The Meteor65 is the last 65mm 1S whoop from BetaFPV. They created new features in this tinywhoop, new frame, motors, flight controller and new LIPO connector (BT2.0).
- Item: Meteor65 1S Brushless Whoop
- Weight: 22.84g (without battery)
- FC&ESC: F4 1S Brushless Flight Controller V2.1
- Frame: Meteor65 65mm 1S Brushless Frame
- Motors: 0802 19500 / 22000KV Motors
- Props: 31mm 3-blade props (1.0mm Shaft)
- VTX&Camera: M01 AIO Camera VTX
- Receiver Option: Frsky XM+ / DSMX / Futaba S-FHSS
- Battery: BT2.0 300mah 1S Battery
So they designed a new frame (~3g) for this new whoop. It is really a well designed with new interestings things:
- a low profile for the lipo, much more close to the FC and at the same level as the bottom of the duct
- reinforcement in each duct so they are really stronger
- a lot of new colors
This frame is really better than the previous and handle a lot the crashes. I have not been able to break one during my tests !
So not a new canopy for this drone and it seems in the same materiel that they used in the past. it is really not the best canopy to handle crash but for a whoop at 1S it is pretty sufficient I think and multiple advantages: cheap + super light.
The 31mm 3 blades propellers used are Gemfan based. They are good as usual and handle really easy a lot of crash too.
Flight Controller / ESC
They are using their new 1S super light FC. This FC is pretty good I think, support SPI receiver (flysky/frsky/DSMX/PNP), F4 and superl light with 2.69g.
The only thing that I thought that could be usefull is to have a 48mhz chip for the ESC to allow Emuflight + JESC for this board .
Moreover they changed the LIPO connector for this FC/ESC. The BT2.0 is a new connector with stronger pins to avoid the problems we got in the past with tinywhoop and the PH2.0 connector.
The idea is to move forward of the PH2.0 connector in order to obtain a more stable voltage. And it works clearly, if you check the video on the bottom of this article you will see the difference between the BT2.0 and the PH2.0 connector.
Motors are 0802 with 19500kv or 22000kv. It is pretty violent if you compare to the old 12000kv motors, but pretty fun and super controllable.
These motors have also a ball bearing support, so you will feel the difference during the flight, it is much more smooth.
Another great things that they added is the support of a PCB for the wire. Previously it was a pain to solder a wire of this tiny motors if you break one, so now, with this PCB this job is really EASY.
The M01 camera is not the best whoop camera but as you will see in the video, it works well by day AND night.
The VTX is only 25mw but pretty enough for such tinywhoop.
- Item: M01 Camera AIO VTX
- TVL: 600TVL
- FOV: H:120°/V:100°
- Video System: NTSC
- Horizontal Resolution: 640X480 1/4”
- Output power: 25mW
- Supply Voltage: 5V
- Size: 18*14*4.5mm(VTX)
- Weight: 3g
- Antenna: RG178 Antenna
- Frequency: 5.8GHz 6 bands 48 channels, with Raceband: 5362~5945MHz
First of all, I tested the 22000kv version. The first feeling is that you think it is not a 65mm whoop but something much more powerfull.
The flight time is reduced of course but with 22000kv I can do 2m20 as you could see in the video and I was doing that on a pretty big track for 3inch !!
So no washout or any weird behaviors that we have seen in the past. The BT2.0 connector maintain a constant voltage for the drone and you have a better understanding of the level of your LIPO during the flight.
For me this whoop is really a must have if you like tinywhoop. It will be the perfect option for this winter and do not forget to get BT2.0 LIPO to gain all the power of this tiny beast !!
If you need a dump of the betaflight default configuration, I did one for you.
If you are interesting to increase the flight time, check this new article.