Two things that happen to any (electronics-related) industry when it starts showing signs of maturity: (i) prices start to fall and (ii) components start becoming smaller.
(Update: There are some Tiny Whoop alternatives claiming to be better than the real deal!)
We’ve seen this trend on a lot of other markets — desktop computers, laptops, and more recently, smartphones. The next industry to get hit by this phenomenon is the quadcopter drone industry.
If you’ve been around a while, you probably started out flying RTF quadcopters and then probably built one of your own for FPV. Now, that is a lot of fun, but what sucks is that you need to have a large, open space to fly those.
There are days when you don’t have a football field at your disposal, and then there are some when you just want to be a lazy ass and stay in the bedroom. If you’ve ever found yourself in any of those situations, a Tiny Whoop is for you!
Team Big Whoop is a group of veteran pilots that decided to build something that was tiny, affordable, and did FPV. Thus, team Tiny Whoop was formed in the first half of 2015 to get the job done. By ‘job’, I refer to the ability of being able to fly a small quadcopter indoors and around tight corners.
To cut to the chase, Tiny Whoop is the name given to the quadcopter when you put a tiny FPV camera + video transmitter on top of the Blade Inductrix.
Have a look at this video the team made.
Is it a Plug and Play thing?
According to the makers of Tiny Whoop, no. You still need to add FPV gear and swap out the stock motors for more powerful ones. That said, there are pilots that seem to be happy with how the stock motors perform.
For instance, Matthew Evans writes on his blog that he was happy with the 3+ minutes of indoor FPV he managed out of the stock motors + battery.
So it really depends how you want to set your Tiny Whoop up. A larger battery could give you longer flights, but the added weight will mean that agility is lost, and that the motors burn out sooner.
However, resulting from the huge popularity of the Tiny Whoop mod, makers of the Blade Inductrix (Horizon Hobby) put together a ready-to-fly version of the Tiny Whoop, known as the Blade Inductrix FPV.
Variations of Tiny Whoop
Of course, only a Tiny Whoop is a Tiny Whoop… but there are other ways of achieving micro FPV quadcopters. For instance, people have managed to get up and flying in FPV for around $30, which is significantly cheaper than the Blade Inductrix + FPV setup.
One possible combination is the Eachine H8 Mini + something like the FX797T FPV camera combo, resulting in the Eachine H8 Mini FPV. Another popular variation of the Tiny Whoop is the JJRC H36 whoop, which I like to call the Chiny Whoop.
You can now find fliers such as the Eachine Tiny QX90, et al that provide similar functions as the Tiny Whoop, but a lot more flexibility (such as the ability to run BetaFlight/CleanFlight, acro mode, etc).
Summing it up
In a nutshell, a Tiny Whoop (or variation thereof) can be an extremely fun thing to fly… especially when it’s not possible to fly outdoors.
There are already some very powerful Tiny Whoop alternatives on the market, such as the one mentioned above (JJRC H36/Eachine E010) and of course, the Tiny QX series. As you can imagine, the possibilities here are endless!
Meanwhile, let us know of how you plan to build your micro FPV quadcopter, including what FPV transmitter you plan to use, what base quadcopter you use, and more!