms kind of interchangeably, and you want to point that patch at the furthest, distance you’re going to be flying. Someone like wesley varley and you should, if you’re interested in long range stuff. You should definitely check out his channel he’s, the one guy i’m aware of that does true long range testing and i i’m not certain of his location and if i didn’t know his location, i probably wouldn’t disclose it.
So he can keep doing that testing because i think it’s really important for the community and those people interested in long range flying that they see all of wesley’s videos. He does a really nice job. It’S wesley with a z wesley, vardy uh i’ll, put a link to his channel down in the video description. If you want to go check it out, i don’t know if he has this quad. I think he mainly sticks to uh testing receivers on his wing, but he has done some tremendous testing but uh we’re, getting really close to that 3.5 volts per cell and we’re going to be landing this guy. In about a minute, i think i said at the beginning of the video uh, our total flight time, for this is going to be 14 minutes and 17 seconds, which is a good long flight. So if you had a 3 000 milliamp, 4s lithium ion pack, which is an expensive battery uh last i checked they were 45 to 50 dollars for that single battery. But you can discharge lithium ion a little bit lower and you have a much bigger battery, but you are carrying that additional weight of that bigger battery. I wouldn’t be surprised if you can get 25, maybe even 27 or 30 minutes. Possibly you know it’s gon na it’s going to vary from place to place depending upon your altitude, how much wind you have out humidity, everything that affects air and its movement or things being able to move through the air they affect our quads too.
This is the point where the beeper is now going off, because i did press that button a long pressing the button on the lost alarm finder down on the bottom. So once you get below 3.5 volts per cell, that starts beeping and it is quite loud. I can plug it in for you at the desk uh just so you get it sampled to hear it, but even outside with the birds, the crickets and all the creatures. We could hear that we weren’t that far away, but it was fairly ear piercing at the distance we were at. That is my son, one of my spotters out there giving dad a hand let’s head back to the desk we’ll talk about a few finer points on this quad all right. The first thing i don’t want to do is plug this in real quick. Let me turn on my radio, so i don’t get some unintended consequences here. As you can hear, i’ve got the radio on no sound pack, so it doesn’t say open. Welcome to open tx let’s turn it on here and our lost model alarm here is on the bottom, and hopefully you can see there’s this little button down here and we have to long press that in order to enable the beeper and the lost model alarm, essentially It does nothing just in this capacity, so i’m going to get my fingernail down on that button, i’m going to press and hold for a moment Music.
Hopefully you heard that super loud and the green light. That means it’s activated. That means it will alarm. Let me see, if i can remember which switch it is. I don’t want to arm this thing: okay, here’s, the alarm i’m going to sound it here for you, okay, i have sleeping children so that’s as far as we’re gon na go with that right now, uh. So it’s it’s a standard sized uh, buzzer and it’s very, very loud they’ve got it cut out here on the end so where the sound is emitted is, is free and clear: it’s not obstructed path. It is a buzzer that does seem like it. It’S not cleanly mounted again. This is when you’re looking at budget there’s, all sorts of sacrifices that we oftentimes make so the quad’s not going to sit flat on the ground, because this is obviously it’s got a outcropping here. It is encased in tpu, which is fine, but it’s it’s, not you know, buried within the quad. So if you had a hard crash there’s a possibility, this could come ripped off, so you go blasting by a tree and all of a sudden you lose video there’s. Our warning now to turn that off. If you can hear me, we long press again there now it’s off. So you have to long press that button when you plug your battery in in order to activate those features. But as i was saying so, if you lose videos you’re blasting by a tree or rock or something – and it were to catch here and tear this off – which you know it’s possible, it’s, a small area – you probably have other problems if you’re, that out of control.
