Saturday, October 6, 2018

Welcome to Whoop Ass Drones

From Tiny Whoops to Full Size Monster Drones - Whoop Ass Drones Brings You the Best Tips, Tricks, Mods and More

The drone market is expected to be a billion dollar industry over the next few years!

In the last few years, consumer radio controlled drones exploded from a niche product found only in hobby stores, to something that can now be found in the electronics section of your local Walmart and other major department stores.

Drones have become mass produced and the prices have fallen dramatically. Now anyone for well under a hundred dollars can easily find a fun and easy to fly drone, that is still well built and will last for a long time and provide many hours of entertainment.

One such drone that is sweeping the drone community by storm is the Blade Inductrix. It comes in several variants and can be found with or without a camera built in. Their  FPV and Pro model come with a camera already installed onboard. The Inductrix is a drone that you can very easily fly indoors and will make drone simulators seem like a thing of the past.


Inductrix Tiny Whoops



If you have ever bought a cheap or even expensive quadcopter drone in the past and had trouble learning to fly, do yourself a favor and pick up one of these bad boys and you will soon have the most fun you ever had flying a drone.

The Inductrix flies really well especially indoors and even outdoors when the wind is mild.




Here are some really great mods for the Blade Inductrix that will help increase flight time

If you already have a DSMX capable Radio, you can buy a bind and fly version without a camera which is recommended for new drone pilots. This is just something less to break while learning.

Mods are plentiful so you can even add a small camera later should you ever want to get into super fun and exciting world of FPV along with other tweaks like higher performance batteries, connectors and motors.

FPV stands for first person view and this is like sitting in the cockpit of your drone. A small video monitor which is attached to your drone transmits the video feed to FPV goggles you wear and it gives you a birds eye few while you are buzzing through your home or flying around outside.

Because these tiny quads are so easy to fly, you will soon master the basics and become a competent drone pilot. It's so much better to learn how to master a $50 Blade Inductrix, before dropping a grand on a DJI Mavic Pro camera drone.


Flight Time

The biggest let down for these tiny drones is flight time. By modifying power connectors and using larger batteries, many owners have increased flight times to over 5 minutes. Be sure to have plenty of batteries and allow the motors time to cool between flights for maximize life and you will yourself a blast with your tiny whoop.

Own an Inductix or Tiny Whoop Drone?  Please share what you have you done to make yours better...

Friday, September 7, 2018

Inductrix Plus Pro Flys 10X better

This Inductrix Tiny Whoop Rocks 


When you take the Blade Inductrix Pro Betaflight Flight Controller, add it to a Beta 75s Inductrix Plus Frame you end up with an Inductrix Plus Pro that is more powerful and flies 10X better.

After finding the Inductrix Pro a little too small for flying outdoors, we decided to do a custom build which is like an Inductrix FPV Plus on steroids.






Pretty much every Blade Tiny Whoop we've ever owned did not stay in it's stock form very long. They were quickly outfitted with stronger frames, higher amp rated battery connectors and stronger batteries. Along with faster motors and often different props.

When we were done, we ended up with a better performing drone that flew many times nicer than what we started with out of the box.

We love flying outdoors, and coming from RC planes and collective pitch helicopters we find flying small quadcopter drones fast by line of sight helps improve our skills and is much harder to do than using FPV goggles alone. It's also a whole lot more fun whipping your drone across the sky than using an RC Drone Flight Simulator on a PC.

For outdoor flying, the Blade Inductrix FPV Pro is just a little too small yet we really love the way it flies. Even more so with upgraded motors and the Betaflight controller dialed in using these Radio settings. The Inductrix Plus is a little larger which makes it that much easier to see.

Rather than buying another Inductrix FPV Plus and throwing pretty much everything away we decided to build a highly modified version using a Pro FC and then upgrading almost everything on the FPV Plus from the start.

This included more powerful GNB 600mAh 1S 3.7V 50C with JST-PH 2.0 connector LiPo batteries, a Betaflight Pro Flight Controller, a stronger Beta 75s frame, faster 8.5X20mm 15000KV brushed motors and red Rakonheli 4 blade props.

