DJI Flamewheel F450 Quadcopter Review

 

DJI Flamewheel F450 Quadcopter

 

 

RC Pro Review by: Tom Zadar

 

Transmitter Setup Guide

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Each setup guide includes everything needed for setup including Model Type, Swash Type, Servo Reverse, Travel Adjustment, Gyro Gain, Throttle Curves, Throttle Hold, Pitch Curves, Pitch Curve/Throttle Hold, Subtrim, MIX, Switch Assignments, Dual Rate and Expo.
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Review

DJI Flamewheel F450 Kit

 

 

Overview:

I was looking around for a good quad frame to get. I have seen a lot of good reviews
and posts about this frame so I decided to buy it.
This is my first purchase and build for a quadcopter.
It was easy to assemble. The built in Power Distribution Board is a nice feature to have
and cuts down on weight and clutter opposed to having a separate Power Distribution Board.
The boards are smooth and have a nice finish to them which looks good. The gold color on
the boards enhances the looks.
The arms look pretty good also and have a smooth finish to them.
The screws that came with the kit are well made and fit well.

 

The optional landing gear which does not come with the kit looks nice and fits the frame well.
The only bad issue with them is that they are too flexible.
When I insert the battery connection the quad shakes which is not good
as the gyros are calibrating at this time. I have to hold the quad when I plug in the
battery to help stop the frame from shaking. I am sure they made the landing gear
this flexible to handle a crash better as they will flex to help adsorb impact.

 

 

First Flight:

The first flight went well. The quad flew very smooth. I did some heavy punch outs
to test if the arms would flex or not and the didn’t. The quad shot straight up and didn’t yaw in any direction.
I was able to punch the throttle and take my hands off the sticks as the quad shot straight up.
My other quad would yaw hard on punch outs as the arms would flex and they were
aluminum pipes with aluminum motor mounts. This was the final reason I got rid of it and bought this frame.

 

 

 

Pros:

  • Easy to assemble
  • Strong arms. They don’t flex or twist in flight. I tested for this in my videos below.
  • Bottom plate has a built in Power Distribution Board
  • Price – It was only $32.00
  • The quad is easy to see even at a distance

 

Cons:

  • No Hex Key is included for the screws
  • No instructions are included – I found out that most of the frames on the market do not come with a manual or any any documentation. Here is is a link for the manual and tutorial videos.

 

 

 

Flight Time: – Walkera 11.1V 2,200 mah 25C Battery

mAh put back into the battery: 1941
Charge time at 2.2 amps: 113:34 minutes

  • 2 Minutes: 11.9V > Volts per cell: 3.95V – 3.97V – 3.98V
  • 3 Minutes: 11.7V > Volts per cell: 3.87V – 3.90V – 3.90V
  • 4 Minutes: 11.5V > Volts per cell: 3.81V – 3.83V – 3.83V
  • 5 Minutes: 11.3V > Volts per cell: 3.75V – 3.77V – 3.78V
  • 6 Minutes: 11.2V > Volts per cell: 3.71V – 3.74V – 3.74V
  • 7 Minutes: 11.1V > Volts per cell: 3.68V – 3.70V – 3.70V

 

 

 

Parts List:

  • DJI Flamewheel F450 kit – 282g
  • DJI Flamewheel Landing Gear (Not included with the kit) – 76.86g
  • KK2.0 Multi-rotor LCD Flight Control Board v1.6 firmware – 18g
  • Spektrum 6100 Receiver – 3.5g
  • HobbyKing F-30A 30AMP ESC’s w/ SimonK Firmware – 32g each
  • Walkera Brushless Motors: WK-WS-28-009A – 83.2g each including prop
  • 10″ Propellers – 10.3g each
  • Walkera Li-po battery (11.1V 25C 2200mAh) – 180.7g
  • Walkera MX400 Dome- 64g
  • Generic Dome – 19g

 

Weight including MX400 dome and landing gear: 1,100 Grams
Battery: 180.7 Grams
Total Takeoff Weight: 1,280.7 Grams

 

 

Specifications:

  • Diagonal Wheelbase: 450mm
  • Frame Weight: 282g
  • Takeoff Weight: 800g ~ 1600g
  • Landing gear: 17.5g each arm
  • Screws for landing gear: 6.86g (all screws)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DJI Flamewheel F450 – Overview

 

 

DJI Flamewheel F450 – Flight 1

A short video flying around the yard.

 

 

DJI Flamewheel F450 – Flight 2

Flying around the yard and also doing aggressive moves to test if the arms would flex or twist in flight and they didn’t.

 

 

DJI Flamewheel F450 – Flight 3

Flying around the yard and also doing aggressive moves to test if the arms would flex or twist in flight and they didn’t.

 

 

DJI Flamewheel F450 – Full Throttle Punch Outs (1)

Doing full throttle punch outs to test if the arms would flex or twist in flight and they didn’t.

 

 

DJI Flamewheel F450 – Full Throttle Punch Outs (2)

Doing full throttle punch outs to test if the arms would flex or twist in flight and they didn’t.

 

 

 

 

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