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It’s only been less than a week since the review of the Eachine Tiny QX90 was posted. Since then, I’ve been flying the Tiny QX80, which as it turns out, is exciting despite the similarities with the Tiny QX90.

You can get yourself a Tiny QX80 from Banggood.

After a good score of flights, I’m ready to share my experience with the Tiny QX80. So… shall we? 🙂

Eachine Tiny QX80 Quadcopter Review (Flysky Version)

Eachine Tiny QX80 Review: Side

Specifications

  • Wheelbase: 80mm
  • Weight: 40g (without battery); 55g with stock 600mAh battery
  • Dimensions: 118 x 118 x 55mm
  • Flight controller: SP RACING F3_EVO_Brush
  • Firmware version: Cleanflight 1.13.0
  • Motors: 8520 Brush Motor
  • Prop Size: 55mm
  • Receiver: 3 variants – Frsky/Flysky receiver (FS-i6)/DSM2 receiver
  • Camera: 520TVL HD CMOS 1/4 inch Camera
  • VTX: 5.8GHz 25mW 32-ch
  • Battery: 3.7V 600mAh LiPo battery

As you can see, the Tiny QX80 nearly matches the QX90 spec-to-spec. However, the frame design is very different and thus, there’s a difference in the flight characteristics as well.

What you get inside the box:

  • Eachine QX80 kit
  • 25mW FPV AIO camera
  • 2 x clockwise + 2 x anticlockwise motors (no spares)
  • 8 x props (plus one prop removal tool)
  • 2 x 600mAh LiPo with micro-LOSI connectors
  • Balance charging cable for 2 LiPos
  • Instruction manual
Eachine Tiny QX80 Review: Retail box
The tiny box of the Tiny QX80

Speaking of the frame, it is worth noting that the QX80, even in the BNF kit, comes totally unassembled. You will have to do the assembly yourself, and this includes putting the frame in place, soldering the receiver to to the F3 brushed flight controller, and soldering the motors.

Depending on your level of skill and experience, this will take anything between 1 hour and 3 hours.

Also noteworthy is the fact that the frame is fairly hard to work with. It is a frame that does not require any screws or any additional components. The parts come with notches and spaces that fit together… real tight. I ended up breaking one tooth of the QX80 frame that way, while attempting to get one side of the frame flush against the other.

Eachine Tiny QX80 Review: Box

One good thing about this kit type is that it is really small (as you can see above) and thus, shipping is easy.

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Binding the Tiny QX80 to the Flysky FS-i6 is a breeze. Follow my guide on how to bind the iRangeX Tiny Flysky receiver to the FS-i6 to know more.

Much like the Tiny QX90, this Tiny QX80 quadcopter also offers a range of around 60-100 meters (which really is a feature of the receiver more than anything else). However, penetration indoors is really poor. In the sense that the signal struggles to reach the receiver whenever the quadcopter isn’t in line of sight of the transmitter.

Eachine Tiny QX80 Review: VS JJRC H36
Mandatory picture comparing the Tiny QX80 and the JJRC H36

The frame being a few grams heavier than the QX90’s means that the QX80 isn’t a very agile and ‘thrusty’ quadcopter. It is mainly for smooth, slowish flying and perhaps a platform for up-and-coming pilots to learn their acro tricks on.

Assembling the Tiny QX80 frame

It might turn out to be more tricky than you might initially think. Which is why, going about assembling the frame in the following manner will help you:

  • Solder the power cables to the FC
  • Solder receiver board to the flight controller and bind it straight away (here’s how to do it for the Flysky version)
  • Solder FPV camera (to the underside of the FC for more space to work with)
  • Mount FC to the central CF plate
  • Connect two sides of the frame (to make two sets of two sides each)
  • Mount the central plate on to any one of the two sets
  • Connect the remaining set to the assembly
  • Insert motors (pay proper attention to orientation)
  • Solder motor wires to FC
  • Connect LiPo and use transmitter to see if everything is OK
  • If yes, connect props. If no, troubleshoot. If all goes well, you’ll have a quadcopter looking like the one below!

Eachine Tiny QX80 Review: Back

That said, you will most likely not be able to learn how to perform flips and rolls on this one, for the same reason.

Eachine seem to have corrected a very important mistake they’re making with the Tiny QX90 and QX95 — the props. The QX80 features 55mm ‘bullnose’ props, made popular by the Walkera Ladybird around 4 years back.

These props are a perfect match for almost any Tiny QX series quadcopter; I use it with the Tiny QX80 and QX95, and will soon slap them on to my Tiny QX90 once I receiver some more that I had ordered.

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Eachine Tiny QX80 Review: Bottom
Eachine Tiny QX80, funny side up.

Like the Tiny QX90, I’ve managed to get some seriously impressive (for a micro) flight times on this one as well. It’s right up there around the 6-minute mark, which I feel is great considering you also get a full 5.8GHz feed along with the flight.

Smaller capacity batteries might be able to make the Tiny QX80 a more agile machine, but I’d rather recommend getting the Tiny QX90 if you just want to fly fast on a brushed platform.

Speaking of batteries, here’s a very important lesson (one that I learn the hard way): slip in a rubber band around the main assembly BEFORE you bridge all 4 sides of the frame together. If you haven’t realised yet, not doing so will not allow you to add a rubber band later on, and you will not be able to secure your batteries properly.

Eachine Tiny QX80 Review: Box
Make sure the camera isn’t secured too tight to prevent antenna breakage

Another thing worth keeping in mind is to not secure the FPV camera too tight. Why I’m saying this is because when you crash, the impact will be borne by the weakest link, i.e., the connection between the antenna and the main camera housing. This may or may not cause the antenna to break off, which isn’t something you want to happen.

By keeping the FPV camera loose enough so it can move around a bit, the impact is transferred and you might just be able to afford a few more flights. 🙂

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Eachine Tiny QX80 Review Summary

Eachine Tiny QX80 Review: Front

Pros and Cons

  • Great props
  • Clean flier
  • Very durable build
  • 6 minute flight time

Cons

  • Comes unassembled
  • Heavy frame
  • Tight space

While the Tiny QX80 shares a lot in common with the Tiny QX90, they’re completely different machines. You want to go for the Tiny QX80 for some relaxed indoor flying and a bit of outdoor flights every now and then. On the other hand, the QX90 is a bit more on the agile side.

Eachine Tiny QX80 Review: VS QX90
Left: Eachine Tiny QX80; Right: Eachine Tiny QX90. I should perhaps post a direct comparison between the two? 🙂

Anyway, for now, you can get the Tiny QX80 from Banggood for $63.99.