KingKong 95GT (In-Depth Review)
Barely 6 months after the release of the 90GT, KingKong has decided to update one of its most popular brushless micro FPV racers and this time around it’s called the 95GT. As its name suggests, the new 95GT has a diagonal motor distance of 95mm — slightly larger than the older 90GT at 90mm. Another key difference is the wider choice of radios that the 95GT now supports — FrSky, FlySky, DSM2 and Futaba. The 90GT was available only in FrSky and DSM2 versions.
The sample 95GT in this review came with a FrSky XM receiver and was kindly sponsored by GearBest.
The 95GT shares many similarities with its predecessor as much as it has improvements in its overall design and features. If you liked the 90GT, you’re absolutely going to love the 95GT. One of the biggest changes in the 95GT is the addition of a canopy. The 90GT featured a naked airframe design and had all its internals such as the flight controller and FPV transmitter exposed. With the 95GT, KingKong has decided to provide a removable canopy to protect all key components located in the fuselage.
- Dimensions: 130 x 110 x 40mm (with battery / without prop guards)
- Platform: Quadcopter
- Diagonal motor distance: 95mm
- Flight controller: micro F3 6DOF
- ESC: BLHeli-S 10A (compatible with 2S/3S)
- Propulsion: 1103 7800kV brushless motors / 1935 3-blade propellers
- Weight: 80g (with battery) / 50g (without battery)
- Supplied battery: 7.4V 350mAh 2S Li Po (35C)
- Charging time: about 60 minutes
- Flight time: about 3-4 minutes
- Control distance: about 300m (clear line of sight) / approximately 150m (indoors)
- Versions available:
- Camera resolution: 800TVL
- FPV channels: 16
- FPV transmission power: 25mW
- FPV transmission range: 150 – 200m
The canopy is secured to the carbon fiber frame using two nylon screws and the 95GT is shipped with a yellow canopy installed by default. There is also a spare white canopy included in the package. Like the 90GT, the 95GT features a carbon fiber frame with a thickness of 2mm. The frame now features thinner motor arms and lacks a second deck of carbon fiber above the flight controller (FC). With that said, the FPV transmitter is attached to the top of the FC using a thick block of foam.
The 95GT uses the same F3 6DOF flight controller as its predecessor but features a better 10A 4-in-1 BLHeli-S ESC. Now that’s a threefold increase in current capacity when compared to the 90GT’s 3A ESCs! This provides for a more responsive flight performance even on a 2S battery and an important factor that has a lot of FPV enthusiasts raving about the 95GT.
Propulsion is handled by 1103 7800kV brushless motors paired to 3-blade 1935 propellers. Each propeller is fastened with a pair of screws. There is also a set of prop guards that attach to the bottom of the motors. I find them to be a bit of a hassle to install or remove since the motor screws need to be removed first.
The 95GT’s 2S battery is installed underneath the frame by a rubber band and between the battery and the frame is the FrSky XM micro radio receiver. Like many other users, I found this to be an odd spot to place the receiver. Since my Turnigy 9XR Pro doesn’t have a FrSky module that is compatible with the XM, I decided to swap it with a larger FrSky D4R-ii receiver and route its antennas into the canopy and upwards via one of the vents at the top.
The 95GT is shipped with a Tupperware-style box that is made of shatter-proof plastic. This box is great for storing and transporting your drone and parts such as propellers, tools and cables. A number of spares and parts are also provided. This includes two spare rubber bands, a wiring loom for CPPM/PWM receivers, prop removal tool, one spare set of propellers, one spare canopy, USB cable, user manual and a set of M2 screws.
This is where the 95GT excels the most. Don’t let the tiny size fool you. The 95GT may look tiny but it flies incredibly fast for its size. I have never flown the 90GT but I reckon the bigger capacity 10A ESCs on the 95GT makes a difference in performance especially when a 3S battery is installed. The supplied 350mAh 2S battery gives a flight time of about 3 to 4 minutes, depending on how aggressively you fly. Although less powerful, flying the 95GT with a 2S battery is still quite fun although not as thrilling as with a 3S.
It is when you plug a 3S battery in that things start to change dramatically. The 95GT turns into a mini beast with a 3S and punch ups are impressive and a lot more zippy. I tested my 95GT with a couple of Turnigy Nano-Tech 450mAh 3S Li Pos which I normally use for slightly larger micro FPV racers. Due to their slightly heavier weight, they give a flight time of a little over 3 minutes.
The 95GT comes pre-flashed with BetaFlight and a micro USB port on the side of the FC allows you to configure your settings. The canopy needs to be removed first before you can access this port or any other port on the FC. Out of the box, you’ll need about 10 to 20 minutes to set up your radio and flight modes on the 95GT. Apart from setting up your radio, the 95GT is ready to go in its default flight settings. In fact, it actually flies very well in default settings although you can always tune them to suit your flying style.
Another interesting thing about the 95GT is that the BLHeli ESCs are DSHOT-ready. Although the 95GT isn’t configured for DSHOT right out of the box, the ESC firmware and BetaFlight can be updated to enable DSHOT. All you need to do is install BetaFlight 3.1 and flash your ESCs with BLHeli’s latest firmware and you’re in business. Flying the 95GT on DSHOT feels a lot more responsive.
The 95GT isn’t without its flaws. Two useful features that are missing is a buzzer and On Screen Display (OSD). When running low on power, the 95GT starts feeling sluggish before dropping to the ground when power gets too low. Flying the 95GT with a timer will help you keep tabs on battery level.
The 95GT uses the same FPV camera as its predecessor, featuring a resolution of 800TVL and field of view of 150 degrees. The camera is mounted on a small bracket with a fixed tilt of about 15 degrees. Image quality on the camera is reasonably good. The camera is paired to a micro 25mW 5.8G FPV transmitter that sits on top of the flight controller and features an omnidirectional antenna that sticks out of the canopy from the rear. A button on the transmitter allows you to switch up to 16 FPV channels.
Although small, transmission from the system is quite impressive considering that it doesn’t use a cloverleaf antenna. Video reception is good up to 80m before it starts getting choppy at around 80 to 150m. Total signal cut off is around 180m and beyond. When testing the FPV range of the 95GT, I used the MJX G3S and the JJRC F01 with a clear line of sight.
The 95GT is definitely a worthy successor to the popular 90GT. It does have a few flaws but there’s plenty to like about it. With a 3S battery, the 95GT transforms into a mini flying beast and being able to upgrade DSHOT on it makes the whole deal a lot sweeter. Even with the supplied 2S battery and without DSHOT enabled, the 95GT is still a lot of fun to fly, especially for less experienced FPV pilots.
Other notable upgrades that it has include a wider range of radio compatibility (it is now available for FrSky, FlySky, Futaba and DSM2), a camera with fixed tilt, removable canopy (with one spare canopy included) and a battery with higher discharge rate (35C).
The 95GT may lack a buzzer and OSD but these issues are minor in comparison to its stellar flight performance and overall good design. The KingKong 95GT is currently available at GearBest for $107.99 shipped. Click here to find out more.
Update 7/13/2017: For a limited time only, it is now available for a discount at $98.99 with coupon code GBKingKong.
Build Quality and Design8.8/10
- 3S compatible
- DSHOT-ready (needs firmware upgrades)
- Excellent flight performance
- Compatible with most popular radios
- Decent FPV system
- No buzzer
- No OSD
- Access to FC ports require canopy removal
- Fixed camera tilt
- No LED lights for orientation