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Soldering School

In Basics, Build, Quick Tips by Mike Tseng10 Comments

 

 Soldering School I know there are a lot of people who want to build their own quad but are hesitant because they’ve never soldered before.  It’s actually really simple and a lot of fun once you learn the basics.  I’ll show you how! What is soldering? Soldering is a process in which two or more metal items are joined together by …

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How to Set up a QAV250

In Build by Mike Tseng199 Comments

 

 How to setup a QAV250 In part 1 of this three part post I talked about how important it is to carefully choose your components when building a QAV250.  In part 2 we installed the ESCs, OSDoge and motors.  Part 3 will be installing the FPV camera, video transmitter, set up the Taranis and set up the Naze32 in Cleanflight. …

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How to Build a Lumenier QAV250, The Correct Way

In Build by Mike Tseng104 Comments

 

 How to Build a Lumenier QAV250, The Correct Way. Update January 1, 2016 Please watch this video before starting this build.  Some things have changed since I made this post.  It will show a slightly different but easier build method and updates on the Naze32 rev6. Time for another build!  In part 1 of this post I explained why you …

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OSDoge Setup with RSSI!

In Build by Mike Tseng151 Comments

 

 OSDoge Setup with working RSSI! I’ve been wanting to do a post on the OSDoge setup for about 6 months now but couldn’t figure out how to get the RSSI to work.  Hours, days, weeks and months of frustrated hair pulling and cursing…I finally got it to work! What is OSDoge? OSDoge is a small stackable circuit board the same size …

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Buy Your First Drone: QAV250

In Basics, Build, Review by Mike Tseng42 Comments

 

 Buying Your First Drone You want to get into flying FPV drones or quadcopters.  You don’t know where to start.  You get on YouTube and watch FPV videos.  You see the super talented Lumenier pilots (Charpu, Juz) doing some crazy things flying in awesome locations.  Google QAV250, end up at GetFPV, not sure what to buy so you get everything …

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Cleanflight, BlHeli and Oneshot for Dummies

In Build by Mike Tseng28 Comments

 

 Cleanflight, BlHeli and Oneshot What the heck is this stuff?  I first heard about it a while back and chose to ignore it.  Quadcopter technology is advancing so fast I thought it was just a fad that will soon fade away.  But it’s hard to ignore now, it’s everywhere.  I’ve been using it for a few months and it’s awesome! I …

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ImmersionRC Vortex Setup, Maiden Flight and Issues

In Build, Review by Mike Tseng38 Comments

 

 I’ve been getting a lot of questions about setting up the Vortex. It sounds like some people can’t even get their quads to fly. My Vortex was pretty much plug and play but I did encounter an issue while setting it up. Keep reading to find out. I’m using a Taranis X9D transmitter and FrSky D4R-II receiver.  Check out the video above …

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ImmersionRC Vortex Review: Part 1 First Impressions

In News, Review by Mike Tseng5 Comments

 

 ImmersionRC Vortex Review I just got my ImmersionRC Vortex and this thing is sweet!  It’s actually smaller than I imagined and lighter.  Overall the build quality is superb.  It was pretty much plug and play.  I connected a FrSky D4R-II receiver and ran through the setup wizard in the OSD.  The setup took about 2 min and it was ready …

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How to Remove Header Pins off a Naze32

In Build, Quick Tips by Mike Tseng4 Comments

 

 Here’s the best way I found to remove header pins from a Naze32 or any other header pins off a circuit board.  I’ve destroyed 2 Naze32 boards and a D4R-ii until I figure this out.  If you try to remove the header pins intact by trying to remove the solder by wicking or manually removing the solder, your chance of …

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Xiaomi Yi Camera Review: Xiaomi vs GoPro

In Review by Mike Tseng3 Comments

 

  Xiaomi Yi Action Camera Review After I smashed my Mobius camera in a crash I started doing research for a new camera.  I have a GoPro but I don’t trust my skills enough right now to put a $400 on my quadcopter.  I want a camera that has good image quality and under $200. Enter the Xiaomi Yi Action Camera …