Cheap-ass DIY quadcopter (HK transmitter)
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Cheap-ass DIY quadcopter build materials list (using HobbyKing transmitter only)
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WARNING - DO NOT USE YOUR CREDIT CARD TO SHOP AT BANGGOOD.
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They have a security problem where credit cards are being hacked (mine twice in the last couple of months).
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Use PayPal or one of the other payment methods instead.
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In the subtotal for the frame, enter the amount you expect your build to cost.
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In the Qty column, enter a zero for any items you already have.
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Shipping is typically free for Bangood and ICStation items.
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WhereWhatSourceCost per
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BanggoodIC Station
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QuadcopterFrame1Enter an estimated cost here yourself.
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Flight Controller358116.71116.71
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RCX motor + ESC + prop combo
SKU15374816.0800No longer available(2xCW, 2xCCW) Budget price, decent performance. Many hours of happy flying with these so far.
http://www.banggood.com/SimonK-10A-ESCRCX-1804-2400KV-Motor-Gemfan-5030-Propeller-For-QAV250-p-937534.html?p=2K090270884220140865
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Racerstar motor7.19428.76
https://www.banggood.com/Racerstar-1806-BR1806-2280KV-1-3S-Brushless-Motor-CWCCW-For-QAV250-ZMR250-260-RC-Multirotor-p-1065664.html?p=2K090270884220140865
Racerstar motors seem to have become the go-to brand for a decent quality budget motor
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KingKong 12A ESC6.69426.76
https://www.banggood.com/KINGKONG-BLHeli-12A-Brushless-High-Speed-ESC-With-OneShot125-For-Multicopter-p-1002347.html?p=2K090270884220140865
These run the BLHeli firmware
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Power distribution board + T plug
SKU1593502.2812.28
http://www.banggood.com/ESC-Connection-Board-Distribution-Board-For-Multi-Axis-Model-p-941273.html?p=2K090270884220140865
If you get a battery with the smaller JST connector, you'll need to get a JST plug too.
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Low battery alarmSKU0064583.3613.36
http://www.banggood.com/Wholesale-7_4V-14_8V-RC-Lipo-Battery-low-voltage-Alarm-Indicator-p-25595.html?p=2K090270884220140865
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Battery (1300mAh)SKU09491010.5110.5
http://www.banggood.com/YKS-1300mah-7_4v-Model-Aircraft-Model-Lithium-Battery-p-87419.html?p=2K090270884220140865
73g, deans (T) connector. See also SKU060256, SKU060164
Note: It seems that LiPo batteries must be surface shipped. Usually my stuff arrives from Banggood
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in about a week, but anything with LiPos in it takes about 6 weeks. You might want to buy LiPos
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locally to avoid long shipping times.
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TransmitterHobbyKing transmitter25.1125.1
http://hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__9042__Hobby_King_2_4Ghz_6Ch_Tx_Rx_V2_Mode_2_.html
Mode 1 version is also available
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OtherChargerSKU03591721.68121.68
http://www.banggood.com/Wholesale-IMAX-B6-Digital-RC-Lipo-NiMH-battery-Balance-Charger-p-46220.html?p=2K090270884220140865
Adequate, but this is the first thing I would upgrade if you can afford something better.
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12V mains adaptor for chargerSKU0406878.9818.98
http://www.banggood.com/Wholesale-PD1205-12V-5A-AC-Power-Adapter-For-iMAX-B5-B6-B8-3E-Charger-p-49439.html?p=2K090270884220140865
Any DC adapter that can give 11-18V input at hmm... I think 3A or so would work.
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FTDI programmerSKU1168033.413.4
http://www.banggood.com/FT232RL-FTDI-USB-To-TTL-Serial-Converter-Adapter-Module-For-Arduino-p-917226.html?p=2K090270884220140865
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Jumper wiresSKU0946301.6511.65
http://www.banggood.com/40-x-10cm-Female-To-Female-Dupont-Jumper-Wires-Cable-p-89717.html?p=2K090270884220140865
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Bits and piecesVelcro strapSKU0371580.9910.99
http://www.banggood.com/Wholesale-1m-25mm-Durable-Sticky-Self-Adhesive-Velcro-Tape-Cable-Tie-p-52133.html?p=2K090270884220140865
Regular string or tape would work too, but velcro is most convenient. See also SKU169536
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Zip ties2Estimated cost. (Should be about 2mm wide if you want to fit under RCX motor)
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Total152.17(plus HobbyKing shipping cost)
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Solder, soldering iron
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8xAA batteries for transmitter
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Not included
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JST connector plugSKU0425990.991
http://www.banggood.com/Wholesale-2-Pairs-15cm-JST-Connector-Plug-With-Connect-Cable-For-RC-BEC-ESC-Battery-p-50769.html?p=2K090270884220140865
Needed if using batteries with a JST connector. Warning - the wire colors may be backwards!! Watch this --->
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Skh52b_uhKo
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Rubber bands
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Double-sided foam sticky tape
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Normal sticky tape
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Pin headersSKU0389841.731
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On/off switch for transmitter
http://www.banggood.com/On-or-Off-Switch-Connector-Plug-JST-Male-Female-Wire-For-RC-Li-po-Battery-p-77399.html?p=2K090270884220140865
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Other things
to try
5040 propsSKU1642541.982
http://www.banggood.com/Gemfan-5x4-5040-Propellers-CWCCW-For-QAV-250-240-Mini-Quadcopter-p-945551.html?p=2K090270884220140865
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Triple blade 5030 propsSKU1587881.992
http://www.banggood.com/Gamfan-5x3-5030-3-Leaf-Propeller-CWCCW-For-250-Frame-Kit-p-941155.html?p=2K090270884220140865
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