History and Evolution of the Tiny Whoop Micro Drone

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Updated: November 2018

The History and Evolution of the Tiny Whoop


Released in 2015, the Blade Inductrix was a neat little toy, with duct-like fans and a very smooth and protected ride. There was nothing like it on the market, but it didn’t really “take off” (pardon the pun) until the FPV community intervened. In early 2016 a man named Jessie Perkins, of Team Big Whoop, saw the potential in this craft, and came up with the ingenius idea of adding a micro camera, and upgrading the stock motors to the legendary CL-0615-14 motors, creating the worlds first ‘Tiny Whoop’, as he named it.

The ‘Whoops of 2018-2019

Today we are arguably on the 3rd Generation of Tiny Whoop design, with the initial ‘home-made’ designs of 2016 being the 1st Generation, the manufacturer’s first attempts at manufacturing the design being the 2nd Generation, and now the 3rd Generation where designs are truly pushing the limits of this little frame with Brushless 1S and 2S power, and almost every feature you sized race drone.

The First Generation (2015-2016)

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The Second Generation (2016-2017)

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The First Generation (2018-2019)

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MEGA Comparison Review – Amazon vs AliExpress vs Banggood vs eBay vs Gearbest vs Taobao

Updated: November 2018


That’s right folks, it’s time for a head to head between some of the largest and most successful stores on the internet today!


AliExpress vs eBay vs Gearbest vs Banggood vs Amazon vs Taobao 

These sites need no introduction, but yeah whatever, I’m going to introduce them anyway! There’s no telling how many of you have been living under a rock this last few decades, and often people just stick to what they know – Amazon, eBay, and there’s so much more out there!


American Juggernaut

Amazon is virtually unstoppable on American soil, though its global service is largely dependent on the quality of regional warehouses. Recently expanding into Australia, Amazon AU was felt by many to be the biggest disappointment since StarWars Episode 1!

Chinese Juggernaut

Asian equivalent of eBay with a wider selection of electronics than your mothers bedside drawer. AliExpress is working very hard to convince people that if you buy from them, and the seller screws you over, there’s at least some chance you might get your money back. We’ll look into that in closer detail later.

Like a mini Amazon, with better range of chinese electronics and ‘homage’.

It’s no secret that we’re huge fans of Banggood here, they’re almost a one-stop shop when it comes to FPV / Drones, but how do they compare against the big guys?

The original, but are they still the best?

With their constant onslaught of 10-20% off site wide coupons, eBay is near impossible to ignore these days… but are you really getting value for money? We’ll look closer.

Like a mini Amazon, with a better range of chi.. oh, you get it!

Another favorite of ours, Gearbest has a slightly different product selection to its major rival Banggood, and often has very competitive pricing.

The worlds biggest e-commerce site

Like eBay, AliExpress, Amazon, and Banggood rolled up into one. But how easy is it to access, and do they even want your business? We find out.


All six contenders will be measured against the following criteria:

    1. Buyer Protection  – many claim it, but few actually deliver. Are you confident that this market will take care of you if something unusual happens? If the seller provides a fake tracking number, or sells you stock they do not have? Will the marketplace sort it out for you, or will they have a sympathetic ear for the unscrupulous seller?
    2. Cart and Payment ease – do they accept PayPal or similar 3rd party service? Is the payment provider part of the same company, or must you enter your credit card details directly?  Is the shopping cart system user friendly? Is it easy to be double charged.
    3. Customer Service Reputation –  does the market have an impeccable reputation and great communication? Are there a few too many complaints of bad service, or no response? Does the market seem to support the buyer or the seller?
    4. Fun to browse –  is this the kind of store you can browse for an hour or so, with nothing in particular in mind, but still be entertained by the many interesting products? Or is it a pain in the rear, and you just want to finish the transaction ASAP?
    5. Introducing new products  – does this market make you aware of new trends, and develop a knowledge of whats popular, what’s selling, and what’s coming soon
    6. Pricing and competitiveness – will this market price match, or do they often move pricing to beat the competition? Do they reward finding a lower price? Are their sale prices ‘fake’.
    7. Product details  – is there enough information on the product available on the store? Bare minimum? Do you find the product name doesn’t match the description, or key information is missing?
    8. Range of products – do they have a good assortment of products, not just mainstream items, but good coverage of niche areas? Different models and brands, or the same stuff sold everywhere?
    9. Rewards/Points  – do you get rewarded for each purchase? Is it meaningful, or is it… pointless? (boom tish!). Have you obtained value from the reward system?
    10. Sales and coupons – are they having a sale every second week with “50% off”, unrealistic regular prices, and price jacking galore? Or do they have less frequent but more meaningful sales with genuine discounts? Are the discounts/coupons easy to find and use?
    11. Shipping speed – does it usually take 4-5 weeks for your item to arrive using cheap postage, or is there a budget express option which arrives in about 5-10 business days?
    12. Useful product reviews – are people posting meaningful reviews of the products to the store, or are they just hammering out meaningless dribble to gain a few reward points?


