Awesome Youbi XV 130 Is the New Kid on the FPV Block
Today we take a look at a truly neat FPV racer — the Awesome Youbi XV 130. Since drone racing is now a trending topic among RC enthusiasts, why not see for yourself what people are so excited about? Thanks to products such as the XV 130, anyone can have a taste of FPV racing at a very affordable price. Having said that and without further due, let us move on to see what’s so awesome, pun intended, about the XV 130.
First, let’s start with the cheesy name. No, we did not add the word “Awesome” into the XV’s title hoping it would act as click bait. The company that makes the XV 130 really is called “Awesome”. To be specific, it’s Awesome UAV and the brand has a small range of FPV racers. The Youbi XV 130 which is a slightly larger clone of the popular RotorX Atom V2 RX122, is currently Awesome’s only 130mm FPV racer and also its smallest.
- 130mm diagonal size
- F3 flight controller with 5V / 15A BEC
- Built-in 5.8G 40Ch FPV transmitter (25mW / 200mW / 400mW switchable)
- PAL/NTSC 600TVL camera (100 degree FOV)
- 4-in-1 integrated ESC (20A BLHeli-S) with built-in PDB
- 1306 3600KV brushless motors with 4-blade 75mm propellers
- Carbon fiber frame with removable canopy (white / gray / black)
- Compatible with 2S – 4S batteries
- No radio receiver and transmitter included
Now let’s take a look at the main features of the XV. It is lightweight (115g without battery) and a small (150 x 115 X 35mm) drone with a diagonal size of 130mm — ideal for both indoor and outdoor flying. It uses a 4-in-1 integrated ESC board which features four built-in BLHeli-S 20A ESCs and a power distribution board. The ESCs are high performance and support up to 4S voltage input for blistering speed. Each ESC can handle a maximum current of 40A — that’s seriously overkill for such a small drone!
There are pros and cons to using 4-in-1 ESCs. The most obvious advantage of such integrated designs is simplicity and less clutter in the fuselage. The bad thing is that if one of the ESCs gets damaged, the whole board needs to be replaced, unlike in more conventional designs.
The XV features an F3 flight controller (with CleanFlight firmware) and 5V / 15A BEC. It also has an integrated 5.8Ghz 40CH FPV transmitter and a 600TVL camera with an FOV of 100 degrees. Like the 4-in-1 ESC, the integrated FPV system and flight controller design also has similar pros and cons. FPV transmission power can be adjusted according to the pilot’s needs, ranging between 25mW, 200mW and 400mW. It can also be turned off.
Now let’s take a look at the XV’s propulsion. Like many other racing drones within the same price range, the XV comes with brushless motors. Brushless are the best type of electric motors, especially for FPV racers. In fact, brushless motors are a staple of any true blue FPV racer just as Girodyne SRB42 engines are to the Millennium Falcon.
The XV 130 comes with four brushless 1306 3600KV motors paired to 4-blade 75mm propellers. They can take 2S to 4S batteries but who on Earth flies FPV racers on 2S batteries anyway unless they’re beginners. 4S is the way to go for maximum FPV thrills!
The XV’s frame is made of carbon fiber, therefore it has high strength and won’t break that easily. Currently, the XV 130 typically ships without a remote controller (transmitter) and receiver so be sure to have your own receiver and transmitter if you plan on getting one. The receiver is connected to the flight controller via an 8-pin connector.
What do you think of the XV? Will this be your first racing drone? Do you aim to become a drone racer? Let us know in the comment section below. The Awesome Youbi XV 130 (PNP kit) is currently available at GearBest for $136.99 with shipping. All proceeds from affiliate sales go to my beer fund.