Jiyi P2 Pro – The Pro version

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31 May 2015, updated 16, 30 June 2015.

It’s a welcoming email from JIYI Robotic (Shanghai) Co.,Ltd, who contacted us after the first review of the P2 Flight Controller (FC) for them. They are once again and generous enough to send a unit to us after they launch the P2 Pro.

Miss Demi Sheng, the Sales Manager sent out the unit really quickly after some communication via email. So what can this USD$209 unit (Goodluckbuy is selling way higher at USD $250) do compared to the P2 retailing at USD$119?

Packaging.

The Packaging is important. Yes, Apple has some guy that works only on the packaging but we’re not expecting that but at least have a groove that fit the P2 Pro please.

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The groove seems meant for P2 version 1 with the P2 Pro forced into the packaging.

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Installation (Mandarin)

The following video is in Mandarin but we believe, it’s easy enough to follow. A pity the video seems to be using non production unit, however, you should be able to figure out what is the LED/ USB module and the Power Module.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgnUt8WiD-s

Update: Installation Video 29 June 2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6c0P1jWjP2Y

Note: There’s mention that the COM Port is for a Ground Station! We are excited to hear that. He added that for the time being, he is not showing that demo.

Specs

For specs, see here.

Features:
8th generation U-Blox GPS
9 types multi-rotor support
New advanced algorithm
Low Voltage Protection
Failsafe mode
Intelligent orientation Control Mode
One Key take off
Click and fly
Smart circle flying
Skyway flight remote
OSD and groud station support
Cell phone adjustment

GPS is huge!

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USB Port is relocated to the LED module. Jiyi do hear feedbacks! Thank you!

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Documentation

Note: Dump the Quick Guide that came with your P2 Pro and download the latest documentation here. It shows the right diagram.

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Quick Start Guide do not match the actual unit that we received but from the looks of it, all production unit looks the same.

The P2 Pro changes are in bold as compared to the P2.

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Left – Channel 1 – 6 then there’s an addition of the USB port that relocates the USB Port to the LED module. Then LED, GPS1 and GPS2.

Right – Addition of POW (Power) module like the VU in DJI lingo, COM port that’s mentioned, for ground station not available as of writing then motor M8 to M1. (P2 has motor ports on right side but top down, M1-6). Meaning now the P2 can support an Octocopter.

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Hardware Setup

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Do the calibration first. Right out the box. It’s quite a hassle to do it after installing it onto a craft and a USB cable attached.

We took out our trusty Whitesheep/ Blacksheep clone quadcopter. Removed the P2 and got to work on the P2 Pro.

Compass Calibration

This had us baffled once again.

Compass

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This video shared by a fellow tester helped!

Thoughts

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The Jiyi UAV’s P2 Pro is promising and it’ll be a lot more nifty if it has been launched together with the ground station. At time of writing, it’s USD $209, up from the P2 non pro’s $119 with only the added function of “circling”. It can be kinda hard to shell out an extra $90 for that.

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Likes

Default Settings and it flew great. Not much tweaking to the PIDs needed. Out of the box, it flies great!

Dislikes

The LED on the P2 Pro still pretty much does nothing much. It shows, it’s in compass calibration, there isn’t enough GPS signal(s) if you try arming and it blinks, and it blinks on normal operation. There’s much improvement that can be done to the LED module. Say, green for all system go, enough GPS when in GPS mode. a different color for each mode that we are in, GPS, Stablised, etc etc and one more color or behavior (red fast flashing?) for failsafe activated or Return to Home.

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Overall, The Jiyi P2 Pro is a nice little Flight Controller great for beginners and hobbyist alike. The upcoming OSD will add a punch to the whole package and hopefully the price will stay at the current one even with the OSD added.

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Flight Video coming soon.

Links:

P2 Pro Downloads
Our P2 (non pro) review
Jiyi P2 Pro at Banggood
Jiyi P2 at Banggood

Let’s copy you copy me copying them

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Image: Josh Valcarcel/WIRED

Maybe too many Justin Biber references but you get the point. It isn’t too with these 2 wheeled scooters, iphone chargers, it’s prevalent in any quads and now, the mini quad designs. Thus, when innovative does come out at affordable prices, do support them!

