Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Evaluation of Homebuilt Quadcopter Components

I put together a table with my evaluation of the components I used to build the quadcopter and the rough cost of the quadcopter: $320.

PartSourceRating (1=best)Approx costComments
Hobbyking SK450 Glass Fiber Quadcopter Frame 450mmHobbyking1$20.00Well documented, rugged
TURNIGY Plush 25amp Speed ControllerHobbyking1$13.00Well documented, works well, does not overheat, used 4
Turnigy Multistar 2216-800Kv 14Pole Multi-Rotor OutrunnerHobbyking1$16.00Works well, used 4 units
Hobby King Quadcopter Power Distribution BoardHobbyking2$5.00Works well but hard to mount
Extended Landing Skid Set for SK450 Quadcopter FrameHobbyking2$11.00Works but a bit too flexible
Slow Fly Electric Prop 1045R SFHobbyking3$3.00Works, inexpensive, but prone to breakage
TURNIGY BESC Programming CardHobbyking1$5.00Well documented, works well
Turnigy 2200mAh 3S 20C Lipo PackHobbyking1$10.00Good power delivery, good value
OrangeRx R615X DSM2/DSMX Compatible 6Ch 2.4GHz Receiver w/CPPMHobbyking1$10.00Works well, good value, compatible with Spektrum DX4i Transmitter
HobbyKing HKPilot Mega Mini Combo Flight Controller GPS and Power ModuleHobbyking4$120.00Flimsy USB, poor documentation
5" (inch) Travel Micro USB Cable, Twin Pack CablesAmazon1$10.00Great way to protect USB on APM
Hobbypower Top Pin APM2.6 External Compass APM Flight Controller w/ UBLOX NEO-6M GPSAmazon2$70.00Works great, great value, no documentation
Tenergy 1-4 Cells Li-PO/Li-Fe Balance Airsoft Battery ChargerAmazon1$20.00works great, great value
2 of NEEWER® 3.5mm Gold Plated Bullet Banana Plug Connector for RC Battery 10-PairsAmazon1$7.00Works well, used 2 packs
Dowels, screws, glue, velcro, flower potHome Depot1$25.00Cheaper than hobby store
Total cost of built unit (not including broken Hobbyking Controller)$319.00

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