Each market will be given a score for each of the 12 criteria listed above.


5 Points


4 Points


3 Points


2 Points


1 Point

Finally, points are totaled and turned into a percentage (%) .


1st Place

To be honest, we were surprised to see Amazon come out at top place given how much we love Banggood, however we soon realised this is exactly their game – to be the best on average for the average person.

Score: 83%

Good for most people, but best for Americans and those near an Amazon warehouse.

Large variety of goods and centralized support mean a great general buying experience for the largest number of people possible.

You’ll have to live in the USA to get ‘The Full Amazon’. Stocks popular branded items, and shys away from bleeding edge less mainstream stuff – you won’t find all your quadcopter needs here for example, or if you do, much of it will need to be unnecessarily branded. Employees in the warehouses arehave questionable working conditions in their warehouses work long hours, but are paid so little that they need government welfare to support their families, which is sad and unacceptable.

See the comparison table.

Customer Service & Buyer Protection – Excellent
Typically very easy to obtain a replacement/refund, though it probably should be, given its often Amazon warehouse staff who are knocking off your new gadget, and replacing it with a bunch of bricks.

Payment Cart and Ease of Payment  –  Excellent
Accepts Paypal, don’t charge you until they ship, and has a great product list builder.

Fun to Browse – Excellent
Browsing Amazon is like shopping in the worlds greatest mall, from the comfort of your couch.

New Product Introduction & Overall Range – Good
It’s unlikely you’ll find something on sale here until it’s at least somewhat popular, so no discovering the latest fad, but you’ll at least find all the to be expected new stuff such as the latest iPhone, and just about everything else you might ever wish for.

Pricing & Competition –  Good
Cut throat on price for the really popular items, but other stuff isn’t always cheap.

Product details & reviews – Excellent
You won’t find better descriptions than those at Amazon. In fact, it’s used by various other stores and systems as a trusted source of product data.

Rewards/Points – Average
This reviewer can’t think of anything Amazon does specifically to reward purchases and loyal customers, except perhaps for Amazon Prime, a paid service that adds features.

Sales and Coupons – Good
Well known for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, as well as general ongoing sales and discounting. No coupons, and regional warehouses don’t seem to be as price flexible.

Shipping speed – Excellent
None faster, Amazon pioneered ‘same day delivery’, and are currently testing ‘on demand’ services which only take an hour or less, by drone or otherwise.


3rd Place

Despite a lower score than Amazon, eBay continues to be our ‘go to store’ for just about anthing

Score: 75%

eBay have become so ingrained in our society that I could not specify a single group or demographic who would be particularly targeted by eBay, except for young people with disposable income which is true for all.

Easily the biggest selection and variety of mainstream and unique goods, and largest network of international stores, excellent customer service largely automated in favor of the buyer by PayPal, and cut throat pricing.

While times are changing, a large portion of eBay sellers are Chinese nationals (despite claiming to be local), with poor communication, and low quality standards which sometimes leads to safety issues so significant that they make the thinks (think hoverboard scandal). Local sellers aren’t much better, with many known to perform major price-jacking operations to increase prices prior to side-wide % off promotions, eliminating some or all of the savings to be made, duping inexperienced customers.

See the comparison table.

Customer Service & Buyer Protection –  Excellent
Typically very easy to obtain a replacement/refund, eBay is often accused of ruling in favor of the buyer even when its clear the seller has done nothing wrong.

Payment Cart and Ease of Payment  – Excellent </strong >
Accepts Paypal, has an excellent purchase management system and general back end.

Fun to Browse – Excellent
Probably even better than Amazon, though that may depend on personal preference.

New Product Introduction & Product Range – Excellent
eBay will certainly have everything before anyone else does, but there’s no system which brings these items automatically to your attention. Overall range is staggering, the largest of any kind anywhere in history.

Pricing & Competition – Excellent
Competition between stores means pricing is very sharp, however its becoming increasingly common for (some) bricks and mortor retail stores to be as cheap, or cheaper than eBay for some items.

Product details & reviews – Good
Product details are entirely reliant on the individual sellers, and so quality varies significantly. User reviews are present on some items, but it’s not a very good system, no photos and little detail.

Rewards/Points – Average
eBay has no points collection system. In an effort to combat Amazon’s excellent Prime service, they have introduced ‘eBay Plus’ which is supposed to offer (depending on country/region) Plus member exclusive discounts, cheap or free postage, and an easier return service. It’s not proving very popular though, with many users claiming it’s a waste of money and that eBay are offering similar discounts and offers for regular/free users as part of regular promotions anyway.

