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!
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.
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.
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…
- Add the GNB High Voltage 2S 550mah to increase flight times
- Add more flexible frame and more flexible hood from the UR65 for improved looks and crashworthyness.
- Replace battery/power cable with 24AWG(BetaFPV) or 26 AWG (Banggood.) , increasing flight times by about 30 seconds.
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.