Off the top of our heads, The ZUUL, Immersion RC’s Vortex, Xugong(s). The rest, we wonder whose’s copying who…

This manufacturing virality, where as soon as something is created it is immediately everywhere, isn’t unique to two-wheeled self-balancing scooters. It’s how Chinese factories make and sell everything from iPhone chargers to televisions to headphones.

http://www.wired.com/2015/06/the-weird-story-of-the-viral-chinese-scooter-phunkeeduck-io-hawk

 

 

This is what they meant when they say a GoPro can minimise vibration.

Here’s the same area at around the same time, flight of an Immersion RC Xugong 10 that we were having issues with for quite some time on the vibrations and we’ve tried:

– Earplugs in dampening balls
– Red dampening balls
– Black dampening balls
These dampening balls from Hobbyking
– Adding a Tarot T2D gimbal with foam to the front
– Removing the gimbal again

It is the same. Then we popped in one of our damaged GoPro 3 that can’t do video out when the mobius* ran out of battery. We flew line of sight.

and we found out the GoPro indeed can take away vibrations in the video with the exact same motors, lipo, propellors…

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*Our Mobius is converted to a GoPro form factor with these thus was able to use the gimbal.

Jiyi UAV P2 Flight Controller – Attempt 2

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Introduction

6 May 2015 updated.

In Dec 2014, the Jiyi UAV’s P2 Flight Controller (FC) was announced and we were selected to receive a production unit. We wrote in to Jiyi UAV after hearing on RCGroups that they are looking for testers with a small introduction of ourselves, that we will, instead of 1 min Youtube video of only one single successful flight… write a full English article. Ms Amanda Ge, the Sales Director of Jiyi UAV reverted and very soon, we were DHL one, we did have to pay for the shipping of the review unit as requested by Jiyi UAV as it is standard practice with them.

We expected the setup to be as easy as a DJI Naza, definitely the MultiWII or Arduino it is in some ways but it’s seriously not to be at times. It’s really competitively priced for flyers who is looking to move into the DIY route after having flown their RTF setups but can it stacked up? Will it be a case of paying monkeys and getting peanuts?

The Jiyi’s P2 is some who has investigated, a simplified PixHawk 4 version 1.

This article is by no means a replacement for the manuals by it’s respective owners, developers, manufacturers. It will only guide you to setup a multirotor quickly with the mentioned hardware. You should must consult, study the official manual(s) of all hardware, equipment you have purchase. What worked for us, may not work for you.

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Many has asked about the size once we posted the P2 on our Instagram, as compared to a DJI Naza. Here it is.

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Features
Documentation
The Build
The Computer stuffs
– Quick Guide
– Detailed Instructions
The Flight
Advanced Features
Our Thoughts

Features

The Flight Controller (FC) comes with GPS. Return to Home is possible. There’s also speculation of a OSD in the future.

Documentation

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Documentation has improved vastly. When testers were notified and shipped a unit, there were mostly Chinese manuals and confusion on the drivers and software. Jiyi was fast to come out with new version of their software quickly to resolve some problems.

Software is really important that should go hand in hand with the hardware. If it complicates the setup, users, especially new users trying their hand on a new DIY route will be put off.

Manual, Software and Drivers download.

The Build

The build was straight forward. Our first attempt was to have the P2 power our Immersion RC Xugong 10. That didn’t pan out too well.

– We couldn’t get the P2 to arm. We found out it’s cos there’s errors on calibration.
– We can’t get into calibration mode.
– Figuring out the first Driver installation alone took 1.5 hours (we configure Cisco, troubleshoot F5 load balancers, maintain Citrix setup and Windows servers in our day job)

Errors we seen in Attempt 1 back in Dec 2014.

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Our 2nd build was with a Blacksheep clone, the Whitesheep by Diatone. By the way, they have what seems like a V2 of the Whitesheep now.

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– 4 x EMAX 2213 with 1045 propellors
– FrSky 4DR II
– Turnigy 3S 2650/ Multistar 5200
– Turnigy 9XR
– Jiyi P2 with GPS flight Controller

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Placing the PDB on the underbelly of the quad. Ever since we got this Whitesheep, the built in PDB has never worked. Anyway…this allow the P2 to sit within the top and bottom plate.