Sales and Coupons – Good
Over the last 12 months eBay have begun a major campaign of site-wide discount coupons, sometimes up to 20%. While often these are good value, the evidence of retailers “price jacking” is damning. (Note: Price jacking is where retailers increase the prices prior to a discount, in order to inflate or completely negate the actual discount received). Evidence of this practice has been widely distributed, and although eBay bans the practice, they do not seem to be moving on many of the repeat offenders, or seem to allow it within certain limits. As a result, many users wonder how this will change the overall eBay pricing landscape in years to come, with users potentially becoming numb to the tactic.

Shipping speed – Good
Local sellers will often provide an express option, however express international services are less common, and typically expensive.


AliExpress has so much potential, but is struggling to fully realise it.

Score: 55%

Owned by AliBaba, a large and respected chinese multinational who runs the B2B market of the same name, as well as TaoBao and AliPay. AliExpress focuses on the western/international consumer.

Arguably a better or more unique selection than eBay, and often better prices. There is a great deal of potential here, if management can sort out the bad apples.

While there are many good sellers on AliExpress, there continues to be a large number of unscrupulous sellers who see breaking the rules and telling lies on stock, shipping, or features as a normal part of business.
See the comparison table.

Customer Service & Buyer Protection –  Terrible
This was difficult to rate, with AliExpress having excellent systems and processing in place which should protect the buyer (and in our experience did, but not after repeated battles and a customer service personnel ignoring their own policies), however given these experiences of our own team (below), and the common theme of similar experiences described by people across the internet, we have no choice but to rate this ‘Terrible’.

In order to back up this rating, here are two accounts of purchasing gone wrong from one of our own editors. We do not expect this to be conclusive as we provide no evidence, however for the purposes of this review we feel this is sufficient to paint a picture.

Purchase #1 – Brand name security camera.

With few places to buy this high quality chinese brand in our own country, we took to AliExpress and found a number of suppliers. Unfortunately 90% of these were selling chinese versions hacked with “global” firmware, making them impossible for the customer to ever upgrade. After negotiating our way through this and finding an actual global version, we proceeding to read feedback to find what we thought was a good seller, and made payment of around $300 USD.

7 days later the seller advised there was no stock of that model, and instead advised he was shipping an entirely different model with totally different features and price.

Rejecting the offer and asking for what we purchased or a refund, the seller instead offered a measly $20USD to continue the sale for an item we did not want, refusing to cancel the sale, and instead using any means he could to post the wrong product.

Opening a dispute and discussing with AliExpress, we were surprised to find the customer service team making excuses for the seller. “He just have trouble with supplier, please talk to seller and he will fix for you” I would be told the same thing over and over again. Eventually I came to the terrible realisation that AliExpress was there to protect the sellers, similar to how eBay would blindly opt in favor of the customer to the detriment of good sellers.

This discussion with customer service went on for another 7-10 days, each time speaking with a different representative, and each time facing a wall of support and excuses for the seller, despite me providing (and AliExpress agreeing) that the evidence indicated he had no stock (despite advertising he did), was repeatedly trying to bait and switch by offering another product against AliExpresses own policies, and after several weeks had posted nothing, nor even provided a tracking number. All this time AliExpress was trying to buy the seller time to convince me to accept an alternate product, or come up with the goods.

Eventually after 30 days of not receiving the item, I was saved by a clause built into AliExpress’s system – that not receiving an item after X number of days meant a refund. Thankfully this worked, however had the seller simply posted the wrong item, a brick maybe, I have a feeling I’d still be battling it out, and with no PayPal and perhaps only my creditcard’s reversal policy to rely on.

Purchase #2 – GPD Pocket 2 mobile computer

With the latest gadget being released and a few sellers on AliExpress advertising that they had stock and would ship within 24 hours, I made the purchase in the comfort that the item would arrive within 2 months, well before I went on holiday.

The trouble started about 7 days later, when it was clear this seller was not “shipping within 24 hours”. I sent a message to the seller, who immediately apologised, said it was an oversight, and provided the DHL tracking number (the item was advised as having free DHL Express shipping).

After the “tracking number” still came up as invalid at the 14 days mark, I inquired again, and the seller again apologised advising that he had trouble obtaining stock. Umm… so you just gave me a fake tracking number? There it was, in plain writing.

At the 20 day mark, I wrote another message to the seller advising I would be contacting my creditcard company and doing a chargeback. This was $900 worth of product, not a small amount of money, and to let someone just sit on it for a month without any compensation was terrible. Immediately the seller came back with another tracking number, this time a Singapore Post ID.

