Micro Explorer Drone // Eachine Nano LR3 2S // 18650 Flight
Three inch long range, lr being long range, and i i often times will do this with quads ill, just go out and fly them around to see what its like and because this is long range. I dont know exactly what the flight characteristics are, and i dont know how long it will fly and thats. Essentially what im doing at this point im just sitting in the back im relaxing im just trying to fly it around to see how long it will fly. How does it respond when the battery voltage gets low? I wanted to show you this because it does show that the quad does fly when the voltage gets down to 6 volts were using two 18650 batteries, and then we can move forward to show you the flight time which probably isnt either the title or the thumbnail. Without my osd set up as it normally is, ive taken this screenshot of the end of our flight and you can see there the top stat line the total arm time thats our flight time 21 minutes and 54 seconds actually took off after this and flew it. Another five or ten seconds i wanted to show you this to give you some idea of the flight time that you can expect using the batteries i have in a wind, protected area. Like my backyard, hello, everyone today were taking a look at the ishi nano lr3, its a three inch. Two cell powered got an 18650.
It goes to both in the top and the bottom, if youre not familiar 18650 cells. Look like these. This is one that i got from pyrodrone you can tell, because powerdrone puts these little labels on here and yes, this has the potential that you can fly for 21 plus minutes, but i think theres, some caveats to that. If youre used to what we commonly refer to as camera drones like a mavic or a phantom, this is not that this does not hold in place thats, not how the flight controller software works, its really not what the gps is mount for. The gps is really for that last: ditch effort, youve lost control, youve lost video and youre gon na try to get the quad back gps rescue mode thats. What its for its not going to hover in place this one. We need to actively fly. Of course, its got angle mode, its got horizon mode, things of that nature on it, but lets dive into the specs. We could talk about all the specifics of flying something like this during some of the fly time, but i wont be showing the entire flight, because well even my long range flight, it doesnt go 20 minutes because im flying it with the insta360 go 2 and also Of course have a mount that i had to use to put those things together and i had a fair bit of wind, but youll see what happens here in a little bit.
The flight controller is an f411 that is only a 5 amp esc on there. Our fpv camera is the caddicks ant. Our motors are eachine branded 1303.5 4500 kv motors and the props that it comes with are the gemfan 3016 three inch, tri blade, props vtx is buried down there. You can kind of see it a little bit its the ishii nano v2, which is power switchable up to 400 milliwatts. The gps is the m80 gps. Mine is the crossfire edition, which is really good for long range and it flies with two 18650 lithium ion batteries. One on the top and one on the bottom be careful about how you insert the batteries theres, definitely a plus and a minus, and they rotate on the bottom on the top. Your positive side is up here, but on the bottom, your positive sides down here. I also recommend using something other than the included rubber bands to ensure that your batteries stay in and youll see why, in a little bit it does come with an extra set of props and two extra screws. It comes with a nut and a bolt to mount your mount for your external hd camera right here to the front. They recommend eachine batteries on the product page, but you might want to try these if you, like my results, those with a prop rotation card. It comes with a warning about how to insert your batteries comes with essentially a full coloring wire map and a big sheet of stickers without batteries or hd camera weighs a 102.
7 grams. If we add the batteries, i fluid on, it weighs 196.3 grams. If we add the insta360 go 2 as well as my 3d printed mount, we get 132.5 grams. If we add an actual battery, strap, which i recommend we get 235 grams, all up flying weight. The arms are the only part of this quad that are carbon, fiber and theyre two and a half millimeters thick and look about five and a half millimeters wide. The rear arm is this wishbone, and it goes all the way through and then weve got a straight through arm again. All the way through the body is all plastic or molded plastic. The only carbon fiber, like i said is the arms and the landing feet down here are 3d printed. All right were starting off with me out of the field at the beginning of this flight. You actually see our on time. There is at the lower right were just over two minutes and uh 15 seconds, but i wanted to show you this, because you can see the satellite count, and now we have eight satellites at just about two minutes and 20 seconds. Of course, your satellite count how quickly they they get. You get those its going to vary depending upon your location and the weather, and maybe other things that i just dont understand about satellites and gps. So now weve switched over to the insta 360 go 2 view. Of course, this is not what you see in the goggles, not even close.
This is a recording that you have to take home and plug into your computer and pull it off of there and the audio that youre hearing its im, probably going to lower the volume on the audio. It is also from the insta 360 go 2. shortly. Well. Take a look at the fpv view, the actual view that you see in the goggles at least the dvr representation of what you see in the goggles. I am not flying with a specialized patch. I am just using my traditional circular polarized antennas. There is a lot of long range knowledge that i just dont have. There are people who are much more experienced to fly at much further range and in this video youre only going to see me go a couple of hundred meters out wesley vardy. He does some extreme long range testing if youre really interested in long range and learning what you can about it and how to do it well and safely. So you can get your quad back. I would highly encourage you to visit wesleys channel and ill link. It down in the video description, theres a host of other people that do long range, but wesleys the one. I know that, does it regularly so youll find a number of videos of him flying at range and can maybe catch little tips and tricks that he has learned over his years of experience. Of course, when youre flying at range, it poses a different risk, and some of that risk is exciting to some people, of course, its in this case at least its slow cruisy, exploratory flight and thats.