Plus we added an upgraded TBS PH2.0 PowerWhoop Battery Connector, a Black Carbon Inductrix FPV Plus canopy and Blade FPV Plus Camera.

A full parts list along with links on where you can buy them on Amazon is provided at the end of this article.

One other thing we liked about using the Pro FC controller in both our Inductrix FPV Pro and our custom Inductrix FPV Plus Pro is we can use the same exact radio settings for both models which makes it easy. For the radio settings we used on both the Pro and Plus Pro Click here.

We just finished our build and it is the best flying Blade Inductrix yet. It flies like it's on rails, hoovers perfectly and has plenty of power for outdoor flying even in light wind.

We can't claim credit for this idea, rather we built it after watching this YouTube Video and then researching popular Inductrix FPV Plus upgrades to make it even better.








While we don't have turtle mode or meow mode with the Pro FC, it's a small price to pay really for the upgraded performance over a stock Inductrix FPV Plus.

This is now our favorite and best flying Tiny Whoop yet!


Blade Inductrix Plus Pro Build Parts List

Batteries - GNB 600mAh 1S 3.7V 50C  LiPo with JST-PH 2.0 connector
FC - Blade Betaflight Pro Flight Controller
Frame  - Beta 75s Frame (Much Stronger than stock frame)
Motors - Faster 8.5X20mm 15000KV brushed motors
Props - 4 Red Rakonheli 4 blade props (Smoother than 3 Blade)
Battery Connector -  TBS PH2.0 PowerWhoop (Provides Max Current to Motors)
Canopy - Rakonheli Blade Inductrix Black Carbon Canopy (Looks Cool)
Camera - Blade  FPV Plus 25mW BLH9606 Camera (Optional)

If you have replaced motors, and props building this is easy. The hardest part was soldering on the new battery connector. Remove the old white silicone caulk from the FC by using a spudger stick carefully scraping it off.


When done soldering on your new battery connectors, be sure to check the two solder pads with an Ohm meter to make sure you did not create a solder bridge which would short out your FC board. They should not be touching. If you accidentally splattered a little solder across them you can use a razor blade to carefully break the bond.

No extra tuning in betaflight is needed. And if your Inductrix Pro is already set up to fly, using the same settings the FPV Plus Pro will fly rock solid. Radio settings are here if you need them.

Be careful to orientate the motor direction and props in the right direction. Two are Clockwise and two are Counter-Clockwise. If your Whoop won't lift off the ground or corkscrews reorient your motors or props.





Saturday, September 1, 2018

Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 2 Zoom New Drones From DJI

DJI just released a two new Mavic 2 drones

The Mavic 2 Zoom and Mavic 2 Pro drones are the latest Mavic 2 series drones from now one of the top camera drone builders in the industry.


The new DJI Mavic 2 Drones comes come loaded with all the goodies for professional or amateur videographers like ActiveTrack and Hyperlapse with brand new gimbal-stabilized cameras as well.

DJI was one of the first in Drone manufacturers to add a Hasselblad camera to a folding drone. The Mavic 2 Zoom models adds the camera optical zoom capability for even more photo opportunities.

"Hasselblad has committed itself to one primary task – to produce the finest camera equipment around."


DJI Mavic 2 Pro


The brand new Mavic Pro now comes with a new enhanced 20 megapixel Hasselblad camera that features a 1-inch CMOS sensor 77° 28mm together with a 10-bit Dlog-M color profile. The camera also features Hasselblad Natural Color Solution (HNCS) technology for amazing color and light to make your drone videos pop off the screen.

The Hasselblad camera has an adjustable aperture from f/2.8 to f/11 and fully supports gorgeous 4K 10 bit HDR. All folded its compact size is only 8.42" x 3.58" x 3.3" (214 x 91 x 84mm) and it weighs a mere 2 lbs (907g).


DJI Mavic 2 Pro What Comes In the Box

The Mavic 2 Pro drone comes with everything you need to start flying and taking great drone videos. Included is a battery, charger, remote controller, and four pairs of props. The best deals can be found on Amazon or BANGGOOD where you can Save 8% OFF ALL RC Drones with this Coupon..