For some time I was convinced this was another fake ID, as it took another 14 days before that tracking number would register on the Singapore Post tracking system. Obviously the seller had provided the ID to me from a prepaid postal slip, many days before he’d actually posted it.

Once again, the policy of “Full refund if not received in 30 days” policy kicked in, and AliExpress appeared to offer me a refund. By this time I knew the seller had actually shipped the item (or something), an I did not want to do the immoral act of taking his money back AND the item, so I requested AliExpress simply extend the buyer protection, so I could check the item and then make a decision.

Unfortunately AliExpress saw this as a rejection of their offer, and with buyer protection now ended, I am down $900. I can only hope that when I arrive back from holiday I find my item has arrived and what I paid for, as I don’t see there being much luck in continuing this dispute with either party.

Payment Cart and Ease of Payment  – Poor
Does not accept PayPal, which is fine, however does not accept any of the many other third party providers either, only AliPay who is owned by the same company. Their services are fine, but without more well known options, this is below average.

Fun to Browse – Great
The AliExpress site works well, and combined with their excellent range of products makes for a very enjoyable browsing experience.

New Product Introduction & Product Range – Great
There are products here you won’t find on eBay or Amazon. One of the strongest reasons to visit AliExpress – and we’d recommend giving it a try based on this alone.

Pricing & Competition – Great
AliExpress is often cheaper than eBay, an has the same high degree of competition between sellers.

Product details & reviews – Poor
Unfortunately this is where AliExpress often suffers, with us routingly finding that item descriptions have been copied between items very hastily, and so you will often find product descriptions or specifications which are in contradiction to eachother. This has the risk of protecting a seller should anything go wrong in the buying process. Additionally the buyer and product rating system is very average.

Rewards/Points – Average
AliExpress appears to have a sophisticated points and coupons system built into all its stores, but while this appears to be everywhere, we’ve yet to see any tangible benefit.

Sales and Coupons – Great
AliExpress participates in Black Friday and Cyber Monday to a high degree, and is also an excellent place to shop during 11.11 or Singles Day (a Chinese cultural holiday where single people celebrate their individuality). Beyond this, there are frequent sales throughout the year, and a good system for searching based on discount.

Shipping speed – Poor
While almost every item as an express option, they are all relatively expensive. Should you take it, we’ve seen many instances of sellers simply chosing a cheaper option anyway. Apart from the customer service, this is an area which needs improvement.


2nd Place

Banggood does a very good (but not extraordinary) job in all areas.

Score: 73%

Banggood aims for a wider audience with various clothes, jewelry, and home products, but their popularity stems from a very strong following in the electronics and radio control communities.

Excellent customer service team which responds quickly and is empowered to solve any issues, frequently adds new items (hundreds per week) that are unique and interesting, has good discount coupons, and is active in the community.

Occasionally it takes them too long to realise they’ve run out of stock, and sometimes the packaging provided isn’t enough to protect the goods, especially for less expensive cheap items. Almost every item is ‘on sale’ all the time, with prices frequently going up and down like a Yo Yo making it hard to know the ‘usual’ price..
See the comparison table.

Customer Service & Buyer Protection –  Great
With over 500 orders (thousands of items), we believe we have enough experience to say they have great customer service, particularly in comparison to similar stores.

Unsure how to approach Banggood Customer Service?
We recommend emailing them at [email protected] Provide your invoice number, the product SKU, and a description of the problem. To save time we also recommend sending a photo of the bag it arrived in (with the details), this helps them track exactly who sent it (amongst their many suppliers). Always send at least a photo of the issue, or a video uploaded to youtube if it requires movement to demonstrate. Then tell them what you’ll accept, whether you want a full refund, a replacement, or credit.

Payment Cart and Ease of Payment – Great
Accepts paypal and several other payment services, including cash on delivery. The cart system works well and was recently upgraded to be more user friendly. Nothing to complain about here.

Fun to Browse – Great
Banggood’s website is fast, attractive, and offers plenty to keep you engaged if you’re looking for a bit of online window shopping.

New Product Introduction & Product Range – Great
Unlike most of its competitors, Banggood is CONSTANTLY adding new products, and not just a few and not just once a week. We mean EVERY WEEK DAY they add between 50-500+ we’d estimate, easily confirmed by simply browsing the new products page and seeing the products on Page 1 get pushed back to Page 5 after a half hour or so. And it’s not just the same old stuff either – often You’ll see things here for the first time before they become mainstream. Despite this, they can’t complete with the likes of Amazon on total volume of goods at any one time, but they do carry many times the volume of Amazon in specialist areas such as FPV and electronics components / robotics / etc..

