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Its about time for me to reveal top list of most reliable FPV hardware that i've already been using it on my FPV/UAV platform, also based on my continuous cycle of active usage and observation among my local R/C pilot, FPV and UAV drone community. The table shown below are list of hardware that have been through many cycle of flight in extreme condition that exceeded its original lifespan and continue to operate beyond my expectation. Also proven via my flight videos too. If i should build another R/Cmodels, FPV or UAV platform then this are some must have parts to put into my build since they have proven many great success in my past logged flight. The criteria of selection below are based multiple cycle of usage, all weather survivability, cost per-duration use, flight worthyness and productivity. The list of good stuff to buy that worth the money after all those great flights.


** I will continue to update this page and added new hardware if found any of my latest hardware successfully passes rigorous cycle of flight without an incident. Definitely i will prove it via video at my Youtube channel first before i added in this page.

Hardware listing: HD camera | Servo | ESC | Video transmitter | Video receiver | Radio controller | Radio transmitter & receiver module | Flight controller | OSD module | Data telemetry module | Hand held devices for data telemetry monitoring | Fixed wing platform

Hardware type (url linked) Reason/Strength Proven/Used on Discussion groups/References
HD CAMERA
Runcam HD Affordable, sharp and vivid HD colors. On my UAV/FPV Drifter Ultralight, UAV Volantex RANGER 757-4, FPV600 multirotors, FPV350 "Follow Me" drone and others. RunCam SKY HD is in debug phase now. Coming soon!
808 #16 HD Very reliable, light weight, moddability and all weather camera. Ideal for wing "Selfie" cam too. Survive extreme humid and wet clouds exposure. On my FPV Drifter Ultralight, FPV P-5D Mustang, FPV Pitts Special, Diatone FPV 250 racer, FPV V929 mini drone, FPV Feiyue FY03 dessert truck, MJX X600 hexacopter and other lightweight FPV platform The ORIGINAL #16 HD keycam thread | 808 Car Keys Micro Camera Review by Chucklhor
SJCam M10+ Video stabilization feature. For my Line Of Sight recordings and on DJI Phantom V1.1.1 (Later build) SJCAM M10+ Announced - Owners thread, Reviews, Suport questions
SERVO
Hextronik HXT900 micro servo Cheap, reliable, efficient and low powered servo. Highly moddable servo for FPV. On my FPV/UAV Drifter main single aileron control and as mods for 180 degree camera pan-tilt system. HXT900 vs. Tower Pro 9g vs. Mystery 9g
Turnigy MG90S DS micro servo Strong Metal Gear Digital servo with less interference from 433Mhz radio telemetry system. On my UAV Volantex Ranger 757-4 and FPV Pitts Special main single aileron control. -
ESC
Turnigy Plush 18A Very reliable and power efficient. Good for fixed wing platform. On UAV Drifter Ultralight. Just check the Hobbyking.com consumer review.
Turnigy Plush 25A Very reliable and power efficient. Good for fixed wing platform. On 2x FPV Drifter Ultralights (Latest rev.) Just check the Hobbyking.com consumer review.
Turnigy Plush 30A Very reliable and power efficient. Good for fixed wing platform. On my FPV P-51D Mustang and FPV Pitts Special Just check the Hobbyking.com consumer review.