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Strip of LED is purely our own preference.

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Charging time.

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GoPro with rubberbands and sitting on a small piece of foam.

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Motor Layout

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PPM

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We run PPM for the neatness of a single cable. It goes to the RC port.

Note: All white cables and the yellow GPS cable faces up

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Radio Setup

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It’s simple on the hardware setup. Now to the software part.

The Computer stuffs

Software available has been simplified. Drivers and the Software is now in a single package.

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The interface has an overhaul.

The Old Interface:

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The New Interface (v1.05)

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We pretty much left everything default.

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If you see anything having error above, you will not be able to arm.

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Compass Calibration

This is the most frustrating part in our first attempt. We finally got it to go into Calibration Mode. Make sure all your sticks are responding to the respective screen.

AIL left is left, right is right when you move your stick, ELE is up when the stick is up and down when stick is down. This will mess up going into calibration is you do nto get it right at this step.

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Then we did the calibration.

1. Turn On Transmitter
2. Turn On Quad
3. Switch to Return to Home (AIL 2 posititon switch top right)
4. Left stick to bottom left, right stick to top left
– RED LED light up stable.

top clockwise x 2
upside down clockwise x 2
front pointing up ccw x 2
left side up ccw x 2
back pointing up ccw x 2
right side up ccw x 2
hole it level and wait for red led

When we were working on our HKPilot micro APM we saw this video that made life a little easier.

The Flight

The flight was great. The Whitesheep is a little back heavy but the P2 handled it with no problem on the 3S 2650. We swop to a Multistar 5200 and it flies good too.

The flight was ok, nothing fancy but as there is no indication of what mod we are in, we tend to keep checking were we in GPS as we took off in Stablisation Mode then switched to GPS. It didn’t feel as locked into GPS satellites as compared to when we were flying the Naza(s).

Note when you are flying indoor where there is no GPS signal, you have to switch to Stabalised Mode in order to arm.

Flightime was so-so and as expected, around 16 mins on the Multistar 5200.

Our Thoughts

Most China based websites trying to make flying/ RC stuffs do not have a nice website to gather information from. It can also be frustrating for English speaking visitors trying to make sense of the website, more information and even the documentation but not for Jiyi!

The website is beautifully presented with easy to use navigation. That being said, Manual only comes in Chinese (as of 6 May 2015 when we updated this article, the manual now comes in English here) as of writing and it’s seriously bad when they have to get rcgroups member to do translation and they asked openly, the pay? A p2 fc… It worries us on English support in future. If you run into trouble and you speak only English. You may need to be really lucky as they may not have in house English speaking staff or poor command of English. The market for English speaking hobbyists is big enough to employ one soon we hope?

Software – This is a pain. Driver installation has already put off some and some gave up. We did too during the first setup having not touched anything APM before. The Internet helps but it can be frustrating for first time users. There’s room for improvements especially streamlining the software part. Things should be “live”. You have to click a tab then click Read, to show the settings. If not it will just stay there and nothing seems to be happening making you wonder if you’re not connected to the P2.

Calibration is cumbersome. Too many turning around till we want to puke but that’s with all APM based calibration. Even the official APM software links to a 2013 Youtube video that’s so badly made, it doesn’t help.

USB Port Placement – It’ll be good if the USB port can be shifted away from the FC itself and have it on the LED. Yep, just like the DJI Naza range of FC. It could be hard to get to if needed.

LED colors as a guide – The LED blinks only red. Blink, no blink or steady red when doing calibration. It doesn’t tell you if you’re in GPS, Stablised or IOC. It’ll be good to know visually what mode we’re in.

Last Words

There’s much potential on the P2 and we hope till the software is improved with clear instructions on 1. Driver installation, 2. Calibration, 3. Setup of a quad, that no other hardware be release so work can concentrate for the software side of it.

We suspect other Flight Controllers are successful as they have figured out a simple way to let users who has flown a Ready to Fly and embarking on their first DIY, to get a P2 with GPS and built something from scratch, set it up and fly it happily.