Pricing & Competition – Great
Far cheaper than regular stores, usually cheaper than Amazon, and competitive with eBay and Gearbest. Our experience has been that occasionally Banggood is $1-2 more expensive on a ~$50 item than Gearbest or the cheapest eBay seller, but we’ll purchase from Banggood anyway, knowing that the value is made up in the faster shipping, Banggood points, and better customer service.

Product details & reviews – Great
Usually Banggood has a good description of the item which can be usually be trusted, plus all the common promotional photos. It’s the user reviews and user photos which add the most value though: this is where you’ll find ‘everyday’ photos (not photoshopped) where you can gauge actual size and what it looks like outside of the promotional shots. Additionally there’s often information here from customers on any issues they discovered, any quirks or features you should know about but are’nt explicitly mentioned, and also links to updated software, or newer models.

Rewards/Points – Great
The only reward/points system this editor has ever got considerable value from, the Banggood points system is very similar to Gearbest’s system, and works very well. Unfortunately there is a limit on the amount of points you can use at any one time, so consider this when taking a refund in points.

Sales and Coupons – Great
Frequently has site-wide and category-wide coupons (see our COUPONS page here), and frequent events throughout the year. During their major sales (Banggood Anniversary, 11.11 Singles, Black Friday) there is always a number of highly popular items with seriously good discounts, and good to great pricing almost everything else. At other times of the year in their more common sales however, the best value discounts can be harder to find (as almost everything is ‘on sale’) however that’s why BangGearWatch is here, so you can check the price history before splashing out on a major purchase!

Shipping speed – Great
Banggood processes your order and sends them out very quickly (typically within 24 hours), and keeps you updated on its progress while its in their hands. If you’ve chosen the free shipping option, then from this point its at normal (eBay, Gearbest) speed but the fast processing saves at least a few days. They also have budget semi-express options, typically arriving in about 1.5 weeks. This can be free if you’ve spent over a certain amount ($50-100?), or around $5 if you’ve only bought something cheap. Well worth it, we always pick this option for bundled/grouped purchases being sent from the same warehouse, and use the regular free shipping for any lower value single items. They also offer DHL and similar express services for the usual pricing.


Honorary Mention

Gearbest is worth a look, with many unique products and often cheaper prices than the competition, though shipping may be slower.

Score: 73%

Gearbest aims for the same crowd as Banggood – tech heads and drone pilots, while trying its dardest to grow clothing, home, and other categories.

Often cheaper than competitors, stocks a different range of brands (many in-house), and are frequently improving their website and overall experience.

There does seem to be a common complaint about shipping times and general service, though we suspect this might be based on issues from their earlier days. Our own experience in these areas has recently been quite good.
See the comparison table.

Customer Service & Buyer Protection –  Average
Perform a Google Search and you’ll probably find mixed messages on the topic of Gearbest’s customer service, with some claiming they’ve had issues, and others saying they’ve faced no problems.

In our experience (30+ orders) Gearbest has been consistently reliable, and the few times we’ve contacted customer service they have responded well – a retelling of our most recent experience is below.

Gearbest Customer Support Experience

Date: May 2018
Item: AC 110V/220V to DC 12V 20A Switching Power Supply

In need of a replacement power supply for our 3D Printer, I scoured eBay, Banggood, and Gearbest looking at options. Gearbest appeared to have the better value proposition, so I placed my order and waited for the free postage which I expected would take around 1 month.

As expected, the item arrived after 4-5 weeks, and I unboxed it ready to install. As with all power supplies, it’s important to check its in the correct voltage range for your country (110V USA, 220-240V elsewhere). A mistake here (for example, plugging in a 110V set power supply to 240V) would surely end in a great deal of magic smoke and any number of angry pixies escaping from this hardware, taking my hard earned cash with it.

Much to my surprise, I found that while all the indications of the 110V<>240V switch were there, such as the hole in the side of the case, the writing indicating which way to switch, and the area for the switch inside the case, the actual switch itself was completely missing. At this point it was unclear if someone had forgotten to install it, or if I’d received a permanently set 110V or 220V version (with no indication what it was set to), or if some newfound magic had been invented that did this job automatically, and the product details had’nt been updated.

Taking to the internet, I found nothing mentioned by other buyers, or any mention of this unusual issue, so I logged a support ticket and waited. After about 1 day, I received a response that the support team had escalated this issue to their technicians for advice, and they would get back to me soon.

At this point I forgot about it, and got on with other projects. About 30 days later I realised I’d not received a response, a Gearbest resulted in another response after 24 hours, this time indicating theynd so contacted Gearbest again. Once again a response was forthcoming after 24 hours, this time advising they ccould refund my money or send another unit. Thinking this unit was obviously a one-off mistake, I opted for another one.

