I test and review FPV related products all the time, but these are the tools, gear and FPV drones that I enjoy the most and recommend. I try to cover as much as I can, but it’s certainly not everything I use. For products that don’t make it to this list, it might be I don’t have an opinion about it, but feel free to ask me in the comment.
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- New to FPV Drones? Check out this FPV beginner’s guide.
- Here is a list of products that I reviewed and recommend.
Radio and Receiver
The Radiomaster TX16S MKII is currently my primary radio, it’s affordable and versatile. See my full review of the TX16S MKII. The MKII is basically the original TX16S with a few improvements
There are MAX version of the TX16S too, but it’s just mostly aesthetic upgrades and don’t affect the performance or usability of the radio.
When getting the TX16S, you can choose between ExpressLRS (ELRS) and 4in1 multi-protocol internal RF modules. Personally I prefer the ELRS version.
Although the multi-protocol module supports a lot of protocols, I almost exclusively use it with 2.4GHz ExpressLRS (ELRS) – an open source long range RC system. If you get the TX16S MKII with built-in 250mW ELRS module, then you don’t need an external ELRS module unless you want more output power (the most powerful module offers up to 1W at the moment). 250mW is plenty and can give you miles of range. See this guide for more info about ExpressLRS and how to set it up.
There are many ELRS TX modules out there that can output 1W, the BetaFPV 1W Micro is one of the cheapest modules out there that is very consistent with its maximum output power.
|Radiomaster TX16S MKII||Banggood | Amazon | Radiomaster | RDQ|
|BetaFPV 1W Micro||AliExpress | GetFPV | BetaFPV|
|2.4GHz ExpressLRS Receivers||Most ELRS receivers are more or less the same, see selections here|
The DJI FPV Goggles has been my primary FPV Goggles since early 2020. DJI Digital FPV system is just awesome, the image quality is mind blowing compared to traditional FPV system . See my review of the DJI FPV system. I’d recommend it to anyone if you have the budget.
The DJI Goggles are not as comfortable to wear as Fatshark or Skyzone in terms of ergonomics, but they do give me the possibility of using both digital and analogue. To use analog, you just need to get an analogue receiver module adapter. My go-to adapter at the moment is the BDI Digidapter.
And don’t miss out on this list of great accessories for the DJI FPV System.
|DJI FPV Goggles V2||RDQ | GetFPV | NBD | AliExpress|
If you are not interested in DJI and just want a good pair of analogue goggles, there are a lot more options. Here is a buyer’s guide for analogue FPV goggles.
Want the best analog goggles? It has to be the Skyzone SKY04X right now in my opinion, see my full review of the SKY04X. Best image quality, very wide field of view, and It also has focal length adjustment which is really handy for those who wear glasses.
|Skyzone SKY04X||Banggood | RDQ | NBD|
Want something cheaper but still decent? I’d recommend the Eachine Cobra X. Although it’s a box goggles with LCD screen, image clarity is still very decent! Not only being cheaper, the advanced built-in OSD menu even puts the more expensive Fatshark to shame, it significantly improves user experience. It even supports external receiver modules.
|Skyzone Cobra X||AliExpress | RDQ|
I don’t really recommend cheap FPV goggles, buying cheap is buying twice.
All of these goggles I mentioned can be powered by 4S, so I just use a 4S 1500mAh battery for my 5″ quads, no need to buy special batteries :)
Analog Video Receiver Module
As a cheaper alternative, I’d recommend the Eachine Pro58 with the Achilles firmware, this is the best value module you can get for the performance it offers.
|Eachine Pro58 Module||AliExpress|
As for antennas, there are just too many good antennas out there. Take a look at my FPV antenna recommendations for ideas. Here are some of the ones I use the most often.
|Menace Patch Antenna (VRX)||Banggood | GetFPV| RDQ|
|Lollipop V4 (VTX)||RDQ | AliExpress|
|Lollipop Micro Long (VRX)||AliExpress | RDQ|
LiPo Charging Equipment
These are the chargers I am using at home on a daily basis at the moment (2023), they are perhaps a bit more expensive and bigger than other chargers, but they are powerful and can be powered by AC or DC so potentially saves you from buying an external power supply. They can charge 1S-6S LiPo, 18650 batteries or even your car battery.
