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DIY QAV180 Mini FPV Quadcopter


QAV 180 is a mini FPV Quadcopter, and most FPV lovers like it very much and most people choose QAV to DIY a FPV quadcopter. Next let me introduce the QAV 180 and how to choose the materials for DIY a FPV quadcopter.


The QAV 180 is a small Quadcopter airframe, so we always called it Mini FPV quadcopter, the QAV180 only have a 180mm size airframe. It is designed around 4″ props and 1806 size motors with 2300kv and up, the frame is designed to mount a 26mm FPV camera and the frame also includes a mounting plate to mount standard 32mm board cameras at a fixed 20 degree angle.

If you want to use QAV180 to DIY a mini FPV quadcopter. What materials do you need to prepare? There is a list about the materials of DIY a QAV 180 mini FPV quad.

A 3mm thick CNC-ed Carbon Fiber unibody main frame board

Integrated power distribution board for ESCs and FPV flight electronics

Lumenier CM-650 Mini – 650TVL Camera

Lumenier TX5G2R 32CH transmitter with Raceband

Easy Lipo Access (suggested Lipo is a Lumenier 1300mAh 3s 60c Lipo)

Support for HD camera (such as the Mobius or GoPro)

Integrated and included Landing Gear reminiscent of the QAV500 CF Landing Gear


QAV180 RTF Build: 281.7g (without Lipo Battery and RX Receiver)

RTF Included Components and Parts

1x lipo strap

8x 4x4x4 (4xCW, 4xCCW Colors may vary)

4x RX1806-14 2300Kv motors

4x Mini 20A ESC w/ SimonK AutoShot, 5V/1A BEC (2-4s)

1xCM-650 Mini – 650TVL Camera

1x200mW 5.8GHz FPV Transmitter with Raceband

1x F4 Advanced Flight Controller pre-programmed and test flown using SBUS receivers

Lipo: 1300mAh 3s or 1300mAh 4s

RC TX/RX: FrSky Taranis X9D Plus 2.4GHz ACCST Radio & X8R Combo

FPV Goggles: Fat Shark Attitude V3

HD Recording Camera: Mobius Action Camera – 1080P HD

HD Camera Mount: QAV180/210 Carbon Fiber Vibration Damping Camera Plate (GoPro or Mobius)

Form the DIY QAV 180 FPV materials, we can know everything are well, but choose motors and lipo battery is very important. QAV180 advised 4x RX1806-14 2300Kv motors, and lipo batteries use 1300mAh 3s or 1300mAh 4s. How can we choose motors and battery?

Yo can use 4x Lumenier RX1806-14 2300Kv motors, and QAV180 advise to use Lumenier RX1806-14 2300Kv motors. Then how to choose a lipo battery, I think a battery is very important, we should choose a high capacity(to fly longer), high discharge(to fly faster), light weight(to fly longer and faster). So I recommend you to use Gens ace 1300mAh 11.1V 25C 3S1P Lipo Battery Pack. Why do I recommend you to choose Gens 1300Mah 3s lipo ? We should consider whether the lipo battery fit in our motors and QAV 180 ? We can from weight, discharge, capacity and voltage to consider it.

Gens ace 1300mAh 11.1V 25C 3S1P Lipo Battery

Gens ace 1300mAh 11.1V 25C 3S1P Lipo Battery

Capacity(mAh) 1300

Voltage(V) 11.1

Discharge Rate (C) 25

Max Burst discharge Rate (C) 50

Configuration 3S1P

Net Weight(±20g) 115

Length(±5mm) 72

Width(±2mm) 35

Height(±2mm) 24

Form the Parameters of Gens ace 1300mAh 3s lipo, we can know the capacity is 1300mAh, voltage is 11.1v(3s), discharge is 25C(Max discharge is 50C) and weight is only 115g, its volume is very small. So we can know Gens ace 1300mAh 3s lipo is very fit in QAV180.

I think you may have any other DIY QAV180 FPV quad programs, this is myself DIY QAV180 program and it is very useful for me, I hope my program can help you; if you have any other good advice, you can share for me.

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