For more experienced DIY-ers, we think without OSD, better software support, we won’t be using it for serious work but for recreational LOS or short FPV flights.

Links:

http://www.jiyiuav.com/
https://pixhawk.org
http://www.dji.com
Discussion thread @ RCGroups
First Attempt with P2

Jiyi UAV P2 Flight Controller

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Introduction

The Jiyi UAV’s P2 Flight Controller (FC) was recently announced and we were selected to receive a production unit. Here’s the run down.

The Jiyi’s P2 is some who has investigated, a simplified PixHawk 4 version 1.

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Size Compare

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Features
Documentation
The Computer stuffs
– Quick Guide
– Detailed Instructions
The Build
The Flight
Advanced Features
Our Thoughts

Documentation

18 Dec 2014 – Documentation only in Mandarin. This is awkward, for non Chinese, this will be a bad thing. The manual is not available in English but we’ll try to put in as much translation as possible to get it flying. You just need to have experience with the DJI Naza. It’s as easy.

25 Dec 2014 – Instruction videos.

6 May 2015 – Documentation is available in English and V1.05 of software is available.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSnVZsJbxfo

The Computer Stuffs

(Broken) Software Installation

As of writing, below is the downloads available.

– Manual is in Chinese.
– Firmware download is kinda useless for now. It’s already loaded in the P2 when received
– P2 Tuning Software 1.0 This is what you need
– P2 Tuning Software 1.03 This is the same software but in Chinese
– P2 Driver You’ll need this too.

Do the computer stuffs first before installing the P2 onto your craft as the calibration will require you to do the accelerometer calibration that requires you to place the FC on it’s side, with top up, with rear up etc. With the ESC cables and LED/ GPS cables connected, it will be hard. (yes, we found out the hard way).

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It can be quite a hassle in getting the P2 Flight Controller to be recognized by the computer. It defaults to STMxxx by default on a Windows 7 machine. So here’s the Quick Guide first then the detailed instruction install with pictures.

Quick Guide

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– Install the P2 Driver
– Install P2 Tuning Software 1.0
– Go to Hardare and Devices > Ports > STMxx device
– Right click and select reinstall drivers, select Advanced, Select I have Disk

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– Choose Jiyi Robotics on left then P2 Flight Controller on right
– Start up P2 Tuning Software 1.0

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– Click Connect and follow the calibration video below.

Detailed Installation

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADmwcEvrlWI

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKswR03Wzxw

Below from here.

1. Connect the p2 to usb
2. Install PX4 Driver or here.
3. Your p2 will detected as STMxxx on device manager -> Ports (COM & LPT)
4. Then update STMxxx driver manually :

– right click and choose update driver software
-> browse my computer for driver software
-> let me pick from a list ….
-> Have disk …
-> Browse into C:\Program Files (x86)\JIYI P2 Assistant\drivers

5. Your P2 will detected as Jiyi P2 Flight Controller

6. Software

This is we guess an improvement of the software already. As of writing, May 2015, it is version 1.05.

It could not be obvious at least to us but remember:

Always click Read then make your choices. Save when done.

Frame selected Quad.

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Radio Setup

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Our Turnigy 9XR

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7. Compass calibration

This is one of the most frustrating thing. We’ve seen people unable to even get into this mode to calibrate the compass.

1. On Transmitter
2. Turn On Quad
3. Switch to Return to Home (AIL 2 position switch top right on our Turnigy 9XR)
4. Left stick to bottom left, right stick to top left
– RED LED light up stable.

When we were working on our HKPilot micro APM we saw this video that made life a little easier.

Remember, if you do not calibrate (with any errors like you see below), you will never ever get to arm the P2.

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Then you do the dance.

top clockwise x 2
upside down clockwise x 2
front pointing up ccw x 2
left side up ccw x 2
back pointing up ccw x 2
right side up ccw x 2
hole it level and wait for red led

We did not have to go through the whole sequence. While going Back Pointing up CCW x 2, the LED started blinking. Heck, we tried arming. And it armed.

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Others

No news on OSD for now. Maybe it’s a added hardware later. When? we’ll not know.

Our Thoughts

Most China based websites trying to make flying/ RC stuffs do not have a nice website to gather information from. It can also be frustrating for English speaking visitors trying to make sense of the website, more information and even the documentation but not for Jiyi!