Both chargers have similar specs, and are dual channel chargers so I can simultaneously charge two completely different batteries. To learn about all the differences between these two models, check my review here, but you can’t go wrong with either one :)
|HOTA D6 Pro||RDQ | Banggood|
|ToolkitRC M6DAC||GetFPV | AliExpress | RDQ|
For charging in the field, I prefer something that’s more portable, the one that I mostly use is the iSDT Q6 Nano (see full review). It’s light weight and can charge 1S to 6S batteries, and it’s pretty cheap as well at only $30.
Another good option for field charging is the ToolkitRC M6D. It’s powerful and also pretty compact, and it has 2 outputs (two separate channels) meaning you can charge two different batteries at the same time – basically like having two chargers!
If you have a charger that doesn’t have built-in power supply and requires DC input, you will need an external PSU.
You could get a server or computer power supply if you know how, but If you don’t, you could just get something off the shelf like these:
- 100W PSU:
- 240W PSU:
- 360W PSU:
- 400-460W PSU:
- 1200W PSU:
Some PSU output 12V while some output 24V. Certain chargers put out more power if you supply them with the higher 24V, but make sure your charger can support 24V input voltage before buying. You can also use these PSU to power your TS100 soldering iron!
If you want a cheap and simple charger that comes with power supply that you can plug straight into the wall, the ISDT 608AC is a pretty good beginner option. It’s not that powerful, but gets the job done just fine.
To charge multiple batteries simultaneously, you could consider using a parallel charging board. Make sure to read this article to learn how to parallel charge LiPo batteries.
|Parallel Charging Board||AliExpress|
|Battery Voltage Checker||GetFPV | AliExpress | Amazon|
For charging batteries in the field, I use one of these large capacity LiPos.
|48V 15Ah e-bike Battery||AliExpress | Amazon|
|6S 10000mAh LiPo Battery||Amazon | AliExpress|
The ImaxRC B3 is a handy charger for your transmitter and goggles 2S and 3S batteries. It charges the battery only through the balance lead, perfect for batteries that don’t have an XT60 or XT30 connector.
|IMAXRC B3 PRO 2S / 3S Balance Charger||AliExpress | Amazon|
Here are some of my favourite tools. Of course there are some other tools you might find useful tool as I explained in this post.
|P200 Bench Power Supply||Banggood | RDQ | GetFPV|
|TS100/SQ001 Soldering Iron||AliExpress | Amazon | GetFPV | RDQ|
|MG Chemical 63/37 Solder||Amazon|
|ES126 Electric Screwdriver||Banggood | AliExpress|
|SmokeStopper||Vifly ShortSaver V2 Review|
|Screw Driver Set||AliExpress | Amazon|
|Auline FPV Backpack V2||GetFPV | Banggood | AliExpress|
|Speedybee Adapter 3||GetFPV | RDQ | AliExpress|
Supplies & Materials
Spare and building materials that I have good experience with.
|Wire Spools (28awg)||Amazon|
|x||Cloth Tape for holding motor wires||Amazon|
|Sticky Battery Pads||GetFPV | RDQ|
|x||Double Sided Tape||Amazon | AliExpress|
My Favourite BNF
These are pre-built FPV drones that I love the most. Not sponsored, my opinion is purely based on my experience. You can read my reviews to learn more about these models.
iFlight Evoque F5
It’s a 5-inch Freestyle FPV drone (4S and 6S).
Flywoo Explorer LR V2
It’s an ultra-light 4″ quad for long range (4S).
Mobula7 1S ELRS
My favourite tiny whoop so far.
It’s a 2.5″ cinewhoop for carrying a naked GoPro for taking cinematic footage.
Sub250 Nanofly 16
A cute little 1.6-inch park flyer, running 1S LiPo.
- Tiny Whoops recommendations
- 5″ Freestyle drone LiPo batteries (4S and 6S)
- Micro Quad LiPo Batteries (1S, 2S, 3S, 4S)
- 2.5″ Toothpick recommendations
- May 2018 – Article created
- July 2020 – Updated list
- Mar 2021 – Updated list
- Apr 2022 – Updated list
- Sep 2022 – Updated list
- Feb 2023 – updated product links