As you can probably tell by now, the next unit arrived and was exactly the same. So, I took to messaging Gearbest again, attempting several times to request they update the description and product photos to explain whats going on (assuming its meant to be like this), or remove the product from sale and contact the manufacturer. Unfortunately these requests fell on deaf ears, and so I relented and accepted their offer of a refund which was processed quickly.

All other purchases from Gearbest have been just fine and I would’nt hesitate to buy from them again, knowing that the support processes do work, and the support team were responsive.

What does concern me however is how a business might stay in business if they are simply sending out replacement units blindly, without getting to the core of the problem.
Payment Cart and Ease of Payment – Great
Accepts paypal and several other payment services. Cart system works well. Nothing to complain about here.

Fun to Browse – Average
Gearbest’s website is fast and attractive, though nothing really stands out and keeps you browsing – we tend to spend a shorter time here than some other places.

New Product Introduction & Product Range – Average
This is an area where we believe Gearbest needs to improve. As frequent online shoppers we often find ourselves exhausting Gearbest’s product selection, and the flow of new items does not come as fast as its competitors. This may be what keeps the prices down so low, by keeping the variety a little less expansive, risk is reduced and costs minimised.

Pricing & Competition – Exellent
The key area where Gearbest excels, and what keeps us coming back for more is price. Not only are they cheaper than regular stores, they are usually cheaper than their competition online. They also have a highly active marketing/promotion staff who encourage the creation of group buys, coupons, and deals.

Product details & reviews – Great
Gearbest has a very active community of customers who review their products upon purchase, adding photos and videos, providing valuable information you’d only ever get from a genuine customer.

Rewards/Points – Great
GB points are offered with every purchase (variable based on the purchase value), and these can be used to directly discount future purposes, to buy coupons, and even enter competitions.

Sales and Coupons – Great
Easily has the largest number of coupons (site-wide, category-wide, and product specific) compared with any of its competitors (see our COUPONS page here), so make sre you research coupons prior to any purchase, and look up the price history (both are available here on BangGearWatch!).

Shipping speed – Average
An area where perhaps some work needs to be done, we often read complaints around slow shipping (or packaging) times, although Gearbest does offer a number of express and budget express options. Potentially its a case of people looking for the cheapest price and always selecting the free (but slow) shipping to match, compared to other stores where they’ll pay a higher price for a product, and so are more willing to spend on the shipping too.


Review for Taobao.com is currently in progress. Please check back later.


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Which Brushless Whoop? TinyHawk, US/UK65 and Mobula7

Updated: November 2018

The Best Brushless 1S and 2S Tiny Whoops
for Experienced Pilots

It’s important to point out here that skilled pilots will have plenty of fun with the Tiny 6X, Tiny 7, and QX65 covered in our beginners article. I own several of these myself and they’re just as fast and exhilarating indoors as any brushless outdoors.

That said, if you’re looking for something with a bit more kick, you’re in the right place!

EMax TinyHawk

Great first brushless with 1S power.

This slick futuristic design has caught the eye of many in the FPV community – its  one of the first truly unique designs since the original Whoop concept came to life several years ago.

With inverted engines, and a one-piece canopy and ‘duct’ system, this is likely to inspire the next (4th) generation of whoops considerably.

Powered by a 1S Brushless combination, you’ll immediately notice these have loads of power compared to a regular brushed whoop, and the downward thrust design (most drones ‘pull up’) ensures this is unlike anything else on the shelves today.

If you’re looking for something faster though, stay tuned.

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Happymodel Mobula7

Suitable for intermediate pilots to advanced, brushless on both 1S and insane 2S speed.


It’s rare we get unanimous agreement on anything, but this is how I’d best describe what we’ve seen in the FPV community following the release of the Mobula 7.

Able to be flown on both 1S and 2S, with 2S performance and flight characteristics similar to that of a larger 5″ quad, with the latest Crazybee flight controller, OSD, and with all the usual  benefits of a Whoop (small, cheap, tough, stable), it’s a best of breed.

That said, this ‘Whoop’ is so tricked up that some argue its no longer a Whoop and does’nt fly like a whoop.

Take that ough there’s nothing really stand-out or innovative about the Mobula7, it just seems to get most things right.

FPV community members and reviewers across the board appear to be in agreement that this is what you want to buy if it’s late 2018 / early 2019, and you’re a skilled pilot looking for a Whoop / Micro sized FPV drone suitable for both indoor and outdoor flight.

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Eachine US65 / UK65
Possibly the best 1S brushless whoop available, it’s a great first brushless for beginners, and a joy to fly for more advanced pilots.


