Introduction: Ready to Fly? DIY Cheap FPV Mini Drone

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Have you ever wanted to feel like you are flying? Now, you can build you very own, Cheap FPV Mini Drone! It cost less than 60 dollars to make this super awesome FPV drone. Building this drone is easier than ever! All you have to buy is a Eachine E010 drone for about 15 dollars. Also, you need a small FPV camera that are priced around 35 dollars. I would recommend the Crazepony FX797T because of it's brilliant performance. Also, it can be a gift for a sibling or friend.

Step 1: What You Need

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Materials:

1 Eachine E010 Drone

http://www.banggood.com/Eachine-E010-Mini-2_4G-4CH...

1 Crazepony FX797T Camera

http://www.banggood.com/FX797T-5_8G-25mW-40CH-AV-T...

3D Printed Parts:

Link:

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1745879

Tools:

1 Soldering Iron

http://www.banggood.com/Mustool-MT223-60W-Adjustab...

1 Small Piece of Solder

http://www.banggood.com/0_4mm-50g-60-40-Flux-Tin-L...

For Real FPV:

1 Pair of FPV Goggles

Link for Cheap Pair of FPV Goggles:

http://www.banggood.com/Eachine-VR-007-5_8G-40CH-H...

Link for Expensive Pair of FPV Goggles:

http://www.banggood.com/Fatshark-Dominator-SE-5_8G...

Step 2: Unboxing and Setting Up

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Once you have your materials you need to unbox them. After you have unboxed the drone and FPV camera, take the plastic cover of the drone. Under the cover you should see the electronics. Then, unscrew the two screws that are holding down the PCB board. Next, insert you 3D printed mount over the screw holes, and finally screw then back in. It should look like the pictures above.

Step 3: Soldering the Camera to Drone

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Now, insert the FPV camera onto the mount. You do not need to put the guard around the antenna until you fly. Once the FPV camera is in place, your need the stretch the wire to the 2 pins in the back of the drone where the battery is attached. Then, cut the FPV camera cable and strip the two wires. For the next step you need to insert the battery into the drone to find out where the camera should be soldered to. The red is 3.7 volts and the black is ground. Look above where the red wire from the battery goes into. You should see 2 pins sticking out. If the red wire is to the left like the picture above. Solder the red wire from the camera to the left pin. After you do the first one, there is only 1 pin left, and that is where the black wire gets soldered to. When you are finished, it should look like the top picture above.

Step 4: Testing

Now, when you plug the battery into the drone, you should see a couple of LEDs light up on the camera. You can also test by finding the channel on your goggles. It may take a couple of minutes to find the channel the live footage the FPV camera is transmitting on.

Step 5: Time to Fly!

Finally, turn the drone on and put your goggles on and fly away! Hope you enjoy this project. PLEASE VOTE, FAVORITE, FOLLOW ME, AND COMMENT!

Thank you!

Future projects are on the way!

-Zack

Comments

DipLab (author)2017-09-13

Thanks for the amazing idea of buying a cheap mini drone and hack it, probably cheaper and more reliable than those 60$ DIY kits !

gravityisweak (author)2017-01-18

I like it! I ordered the parts, and they just came in yesterday. I'll be giving it a try. I can't believe how tiny this camera is!

Tech Boy (author)gravityisweak2017-01-19

Great! Please share a picture.

Tech Boy (author)2017-01-16

Don't forget to smash that VOTE

Tech Boy (author)2017-01-09

Thanks!

EpicBigFinley (author)2017-01-09

is cool

Tech Boy (author)2017-01-06

Vote!

Just4Fun Media (author)2016-12-30

Nice project. How does the FPV impact the quadcopter's battery life?

All the best,

Danno

Tech Boy (author)Just4Fun Media2017-01-01

Judging by flying it with and without the camera, I would conclude the camera takes about one minute away, out of the 5 minute flight. As a percentage, the camera takes about 20% of the flight time away, anyway you fly it.

Tech Boy (author)2016-12-22

Please do not forget to VOTE!

Tech Boy (author)2016-12-16

Thank You!

petermalig (author)2016-12-15

Me gusta

Tech Boy (author)2016-12-15

Thanks!

Tech Boy (author)2016-12-15

Please

Tech Boy (author)2016-12-15

Please Vote!

Tech Boy (author)2016-12-15

Thanks!

Nate Barry (author)2016-12-15

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwesommmmmmmmmme!!! Good job dude;)

Tech Boy (author)2016-12-15

Thank you! Same to you!

trailogy (author)2016-12-15

Cool tiny whoop. Im building one with milled aluminum and a tinybee fc. Good luck on future builds!

TechPersonInventor (author)2016-12-14

My nephew would love that!

TechPersonInventor (author)2016-12-14

Looks interesting

Tech Boy (author)2016-12-14

I wanted to record outside but it was too dark.

Tech Boy (author)2016-12-14

Another video will come out tomorrow.

Tech Boy (author)2016-12-14

Sorry if you do not understand instructions. I was in rush.

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