Like this post if you want to see it become a tutorial project: Building Cheap FPV Quadcopter
Based on some some toys quadcopters I’ve been deconstructing and putting back together with aftermarket drone parts. Here’s a Syma X5C I’ve had laying around, converted it to FPV but was only able to get it 4-5 feet off the ground (was getting the feeling the motors were going to burn out ASAP, so it’s grounded for now).
Issue is not enough thrust for the big antenna, camera, receiver, and 4 batteries on it right now (1 to fly, and 3 LiPos to get transmitter and camera 7 volts) , even with upgraded motors I installed.
So thinking about reworking everything to a lighter setup, making a cheap home made 5.8Ghz light weight FPV setup, switching to cheaper smaller receiver which would function off 2 lipos, so something that I could chain 2 tiny 150 mAh lipos together and get enough for 10 minutes of transmission, also making my own micro circular polarized antenna for the transmitter.
Won’t be getting the 700+ meters in video transmission I’m getting now, but don’t see a way around it, switching to brushed motors for the current setup would be way too cost prohibitive. (Brushed motors = new flight control board, new Electronic Speed Controllers, new 2 cell minimum battery , all equals $$$$$$, so would break the entire cheap build concept)
(shoutout to Stan Levandovsky , thanks to who, I’m now addicted to building quadcopters and drone racing)