A slight upgrade to the initial UR65 design, these nationalistic flag wavers have proven very popular with reviewers, and sales continue to be strong with stock frequently running out at the time of writing.

These ship as 1S models yet they still have loads of brushless power, and fly like a Tiny Whoop should. The lack of 2S is part of what makes these great, providing balanced power delivery; plenty of grunt without making it un-flyable indoors where Tiny Whoops are at home.

There’s no difference between the two except for the flag motif, however it should be noted that this additional coating does make the frame a little stiffer and some say liable to crack on a very hard landing, so do yourself a favor and buy a spare UR65 frame (in plain white, no flag coating) which will fit well and have more flex during an impact.

If you have the cash, these are some minor upgrades you should consier…

  • Replace battery/power cable with 24AWG(BetaFPV) or 26 AWG (Banggood.) , increasing flight times by about 30 seconds.

If you know of any other good mods, let us know in the comments below!

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The device fits a single 2S battery, or comes with an adapter to allow you to use 2 x 1S batteries from your old whoop models. Fantastic!

The flexible camera attachment is the real stand out innovation for me, allowing you to get a full 35 degrees tilt, while improving overall robustness of the design. Well done BetaFPV!

Beta 75X and 65X

Explosively powerful 2S Brushless! 

BetaFPV have been making brushed whoops for a few years now, earning a reputation for high quality and innovation. Last year saw the release of their first brushless drone, the Beta 65 and 75 with Brushless 1S (4.2v) power, to rave reviews.

In true American fashion, they’ve continued the trend and come back with a set of 2S (8.4v) drones, doubling the power and providing enough grunt to pull off the kinds of stunts you’d expect from a ‘full size’ 250 race done.

Of course, the Beta65X is more suited to indoor flying in true ‘Tiny Whoop’ style, and the Beta 75X more suited for outdoors though still reasonably well flying indoors so long as you don’t tackle too small a gap.

One of the best things about these drones though isn’t just the hardware, but the documentation. As anyone who has purchased drones from smaller brands online will know, the paperwork can be difficult to follow, lacking in detail, or missing entirely, but not these guys. The detail available for both these devices, especially concerning initial setup and installation, is excellent. Check the links below to see what I mean.

Whether you prefer the smaller 65mm, or larger 75mm version, both are of excellent build quality, with the same features and innovations which improve upon the standard whoop design, some of which we can see on the pictures to the left.

Reviews have been favorable across the board, and this is clearly amongst the best drones released this year.

Note: These are not sold by Banggood or Gearbest, but you can buy them direct from BetaFPV (links below), or via a dealer closer to you.

View the 75X at BetaFPV

View the 65X at BetaFPV

Best Drones for Beginners to Intermediate (and why it’s a whoop!)

Updated: November 2018

What are the best Micro Drones and Tiny Whoops for beginners?

The problem of choice

The number of micro drones on the market has just exploded in recent years, with dozens of  new models appearing in 2018, most continuing the ‘Tiny Whoop’ design trend, and there’s no reason for this to slow down at all in 2019.

Now it seems, almost everyone is buying this new class of drone, from beginners looking to start out, to experienced pilots just looking for some FPV fun without the risk, without a licence, and without the need to even find a safe place to fly – because anyplace indoors will do just fine. And, as discussed in History and Evolution of the Tiny Whoop , the design is changing, evolving to meet the needs of an increasingly demanding user base. It’s an exciting time to get started in FPV!

Some of the most popular micro drones as of December 2018, all of the ‘whoop’ design.

If you are starting out from scratch though, how do you ensure your first “real” FPV drone is the right one?

There’s really only one way – doing your homework. If you get this part right, there’s a good chance you’ll be darting around, narrowly avoiding obstacles, like Luke Skywalker on a speeder-bike, in no time!

Look closely. Yes, that’s a drone!

Brushed or Brushless?

Micro Drones and Tiny Whoops are much more forgiving to beginners than any other type of drone due to their light weight and simple design – most crashes will be survivable. You’ll pick it up, dust it off, and be back in the air almost immediately.

To increase the survivability and keep costs down even further, you can follow the ‘traditional’ route of starting with a simple brushed drone. This is how almost everyone started in this hobby, and there’s good reason for it. They’re cheap, fast, near indestructable, the 1S batteries are less likely to burn your house down, oh and the props probably won’t bite your finger off and scare the cat. Probably.

Typical brushed motors and props from a standard brushed drone.

Alternatively you could start with a brushless, but we would recommend against it unless you are already experienced with high powered models.  Many will say that a beginner can handle the extra speed just fine – and even if I agreed with that, it’s not the speed which concerns me, it’s the motors. Most people simply don’t appreciate how powerful (and to be honest, downright frightening) a brushless motor can be. Realising that after you’ve spent hundreds of bucks on something which you can’t fly is something I’d recommend you avoid.

