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Building A Racing Drone? Read This Guide First – Best Racing Drone Components (2020) PART 1

Building A Racing Drone? Read This Guide First – Best Racing Drone Components (2020) PART 1

This is part 1 of the series “Best Racing Drone Components” and in this article we will be reviewing the best racing drone frames

As products of the information age, we love gadgets. Having your own camera, drone, or a car is our life-long dream. When it comes to buying these gadgets, we want nothing but the best (within the budget of course!).

The drone is a broad term, used mostly to describe any kind of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). They range from large to small and compact. There are generally four types of drones:

  1. Fixed Wing Drones
  2. Single Rotor Drones
  3. Multi-rotor Drones:
    • Tri-Copter(3rotors)
    • Quad-Copter(4 rotors)
    • Hexa-Copter(6 rotors)
    • Octo-Copter(8 rotors)

Racing Drones

The drones we’re talking about today are the Racing Drones also known as Quadcopters. They are custom-built for speed and performance to compete in FPV (First Person View) racing events. Not everyone is skilled to fly them, only experienced pilots fly these high-speed quadcopters at speeds up to 120mph. Flying a drone at such high speed is an intense experience.

New to drones racing?

A racing drone can be bought with as little as $200. For a beginner, it’s a good idea to start with RTF (Ready-To-Fly) drones. Custom-building drones are expensive and difficult to build. A newbie will crash the drone several times a day (trust me), it’s be cheaper to start with RTF drone.

Components of RTF (Ready-To-Fly) racing drone:

We’re breaking FPV racing drones into smaller components and listing the top five products for you. A typical racing quadcopter (both RTF and ATF) includes the following components:

  1. Air Frame.
  2. 4 motors + spares.
  3. 4 ESC (Electronic Speed Controller) + spares.
  4. 4 propellers + spares.
  5. RC Flight controller.
  6. PDB (Power Distribution Board).
  7. Battery + spares.
  8. Radio Control transmitter (Tx) and receiver (Rx).
  9. FPV Camera.
  10. FPV Video transmitter (VTx) and receiver (VRx).
  11. FPV goggles.

Components of ATF (Assemble-To-Fly) racing drone:

Drone pilots are very passionate about their gadgets, take pride in them, and usually prefer to build them from scratch. Not everyone has the knowledge to do so, and the research takes a fair amount of time. You need about a dozen different parts and knowledge about how to select the best product and how to assemble it. Without further ado, let’s dive in.

Racing Drone Frames:

Frames are the first component you select for the racing drone. It’s the skeleton of your quadcopter. The frame decides the shape of your quadcopter, the thickness of the top and bottom plates, size of props and where all components will be mounted. The frame for a racing drone must be light-weight, small and with space for all equipment to be mounted.

 

1.       Readytosky 235mm FPV Racing Drone Frame:

racing drone frame ReadyToSky 235mm

 

Readytosky 235mm frame is a unique frame for a micro quadcopter. The top-mounted battery provides support for freestyle racing with a built-in GoPro system. It supports both 30mm and 20mm bolt pattern to support a wide variety of flight controllers, and other equipment. This frame is slightly bigger than the regular 225mm with removable arms and a compact structure.

The stickers provided with the frame are colorful and customize your quadcopter to stand out from the crowd. It’s made with 3K carbon fiber and weighs about 117.4g (almost weightless in comparison with the size of frame) and good for both freestyle and competitive racing.

Key Features

  • 3K carbon fiber material.
  • 235mm wheelbase.
  • 4mm removable arms.
  • True- X frame structure.

It supports:

  • 6inch props.
  • 2204/ 2205/ 2206 motor.
  • CC3D/ NAZE32/ SP F3 flight control.
  • 12A- 20A ESC.
  • 5030/ 5040/ 5045 propeller,2 blades/ 3 blades.
PROS
  • It has removable arms, the substitution will be cheaper and easier in case of damage
  • Built-in GoPro mount system.
  • Personalized skins to make your racing drone look cool.
  • 20CM Lipo battery strap (included).
  • It can support both 2 blades or 3 blades.
  • Very light-weight for its size.
  • Both 20×20, 30×30 holes.
  • Great customer service.
CONS
  • Replica of Skitzo Nova frame.
  • Customers complained about the size and placement of screws.
  • Little flimsy, and won’t totally protect your FPV camera either in a head-on crash.
  • Arms break easily (Mount the arms BELOW the bottom square plate to decrease damage)

 

2.       FPV Drone 225mm FPV Racing Drone Frame

FPV Drone 225mm FPV Racing Drone Frame

FPV Drone 235mm frame is a small and strong frame. The 2mm bottom and top layers make the frame durable and light enough for responsive acceleration and enhanced performance in racing.

The stretched- X layout makes it compact and more spacious as compared with True-X structure. All components i.e. motors, props, ESCs, camera, etcetera can be mounted easily. It’s made with 3K carbon fiber and weighs about 155.7g. It’s durable and damage resistant as compared with other components in the market.

Key Features:

  • 225mm wheelbase.
  • 4mm thick arms.
  • Stretched X frame structure.
  • 3K Carbon fiber material.
  • Red 3Dprinted parts.