VIDEO TRANSMITTER
TS351 Boscam 5.8ghz 200mw full size module Good reliable transmitter comes with heatsink with microphone build in. Survive extreme humid and wet clouds exposure. On my FPV Drifter Ultralight, FPV P-5D Mustang and FPV Pitts Special, FPV AXN cloud fly, SKYSURFER and DJI Phantom V1.1.1 -
TS5823S Skyzone5.8ghz 200mw mini Good value for money and lightweight. On my FPV600 multirotors, FPV350 "Follow Me" drone and Diatone FPV 250 racer. -
TS5828S Skyzone 5.8ghz 600mw mini Good value for money, lightweight and extra kilometers of range On my UAV/FPV Drifter Ultralight, UAV Volantex RANGER 757-4 and FPV Feiyue FY03 dessert truck. -
ET200 Eachine 5.8ghz 200mw mini Because it has an internal 5V BEC. On all toy grade multirotor eg: Tarantula X6 and MJX X600 hexacopter. -
Boscam 5.8ghz 200mw micro. Ultralight weight video transmitter suitable for lightweight FPV platform On my FPV V929 mini drone (4x), FPV HK Tristania EPP and other lighweight and micro platform. -
VIDEO RECEIVER
Boscam AIO GS920 video goggle. Good for those who use narrow eye glasses (reading glasses) and it has both 2.4ghz and 5.8ghz receiver build in. 100% used by me on all my FPV and UAV models all the time. Owned 2x unit. SupermotoXL.com - Review BOSCAM GS920
Boscam AIO GS923 video goggle. 5.8ghz with diversity.. Used by our local club members. -
Fatshark Dominator HDV3 5.8ghz near HD quality with DVR and customized FPV hardware inside (removeable). Used by our local club members. New 2015 Dominator HD V2 and Dominator V3
Skyzone 3D video goggle 5.8ghz 3D stereoscopic video goggle with better screen resolution Used by our local club members. Skyzone 3D FPV goggles avaialbe at Foxtechfpv.com-Review,photos and videos
RC305 Boscam 5.8ghz receiver Old rare model, 8 channel, yet extremely reliable, sensitive and number one choice for long range 5.8ghz video receiver used by many veteran FPV pilot. Best fitted either on Patch or SPW antenna. 100% used by me on all my FPV and UAV models all the time. Owned 2x unit: one fitted permanently with patch on Turnigy 9XR while another one fitted on ground station tripod. -
RADIO CONTROLLER
Flysky 9X
(without module)
Cheap and lots of possible modification, enhancement and upgrades. 100% used by me on all my FPV multirotors and UAV autonomous models all the time. Owned 3x unit. All on stock Omni antenna for full 360 coverage. Openrcforums.com - FlySky TH9X / Turnigy 9X / Eurgle 9X radio
FrSky TARANIS Advance Pro level, high customized control/switches and more model support. ..but expensive. Used by our local club members. Openrcforums.com - Frsky TARANIS radio
Turnigy 9XR
(without module)
Affordable, high customized control/switches, modular radio module and more model support. 100% used by me on all my FPV long range models for manual controller flight mostly on FPV P-51D Mustang, FPV Pitts Special and FPV Drifter Ultralight. The only controller fitted with directional patch antenna. Rcgroups.com forum -TURNIGY 9XR | Openrcforums.com - TURNIGY 9XR
RADIO TRANSMITTER MODULE & RECEIVER
FrSky DJT transmitter module (for 9X/9XR radio) Affordable and reliable 2.4ghz transmitter module with telemetry system range tested between 2~3km on stock antenna. 5km with directional patch antenna (narrow beam). Used on all my 3x Turnigy/Flysky 9X radio and Turnigy 9XR radio transmitter both for normal, FPV and UAV aircraft models. -
FrSky D8R-XP receiver Affordable and reliable 2.4ghz receiver module with telemetry system and iversity antenna. Range tested between 2~3km on stock antenna. 5km with directional patch antenna on radio transmitter. (narrow beam). Used on all my aicraft tha required up to 8 channel aircraft/FPV/UAV models. -
FrSky D8R-II PLUS receiver Affordable and reliable 2.4ghz receiver module with telemetry system and iversity antenna. Range tested between 2~3km on stock antenna. 5km with directional patch antenna on radio transmitter. (narrow beam). Used on all my aicraft tha required up to 8 channel aircraft/FPV/UAV models. -