A typical brushless motor used on an FPV racing drone. I mean, look at it,In nature, stuff which can hurt you is brightly colored and looks evil, and there’s no exception to that rule here. While the plastic is see-thru on these, it’s much harder (polycarbinate) than that used on the brushed blades, and combined with the sharp edge and extremely high speed of a brushless, it will damage whatever it touches before it ultimately snaps off, probably embedding itself in your cornea. I’m not joking

If you’re determined to go for brushless, don’t go further than a 1S (4.2v). There are 2SS (8.4V) micro drones available now, but these are for experienced pilots and will just make an already difficult challenge even more difficult, it won’t add to a beginners enjoyment. Additionally, many are beginning to realise that micro drones and tiny whoops on a 2S simply does’nt make sense – it departs from the point of it all, like a Miata with a heavy V8 engine*, it just won’t corner as it used to, and the extra acceleration just does’nt help around a small race track.

…actually, it appears V8 Miatas are awesome, but the analogy stands!

Brushless motors, lithium batteries, and a 250-500g drone hurtling along at 88mph won’t break the space time continuum, but it could break your face in half, burn your mothers house down, and get you on the evening news with the banner “IDIOT FLIES DRONE”, giving us all a bad name. So do your research, and whenever safety is mentioned, TAKE IT SERIOUSLY! Google ‘drone injuries’ if you don’t believe us, it’s horrible, especially where there’s innocent kids involved, absolutely heartbreaking stuff.


Eachine H8 Mini
Brushed. Suitable for beginners and above. 

But this isn’t a whoop! And it’s not even got an FPV camera, what the heck is this doing on the list! Yes I know, but hear me out…  This is a relatively old design that pre-dates the Tiny Whoop by 3-4 years , yet still ranks amongst Banggood’s most popular and best selling drones even TODAY! Right now, it’s still like on Page 2 when sorting most popular, next to DJIs and the latest Eachine vWhoop. So why is that?

The secret is in its incredibly well balanced design, with a tiny center of mass making it highly maneuverable, while the oversized props make it stable and predictable – you can really throw this thing around!

Best of all, the simplicity keeps the costs down, so it’s cheap as chips at only $17 USD at the time of writing.

So what about the camera? Well, you’ve got to walk before you can run, and if you’ve never flown a drone before, this is the perfect model to get you started learning the basic skills of throttle control, coordinated turns, and basic stunts before you splash out a few hundred bucks (or much more) on FPV gear to support an FPV drone.

Don’t worry though, this little rocket is so popular that the internet is filled with how-to-guides on converting it to FPV, and all of this many years before the Tiny Whoop was even a thing!

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Eachine E010S
Brushed. Suitable for beginners and above


It’s cheap and fairly durable, but there’s a reason all the designs changed in the 2nd Generation to enclose the camera and transmitter antenna – after a few flights you’ll find yourself bending it back into place, but by the time it breaks you’re probably ready for an upgrade.

If you’re looking for the authentic experience on a budget, look no further, but if you’re after the best of the beginners bunch, check out our next pick.

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Tiny 6x and Tiny 7

Brushed. Suitable for beginners and above

The 6X and 7 are the culmination of everything that came before them – all the best ideas packed into these inexpensive, durable, and easy to fly drones.

The Tiny 6X is the smaller more ‘Whoop-like’, and Tiny 7 slightly larger and more capable outdoors. Both are almost identical in construction and design, with the major difference being overall dimensions, motor and blade size.

I can personally attest to the crash worthyness of these drones, with my own Tiny 7 taking what I thought was a fatal crash into a muddy creek on a windy day. I pulled it out of several feet of brown water, absolutely caked in mud, washed it off with fresh water, let it dry for a few days before cleaning the electronics with alcohol wipes.

While the motor bearings didn’t make it (always buy a few spare motors) everything else including the flight controller, FPV transmitter, FrSky receiver and camera were fine, which I thought was just amazing considering it was under dirty water for at least a minute, with thick mud filling the inside of the case. It still flies great today.

Highly recommended.

Note: These work best indoors, but if you have a quiet outdoor space without much wind and would prefer to fly there,  get the Tiny 7 which will handle outdoors better than its smaller cousin.

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Eachine QX65

Brushed. Suitable for beginners and above. 

Some may say the Tiny6X is better, while others might think the QX65 most identical to the Tiny 6X, but with onboard OSD, a different manufacturer, and slightly different case design which includes a handy camera angle adjustment, useful for when your abilities improve and you need the camera to face more upwards to compensate for your speed.

Oh and it’s usually cheaper!


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Check out our guide to
1S and 2S Tiny Whoops!