It supports:

  • CC3D/ NAZE32/ SP F3 flight control.
  • 2204/ 2205/ 2206
  • 12A/ 20A
  • 6- 10 channels of remote control.
  • 5030/ 5040/ 5045 props, 2 blades/ 3 blades.
PROS
  • 1 x Lipo battery strap (included).
  • 3D printed accessories (included).
  • Camera Mount included
  • Smooth flight
CONS
  • Slightly narrow frames as compared to other frames.
  • Antenna mounts were hard to place.

 

3.       FPVKing VX220 220mm FPV Racing Drone Frame:

FPVKing VX220 220mm FPV Racing Drone Frame

FPV King VX220 frame proves that good things come in small packages. Made with Carbon fiber and X-type structure, it’s the best racing drone frame you can find in $24.99 only. The removable arms are 44mm thick, with aluminum alloy rods, and black oxide screws. Side boards of the frame are 2mm thick which makes it damage resistant in case of crash.

The true- X layout makes it very light and responsive to sudden movements. Its small size makes it very light-weight (70.2g) and aero-dynamic but there is less space and thin structure for a wide variety of components.

Key Features

  • 220 mm wheelbase.
  • 4mm thick removable arms and aluminum alloy tube.
  • Black oxide steel screws.
  • Weight: 70.2g.

It supports

  • 2204/2205 motor.
  • 5045/5051 propellers.
  • 12A/20A/30A ESC.
  • F3/Naze32/CC3D flight controller.
  • 2204/2205/2206/2305/2306 motors.
  • 4S 1300mah/ 3S 1300mah/ 3S 1500mah battery.
PROS
  • Removable arms and GoPro mount
  • Reduced wind resistant coefficient.
  • RC liPo battery tie down straps 25cm (two kinds of strap sent by random).
  • Very light-weight
  • Great customer service
CONS
  • Top plate is very thin


4.      
FPV Drone Cockroach 225mm FPV Racing Drone Frame:

FPV Drone Cockroach 225mm FPV Racing Drone Frame

FPV Cockroach 225mm racing drone frame is one of the best frames out there. As a X-type split structure and made with 3K carbon fiber, it’s very light only about 105g. Cockroach is easy to assemble and it can survive multiple crashes, which makes it pretty good for beginners.

The frame is finely tuned designed mainly for freestyle racing. It’s a compact design but with plenty of space for all your equipment and wring. It’s suitable for both experienced pilots and beginners.

Key Features

  • Micro drone 225mm size frame.
  • Full 3K Carbon fiber frame.
  • X- type split structure.
  • 5mm thick arm and 2.0mm thick other accessories.

It supports

  • 2204- 2506
  • Gold 12.9 screw (included).
  • 5inches props.
PROS
  • Arms have 3 bolts attachment instead of 2
  • Removable arms
  • Delivered fast and well-packed.
  • Spacious for a triple stack ESC/FC/VTX.
CONS
  • Little heavier than claimed i.e. 108.1g
  • Slightly wide at the front unlike true X frames
  • Assembly instructions are not photocopied clearly.

 

5.       FPVKing XL6 283mm FPV Drone Frame:

FPVKing XL6 283mm FPV Drone Frame

FPV King 283mm drone frame is larger than regular frames and very durable. The frame made is made with 3K carbon fiber and light enough for sudden brakes, acceleration and redirection. You can mount 6inch props and large motors on to the frame that fulfill the requirements for a high-speed quadcopter. It has adjustable camera mount and top-mounted battery position. It’s great for both experienced and seasonal racing pilots.

Key features

  • Made with 3K carbon fiber.
  • True X type structure.
  • 283mm wheelbase.
  • 4mm removable arms.
  • Top mounted battery.

It supports

  • 6inches props.
  • 2204 motor.
  • 30A ESC.
  • 2200MAH battery.
PROS
  • Clean cuts with sanded edges.
  • Separate arms
  • Camera Mount included
  • Spacious enough to place equipment
CONS
  • Instructions are not clearly written

 

6.       Readytosky 220mm FPV Racing Drone Frame:

Readytosky 220mm frame is made with 3K Carbon fiber material, very light weight, and a compact design. It’s very easy to assemble with 3mm thick removable arm. The structure is X-type providing the quadcopter with a great support when flying through irregular places.

Key Features

  • Made with 3K carbon fiber.
  • 220mm wheelbase.
  • X- type structure.
  • HD camera supported.

Supports

  • 5inch props.
  • 2204- 2306 motors.
PROS
  • Support for 32mm board cams
  • Lipo Battery Strap (included).
  • 2 x 5inch props (included).
  • Power distribution board (included).
  • Spacious frame
  • Good for beginners
CONS
  • Predictable flight characteristics
  • Emphasized on aesthetics
  • Not properly delivered.
  • Weak bottom plate.

 

7.       FPVKing Source ONE 5″ V0.2 225mm Freestyle Frame Kit:

 

Key Features:

  • Micro quadcopter, 225mm frame size.
  • 4mm Carbon fiber arm.
  • HX frame structure.

Supports

  • 2205- 2306 motor.
  • 5inch props.


 

PROS
  • Adjustable battery installation position.
  • Lipo Battery Strap (included).
  • Strong and damage resistant.
  • Light-weight and spacious for all equipment.
CONS
  • Slightly narrow shape as compared to other frames.

 

Did you enjoy this article? Want to know more about the best components for building your own racing drone? Click this link for part 2 where we review the best racing drone motors