The Mavic 2 Zoom

The 12 Megapixel camera on the Mavic 2 Zoom features a 1/2.3-inch CMOS Sensor which twice the optical zoom at about 83° 24-48mm and an aperture of f/2.8(24mm)-f/3.8(48mm). This is equal to a 96 mm telephoto lens that can really reach out capture lossless video in full HD resolution.

The Mavic Zoom 2 also contains Hybrid autofocus amalgamate contrast and phase detection for even better focus accuracy. It also adds an incredible 40% faster focus speed. The new optical zoom camera can automatically click and combine 9 pictures together for an incredibly detailed 48-megapixel picture.

Dolly Zoom QuickShot can zoom in on its own while your drone flies in the opposite direction of the subject. So even though your Mavic Zoom 2 drone is flying away from what you've focused on, it keeps it the same size while the background is fully visible. This drone weighs 2 grams less than the Mavic 2 Pro.





DJI Mavic 2 Zoom What Comes In the Box

The Mavic 2 Zoom drone comes with a battery, charger, remote controller, and four pairs of props. The best deals can be found on Amazon or BANGGOOD where you can Save 8% OFF ALL RC Drones with this Coupon..


Mavic 2 Specs and Features

These new drones from DJI now have an ability to click 4K videos at 30fps, H.265 codec, 720p videos at 120fps. Capture live feeds at 1080p/720p. Both the Mavic 2 Pro and Mavic 3 Zoom drones come with 8GB of onboard storage and can support a Grade 3 128GB UHS-I Micro SD.

They have a mechanical gimbal of 3-axis. Flight Autonomy and Active Track 2.0 for independent obstacle sensing and tracking with the main as well as the dual vision cameras. Both the Mavic 2 come with a 3830 mAh battery with a maximum flight time of 31 minutes at a consistent 15mph (25kph). Maximum speed in sports mode is approximately 44mph (72km/h).


Optional Fly More Kit

The DJI Mavic 2 Fly more kit includes two extra batteries, a car charger, a multi-battery charging hub, a battery to power bank adapter, carrying bag, and two additional pairs of props. This is an optional add-on package that can be purchased separately here on Amazon for your DJI Mavic 2 Drones.





Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Ultimate Tiny Whoop Battery Charger

Ultimate Tiny Whoop Battery Charger


1S LiPo Battery USB Charger 3.7V/4.20V 6 Channel 1S LiPo Charger Tiny Whoop Blade Inductrix Micro JST 1.25 JST-PH 2.0 mCX mCPX Connectors


A really easy way to charge multiple Tiny Whoop battery sizes from a single USB port



Tiny Whoop Battery Charger


If you really get into flying Tiny Whoops it won't be long before you end up collecting several different models. Along with this will be a nice collection of batteries for your Whoops which may not all use the same battery connector.

If you checked out our Blade Inductrix mods page, one of the best mods you can do is replace your small and inefficient Micro JST battery connector to your control board and also upgrade your batteries to those that have more powerful JST-PH 2.0 connectors.

This gives you better current flow to your motors for more performance plus it can also help extend your flight times considerably.

Once this is done, you will also need a new battery charger that is capable of charging JST-PH 2.0 batteries. If you already own one of the more expensive and excellent universal battery chargers like the UP240AC Plus Quad 4 Port Balancing Battery Charger.



Along with a JST-PH 2.0 parallel battery charging board like this one. You won't really need one of these. Although, these small USB chargers sure are super handy to take along with you on the road especially if your car has a USB port built in.

Plus now most any motel you stay in these days already have USB connectors built into lamps or wall outlets to let you charge your phones.

To be able to use these same USB ports to charge your Tiny Whoop batteries is a huge benefit as you can leave your larger more expensive charger at home.

If you want to get a couple of these inexpensive USB Tiny Whoop battery chargers, you can find them here at Amazon.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Best Tiny Whoops for Indoor and Outdoor Flight

Inductrix Pro Number One Tiny Whoop for 2018


Best Tiny Whoop Buyer's Guide Inductrix Pro


Flying a Tiny Whoop Drone inside or out is more exciting than ever.