FrSky D4R-II receiver Lightweight, compact, affordable and reliable 4 channel 2.4ghz receiver module with telemetry system and iversity antenna. Range tested between 2~3km on stock antenna. 5km with directional patch antenna on radio transmitter. (narrow beam). Used on all my smaller and lightweight 4 channel aircraft/FPV/UAV models. -
FLIGHT CONTROLLER
Arkbird V1 OSD/Autopilot/GPS/RTH Best overall and high reliability GPS driven flight controller with OSD + Autopilot + RTH easy to setup and less tuning. Survive extreme humid and wet clouds exposure. On my FPV Drifter Ultralight, FPV P-5D Mustang and FPV Pitts Special Rcgroups.com forum - Arkbird OSD Autopilot | Supermotoxl.com review - ARKBIRD system
APM Mini Pro + Neo-7N GPS Very reliable and onboard power regulator. On my UAV/FPV Drifter Ultralight and UAV Volantex RANGER 757-4 New APM flavor released: APM Mini Pro
Multiwii Pro Cheap, reliable and solid GPS lock. Good for multirotors. On my FPV600 multirotors, FPV350 and "Follow Me" drone Flight controller, Gps Multiwii pro board setup for multicopters, cars,boats and planes
OSD MODULE
MinimOSD
(Long board)
Open sources, highly customizable via KVOSD/MINIMOSD -EXTRA firmware, adaptable on any Atmel/Arduino flight controller boards On my UAV/FPV Drifter Ultralight, UAV Volantex RANGER 757-4, FPV600 multirotors, FPV350 "Follow Me" drone and others. How to setup a MinimOSD board | MinimOSD Quick Installation Guide
RCD 3060/HK Simple OSD Cheap, reliable and simple to use OSD On all my lightweight FPV models HK simple OSD | Super simple mini osd
DATA TELEMETRY MODULE
433Mhz 3DR/APM module set Proven 10~15km on home made DIY halfwave dipole antenna sending 2 way data telemetry to computer/tablet/smartphone. On my UAV/FPV Drifter Ultralight and UAV Volantex RANGER 757-4. -
Bluetooth module for APM and Multiwii. Short range wireless communication for "Follow Me" features and setup. On my UAV/FPV FPV600 multirotors and FPV350 "Follow Me" drone. -
HAND HELD DEVICES FOR DATA TELEMETRY MONITORING
ASUS Fonepad 7
(Android - Kitkat platform)
Highly compatible with 3DR tower and Droid planner,APM mission planner apps. Very stable INTEL processors built-in. Bluetooth wireless data monitoring, touch screen setup and control on my UAV/FPV FPV600 multirotors and FPV350 "Follow Me" drone. Asus Fonepad 7 specs.
Asus Zenfone 2
(Android - Lolipop platform)
Highly compatible with EasyCap, 3DR tower and Droid planner, APM mission planner apps. Can run background multitasking for DVR use and on screen recordings. Very stable INTEL processors built-in. Long range 433mhz wireless data monitoring, touch sreen setup and control on my UAV/FPV Drifter Ultralight and UAV Volantex RANGER 757-4.
Asus Zenfone 2 series and specification
FIXED WING PLATFORM
ES Drifter Ultralight Cockpit flight, lightweight, low wind resistance, easy hardware installation, CG stability and high moddability platform. Click here for build article. FPV Drifter Ultralight - 95cm wingspan
Volantex RC - RANGER 757-4 Floaty, hoverable, large loading, longer runtime via bigger battery load. Click here for build article. VolantexRC Mini Ranger 1.4m PNP - full review and build log
HK/Art-tech P-51D Mustang Cockpit flight, scale looks, extremely lightweight, floaty, high torque thrust per-ratio, short take-off/landing and fast altitude ascending/descending performance. Click here for build article. Scale FPV flight share your passion, medias, setup & tips.
HK/Art-tech Pitts Special Cockpit flight, scale looks, extremely lightweight, floaty, hoverable, high torque thrust per-ratio and short take -off/landing Click here for build article. Scale FPV flight share your passion, medias, setup & tips. |
 
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