Fine. Some people, like that, its not really my forte its, not what i do. Of course, what i like to do is to rip around my backyard. This takes a little bit more planning and effort uh. If those of you that follow the channel know that i the last time i was out here in this area, i had a sporty storm blow in on me and actually had to make a mad dash for the car. After i had gotten done with my flight and had to quickly pack up well, hopefully this is kind of a proof of concept that if you have an hd camera that itll fly like this and its also just kind of showing you that i have that extra Weight of the camera, the mount and the screw and the nut for the mount all on this. So it shows you again the difference in fly time when you add that weight to this quad, because just cruising it around in my backyard yeah, i got almost 22 minutes and in this flight well see a little bit of a different outcome. Of course, express lrs is an option, but this does not come bind and fly with express ls. You would need to purchase the plug and fly or the plug and play and then add an express ls receiver. After the fact – and in this case i would not recommend the ceramic antenna, it would probably be fine, but i think just because i dont have enough experience flying the ceramic antenna or the the plastic antenna as it actually is.
The little cube antenna on say the ep2 or the other, really small receivers for express lrs. I havent tested those at range, so i couldnt necessarily tell you what you would actually get, so i dont recommend it just because i dont have that experience. There was a moment where i actually heard some things rustling around in the weeds and decided to pop off the goggles. So i could see what it was. I have a healthy fear of snakes, so i wanted to make sure it wasnt my my favorite slimy friend. I know some people like snakes, i just dont like them, so i popped off the goggles. You saw the quad dropped there. A little bit lets move forward to take a look at our uh fpv view and my audio from uh the recording. I do have my ground camera out or my pilot camera out. It will fall off eventually because it only records 10 minutes at a time, and this flight is going to be well over that okay. So this is the view that you see in the goggles, or at least the dvr representation. You can also see all the osd information you can see. My throttle position is in the top left. You can see that im running race band 8 at 400 milliwatts. You can see our altitude from our takeoff position. Weve got our home arrow on the right there just below our altitude. We have our distance away from home a little over 200 meters at this point or i guess its actually decreasing, because im coming back and then weve got a number of satellites.
Now a number of satellites. I think in this flight itself i saw go up to 15. and thats. Actually, the most, i can recall getting on any of the gps modules that ive tried in this location or at my house down in the lower left. Weve got our top number, which is the voltage per cell, and then weve got the voltage overall below that weve also got on the lower right. Weve got our fly time, so thats the amount of time from our arm to our disarm and then weve got our on time, which is 12 minutes. I already showed you that you get satellites, at least in this particular location, on this particular day in about two minutes and 20 seconds. A betta flight does stop you as far as how this one is set up from arming before you have eight satellites. Of course, you can go into betaflight and disable that the eight satellites should give you a pretty good opportunity for the gps rescue to return not necessarily to land in the exact same spot, but to at least bring it back to where maybe you gain control link Or you gain your video again and you can take manual control again and and not lose a quad thats, really the purpose of gps rescue its, not gps in the traditional sense of camera drones. So if youre familiar with camera, drones, mavics phantoms other things like that thats, not what the gps on these type of quads are there for uh were only about nine and a half minutes into our flight and uh.
My background there is of the surroundings. You can see how tall the weeds are. I actually was on this hill. Just today at lunchtime and a crew clank came in and cleaned it all up, the sweets are all gone. I was stunned by that. I had no idea. I had never seen a crew in my 13 years of living in this area. Out there mowing that stuff down. There was a person with a gas trimmer down by the tree line by the creek and cleaning up theres a little bench. You can sit on down there to kind of watch the water uh. There was a person on a bobcat that had like a implement on the front to mow. You know the the brush down and then down. At the end of the trail, there was a truck with trailer and thats, apparently where they parked and started their maintenance process. So i was really surprised by that, but it was nice to see that that is, you know its got people that are maintaining it. I dont know if its um, its a private contractor of some sort, its not the city or the county, because the truck they had had a construction company um on the side of it. But at any point were were down to 3.3 volts per cell and this flight is going to go on for a while, so lets forward on to the end thats a little bit more interesting.