2018 brings us many more tiny camera drones. These don't cost much and these tiny whoops can even be more fun to fly than larger drones which cost many times more their price. 

They can help increase your skill level both indoors and outdoors. They can also make you a better quadcopter pilot and are much more fun than flying on a computer drone simulator.

Flying tiny whoop drones is a real blast and you owe it to yourself to try one and see what the buzz is all about.

We own several Tiny Whoops FPV quadcopters and they are all a lot of fun to fly.

If you are not all that familiar with flying a quad copter they are not hard to learn how to fly. Much easier than flying an RC collective pitch helicopter and about the same or maybe a touch easier than flying an RC plane.


What is the best Tiny Whoop for 2018?


While there are many Tiny Whoops on the market, not all are reliable. You will want a well built Tiny Whoop that holds up to a fair amount of crashes which are almost certain to happen when your first learning to fly.


Blade makes some of the Most Trusted and Top Quality Tiny Whoops in the industry available today.



These are the Best Blade Tiny Whoops you can buy in 2018.



1 - Inductrix Pro  FPV (Black)  
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2- Inductrix Plus FPV (Red)
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3 - Inductrix FPV (Yellow)
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 Inductrix Pro Tiny Whoop – Best Micro FPV

Blade continues to make some of the best Tiny Whoops for 2018. With their easy to use and program Flight Controller, Blade is a leader in the Tiny Whoop FPV market.






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Top Features

  • Programmable
  • Durable Construction 
  • Excellent Flight Controls

Hardware

Blade makes some great RC products. Their Tiny Whoops are some of the best available for the money today.
If you are looking for a tiny FPV quadcopter that will put a smile on your face every time you her the rotors spin up. This is the drone you will want to try.

Modifications are available for the Inductrix FPV drones that can greatly improve performance an make it feel like a new drone altogether. 
The Pro model is Blade's high performance professional Tiny Whoop Drone.

Mods

All Tiny Whoops can be modified to make them fly better!
By adding different props, motors  and batteries from "THIS HUGE LIST" it can dramatically change the way your Tiny Whoop performs.
Faster motors, can give you better performance outside in light wind. Changing props can make your tiny whoop fly better.
Adding larger batteries can increase your flight time. 

Support

Blade offers great after sales support. Should you need a part replaced during warranty they will replace it immediately no questions asked. 

Contact

Contact Blade directly for replacement parts or support at:

Phone

Main Phone: (217) 352-1913
Toll-Free: (800) 338-4639
Support Phone: (877) 504-0233
Sales Phone: (800) 338-
4639

BLADE MAKES SOME OF THE BEST TINY WHOOPS for 2018. Click here to see their full line of tiny FPV Bind n Fly Drones.

Inductrix Models (On Sale!)


Blade Inductrix BNF Hobby RC BLH9680 with Accessories 

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Blade Inductrix BNF Ultra BLH9600 with Accessories

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Blade BLH8570 Inductrix FPV Pro BNF Quadcopter

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Blade BLH8780 Inductrix BNF Micro Quadcopter Drone + (1) Extra OEM Battery Bundle

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Blade BLH8580 Inductrix FPV BNF Micro Indoor Quadcopter Drone w/Camera + (1) Extra OEM Battery Bundle

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RTF Blade BLH8700 Inductrix Micro Indoor Quadcopter Drone + (1) Extra OEM Battery Bundle

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Blade FPV Induxtrix 200 BNFLearn more


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PROS

Best most intuitive
reliable high quality tiny camera drones. Excellent spare parts support and warranty repair.

NAS Cons CONS

Slightly more expensive than cheep imports from China.





Thursday, May 31, 2018

What Is Return To Hong Kong Mode?

Fly a drone long enough and you may one day experience what many jokingly refer to as Return To Hong Kong Mode




Return To Hong Kong mode is what some believe is a special firmware routine that is deeply embedded in a drone's operating code by the manufacturer.



