Eachine QX 95 – My first micro brushed FPV racing quadcopter
After many brushless racing quadcopters, I thought that it would be nice to review a micro brushed quadcopter like this Eachine Tiny QX95. In my opinion, these little RC toys are not just cheaper but also somehow more practical than the powerful brushed quads. For example, this Eachine QX 95 weights only 56g which makes it suitable for indoor flights. Bumping into things will not produce big damages.
In relatively short time Eachine announced 3 models of the QX series. Firstly the QX80, than the QX90 and recently this Tiny QX95. Basically, the only difference between these 3 is in terms of design. While the QX95 adopts a “H” shape frame, the QX80 and QX90 has “X” shape frame. Reading the testimonies of those who own all these three drones I found out that the Q95 is the best among them.
Thanks to the versatile F3 flight controller, the Eachine QX series is capable for multiple flight modes. By default, the Eachine QX95 features “Acro” and “Angle” modes.
Currently the Eachine Tiny QX95 is available in ARF and BNF (Bind-N-Fly) package. By choosing BNF package you will need to pay extra 10 bugs, which is not that bad especially for those are not OK with soldering stuff. According to your existing transmitter you can opt for QX958FR (with FrSky receiver), QX958FS (with FlySky receiver) and QX958DS (with DSM2 receiver).
Eachine Tiny QX95 review
In my preliminary discussion with James from Banggood regarding the possibility to review the Eachine Tiny QX95 we agreed that he will send me one with FlySky receiver. I opted for this RX because I own two FS-i6 transmitters.
The package arrived in my country about two weeks ago but due to a spontaneous strike of the employees from the Post Office, my package has been “sequestered” in their warehouse for nearly a week.
Certainly, the QX95 package is very reach. I found inside the box besides the tiny aircraft, the followings:
- 2 pieces of 600mAh Li-Po batteries (1s);
- USB charger;
- Y charging cable for balance chargers;
- 2 pieces of spare motors (CW and CCW);
- 1 set of spare propellers;
- Blade removing tool;
- Self adhesive Velcro bands;
- Detailed user manual.
Inside the box, the quad is well protected by a CNC cut foam. The airframe is made from carbon fiber, which is pretty nice.
The VTX FPV camera is attached in front of the quad using a rubber band. Both RX and LED status bar are attached to the frame by using double sided adhesive tapes. In order to access the FC’s micro USB port you need to remove the LED bar… to be frankly, this is somehow a design fail.
Although there is enough room to install the TX bellow the upper plate, it is attached on the top of it, where is more exposed during crashes. Another cons is that the tiny wire witch servers as RX antenna is not insulated and can easily cause short circuit.
The battery can be attached under the quad using a rubber band or the included Velcro tapes. No power switch, just interconnect the two microLOSI connectors (of the battery and FC).
Thanks to the very bright tail light, the Tiny QX95 is very visible in the dark. The four RGB LEDs are pre-configured and indicate when the motors are armed/disarmed, turning left/right and backwards.
Eachine Tiny QX95 features and specs
- Carbon fiber airframe (95mm wheelbase);
- S3 EVO brushed flight controller;
- Multiple flight modes (by default Acro and Angle);
- 8520 brushed motors (coreless);
- 55 mm propellers;
- Status LED bar (4 RGB LEDs);
- AIO FPV camera (520TVL, 32CH25mW TX and cloverleaf antenna);
- MicroLOSI battery connector (recommended 1s 600 mAh);
- About 6 minutes of flight time.
The flight controller comes with Cleanflight 1.13.0 firmware. I would recommend to stay on it till you accommodate with everything (setup & fine tune) and only after you should go to flash betaflight OS.
Eachine QX95 review – Camera / FPV system
The tiny vTx 520 TVL camera weights about 5g and sizes 19 x 14 x 5 mm. The specified output power of the integrated 32CH 5.8G TX is 25mW.
On the rear part of the camera there is a 6-bit dip switch. DIP 1-5 allows to set the desired band and channel. The 6th DIP allows to toggle between PAL / NTSC video standards.
The 4-lobe circular polarized antenna is directly soldered on the top of the camera.
Although I read about a lot of fellows having camera issues, mine seems to be OK. The focus is set properly and performs acceptable in light condition changes. I find the filed of view to be optimal for both indoor and outdoors flights.
If I will find the FPV range too short, I will replace the stock camera with the Eachine TX02, which has 200 mW Tx power.
Eachine QX95 – Image quality and FPV range test
Binding the Eachine Tiny QX95 with the transmitter
Being very enthusiast to test my new toy as soon as I arrive home, I immediately tried to bind the Eachine Q95 with my FlySky FS-i6. Luckily, the Eachine QX 95 user manual describes very well this process. You need to made the following steps:
- Connect the battery while the “Bind” pin of the RX is grounded (the blue LED on the RX will start to flash);
- Go to RX Setup on the transmitter, and set “RX Setup” to “AFHDS Mode”. Now here is the trick: this can be done by disabling “AFHDS2”;
- Turn ON the transmitter while holding the “bind” button;
- If the binding process was successful, the blue LED will turn always ON.
I assigned on my FS-I6 transmitter CH5/Aux1 to SWD (right switch with 2 positions) and CH6/Aux2 to SWC (right switch with 3 positions). After doing this I was able to Arm/Disarm the motors using the SWD switch.
In order to be able to switch between flight modes (Angle/Acro/Horizon) using SWC, I had to configure the flight mode assignment through the CleanFlight APP.
Eachine QX95 review – First usage & Test
My first flight was a bit disappointing. The Eachine QX95 flown a bit chaotically. Firstly, I replaced the props and checked the motors for dust… same thing. Then I performed calibration through CF APP and the Eachine Tiny QX95 became much stable.
Because it is speedy and very responsive, first-time pilots will have difficulty in controlling.
In the “Camera / FPV system” section of my Eachine QX95 review I said that my camera is OK. When I changed the room, some weird pattern (like sperm under microscope :D) appeared on my FPV screen. It seems that this issue is present only in certain light conditions.
Outdoor, in calm days, it flies perfectly. The “Acro” mode is pretty nice, flips & rolls can be easily done. Unfortunately, even the slight wind kills any fun.
The FPV range is pretty good (about 80-100 meters), so it can be flown in both ways LoS and fully FPV.
If you want to make the next step for moving from entry-level toys to something more advanced, this mini brushed FPV quad can be found here. Don’t forget that you can opt for 3 different TX modules (DSM2/FlySky/FrSKy). If you don’t own a suitable transmitter you can also take into consideration to order this quad in bundle with the Eachine I6 transmitter (FlySky FS-i6 clone) from here.
- Generous package (2 spare motors and 2 batteries);
- Detailed binding instruction;
- Freedom of RX/TX (DSM2/Futaba/FlySky/FrSKy);
- Can run Cleanflight and Betaflight firmware;
- Customizable status LED bar;
- Spare parts availability.
- RX antenna is not insulated;
- No low voltage alarm;
- Weird pattern on FPV (in certain light conditions);
- Propellers can pop off too easily.
Updates on 29/10/2017
The manufacturer just announced an upgraded model of this compact FPV drone. Eachine QX95S comes with better camera and redesigned carbon fiber frame. By default the AIOF3PRO flight controller comes with BetaFllight firmware.
Eachine QX95 review – Photo gallery