The website is beautifully presented with easy to use navigation. That being said, Manual only comes in Chinese (as of 6 May 2015 when we updated this article, the manual now comes in English here) as of writing and it’s seriously bad when they have to get rcgroups member to do translation and they asked openly, the pay? A p2 fc… It worries us on English support in future. If you run into trouble and you speak only English. You may need to be really lucky as they may not have in house English speaking staff or poor command of English. The market for English speaking hobbyists is big enough to employ one soon we hope?

Software – This is a pain. Driver installation has already put off some and some gave up. We did too during the first setup having not touched anything APM before. The Internet helps but it can be frustrating for first time users.

Calibration is dumb. Too many turning around till we want to puke but that’s with all APM based calibration. Even the official APM software links to a 2013 Youtube video that’s so badly made, it doesn’t help.

There’s room for improvements especially streamlining the software part. Things should be “live”. You have to click a tab then click Read, to show the settings. If not it will just stay there and nothing seems to be happening making you wonder if you’re not connected to the P2.

End

There’s much potential on the P2 and we hope till the software is improved with clear instructions on 1. Driver installation, 2. Calibration, 3. Setup of a quad, that no other hardware be release so work can concentrate for the software side of it.

We suspect other Flight Controllers are successful as they have figured out a simple way to let users who has flown a Ready to Fly and embarking on their first DIY, to get a P2 with GPS and built something from sractch, set it up and fly it happily.

Links:

http://www.jiyiuav.com/
https://pixhawk.org
http://www.dji.com
Discussion thread @ RCGroups

Building: Immersion RC Xugongs

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1 March 2015

This is a compiled article of the Xugong 8, 10 and 10 V2 Pro that’s also posted to Flitetest. We do not hope to post 3 separate article to have visitors having too long articles to go through.

The Xugongs has got to be one of the smallest-when-folded travel quad you can find out there with innovative folding of the arms. It may not be the cheapest to replace during a crash, we know, we crashed shortly after getting the Xugong 10 on the 3rd flight and had to replace the top assembly (USD$32 here). The arms collapse into itself which when folded, is like a tiny 250mm based quad. When unfolded, it takes 10 inch props for the Xugong 10, carries a gimbal and easily carries a 4S 5000 mAh lipo with small modifications.

With the V2, Immersion has made it even better with improvements on the PDB to integrate video camera switching, OSD in a nice red based board (officially these are stated OSD, Camera switch,GoPro Power Supply (5.0 V), GPS Interface, Current/Voltage Sensor, PPM in/out). It’s also a great system if you are already on ImmersionRC system, you’ll be familiar on the setup however, on the other hand, it does locks you to the brand. With ImmersionRC making some leading technologies and constantly improving on it, we think it’s not an issue.

We’ll provide a short introduction to things that’s the same across all Xugongs here before we delve more into each. For even more details, refer to the links of each individual Xugong at the end of this whole article.

The Xugong T Nut System.

It’s quite a good system but with out big fingers, at times, it’s not easy to insert the nut.

The Xugong Foldable Arms

This is one of the best among the many types we have seen and we’ve tried quite a few, from folding backwards to folding inwards. One type we didn’t try is the “umbrella” type where the arms fold down. A famous and popular example are on the DJI S1000/ S900 series of multicopter. We just think it won’t make it small since you’ll have a “bucket” of a quad to deal with, trying to fit that into a bag.

The problem of a heavy butt

This is prevalent immediately after you have assemble any Xugong. The Center of Gravity (CG) is simply off by too much. That said, the Xugong was not designed to hold what we prefer, the 4S 5000 mAh lipo. Even with the 3S 2650 mAh, it’s out of balance. You must fit a gimbal with camera to balance out the quad. To overcome this, we removed the original side covers and replaced them with standoffs from Goodluckbuy. Those standoffs are what’s used in TBS Discovery, just taller.

Rubber Balls

All Xugong uses the rubber balls vibration system totalling 8 each that isolates the whole frame from the motors and propellors. You can get away with slightly balanced propellors and get no vibrations/ jello on your video footage, however, when you do crash, they can be tiny little pesky things to put back.

