The frame is a 2mm carbon frame, for a global weight of 43g. It is really good to have such wait for this kind of power. The frame is not really the best quality that you find in the market (compared to Diatone or directly provided by CNCMadness), but it works well with the 1103 motors. I don’t think you will break it easily.
The motors will be hold by using onlyu two mounting holes, like the canopy but the FC is mount with 4 points without rubber mount but with a foam. It is a weird idea, but the foam seems to act well (I mean the flight is really great and no vibration) and protect too the FC.
In this case the material used for the canopy is really good and you will not break it ! You have enough angle to swith the camera position and the antenna of the VTX is not moving.
For this drone, BetaFPV is providing 2 types of props, a 48mm and 65mm. The 2 blades 65mm props are really the default lenght for toothpick, and the one provided from BetaFPV is something like the KingKong. They are good but not the best, you should use definitively the 65mm props from HQProp.
The 4 blades 48mm ar good too and you will not have the same experience of flights (see that in the next sections). But well they are light and strong, so perfect to handle crash too.
Flight Controller / ESC
The FC/ESC is the 12A AIO board from BetaFPV. To be honnest I ripped a lot of toothpick with this board and it handles perfectly different combo of motors/LIPO.
The motors are the new one from BetaFPV: 1103 8000KV. It supports 2/3S LIPO for a weight of 3.5g and a shaft of 1.5mm, and used an en c-clip. The quality is good and the wire used is perfect. I like how they use heatshrink to maintain correctly the wire to avoid any problem.
- Height: 14mm
- Weight: about 3.5g (8000KV)
- Shaft: φ1.5mm
- Motor Mount Holes: M1.6 on Dia 8.5mm
- KV (rpm/V): 11000
- Plug: Micro JST-1.25 3-pins connector
It is the first time that BetaFPV used an external camera (except for the caddx turtle but for it was for HD) and I like that ! The Runcam Nano 2 is really good so you will not need to change it !! The quality of the video is correct and it handles well light change.
- Image Sensor: 1/3″ CMOS
- Horizontal Resolution: 700TVL
- Lens: 2.1mm(M8) FOV 155° 1.8mm (M8) FOV 170°
- Signal System: NTSC / PAL
- S/N Ratio: >50dB
- Electronic Shutter Speed: Auto
- Auto Gain Control (AGC): Auto
- Min. Illumination: 0.01Lux@1.2F
- D-WDR: Auto
- Day/Night: Color
- Power: DC 3-5.5V
- Current : 110mA@5V 120mA@3.3V
- Housing Material: ABS
- Net Weight: 3.2g
- Dimensions: L14mm W14mm H16mm
It is the AO1 VTX from BetaFPV. You can use it via SmartAudio, and it supports the classical 48CH and 25/200mw output power. Again it is a good one, no surprise it will do the work for this kind of quad. I like the support of the 200mw output power, specially for a toothpick to have more good flights with obstacles.
BetaFPV recommands to use the 48mm with the 3S LIPO and the 65mm with 2S LIPO. On 2S you will feel how it is powerfull and light. I did some tests with the different props and it is more floaty with the 65mm props, but MUCH more powerfull. You can see that in the video at the top of the article. Moreover the LIPO is hold with a classic strap.
If you are a beginner, my advice is to keep the 48mm props. It will give you much more control on the quad.
I think you can go on 3S with the 65mm props, the board will handle that:
Otherwise, if you are looking for a BNF Toothpick you will not be disapointed. All components are globally good, and it supports all major receivers (frsky/flysky/dsmx/futaba/pnp).
By default the quad is well tuned and all you have to do is to bind it to your radio. For the LIPO I used some from BetaFPV and GNB, go check this page for that. I will have really a long flight like 5 min and less if you are agressive, but really this quad is good out of the box.
Nothing special in the box, except the 4 65 mm props if you wish to change.
Where to buy ?
Right now you can get it from BetaFPV for 119$. The price is really correct for such BNF, specially with the componenets used.