So I recently spent way too much time angsting over buying some motors for my “outdoor” quad I want to build. While I didn’t, it does get me in mind of “next steps”
Immediate & Long term needs:
Especially as I move to using more powerful quads, and a better transmitter, I’m going to need this. Charger requirements are capable of charging 4S batteries, as well as 1S batteries if I get the adapter. Should be fairly easy, and this may be one of those purchases that just kinda stick around for a while.
Reuse: The USB charger will probably stay in my EDC bag, so I can charge a battery whenever.
FPV Goggles with DVR
While I’d love something like the Fat Shark stuff, I honestly think I may just get a nice $100 set from BangGood. It gives me goggles, gives me DVR, and gives me some good antennas (I hope lol).
Reuse: The screen I have today will likely go in my kit to be used for “spectators” (ie: the kids) while I fly. I may even keep the mount for it at work and cart it with me in my EDC bag for when I fly at work if I don’t use Goggles there.
So I think I’m mostly set on the Taranis 9XD Pro. I’ll need it, as well as a a FrSky module for it, potentially a receiver (I can always get that later), an OrangeRX module so I can connect to DSM2 (and thus the Inductrix), the LiPo batteries for it (see charger, above), and a case because I’m not carrying around a $200 piece of hardware in a canvas bag.
Reuse: The stock RTF radio for the Inductrix will stay at work, making it less stuff I need to carry with me so I can fly at work. I’ll also probably have the screen mount with it, so I can use the screen there too. Downside is, unless I have my goggles (above) no DVR.
Where I’ll be at that point
So I’ll have phased out some of my hardware in favor of upgrades, but at that point I’ll have two kits: My “serious” kit – goggles and a good radio, and my “office” kit – the stock radio and screen. I won’t be carting things around except for the Inuctrix, which I can fit easily in my bag, and it makes flying both at home and at work much easier.
That question really comes down to how much I want to push myself. In reality, I think I’d be better buying an almost ready to fly kit, but I’ve got a lot of things I’d like to do and I may be better off buying it piecemeal. And as much as I would love to fly a bigger quad, it’ll be all but useless without the Radio, and the DVR stuff is something I’d love to do so I can share my flights. And, let’s be honest, I can’t really use the radio (and actually, the goggles) without being able to charge up the batteries.
So – that’s where I’m at, as soon as I get past the Holidays. Although if someone gets asked about Christmas gifts for me I may have directly linked a few of the “sexier” things that I’m eyeballing.