But it could happen um it does look like their print is set up for a crossfire receiver. You see those holes that’s, typically, what we see for crossfire receivers, uh, which are true long range. You could tell here i’ve got this black hot glue and they recommend in the instructions to put hot glue i glued these in once and had them fall out. So the second time what i did was. I lined up the tube on the antenna and then i just squeezed a bunch of hot glue in there and quickly shoved the antenna down, and then i went around it with some more hot glue, just to make sure it stayed down in there. I also found that the rear antenna had a propensity to kind of wiggle out in flight when i got done with that flight that you just saw the antenna was quite loose. It was just kind of out here on the very edge of the tpu i’m, not a fan of foam battery mats. That means that their battery doesn’t get much grip. So if you go into a forward crash, your battery likely ejects along with the battery ejection, is the battery. Pigtail is not secured to the frame of the quad. So if you have a battery ejection and the battery goes forward, it’s going to eventually pull on this until the point it disconnects, and this wire is connected down to your all in one board when that all happens, oftentimes or in some cases, if the battery connector Does not give way in time it can pull one or more of the wires off the pad on the flight control.
So i would highly recommend taking a zip tie and circling some portion of the frame and those wires and hunkering it down, but give yourself a little wrinkle or a little bit of relaxed wire between where you hunker it down with your zip tie and the esc. Pads the camera position – hopefully you can see that this does have a slot, so you can move your camera forward and back. It does also mean that your camera can get kind of cattywampus in there as well, but uh the ability to move it forward and back. I believe is a good ability, because then you can provide yourself more camera protection like how i have it now. The camera is completely protected unless you were to center something perfectly right. Through this gap, the battery strap. You know it’s not going to be my favorite. I prefer, if i’m going to have a standard battery, strap running a larger 4s battery, that it has a metal buckle. I i haven’t broken a lot of the plastic ones, it’s just my comfort level. I want a metal buckle. It gives me more comfort. Let me know if you feel the same way or if your experience is the same in that you just would rather have a metal buckle uh. We have the tape that i oftentimes talk about i’m, not sure if it’s actually called acetate tape. But i refer to it as emax tape, because emacs was one of the first companies that i’m aware of to start using this motor wire or this tape to secure down motor wire, and i appreciate that stuff.
Actually, i have a fairly good roll myself if you’re wondering about this tape, which i usually get one question every time i mention the tape way down in the bottom of the video description. I have a link of like the stuff that i fly, the stuff that i use there’s, one that says emax tape and it has a link to the emac shop which is oftentimes sold out, but there’s also a link to amazon. So hopefully you can use amazon to purchase it or you can get a fix on what it’s called and find maybe a local shop that carries it for you. If you find that this package is attractive to you and you want to enter this hobby again, i’m. Not going to tell you not to, but i would highly encourage you to buy something like a whoop. You can look for the mobiulus 6. You can look for the mobile 7.. You can look for the mobi lite6, the mobilite7 ae65 i’m, mentioning stuff that’s all available on banggood, because this kit’s sold by banggood, the uzi 65 is also another whoop, something that you can fly indoors and outdoors. So you can get all sorts of stick time and you can crash them and the repairs are either dead, simple, because they’re all their components, just kind of plug in you see everything is connected like that or it’s just a matter of gluing the frame uh. This happens to be the v frame v3 frame of the mobile 7, which i’ve been flying around doing testing with my express lrs, all in one flight controller board in there.
But this kit is fine, it’s, just not going to last in very many crashes. If more than the most modest of crashes, you know that the goggles have all the features you can look for, you can grow with the goggles. You can grow with the the radio you can use those on other quads say a hoop or mobile. Like i mentioned uh, you do have batteries the charger itself, there’s, nothing wrong with it, it’s just a balanced charger. Oftentimes this can get you started. You know it’s only going to charge one battery at a time and it’s not going to charge them fast. So you have to have your patient pants on and charge in your spare time, but it’s got everything you need to get started and it’s got a fairly attractive price point. Hopefully, your budget can include getting one more quad, that you can actually start your fpv journey with and fly and then get to your your your your goal or your trophy or the the much excitement, often times in this hobby. We have to temper our excitement, so we don’t do something we’re not ready for, and i think one of those things that we’d have to temper ourselves is a first time pilot or someone who isn’t highly experienced in rc or flying fpv, going out flying long range, Especially in acro mode and and flying this quad with these very thin, very skinny arms and it really lasting because the first thing you do is you break an arm on your first crash? Maybe your second crash, or your third crash and now you’re waiting for a new arm to come in that’s, not fun, so i’ve, given so many warnings.
I apologize if this is sounding over negative, but i want everybody to have fun and have a good time and having a down quad isn’t, one of them.