There are many things you need to know before you consider building a FPV Drone. Here are 5 of our best, and not always known, recommendations on what you should do before you choose to build your very own FPV Racing Drone.
Building a FPV Drone Tip 1. Factor In Shipping Costs to your budget
Building a FPV Drone can be very expensive. If you are on a tight budget when building your FPV Racing Drone, remember to leave plenty of room for shipping and handling, as well as parts or repairs that you may have overlooked. Theres always bound to be one part you have forgotten to factor in during your first build. Shipping can accumulate between all the parts, especially if ordered from different vendors, so it is advised to order as many as possible from the same store. Amazon is great for this. In addition, retain some of your budget for a few extra parts and tools that you may realise you need during the building process.
Building a FPV Drone Tip 2. Start with something small
Don’t jump straight into the deep end of the Drone market, pick up a beginner micro-drone to play with whilst you work on your part list. We recommend the Hubsan X4 as a great starter drone. Doing this will give you a feel if you like this hobby and gives you a chance to learn how to control and fly the drone. It allows you to learn with less risk, which will inevitably involve crashes, but this will mean you don’t have to worry about the expensive repair bill.
Hubsan H107D X4 Mini RTF Quadcopter with FPV Camera
Hubsan X4 (H107C) 4 Channel 2.4GHz RC Quad Copter
Building a FPV Drone Tip 3. Buy a Repair Kit
A repair kit is a great purchase from the word go. Trust us. These will cost you no more than $80.
Building a FPV Drone Tip 4. Buy a ready-to-fly (RTF) drone if you don’t enjoy building things yourself
If building isn’t your forte, or perhaps you are worried that you don’t have the experience or skill-set to build a FPV Racing Drone, then keep in mind ready-to-fly (RTF) FPV Drones are becoming readily available on the market. You can now pick up some great RTF racing drones, for example the Immersion RC Vortex Racing Quadcopter. However, building the FPV is often viewed by many part of the fun of the FPV Drone Racing hobby. It’s really up to your own personal preference.
Building a FPV Drone Tip 5. Buy plenty of spare props
It will be very likely you will go through these at a fast rate, so it is a good idea to stock up on spare props so you don’t have to be constantly ordering extras in. It also doesn’t hurt to keep a stock of spare batteries, motors and ESCs if you want to avoid waiting around for replacement parts after a crash.
If you are new to Drone Racing, a great starter drone is the Hubsan X4 FPV (H107D), we seriously recommend checking it out. The H107D packs a big punch for its low price and is a great stepping stone for getting into this seriously cool, growing sport, that is Drone Racing!