We fly all the Xugongs with a Turnigy 9XR.

Summary:

Xugong 8
– Unpack
– Assembly
– Parts List
– Likes
– Dislikes
– Conclude

Xugong 10
– Unpack
– Assembly
– Parts List
– Likes
– Dislikes
– Conclude

Xugong 10 V2 Pro
– Unpack
– Assembly
– Parts List
– Likes
– Dislikes
– Conclude


 

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– Unpack

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The Xugong comes in nice boxes and a egg shell type holders for the many items that’s included.

– Assembly

The included instruction is more than enough to put the whole frame together. We drill holes and mounted the Tarot gimbal in front while strapping the 5000 mAh lipo under that allow us to shift it front and back to balance the whole quad. We also use some stand offs to make the center of the quad taller to fit the tarot gimbal motors.

– Parts List

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Our Xugong 8 original setup uses:

– Emax 2213
– 20A ESC SimonK from MyRCMart
– DJI Naza M V2, DJI mini OSD
– Frsky D4R-II
– Boscam 200mW Video transmitter
– Tarot T2-D Gimbal
– 4S 5000 mAh Lipo

– Likes

It’s even smaller, the XG8 being our 2nd XG was smaller and it’s great to bring overseas. We brought it to Bintan, crashed it and still had a blast!

Video below – XG8 hand launched.

The Crash

– Dislikes

The back heavy design. Not that we don’t like it, there’s limited option to what kind of lipo you can use to offset and balance the weight of the whole quad. You can’t go too heavy for longer flight time.

– Conclude

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A nifty and easy to travel with quad!


 

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– Unpack

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Same box, instructions and egg shell box.

– Assembly

It’s straightforward with the instructions provided.

– Parts List

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– MyRCMart 2217 800kv motors
– 20A ESC SimonK from MyRCMart
– DJI Naza M V2
– Frsky D8R-XP
– Boscam 400mW Video transmitter

– Likes

It allows us to put on 10 inch props for even longer flight time with the same 4S 5000 mAh lipo.

– Dislikes

Same back heavy design.

– Conclude

We guess, you cannot like the small folding of it while not liking the back heavy design that all XGs have. It’s still a really portable quad.

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Xugong 10 V2 Pro

The Xugong 10 V2 Pro (XG10V2) is basically a supercharged Xugong 10. It folds the same but with no more FR4 materials. It’s all carbon fiber now. The real magic is in the newly designed PCB that’s an awesome red! It has a video camera switcher, OSD and PDB built in. If you take into account getting a camera switcher, ImmersionRC’s OSD separately, the price of the Xugong 10 V2 Pro is actually quite an economically priced.
– Unpack

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– Assembly

Immersion RC is experimenting as of writing, a Google Docs that’s online and allow for anyone to edit it. It’s call a “live” instructions manual and throughout the month or so that we have that page open, it does have more and more great information. Immersion does moderate it fairly fast so garbage or misleading information gets deleted quickly.

– Parts List

After returning from Bintan island with the Xugong 8, we have learnt our lessons and started trying out Hobbyking’s Multistar wooden propellors that balanced out of the box. They are surely more rigid than those broken ones at the beach on Bintan.

– Emax 2216 810kv motors
– DJI 30A Opto
– DJI Naza M V2
– Frsky D8R-XP
– Boscam 400mW Video transmitter
Multistar 10 inch wooden prop
– Multistar 4S 5200 mAh Lipo 10C constant
– Zippy compact 4S 5000 mAh
– Likes

The Integrated PCB board with built in ezOSD. It’s easily modified to use a mobius or even the SJ4000 that we use. After 2 broken Gopro 3 Black, we’ve not been using any GoPro for a while.

– Dislikes

Same back heavy design.
– Conclude

Great value for money quad with built in ezOSD, camera switcher and PCB.

Links

Links below are permanently links to the individual Xugong build and are updated as we change update, change, crash and replace anything on the Xugongs. There’s also more pictures. Enjoy!

Xugong 8 detailed article
Xugong 10 detailed article
Xugong 10 V2 Pro detailed article
We bought all our Xugongs from ReadymadeRC
Xugong V2 pro product page