When this code is executed at random, you could happily be flying your drone then all of a sudden it decides to take on a mind of it's own and flies far away and often it is gone forever. Some believe it flies back to Hong Kong only to be sold once again so the cycle can repeat itself.

While we know this is an urban myth, and drones really don't fly back to Hong Kong, it's still a sickening and painful feeling in the pit of your stomach when you lose sight of your favorite drone as it's flying far away. The pain felt when experiencing a flyaway drone is directly proportional to the dollar value of your drone, the more your drone costs, the more it hurts.

Some drone pilots may have even been unfortunate enough to experience Return to Hong Kong Mode more than once. This can even cause a seasoned pilot to give up flying expensive camera drones for good.

Five Things That Can a Drone to Flyaway

1. Electronic Interference often found in large urban areas with plenty of WiFi devices can act like a signal jammer and it can cause your drone to lose contact with your radio transmitter.

2. Improper Home Point Setting can often be overlooked and even though more expensive drones like DJI have better technology to prevent flyaways, if you mistakenly set a previous home point and don't update it a new location it can cause an issue.

3. Metal Structures often can be a source of magnetic disruption. Flying to close to these objects can sometimes cause problems for pilots that like to skirt the line.

4. Flying Behind Obstacles where you lose full sight of your drone is not a good idea, if your drone has obstacle avoidance this can be a big plus. Otherwise, make sure to fly at an altitude that's higher than any nearby trees or buildings.

5. Flying Out of Radio Range when your drone low signal alert is screaming at you and you want to just fly a little further for that perfect shot. It's not worth losing your drone over, pay attention to your warnings and abort your mission and your drone will live to fly another day.


Let us know in the comments if you have ever experienced Return to Hong Kong Mode and had a drone flyaway. If you have, we truly can empatize with you and do know your pain.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Nvidia SHIELD Powerful Parrot Drone Controller

SHIELD Portable Powerful Parrot Drone Controller


If you are using your cell phone or tablet to control your drone, you may be missing out on a powerful Android gaming device that not only can do a better job, it's powerful WiFi controller can help your drone fly even further.



Using a Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 the Parrot team was able to fly this drone 610 feet (186 meters) in the air. While streaming video back in full 720p!


SHIELD Portable Controller Parrot AR.2.0



Project Shield uses a full open Android OS and it includes console grade controls. Also included, D-Pad controls, two analog sticks, buttons, and side triggers. With the AR.Freeflight app on your SHIELD portable, you will have full access to control a Parrot Drone.

The SHIELD Portable features a Tegra 4 along with a retina-quality 5-inch screen. This will give you a great view from your drone mounted camera. The game quality sticks will make flying your drone easy.

Controlling your drone with the sticks is so much nicer than using your finger on a touch screen tablet or phone because your screen remains completely unobstructed.

Here's What You Will Need


If you have a Nvidia SHIELD Portable,  download the AR.FreeFlight software for your Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 drone.

If you don't yet own one,  this is where to find both the SHIELD portable and the Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 Drone for a great price.

The SHEILD Portable controller also works with the Yuneec Breeze. This is a Compact Smart Drone with Ultra High Definition 4K video camera on board.

Upgrade your Flight Time

The Parrot AR Drone 2.0 comes stock with a 1,000mAh battery that gives you approxamately 8-10 minutes of flight time. You can extend this flight time to about 18-20 minutes with an 1,800mAh battery you can buy on Amazon for the Parrot AR. 2.0 Drone.



Parrot Drone Controller
Limitations: Don't exceed the range of your WiFi. If you fly the Parrot past the range of your SHIELD controller's WiFi, you may crash or worse yet, have it fly completly away and you may lose it.

While this will not hurt as badly as losing a $500 or $1000 DJI drone, which by the way have also been known to fly away. Or as some like to say, activate their built in "Return to Hong Kong Mode." It still hurts when you lose one. Both financially and also to your ego.

The SHIELD Portable is a great controller that will help you fly your Parrot drone really well. Plus it can do double duty as a great portable gaming device and streaming platform for watching movies, TV shows from Hulu, Netflix and more on the go.