So youve already seen the clip that i showed you at my house with a real, slow cruisey flight, that i got almost 22 minutes, and here we are at 15 minutes and were losing voltage and were gon na find something interesting here, uh in just a moment. I kept it in close because it is getting low on voltage and i have a bit of wind out there. So i dont know exactly how its going to respond its one of the things of me not being an experienced long ranger that maybe its a good practice. Maybe not, but i dont want to lose the quad or i dont want to have to spend hours out. Finding it and now we see ive increased throttle, but im still descending and bloop ive fallen down to the ground and, of course, a battery popped out. Lets go back and take a look at that one more time here. We are at about 15, 15 and im to get down here and im going to see that i can kind of feel it as as the voltage gets lower over the course of the batteries that it requires more and more throttle. And you can see im up to 91 and its still descending and thats when im just going into the mode where im going to disarm so that i dont kill the quad. And here we are again back at my house. Back on the patio ive already been flying this thing for well over 20 minutes.
This was the clip i started with just want to reinforce this. I would change the low battery voltage and the minimum battery voltage up by at least 0.2 points just to be safe, and i was able to bring it in and give it a nice soft landing. In this particular case, i chose those clips to kind of enlighten anyone who might be like myself, a little bit innocent, too long range and the risks and getting familiar and safe practices. Even though im not all that well versed in what are the best practices for flying at range, you know some people fly quads, just like this or wings and they go out. Kilometers wesley vardy has been out at least 33 kilometers. That im aware of just mind. Boggling, but if youve got this and youre wanting to fly at range, theres, nothing wrong with how it flies, in my opinion, yes, if you have wind like i have, it will blow it around a little bit. It seems as though it doesnt have quite the voltage and power that it needs to make small, steady corrections with the motors and these three inch tri bladed props, in order to keep us on a straight line. It kind of tracks, with kind of a wobble to it a little bit, and hopefully i displayed enough video to where you did see that. So if you have wind in your area like i have – which was about 14 to 15 miles an hour as far as the weather data goes, but it might have been a little bit more than that.
You know wind can come and go during the course of the day, but if you have that youll at least know what to expect with this again, i would recommend using an actual battery, strap to go all the way around to make sure when you have a Relatively soft landing or unintended landing like i had that your batteries dont come popping out because they really dont stand there very well, and yes, i had both rubber bands wrapped around those batteries and they bopped out actually both ends popped out. I had one pop out from the top and one pop out from the bottom, so theres nothing wrong with that, but i think using a rubber band isnt a good practice and we need to actually use a battery strap. You may even want to use two. You may want to use one behind the flight controller and one in front of the flight controller. Its going to add some weight, probably shorten your flight time a little bit, but itll keep the batteries in. If you do have one of those unintended landings, theres not a whole lot to discuss about this. You know i did have a crash, but these are really arent made to crash my crash wasnt from very high up. You know it was actually trying to spin the motors and go up because i was increasing throttle, but it wasnt able to it lithium ion batteries dont exert a lot of voltage into our system in order to be able to make it respond very quickly.
So, if youre wanting to do flips, you want to do rolls youre wanting to fly aggressively youre wanting to go fast. These arent the quads youre going to want to look for these are slow, steady, exploratory cruisers. I feel like im kind of beating you over the head with that. I apologize if it comes off that way, its just. We always have new people coming to the channel coming into the hobby, and i wouldnt want anybody to get confused about what theyre getting into, especially if they come to this channel theyre used to me flying much much faster or if that clip in the backyard possibly Showed it flying faster than it actually is, maybe the perception that its flying real fast maybe, but this comes in a number of different receiver types. I think, if youre wanting to fly it, you know actually out a little bit. One of the limiting factor is going to be the 400 milliwatt vtx. I think most of the people who are doing fpv far out are probably using a higher power, vtx, probably closer to 1 watt at least 800 milliwatts using a patch antenna on your goggles is also a good idea to kind of direct the the focus of the High gain antenna in the direction that youre going to be, i didnt have that. I wanted to show you the video reception in that space, though i also had greenery that was kind of on both sides of me.
You know its a ways away from me, but its taller than i am up on that hill, the trees, the evergreens. So i had a little bit of an obstacle in there as well, depending upon the receiver that you get with the crossbar version, which is kind of surprising. They can get crossfire because ive heard from many people who are actually starting to plan their fleet to go with express lrs because theyre having a hard time finding crossfire receivers, they have apparently crossfire receivers. This version comes in at a little over two hundred dollars. Of course, you can buy it without a receiver at your own, maybe express or less or they have a couple other different receiver options. You do need to buy batteries separately, so keep that in mind and on banggoods product page. This is an eachine product which is exclusively sold by banggood. They do link the eachine batteries, which you can get if youre familiar with pyrodrone here in the us out of california. These are the batteries that i bought from them and that i flew every flight on with this particular quad. Of course, you could look other sources for batteries that just look like this. These are labels that are put on after the fact. Let me see if i can get these turned, so you can see some of the finer print. I know its probably not coming through camera very well, but its got some print there on the side.
These are flat no no buttons on these batteries, but these seem to work pretty good. You know i got 22 minutes in the backyard got a little over 15 with the insta 360 go 2 out in the field, so there might be batteries. You want to investigate. As well, hopefully, ive covered everything that you might want to know.